Wednesday, August 3, 2016

down time

After working 6 days a week for months now, Buddy was coming home for a 3 day weekend. In a moment of weakness he emailed that he would like to just sit down at the falls and rest, have a campfire, and for me to see if any of the neighbors wanted to stop by to talk. The neighbors on both sides are kin, so I sent out a group message to share his invitation (before he changed his mind). Then the next day I get this e-mail outlining all the work that he needs to do at home and maybe postpone the R&R at the falls for another time. I refused and insisted on the down time. So it actually happened, it didn't rain, and was a very nice time spent.

Not one of the BIG official family gatherings that happen maybe twice a year, but just a casual drop in if you want to, it was good to see some of the kids and grandkids.

The waterfalls are popular with other neighbors who often hike back there on the weekend. This time we were happy to see some folks we have not seen in a long time, two of the Smith boys and their kids. It was also good to see little kids in the creek again, so excited to be walking up the creek, climbing the rocks, having a great time.

The newest addition to the family, puppy Georgia wanted to play with big sister Sophie, and they had a good time, separately.

Matt liked to play in the creek, looking for crayfish or spring lizards, moving rocks, he really wanted to build a dam.

We had watermelon and salty peanuts and s'mores and boiled peanuts. We heard some old stories from Joey Smith and some new stories from our grandkids, snippets of conversation…

don't ever put your toothbrush in the dishwasher

how to make a jager bomb

how to turn yourself over when your kayak is upside down

s'mores made with Reese's cups

which trees to use for hammock

where to buy boiled peanuts - you have to get them from the guy on the side of the road just before you get to the dump, those are the best, not mushy like gas station boiled peanuts

We have our token Yankee in the group, well not Yankee in the derogatory sense, and not really Yankee since she is from Ohio, but Allison has the attitude that keeps Kyle in line, fun to watch, a good match. And she is slowly embracing the Southern life - bringing the boiled peanuts!

thanks everyone for sharing in Buddy's down time, resting, talking, making memories, til next time...


Gypsy Quilter said...

Good for you! Glad Buddy had a chance to sit down and unwind for a bit in the coolness of the mountains. Cute puppy.

Linda J said...

Good to have Buddy home to rest and visit with everyone in a more spontaneous way. I am sure it was a tonic for you all to have the down time. There probably IS a lot for you both to deal with being gone so long--just not this time! I think I saw that "Road Man" picture so you couldn't corral him completely?

S'mores with peanut butter cups sound interesting! I'll eat boiled peanuts but I don't care for all that salt on them. Is it an acquited taste?