“Today, while the blossoms still cling to the vine
I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine.
A million tomorrows shall all pass away,
‘Ere I forget all the joys that are mine,
A dear old campfire song, which I have mentioned
before, comes to mind when it is Spring, along with
meeting for a hike, park visits, looking at nature and
fun moments ahead.
I received an early ‘picture message’ on my cell phone
today. It brightened my morning and started this busy
day off with a good message. It was from my youngest
brother, about his latest race.
Rich Oldrieve ran in the Bach Race, winning first place,
with his golden retriever beside him. His ‘catchy’ message
“First man, First dog, First Bach Race.”
(Held on Baldwin Wallace campus, benefiting the BW
Singers, honoring Bach’s music.)
I hiked for three miles or more, with my youngest
daughter, Felicia, this morning. We met at 10 a.m.
at Highbanks Park, part of the Columbus Metroparks
The park has tall ledges, which once Native Americans
had used as natural ‘look-out’s’ for other tribes and
This also provided protection for later, a family of pioneers
who chose this rugged terrain to settle on. There is a small
grave site, which my own children and babysitting kids
liked to stop and examine this. They were fascinated by the
old grave stones, since a couple of the deaths were of
The Joseph and Sally Pool family settled there in 1812.
The Pools traveled from New York to Delaware County
(Sharon Township), eventually having 13 children.
We walk at a fast clip, I was listening to her business plans,
recent marketing endeavors and exciting connections. The
wheels for Better Blends are definitely spinning!
My side of the conversation was about meeting a fellow
coworker, Debby, at Cracker Barrel for Friday dinner. She
is in receiving department at my warehouse. She is a recent
widow. One who is amazingly strong, has such a positive aura
about her. Her granddaughter, Kaylynn saw ‘angels by the
hospital windows,’ while Debby’s husband was taking his final
Debby regaled me with more wonderful experiences and about
her life ‘well spent’ with her hubby, Bill. Debby was only 17 years
old when she met Bill. When they waited until she was 18, she
married a 37 year old. She felt who loved and adored her. They
had two daughters and two sons together.
Debby says, “I could not have asked for a better 43 years
I recounted some of this conversation with Felicia, telling her
that Debby and I talked about my meeting my first husband at
How we would have had 42 years together, married in 1978 so
we would have had a 37 year anniversary. “It was not meant to be,”
but I could relate to feeling strongly for someone at such a young
age. Having hoped I met ‘the man of my dreams’ at an early age.
I could see it possibly working out with a different combination.
Felicia remonstrated, “Don’t dwell on the past, Mom!”
I mentioned I made a good friend recently, who is an artist and
potter. She likes my pen and ink watercolor children’s pictures
while I am excited to see more than just photos of her pots which
she will sell at the Delaware Farmer’s Market, both on Saturday
mornings and Wednesday evenings, starting soon. I told her
that Marty is single, so we may end up going out together to
share a drink, keeping our eyes open for possibilities.
I drove away from our hike, coffee and lunch at Panera Bread
restaurant, feeling uplifted and more completely involved with
my youngest daughter. Texting and quick phone conversations
keep us in touch, but we really need to have ‘face time’ to feel
connected. Hugging is necessary, too!
We had bought blue and white frosted cookies for dessert
and to benefit Children with Autism. This is the most yummy
cookie, almost like a butter shortbread, with blue sugar
crystals sprinkled into a puzzle piece pattern. (“Pieces of Hope”
with proceeds going towards Autism research.)
If you have a Panera close by, try one or two of these delicious
Heading North on Route 23, I face more traffic.
Leaving Highbanks Park, Panera Bread and passing Camp
Lazarus, I see all the signs of people wanting to get out and
interact. The Home Depot parking lot was packed, while the
Boy Scouts camp parking lot was crowded, too. This is where
families were hiking around and seeing new growth, climbing
up and down creek beds, seeing the little waterfalls, too.
I love watching the different people, getting out of cars, being
able to watch young parents with little children and strollers,
ones greeting each other as they emerge from cars, side by
side. People who meet each other at the park, families who
were gathering at the B.S. location.
Spring is in the air!
I had taken photos of trillium, both yellow and white, purple
and white violets, Spring beauties, May Apples, Johnny Jump
Up flowers and brilliant green mosses and undergrowth.
I would look at them once I get my blogging finished.
I need to be out of the sun, out of the library fluorescent lights.
to truly get a good ‘view’ of the photographs on my cell phone.
Later on, at 3 p.m. will be picking up my son and daughter in
law’s crew, taking them to Blue Limestone Park, here in Delaware,
Ohio. My oldest daughter and her two boys may join me, so the
‘cousins’ can play together and I have an adult to chat with. She
was telling me that my daughter in law needs to rest, while she
may wish to do her daily chores without all four kids underfoot.
Ice cream may ‘spoil their dinners’ but may get permission to
indulge all with such a treat, anyway.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend and seeing lots of
beauty, joy and hope in your surroundings, however the
weather and situations going on around you are going.
“Oh, I’ll be a dandy and I’ll be a rover,
You’ll know who I am,
By the song that I sing.
A million tomorrow shall all pass away
‘Ere I forget all the joys that are mine,
Today. . .”