Catching Up After Vacation

I fretted something fierce the week before FD and I headed to New York City. It was our first real vacation in seven years. I wanted everything to be done here on our ten acres so that on our return we would not have so much to deal with. FD’s sister from Dallas, Sissy Jo, offered to house sit for us while we were gone, watching our three little house dogs, and making sure Daisy and the fawns had water and feed. She also promised to water the gardens and flower beds and harvest the vegetables and blackberries, if there was anything to pick. And, if she didn’t mind, cleaning the pool a bit and making sure it was running up to par was yet another task we would appreciate her doing. I felt terrible leaving her with so much to do – yet I also knew these duties were just a small part of my normal, daily work routine. Even having completed all my preparations to “get everything done” and having Sissy Jo’s help while we were away, arriving back home after nine days away was still likely to be crazy.

So, it was a big relief when my concerns about the animals adjusting were quashed as soon as I contacted Sissy from NYC. Already the dogs were agreeable with her, and even shy and anti-social Mr. T was cooperating. I was a bit flabbergasted about that. Mr. T usually took three days to warm up to any of our guests. And Daisy deer had even eaten tomatoes and blackberries from Jo’s hands the very first day! Daisy does not usually have much to do with strangers. Regardless, it was happy news for me to hear everything was going well at home.

FD and I on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
FD and I on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.

I will write more about the NYC trip itself in another blog post, but I have to say it was a grand time for FD and me, spending a week with my sister Jules and her family. We had arrived determined to see as many of the tourist attractions that we could in a week’s time, so each day we set off on a new adventure in the Big Apple.  Generally, we were all tuckered out by evening, but gleefully so.

The energy of the City that Never Sleeps was captivating and always brought something exciting and interesting to this group of small-town, Midwestern folks. And, on our last night in NYC, FD and I celebrated my birthday in grand style. This also happened to be the night our niece, Emily, played clarinet in the Middle School Honors Band Performance at Carnegie Hall. The performance and setting in the grand old music hall of NYC was spectacular! What an exceptional birthday it was!

Central Park was one of my favorite attractions. Our little group put on more than eleven miles that day walking Central Park and the surrounding area.
Central Park was one of my favorite attractions. Our little group put on more than seven miles that day walking Central Park and the surrounding area.

As wonderful as our vacation had been, I was ready to be home by the last day of our trip. Oh sure, the week of eating out and enjoying fabulous cuisine, not having to cook, and no household duties and chores, had spoiled me something fierce! But already, my mind was swimming with thoughts of all that would need to be done on our return. Sissy said it had rained a couple of times, so I knew the yard and pastures would need mowing. And I would have a mountain of laundry to do. Sissy mentioned there was a lot of summer squash and zucchini, and the tomatoes were ripening by the buckets full. This meant I would have to get busy freezing my winter sauces and soups.

I worried a bit about the dogs that last day too.  Sissy had to return to Dallas early in the morning of the day we were flying home. I hoped the three dogs would  be fine until we got home that evening. It had been comforting to hear from Sissy Jo that it was apparent to her that Mr. T could see just fine getting up the steps at night. For years I thought his vision was too bad for him to see very well getting up the steps since he often refused to climb them at night. I always had to go down and get him, and sometimes he got playful and ran off, making me chase him! Sissy said he managed just fine and never once did she have to go after him. I was glad Mr. T did not go back to his old tricks while Sissy was there.

Of course there was Daisy and the twins for me to wonder about as well. I thought about how the fawns would have grown. Sissy mentioned that Daisy was nursing the fawns in front of the house each morning and at noon, and often brought them out together several other times during the day. I noted that Daisy was doing things different than last year, and was anxious to watch her new habits and observe the twins. I also thought about Spirit. I wondered how she was managing on her own. Happily, Sissy had spotted her several times during the week, and even managed to toss her a few cherry tomatoes.

Upon finally pulling up to the house, it was apparent the yard, gardens and flower beds had flourished in the rain. Obviously, mowing would have to be my main priority the following day. While I scanned the yard and garden area, and fretted about how I was going to get everything whipped back into shape, FD promptly parked the truck and took off for the woods. Daisy and the fawns were his main concern.  I petted and loved on Zoe, Bear and Tori, and then began to unpack the mountain of clothes and start the laundry. Gads! There was so much to tackle. I stepped back outside in the scorching heat thinking I should pick all the produce in the gardens. Looking through heat waves rising up from the ground as I gazed at a garden full of tomatoes and squash, I remembered the cooler weather of NYC, with the gentle breezes tunneling between skyscrapers, and through the busy streets and honking horns. That was all just a memory now.

