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Good morning friends, did you have a nice weekend? It was absolutely gorgeous here, sunny but with a slight breeze, and not too hot or humid. Perfect spring weather that we have not seen in this area for years. The last few years Spring felt as if it lasted for 2 weeks and then it was summer and along with it the hot, and humid weather that seems to last until October.
We spent Sunday afternoon with our 90 year old neighbor eating bbq and sharing stories. His name is Laurence and he is a Southern gentleman. When we moved here 13 years ago he came over everyday for 6 days and rang the bell to introduce himself, the first 5 times I did not answer because I had no idea who he was, finally he was lucky enough to catch my husband. The irony is that for the past 13 years, he has had a very busy life, as did we, and every once in awhile he would stop and say we need to get together for a drink and it never happened. Until a few weeks ago when my husband said we better set a date because we are moving! We have decided that we will get together every Sunday rain or shine for dinner at our house until we move and it has been a lot of fun. Sadly Lawrence says every time we see him that he wishes we had done this sooner and that he is really going to miss us. I keep reminding him that we are not gone yet and even then we will be back to see him.
No updates on finding a house, not that I haven’t tried. Desperation will lead you to consider all sorts of things you never would have. Last week I presented my husband with a list of prospects including a gentleman’s farm on 46 acres and a 6000 sq. ft house from 1801; a converted fire station with a 70 seat restaurant on the first floor; a gorgeous house with a stream, and a pond on 18 acres, 28 minutes from anything(no neighbors either) in the mountains and a 9 bedroom house(that is fabulous) on 6 acres that is currently a bed and breakfast. As crazy as all of these places sound there is a small element from all of them that I like or have thought about in the past. I love the idea of a bed and breakfast, my husband not so much, he wants to retire in a few years(he is 11 years older that I). I love the idea of living in a historic home but nothing rural, especially in the mountains where I might encounter a bear. I could see myself living in the fire station and having a tea room/chocolate house but again my husband was not too keen on that idea, he thinks it is too much work. All of that said, if I told my husband that I would move to Montana or Texas he would be dancing a jig. He previously lived in a cabin in Montana when he was a pilot and he loved the “big sky” and the unspoiled land. As for Texas he dreams of having a ranch and a bunch of long horn cows.
I am still searching so if you missed my previous pleas for prayers and help we are looking for a house in Pinehurst, NC. Ask your friends and family if they know anyone there selling a house. We have a temporary place to live that will be an adventure in itself and although I know in my heart it is all going to work out but it is still scary.
How do you feel now that the world is opening back up? I am chomping at the bit to travel but I am probably not going to go out of the country this year. I think there is still a bit of uncertainty with cases, and strains, not to mention that everyone else in the world wants to travel as well and I think things might be a little congested. If you have a trip planned please share the details so that I can live vicariously thru your adventures.
I made my all time favorite chocolate chip cookies( I will share them with you soon) to give to Lawrence as well as some cinnamon rolls and my favorite dessert Banoffee pie.
I read These Tangled Vines this weekend from Amazon First Reads have you read it? Do you take advantage of the First Reads thru your Prime Membership ? If not you should, it is just one of the perks, there are many more and I think most people either don’t know about them or probably forget about them.
I’ve also gone back to reading a page a day from Simple Abundance, I read this book the first time abound 30 years ago and soaked up every page. In late 2019 it was updated and republished and I gave several copies to friends and family for Christmas gifts. I recently unearthed it from a pile beside my bed and I am enjoying the wisdom, quotes, and simple pleasures and more.
I hope that you have a great day!
What did you do this weekend?
Are you planting a garden this year? Is it warm enough to put your plants in?
What have you been cooking or baking?