A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I and our families were invited to a gathering at our friends' house in Mountainville, NY. It's a tiny town about 45 minutes from us but seems like worlds away with its rustic, country charm, barns and lots of trees and open fields. The way the area where we live was when I was growing up.
Our hosts, Mark and Maureen, were very good friends with my father. After he passed away, Maureen and I spent a lot of time together. I think, in a lot of ways, it made us both feel closer to him. I was able to see a different side of my father thru Maureen's words about him and I think just me being his daughter made Maureen feel close to him again. My father's death was very sudden and premature and hit me very hard. It was almost a year to the day after my first husband passed away suddenly, as well. I don't know that you ever get over the death of a parent. You kind of tuck it away and accept it the best you can and smile thru tears when you think about it. At least that's how it is for me . . .
|Boogying (not sure how to spell that!!) down poolside. Excuse my daughter's underpants. She wanted to be completely naked but we were able to talk her into keeping her undies on!! : )|
|Megan and niece, Annie.|
Mark and Maureen's house is absolutely beautiful. And there's a perfect view of a barn while you lounge poolside. Hello?? Poolside . . . Barn . . . Works for me!!!!!!
They also have the most amazing tree in their backyard. Mark told me what it was called but I don't remember. He also said it's a pain in the neck because it constantly sheds. I think it would totally be worth the aggravation!! : )
Meg had lots of fun exploring the grounds, smelling the flowers and playing with the two resident doggies.
|Maureen said the pups spend more time in the pool than she and Mark do!!|
It was a beautiful day spent with friends and family and I'm so glad we were finally able to get together with them. This has been a summer filled with time spent with friends, old and new. Lots of new memories have been made. I set my intention for having a great summer, spending more time outdoors and being with people whose company I truly enjoy and it's been one of the best summers of my adult life. Sad to see it go but looking forward to "autumnal" memories. There's THAT WORD again!!!!! I told you I liked it!!! : )
Many blessings for a beautiful Wednesday ~ Wendy