alone on the backroads

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I have been desperately in need of some alone time and today seemed like the perfect time for it. 

Yesterday was not the best of days. My mom called me early to tell me she was in terrible pain again. I had to remind her that the doctor said there was nothing more they could do until they were able to get her into the hospital in Indianapolis for electrohydraulic lithotripsy. Although it is three hours from us it seems to be the place where we will have to go. Then I got an email saying that my mom's beautiful platter that I sold on Etsy had arrived to the buyer shattered. To top it all off my granddaughter was bitten by a dog. SIGH!!!

So yes, I needed some alone time. 

Today seemed like a great day for wandering the backroads. It was one of those perfect days. The kind that you want to grab up and stick in your pocket. Because you know that next winter there will come a time when you will want to rummage around in your closet, find those white summer pants, dig down deep in that pocket and pull that day out just so you can savor it again.

The day was perfect. All the colors, which had seemed muted for so many months were at their most brilliant. The bright blue sky held a sprinkling of marshmallow clouds. 

Spring was popping out all along the road

with color everywhere.

I think even the cows were happy for such a beautiful day.

After a couple of hours of wandering around and thinking I was lost several times, I came back home much more relaxed.



  1. Bless you my dear friend Oh some days are more than we can handle. My mama used to say, "I've just got to get away." She'd just get in the car and go wherever the road may lead. She'd tell my daddy, "Now, don't worry about me. I don't know when I'll be back." He didn't. So good to have those days.

  2. I'm so sorry about all of your troubles...when it rains, it pours. I hope your mother does well soon and give your little granddaughter a kiss from me.

    You did something I like to do, just a change of scenery is fine. And this is such a beautiful time of year, the air is so fresh it seems to clear our minds. And you have some gorgeous snaps!

    Take care my friend.


  3. I'm glad you took some time to wander and relax. We all need to do that sometimes. It looks like you picked a perfect day. I plan to get out on a road trip with my camera soon

  4. Laura- Just popping back in to tell you when you left your comment on my blog you are a No Reply blogger again- xo Diana

  5. sorry to hear about your day. i have been thinking of you and your mom.

  6. Sometimes we do need to retreat and be alone to gather up our strength once more to carry on. My thoughts and prayers are with your mom.

  7. When it rains, it pours. Today is another day, Sweet Laura. Hope it's a good one!

  8. You sounded as if it was me writing this post.Taking a long walk alone is definitely good for the soul.Phyllis

  9. Wow!
    Did you ever need a healthy dose of fresh air, my friend.
    ...and bless you heart for seeking such beauty after such a big helping of troubles!
    I hope that today brings you bright and happy!
    Kiss that doggie bite "boo boo" for me!

  10. These are some hard days when all seems to just 'hit the fan'. Getting away can refresh our souls! Sending you a big hug my friend.

  11. I'm so glad that your day was better than yesterday's. Your pictures are uplifting.
    Love from Mum

  12. Sorry yesterday was so bad. We all understand days like that. But I could almost feel myself in your spot, the blue sky the flowers know how to lift our spirits.

  13. I know exactly what you mean about needing some alone time! I'm so glad that it helped you feel more in control of things. It's good that you recognized that and helped yourself by getting away. Sorry to hear about everything going wrong at once. Hope things are going better now.

  14. Nothing like a drive to disconnect you from your problems for a while.

  15. You needed some relaxation. But my grandmother has always told me that bad things happen in threes, so maybe your quota has been met for awhile!

  16. I love that analogy of putting in your pocket :) Glad that you were able to get away for some relaxation and enjoyment :)

  17. What beautiful photos and we all need some alone time. Yours came with not such great things happening. Hope everyone is doing better.


  18. I like to do that, too. Wander the back roads, that is. I crave alone time and even though I'm home without people around most of the day, the furbabies won't leave me alone. A drive in the country always brings me joy.
    I hope your mother soon gets the relief from pain she needs. Sorry to hear about your g'daughter getting bitten and the broken platter.
    Take care!


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