Thursday July 31, 2014

Once again, we survived an anniversary with help from our family and friends.  Shannon's birthday came and went, but not without those we love acknowledging it.  Messages and flowers and a walk around the reservoir added some salve to the pain I was feeling.  The eagle soared over head as we walked and talked about Shannon.

Our threesome spent that afternoon looking at a potential new car for me.  (Not a new car, but a used one that would be new to me :)  Ol' Bessie, my trusty minivan, is about ready for pasture.  219,000 miles and counting.  Hopefully she's got one more trip to Lake Hubert in her, because that's where we are headed tomorrow.  Time for a week at the cabin before the rush of pre-school activity begins.  Volleyball practice starts August 11.

Dan will be delayed a day on arriving up north because he's on a customer golf trip to four of the nicest courses in western Pennsylvania.  Today takes him to Oakmont, which has hosted more US Opens (8) than any other course.  The US Open will be there again in 2016.  For someone who is such a golf geek, it doesn't get much better than this.

So, life is good.  As we talked about cars and golf this morning, Dan reminded me of the days in our first house when we would get our measly paychecks and try to make the money stretch to pay the bills and have a little money left over.  Now he's playing US Open courses and I'm looking at luxury SUV's.

Truth is, we were happy then, and we're happy now.  A good reminder to appreciate life - wherever you are at on this particular day.  

"It is not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau