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Love, family, friends and gardening

Monday, July 08, 2013

The title pretty much describes my life, aside from work, these days. Love continues to blossom along with the flowers, shrubs and trees that now decorate my yard and deck; and I have been able to spend quite a bit of time with family and friends. I am finding the motivation to continue my journey to a healthy body and mind; as well as improving my surroundings by doing little improvements over time.

My relationship with Mike has brought me more love and joy than I have ever known with a man. We have combined our two households into one, and are making plans for a long future together. Our families have welcomed each of us with open arms and we are fortunate to have their support. My sons get along with Mike very well – in fact he my youngest have already spent several days pursuing common hobbies. For years I felt guilty that my sons weren’t exposed to a loving marriage between their dad and myself. Now they, along with myself, know just how wonderful a loving relationship can be.
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With the combining of households, I am now mom to Buster and Crash, and it is nice having dogs again. I wasn’t sure about getting another dog after Shadow disappeared last fall, but I now realize just how much I missed having one around – and two are even better! Of course the boys are thrilled after months of asking when I would get another one.

Buster, a 100+ pounder, who thinks he is a lap dog.

Crash, who believes the world revolves around him. LOL!

Over the July Fourth holiday weekend, I was able to catch up with several friends and a favorite aunt. I come from a small town, which holds a huge celebration over the Fourth – fireworks, street dance and reunions on the Third, and a grand parade, games and social activities on the Fourth. So many former residents, along with those of us who haven’t ventured very far away, come home for the celebration. Everywhere you turn there is another familiar, friendly face, a hug, handshake, recalled memory and lots of laughter. One of the many to come home was my aunt, who has lived in Washing State for the past 40+ years. Mike and I spent some time talking with her, and on Friday she, my mom and I had about five hours together to reminisce and catch up. It was a wonderful few days, but I do have to admit that a weekend alone with Mike was even more wonderful. Sure made getting up and going to work today difficult, even though I do really like my job.

With so much sunshine and a fair amount of rain, my flowers, shrubs and trees are doing wonderfully, and it is nice when we have the time to just sit outside and enjoy the beauty they bring to the yard.

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