From a long blue tether attached to the front porch, Chelsea bounces forward to greet me. Not yet 9 o’clock, the day has already announced it will be Uncomfortably Sticky Without a Chance of Breeze. And so it seems Chelsea’s adorable, full body shimmy leaves her champagne-hued fur just hanging in the air long after the shake.
Shannon smiles from the doorway and as I cross the threshold, I feel an honest-to-goodness wave of calm and love and kindness. Dustin and Bryce are just as sweet and authentic, and there in that instant we all feel like old friends. Genuinely. I can’t explain it. The ooze kindness.
Bryce leads the way through their cozy home into the cool backyard garden. The sun sends kisses through old ash trees, while she plucks ripe tomatoes, spindly green beans, and rosemary sprigs for breakfast.
Simple, real ingredients line their counters. Measuring, cracking, pouring, sprinkling happen over soft conversation. And soon words compete with a symphony of bubbling pancakes & sizzling bacon. Chelsea is torn between getting comfy in sunny spot in the dining room and visiting the kitchen on bacon’s beckon.
Fluffy pancakes. Sweet Potato Hash. Toast. Fruit. Coffee. Milk. Weekend breakfast is served. Yum.
That’s it. The humidity has declared victory over long curly locks–adorable top knot it is.
Everyone heads back to the garden to plant fall herbs. Bryce preps by filling her watering can from the rain barrel.
We end our visit all curled up, coffee in hand, and Shannon reading with such enchanting expression. Chelsea watches the passers-by from her sofa throne. All is right with the world.
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