One of my favorite things about being around my grandparents is being surrounded by nature.
My grandfather built their house up on a little mountain in the White Mountain area of New Hampshire. I love getting up at the crack of dawn with them, wrapping up in a blanket, cup of coffee in hand, and going out on the deck to watch the woods wake up.
It's so perfect to see a family of deer or foxes run across their land and listen to the birds. My grandparents can tell you each kind of bird we hear. They've always had lots of birdhouses and I remember my grandfather always at war with the squirrels trying to figure out a way that he could keep them out of the bird food. Ever since I was a really little girl I've loved Chickadees. I would actually start crying if the other birds looked like they weren't letting the poor little Chickadees in the bird feeder. When my grandparents see Chickadees they think of me (there are a LOT of them in NH) . I love that. It's sweet and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Gram's 81st birthday is on Saturday. My gift is late because I just found a great book (Backyard Bird Quilts) and knew exactly what I had to make her. The book just arrived on Tuesday so I dug into my fat quarter stash and spent yesterday afternoon working on this:
I took a little artistic liberty with the colors (that and it was really hard to see since it's so dark here in the afternoons) but I think it's pretty dern cute.
And because I'm feeling so nostalgic lately, here's a picture of Gram when she was about three or four years old just outside of Boston.
After the whole Mayflower discovery that I wrote about in the last post, I went to the library and got the book "Mayflower". I'm into the second chapter and really enjoying it. I had no idea that they lived in Holland for about twelve years first. It popped up a couple of times during the research but I couldn't figure it out.
And finally, we are so close to Dan coming home that I swear the air is electric. I can't remember the last time I was this excited about something. One week from right this very moment, if all goes as planned, we will be on the Autobahn and less than an hour from being home. YeeeHAW!