August the 7th came and went with barely a whimper. I thought I would feel different somehow, or older or wiser maybe? But, as day’s go, it was fairly quiet.
I had a phone call from a very dear friend which made me super happy and brought back a whole host of amazing memories. I was phone-bombed all day long from my best friend Sarah with hilarious birthday memes. I had phone calls from three of my siblings, all of which were awesome in their own way and I spent the day with three of my kids and bought myself (and Shawn) new sheets as a present. That may sound nerdy to you, but I promise, these new sheets were a luxury and they feel ahh-mazing.
Saturday morning we packed up the car and drove further east to Nova Scotia where my parents and sister live and where my middle daughter has been staying for the last two weeks. We made a four and a half hour drive last over seven hours by adding detours. We went to the old Dutchman’s farm for a short tour around and some gouda, swiss and an award winning blue/stilton called Dragon’s Breath which is the best cheese I’ve had in ages bar none. Then we took a drive to Masstown Market where we bought more cheese, some blood pudding for Sunday breakfast and had a fish fry lunch. Our plan was to take a scenic route to my sister’s from there but the GPS took us instead down a rocky, bendy, hilly road that added an extra hour to our drive.
Birthday dinner with all the little cousins running around, my dad’s famous breaded chicken and my mom’s super delicious chocolate cake and all was well with the world. Shawn, our youngest and I, went back to mom and dad’s for the night and the next morning we picked up Ash and had an incredible day in the Annapolis Valley. We did wine touring and farmers markets and we went to a blueberry farm where we were driven out into the HUGE fields to pick our own.
Apart from my accidentally standing on an ant hill at first and having my feet COVERED in ants with a few bites to boot, it was lovely!
Sunday dinner at mom and dad’s and we went for a nice walk along the trails behind their house in the rain where we saw a bald eagle sitting in one of the trees. If you haven’t walked through the woods in the rain before, you don’t know what you’re missing.
It was great to visit with the family. I pulled out some of the old photo albums, as I tend to do, and leafed through them with my baby boy (13) sitting by my side. I got to braid my niece’s hair and I had so many cuddles from the kids. Not to mention the fact that I absolutely love being called “auntie”.
We had a great drive home where we played the most infuriating game in the world invented by my sister and brother in law called “cows” in which you have to count cows….it’s more involved but let’s just say that it can get very loud in the car. It’s great to be home, though.
I took a look around our house yesterday and then sat outside in my extremely beautiful backyard and counted my blessings. We are very blessed, very fortunate and very lucky. Last week I was handling a cyber stalker (read: blocking an asshole from as much of my social media as possible.) and preparing for the worst in terms of leaving my 30’s but, the moment clicked over and with barely a bump. In fact, I kind of think I like the view from here. Suits me.
Back to regular life once again. I have two books to finish writing and lots to catch up on.