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Notes Along a Busy Road

West Coast April Snow, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming, “WOW what a RIDE!”

On Sunday after church we drove to Crestline, spent Monday running some errands, doing laundry and packing. This morning in Ontario we boarded a plane and flew to Seattle, where we will visit with friends and help Harold and Pam Kern celebrate their 35th church anniversary.

The flight was smooth and beautiful. Somewhere along the way we passed this area of snow-covered mountains, and of this spectacular peak I snapped a picture.

After we had claimed our baggage and waited a few minutes at curbside, the Kern’s pulled up, we loaded in our things, and off we went to lunch at Bahama Breeze. a neat, tropical looking restaurant featuring food typical of the Caribbean. Great place. Great food.

Our children sometime express caring concern because of the busy lives Jerry and I live. I thought of them and of our calendars, when in the Skymall magazine on our flight today I read the paragraph with which I opened this post. Nifty, huh.

Not long after we had arrived at the home of the Kerns, had been shown to our bedroom, and had hung our clothes, I came into the living room and was met with this sight. Zzzs filled the air.

My devotional blog is here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

4 replies on “Notes Along a Busy Road”

lol 😀 Good pics, especially the second one.

Those men were having a good time. The Kern’s home here where we’re staying has the most beautiful scenery through those windows. Their back yard is the most beautiful I have ever seen in a private residence. I’ll be showing more pictures.


Sis. Buxton, this is my favorite quote. I love it. Bill and I used to live a lot the way you and Bro. Buxton do. So, enjoy it while you can. We have “been there, done that”. And, wish we could do more of it. But, when the means that brought in the money is gone and the ol’ body protests, then we resort to flying along with you all in spirit. Have fun! Love the Kern’s house. My kind of place!

Wish you could be here and see this place. Their back yard runs down to a swiftly flowing creek, then rises high on the other side. They see bobcats, coyotes, and have seen a bear or two. In the spawning season, salmon leap their way up the stream. It’s magnificent.


The McKenna paraphrase you read in SkyMall reminded me of this quote, which makes me think, fondly, of you.

“I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world.
That makes it hard to plan the day.” E. B. White

Your pictures allow us to “savor the world” along with you.

Well, now think about it, Rebecca. It may be feasible to suggest we can do both at the same time!


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