I worked for a daily newspaper for 18 years.  It was hectic much of the time and some days were worse than others.  On those days a colleague of mine would diffuse my frustration by standing up and announcing "Let's Go Dancing".  It never failed to make me smile.  My truck is loaded down and I'm headed off to attend a month long music festival - and there will be dancing!  I've been attending this festival for a very long time.  It is the "Kerrville Folk Festival"  in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  My dear friend Susie attends along with me.  We have been friends for 30 years.  She has lived in Europe for the past 10 years - but returns every year to spend a month at the festival.  It is really the only time during the year that we have this much time together.  We do have our differences though.  She has become very involved in the festival and is happy to camp for an entire month on the ranch were the festival is held.  I on the other hand - love camping - for a few days - not thirty.  I'm rather fond of running water!  So to that end - Jim and I bought a little cottage just down the road.   Susie and I have both had a somber week.   My family lost my 51 year old sister-in-law to a brain aneurysm and her father-in-law died on Wednesday.
My heart is heavy for my brother and his children and hers is for her family.  So we will do what we always do - talk for hours, work through whatever is on our minds and get each other laughing.   A little music, dancing and laughter will do us good.  
But for right now - I think I'll go float on the water and soak up some sun.


  1. Ry - so sorry to hear about your loss. Your sister-in-law was my age. It's especially tragic for her children.
    Have a great time in Kerrville. I love that little town. My dad has a ranch not far from there. It's a beautiful part of Texas.
    Is the guy in the apron a chef?!!!

  2. Ry..I am sorry for your loss...
    Oh my this so sounds like my kind of month!
    Music heals!

  3. Ryannan, I'm also sorry for the losses in your family.

    My nephew lives with his mother in Kerrville - I had no idea there was a festival there! I'll have to see if he's ever attended it. It is a beautiful area of Texas!

    I also love the photo of the water. What I wouldn't give to jump in that!

  4. What a perfect way to acknowledge & celebrate the lives of those you've both lost. Enjoy your reunion with Susie, & dance like there is no tomorrow!
    Millie ^_^

  5. Oh Ry...I am so sorry about your SIL. But it will be a good catharsis to be with your friend and at the familiarity of kerrville.

    I have a good friend that also picks up (with her kids) and goes every year for the month...as a matter of fact she often runs the whole kids section.

    Enjoy your month and celebrate your sister in law's life.

  6. I am sorry for you too..your dancing photos sure add hope to sadness..
    We all do dance again..even if only in our hearts..happiness comes again.
    That's what my mom passed away of..at 55.
    It's shocking and unexpected and makes matters ...well you are just not ready or prepared.
    I really am sorry for your family.
    I hope you have a soothing time:)

  7. Ry...I am so sorry about your sad loss...it makes living each day to the fullest, more important.

  8. So sorry for your loss. Take care.

  9. All kind a people doing their thing to all kind a music -- when that happens every year in the great outside of Texas Hill Country, there's no place I'd rather be, nothing I'd rather be doing. It's music-listening and people-watching at it's finest, it's fascinating entertainment, it's a hoot of a good time, it's where I put on my goofiest cowboy hat of all and think nothing of it. I'll see you there in a few days mi amor.

  10. Thank you for all of your warm comments. You are all such lovely people. My brother is doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances. He and his wife raised their four children and then adopted three more. Ages 12, 7 and the youngest is only three. He is a very strong person, but the thought of raising three young children alone when you are 53 years old is daunting. He has a very supportive family, so I know that he will persevere just as he always has.

  11. Your brother has a steep climb ahead of him. My heart goes out to him and the children

  12. i am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to your family... i am glad you had the time with your friend to console each other too~ wishing peace to your brother and family...


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