Monday, October 24, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

It all started Friday. I went for a ride on Tank, because we finally got a REAL cold front that dropped our temperatures into the—oh joy!—70s. (I’d skipped my normal Wednesday ride because the heat and humidity were so bad I was extremely cranky, and cranky rider often = cranky horse…something I don’t think any of us wants to see.) Tank and I had a lovely ride, and practiced longer stretches of trotting to build muscle (for both of us) without winding up in a puddle of sweat.

When I got home, I opened all the windows in the house and sat outside on the lanai to read for a bit before dinner.

Saturday, I started the day with three of the loveliest words in the English language: library book sale. So far as I know, this was the first one my local branch has hosted, and though I tried not to get my hopes too high, I was eager to see what they’d have. Danielle at A Work in Progress often has wonderful luck at her library book sales, and I hoped maybe it would rub off on me. The sale was fairly small, and I came home with only three books: Stephen King’s Duma Key (to replace our missing copy—a truly amazing, though creepy, story); Perfectly Imperfect, by Lee Woodruff, a collection of essays about being a wife, mother, daughter and friend; and Sarah’s Key (Tatiana de Rosnay), a book I've had on my TBR list for a while. The lady who checked me out exclaimed, “Oh, this is such a good book,” when she saw it, so I feel that’s a good omen.

Later that day, my husband and I joined another couple for a trip to a little town nearby to browse antiques stores. No one found any treasures to take home, but we enjoyed the beautiful day, and the poking around through others’ interesting and unusual possessions.

We also stopped here:


Friends of ours own this candy store, so we bought an assortment of chocolate to (ahem) support their fledgling business.


And Sunday? Well, Sunday was the best of all. My son and husband went mountain biking, leaving me home alone for most of the day. I filled the hours, which went by like minutes, with reading (the Sunday paper and The Winter Sea), puttering (cleaned off my kitchen desk and the drawers and cabinet surrounding it while watching Eat Pray Love on dvd) and simply chilling out and enjoying the solitude. I also watched one of Laure Ferlita’s class videos, and fooled around trying to figure out what to sketch for the assignment.

My weekend was the perfect blend of activity and relaxation, solitude and togetherness. I especially loved doing something fun with my husband, instead of doing errands or household projects. I hope future weekends will be just as wonderful.

How was your weekend?

All this fun is just exhausting...

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10 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Sounds like you had a just about perfect weekend! Good for you. We all need those every once in a while.

Ours was very quiet and laid-back...what we both needed after a rough week.

Cheryl Gebhart said...

Sounds like a great weekend. Good for you! I agree with the person who checked you out at the library sale - Sarah's Key is a good book. That chocolate looks yummy! I love the picture of you dog!!

Danielle said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend. Sorry that your lows are in the 70s, though!! :) Right now 70s for us is a mini heat wave--and knowing what is coming I'll happily take all those 70 degrees days I can get! Yay for library sales! I have really been lucky in the ones I've gone to. However my library is no longer putting them on--instead they just have open hours during the work week anyone can come in and browse. I need to check it out--not sure what the selection will be like since it is open now several days a week, but as I have bought many a book previously I shouldn't be greedy! Hopefully your library will have more of them! And did you enjoy Eat Pray Love? Wasn't it a totally lush movie--I wish I could go to the same places she did!

Claire M said...

Sounds like a great weekend. So fun to read about it too!

P.S. I stopped by a 'Dutch Boys Coffee' this weekend in Spokane while visiting my youngest at college. When I got my coffee ... I thought of you and your earlier blog post.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Laure--Quiet and laid-back is good, especially when you're needing some peace after a rough week.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Cheryl--Glad to hear another thumbs up for Sarah's key. The chocolate WAS yummy (my favorite was the turtle).

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Danielle--Lush is the perfect word for Eat Pray Love... the scenery, the food, even the story!

The library has a bookstore that's open the same hours as the library, and I've found quite a few bargains there already...so I guess it evens out. Part of the fun is the hunt, don't you think?

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Claire--Cool! Dutch Boys coffee was good when I had it--hope yours was good, too! Glad you enjoyed the post, too.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy, I enjoyed reading about your wonderful weekend. Good for you! Loved the other two posts above it also. I am sorely out of shape and am in need of exercise. That is on my immediate to do list. Outside of a bit of housekeeping, I'm not doing much these days.

Take care,

Kathy M.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Kathy--Housework counts!