After 15 hours in transit I finally got into bed at 3:00 AM.
Then I went to visit my mother who just sold her house, a house I will really miss.
Which is a house with a gorgeous hearth...
... and an enormous wrought iron chandelier, made by a family friend.
... where I shared some precious moments with nieces and other kin.
Then I went to share some more precious moments with another niece at a family tradition: lobster dinner!
... or more appropriately called: my sister's birthday.
... which involved some slaving!
... and finally lots of nibbling.
Fit in some babysitting and some dress-up.
Then a long and exhausting journey home, with the necessary ferry ride.