Yesterday was a big, big day for Clif, Dee, and me. After two years of not seeing our youngest daughter Shannon and our son-in-law Mike, we got together with them at their new apartment in Massachusetts. Previously, they lived in North Carolina, a very long way from Maine. But in November, they moved to Massachusetts, only two and a half hours from our home. We are overjoyed that they are back in New England, where we can have regular visits with them.
Because Covid is still raging in the U.S., we decided we should take extra precautions. Masks for inside, but what to do about lunch? Mike and Shannon came up with a solution—a propane heater for their small sheltered patio. (Who is that strange masked woman in the corner?)
The propane heater was an experiment, with none of us too sure exactly how it would work on a chilly forty-degree day. Readers, I am pleased to report that the heater worked beautifully. All of us, even those who like it hot, felt comfortable for the few hours we stayed outside. When Clif went to the car for something, he said he could feel the difference as soon as he left the patio.
“This is just like a little café,” Dee noted, adding that these propane heaters are common in outside eating areas in New York City.
The café’s bean soup tasted especially good on a chilly day.
Another treat was seeing Shannon and Mike’s two dogs, Holly and Somara. Although it’s been years since we’ve seen them, they remembered us and gave us enthusiastic greetings.
Here is Miss Holly.
And here is Miss Somara.
A final bonus was seeing this tree next to Mike and Shannon’s apartment. I had never seen a tree like this before, and I was fascinated by the peeling bark and the color. I did a little Internet research, and I think it’s a paperbark maple, originally a native of China. If anyone knows differently, please let me know.
Although we have Zoomed with Shannon and Mike many times over the past two years, there is nothing like chatting in person. What a grand time we had talking about books, movies, television shows, and various other things.
Late afternoon, we left reluctantly. But with Shannon and Mike so close to Maine, we will soon be seeing them again. And as long as the weather isn’t too cold, we can eat outside at Shannon and Mike’s café, with the propane heater providing plenty of warmth.
79 thoughts on “Getting Together after Two Years”
This is my ‘feel good’ post for the day. Wow – the whole family getting together AND you can do it again and again. I love it! I have a friend who has one of those propane heaters, and they like it too. I am so happy for all of you, you can probably see me smiling, well, maybe not because I’ve got my mask on too. 🙂
A-w-w-w, thanks so much, Judy!
A joy for sure!
What a wonderful reunion. And realizing you won’t have to wait nearly as long next time makes it extra joyful!
Yes, a wonderful reunion. How good it is to have them within easy driving distance.
It was beyond fantastic seeing you all yesterday! Two years is way too long to not see each other – damn COVID!! Our cafe is open to you whenever you want to come down!! 😄😄💕💕
Joy, joy, happy, happy!
I like that you have 3 glasses of wine in front of you…👍😂, that is a great way to start a 2 year delayed visit…enjoy
Definitely a cause for celebration. It is hard not seeing your kids after so long a time. My Californian son I haven’t seen since Mar.’19. Too long! So I have some idea of how happy your Mother-Heart was to see them again. 🙂 ❤
Very hard not to see the kids! Hope you are able to see your son soon.
As much as we miss Michael and Shannon, we’re glad you could all get together finally. Not sure but that tree might be a river birch, we see them here in Asheville.
Thanks, David! I’ll look up river birch.
Laurie this is wonderful news, living far from your children is very hard, and with Covid everything is unpredictable ….so much better to be closer. It’s a bonus to see the dogs, … they never forget..💕💕 Our kids are great at keeping us on track with new movies, books and streaming services too..
Wonderful to visit with them after having gone so long without seeing them. Happy to see those dogs, too. And the dogs were overjoyed to see us.
Hi. Glad to hear about your family time. The sales of outdoor heaters have skyrocketed, and made getting together much more doable.
Thank you, thank you! Very impressed with that heater.
OMYWORD! Yes. So happy for you all. What a long haul it’s been for all of you. yay!
It sure has. And that heater is brilliant!
Oh how wonderful! What a joyous occasion.
Joy, joy, happy, happy!
Hi, Laurie – What a wonderful meetup. We also have a backporch heater (yup, a COVID-purchase). It makes a wonderful difference!!
Many thanks! That heater really does make a wonderful difference.
Wine, dogs, family–perfect!
Oh my! I am so happy to read this post, Laurie! Reunions are far and few between so this is very exciting!
It is also brilliant news that they are much closer and easier to visit!
Thanks, Ju-Lyn. What a special day to see them having gone two years without seeing them.
