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October 23, 2021

heading home
posted by soe 1:17 am

Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll head east again, and Rudi will stay here to continue our work for another 10 days or so.

We’ve nearly filled three dumpsters full. We’ve found many of the things Rudi was hoping to, but not the thing his mom’s been asking about, which distresses me.

We’d originally hoped this trip would allow us to get the house emptied and on the market, but I’m less optimistic that’s goong to happen than at the outset. But maybe one more trip after this.

And that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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October 22, 2021

good weather, hired help, and personal shopping
posted by soe 1:20 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. Several beautiful days here in Salt Lake.

2. The crews, a team of professional organizers and a group of haulers, Rudi hired to help us clear out his mom’s house here in Salt Lake have been as good as promised. The ground they’ve helped us cover would have taken us months.

3. Rudi needed a pair of shorts, so I took a look at tops for Rudi’s mom. I found two, both of which she liked.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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October 20, 2021

snowy silver lake
posted by soe 2:09 am

Silver Lake

Today was the day we’d set aside to go up into the Wasatch to Silver Fork Lodge for lunch and an autumnal stroll around Silver Lake. I went to sleep to rain in Salt Lake, which meant snow in the mountains, but we didn’t realize quite how much. By the time we reached the restaurant, we were seeing nearly ten inches of wet snow on the ground. After lunch we continued up the mountain to the lake, where it was closer to a foot.

The path around the lake was obscured, and I didn’t especially want to accidentally veer off and end up in the lake by mistake. So we contented ourselves with following another intrepid visitor’s footprints for a bit before returning to the car for a small snowball fight.

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October 17, 2021

posted by soe 1:17 am

I am out in Salt Lake to work, but, this is also my vacation, so today we made sure was a day mostly dedicated to the latter. We checked out a new coffee shop, bought a ton of stuff at rhe farmers market, took a nap, bought new jeans, and ate pizza.

And I spent more time outside than in probably the last month combined enjoying a gorgeously sunny day.

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October 16, 2021

made it to salt lake
posted by soe 10:59 am

I made it to Salt Lake just after midnight local time.

The new airport terminal is not made for someone low in sleep or mental reserves. I had to walk at least a mile from gate to get to the car. (Rudi made it the ten minutes from the air b-n-b to the airport before I got out of the building.) I’m sure it’s lovely in the daylight, while you’re waiting for a flight, getting to see the sun set over the Wasatch front. I look forward to experiencing it that way.

But the empanada I had from a new-to-us Venezuelan restaurant for a late supper was excellent — and weighed about a pound. (There’s a second one in the fridge.) I can see why there was a line.

We’re going to start the day with a trip to a farmers market and then either head over to the house to assess or to see Rudi’s mom.

Have a good Saturday!

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October 11, 2021

quiet in the country…
posted by soe 12:23 am


I’m not sure where people get the idea that the country is so much quieter than the city.

There are two owls — one down my folks’ driveway and one somewhere further down the hill — chatting about potential meal options.

Something or maybe some things (Deer? A bear? Smaller nighttime critters trying to stay out of someone’s supper plans? The dog in the house up above sometimes hears it too. ) keep traveling through the brush uphill, stepping on downed branches and sending loose debris tumbling down the bank.

And that doesn’t take into account the crickets and peepers.

So, nope, not quiet here at all…

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