Ramblings of a Non Deer Camp Widow

This is the view outside my front door this morning.
It certainly brightened my mood!

Sunrise and Sunset,
while we don't have fantastic, uninterrupted views of them,
I am thankful for the views that we have!

.And now on to the ramblings.
Anyone remember this post?

One short year ago.
Well this year ends a long standing tradition.
JWS is staying home for deer camp.
Those of you who know us,
would say
it is only a nine year tradition
that you are alone for deer camp.
True, very true.
But you see,
I began a tradition of being alone
(well except for those child rearing years when you are NEVER alone)
 for deer camp in 1978
in another life.

Thanksgiving over,
a long weekend off work
before the chaos of Christmas starts.
I loved it.
No wait,
I cherished it!

How quickly it was gone!
I heard those words several ago,
"I don't think I am going to deer camp this year."
said JWS calmly.

Inner screaming, terror, disdain, shaking, trembling,
crying out in mourning as my vision of a lovely weekend
slipped away,
the end of an era,
I calmly said,

And so as the
Weekend That Never Was To Be
I am trying to remain positive.

I have my lists,
I have my projects,
I am chanting...
I love my husband,
I love my husband,
I love my husband....

I don't have to bring in firewood!

In an effort to make sense of this sewing room,
that has once again
got ahead of me....
I found the I Spy quilt.
I am determined to finish it this winter
before these kids all grow up and get too big for I Spy.

speaking of that dear JWS.
He brought this home for me the other day.
I am looking for three hot dip recipes to fill it for a party Saturday night.

I had "company" over last weekend.
It was quite the story of bear hunters that never showed up
missionaries that needed a place to stay,
long and way confusing,
through it all
I had an important lesson driven home once again.
God's plans are way better than mine,
I need to let him control the plans
and not me...
I don't think I will ever get it right,
but I keep trying.
This was a gift from Faith,
made by women in a village in
Southeast Asia.
What a great gift! 

And lastly,
I had a giveaway a couple of weeks ago
where the time went since the deadline,
I have no idea.
This morning I did the drawing
Jennifer won!


justducky65 said…
I totally understand where you are coming from about the weekend alone. My guys (hubby and 2 boys) always go to a friend's camp this weekend for the last 6 years or so. This year my hubby said, "I don't think we are going away to camp this year." My reaction - "What!!! What do you mean you're not leaving. That's my weekend alone!" They thought it over and the following week declared that they would be once again going to camp. You see, eldest son, 27, works and was not sure about getting time off. Younger son, 15, is in basketball and a freak about it and didn't want to miss practice. Thank goodness they communicated with each other and got it worked out. Now, it's just me and the dog for the next 4 days.
jennifer768 said…
I got quite a chuckle from your deer camp story.Reminded me of times gone by when I looked forward to deer hunting days and time for me.Love the gift from JWS!Wow, your quilt is awesome.I couldn't believe it when I read that I won your giveaway!!! Thanks so much for hosting this lovely giveaway!I am honored to have won.Have a blessed weekend!Hugs,Jen
Congratulations to Jennifer!!
Thanks for Hosting wonderful Giveaway! I can't wait to see you I Spy quilt all finished. I admired this quilt since you started it.
Have a wonderful Sunday, Cathy!

Teresa said…
I too am trying to let God make the plans but it is very hard.
My husband use to go on a motorcycle race trip for several days and I planned my free time. I totally understand how you feel when it ended.
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