A delightful piece to read upon waking this morning – so uplifting and joyful to know that you have managed to meet in person as a family AT LAST!
Yes, yes! Thanks so much.
I’m so happy for you all Laurie – that must have been the best early Christmas present!
It certainly was! Thanks so much.
So glad you met up after all that time it must have been a real treat.
What a wonderful visit in the little “cafe .” Those heaters are very popular here because southern Californians like to eat outside year round and these are so good at taking the nip from the winter air.
I am so happy for your family get together and that this can be an easy reoccurance! Some one I know lives where it is colder than here and has individual electric blankets for outdoor visits during this ongoing pandemic.
Many thanks! The electric blanket is an intriguing solution. Not sure how you plug them all in.
Good that they have moved closer to you, makes it so much easier to meet up. Love those cute canines!
Many thanks! Those canines are cute and will be joining us for Christmas.
This is good news. I remember those heaters in Paris some years ago. I think you have nailed the tree
Thanks, Derrick. Those heaters work amazingly well. Yes, I think the tree is a paperbark maple.
I agree to what others said before me. A sunday well spent and yes nice tree shot.
What a wonderful treat to see them again! And to know they are now near enough to visit fairly regularly. That propane heater is a brilliant idea.
It worked so well! And, yes, what a treat to be able to see Shannon and Mike on a regular basis.
This is such a joyful post. Not sure what to add to that so I’ll keep my comment short. 🙂
A welcome feel-good post for me too. I’m so glad to see you’re back together after such a long time. I am a bit baffled that the mask manufacturers and the hospitality trade have not got together to come up with a pub mask, with a valve you can attach a straw to. You could imagine them party style with ‘Cheers!’ on.
Thanks, Susan. And that mask idea is brilliant!
It’s wonderful that you had the chance to be together at last, and even better that more and more frequent visits will be possible in the future. Two-and-a-half hours is a doable distance, even for a day trip. I hope you soon are able to gather without even a thought of the Demon Virus! I will say that the propane heater intrigued me. I’ve never seen such a thing: probably reasonable, given our quite different climates.
That propane heater really did the trick! Who knows how long we will have to use it? In the North East, Covid is raging. Someday the numbers will go down. Until then…
So lovely you could meet up at last Laurie and that Shannon and Mike live so much closer now – here’s to many more happy get-togethers to come! 💜
How wonderful, Laurie. Im so glad you were able to get together and hope there’s a lot more of that in your future. And I love the little outdoor cafe! Those heaters work great, don’t they? 😀 😀
Thanks so much! Those heaters work a treat.
What a thrill, Laurie! So glad you were able to help make this visit happen! As someone who hasn’t seen her only sister in two years, I can relate to how happy an occasion this must’ve been — go you!!
Thanks, Debbie! Hope you see your sister soon. COVID certainly is the gift that keeps taking.
What a wonderful post, Laurie! I know you’re thrilled to have them closer. So great Dee was there to enjoy the visit, too. I’m smiling and feeling a warm glow for you all. xo
Pretty sure that’s a river birch. We have a lot in Mass. I am so happy that you were able to be together in person. We ate outdoors all last winter, but once everyone in the family was vaccinated, we began to eat indoors. Not in restaurants, though, because there is sure to be someone there not vaccinated.
Does river birch have reddish bark?
Meeting real people in a real place is hard to beat.
I’m so glad you had such a lovely family reunion, Laurie, including the dogs. Let’s hope your future get-togethers will bring many happy hours.
oh Laurie! How wonderful!!!
It certainly is! Feels like a dream.
This post warms my heart just like the patio heater! I’m so happy you had this time after waiting so long!
Thank you, thank you!
Oh, how wonderful and exciting to have the family together again!! You must be so excited to have them close by for regular visits and enjoying that fabulous patio dining!!🙂
As we would say in Maine, it was a finest kind of day.
How wonderful, Laurie! And how creative of you all to make the visit both enjoyable and as safe as possible. I can only imagine your joy at being together again 💜
Thanks, Sandra! So wonderful.
I am so happy for you! And I’m glad you experienced the joys of outdoor winter dining. Here in Virginia (admittedly, 25 degrees is “cold” here), we enjoyed heat lamps and fire pits all last winter, with food — like the yummy chili — to go with it. New delights. Thanks for sharing your happiness with us.
Thanks so much! My pleasure.
Hurrah! What a wonderful Christmas gift!
It surely is.
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