Light

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You attract what you radiate.
The light was beautiful this morning.

December Enlightenment

There’s been entirely too much time since the last post! Ah, me. September was a time of getting back to ‘normal’, after a kidney summer and the Scotland trip with this year’s 10 year old kidney. Unpacking, catching up, sorting through photographs. Then, not too long after I returned our Slovakian son Dan came for a visit. He was an AFSer in the mid 90s. A couple of days afte Dan flew home, the Arizonz kidneys arrived for a week of fun. Their cousins came up for a weekend, which we packed with as much fun as possible.

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Making brownies and a visit to a dairy.
Family time is precious. The boy got to show off his stormtrooper costume we made for him

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and on their last night here we enjoyed a meal together at my favorite gluten free restaurant, Burton’s Grill.

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My knitting projects have gotten less than the usual attention since I’m having some RSI issues, but I am working on socks a bit.
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I had the guts to throw out a sweater project that just wasn’t coming together. It was a brave act and I did feel badly for a day or two, but what a relief it is to not have to struggle to make it right.

I’m starting quilts for the kidneys when they’re here.
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And I’m working the Pay-It-Forward projects. I can’t show photos of those as they are surprises!. My new project is ’365′-a photo of my garden every day made into a rememberance book for when we no longer live here.

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I’ve been posting more in Instagram (the link is to the right), and decorating.

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Now that the holidays are upon us, I am busy writing for my free course “December EnLIGHTenment. It gives me such pleasure to gift this to students and friends. If you need some joy and magic this season, let me know and I’ll put you on the list.

Blessings to all.

Back Home Again

I’m home in my nest, getting back to the simple pleasures of life; dinner on the porch, hanging out the laundry, Sammy on my lap while I read. Soon enough the responsibilities and obligations of my life will take up much of my time, but for right now I am enjoying the quiet. The cat snuggled up with me last night-I guess having extra space in the bed doesn’t make up for a snuggle partner. Also, the pile of mail, a full inbox, and an empty refrigerator are calling my name. There is a sweetness to these moments on the cusp of the season’s change-letting me know that all life is change, and mine has changed because of this trip. I’m not sure how this will look, but I can feel the shift in energy. Welcome home my spirit!

Here’s the tailend of our trip.

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On Saturday we packed up and turned in the car in Inverness and took the train to Edinburgh. This time we were awake and could really enjoy the scenery. (Remember the sleepyhead photo on the way up to Inverness!?)

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And we even caught a glimpse of the Edinburgh Castle from the train. No time this trip to show it to the girl. I saw it the last time I was here, and thoroughly loved it! There are statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (potentially an ancestor, I have some research to do there) at the entrance.

Rather than the shuttle, we took a cab to the hotel out by the airport.

It’s always so funny to me how large the British hackney cab is on the inside when the outside looks so small!

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Our hotel room was just fine, but unfortunately there was an all day and all night party going on in a warehouse next door. Swarms of teenagers, and boom-boom-boom until 4 AM. Somehow I slept. I think it was the 2 glasses of wine!

Today I finished the socks…I will always remember that I knit them in Scotland.

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Time to finish unpacking and put everything back to rights, not to mention getting my creative groove back!

Last Day on Loch Ness

A quiet day for Kaelyn and I, walking along the loch, drawing, packing, while Jordan went to the gym and did a little shopping on his own.

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I love how the clouds are so low against the hills surrounding the loch. It inspired me to draw, sitting on the porch this morning with a cup of tea beside me on the bench. A blissful morning it was.

Down to Dores for dinner, but a lesson in skipping stones first.

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The view from the end of the loch is stunning. I could look at it all day.

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It’s a little dark, but here are my traveling companions. I love them!

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A great dinner

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and a Guinness for the boy

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Train to Edinburgh tomorrow and staying there for the night. I’m sad to be leaving my beloved Scotland, but I’m also looking forward to going home too.

Skye

An early start to the best day yet! Skye, the long-awaited trip. Traveling down the loch, past the Eilean Donan castle

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and over the bridge to the beautiful island of Skye. As always, sheep everywhere, one track roads, no guardrails! Majestic scenery epitomizes Scotland.

We stopped at the Fairy Glen, enchanting!

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Jordan and Kaelyn climbed to the top where it was incredibly windy. We wanted to see the Fairy pools, but they were too far away.

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We passed the ferry to Stornaway, and alas, did not board.

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Here is the amazing Kilt Rock

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All that knitting time means one sock is finiahed!

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Inverness

Jordan dropped us off on his way to the gym, and we found our way to the Victorian Market, primarily a place to buy souvenirs, but I found a beautiful tanzanite ring.

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The last time I was here I purchased a diamond ring to wear every day so I would always remember this special city. Now I have one for the other hand. 😊

Later in the day Kaelyn and I helped Jordan select two tiny baby kilts at this market for a friend. So cute!

One place on my must-see list was Leakey’s Bookshop.

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I could have hung out here forever. I found a great book on Jane Ratcliffe who pioneered nursing and rearing injured animals without taming them. Kaelyn bought a poetry anthology.

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Down the street for a delicious gluten free lunch,

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And a walk past the. Inverness castle

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before we met up with Jordan and returned to the cottage.
I actually drove!!!

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up to Foyers so we could hike down to the falls.
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and back up….steeeeeeep climb!

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With Jordan back behind the wheel, we tootled around on ridiculously narrow roads

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complete with switchbacks and fortunately, no there traffic!

Jordan and Kaelyn checking out the trail map….that’s what the road felt like.

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Tomorrow, Skye!

Best View of the Loch

The girl and I hiked

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Up to this view

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There is an exquisite energy to this beautiful place. I wish I lived here.

Dunnottar Castle

The day started with this guy on the patio

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It was a long, long drive there, and a long, long drive back, but sooo worth it. We drove to Aberdeen to see Dunnottar castle, a stunning ancient ruin.

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Isn’t it beautiful, jutting out into the North Sea like that?

The drive there was mostly on one track roads,

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Once even trying to share the narrow road with a bus, bicyclists and sheep, driving through the Cairngorms.

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It was a day of primo knitting time too!

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On the way over, if we had had time we could have seen this

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On the way back, I thought this looked like an Andrew Wyeth scene

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A Quiet Day on Loch Ness

We all slept well and woke late, so it was a really quiet day. I was up first so a cup of tea and my knitting kept me company.image

Shopping for the remainder of the week was our expotition for the day. Salmon for dinner, with a view.

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Look what we found at the store!

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The girl and I went for a walk after supper and found my next house, and look, someone is already fixing it up for me!

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And this is the dock that goes with it. Heaven!

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Tea with this view before settling in for the night.

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By Loch Ness

It took twenty hours, but we’re finally here! Limo, jet, prop plane, shuttle, train, taxi, and rental car. What a trek! Here’s the girl in Dublin where we had to change planes.

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We flew a prop to Edinburgh! Caught the shuttle to Waverly Station, and the train to Inverness. Sheep everywhere!
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And all of us trying to sleep any way we could
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Taxi to the Inverness airport to get our rental car, got lost finding our cottage, shopped for dinner at Tesco, and finally made it to Hazelgrove. Here’s my view of Loch Ness while making dinner.
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Watching Braveheart, immersing myself in everything Scottish!

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