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Cathy GF

Cathy GF
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FEBRUARY 13, 2012 10:21AM

Taxes, Sunday Hike and Kids Being Kids

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A winter walk to a hidden lake
 
 
A looming deadline to turn in our tax planner to our accountant, prevented us from frolicking with the grand kids on this sunny, springlike winter day.
 
No stranger to the frustrations and tedium of tax preparation, we hit the files, receipts in piles, extra strong coffee nearby and began our day, pencils poised...calculator noise; a delayed breakfast.  It had to be done.
 
Knowing the grand kids dearly desired to spend the day at grandma and grandpa's, sledding down our big backyard hill, we had to defer to mom and dad to carve out the much needed time to face the music of the IRS.  
 
Done.  Faxed.  Relaxed.  Got to walk with the dog this afternoon and even take a post tax-prep nap.  Blankets pulled tight to our chins, fire flickering in the corner stove, puppy curled in a tight circle, light snoring from somewhere, is how we spent the afternoon.
 
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No TV, no computers, no video games, no DS, no distractions but the sounds of the wind rushing through the pines, the trickling of the lake breeze; the sound of a skipping stone or stick, whichever was at hand.  Kids at play near a home that embraces nature games, the great outdoors, the smells of the earthy mountain moss and the sounds of laughter.
 
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No traffic, no congestion, no smog, fog or noxious fumes; no rumble.
Running free, gathering speed, a magic stick to poke and swing in the sunlight.  Shadows of childhood, unencumbered by boredom and useless passtimes without the scent of fresh air. No boundaries in the God given spaces and places where imagination sparks the flames of fun.
 
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Sister following, close behind, picking up speed; peddles faster to the lake, no tripping in the weeds left by winter's freeze. Whether for boys or for girls, there is no difference in this natural paradise, where all play the same while making up each game, forever free.
 
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The teachings and treasures of a child's spirit, are the most precious lessons to me. 
 
 
Thank you Graydon and Sydney,
and the parents who blessed you with life.
A life that defines the very important things,
And the daily reminders of love, laughter and playtime in Earth's most precious play ground. 
 
 
 
Photos taken by eldest daughter, Kelly today, on a hike with daddy and kids in the Tahoe wilderness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Good thing they hiked yesterday in the mild temps and sunshine! We woke up to 6 inches of fresh new snow! Winter came a calling overnight!
Sounds like you had a terrific time in the "NO ZONE"!
R
I was thinking our rain storm had to turn to snow for you.
The pictures were just beautiful and talk about those mountains.
You have it all!
HUGGGGGGGGGGG
Correction: 8 inches fell overnight and counting!

Out - You know it.

Linda - Thanks!
Beautiful Grandchildren Cathy! Maybe you can go next time...
wonderful and pristine :) r.
Gosh! I feel so sad for all the things you're deprived of.....

;-)
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What a beautiful day and Kelly took some magnificent photos. Where was Dylan?
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Susie - thank you and indeed I will! What a bummer to be locked in doing tax prep on this rare, mile day in February!

Jon - Yes, very pristine, thanks!

Sky - ;) you slay me!

RP - Kelly does know how to catch the scenes of nature so well. Dylan was home curled up while taxes were being prepared. He was bummed.
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this wonderful view into your life!
What a lovely walk and the photos were beautiful. Kelly did a superb job. r
As usual, just beautiful !
Sheila - Thx and you're welcome! Anytime!

Christine - Thx and I'll let Kelly know.

desert_rat - Thx for stopping by!
Carpe Diem, Cathy!
That's what you did. I love seeing the photos of your grandbabies with their shadows bigger than them! Thanks for sharing. Lovely!
Neat!! I wanna play too!!! :( :D

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Fusun - You are welcome and thanks so much! It was quite a day!

Tink - You are always welcome! Thx
I know the spot, what a beautiful place; gorgeous! R
I love these family stories. They make me smile. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Thoth - You do?!? That's awesome! Let me know when you are back in the vicinity! Don't think I am kidding!

JALI 17 - Thanks so much J! My family sharings are my best fall back, as the other descriptive; annal and otherwise worldly thoughts, just get blurred in the daily mix and tricks.
Thoth - You do?!? That's awesome! Let me know when you are back in the vicinity! Don't think I am kidding!

JALI 17 - Thanks so much J! My family sharings are my best fall back, as the other descriptive; annal and otherwise worldly thoughts, just get blurred in the daily mix and tricks.
"GROUNDHOG!" HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!