“Like a Christmas card.” Indeed! About three years ago we signed the final papers to buy 1080 30th St Drive SE, which Rich appropriately named Sand Ridge. The home is sweet. The yard ever changing. The wildlife varied and amusing. The views to the sky lovely at night and early morning. Vega is setting in the NW and Capella rising in the NE. At a certain time, I can almost see both – one through the trees. Fascinating.
Inside, the home is cozy and warm with the wood stove in the basement and the gas fireplace in the living room. Finally we are getting the computers situated, files and pictures transferred and the den tidied up. Just in time for the Holidays when everything gets tumbled about anyway! Ha!
The Pudding Stone from Cedar Lake in Denville, NJ, is so cool. Rich and Henry hauled it down from the stone wall behind the house. Great Grandma Harmon had it placed among the others as part of a retaining wall. Rich remembers the rock and the wall. So, an integral part of the Patterson’s history and of geologic time now is at our home in Iowa! For a while, I could not decide where to put Pudding Stone. No place that I visualized in the Labyrinth fit. Then, one morning I “saw” where it was supposed to go. On one of the inner circles and just south of the magnolia tree. So, after checking things out, asking Universe if I had “read things right”, I rolled Pudding Stone (remember it took two men to load it onto the truck!) to its new location. It still seems kind of large for the spot, but for now, at least, that is its home.