July 24, 2017
Congrats to Nathan and Meagan on celebrating six years of marriage yesterday.
If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know that our daughter-in-law, Meagan, is a lovely young woman who knows how to dress well and do her hair and makeup well. However, during our recent time together in Wisconsin, we discovered another side to her; mainly that she has a big dose of tomboy running through her veins and that she loves to shoot guns and ride a four-wheeler wild and crazy.
Steve had decided, on a whim, to join her on a four-wheeler ride. Before they took off, my brother-in-law, Arnold, gave a few basic driving instructions and talked about where to go, where to turn around, etc. You can take one look at Meagan’s face and know that she is thinking, “You’d better get out of the way, fella, because I am getting ready to pop a wheelie on this thing!”
Look at those faces.
If you’re wondering why Meagan is laid over on the four-wheeler, it’s because she is laughing so hard about Steve’s overly dramatic reaction to her driving. The whole time she was driving, Steve was acting like he was one second away from dying the most dire of deaths. The two of them are drama-gifted so they put on quite the entertaining show.
Here is a brief video showing part of their ride. You can see that Steve is doing his utmost to get airborne.
Sarah, on the other hand, leaned more toward taking four-wheeling slow and easy. Nathan showed her how to run the machine and she took him for a peaceful jaunt through the trees.
It does appear in this photo, however, that they eventually got up a little head of steam–enough to get a reaction from Little Sis.
When the four-wheeling was done, we moved on over to the small shooting range Arnold built near his house. Meagan and Nathan both love to shoot and were delighted to get to fire off a few rounds.
Here are a few more miscellaneous photos from our day with Ruth and Arnold. (I will circle back to the reunion at Randy and Debbie’s house in the next post.)
When Ruth said she would fix lunch for us, I was picturing two or three items served informally on paper plates. Instead, this is the sight that greeted us on our arrival. (By the way, the table-cloth is a shower curtain.)
There was grilled chicken and all sorts of cold salads–a perfect summertime, meal.
Miscellaneous beauty . . . .
And speaking of beauty, here is the dress Ruth wore. She added lace sleeves to her (formerly) sleeveless dress . . .
and sewed in an insert into each side of her skirt. So pretty!
Sarah fraternized with another dog. (Don’t tell Summer!)
I fell in love with this floaty fabric thing.
There were so many beautiful flowers everywhere.
Here are a few more “pretties” from around the place.
Towards the end of the day Ruth said to me, “At about 8 p.m. each evening, I sit on the back deck to enjoy the golden hour. And the thought always occurs to me while I’m sitting there, ‘How could I ever want anything at all when I have all of this?'”
(Photos from Ruth.)
People who vist Ruth and Arnold’s house say (in a variety of ways) that it feels like a refuge from the chaos of a crazy world. And I would have to agree. When you pull into the driveway, you can almost feel the weight of life roll off as your soul takes a breath of all things green and natural and lovely.
Ruth left a comment on my last post that said in part, “Summer is the time to come here for sure–green-green-green! Think I’ll stay put and wait right here til next time you visit again.”
And you know what? Those words give me a certain kind of comfort. No matter what goes on in life, I always know there is a lovely corner of Wisconsin that awaits. It offers the timelessness of the hills and the serenity of the sky and the goodness of the black, rich dirt from which some of the best things of life grow.
Simple. Glorious. Life.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.