Hot scorching days have morphed into cloud and sprinkles, a bit of reprieve for thirsty gardens but not enough to douse blazing forest fires. Its picturesque to see houses tucked into the clutches of wild forest –until the tables turn and the forest licks towns up with its flames.
Gaelyn and Chantel take a (cold) swim. They went back to Chantel’s aunts house and had to warm Gaelyn up with 8 blankets and a cup of tea. Chantel had a sleep-over with Gaelyn and Danaka before she leaves tomorrow to go back to Nova Scotia.
It’s been peaceful here on the island. Our days are taken up with keeping two ‘homes’ stocked with food and clean laundry. Some of us are back at Shelley’s house while her and her kids hop-skip-and-jump between summer camps and plain-old-camping. We’ve been watering the gardens, taking care of bunnies and dealing with a kitty charged-up. Nothing is out of reach of this little creature; she’s climbing curtains & screens, and can now jump straight onto the table without any springboards.
The rest of the family has spread out to fill the vacated space in the 5th wheel, and while they stay up late watching movies, they sleep-in in the mornings and hope mom & dad bring provisions before they starve to death. They volunteer their time every day on the hobby farm.
Some weekends Annalee comes and camps out with us so she can volunteer more than otherwise might be available for her. (Isaiah comes sometimes, too.) But the first time the teens had to put their tent up, it was somewhat humorous. Toveli caught it on camera.
The other evening we invited ‘the teens’ (which is now including Gaelyn who is only 10…she’s grouped in with ‘the teens’ with this current living set-up, but in other circumstances she would be lumped in with ‘the younger ones’. Sometimes it works in her favour and sometimes not so much)….so like I was saying, we invited the teens up to ‘the house’ for dinner and they stayed long enough to get their laundry washed and dried. Hmmm, seemed a bit strange to be doing this with 10, 14, 16 & 17 year olds, just visiting!!
Anyways, it makes me take notice again at how quickly the kids grow up and before we know it we’ll be suffering the empty-nest-syndrome. Well, I doubt we’ll be suffering from it. I think we’ll be happily embracing it while we travel the world to visit our 9 kids spread around the globe. We won’t have time to notice the empty nest, right Everette?!!
Already we’ve become peripheral in some of our children’s lives, and that’s all fine and dandy.
Layne hugs Maret and Gaelyn
Some of you readers knew that we were planning to spend some extended time in Puerto Rico learning about the business of aquaponics. For now it’s on the back burner. However, Everette and Danaka had a successful trip to the island in the Caribbean, gathering information and taking a course. Hopefully they are both wiser for the experience!
We have apparently misplaced our camera which is a real bummer, so photos are becoming fewer and farther between. Wordpress has issues uploading pics from my phone so that’s a real bummer, too.