“All You Need Is Love” and “Dancing Queen” from both my daughter’s recent weddings are still playing in my head, as we prepare to celebrate sixty five years of marriage between my parents, Truman and Gladys. While we hosted their fiftieth anniversary picnic here at the cabin, this celebration is taking place further out the ridge at my brother and sister-in-law’s place, also a rescued and restored log house.
Mom and Dad have seen and accomplished a lot during their time together, fifty plus years of which were lived in the little white farm-house at the end of Rocky Round Ridge. The little three bed room, one bath house sheltered our family of nine as we kids raced through childhood, the surrounding hills and our parent’s patience. But our raising was what childhood is meant to be.
Now to celebrate the love they share with each other and all seven of their children, sixteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren we are throwing them an anniversary picnic.
For months the ridge folk have been sprucing up their places and I must say this end of the ridge is looking nice. However here at Blue Antler Studio we’ve had a setback. Upon returning to our cabin on the ridge we’ve discovered a wild , destructive colony of varmints have spent their winters partying in the attic of the cabins, including the studio. The damage was such that we’ve had to gut the upstairs of the little cabin back to the rafters, and will likely have to do the same to the big cabin; all this during the hottest summer in memory.
Even with the heat spirits and creativity are high. We had a gathering at the Blue Antler Studio to make special thank yous for the guests that come to the anniversary picnic (thank you Jeff and Chuck for the ceiling fans). This gathering was particularly special as our sister, Jane, who lives in California, was not only in attendance but was our creative leader during the gathering. She is a gifted craftswoman making such beautiful cards that lucky recipients of her art are often reluctant to use or part with them. I hope that our guest will equally enjoy their handmade thank you as much as we enjoyed making them.