Sissy had been right about the gardens boasting a bumper crop. I came back from my harvesting with buckets of summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes. In the flower beds where I grow my herbs, my dill and oregano were out of control. My parsley, kale, lettuce, and cilantro had all bolted in the summer heat. Despite rain, some areas needed water again, so I knew that, after we finished mowing, I would surely be dragging the water hoses around.

As I laid down that night, I was thankful for the trip we had taken. It was an amazing time and I enjoyed the break from so much work here. But I also realized that, more than ever, I really love my life here. It is a busy life, and every day presents something wonderful and beautiful while I work outdoors and indoors. There are hard times and difficulties too. Still, it was good to experience something different – a unique place in the world, a whole different culture and way of life than what we know in the Midwestern US.  We observe and learn from our experiences, and hopefully gain an understanding about a very different way of life. Then we come home to what we know and are comfortable with – home to all of the people and critters we love – and it feels right. What better feeling is there to lay your head down at night and know that you are where you belong?

After a period of squealing and excited barking, Zoe settled down to her ranch dog stance - ready for another work day by my side.
After a period of squealing and excited barking, Zoe settled down to her ranch dog stance – ready for another work day by my side.
Bear is always ready to luxuriate in the air conditioned comfort of the house. Food begging and couch potato loafing are his specialties.
Bear is always ready to luxuriate in the air-conditioned comfort of the house. Food begging and couch potato loafing are his specialties.
One week after our return, Mr. T resumed his silly game of refusing to climb the steps at night and sometimes making me chase him down. I guess the Mama is just too soft!!
One week after our return, Mr. T resumed his silly game of refusing to climb the steps at night and sometimes making me chase him down. I guess the Mama is just too soft!!
It happened again! Owl was perched in the blackberry patch and in the night was attacked likely by a Barred Owl from the woods. The same thing happened last year. Unfortunately, this time Owl lost his nose in the battle. We have placed him on a lower perch near the tomato garden, where so far he's kept pesky birds from having a peck at my bountiful tomato crop! Owl looks ferocious as ever, despite his handicap!
It happened again! Owl was perched in the blackberry patch and in the night was attacked likely by a real Barred Owl from the woods. The same thing happened last year. Unfortunately, this time Owl lost his nose in the battle. We have placed him on a lower perch near the tomato garden, where so far he’s kept pesky birds from having a peck at my bountiful tomato crop! Owl looks ferocious as ever, despite his handicap!
Mother hen hatched three little chicks shortly after we returned from our trip. This is a little Buff Orpington - just hatched!
Mother hen hatched three little chicks shortly after we returned from our trip. This is a little Buff Orpington – just hatched!
These two Barred Rock chicks were the first to break through their shells. Most of our chicken population is the Barred Rock breed.
These two Barred Rock chicks were the first to break through their shells. Most of our chicken population is the Barred Rock breed.
Daisy has the kids eating greens now. I am so thankful FD planted this clover patch. Daisy has used it all spring and summer for nourishment.
Daisy has the kids eating greens now. I am so thankful FD planted this clover patch. Daisy has used it all spring and summer for nourishment.
The twins will continue to nurse until they are about three months old. Heidi stomps her front legs as she nurses. Both twins head bang Daisy's udder to encourage more milk. Poor Daisy!
The twins will continue to nurse until they are about three months old. Heidi stomps her front legs as she nurses. Both twins head bang Daisy’s udder to encourage more milk. Poor Daisy!
Both Dancer and Heidi have the business of relieving themselves down pat. Daisy no longer has to stimulate them to start that process, but she still does a lot of grooming on the little ones.
Both Dancer and Heidi have the business of relieving themselves down pat. Daisy no longer has to stimulate them to start that process, but she still does a lot of grooming on the little ones.
Daisy has trained Dancer and Heidi to drink water from the tub. They know to go to the high side of the tub for better access.
Daisy has trained Dancer and Heidi to drink water from the tub. They know to go to the high side of the tub for better access.
Daisy still loves to eat and rest in her old deer pen. We put a deer mix planting in half of the pen. Daisy used the high grasses and plants as her nursery for the twins the first weeks. Now they are big kids and often bed down in the pasture, but Daisy still loves to bed down in the area that was her very own nursery.
Daisy still loves to eat and rest in her old deer pen. We put a deer mix planting in half of the pen. Daisy used the high grasses and plants as her nursery for the twins the first weeks. Now they are big kids and often bed down in the pasture, but Daisy still loves to bed down in the area that was her very own nursery.
Heidi (Front) and Dancer (Rear) often lay down together to rest while waiting on Mama Daisy to finish grazing nearby.
Heidi (Front) and Dancer (Rear) often lay down together to rest while waiting on Mama Daisy to finish grazing nearby.

