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    What I learned this week: Reason No. 11 why I won't live near my grandsons

    As many of you know, I live more than 800 miles away from my grandsons. When my daughter and son-in-law first told my husband and me we'd be grandparents, it broke my heart. I was certain I'd not survive unless they relocated to live near me.

    They never did.

    Of course, there was the option of my husband and me moving to live near them. A lot of grandparents do that, but it's just not in the cards for me. I wrote about my reasons for not doing so in this article. At the time I wrote it, one big reason I noted for not moving to be near my grandsons is the fact I have a life here in the mountains — a life that includes my (yes, adult and out of the nest) oldest and youngest daughters who live in the mountains, too, despite my middle daughter and her family preferring the desert.

    There are other reasons why I won't live near my grandsons, and another I hadn't originally thought of became crystal clear this week.

    I like to take photos. I'm not the greatest, though I'm working on getting better. Here are two I took of nature in all its glory while looking out the sliding doors to my deck this week:

     butterfly on flowers
    A butterfly enjoying the dianthus.

    squirrel relaxing
    A squirrel relaxing in the tree.

    Compare those two photos to two my daughter took of nature in all its glory around her place this week. Keep in mind that this is my daughter who, along with her husband and my two grandsons, lives in the desert. Here are the photos she texted me:

    A scorpion lodged inside the honeycomb window blinds.

    lizard in garage
    A lizard in the garage — just outside the door to the house.

    I'd say nature in the mountains (my place) is far easier on the eyes — and nerves — than nature in the desert (their place), wouldn't you?

    The bottom line/the moral of the story being that if getting to see these two adorable kids...

    boys in inflatable pool 

    ... on a regular basis means seeing those two frightening critters on a regular basis, too, I'll take being a long-distance grandma any day. I'm not proud to admit that... but it's true.

    And that is what I learned this week.

    Well, I also learned that my daughter is far more brave than I ever thought she'd be, that little Meggie of mine who once (as a teen!) captured a spider in our family room late one night by placing a heavy bowl over it, then taping a note to the bowl asking me to take care of what was trapped inside once I awoke. Now look at her — taking photos instead of screaming and running!

    (Now I hope I'll be just as brave and not be completely freaked out about icky desert things when I visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandsons in 10 days!)

    Best wishes for a critter-free weekend, wherever you may be! I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday!

    Today's question:

    What did you learn this week?

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    Reader Comments (11)

    It must be a matter of perspective regarding 'local' wildlife. There are a host of critters in Colorado that would freak me out!

    This week I learned that there is a web site 'hotlinking' to my site. Therefore stealing my bandwidth....that I pay for. But that's a whole 'nother subject for another day. I'm channeling my anger into extra energy.

    Have a great weekend!

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Your pictures of nature are beautiful...and I think you are already a good photographer!

    Those desert critters, no matter whether or not they are deadly poisonous, would surely kill me; I've always said that it's the SIGHT, not the BITE, that would do me in!

    Have a good week-end, I'll catch you again on Monday.

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    10 days??!! You get to go see them in 10 days? SO excited for you and I am sure you will hide your wildlife fears from the boys.

    As for what I've learned this week -- I did spend a ton of time on I love learning!

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I learned that after many days (more than I can count) of gray, cloudy, humid, rainy weather my disposition is no longer sunny :-) Hope this is the best trip yet!

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy@grandparentsplus2

    I learned that you should be putting more photos on your site!! And on G+!! These are gorgeous.

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Your photos are lovely, Lisa! I guess there are nasty critters wherever you live, but I would be pretty grossed out by a scorpion. ::shuddering::

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelene Cohen Bludman

    Hmm. I wouldn't like those critters, either. And I see them as part of the bigger picture...I'm just happier in a moderate climate than a hot, dry one. Glad you're gonna see those great boys soon!

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBLissed-Out Grandma

    :) My folks used to live in Hawaii. You should see their GECKOS! :) :) :) Have a lovely visit!

    June 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    Loving that butterfly photo! We get scorpions on occasion in our blinds too. I poke them with a needle to get them to run out the end where I am waiting with a fly swatter. So gross!

    June 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

    UGH lizards and scorpians! :)

    July 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdebra @ homespun

    I, like you, did not foresee myself ever moving to Tucson, Arizona to be closer to our only Grand, but that is exactly what happened in February, 2012. Hubby and I had been driving the 1,800 mile round trip from Salt Lake City to Tucson for 3 years, and I was getting weary of it. I decided I could put up with the "desert critters" to be closer to our Grand and our daughter (who I really missed). We are fairly happy down here, and I like to say we just traded snow for bugs. Not much of a difference when it comes to each being a PITA for me. We have a great bug man who sprays every 3 months and for the past 15 months we have not had one bug in the house. I am now a happy Grammy, being able to attend all of our Grand's fun events. She starts school in August, and I'm looking forward to being a volunteer for her class. Yes, it was a lot of work to sell a home and buy another 900 miles away, but in the end, it was oh, so worth it for us. I hope you have a wonderful trip to see your two boys.

    July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel
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