|Richard hasn't lost his skills|
|Our grand nephew Julian on Long Island.|
We love you!
|LI friends Joyce and Ralph|
|Richard's niece Joanna in her store called MINT in Mattituck, LI with|
Richard's cousin Maureen who visited by ferry from CT.
You might wonder about all the details....we have many friends in Mexico and Ecuador who are now reading the blog and they like the details of the USA.
Every morning at the Cape we walked along the Cape Cod Rail Trail from Brewster to Orleans to the coffee shop. Here is most of the gang as we took over the place. We had fantastic weather for the whole time as the Vogel family gathered once again.
|Emily and Ricardo at the bay|
|Richard V.'s sailboat with many of the family getting on.|
|Andy's birthday - with his whole family....and Eli looking on.|
|Paul and I - checking emails and ordering shoes!|
|Jacob and his Auntie Becky - having fun|
|Ozzy and his Unkle Captain Rich|
|Noah stretching after a good nap|
|Noah, Laura and the kids enjoy a little rest from the days activities|
|At the ocean beach - Nausett Beach|
|Paul waiting for "the big one"|
|The two Richards getting the boat ready - I love Rich's convertible|
We were lucky to get to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and it was incredible. The big wonder for me is how they ship and pack these gigantic glass pieces.
|Kripalu where we went for the day on our way to Nancy's|
|I loved these sculptures - representing people|
|With Nancy and Rick we went to the NY City Ballet at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center - what a treat.|
Then we headed west to Ithaca and Trumansburg. We stayed our first night with Paul and Emily in their beautiful new home and went to a delicious dinner on the Commons. We love going back to Ithaca and seeing the many friends and places that we know from the years we lived there. The family is so connected and supportive - it felt so good to be there. Each time we leave we think that we should go back and spend some time there - in the summer when the weather is perfect. We worked on a quilt for Andy's sister - I spent many hours hand quilting. I am always happy when I have a little project to work on and happily they came along at most of the stops along the way. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
Then we traveled two days back to North Carolina and stopped along the way to see Anita, my dad's lady friend. She is getting older and more frail but was still her happy and goofy self. I am sure she enjoyed our visit. It was kind of strange going to Gaithersburg and to Asbury where we had gone so many times to be with Erwin and now he is not there.
|Sophie, Amy, me, Rosey and Biz....making breakfast on our first morning back.|
|Biz, Allen and Ricardo|
|I made this baby quilt for Katie during the first week in NC. |
Great to have a project to work on here too.
|Marni, me, Sharon and Nancy|
|Richard and Allan helped too!|
|Rosey sews away....|
We caught up with many of our friends for breakfast, lunch or dinners while here in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. That along with many chores kept us busy - we did all the details of life that would be spread over a year period of time in two weeks - needless to say - it was complicated and I am glad to be organized to do it. Richard had some work too - one of the departments at UNC that he wrote a database for needed his help so off to work he went to help with the problems.
We also spent many volunteer hours working on the service project for Ecuador that we have mentioned before - Volunteer Med Partners. A group of people from our UU Church here in Chapel Hill are going in August and each volunteer is carrying in a large suitcase full of medical supplies. Richard, Melva and I spent hours inventorying and packing each suitcase to be ready to go.
So...here are my thoughts as we wind down our time here and begin the next year of vagabond life.
- I do not like driving in a car all the time vs. never using one and walking everywhere.
- I did not enjoy the last two weeks of hot weather - near 100 every day with high humidity - not good for walking or any exercise for that matter.
- I loved seeing all our family and friends and realize that the connections are deep.
- I did miss our friends in SMA and Ecuador also and look forward to going back.
- I was consumed the last two weeks in minutia details of life but kept reminding myself that it is going to be a free and easy year coming up without these details to tend to.
- We had many of our body parts checked out and all is well - feels good to be so healthy and be able to live the life that we do. Many days and nights we were confused as to where we were going or coming from but we figure this life style will help to stave off dementia as we have so much to remember.
- I enjoyed going to our garage and seeing our "stuff" as well as giving some away. I don't miss any of it when I am not around it.
- I see that the USA is a consumer society and I too fall victim to shopping more than I do south of the border. Of course there is no "Tiangus" (Tuesday Market) where the same things I buy here would be $1-2 dollars vs. much more.
- I am grateful for Ricardo in my life, my health, wealth and connections and love that so many of you have enjoyed our lives and are supportive of us coming and going....WE LOVE YOU ALL.