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57 thoughts on “Catching Up After Vacation

  1. Fabulous! You were in my old stomping grounds. If you would have mentioned my name you would have received many curious looks.
    A couple of observations……you are simply beautiful Lori. There I said it. And that last picture of the twins is over the top great. Make sure you enter that in some contests. Glad you are home and all is well.

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    1. Well, thank you Mike! So often I am the photographer and rarely photographed – this trip with everyone sporting iPhones, I was bound to be captured! I can’t wait to write a little more about the trip. It was absolutely fantastic. I enjoyed the entire trip, and would definitely go back again. I thought about you while I was there… wondering about the exact area you grew up in. Do you ever make your way back, or is there not much of a reason anymore?

      Ha ha ha… no telling what reactions I’d have gotten mentioning your name! 🙂

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      1. I grew up in Brooklyn, and moved to Valley Stream (just over the line from Queens) in the 6th grade.
        My last trip to NY was in 2001. I went with my son to visit my father who was dying. He lived in Manhattan.
        No real reason for me to go back at this point. Looking forward to seeing your posts.
        My street name was Mikey5, but only old timers would react to it 😉

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    1. Oh my!! How exciting! I would highly recommend going to Tripadvisor.com to look at reviews of various tourist attractions, restaurants and hotels. I am “littlesundog” on the reviews, and I’ve spent a little time each day trying to write my own personal reviews of what we took in during our visit to NYC. I find Tripadvisor a very reliable website to research for travel plans!

      I’m so excited for you! I’ve been to NYC in September and December as well. September will be a lovely time for fall foliage, and the temperatures should be divine! ~Lori

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  2. LOVE those tomatoes in your banner Ms Lori :). It’s inevitable that your animals would warm to Sissy Jo as she is F.D’s sister and thus family 🙂

    You two are SUCH a sexy couple! I feel like I am following a rock stars blog now! F.D. looks a bit like Woody Harrelson and you are gorgeous…you completely overshadow Ms Liberty 😉

    We “foreigners” all know Central Park well through watching every single episode of “Friends” (till it hit season 6 and all went to seed 😉 ). Lovely to see that real people are allowed there as well 😉

    Isn’t it ALWAYS the case that our dogs behave impeccably with other people? It makes us look like complete and utter liars when we complain about them ;). I can’t walk Bezial because he pulls me down the road. He weighs 40kg and is a heifer of a dog but a friends brother is walking him at the moment for me and he is a perfect angel for him. The brother looks at me sometimes and I just KNOW he is thinking “what a fibber…this dog is SO easy to walk!” ;). Mr “T” was just on his best behaviour for Siddy Jo and you should be SO proud of them all for being hospitable to your house guest/sitter. What a collection of well behaved kids 🙂

    I bet Daisy hightails it when you get back. On the front lawn? PFFT! She is just teasing you as she knows there aren’t any cameras pointing out of windows and from the deck is all. The minute she sees one she will be off ;).

    The difference between “home” (wherever it is for all of us) and a big city metropolis is that the metropolis is man made and functions completely outside of nature. Back home where nature is boss is where you are riding shotgun with the real world and where all of your processes cycle through to give you real satisfaction with what you are doing. Cities are addictive sensual things but then so is Heroin I hear ;). Country life gives you purpose that matters. It feeds your body, your mind and your soul. I read the other day that the ONLY way that you can grow more brain cells is to learn new things. Not easy things but hard things…things that make you really think and out in the country your brain needs to be firing on all 4 cylinders at all times. A constant mindful experience

    LOVE how Mr T is sticking his tongue out at the camera 😉

    I love Barred Rock chooks and our rescue baby “Ping” was one. Her sister Pong has been breeding with our big Wyandotte boy and we have a few Barred Rock lookalikes mid sized about now. Very pretty chooks indeed but I fear most of ours are roosters

    The twins would almost lift Daisy off the ground when they were both feeding! They both look incredibly healthy and are both gorgeous

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    1. Aw Fran, your comments are such a delight to read! I do indeed have a bumper crop of garden vegetables this year. Funny how the last two years, the darned insects, birds and deer made a meal of everything and we didn’t have much for ourselves. I don’t mind sharing though – that’s why I plant so much. Only half of it survives this heat anyway!

