Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Vacations are Absolutely Necessary

This sunset, as it sat over Lake Comanche, brought me to tears, and I don’t know why. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t upset. I was on a mini vacation away from any responsibilities at home. Perhaps I was missing SS. Perhaps I was missing RJ. Maybe I was missing someone completely different and I didn’t know it. Whatever the reason, it was beautiful. I couldn’t stop staring at it. I couldn’t stop clicking the camera in hopes that I would capture something equally as beautiful as it was in real life. This was the best I could do.


The next night, this was the sunset. A little different than the night before, but still beautiful. Trust me. The picture doesn’t even begin to illustrate how beautiful this looked.


The reason for my mini vacay, was to celebrate 93 years with this amazing woman. For 36 years, this woman has never let me down, never allowed me to get away with taking the easy road when it came to helping her, and always taught me that you can do anything. No matter how old you are. 


I walked out to have a Sunday morning smoke with my uncle before anyone woke up, when this beauty looked us in the eye. She was standing on a rock in the front yard eating the leaves off the trees. (My uncle hates the deer because they came and ate all their plans/fruit trees in their backyard/front yard. If he was mean, he’d shoot them, but he’s not, so he just complains about them.) I tried to get closer, but she got spooked. Thankfully there’s a long lens on this camera.


This kid. He’s seven. And grows too fast. He’s one of my favorite little cousins. Ever since he’s been able to talk, he’s called me Violet. No idea why. Nobody seems to know. Perhaps it was easier to say than Valerie? I think I might have broken the habit this trip, but we’ll see. Kids.

I’m happy to be home. Now that I have a home I’ve created, I miss it when I’m away. And it makes it even more awesome to come home, when I get picture clues like this as I’m headed home….

My house smelled amazing when I walked in. Chocolate cake. One of my all-time favorite desserts. And to know that SS and his daughter made it, makes it a million times better.

I love them guys. Winking smile


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