The title says it all - I am happy and busy.
So often I begin writing a blog only to be interrupted by one thing or another. I am writing this one from work (Ssshhh, don't tell anyone LOL!). It is very quiet and most of the staff has left early to get an early start to the weekend. I am one of two people who has to stay until the automatic locks go on, and the other person is one of those who left early. Due to the quiet, I have accomplished a lot and am now able to take a little time out for myself.
Work has been crazy busy with all departments in full swing during the summer months - Horticulture department gardens are full of flowers, blueberries (strawberries were done a couple weeks ago) and veggies and apple are beginning to grow; the wild rice paddies are well on their way; the Forestry and Forest Biology department staff are spending hours in the woods and the first of the fall calves was born Wednesday (I saw it only minutes after it was born and was able to pet her after less than an half hour later).
Mama and baby minutes after birth. Amazing how fast baby found her legs and was standing.
Our Animal department's newest bundle of joy - a 68 pound female calf.
Blueberries are ripe and ready to pick. I picked about three cups from one bush by our office flag pole this morning, and left them out for visitors to enjoy.
My home life has been just as busy and is so much better now that I have Mike. He makes everything better and the difficult times much easier to get through. I don't ever remember feeling so content - a loving man, two amazing sons, my family nearby and a job that I enjoy coming to. Grateful doesn't come close to summing it all up.
We are still trying to incorporate his things in with mine, spending many hours doing outdoor projects, and finding new (and some old) places to explore together. Tonight we are going to buy supplies needed for a new roof, tomorrow city-wide rummage sales and a Veteran's memorial dedication in a neighboring town and Sunday will be housework and laundry. We have plans to take my youngest son to the Head of the Mississippi River and meet my oldest son, who lives near there in the next couple weeks. It will be a day spent with my three favorite and guys and I am so looking forward to that! In September we will take our first extended trip together. My niece is getting married in Ohio and along the way we will stop in Illinois to see his son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons (one born in June that he hasn't seen yet). I am anxious to meet more of his family and introduce him to more of mine.
Yesterday was an awesome day too. I met four women, who worked for me when I was running the newspaper, for lunch. One is moving to Washington and it is safe to say that we may never be all together again. We had an awesome time reminiscing, laughing and of course there were a few goodbye tears. I was blessed to have such an amazing staff, and even more blessed that years later we are still like family to each other.
A few more pics of the flowers in my yard, a new statue dedicated to me and my new love, and a couple vehicles from a car show we attended last Sunday (the red 1963 Studebaker is as old as me).