It's been such a crazy, busy week that I didn't take any photos. But if I could have taken one for today, it would have been a picture of the bald eagle that was soaring over the pond next to our city library this afternoon. Today was one of those clear, windy and very cold, Colorado days that made me wish I could stay inside and drink tea and read a book all day. If there's one thing I dislike about living on the plains, it's the days when the wind blows relentlessly. Thankfully, there aren't many. But, back to the eagle. He was such a beautiful sight to see, and it just made me go, "Ahhh," to see him gliding so effortlessly, when this week it seems I have been all about flapping my wings and flitting around. After getting home from dropping Joe off last weekend, I spent three days with my nephews while my sister-in-law was out of town. It was a really good visit. Since Dan was traveling this week, Luke and Emily were with me, and it was fun for the cousins to all be together, sharing popcorn for after-school snacks, doing homework at the kitchen table and then watching TV until it was time for bed. The two older boys went to a school basketball game one night, and had fun just hanging out. And for Luke and Emily it was fun for them to "get to" walk to school, because it's actually closer than it is from our house. And for me, it was fun to live in my sister-in-law's neat-as-a-pin, lovely home. I made lots of mental notes on how to get organized. She is organization personified.
During the day, I would come back home to work and supposedly catch up with housework, (which I did not do at all). This morning I spent the day packing up some stuff for Joe, including the graphing calculator that we thought Luke had at school, but was really up in his room (ahem), and a few comfort snacks. I shopped for stuff for Luke to take on his ski/retreat weekend with the youth group at church, picked up his rented snowboard, met my friend at Starbuck's, went to the post office and the library . . . and it was on the way home that I saw the eagle. Such a pretty sight. So, for the weekend I am looking forward to being home for two straight days even though it will consist of doing laundry, making menu plans, paying bills and generally putting the house back together. And next week, having these tasks behind me, I'll be ready to soar a bit. By the way, if you'd like a glimpse at college life, Joe has a new blog . Check it out.