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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Down the Road

Click any photo for a closer look, and you will see what I see.
I took a long overdue drive to see my sister, Linda's, yesterday.
Going down and around the curves of Lake Shore Drive has grown some.
Shame on me to notice. It meant I had not been there in awhile and it's only a short distance away. How is it that it's been a summer ago?
My life is not that busy, just congested, I suppose.
Down Sister Drive, and I am there~~~there to hug my sister and give her my get well wishes, fresh picked raspberries and magazines to read while she recovers.
Much to my surprise, there she is to welcome me with her smile and " Well, where have you been? It's so good to see you. "
She has the most outstanding way of making welcomes wonderful.
Right down to her whimsical planters on her wall surrounded with bark, and her hand painted door.
Artsy, artsy, does run in the family.
The reason I was so surprised to see Lin walking around so well, was because she just had surgery on her foot. Nothing seems to slow her down for long. She reminds me of many others in the family with that innate ability to ' get up and go ' as soon as possible.
She also has a green thumb.
Take a look at that 3 yr. old clump of bamboo beside her, keeping in mind that we live in zone 3, for you gardeners.
Meet my brother-in-law, Jim. Normally, these two walk every single day.
It won't be long, and Lin will be right back at his side, step by step.
The peek out her picture windows draws you outside to see more.
We did not walk down to the lakes edge this time, as it's steep and at the moment, has no steps. I agree with her that it has got to change. Always a work in progress.
Here's a closer look at her Bamboo-gone-crazy! How do you take care of this so it doesn't get invasive? Any suggestions, cause I'm thinking of trying some.
Her Crab Apple Tree was loaded with promise and very busy with the birds and a chipmunk.
Oh, there he is~~he's got his eye on me, for fear that I may get one of his apples.
There you are, Chippy! Don't worry! Sour Apples are not for me.
From the house to the lake, the side yard is full of more Lily of the Valley than I have ever seen in one spot before. It was a gorgeous understory of ground cover.
Even the weed, Curly Dock looked lush.
The bark of the young Red Maple looks almost creamy and very white. At first I thought it was a Chalk Maple....
Nesting just above the driveway, was a nest with Mama bird. Neither Lin nor Jim noticed it before.
On closer observation, it might be a Yellow Throated Warbler. She never left the nest once, while I took her portraits. Her nest is about 20 ft. up from the ground. Most warblers nest much closer to the ground or even on it, so I was surprised.
So, what do you think? Is she a warbler?
This fledgling Song Sparrow would not move. He must have thought he was in his camouflage suit.
Now, what's that way, way up there?
Mercy, just the back side of a teenage Robin! Kids!
Thanks for tagging along. Lin is doing great, and I promised that I would not wait until she was hurting to return. She gave me a pretty rough time about not visiting more often. Though visiting at the farm when the entire families are around is great, it was nice sitting quietly in her own surroundings for a change. Walking around her yard with her was pure heaven. I enjoyed every second with her.
Life is too short. Now, go visit someone YOU love.


The White Farmhouse said...

Love all the pics! She has a beautiful place. I would never leave there either. I hope she continues to do well on her recuperating! So nice to have a wonderful sister like you!

Paula said...

Glad you sis is doing well and you two had a nice visit. My daughters are coming this afternoon.

jack69 said...

Yeah you guys are a tough bunch, that is for sure. As i scrolled down to Lin's first pic, it is sure easy to see mama in her. I know you guys have a tight family, if you are not there more often, it is all understood.
Great wild pictures and narrative.
Love ya
Sherry & jack
ps:Shirl's vette is on back order!!!! hahahaha I'll drive the MG up there ans sprot it around the BIG lakes.

PS again: Good to see Linda healing so well.

Louise said...

What a lovely visit!

Fred Alton said...

Dar, you and your family are my kind of people. We love visiting each other very much. In fact, I Just came in from a visit with one of my brothers. Wil has a pool-house that's being re-modeled and he is trying to get it finished before a visit from some of his children from TX, so I have been trying to help. We hung a new door today. Taped and applied "mud" to sheetrock yesterday. It's such fun to have him close enough to visit whenever we choose.

Cher' Shots said...

Great to actually 'see' Lin up and about! Thanks for sharing all the great pics of their place. See you soon:)
'love & hugs from afar'

Jill said...

Such a beautiful drive. Glad your sister is doing well. Yes, life it too short...visit more! :)

Lucy said...

She is doing well!! And as you said artsy must run in the family. Love your pictures !!!..

madcobug said...

Glad that your sister is doing well. I enjoyed the walk around her place.

~mel said...

Seeing that pic of Linda's bamboo reminds me ... I have to see if she wants to do a plant swap with me this fall or next spring. My bamboo is different than hers.

imac said...

You see the warmth and happiness - you made your sister well again.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Goodness Gracious... I know you are busy--but don't wait another year before you visit that sister again... All of you all need each other ---so take the time to get together on occasion... Sometime--you may be like me and not have ANY family left... Sniff Sniff.

Glad Linda is doing so well...She has a gorgeous home.

Naturegirl said...

I would agree with you visit loved ones, take the time as we all have "tattered wings" and the journey for each one of us can be cut short when we least expect it. Your sister has a sanctuary where she heals and I so enjoyed visiting with you both. She is so creative in making up those unique plantings with birch bark!Her home setting would certainly lure me back again and again.
Wishing your sis a speedy recovery!
blessings from naturegirl

Dar said...

I may have misled. My sis and I visit often but just not at one anothers homes as often as we wish.
Most of the time we spend together is either at the Farm which is Mom's place, or on the phone. You see, we both tend to young Grandloves and neither of us load them up and travel with them. We are Grandma's and tired ones, so we keep them close to home... didn't mean to imply that we were distant as friends...hope this clears things up for ya'll.

holdingmoments said...

I really enjoyed going along on your visit Dar. So much to see.