Although weather has not been generally kind to us so far on the annual trip south...we have safely ignored this and followed our itinerary (see previous post) with integrity.
The wonderful "early" 80th birthday party in Warrenville, IL on Sunday was wonderful and it was sunny and chilly and the party room at my daughter's townhouse association had a huge fireplace that crackled and glowed brightly as I had a chance to hug a lot of people who mean a whole lot to me.
And our two days and nights with friends Jim and Roberta in southern WI were so so delightful. They have a wonderful welcoming and comfortable home. And we found ways to work around having to cook which we all loved...we brought in a Papa Murphy's pizza the first night and then we all ordered our favorite Chinese the second. Lots of fun conversation with two amazing smart, funny friends. Our mutual connections to the UCC church and the town of Williams Bay, WI made our enjoyment even greater. And their wide range of interests from nature and sports to art to music to theater made our talks endearing and warm.
Above you see one of Jim's most cherished places, the conservancy in Williams Bay. (Also dear to me due to my old friend Kendra and her love of the place). Being there brought her memory back so vividly. Despite WIND and COLD, Jim took me for about a 45 minute walk on the south board walk yesterday and I did a few fast sketches to remind me of this special place. Jim tells me there is a new app to download on your phone that will give names of plants and animals. It is called "Seek". I want to look this up!!!
This little sketch in my smaller journal actually took far longer than the one above! It is Roberta and Jim's "kitchen sink garden" overlooking the beautiful woods.
We are now headed to Janesville to visit Greg's cousins, Len and Rick and their wives and then up to Madison, WI tonight to stay with my daughter, Julie. Saturday is THE wedding.