Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Lovely Day for Zucchini

As we breach the halfway point in FM’s leave, I am forced to remember how fantastic this time has been (and how much I need to saturate myself in it now to make up for the next 6-8 months of deprivation). We are trying to get in all of the entertaining outdoorsy stuff we love while we are way upstate in his motherland, like exploring the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves. I highly suggest checking it out if you are ever up in Pottersville, NY.


We have also been taking in some great local eats and made it to a farmer’s market with fantastic farm fresh fruits and veggies (and wine, and honey, and maple syrup, OH MY!). While picking up some Adirondack Mountains maple syrup, we struck up a conversation with a few of the nearby vendors who quickly learned of FM’s imminent departure. They were more than happy to give great advice to FM about their children/spouses who had been sent off on foreign tours and deployments, encouraging him to stay positive and try to enjoy this “hardship” time as much as possible. I love being able to meet new people who have had similar experiences as FM and I are about to, and hearing them speak so candidly and passionately on how the military impacted their lives makes me that much more hopeful for the future of our Army adventure.

I continue to find myself awed by the generosity and respect of perfect strangers for our service men & women. One of the vendors even gave us her business card and requested that we contact her when FM knows his permanent address so she could mail him some maple flavored goodies, her treat. Others simply shake his hand and thank him for his service. Their thanks takes no more than a few seconds, but it is really so inspiring that it stays with me all day long.

The "shock and awe" face.
Today FM and I will be soaking up the sun, spending some time with great friends grilling up some fresh zucchinis we bought yesterday (2/$1, WOAH!) even if it is ridiculously hot up here in the Northeast, and enjoying this time before he flies off and we embark on the next year of (very) long-distance challenges.

Please see pen for relative size. Holy zucchinis!
What are some of your favorite things to do when your solider is on leave (other than the obvious, but let’s keep this PG)? Do you enjoy hanging back and lounging around or going out and exploring things you don’t get to do while they’re gone?


Oh, and don’t forget to make this day even lovelier by joining up with Rekita @ Her & Nicole for the Lovely Blog Hop.


Have a great Thursday all!






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1 comment:

  1. What a great outing. It looks beautiful there. I love getting out and exploring these little hidden treasures in the community! Good for you!

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