Sunday, June 9, 2013

♥ June Blessings ♥

What a wonderful month this is shaping up to be!

It began with a near week-long visit with dear friends from the Carolinas. It's always fun to see friends, but this week, I had the chance to show them around beautiful Lancaster County. I took my camera, but we were having so much fun, I'm afraid I only remembered to use it sporadically. A few decent shots were captured though.

This is the view from the Hurst House B&B, where they stayed...

 (And if you think the view is gorgeous, check the website, hehe). ;)

We visited a number of shops and galleries, including Carsons in the Cornfield, where I drooled over the architectural salvage and hardware...

 Barbarry's, up in Sinking Spring (a must if you love Country decor at reasonable prices) - one of those places you could spend hours in and still see something new. I picked up a couple of goodies to paint here too, so stay tuned. ;)

And Kauffman's, a country store in Bird in Hand, where we saw this display of honey - and honeybees....

Not sure how I feel about this - educational to be sure, but I can't help wondering if it stresses the bees?

We visited the city of Lancaster as well, where I fell in love with City Folk gallery. No photos, but what an amazing place for folk art lovers!  Oh, and Tuesday night was trivia at the Cat's Meow up in Manheim - and our team won - woohoo!!

An altogether wonderful week, and I wish they could have stayed longer (didn't even have the chance to cook for them, and I LOVE cooking for people). ;)

The day after our friends departed for points north, John and I were visited by a local pastor and his wife, who work with a local organization doing home repairs and maintenance for people in the community with challenges (my leg and John's multiple health issues). The upshot is, they'll be back with a bigger crew the week after next to clean gutters,  repair fenceposts, tear down our old eyesore of a shed (seriously, the only thing holding it together is rust), and do a bit of weeding and mulching. What a blessing!!

And today I saw one of my oldest and dearest friends for lunch and coffee. So although it's only the 9th, June is sure shaping up to be a fabulous month, and so filled with blessings - not the least of which is lots of fresh painting inspiration...

In fact, if this keeps up, I may even stay on track with the painting and catch up on a few commissions, hehe.

Until next time,
♥ Carolee

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