I lugged this computer with me on this trip so I’m gonna use it, by god. 🙂

Almost a week in of my down time and it’s been nothing short of lovely.  Savannah was beautiful.  Our hotel was beautiful, the historic city is beautiful, the weather was beautiful.  Did I mention our hotel was beautiful?  Then onto Salisbury to get the tour of where my man lived prior to his move up north (prior to his move back south WITH me) and then onto Virginia.  The 2 days that Philip was here were absolutely gorgeous.  Perfect blue sky, coolish but nice temperatures, cool enough to keep the annoying bugs away (but not the bees) and warm enough to wear a tshirt.  Just nice.  Today is a different story.  Last night it dipped into the 20’s.  As soon as I’m done with this blog I’m going to sit in front of the fire with my feet up and read a book.

Today my mom’s friend Norie came to lunch.  They met when their husbands were roommates in Richmond.  Norie’s husband was the one that set my mom and dad up on a blind date.  Norie is a joy to know and be around.  At 86 years old she looks like she’s in her 50’s.  She goes around the country and gives lectures on her moss garden.  She was the inspiration for our mother’s garden.  When Zachary was about 12 we went to visit Norie on one of our visits to Virginia and after seeing her garden he came to the brown house here (my mother’s house) and raked out some paths and voila, now we too have our own little moss garden. Norie’s garden is much bigger and nationally known (see video below) but we like ours too!

To sit at the table today with my mom and Norie and think about how long they’ve known each other and how their husbands were Jimmy’s age when they met, they’ve had kids, husbands have died, kids married divorced remarried, grandchildren, mom loses her sight,the different professions (like the fact that she became the moss lady) they’ve known each other a long time.  It gives one pause doesn’t it?  I think you have to be at our age – like mid-life – to appreciate the passage of time.  So much has gone on before us and there’s so much more to go.  I’ve been married and divorced, kids are grown, like all that time is BEHIND me and I have so much more to go (I hope).  It’s just something.  I look forward to sitting at the table with one of my life long friends when we’re in our 80’s.  There’s so much to reminisce about and then you have the present to catch up on and I just wonder which one of us will become nationally known for something. You just never know.

My brother has this little hotspot thing that he keeps at my mom’s house so we can connect to the internet.  I have a feeling I might use all the data up with this one blog.  Oh well…if I do then it’s not meant to be.  In the meantime here’s some pics of mom’s moss garden.  We at times refer to it as Zachary’s garden.  Perhaps he too will be famous some day:

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Don’t want to use up all my data in one day.  Until next time,



PS – meet Norie and her Moss Garden

6 Thoughts on “A rolling stone gathers no moss

  1. Scott monahan on April 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm said:

    It’s MY data. MINE. But it is lovely to hear about what’s doin in va. And I’m grateful to not have to hear about your nails.


  2. Ellen Morton on April 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm said:

    Someday…in about 30 years…that will be us sitting at the table telling tales of our life on Camp Meeting. Love to your mom!

  3. Jennifer Nugent on April 7, 2016 at 8:51 am said:

    Count me in at the table in 30 years! Lovely garden. Love to all….

    PS. Scott, her nails are probably horrendous from weeding 🙂 hence no nail talk…

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