1: Win and Tracy came to visit! They both totally charmed Pyrrha (Tracy especially became her particular favorite).
2: Cate is having a baby really soon and so there was a beautiful baby shower/garden party in her honor.
3: After the shower, Mary Boyce and I flopped around on her bed and talked about people and things. It was rejuvenating.
4: Ben’s parents hosted a very generous cookout at the Blue House (read: flank steak). Here are Ethan and Hannah, being cute before dinner.
5: The Graves Street Block Party was resurrected by Ross, who is the only person in Charlottesville who could have accomplished such a thing. No one else has his social prowess, his gracious and notable ability to bring people together and create community out of thin air.
6: I spoke very broken and embarrassing Japanese with the very kind and talented local potter, Ken Nagakui. I felt honored to meet him. He was so generous to me, regarding the vast amount of errors I made in such a small amount of time.
7: I had a slight increase of terror, thinking about how busy I am making my life. And yet I am happy. It is fall! My sister is getting married to one of my good friends from college in a few weeks!
The happier and busier I am, the less I want to blog. Hence the lack of steady posts.
We celebrated Stephanie and her soon-to-come baby boy at a blissful lunch in Keswick.
My beautiful parents came to see our new house and meet Pyrrha, who was instantly charmed by them both.
On a sunny day soon, I’ll take some more photos of the house and post them, mainly because I know the grandparents are curious. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to figure out how to keep reading at a steady pace and how to keep the dog from trampling my baby basil plants. No complaints from me here! All is calm and happy and verdant at the mini-homestead. (We’ll see how long the calmness lasts next week, when we will be house-sitting a 7-pound pomeranian.)