      It was interesting for Jules and I that so many movies and songs came to mind as we walked the streets of NYC. FD and I made the great trip to the top of the Empire State Building, hoping to capture some of the charm we feel each time we watch, “Sleepless In Seattle”. Grand Central Terminal was another movie spot. It’s funny how all of that seems surreal seeing it in person. Central Park was outstanding. Naturally, it would be the place this farm girl was drawn to and felt quite at home in. Well, maybe not in the nighttime hours – I hear it’s not advised to walk at night unless with a very large group!

      I see Daisy and the twins every day, several times a day. I do miss Spirit though. Any time we have seen her around, Daisy allows her a very short visit and then sends her running. I guess it’s still too soon to allow her to join in the family herd. Scarlet is visiting along with another doe (that looks very much like Daisy). We’re going through a lot of corn and deer feed. Lactating mothers need nourishment!

      Ha ha! Mr. T has only a few teeth left. His previous owner did not take good care of him so most of his teeth had to be pulled when we got him. He’s so much happier now that he isn’t in pain. And, he has a SUPER LONG tongue that he has trouble getting it all back in his mouth, not to mention there aren’t many teeth to support the tongue staying IN. 😀 I think he’s adorable in photos. He’s a big love bug that just wants to have fun. And, I don’t mind chasing him down. He’s such a goof, who could be upset by a little game playing?

      You have, once again, said beautifully and genuinely what “home” is to us. I did enjoy the distraction of the city in the sense that it’s an experience… a comparable and something different. Oh, but I could never live that life. I draw energy from the quiet of nature. Gee, if that’s true about brain cells, I should be a genius!! It seems there is always some problem to figure out or a predicament I have to solve on this place.

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          1. Oh, what a mighty force we would be if we worked together Fran!! I’m game to see if Earl and Bezial could actually wrangle me around on a walk. I’m pretty tough and wiry now… I think I could manhandle those two – but maybe just one at a time? 😀

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          2. I walk with a friend with a Rottweiler and her brother who is 100kg and he has been kind enough to volunteer to walk Bezial (as Steve can’t while he is working) and Bezial pulls Peter around all over the place…he is a force to be reckoned with and I have to anticipate Earl’s movements all of the time. I spend my walks looking ahead for road-kill, tall tufts of grass and shrubs etc. as I know he is going to make a bee-line for them when we get closer and it will be wrangle time for old narf. I certainly don’t need work on my biceps when I walk Earl! 😉

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          3. Ha ha ha!! What a picture you’ve given me of you walking Earl (or rather Earl walking you!). Well, hopefully there will come a day when FD and I can visit you and I can take a crack at walking Earl.By the sounds of it, I don’t think I am a big enough girl to control Bezial… but I might give it a whirl just to say I tried!

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          4. I tell you what, our gardening and outdoor activity made walking a fast clip in NYC a breeze. As much as I lament mowing that slope out back and carrying buckets of deer feed down there or the up and down trips to see Daisy and the twins, that hill has given me the stamina and agility to keep in shape. Being active in any manner,eating well, and living simply (I feel) is the key to healthy living. You and Steve have a great life!

            I can totally see Steve as a skateboarder… even now! 😀

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  3. Absolutely beautiful pictures. Mike is right about possibly entering that last one. Glad you had a good time in NYC. Welcome back. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I usually enter a couple of local magazine contests, but as you know, it’s a bit time consuming to enter. I’m trying to catch up on everyone’s blog posts, doing NYC reviews for Tripadvisor.com, and keeping up with the crazy work here. It’s good to be back though. I missed my critters!

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  4. The way you write is almost like your talking to me. I don’t feel like I’m reading at all! I for so long wanted to see a full body picture of you because your profile picture was so small ☺. Thank you for being you and allowing me to live

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    1. Oh thank you, Indya Elise! You make me feel good – especially coming from such a beautiful, YOUNG lady. Keep writing and sharing about your life. It’s a wonderful thing to see life from your young and bright perspective. ~ Lori

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  5. Lori, I have always wanted to go to NYC! Will you be sharing more of your shots from there? I hope.
    I agree with Indya Elise, your blogging style is like listening to you talk. Easy, full of information, and then there are the pictures. So glad all went well on the trip and on your return!
    ~L

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    1. Yes, Lynda, I will write a blog post about the trip and I’ll have some photos. I didn’t take as many photos as I thought I would though. Many times we were on the move and there just wasn’t a good opportunity to get great shots with so many people around. I am always fascinated when I visit a big city. It’s vastly different than the slow, laid-back life we live in the Midwestern US. I’m sure FD and I will go to NYC again someday if the opportunity arises. Emily’s performance made for just the right occasion to visit! There was no way we were going to miss her performance on my birthday!

