Quintesentially Norman Rockwell. Did you ever have a day like that? The big word that starts with a Q means “purest form.” Yesterday was such a day for us.
Then it was back home for a quick lunch and out into the yard for a glorious day of raking autumn leaves. About an hour in our youngest daughter-in-law called. “Carl and Eric are taking the boat out of the water and then coming over to split wood.” Heather was coming with the kids and that’s when it got wonderful.
Sam and Anna arrived with their dad, Eric, and I passed out rakes. Grandpa had the tractor going and his DIY trailer all hitched up to haul the golden bounty to the compost pile on the hill. Anna and Melodi begged a ride.
And of course they wanted treats. Sam negotiated for cookies and hot chocolate. “How many have I earned now, Grandma?” he asked as he gloated over his pile. I can’t wait until he’s sixteen and has a real appetite. He even performed this daring feat between bouts of raking.
Anna turned a cartwheel for me and Sierra climbed onto the tractor while it stood still. It took her a while to get used to the horrible roar and rattle the old thing makes. She eventually did get her ride.
Eric and Carl ignored their mother’s stealth photography; all busy splitting wood for the living room wood stoves they each have. We’re so blessed with old dead trees around here.
Adding to this perfect day was the old movie hubby and I watched after everyone left, Cheaper by the Dozen. The old one from the 40’s with Myrna Loy and Clifton Web. Talk about Norman Rockwell! We had a small libation and some peanuts as we watched and waited for the chicken to finish roasting.
Would it be awful if I boasted about our All American dinner? Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas from the garden, pickled beets (from the garden), cranberries, and homemade bread. Yum. Didn’t even need dessert even though there were still chocolate chip / raisin cookies that escaped the grasp of four grandkids – just barely.
Sometimes life is so good you think you must already be in Heaven. A foretaste of the things to come? I have to think so. God bless us every one.
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