Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and excitement as I move on to a new adventure. I really appreciate the support! We had a great time on Saturday night hanging out in the back yard. We made s'mores, looked at magazines, did the crossword, talked, stared at the fire. It really was exactly what I needed. Here are a few pictures of our fun. The fire really got going in our little stove, as you can see in one of the below pictures.
The wheelbarrow in the picture is one that Steve repainted in a glossy red and then stained the wooden handles....so we could then throw dirt and weeds into it. Once he sets his mind to something, it just has to be done. I'll admit, it's sweet looking wheelbarrow - even with dirt and weeds :o)
Me and my new "English Home" magazine.
The fire really gets going at times - it's mesmerizing. Fortunately I don't feel compelled to touch it, that could be bad. Mostly I just stare at it, eyes wide as saucers, mouth slightly gaping. I don't know what it is about a fire that makes me just want to sit and look at it.
We have numerous rose bushes up on the hill that is above the stone retaining wall. They have all started blooming and I think they are so pretty - just the perfect shade of pink.
Thanks again for all of the kind words - as always, you're such an inspiration.