And now the quiet

After nearly a month of family being together, and tons of celebrations, I find myself alone again.  My youngest and her boyfriend left yesterday — back to college.  The house is quiet and still.  I feel a calmness descending.  Looking back …

My middle daughter and hubby.  Steph hosted Christmas at her home this year.  She had surgery about 2 weeks before Christmas and I have to say, you would have never realized it the way she took care of everyone and her amazing energy.  It was a great Christmas – and the first one we’d shared in person since 2002.


Christmas is so much better when little ones are there — especially my gorgeous 3 grandkids!


And my eldest daughter received a great surprise from her hubby – a shiny, new VW “bug”…


And then my youngest, her boyfriend and I returned home.  We visited the wild burro and horse shelter.  These animals are “rescued” from the weapons testing area in California.  While I’m not a “horse” person (or a burro one for that matter), I can’t help but be moved by their lives …



I finally finished a sweater I’d been knitting for a friend’s new baby boy:


And while it does look like it has “button” issues, they do calm down…


And then it was time for my youngest to get ready to return to Texas.  We decided to take the scenic route and drove through the desert, then miles of citrus orchards, and then by the Pacific Ocean…



We drove through Malibu and saw the Santa Monica Pier (both too crowded to stop).  Spent the light at an airport in LA and then, the next day, saw them safely off…


And as for me, I’m remembering this busy time with a full heart.  And in just 19 days I’ll be boarding the cruise ship and spending 2 weeks in the Caribbean.  Can life get any better?