It is a gray, gray morning up here. I love it! I know the gray will burn off eventually today but for now, this morning, I’m enjoying being in my robe and slippers. A cup of tea and my blanket close by just in case of a chill. :) I enjoy not waking up to the heat and harsh sun up here. We have a fantastic breeze on our little hill of land. We are even slated for a storm tomorrow night. Which is good because we haven’t had rain in weeks.
We’ve been hosting many family members and friends since school let out at the end of June. Friends from CA were passing through on their tour of national parks. Though they didn’t arrive until 8pm, we had dinner ready and waiting. It was good to see familiar faces as it’s taking some time for us to build up our circles again (may take more time than either of us realized.)
My mom flew up from CA for a few days before she left to fly back up to Vancouver for a seminar with my dad and fishing. We took an overnighter to see both my parents (I think it’s been since Christmas that we’ve seen my dad.) Neither The Mister nor I had ever been to Vancouver plus it was The Mister’s birthday so we had two great reasons to break out the passports and hit the road. Less than 4 hours later, we arrived and had a good visit. Vancouver is insanely busy and the taxi ride to dinner scared the pants off me but The Mister loved it. The next morning we all had breakfast together (The Mister had his eggs benedict) then we headed back to the states. The wait to cross the border was almost an hour and a half. Made for some interesting people watching.
Now The Mister’s sister and her two kids (one in college, the other high school) are here for their annual pilgrammage to the PNW. The high schooler is staying with us and is a big help to his uncle in the backyard. As I type, they are building a bigger fenced in area for our henny pennies. Maybe they’ll lay more than one egg a day for us now. The boys are also planning to move the composter closer to the house so I don’t have to trek up the hill with the bucket. Our nephew’s also done many little tasks for me, like fill up the compost bucket while I chop veggies for dinner and carry in extra chairs for the table. A teenager is handy, I tell ya.
They’ve all gone out crabbing and brought home two crab. We feasted last night on those plus a tri-tip (The Mister does an amazing job with meat), short ribs (my favorite!), a chopped salad and clams that my father in law himself dug up. Delicious!
Because The Mister also built a fire pit in the backyard garden, s’mores have been made every night my in-laws have been here. Messy messy s’mores with giant marshmallows, Hershey’s and grahams. Fire is mesmerizing and nostalgic all at the same time, just like music on the AM radio. It’s like we’re camping at home.
The dogs are just over the moon with all the attention they’re getting from our niece and nephew. Over the moon.
So I know most of you are wondering what’s going on with our infertility journey. Rather than post a blow-by-blow of events, let’s just say we’re still a work in progress. I don’t want to bore anyone with the details. Really I don’t. At this point, I’d just be repeating things I’ve already written. We’re still working on things, visiting the doctor, etc. But thank you for your private emails and prayers. They are much appreciated!