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Double Rainbow

Josh and I were driving back from seeing his family in Shelbyville and we saw the most beautiful double rainbow. The skies had broken out in a split panoramic light show of epic proportions: oversized rays were spilling out onto either side of the highway and we thought we were in for a storm. Midway through our return, a rainbow broke out into the sky. We talked about his mother and family and what a great time we’d had; the rainbow agreed and it duplicated itself- making us both smile as it followed us all the way home.

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(Taken with 2 MP crap-cell phone.)

Life is back to its busy self; I’m lost in my studies, teetering back and forth between Criminology and Therapeutic Interventions with Substance Abusers II- but I love it. I’ve bought a new laptop and have turned it into my essay writing machine, loading it up with Microsoft Office (Pro) and a plethora of other goodies. I’ve paid close to $4,000 in bills and things in the past few days alone, which included a $900 car debt my mother couldn’t pay. I was honoured to be able to do that for her. We haven’t two pennies to rub together hardly, but everbody’s paid and I’ve managed to book one of the most sought after cabins in all of Tennessee for our little getaway, a little place called “Unforgettable”. (Yes, the cabin is actually called “Unforgettable”.) I’ll be posting pics and updates on that at the end of September. I’ll be taking my Mom and Heidi, my oldest daughter, along with Josh. The cabin, along with the cleaning fee + taxes is $441 for two nights; an unbelievable steal for a multi-level luxury cabin in the Smokies with not one but two hot tubs overlooking the mountains, one of them being outdoors on the deck.

It looks a little something like this (website pics):

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Definitely one of the nicer cabins I’ve ever seen and the reviews are incredible. We can’t wait! We’re fortunate that so many people are superstitious about Friday 13th- September was booked solid for the entire month, but the 13th and 14th were open so I snagged them immediately. (13 is my favourite number so that works well for me.) We’ll probably go to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum also; this is a dream come true as I’ve been wanting to take Heidi to the Smokey mountains for over 10 years. Well, my Mom too.

I have more to write- some things not so grand- but I’m tired and will be returning to my bed to continue reading Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath. I was far too busy to finish it a year or so ago when I checked it out at the library: I’m much more eager to do so this time, in between essays and drug and crime reports.

Josh is whistling at his computer like a deranged bird, rubbing a metal “this or that” between his lips to make a warbled sound. I can tell by his fixed gaze on his laptop game that he’s happy- his belly, fat with mesquite-grilled barbecue that we slow cooked out on the deck yesterday. There’s a pleasant buzz in the air lately. Carl is still with us and our morale has been reestablished, if not altogether fortified.

And now I’m off to bed.
Plath awaits!

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13 responses

  1. yvo

    AWWWWW . . . what a great capture of the rainbow. You guys were blessed!!! like twice baked potatoes!! ha haaa. So glad you all had a wonderful family connection time. very nourishing. That cabin is amazing and congrats on grabbing it!! MUST share pics!!! gonna be awesome! seriously . . 13? that is MY FAVORITE number too. 12 disciples + Jesus. :))) Enjoy . . well . . . appreciate your read of the beautiful, fragile/ wounded brilliant Sylvia. I know you will harvest much out of it. I am glad for the peace and lovely connection in your home Honey. Bless you all and your little sweet kitty cat. xxx

    September 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

    • Twice baked potatoes…I love that reference..haa. And I should have guessed that your favourite number is 13 too. 🙂 12 = the “number of govenment” (God’s, not man’s,) hence “12 disciples”, but also, I was taught years ago that 13 is the number of Jesus’ Bride, or “collective body of people/saints, etc. This explains why it’s such an important number and why it’s so misunderstood and cast in a bad light, as many things are that are related to Truth, etc.) And it’s so good to hear from you, Y-girl. I’m hoping that your semester is going well too? :0) No doubt you’ve got your hands full too. Isn’t it funny how the summer just flies by? And yes, Sylvia was a beautiful mess, wasn’t she? I can’t help but like her- what a talent-she was deeply angry, and some of her writings betray her deepest secrets- she was a drug addict. (Morphine- not common knowledge.) Anyway, it makes for good night time reading. 😉 We’ll catch up soon- I sure do miss you. xoxo Take good care of yourself!

      September 3, 2013 at 1:28 am

      • Hmmm…..I came to comment on the cabin, as I loove cabins. But when I get ready to make my comment I see the other comment and the number 13 jumped out at me. I recently discovered the power of 13. …and twice baked potatoes aren’t so bad either 😉

        September 3, 2013 at 7:08 am

  2. Sometimes we start reading a book and it just isn’t the right time, but then a month or a year later, it is. A hot tub with a view of the mountains, though — it’s always the right time for something like that. Have a great trip!

    September 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

  3. This is beautiful!!!!

    September 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

    • We thought so too. :0) It was like being in the company of an enormous soul.

      September 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  4. As Liz Lemon would say:”I wanna go to there!”

    September 9, 2013 at 12:33 am

    • It was awesome. And as I mentioned, it followed us all the way home, even after we went inside the house. (It made everything all warm and glowy.)

      September 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  5. Did I read that right that the cabin is $44??? or was that just tax LOL! Gorgeous. I am SOOO jealous but you truly deserve it. Please let me know how it is! Maybe one day my husband and I could go there ❤ Also, how is Sylvia Plaths biography? I LOVED the Bell Jar by her. According to one of my friends, they think that I loved the book a little too much. What can I say, I love writings by distrurbed people hahah. I find them fascinating and feel that we are somehow kindred spirits. Also beautiful picture of a rainbow. Not long after my sister died I saw a rainbow. Not to mention that but I saw the other side to it. That NEVER happens. I never see rainbows!!! I remembered your posts about how you are always seeing them. I felt like maybe Becky was sending me a sign that she was ok and wanted me to be too. Miss ya girl and proud of u for hanging in there with your studies!

    September 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    • Nooo….that’s $441 for both nights. Like I said, that’s a steal for a luxury cabin with one of the best views in Tennessee. I can’t wait! I like rainbows for the reason that God lets us see them as a reminder of his promise- that he would never destroy His own creation again, like He did when He flooded the world (Noah). he said that He would give us the rainbow as a sing of His promise to never do that again. When I see rainbows- they make me really happy. I guess they do that to most people. (Did you ever see that guy on You Tube- his video went viral when he had a complete meltdown after seeing a double rainbow on a camping trip- hilarious…) You should totally read “Rough Magic” by the way. It’s a great Plath BIO (I have The Bell Jar here on my bookshelf, by the way- I own it but haven’t read it). She was clinically depressed her entire life, but when her husband left her for another woman, it sent her over the edge. She’s probably my favourite poet ever. I’ll probably like The Bell Jar too much too…haha..

      September 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  6. With those beautiful rainbows…everything seems to be moving in the right direction. The cabin vacation sounds great!!

    September 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    • Yeah, we’re really looking for it- also, I just picked up a new Canon G3- it’s only 4 MP but capable of taking slamming good pics. (RAW/manual) I can’t believe you can still find them on Ebay for $40..heheh..

      September 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

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