Update on the Neighborhood   

The day after Amy moved, we were taken out for lunch by North Carolina friends who were here for a conference in Lake Junaluska.  It’s a wonder we were able to eat, because we talked non-stop.  There is always so much to catch up on.

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Rus and Elizabeth had a time constraint, but we didn’t.  John offered to drive David and me on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Both rhododendron and mountain laurel were blooming.  This is the first year we’ve been up there at prime time, and it was glorious.

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While standing at the creek, John turned to see a bird that was clicking as it flew under the bridge.  I recognized the clicking sound as that of a kingfisher, and I saw it quickly enough to identify it by sight, as well.  I used to see them occasionally on Long Island.  This was a first here.

Our new neighbors were very busy the first two days.  Several friends helped them carry things into the house, so we stayed out of the way.  We finally caught them outside to welcome them to the neighborhood.  Hopefully we can soon get a photo of them so that you can see them, too.  Their names are Dawn and Jeff.  I hadn’t thought about it before, but it’s great that we don’t have any duplicate names on the street.  It seems everywhere you go, there are multiple Johns and Davids.

An afternoon thunderstorm joined the sun to give us a rainbow in the backyard.  The photo doesn’t show it clearly, but the end appeared to be glowing behind the trees at the edge of the pasture.  I’m sure that is the closest I’ve ever been to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  When I looked at the photo again, I was aghast that the rainbow appeared to hover over the wicked wisteria as if blessing it.  No!  Please don’t encourage that greedy plant!

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15 thoughts on “Update on the Neighborhood   

  1. It really does look like a glow at the end of the rainbow. I like that structure with the Wisteria covering it…I don’t have any of that plant, but I do have one that would do the same thing back in my tree garden. I haven’t had any close neighbors for decades, the closest are at least 300 feet away in various directions…other than my daughter and son-in-law who live next door.
    As for names…once I had four Jennifers in one small class… 🙂

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    1. Wisteria is invasive, and for that you need a battle plan. How lovely that your daughter and son-in-law live next door! How on earth did you distinguish the four Jennifers????? I think I would have dubbed them Jennifer, Jenn, Fer, and Iffy.

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  2. Glad the move took place, must have been a new Logistician since they needed an extra truck. No milkshake on the dinner table, what’s up with that? Looking to meet the new neighbors, starting to feel like a member of the community. In CT for a week, cool and dry. I forgot what that can feel like in the summer. Have a great weekend. Toot – Toot John.

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  3. If Amy had stayed around any longer, we would have had to offer her a milkshake. Milky treats are in since #1 grandson is with us for the summer. On his birthday he had three chocolate shakes, one with each meal. He can afford it, though, because he is a beanpole. I’m glad you feel part of our community. It’s an expansive group. Glad you have cool weather for a change. We had high temps for this area this week, but today is lovely. John would appreciate your greeting if he were here. He and David are spending the day playing with trains in Dunlap TN. If, and it’s a big IF, David takes any photos, I’ll manage to include one for you.

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