And here we are…

We are now jet-setters (almost).  On the 19th, we zipped from Virginia to Myrtle Beach, SC for a week with all the family, Beans and Dollies.  We all stayed together in one big house – called “Almost Paradise” – where they have stayed twice before.  This is the 5th biennial Thanksgiving-at-the-beach Herbert family reunion.

The families take turns cooking dinner for each other so that every evening, they are together for a meal.  There are searches on the beach for shells and sea glass, and movies to watch on the telly, and games to play.  It is good. And in 2018, we will do it all over again.

Then, on the 26th, Bean, her DIL Auntie Glenda, Cousin Pip, Smidge, Riki, Gosipp, and some Hittys drove off to Arkansas.  Two days later, they were on a mountain top in Winslow, Arkansas at wonderful and homey, Sky Vue Lodge, where they met up with friends Wizzy, her Mister, and Voir to carve more Hittys and other dollies.  My bean hopes she does not gain back too much weight on hostess Janice Jorgensen’s good cooking.

Sometimes, we all need a bit of Rest and Relaxation, some family time, and some time to do things we don’t do every day.  We just need a new attitude, a new approach.  After something like this – waking up to morning fog, or to see the sun peeking up over the mountains across the valley, the crisp air, the friends, the family, the creativity…. These things restore us.

To stop the daily grind, to stop looking at the news, and to ignore all the terrible things in the world for a little while is restorative.  It purges us, refreshes us, and lets us go back to our lives with a new and fresh perspective.

And we see life as a beautiful thing.



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