This is the little road that leads to Great Grandma's house, on the day after her 100th birthday party. We stopped for a little quiet visit on the way home. As much as I hate snow, I love the pictures I got in the sunshine.
21-year-old-almost-married-Partly-Cloudy-Girl had boots on, so she ventured behind the house to take pictures of the beautiful creek just 20 feet from the door of the house. While I fretted about her dropping my camera in the snow.
Did you know you can request birthday greetings for milestone birthdays? Great Grandma heard from President and Mrs. Obama, and Debbie Stabenow, who sent a hand-written note. Ms. Stabenow is one of Michigan's U.S. Senators, is from a town near where Great Grandma lives, and is also a lifelong Methodist, just like Great Grandma.
This tree, next to Great Grandma's house looks like it should be in the center of Whoville with a circle of singing Who's around it. "Ba-hoo borais, da-hoo dorais, welcome Christmas, bring your light..."
Except that it's March, and Christmas is long past. Feeling a little Grinch-y about the snow, I am.
I don't recall what time we got back on the road, but I do recall that I wanted to take more pictures of the snow, which is awful and beautiful all at the same time. Also, there was a specific shot I wanted...
There's a round barn there, near the center of this shot, taken about a mile or so from Great Grandma's house. Great Grandma's second husband, Gardner, told us a round barn is supported by a central pole called an auger, and always liked to call himself The Big Auger. I think he's been gone around 20 years now, but everytime I see that round barn, I think of Gard.
On Saturday afternoon, I got a call from Buddy's mom, telling us that Great Grandma had fallen and broken her hip. They opted to do surgery on a hundred-year-old woman, which was done yesterday, and she came through it with flying colors. It's too bad, really. I think she's been ready to leave this earth for a few years now. She outlived one child, who died very young in a car accident, and if she's not careful, she'll outlive another one, who's heart is giving him a difficult time right now.
Beautiful and awful, all at the same time.