Several times a year I get together with a group of women friends for a little retreat. We rent a cabin in one of Pennsylvania's many beautiful parks, and spend a long weekend just relaxing; no phone, no computer, no television, no husbands and no kids. We read, we knit, we play the occasional board game or game of cards. We go for walks, take turns preparing delicious meals, drink good wine and laugh ourslves silly.
This isn't as rustic as it looks - the cabins are fully furnished, we have the provisions down to a science; think camping, but with indoor plumbing and communal supplies that include everything from a coffeepot to wine glasses to citrus peelers and pasta cookers.
I must admit I cheated just a wee bit this weekend in using a cell phone to dictate a couple of emails to John (since I hadn't announced my departure, and had an eBay listing pending I felt obligated to check in) but other than that I spent most of the weekend knitting a baby blanket and reading. I was also very lucky when a Sunday morning walk down the road here resulted in a not too close encounter with a skunk - eeeeek! As I backed away slowly, the little guy decided to let me be and headed back into the woods. BIG relief!
So I'm back now, feeling completely relaxed and refreshed, albeit feeling a little guilty about the commissions I should have been working on. But I have the rest of the week for that, and this little break was much needed.
I'll be listing a "Counting Crows" piece later this evening (not the band, but the old folklore verse) and of course, commission work will continue all week.
I hope everyone else had as wonderful a Memorial Day weekend as I did, and if my friends the cabin ladies are reading this, I miss you already and can't wait for the October trip!
Until text time.....