House full of animals

Catching up

Newlyweds Kathryn and Jeff came to stay with us this past weekend, along with their furry children, Scout and Sadie. We had a great time together, spending lots of time outside with the dogs, and the weekend only reinforced my desire to have a house full of animals. Our tiny, tiny home was filled with the kind of fun chaos that only three 50-80 lb. animals can bring! I also think Pyrrha really wants a canine sibling. She was noticeably depressed when she realized that Scout and Sadie were gone.

On Sunday morning, we took the dogs up in the woods and hiked up to Carter Mountain Orchard. The weather was ideal, and even though there weren’t any great apples ready yet, we had a lovely morning and met lots of dogs, kids, and other humans.

I love having guests from out of town, because it’s always an opportunity to be reminded of what a truly gorgeous area we live in. I’m perpetually convinced that we have the most beautiful countryside in America. Thomas Jefferson knew it, too.

View of the city
View of the city from Carter Mountain.

Some more photos of our weekend together (mostly dogs romping and being adorable).

Part of Eve’s discussion

Part of Eve’s Discussion
Marie Howe

It was like the moment when a bird decides not to eat from your hand,
and flies, just before it flies, the moment the rivers seem to still
and stop because a storm is coming, but there is no storm, as when
a hundred starlings lift and bank together before they wheel and drop,
very much like the moment, driving on bad ice, when it occurs to you
your car could spin, just before it slowly begins to spin, like
the moment just before you forgot what it was you were about to say,
it was like that, and after that, it was still like that, only
all the time.

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Since we were just talking about her, here’s a great thing from Marie Howe.

Kathryn, Jeff, and their pups Sadie and Scout are coming to stay with us for the weekend! Here’s to hoping for lots of good time outdoors with the dogs and many enlightening conversations! Hope you all have peaceful, autumn-transitional weekends.