Friday, June 25, 2010

Back Home Again in Indiana

Hello, all. I am in Indiana for a while, helping out before and after baby arrives. I'm busy and I don't have complete computer access, so I probably won't be able to visit much but I'll have a lot to talk about later!

I was born in Indiana, and even after we moved away, we used to spend a good portion of every summer in Indiana. There's a lot to love. I am enjoying being here again. The weather is gorgeous! People don't really appreciate it when they try to complain about the heat and I burst out laughing. But I can't help it. I can sit outside comfortably under a big shade tree on the soft grass and wave at everyone who goes by. Unlike sitting under a palm tree with the fire ants and the sandspurs, sweat pouring from every pore. Sometimes people do wave at home, though.

I am loving the fireflies at dusk. Magical! I have a wild urge to run around filling a jar with them to use as a nightlight.

I heard my first tornado warning siren today. Like a good little Hoosier, I ignored it. Later I learned they do this every Friday at noon. So as long as the tornadoes pick a different day, it's all good.

I'm also enjoying visiting with my son and daughter in law. But I've never been away from my husband more than a week before. But he'll come up after the baby comes.

And the baby is what it's all about!


Cherie said...

I have never been to the Hoosier state - but I would SO love to collect fireflies in a jar!! Us Westerners just miss out on that fun thing!

I'm excited for you - a new baby in the family is such a happy blessing.

Enjoy the shade under the tree :D

steviewren said...

I haven't seen many fireflies this year, so I'm envious of you...for that and the NICE summer weather too. It's been super humid and hot here this year in Alabama. There has been no sitting outside for me this summer. Have fun waiting on the new baby. How exciting!

Zuzana said...

Enjoy your stay at "home".;)) I am myself going on a small break, thus see you when I get back in a couple of weeks.;)
Have a great summer.;)

Cherdecor said...

I know that excitement is high at your son's house, waiting for the new arrival. I went to college in Indiana. It is cold in the wintertime.

nikkipolani said...

Welcome back home, Tracie! I don't think I've ever seen fireflies in person. How fun!

rhymeswithplague said...

I have crossed Indiana from east to west and from west to east on U.S. 40 in the days before there was an I-70, and I once crossed the Wabash River near Vincennes on a 1-car ferry that I mistook for a dock way back in 1950-something. My cousin once had his psychologist's practice in Hammond, and my now-departed beautiful sister-in-law hailed from Bloomington.

I burst out laughing too at people who try to complain about the Georgia heat and humidity, and I say, "I can tell you've never been to Florida!" (I met my wife when I was stationed in the Air Force in Orlando, and later we lived for seven years in Boca Raton in Palm Beach County. Also, my son's family has spent two stretches on the Gulf side, five years in Clearwater in the 1990s and two years just completed in Tampa. Oh, and our condo is in New Smyrna Beach. I can relate. I have been to Fort Myers, but never to Naples, though.)

We have seen fireflies this month for the first time in several years, and also goldfinches. Both are a welcome sight.

Hope all goes well with the new baby, and also with the grandparents.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I hope all is going well. Where in Indiana are you?

jenniferw said...

Summer in the Midwest does have a charm. I too was born in Indiana ... Kokomo! We promptly moved back down south but I lived many years in the Northwest part of the state again, after I was grown. All four of our children were born in Indiana. God bless while you await the arrival of the precious little one!

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