So now that I'm able to move around and get things accomplished again, I'm working to put the house in order and try to make it an actual home.
For a week and change now, I had wanted to use a gift that I got as my first official action, because it is special to me and reminds me of where I've come from and the people there that I care about.
The first thing I did to change the house was to hang a painting. This painting:
This painting was given to me the day before I left by my friend Bruce Chandler, a professional artist of some renown in the Washington DC/MD/WV area. It's an oil painting that he did of a stretch of the Shenandoah River not far from where I've just moved from, and I'll cherish it, both for that memory and because it came from Bruce, a shooting buddy and ardent conservative, even though he officially resides in Maryland. Over the past year or so, I've watched Bruce as he's developed his shooting skills and taken a real interest in some classic firearms, and I'm proud to call him a friend right along with his wife Katherine, a liberal lawyer who is nonetheless a truly pleasant and charming person, political discussions aside, of course. ;-)
I shall miss them, and it's my hope that they do come down here and visit. Until then, I shall think of them both every time I see this picture, which now hangs in a place on honor on my wall just inside my front door.