It’s Rose Smelling Time!!!


I don’t tend to “wax philosophical” very often but this is one of those posts…..

Lately I have been in a hurry!!

When we got back from our travels I was in a hurry to get things put back together at home.   Next I was in a hurry to get to Texas to visit my Mom.  Then I hurried thru October, trying to get everything done so that I could have “creative time” in November.   I hurried thru Thanksgiving so that I could get the house decorated for Christmas.   I hurried thru the decorating so that I could get ready for our party the following week.   I hurried thru the party so that I could get Michael off on his trip two days later.   I hurried thru the 13 days that he was gone trying to get as much done during that time as I could.  I hurried thru the gift shopping, doing it all in about 90 minutes on Amazon.  I hurried thru the family Christmas Eve festivities so that I could get to the relaxation of Christmas Day.  And today, the day after Christmas, I have been hurrying to get my house un-decorated and redecorated for Winter.

The problem with all of this hurrying is that I forgot to stop and enjoy the events, the people and the fun of the season and that makes me sad!!Sad-Emoji

SO, I want to start this new year ( well actually this new week) off with a different attitude, one that says its okay if I DONT get everything done that I have planned, or if I DONT get my quilts ready for the upcoming show or if I DONT get the ME time that I desire.  Instead, I want to strive to enjoy each and every day regardless of what I am doing and stop all of this hurrying and looking at the next thing!!

So, if you see me on the street or in the Blogsphere, ask me how it is going?  It is going to take ALL of you to pull me thru this one!!!!!

AND, please feel free to join me in a bit of Rose sniffing……I’ve heard its good for the soul!!!!


Sometimes things happen for the best…..

If you haven’t noticed, I have been a bit lackluster in my blog posting for the last couple of months.  The reason is that I (and my husband) are just TIRED!!!!!  Over the last two years, we have spent 16 weeks overseas, married off a son, done some major home renovations, I have co-chaired a Quilt Show, been thru two hectic Income Tax Seasons, and have just generally been busy.

For that reason, Michael and I had decided that we wanted a vacation where neither one of us had to work or do anything that we didn’t want to!!!  

After some thought we decided to rent a house on Green Turtle Cay, part of the Abaco Island chain in the Bahamas.  It was a two bedroom house about 100 yards from the beach and our plan was to relax, snorkel and drive the golf cart to the local restaurant each night for dinner!!

Then Hurricane Irene came for a visit and sat on top of Marsh Harbor and our little island.  Our house wasn’t damaged, but the amenities on the island were, so we cancelled our trip and started thinking about where else we might go.

For many years our “go-to” relaxing place has been Snowbird Mountain Lodge just outside of Robbinsville, NC .


In the past we have stayed in the main lodge but this time we decided to splurge and stay in one of their “cabins” that overlook the mountains.  Each comes with a king size bed, huge living area, Gas-log fireplace, whirlpool tub,  and private deck complete with hot tub!!!!

We were scheduled to arrive on Monday, but woke up Sunday morning and wondered why we were waiting another day.  We called to see if the room was available, packed and headed North!!!

Now there are many things to do around Snowbird, and on our first visit, we hiked on the Appalachian Trail, rode horses and walked thru neighboring Joyce Kilmer National Forest.  On subsequent visits (all nine of them) we never left the property!!! 

So the itinerary for our five days is this…..wake up around 8:00,  eat a gourmet breakfast, sit at the lodge for a few hours and talk/work/stare at the mountains.   We eat our bag lunch, then move back to our private deck where we talk/work/stare at the mountains.   Then back to the lodge for a drink in the bar, a gourmet dinner and more time on the deck where we talk/work/stare at the mountains!!!!   (when I say “work” I am talking about planning and working on fun and creative things)P7260049

So far we haven’t found time to take an afternoon nap, but that is mainly because we dont want to lose time from talking, working and staring at the mountains!!!!

Now, I hate that the people of Green Turtle Cay have been hurt by the hurricane, but I am so thankful that we were not able to make that particular trip.

This is absolutely what we needed in order to recharge our batteries!!!!!


So goodnight from the beautiful mountains…..


See you in the morning…….