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  6. I love those photos of you and FD, it takes me back to the places we visited… just a couple weeks ago? What a fabulous trip it was, and I can’t wait to read what you’ll blog about it. I’ll be blogging on it too, it’ll be interesting to see how similar and/or different our experiences were.
    I’m glad all the animals are doing well; you were so fortunate to have Sissy Jo there to look after them and your home while you were away. I can only imagine the mowing and gardening that you had to catch up with upon your return, lol; it’s a full-time job when you’re home!

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    1. Oh, Jules! What a fabulous trip it was. I fear I will have to borrow your daily journal notes to recap much of the trip. You were so much better at documenting the daily activities. I find myself looking back over the photos and laughing heartily! So much of our experience, and me watching all of you experience NYC for the first time, was about the “first reactions”. That day on the subway when that “lady” got on and watching Sid people watch with that big grin of his… oh, so priceless! Or the look on your face as we walked along the smelly and fly-ridden fish market in Chinatown. I will be posting a few of those funny photos too. Sometimes capturing the essence of a scenario through the eyes of others is far more interesting than our own perception!

      Aw, I’m happy to be home to my critters. I know you are too. Despite all of the work to be done in the last couple of weeks, I’ve caught myself getting sidetracked – like usual, following Daisy and the kids around, or having a romp with the dogs in the yard. Life is bliss, eh?

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  7. I love that shot of you in Central Park. And that last one of the twins–perfect.
    I think getting away does make a person grateful for what they have. I hope that’s what happens when I go to London in the fall. Or I could just stay there…

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    1. Oh my goodness!! Sandy, I admit when you mentioned that you were going to London my very first thought was that you might decide to stay and not return to the states!! Either way, it’s going to be a wonderful adventure for you. What will you do with your sweet cats while you’re gone?

      Thank you for the comments on the photographs. FD captured me in my element – Central Park. I could have spent every day there, strolling the gorgeous landscapes, so different than what we have here. What a tremendous gift that area of land is to NYC. Nature ended up being my absolute favorite part of NYC! And those fawns, my gosh they grew so much in just a week! It’s been great to be home to observe them and get back to licks and love from my Daisy girl. 🙂

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  8. Great to hear you had such a wonderful time on your trip, Lori. And great to hear that Mr. T is perhaps more able than you thought. And great to hear and see that Daisy and the twins are doing and looking so grand. What a beautiful family!

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    1. Well thank you Sid! I happen to think I’m very fortunate in the “family” aspect of life. I am not sure if my kids are well-behaved or if Sissy Jo had a magic touch I wasn’t aware of!

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  9. Oh I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip! You and FD look so happy in these photos, and you look fantastic (as others have also told you, I see). Also happy to hear that all was well at home while you were gone. I smiled about the dogs behaving differently for Sissy Jo than they do for you; our cats are the same way for the petsitter when we travel. Mr. T. is no dummy…he knows Mommy is a soft-hearted woman and will carry him up those stairs. Gotta love the critters.

    I’ve got some things to share with you too…I hope to get an email out to you soon. Glad you’re home safe and sound.

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      1. Ha ha! No worries Kim! Summer is so busy, and for those of us who work at home (be it a paying job or not) tend to not look at the calendar much. I miss people’s birthdays all of the time. I might even be the queen of belated birthday wishes! 🙂

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    1. Hello Kim and thank you so much. Your comments are always so complimentary… your words always carry the “warm fuzzy” of encouragement and understanding. I thought of you so much in Central Park and also in Bryant Park (both were so very close to our hotel). The bird watching was fantastic! The 5th Avenue Red Tailed Hawk is a celebrity in the area, but I never saw any hawks on our visit – only the apartment balconies where they tend to nest and fly to and from the park. It was thrilling to see so many birds, some I was familiar with and others I hadn’t a clue, nor a guide to look at. I didn’t even have my zoom lens with me (too cumbersome for traveling that distance), but I took it all in as a time to just enjoy and observe. It would be thrilling to go back to spend more time bird watching in Central Park.

