Notes from Jan

Goings and Comings

August 17, 2019

Someone once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a stop in the bathroom.”

After almost 3000 miles of driving to and from the Carolinas, visiting family and friends, it’s good to be back at the Perch, where the air comes salted and fishy, most days, and bathrooms come without lines.

Returned to a stuffy house, flowers showing signs of global warming, junk mail, bills and three weeks of email. It felt so good to be untethered from technology for the better part of three weeks and I do mean better.

While away, one of my favorite writers, Wendell Berry, celebrated a birthday. From what I can tell, he still farms and writes in Kentucky. The Writer’s Almanac left some of his words to consider:

“Every day do something that won’t compute.”

“Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”

And, though it’s crossed my mind as I work to simplify, “Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”Wendell Berry

House still stands.

Good to be home, where rest seems to come through routine, appreciation of the familiar with just enough hope to keep me on the edge of my seat, believing God’s got more good up his sleeve than you or I could possibly imagine.

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  • Reply Marty Lefever August 17, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    So glad you are back ON, but the break had to be refreshing and restorative!! Glad your house is still standing! Hope you can find rest there, too! Summer hugs…

    • Reply Jan Carlberg August 17, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Good to reconnect then and now. Hugs all around.

  • Reply Shirley Dubeau August 18, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Welcome home!
    I always enjoy your musings.
    Currently we are in N. Africa with our girl Emily & family. We decided to celebrate our 50th Anniversary here until October by helping out at our grands’ school and anywhere we can be of service.
    Looking forward to side trip to Geneva.

  • Reply Jeri August 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Love these snippets of wisdom, Jan! Made me chuckle! And so very glad you made it back home safe and sound. Enjoy the return of routine.

  • Reply Eleanor Towle August 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Jan, did you drive yourself to North Carolina? You are brave. Sue and Tim are grandparents as of the 15th this month. The only hard part is they are in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are closing the bakery next week and are flying out Saturday and will be there until Labor Day. They really need a rest anyway. Wesley face timed her last night so she got to see Gianna Grace [Gigi} for the first time. We hope to see her soon on Alexa. Get some rest and hope you are well. Love Eleanor.

  • Reply Marianne Cannon August 18, 2019 at 7:23 pm


    Beautiful! My mother would say “she doesn’t miss a trick.” I say you value all the details of your return home.

    Much love and gratitude to know you,
    Marianne Cannon

  • Reply wendy lane August 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    So thankful you got away, and so glad you’re back – home and here! <3

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