This posting once a week thing is getting a little ridiculous, isn’t it? But hey – I do what I can and this is what works for me right now. Last week was a good one and the weekend was even better with temps rising pleasantly. I hosted movie night at my house with a few co-workers on Friday night which was a first for me. My husband didn’t like a lot of company. I baked an apple pie and took it out of the oven right as my guests were arriving. It made the house smell incredible.
Saturday was spent working on window cleaning, a huge job that I do twice a year. Half the windows (the ones in the rooms we use) get cleaned in autumn and the other half gets cleaned in the spring. I have a thing about clean windows. It’s depressing having dirty ones, I tell you.
On Sunday, I took a drive with George after finishing more windows. I took the camera with me and stopped along the road to get the photos in this post. I browsed in a little shop that I like up by the Pennsylvania border and marveled at the beauty of the day as I drove while I listened to a CD that I’d just burnt from music files on my computer.
Here’s a list of the tracks I chose:
1. Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates
2. Patty Griffin – Heavenly Day
3. Keri Noble – About Me
4. Madeleine Peyroux – I’m All Right
5. Sarah Harmer – Almost
6. Brett Dennen – Ain’t No Reason
7. Essie Jain – My Darling
8. Joni Mitchell – A Case of You
9. Nick Drake – Place To Be
10. Bruce Springsteen – The Fever
11. Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down
12. The Neighborhood – Sweater Weather
Listening to Patty Griffin singing Heavenly Day while driving just felt so good. She says it’s the first love song she wrote (and that she wrote it for her dog). Sounds like my kinda girl.
Remember the sunset I was talking about on my last post and that I was out tossing frisbee for George with that as the backdrop? Just so beautiful . . .
Anyway ~ George pulled up lame the following day and I had to leash walk him all week with no tossing of his toys in the house in the evenings. This made him sad but he seems all better now.
I was driving along when I spotted this barn and pulled over real quick, shooting this right through the windshield. It was just so pretty against the blue of the sky.
Driving around with my dog, I remembered something I used to do when I was really young. I think I was about 20 years old or so and my boyfriend and I (my husband, Andrew) had just gotten this little border collie mix puppy and named him Alex. Alex would sing (howl) if you sung just the right songs. The two that worked best were Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Chantilly Lace. I had a little Fiat Sport Coupe, a 5-speed with a double overhead cam engine and I loved driving that little sucker. I would pretend that I was a DJ on WDOG radio and then announce our guest performer, Alex the border collie, with his doggie rendition of Chantilly Lace. And then I would start singing and the dog would start howling.
It was silly. And fun.
And it’s a nice memory.
Coming home up the long driveway is always nice. I remember the first time I drove up this driveway. It was to bring our youngest son to an end-of-year party hosted by the granddaughter of the owners of the house I live in now. She was in the same class as my son at school and wanted to have a party at her grandparents house. This would have been in 2001 and I remember feeling this profound sense of Déjà vu.
I had no idea that seven years from then we would be living here.
Life is funny sometimes, isn’t it?
Hoping it doesn’t take me an entire week to write another post. Thanks for stopping by today, my friends ~