I've been away for 9 days and it sure felt good to pull on to my dirt road last night.You better believe I rolled down those windows and inhaled every bit of the crisp air I could.
A week ago this past Wednesday, I snuck off with one of my coworkers and headed to Amarillo for the day . She was taking her sewing machine in for maintenance and asked me to tag along. I almost didn't go since I had planned to leave for Texas the next day, but go I did and we had a ball. She is such a joy to be around and we have a lot in common. Of course, that meant hitting the quilt shops. I was in search of a backing and came up empty handed, but I sure did enjoy pulling bolts from the shelves and auditioning them for projects she had planned. I did come home with just a smidge of yardage that I could not leave behind even though I haven't a clue as to what I'll do with it. I left the house just a hair after 5 that morning and it was 10 pm when I finally made it back home. A long day, but a really awesome one. It was a day of fellowship, fun, fabric, friendship, and food. That makes for a very good day indeed.
Then it was another predawn wake up call as I drove over 500 miles to spend some time with my Mom the next morning. I logged on lots of computer time, catching up the books for their business, but I wasn't so rushed this trip and we had time to take trips and go to the show and go out with friends. It was a good week and I didn't worry about DH quite so much since our girl was home with him.
She made a hand while I was away and they even hauled horses up to the mountains, grabbed grandpa and rode through some pretty country on a scouting trip. When I got home last night, the house was clean, a pie was on the stove, leftovers were in the fridge, and the entire headquarters had been mowed and weed-eated and de-weeded with the tractor. She and DH worked on it for 3 days. I even had freshly washed sheets on our bed! What a treat!
On Sunday night we even had 3.2" of rain!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! And this morning, I threw in a load of laundry and headed out for a morning walkabout.
The morning sky never ceases to take my breath away out here. The colors change with every step and my heart just overflows with thanksgiving and praise for God and the gift of each new, glorious, sunrise.
I sometimes listen to audio books when I walk, but this morning I was just filled with joy at being home and I simply wanted to drink in the clean air and the sights and sounds and smell of the ranch.
There truly is no place like home.