Friday, January 12, 2018

Sunrise, friends and flowers

Watching the sun rise from 30,000 feet last Sunday.  Niece Amanda snapped this photo with her dad's phone and kindly sent it on to me, since I was not in a window seat of the plane.  We were traveling to celebrate the life of a beloved family member (my brother-in-law) who has passed away - gone too soon. 

My sister lives in a neighborhood with close, close friends.  A number of them took in out-of-town friends and relatives for the night since her house was already overflowing.  The couple I stayed with have this adorable English bulldog, Bella, who was wearing a Cornell hoodie.  She posed like that until her "mom" told her she could move.  And then she got a cookie.

Sunrise on Monday. Their home overlooks this lake where migrating birds have been flocking.  The lady of the house looked out one morning and it was filled with swans.

This is a primrose plant that the owner of my company gave me when I returned to work.  I hope I can keep it alive - it looks a little finicky, but I love it.

My brother-in-law was such an interesting man and quite fun to be around.  He loved children and reading to them especially.  His favorite book to read was Dr. Seuss's tongue twisting book Fox in Socks.  I can just hear him reading this part at the end:

Now wait a minute, Mr. Socks Fox!

When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle 
with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, 
THIS is what they call...

...a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled 
muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!

Fox in socks, our game is done, sir.
Thank you for a lot of fun, sir.


C.George said...

Sorry about your loss. Great pic!

eileeninmd said...

So sorry for your loss, sending prayers for you and your family. Bella is a cute dog.

Love the sunrise. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Elephant's Child said...

I am so sorry about your loss. He sounds like a lovely man who will be sorely missed.

Kay G. said...

The lady of the house looked out and it was filled with swans.

Somehow, I think that your brother in law would love your post here.

I am sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family. x

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Condolences to you and your family on your brother-in-law's passing. Sounds like he was given a good send-off.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - your brother-in-law sounds an amazing man - so I am sorry for you all for his loss ... but you've given him a good send off with lots of lovely thoughts. Gorgeous flowers, stunning skylines - so all the best now and take care - Hilary

sage said...

Wonderful photos but so sorry about your loss. He sounds like a good man.

Granny Annie said...

Lynn this was a beautiful post. I know it was difficult to post good things when you have had such a great loss.

Fireblossom said...

Swans! wow.

Chatty Crone said...

You mean your sister's husband died? I know you were so close to them. I am so sorry for your sister and you. Loss of a loved one is hard. Sandie

Lynn said...

Thanks, everyone. Sandie - yes, my older sister’s husband.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

My condolences to your family, Lynn, as the liss of a family member is always so sad. We also attended services out of state during the holiday season. Memories sustain us.

Lowcarb team member said...

I'm so sorry to read about your loss Lynn, sending my good thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

You have shared some wonderful photos here.

Take Care

All the best Jan

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots. So sorry though to hear about your loss.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Sorry about your brother in law.

Bella looks a lovely dog!

LL Cool Joe said...

So sorry to hear about the death of your brother-in-law, and I'm sorry I didn't get here sooner to read the post but I've been ill and away and then had some real life drama to cope with. Your brother-in-law sounds like a nice guy, anyone who takes the time to read books to kids has to be nice.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Can't believe I missed these awesome pics on my little thingy! Great wing shot! Cute as can be bulldog! Such great personalities they have.
The doggies here all get "Cookies" too.

The primrose will proliferate if you don't over/under water it. I miss mine. Here they don't last. Hope the lights are fluorescent.

I copied that Dr. Suess thing- It was fun! Thanks