Smith and I were able to spend the 4th of July together. For the first time in over a year he had a summer Holiday off. We decided the mountains were too full of "once a year" visitors and hung around home, tending to the garden, a few little "honey do" projects, and a special barbecue dinner for two.
The rest of the weekend was spent taking care of myself. Isn't that what you do when you have time alone?
The best part of the weekend may have been Saturday, in which I treated myself to a long, luxurious massage.I haven't had a massage in over a year and with my sore back and shoulders, it was much needed. I followed that with a delicous lunch and a much needed peciure, all of which took up my afternoon. My evening was spent quietly reading (something I love to do alone, as no one is there to interrupt).
Sunday, after taking care of a few errands, I decided the once a year people would be out of the mountains and I headed up to Silver Lake for a quick break and a bit of mountain air. It's a summer weekend so there is no way I'd expect it to be quiet. Children are all about, and so are the expectant fishermen (who rarely catch a thing, but that's not what fishing in Silver Lake is about). Since it was afternoon, I knew better than to expect to see a moose (which, in any case, would only make Carole envious).
What I didn't expect was to see a bride!!
She was there for pre-photos, but sported a big smile, nonetheless. Not to take anyting away from the bride, I also saw a deer for the first time, and caught the last of the Silver Fork irises. The bog orchids andelephant heads were out in profusion, but I did a poor job of photographing them.
One reason we take a run up to the mountains is to escape the summer heat, and while the valley didn't hit 100 this weekend, we came close. At least there was breeze at the lake, which was welcome as I walked around.
Smith and I have a Friday off together later in the month and we're looking forward to some time together. In the mean time, I'll enjoy my quiet time (I sure miss Moxie at times like this).