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Those who've read my profile know I work from a home office. The great thing about working from home is the flexibility. No clothing expense, no office drama and no travel expense. The bad thing about working from home is that the work is always THERE. I have a hard time leaving it when there is still work to be done. (Which is why I'm still at my desk at 8 p.m. instead of quilting!)

Yesterday, however, I stopped what I was doing in the middle of the day and went with my son. He'd loaded up a horse in the trailer and headed to some leased pastures about 20 miles south of us to sort off some yearling steers that had gotten through a fence and were mixed into the neighbor's pasture. Since I knew there would be sorting to do, I offered to take a horse, but for just 6 head he was a little insulted by the suggestion. :0) He just mainly wanted company - he really didn't need my "help." I took care of a few gates and mainly just waited and watched him work from afar (when the hills let me see him). I admire his patience and quiet way he has with his horse and the livestock. He had no problems and the whole time I was wishing I had my camera. He happened to have a few bucks in his pocket from some work he'd done for Grandma, so when we were done, he took me "out" for ice cream from the local ag co-op (soft-serve machine) as we came back through our little town (wide spot in the road) where he goes to school. It was a nice couple of hours.

As I was waiting for him to ride through the pastures, I thought I should have brought along some stitching to work on for guilt-free quilting time. Next time I'll remember...a quilting project and a camera.

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Comment by Jennifer M. on June 23, 2009 at 10:18am
Hello PQ! It sounds like you spent a nice day out! I have been so busy with painting the living room and picking strawberries, and chasing kids I have not been able to get much else done. Yesterday my soon came in the house with a handful of strawberries and said "Can you make some pie NOW?" So now that I am done painting my first order of business is to make pie. Hope you are having a great day!
Comment by Anne S/ Ont. on June 11, 2009 at 5:56pm
What a lovely day that must have been! I love spending time with my boys,,,,27 and 30. The older one is living in BC now (and I am in Ontario),,,,he's getting married this summer out there.....I treasure the little visits we have. I once cross stitched a little boy in his overalls,,,that said "There's a special place in heaven for the mothers of little boys"....It still makes me mist up!!!
Comment by Lynn on June 9, 2009 at 7:05pm
What a nice day. I grew up in the country - it brings back memories.
Comment by Carol Wadkins on June 8, 2009 at 4:48pm
What a special afternoon for both of you........ There are many times I was wishing the camera was with us, but that's usually the way........ when you think of it, it's already to late. You do have that memory in your mind and it will remain with you always. Write in a journal if you want more of a "bright" memory! So sweet, it brings back memories of my own.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on June 8, 2009 at 11:45am
PQ--you were so wise to drop the urgent tasks of your work for the important priority of your son. I'm sure you know how blessed you are. I too often get caught up in the tyranny of now (i must have read that phrase somewhere but can't remember where)--but my family won't remember even next week whether laundry was folded or even what i fixed for dinner. But they remember things that only took my time. You are a good mom, and you have a very nice son--each of you knows that people come before things.
Comment by Catherine Bungard on June 8, 2009 at 6:52am
Sounds like a lovely day for you. It's nice to have cherised moments with children to remember. He sounds like a very nice you man.
Comment by Cheryl / NC on June 8, 2009 at 6:08am
What a wonderful day you had with your son. Even without the camera, you have the memory. That's so sweet that he treated you to ice cream. Enjoy it while you can, they are married and gone before you know it. If you had brought the quilting though, you might have missed some of the "pictures". Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Mari/WA on June 8, 2009 at 5:18am
How endearing ~ You've got a great son there and what a lovely story! That time is precious and will give you many a moment of reflection. Hmmmm, family is such a gift. Thank you!
Comment by Edith Lean/Ont. on June 7, 2009 at 8:08pm
What a gem, to have that time. It was the break you needed for the day. These precious moments come upon us unexpectedly and are like tonic for the soul.
Comment by Schatze on June 7, 2009 at 7:44pm
Sounds like a little bit of heaven to me! Thanks for letting us share it with you.

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