Home Sweet Home
I got there kind of late Friday evening and when we went to bed, we laid there and talked for several hours. She's been in touch with a lot of old friends on Face book and so we laughed and reminisced until the wee hours of the morning. At one point she got up and went to the kitchen and brought us back cookies and milk and we sat in the middle of the bed and ate like little girls again. It was so much fun.
I love going there because my sister is so much like my mom was and her home is just like my mom's always was. There is nothing fancy, just all the little trinkets and pictures and memories you would expect to find at your grandmother's house. What I really love at her house is her yard.
She has flower beds and bird houses and swings and all sorts of stuff around the yard. A very country setting and everything just seems to work together very well.
She lives next door to a house that my mom and step dad built. My mom loved that house and spent many hours out in the yard.
The Teal's, an elderly couple, bought mom's house and they knew her and loved her very much. I go over and walk through their yard when I'm there because a lot of the plants and shrubs that are there now, my mom planted.
Saturday morning I took a walk through both yards and took pictures. A lot of the flowers are blooming. There are blueberry bushes and crab apple trees starting to bare. If you walk way to the back of the property, there is a special place the Teal's made that I love to go.
I posted a story a while back about taking my mom shopping for her birthday one year. After shopping all day she hadn't found a thing she wanted me to buy her. On the way home, we passed a place that sells concrete statues and stuff for the yard. She had really looked at a couple of deer there but insisted they were too expensive and didn't want me to buy them for her. After I took her home, I went back and paid for them, a doe and a buck, and had them delivered to her. She was ecstatic.
A few days later she called me and said I needed to get over there. Thinking something was wrong, I rushed over and she took me out to the yard. "Look!" she said. "My deer had a baby last night!" She had giggled like a little girl over this and I loved it. She had gone back to the place and bought the baby that went with the set.
So, a few months ago, my sister and Mr. and Mrs. Teal walked me out to the back of their property to show me this special place they had made. They had taken all the deer and put them in this clearing with a swing and flowers all around. It's a beautiful quiet little place to go and sit. I absolutely love it.
Saturday morning, everyone was gone at both houses, so I walked through the yard and back to the clearing and took a bunch of pictures and then just sat for a while. It's very peaceful. I was actually able to enjoy it without crying or being sad. It's was really nice.