Days 131- 148- Heather

It’s been quite a stretch since I’ve posted. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to write. And that’s ok, because I’ve been spending the last few weeks enjoying the glorious weather. It is my favorite season and I wait 9 months for it come around again. I wish I lived in perpetual Fall.  I think there is no more splendid place to live than New England in autumn.

In the intervening days since my last post I :

  • went to Denver for a conference and am really grateful for that experience, it was incredibly rewarding
  • spent Columbus Day weekend with E and S visiting our fav places in the valley, made a pit stop at Frontier, went to the top of Sugarloaf, and we finished the weekend sitting on the sofa enjoying bowls of chili and cornbread, while watching comedy (though I didn’t find any of it funny, because I apparently have no sense of humor, or so I was told.  But I wholeheartedly agree.  I’m frakkin hilarious damnit!)
  • saw a bald eagle flying over the CT River
  • went on a few walks in the woods (into the woods, into the woods, yes I’m singing in my head)
  • roamed around Noho for Arts Night with my college BFF
  • had some Delhi papri chaat and I want more, always
  • worked on the farm shucking stalks of brussel sprouts. Let me tell you, it was 27 degrees on Saturday morning, so my hands were FREEZING!  But it turned into a beautiful day, so I….
  • spent the perfect Saturday with Z doing typical leaf-peeping activities: visiting a maple sugar shack, eating maple soft serve and some maple cotton candy, visiting the forever awesome Bookmill, and getting the best Mexican & margaritas around
  • saw the last morning glories of the season bloom
  • watched a swarm of ladybugs hover around the hummingbird feeder that has been abandoned til spring

Finally, I played with my dog and spent hours laughing at his antics. He joined our family 4 years ago this week. I love my dog!  I’m sharing a picture of Hunter and his cuteness from his first days with the family. Wasn’t he the cutest??! So damn cute!

Hunter- Cuttest Puppy in the World!


Days 5-7 – Heather Sangria, Sparklers and Soldiers

Sorry for the delay, I’ve been side-tracked, but appreciate this moment of silence to post about last weekend’s joyous times.

My long weekend was spent in the slow-lane and I appreciated every single moment of it.  We stayed at our friend’s home in CT with a rambunctious pitbull who had the most energy of us all.  On Saturday we lounged catching up on sleep, reading, had a small bbq and watched some tv.

On Sunday we went to brunch, for a walk in a rose garden, shoe shopping, and then spent the rest of the day outside in the glorious weather.  We sat with our adirondack chairs in a circle, reading more books with sangrias in hand, playing fetch, and enjoying the sun, wind, and peace.  It was fantastic. We ended the night with s’mores and sparklers.   I don’t know if it was the wine (likely) or the memories of a carefree childhood, but we were was giddy with excitement, dancing and swirling in a fiery show with our sparklers.   Who doesn’t love sparklers?!

And the thing about the weekend, is that, if it were any other weekend I would have taken it for granted.  But as we were lounging I finished re-reading “Veil of Roses” by Laura Fitzgerald– a story about a woman from Iran who comes to America for a green card-marriage to escape the repressive government and an arranged marriage.  If you haven’t read the book, you should, because it will remind you of the small things we do every day that we take for granted as American women.  A few examples from the book: smiling or laughing in public, not being forced to wear veils or hijabs, walking barefoot, being in the company of men who are not our relatives, drinking alcohol, wearing bright, colorful clothing and shoes, laughing with joy and exuberance in public.  We did all of these things this weekend.  Every single one.  My weekend was an example of everything the heroine and all Iranian women can’t do in their lives.  These are freedoms we take for granted every day.

Freedoms we may not have without the bravery of our soldiers.  While I am wholeheartedly against war, I have nothing but gratitude beyond measure for those who have served.  I simply wish we didn’t have to engage in war.  On our initial grocery trip, we came across the Marine Corps League and Auxiliary, raising funds for Marines and their families (it was Memorial Day weekend) so we all donated the cash we had on hand.  It was the very least we could do to honor these families.