It appears that I am getting the snot kicked out of me on two fronts. I already told you about my neck, well it seems my ears are also acting up. My left ear is infected badly enough that we have to go back to Johns Hopkins on the fifteenth to so some kind of bone scan so that Dr. Niparko can figure out what to do. In the meantime the pain is pretty bad – actually the proper word to describe it is huge.

I went out to the battlefield today and walked down a path I had never taken before. I wound up sitting on a hill in the sunshine listening to the birds sing for a long time. It was only as I was getting ready to leave that I realized I had been sitting just a few feet from a deer. Apparently we had both been sitting there watching the wind and sunlight caress the grass.

As the deer ran into the high grass and I found myself laughing out loud at the sheer wonder of it.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll go back with my guitar.

Amy and I wandered around our favorite places in Manassas this afternoon.

Tomorrow we have to run back up to Johns Hopkins to get my ears checked out again. I’m still in a lot of pain from the infection that put me in the hospital last weekend, so this road trip has me a little worried.

All of the medical stuff aside, it was a beautiful early summer afternoon. Just perfect for long walks holding my true love’s hand and sipping cold glasses of lemonade when we got home.

Walking in the woods of Manassas.

I started out planning to tale a short walk, but then I followed a bumblebee and wound up deep in the woods.

A wonderful way to spend the afternoon in Northern Virginia!

A lovely walk with Amy through some of the more neglected corners of Manassas National Battlefield.