That’s an old phrase, isn’t it? As I sat at my computer this morning and sent off emails to family and friends to let them know we were home from our trip, safe and sound, that phrase came to me out of some time long ago. I write very few letters these days, but I still love “catching up on correspondence” in the mornings. And nowadays, that includes catching up with the blogging world.
We’ve been to visit B’s mother in an Alzheimer’s care facility in California, and chose to drive this time instead of fly. A side trip to see the ocean and the giant Redwoods was wonderful. But stopping to see our new little grandson, on the way there and back again, was the highlight, of course.
We took Anna Karenina with us, but didn’t listen as much as we thought we would, so we’re not even half way through the book. We found the quiet and the time for conversation too precious to give up. And we had the usual navigator-versus-driver bickering to take care of, too! But listening to Anna Karenina, we both agreed, is an amazing experience. I’d forgotten the incredible detail Leo Tolstoy puts into his stories. He builds a complete world, right down to the description of the hairpin in Anna’s hair, and his characters are so vividly drawn, they become real. And the story…! Well, it’s a delicious listen.
Just before leaving on this trip, my little Poppet arrived. I ordered this fun little piece of sculpture from artist Lisa Snellings-Clark. I’d learned about Lisa’s work through a blog I enjoy, Quixotical, which had a link to Poppet Planet. Anyway, I just had to get one for myself. So my new little poppet went with us, and I took this series of photographs to chronicle her travels.