I (Tj) am doing this post from a guest's computer, because ours is messed up! We have been very busy with a guest, then guests, then a motorcycle journey, then a party with more guests! And all the while we have been taking photos and coming up with clever ideas for posts, but not being able to post them because of an intermittent computer problem. We thought it was fixed yesterday and we were online for about 30 minutes, then bam, it quit working again. So, it might be a while before The Ranch on Salmon Creek is posting regularly. We live far from a city center to get such things fixed and last night my grandma died, so we will be traveling soon for the funeral.
My grandma is my hero. She and my grandpa were like second parents to me and who I now am, is mostly modeled after who they were. Physically my grandma was strong and wiry and able to do all manner of things. Persistence and perserverence she taught me are more important than speed or ability. She exemplified this when she dug her own cellar with a bucket and shovel, while in her 70's no less. My grandpa and she built their own house in the woods out of lumber they milled. And they loved to garden and can their summer produce. Everyone who came to their house was welcomed. She lived a long, (almost a hundred years!) life of love. Love for nature, people and love of God. Did I mention she loved to talk, and yes she passed that on to me as well. But the last few years she has had severe dementia, so in some aspects I am glad she has moved on to heaven. Quietly, peacefully, she fell asleep and did not wake. It is a near perfect end to a near perfect life. But, I am not sure what to feel, really. Life has been so rushed of late that I am still kind of whirling around in the center of it all. I don't really mind whirling, but I do sometimes wonder how I will feel when the dust settles.