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In the beginning

In the conservatory.
In the conservatory.

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

~ W. S. Merwin, To the New Year

Happy New Year!  Doesn’t it feel a little strange to have reached the year 2015?  It does to me.  Spending time with my granddaughters, I got to thinking about life when I was nine-years-old-going-on-ten, and the year 2000 seemed so far, far away.  A future in which cars would fly and we’d be living up in the clouds like the Jetsons.  I guess we’d better get on it if that’s going to happen.  We don’t have too much time left to catch up with our cartoon dreams of the future which take place in the year 2062.

I feel as though it’s been a long time since my last blog post, but it’s only been five days.  A lot has happened, and I suspect that is what creates the illusion that much time has passed.  M and I have been on a whirlwind trip with our granddaughters and their parents.  We spent a few days in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., where we crammed in as much as we could.  We walked over 10 miles the first full day we were there, and over 8 miles the second day.  I have lots of pictures and lots of stories although I’m not sure how much I’ll manage to share since life keeps rolling right along while I’m trying to get caught up.

We all (M, our granddaughters and their parents) left D.C. on the morning of New Year’s Eve and arrived at Breezy Acres in the Bogs (northeast Ohio) in time for a Christmas dinner and celebration with M the Younger and his wife.  We had thoughts of attending a First Night celebration, but it was bitterly cold and none of us who had traveled that day felt like getting back in a car to ride over to Akron.  Staying in was a great decision.  There was a lot of joy, laughter, and plenty of celebration going on at Breezy Acres.  We had noisemakers and party hats (or tiaras, for those who prefer them) and New Year’s crackers (you might know them as Christmas crackers).

Today we played games, did some sewing, something you’ll rarely find me doing but since my granddaughters are interested in it, I’m willing to take up needle and thread for their sake and somehow they make it much more pleasurable and fun than it ever was when I did it as a chore.  I helped with some hand sewing as the sewing machines are well beyond my current skills.  I haven’t used one since I was in the 8th grade and they forced us to learn how to sew in Home Economics class.  I wasn’t much interested in sewing at that time in my life, but sure wouldn’t mind having those skills now.  What sewing skills I do have were enough for today, and enough is a pretty good thing to have.

I took a walk around the pond.  It’s frozen over.  Not quite frozen enough for ice skating or walking across, although the guys (M the Elder and M the Younger) were testing the edges, gingerly walking along them and listening as the ice made this strange, almost alien, musical sound while cracks appeared.

You might be wondering about the lack of images.  The image at the beginning of the post was taken at the National Botanical Gardens by my oldest granddaughter.  I gave her Lulu (my little point-and-shoot everything-proof camera) and told her to take whatever pictures she felt like taking.  Since she didn’t take a ton of photos like I did, it was quick and easy work to upload them so I could use one now.  All the rest, including my photos, will wait until I get home.

We’re here for another full day and then it’s back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  After we get settled in there, I’ll be back with some pictures and stories while I get myself ready for surgery on the 14th.

Thank you for visiting today.  Wishing you love, laughter, magic, and plenty of playfulness throughout 2015!

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

26 thoughts on “In the beginning

  1. Huh? Surgery? What did I miss?

    It sounds like you’re having great fun and I’m glad you shared, even your lack of sewing skills! Travel safely home. It’s nice to spend time with family and nice to get home too.

    Happy New Year!



    1. Thank you, Nancy! Happy New Year to you, too! 🙂

      I’m having “female troubles” (postmenopausal) and the doc wants to go in and have a look-see. It’s outpatient surgery that hopefully won’t be a big deal. I don’t feel as if there is anything serious wrong, but can’t prove it without tissue samples so I’ve agreed to go ahead.


      1. I’ve had that done twice in the last five years. It’s not a big deal, but it does hurt for a few days and I made the mistake of going to work the next day. The second time I had it done, I stayed home the next day. Everything came back fine.


  2. How wonderful that you had such a happy time with your extended family for the New Year – And you piqued my interest with your mention of Washington. It is quite possible I will be there in early April – but it isn’t quite settled yet, so don’t tell a soul 🙂 But if you do get time to share your highlights, I would be most interested 🙂

    And your health situation has moved on I see. I am sending you healing and loving thoughts for this time and beyond. Be well! xo


    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 Washington in April! How wonderful! Hopefully the cherry blossoms will be blooming for you. I’m hoping we’ll find (make) the time to see the cherry blossoms in Washington this year. I’m sure I’ll post plenty of highlights from my trip as soon as I’m settled in again at home.


  3. Love DC. I’m glad you were able to go and see some of it. Time with family is so precious, it doesn’t matter if you go to the party or stay home as long as you’re together. Looking forward to seeing some of your photos, but no rush. We’ll be here. Happy New Year to you!


    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I love D.C., too. This is the third time we’ve gone during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s a good week to go because there are no conventions, no large groups of school children on field trips, and the hotels have discounted rates. This was the first time my granddaughters have been to D.C. and they really seemed to enjoy it.


  4. Glad to hear your new year is starting off so well. I’ve never been to DC and need to remedy that one of these days. Kind of funny you are musing about the year 2062 – I’ve heard many musings about 2015 since it is “the future” in the movie “Back to the Future 2”. Hard to believe those movies are 30 years old! Still no hover skateboards, lol. Best wishes for a healthy new year.


    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 If you do start planning a trip to D.C., let me know. Maybe we can meet up (it’s only 2.5 hours from where I live now). Or if not that, I can at least give you a few tips.


  5. Happy New Year, Robin! After wondering about the surgery you mention, I found the answer in the first comment, and it sounds like something I went through about eighteen months ago. All is well with me (has been since the day surgery) and I’m sure it will be for you too. It’s just one of those little annoyances we have to go through at our age, I guess.

    It sounds as though your granddaughters are developing some wonderful skills ~ ballet, sewing, and now photography. I’m very impressed by the photo, loved it even before I knew who had taken it. It’s good to hear you are enjoying sewing with them as well. That’s something I did with my mum, and I also taught my two girls how to sew, although one had taken to it more than the other. I look forward to hearing more news from you when you arrive home. Drive safely on the icy roads. 🙂


  6. Did I say happy new year? I´m sure Im did but I don´t see my coment …maybe in your previous post!! well, I´m sure everything will be just fine on jan 14th!! sending you my very positive thoughts!!


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