Two long blogs and no pictures! Has my sister taught me nothing?
This is Torin in Tehama helping Lola with her garden. We spent a while up there, as it provided peace, quiet and daycare so I could study for boards.
This is Cowboy Torin wearing his "Woo-ee" (Woody, ala Toy Story) hat after a hard day on the ranch. He was wearing it outside, mostly, and not inside, mostly, I swear.
And two more from Tehama. These pictures are making me want to go spend some time there! Torin absolutely loves being outside and walking around the fruit trees and helping with the garden. And I love the early mornings with the crisp air and huge birds (eagles!) flying overhead. The evenings are amazing too- with sunsets ablaze and from their house, the views go on and on.
One day, maybe one of my children with get married there. Right now, it's just weedy and the grass grows tall. We'll put grapes in terraces, and the trees will start to provide enough shade to grow more plants underneath. With the love and the care of my mother and father in law, it will turn into a lush garden with many places to sit and just be, or make art and write letters-even books. It will be like the family's own private Sundance resort, Buddhist retreat, and luxury spa, all at the same time. I'm glad my in-laws had the vision to make this investment when they did. I'm swelling with gratitude for them right now. The place is absolutely magical!
Next time I go, I'll have a daughter in tow. She'll meet a place that she can really connect to and that will be a constant for her whole life. I can only imagine that that would be important for her.