Sean left at the end of spring break and the quiet was overwhelming. We spent the next two weeks enjoying La Vida de Perote – reading, walking, bird watching, and taking care of the garden and vineyard. The time passed quickly and before we knew it, it was time to pack. We were to be gone from April 20th to May 22nd - chasing spring from Parras de la Fuente,
April 22nd - we were on the train bound for
April 24th – looking out the window of our sleeping compartment, the first thing I saw was masses of pink and white dogwood in full bloom. Seconds later, we sped by an orchard of blooming pear trees.
April 25th – a day in
April 26th – a visit to
April 27th – back to the city. We spent four hours at the Natural History Museum including an IMAX viewing of Sea Monsters.
April 28th – Two hours 45 minutes from
April 30th – we met up with Jim and Rori in
May 2nd – Jim drove us from
May 3rd – Jesse’s Big Day! We drove to Castine for Jesse’s commissioning ceremony. It was very impressive; Jesse looked and acted every bit the young dashing navel officer and we were all very proud! After a delicious dinner at his Aunt Patty’s house, the four of us were ready to hit the hay at the OTE.
May4th – Happy Birthday to Me! Sixty years old! Life has never been better! We spent most of the day at Grandma Helen’s house where the whole group was gathered to wish Jesse well and celebrate his commissioning.
May 5th and 6th – Touring around
May 7th – Stanley and I were back on our own for the bus/train trip from
May 9th – We spent the day mushroom hunting on the timber property outside
May 14th – Looking back on our time in Illinois the highlights included a four hour marathon of Cranford on Public Television (a treat for us since we still don’t have TV at Perote), a morning of work in Ruby’ garden, a great visit with Martha in Roscoe, an early morning drive through Krape Park in Freeport, and two nights at the DeSoto Hotel and some great food in Galena.
May 15th – We were back in
May 20th – At Perote. Except for paint and furnishings, the patio on the front of the building is complete. What a wonderful place to spend a lazy summer afternoon. More about this later.
June 10th – The last three weeks have been a time for quiet reflection. The only stressful item was putting up the bird net over the vineyard. We have way too many bird friends to leave the vineyard unprotected as the grapes begin to ripen. We have enjoyed hearing reports of the political doings on XM Radio. We’ve read several good books and enjoyed Solo Vino.
One last note: We've dipped into the wine we made last fall. Not bad. Not bad at all.