A Very Quiet Saturday

We have gone from this...

to this...

My daughter Stoli has flown from Anchorage to Juneau where she'll have the baby now, so apparently all is very, very well, with no more worries about an early delivery (she'll be 37 weeks on Monday) and she and her husband and now baby Lani (he flew home and picked her up) expect  baby #2 to arrive sometime in the next month as previously scheduled.  Phew. Which also means we have gone from light speed to one speed around here and sleep never felt so good. Both ears were closed for the first time in three weeks. We spent the day far off the baby buggy paths walking around in the rainy, quiet woods where cell phones can't even ring. Lani's departure coincided with the change in season perfectly-- which must be some kind of a metaphor-- but the first fire was lit last night, and the flannel sheets are on the bed and I feel like I do after leaving home for a while-- it was nice to have the change, I enjoyed it a lot,  but it's good to be back to normal, too. I'll let you know when we have a new grand baby, but take my daughter's lead and quit worrying, she assures us it's smooth sailing from here on in. Oh-- and if you read the Chilkat Valley News this week, know that I have been on a bit of a hiatus from obituaries this summer what with family obligations and that book deadline,   and have only done a couple. I did not write Mickey Geary's (or help with it at all) -- though it's sure to be widely circulated and much commented on.

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