HOME AGAIN …. AND AWAY WE GO


Hi Everyone.

We’ve been home about a month now and have had a few surprises come our way.

My cousin warned me that we wouldn’t know fully how Cedar Key impacted us until we were home for a while.

Boy, was she ever right.

After my initial shake up in the house – ditching things left and right,

We converged on garden along the creek.  The huge storms last October left our stone patios mud encrusted.

So, slowly but steadily, we pulled up each and every rock (some were the size of my hips … and I mean All-the-way-Around). Then graded the dirt underneath, replaced the rocks ….and dug up a stony mix from the creek to fill in between the rocks.  It was a lot of work.

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hhhmmmmmmm

It’s a lot of moving heavy things

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The left side, too

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.John, in the meantime, had picked up some pieces of Cherry wood and was sanding them to make some table tops. One was for the table by the cushy chairs …. and the other has become a desk – set on top of old sewing machine iron frames.

outdoor cherry desk on old sewing machine legs

.With the yellow swamp iris in bloom – the outdoor livingroom is simply enchanting

Out Door Living Room

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On the Doggy watch front:  Bucks – our 13+ lab with diabetes, cateracts, hip dysphalia and god knows what else – our boo-bbo, our buckaroo, our touch stone — he’s still here!  When we initially got home, his energy zoomed up.  Over the month, it has waned but he still eats, gets up and out, wobbles as best he can and we keep loving and watching.  It’s been tough – knowing I would not want to live in his condition … but  he keeps giving all the signs of wanting to continue…. John’s rule: when he can’t eat or can’t walk – then its time.  So far, it’s not time yet. And I hope he doesn’t call time during our memorial day trip away.

Bucks 13+

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Our return to New Hope was less than heralded.

We haven’t seen a lot of our friends yet … people are very busy in the north east.

But we have had several suppers with different friends – the Matossian/Saunders, the Nordstroms (senior), and Boyd and Tom’s (our CK landlord) Friday Night Club.  .. and my dog walking crowd has been fun to enjoy again.Not much has changed, it seems.

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.Early on in our return, our friend John – the fisherman – rounded us up for a day of trout fishing….along the canal.  It was fun. We caught a number of species and cleaned them up for eating..

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Honestly, fish from the canals taste like mud.

But the dogs liked them.

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Then John came over to round us up to go see the netting on the island off Lambertville.

Pulling in the Shad Nets

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The family is grandfathered to net for shad — as you can see, they didn’t get many fish and only one shad.  They just count them and throw them back….but it was interesting…. a glimpse at another era’s industry.

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While Spring in New Hope is breathtaking ….

Dragon Boat Practice on the River across from THE LANDING Restaurant

and we had the opportunity to drive up 32 along the river and see all the spectacular sites of beauty that drive offers, I must confess I was missing Cedar Key  – very much.  A couple weeks ago, I turned to John and said: I wish I’d taken that job.

The Arts Center Admin Job.  What I really wanted was the Arts Festival Coordinator Job — but it didn’t work out.

Until it did!  A week after my admission, I got a call from Bev who explained the young woman who was awarded the job had to now decline due to family illness. So one of the board members got the Arts Center Admin Job and they offered me the Festival Coordinator job!  How about that!

So now, besides getting the house ready for mid summer rentals when we go to California to visit friends,….

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we are now on the look out for someone to rent our house during the academic season …. and if that happens, we will be in Cedar Key for 9 months.  If you know any responsible people looking for sept-may fully furnished, fully equipped rental in New Hope –send them our way.

BUT right now, I need to post this and get myself cleaning the house and packing up for a trip down to Virginia for Zach’s HS graduation.  John’s first grandson!  See you on the flip side.

xo Laura

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lisa Hahn on May 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Great news, Laroo! We’d like to get on your dance card before you depart for southern regions. Also need stone consulation time with John!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Harald Poth on May 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I really miss your New Hope garden and all the good evenings I spent with you both there. Congratulations on the Cedar Key position–wow, what changes!

    Reply

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