      Oh, goody, an email with news!!! Yippee!!!! Get writing girl! 😀

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    1. Hi Louis, oh it isn’t about bravery really. We found NYC to be a place of high energy, lots of culture to take in from all over the US and the world, and rich in history. It was crazy energy, but good for us to exist in for that week. I think it causes us to appreciate our lives in the country more. We were there first and foremost to support Emily and her family. The Carnegie Hall experience for Em got us there, and we knew it was an opportunity to experience something great… and it WAS!!

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      1. You are right about the cultural experience. I was exaggerating a bit but dense areas can cause me to have panic attacks sometimes; however, my experience living in Bangkok as a kid was a valuable learning experience as it, even in the mid 60s, was a cosmopolitan place with many immigrants from all over Asia. At that time, there were very few western folk so I got to see what living as a minority member was like. Since then, some of the islands in the Gulf of Thailand have become playgrounds for wealthy Europeans (esp. the Scandinavian countries) and folk from Australia and New Zealand.

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  10. You looked great on the bench in Central Park! Vacation relaxed! And you have put everything back together at the homestead like a good Mum! Your trip and return sounds like the natural order of things has unfolded and all is well. Great stories, as usual.

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    1. Ha ha ha!! That post was too funny! Yes, life on the west coast and Midwest US is so very different than what we experienced on the east coast. We saw many signs in NYC that we hadn’t seen before. Life lived is vastly different in many regions, and it’s great to have a taste of that from time to time. It’s wonderful to have understanding about different ways of life and culture – or at least try to understand how people come to be the way they are.

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      1. He he Thanks for chkg it out. And it is because of what you say about understanding cultures outside our own that I ran the Race Around the World the last few months, a mosaic of cultural biographies from bloggers around the world. Nice connecting, thx for the visit. Keep shining.

        HW =)

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        1. Thanks and isn’t it grand to connect? That’s what I love about the blog world… there’s so much to share and gain understanding. Aw, I love that – “Keep Shining”. Now there’s some great advice for all people!

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  11. What a fun post! And how nice to photos of YOU and FD on your trip. I’m so glad that you had such a lovely time away and a joyous homecoming as well! The photos of the animals are great, too! That last one is particularly sweet.

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    1. Oh, thank you. While we had a fabulous vacation, I was more than ready to be home see the dogs, the deer and the canyon in general. Life went on without us… but I sure was glad to settle back into my niche in nature on our return!

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  12. There’s nothing like a trip away to make you realise you’d rather be back where you came from – although the trip away is wonderful in itself – and happy belated birthday! *hug*

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  13. How delightful it always is to read your posts Lori and to see how you are not only surrounded by Nature each day (except on that NYC trip!) but that you regularly take time to appreciate her and capture great photos for all of us to appreciate as well. Although I spend 6-8 months each year living and photographing deep in nature on those photo assignments, I go through a withdrawal each time I leave and return to the city. Reading your posts, especially when I’m back home as I am now, always gives me a warm feeling and reminds me that nature is not so far away. Thank you. { }

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    1. Thank you, Rick! It means so much to read your comment. I feel like a successful writer when someone is touched with a “warm feeling” about something I have written. I suppose it was just a natural thing for me to migrate to Central Park and Bryant Park so much of the trip to NYC. It is where I felt most at home. And even though I do appreciate what the city and urban life presents, and I enjoy many aspects of the experience, my inner spirit resides here in the woodlands. I found myself yearning to spend time with Daisy in the quiet of her world. On our return, the fireflies presented a wonderland down in the canyon with twinkling lights. while the many cicada’s sang their songs and distant frogs peeped and croaked their own melody of the night. Wherever we happen to be, nature is with us in some manner, and welcomes us home.

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    1. Oh thank you so much! Nature is my saving grace most days. The resilience of the animal world is nothing short of amazing to me, and I am thankful for the daily lessons – mostly about trust and instinct.

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        1. Oh thank you! Daisy taught me a lot that year she was just a fawn. I spent a lot of time out in the pen with her. After hunting season was over that year, we turned her loose, and I was able to walk with her in the woods on many occasions. Those were the days of Daisy teaching me much about her world – it opened my eyes to nature and facets of life I never noticed before.

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          1. Thanks Alison! I tried following Spirit this afternoon but she took off running into the woods. I feel like she has the baby nearby, but with the woodlands being so lush this year, it would be impossible to search. I’ll just have to wait until she brings her fawn out in a few weeks. I can’t wait to share photos!

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