My favorite reset button
This afternoon the universe gave me a gift; an unexpected free afternoon, perfect weather and close proximity to one of my "happy places", Hopewell Lake outside of Morgantown, PA.
I've been traversing the trails around this lake since I was a babe in arms and have carried my own babies on these same trails.
There is something special about having an intimate relationship with such a beautiful place. I have circled the lake in knee high snow, through Springtime's budding green and Summer's lush warmth. But if I am truthful, I love it best in Autumn.
As I walked the familiar path, it struck me that it was the perfect metaphor for life. Sometimes easy, sometimes challenging, sometime clear, and yes, sometimes obscure and a little scary. But the path is always there and no matter what your thoughts are on the divine, it is an excellent place to
" Be still and know that I am God."
I am so very lucky to have parents that understood the importance of nature to the nurturing of your soul. As a family, we've camped from coast to coast and all through Canada,
(with pressed clothes and tablecloths). We do have standards.
The gift is priceless and reminds me of a wonderful book that every parent and grandparent should read and take to heart.
The Last Child in the Woods
Other books on my nature reading shelf -
The Invention of Nature
And another fascinating read
Don't overlook Henry David Thoreau's classic
and a few thoughts from Robert Frost
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Stopping by the Woods on a Winter Evening
What is a trip to the country without a stop off at a local farm stand? The apples were wonderful and I had to bring some home.
It was a great excuse to try out this recipe.
What a shame the recipe only called for 1/4 cup of hard cider. What to do with the rest of the bottle????
Apple Cider Donut Cake
The Delaware Designer Showhouse
Do try and visit this gem of a showhouse. Designers took their cue from the beautiful sylvan setting and created their designs with integration of interior and exterior in mind.
And remember, furnishings and accessories are for sale.
"God is in the details"
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
This fury guy was on the path today.
I forget, does this mean it will be a cold winter or a mild one?
It is not always the big things that make our experience special, but usually the totality of the small things.
I think this is true as well in our homes. It is the special items that we choose to surround ourselves with that make our houses home.
We have a wonderful selection of unique "smalls" in the shop right now that I hope will speak to you and help you create your own special spaces.