That necklace she’s wearing? It used to be sprinklers.
My first week at church I found an instant friend and we’ve been close to inseparable since. A friend from a facebook group found me and adopted me, and introduced me to even more friends from the facebook group, including one who lives super close and dropped everything to come and say hello. And our next door neighbor brings her coffee over on Saturday mornings for chats in the garden or has us over for barbecues. This is her grandson Gavin. Gavin has autism, and that feeling of being a little different, of needing to do things their own way, of making room for their needs, has made him and Atti fast friends.
You know Atti loves him when he shares his iphone games. In his world that is like sharing the last piece of chocolate cake.
With the craziness of the last few months – commute, solo parenting, the move, general life upheaval – I am depleted. Luckily summer is a good time for depressives. If this was happening in the winter I’d be in trouble. But still, I have to be aware, so I’ve been trying my best to take things a little slowly. I’ve been reading a bunch and playing lots of dumb computer games. I love logic puzzles, so when I discovered Conceptis.com, I was overjoyed. There is so much there for puzzle nerds, and it’s now my go-to time killer when I need to spend some time just thinking or being still.
One thing there is no shortage of in the central valley is wonderful things to eat. Even driving down the freeway, but especially on the backroads, you see farmstands everywhere you look. Now that I’m out of the valley and into the fancier foothills, the food gets fancier too. Flavored nuts in pretty packaging, jams and jellies and spreads, and those little churro nugget things – I’m still not entirely sure what they’re made from but boy howdy were they delicious. I get snacky when I write, and now I keep an assortment of these flavored almonds in a basket next to the computer.
I’ve been so deep down the unpacking rabbit hole that I’ve had very little time to check out my new neighborhood. But I think that’s probably OK for now. Before I move on I wanted to spend the rest of this week remembering the things I’ve loved about Modesto. There are already so many things I love about our new place that it would be easy for me to jump right in without looking back, but Modesto has been good to me, so I want to say goodbye.
These roses were technically my neighbors, but they managed to push their way through the fence and grow on my side of things. Which I thought was perfectly appropriate for yellow roses – a sign of friendship.
My sewing machine broke a while back at the very worst possible time, and the guy at the repair shop just shook his head at me. There was no hope. So he gave me a total steal on the fanciest sewing machine I’ve ever even used. It’s incredible. So quiet and smooth, and it both sews and snips thread with the push of a button. It almost doesn’t need me. I love her.