It is now early September and we can report several important "moments" of our summer.
Torrey has started college! She is now a first-year student at University of Maine and loves her classes, and being on the campus. She is living in Bangor with her mom, but has her own vehicle to get back and forth to class. We are so proud of her. We can remember each "first day of school" and being with her when the school bus would arrive to pick her up. Mom and Dad and Meme and Nannie would all wave, and wipe out the tears as we watched her take another step in life! We are still waving, and cheering her on. And of course wiping a few tears from our eyes!
We also had many medical appointments to deal with issues like bone density, breast health, thyroid function, blood levels, and a pain issue that has reoccurred for Latona. Several years ago she developed Trigeminal Neuralgia, but with meds it finally went away. This winter in reappeared and our doctor has been helping us. The medication has been effective but it has not completely disappeared so we will see a neurologist in the next month before heading south.
At the end of August, we had a family reunion with Latona's brother and wife and their children at their camp on Ward Pond. It was a wonderful time and everyone brought food to share. We finally got some nice family pictures. We missed her sister and husband, but we're so glad to be with the rest of the family.
Corey, Holly and Elsie (almost two)
Kyle, Addison, Connor and Jen
And Roy, Julie with Latona and I
Our visits with Carrie and the family have been fun too. We shared a camping time in a New Hampshire State Park with her and the girls and had a wonderful time. Our special visitor was a Barred Owl who hung around our campsite.
Sari slept in her hammock and Lyla kept the fire going!
Over the her birthday weekend, she found two baby goats to add to the cats, dog and chickens.
They are named Bambi and Sammy, I wonder who loves the animals more - mommy or the girls!
Our friends Joan and Lucille had to have their dog Toby put to sleep. We all miss him. They still have their cal Callie and all the deer the hang out with them.
Of course, we can still report a wonderful time at Campobello as well, during our two week camping trip!
Seining in Herring Cove harvesting herring.
Along the edge, note the peeps. All part of the migrantion that is building. This group included Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Killdeer and Sanderlings.
Two half-grown Racoons we saw up a tree. Can you see number two?
Gray Seal - a very large seal. Huge head.
Red Squirrel getting ready for winter. Adding more insulation to the nest.
Black Scoters Pair
A beautiful inlet on a very foggy hike.
Our friend Susan. A special person who works at Herring Cove Provincial Parc.
Pictures of berries that we enjoyed ... blueberries, red raspberries and blackberries all on this hiking day!