2018 Life Logs, Day 250–Day of Delightful Joys
Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Weather: Partly Cloudy, Turning Cooler with Evening Rain; High 80, Low 66 F
Location: At Home with Rex and Diana Thaxton, St. Albans, WV

My day was filled with delightful joys. Just having a quiet breakfast with Ed and Lynne was the first joy. My visit with them was short, but I woke up early this morning and had more time with them that I expected . . . and I enjoyed every moment. And I received a text from Jed of the first formed chrysalis from our Monarch caterpillars. Seeing that is always an amazing joy. I left Ed and Lynne’s just after 9 am, made a stop at Walgreen’s to pick up some cards I needed for this weekend, and then headed to West Virginia. It was a nine-hour trip which is a bit longer than I prefer to drive in one day, but otherwise it was a good trip. I had some frustrations with my public radio listening with periods where there was no station to be found, and when I did find one, I seemed to be listening to the same three programs over and over as I traveled south. When the reception of one station ended, I changed to the next station which was just starting the program I had just listened to. So I heard parts of three different programs over and over. When the repetition got boring, all I had to do was look around me and enjoy the beautiful scenery. As I headed west from the Shenandoah Valley to cross the mountains going into West Virginia, I was awestruck by the beauty. There were a couple of times when the view in front of me was just overwhelmingly beautiful. There were trees with bright green leaves on either side of the road and in front of me was a mountain ridge just a tad darker green. And behind that ridge was another that was just a bit hazy, behind that one another ridge another shade hazier, and behind that one another ridge that had the hazy look of the Blue Ridge mountains. What an delightful joy to see such beauty. And the last joy of the day was arriving at my nephew’s home in time to go out to dinner with family members. Life is good.

2018 Life Logs, Day 251—Reception for Billy and Ashley