They are staying just across the lane, in the old house that once belonged to my father's cousin, Miss Elsie Tolson. Stefen, my son, is here with his wife Snee and their three children, Zoe, Eakin, & Eliza. The young-uns can just run down the path to see us....and they do.
Yesterday they all piled in the back of my pickup truck and we headed to the sound for a morning of swimming, exploring, and building sand castles.
Back home, we fixed sandwiches on the screened porch; then the children ran next door to play in the tree house. Late in the afternoon Amy taught them how to make papier mache masks in the side yard. They'll paint and decorate them sometime today.
Friends from Lou Ann's hometown arrived while the children were making masks. After a brief tour of the house, we adults spent the afternoon making homemade bread, deviled eggs, and corn casserole for the evening birthday party pot luck dinner. Lou Ann, and the other birthday girls, wore their flower crowns. (Tom, the only man there with a July birthday, was a good sport throughout the evening!)
Back home again we sat on the front porch and I played my harmonica. Our guests sat with us and we shared stories (everyone has stories, of course) until close to midnight.
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