It can be very disconcerting to get out of the shower and smell coffee when you are home alone, and the coffee maker hasn't been used in a couple of days. Must throw on a robe and run downstairs to see if I am being victimized by a gracious home invader, but wait...
Someone was counter-surfing and found a bag of coffee. Someone else brought it upstairs and chewed it open. In her bed.
Hope someone brings you coffee in bed this weekend. Don't forget to spring forward. We can have more daylight, even if we can't have spring weather. Yay!!
Over the holidays, our offspring suggested we try cross-country skiing and a plan was hatched. We chose a weekend that suited everyone and made plans for a weekend getaway to West Virginia, which is "wild and wonderful." It says so right on the license plate.
We booked a rental house in Davis, where the kids have skied before, and kept our fingers crossed that we would be able to get there and back without being stranded by a snowstorm on either end.
We couldn't have been more delighted with Doc's. It was previously owned by the town doctor and lovingly restored by the owners of Bright Morning Inn. In the mornings all we had to do was tumble out of bed and walk across the alley to the inn for the best pancakes ever. How sweet is this kitchen?
Of course there was a back staircase.
And a vintage washer (for fun, there's a real laundry upstairs).
And a couple of evenings at The Purple Fiddle for music and great food. And brews. Their falafel is fantastic!
We skied at White Grass. Did I mention that Mike and I have never been on skis before? Not once. We may have left it a bit late, but we loved it. We had our extremely patient kids to help us, but there were spills. So many spills. I fell forward, backward, and sideways, but managed to avoid hitting any trees or falling in a stream, and I don't like to brag, but I believe my face-plant is a perfect 10! Go me! What a fun place White Grass is! We skied all morning, took a break for lunch, then hit the trails again. Anxious to go back next year. And yes, we are sore. So very sore.
Mike and I had to come home on Sunday or risk getting snowed in up there. Wish we could have stayed on another day or two with the kids, but we made it home just in time for yet another snowstorm in this winter that won't end.
Getting away for a trip of any length can seem like so much trouble when you have animals to leave behind and provide for, but it is always worth the effort in the end. Treasuring these adventures with our grown-up children...
Hope you are someplace warm and cozy today, and hoping this is the last snowstorm of the season. I had flowers this time last year!! XO.
"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world." ~ George David Weiss
Hope you're keeping "the beautiful" where you are today. And if you have a mare, I hope you did not have to bring her in early, because she has spring fever, and galloped in and out of the barn, finally slipping in a pile of her own poo and falling splat in her stall, giving you heart failure. And grey hairs.
"If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm." ~ Frank Lane Well, we have weathered more than our share of storms in the past two weeks...snow, rain, thunder snow, sleet, more rain, and tonight, more snow. Today, however, was all sunshine and blue skies. Frigid, but still...I grabbed my camera and made for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
We've had cousins visiting for the past few days, and although I was disappointed that the rotten weather kept me from showing them my favorite places, we had a wonderful time. So good to catch up with faraway family (Portland and London), and happily, plans are in place for future gatherings. Hope you enjoyed at least a peep of sunshine where you are today, even if you weren't able to get out and annoy some Great Blue Herons. With your camera. Like me. XO.
It seems someone's little furry feelings were hurt that I used roses for my Valentine greeting yesterday, and not himself. I am sorry Nigel. I don't know what I was thinking.
Hope this makes it all better. Young Scout is becoming much more tolerant of our photo shoots. Today she hopped right up in a chair when asked and wore a hat without complaint. Mostly. In the past, headgear made her crazy. My little girl is growing up.
She looks more Little Red Riding Hood, than Valentine's Day. Perhaps I should dress Nigel as the Big Bad Wolf. I could have some fun with that. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Mike and I realized last night that this is our 40th Valentine's Day together. FORTY! Seven years dating, thirty-three years married. Feeling Blessed. XO
I promised you a mixed-media piece from my pics of the Kent Narrows Bridge.
And here it is.
Except for the linen background and the printer fabric, all fabric pieces are from my stash of raggedy old quilts. I don't just rescue dogs, you know. The hand-painted paper scraps are left over from other projects. I added texture to the icy water with strips of an organza doll dress and a snippet from Rime of the Ancient Mariner in keeping with the maritime theme. As the underside of the bridge has a very cathedral-like quality, I added a cross. There are other bits of symbolism but I'm not explaining those. I like to leave a little mystery. As always, there is hand and machine stitching. Hope you're working on something fun this wet cold day, and staying dry, like my Nigel. XO.