For there is no friend like a sister / In calm or stormy weather; / To cheer one on the tedious way, / To fetch one if one goes astray, / To lift one if one totters down,/ To strengthen whilst one stands.   –Christina Rossetti

from “Goblin Market”



Since 2014 the weather has been stormy for the Longenecker Sisters

First, our dear Mother died

Then, Aunt Ruthie “went up on the next cloud,”

And, unexpectedly, our brother Mark left us.


We lifted each other up when we tottered down

Clearing out houses from attic to cellar

Standing vigil at their bedsides

Saying goodbyes, some long . . . some brief

Planning memorial services.


It was time for Marian, Janice, and Jean to reunite

After years apart, and after the separation of Covid-19

It was high time!

So, we jumped at the invitation of my niece Heidi

To plan a week’s getaway in Florida on the waterfront.


The Setting: Arriving at Heidi & husband’s VRBO in Homosassa Springs, Florida – 5 days, 4 nights


Sunrise: Morning Routine on the Balcony

Sisters with Host Heidi


Daughter Crista surveying the river


Action on the Crystal River

Pontoon boat, our transportation to and fro


Heidi at the Helm


Then sister Jean navigates


We had a boatload of fun, docking for fresh fish and sightseeing

Monkey Island featuring real monkeys!



Cousins posing with pirates


We ate well: jumbo-sized shrimp servings, fresh crab cakes


Shrimp Broil with appetizers at Heidi’s House, best cuisine ever  


Kayaking, Ping-Pong, then Relaxing

Jean and Marian kayaking with coach Heidi




Then, massaging the aching muscles


The Ellie Schiller Wildlife Sanctuary

Pelicans picnic



American Eagle in all its glory



And, finally, shopping  . . .



Boutique Items


Returning Pontoon to the Marina early evening and then . . .


Goodnight Moon 


For information about Heidi and husband’s Vacation Rental at Homosassa, Florida along the Crystal River, check here



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