A trip to the lake


IMG_0615bA little time was recently taken to get away from the whirling pace we all find ourselves in, and relax.


c_2061bWe spent the morning of our first day with the delightful father and son team at CP Shades in Sebastapool. We will tell you more about that soon. I promise.

c_2063bFrom there we ventured on to the beautifully olde streets of Petaluma.

c_2064bWe did a little treasure hunting in the many charming antique stores.

c_2066bMonica and Naomi make bread weekly from freshly ground flour, so stopping at an artisan bakery for lunch was a must.

IMG_0603bWe arrived at the lake-house just as the sun was setting over the waters. First thing, a fire was lit, wine was poured, and eggplant parmesan was prepared.

IMG_0606bWe read a little, drank coffee, perused design magazines, and stitched quilts while talking the night away. It was an evening of encouraging words for each of us. Words we will all take home to ponder a while. Words to change our lives just a little.

IMG_0613bAt the morning’s light, we went for quite a fast paced walk up and down hills. Returning rather hungry, Monica made the best whole wheat pancakes ever. They were made with her own freshly ground whole wheat flour. They were light and fluffy and super yummy. And I don’t think it was from being really really hungry from the walk. After our breakfast, and a bit more relaxation and quilting and talking by the crackling fire, we walked down to the breezy lake for a while.

IMG_0624bHere I am with Monica.

IMG_0611bA few short minutes later, we said goodby, leaving Monica to await her husband Bob and their dog Sadie’s arrival and a continued weekend of joyful quiet.

IMG_0627bNaomi and I returned home through Saint Helena, stopping to venture into a few unique shops like this olive oil tasting shop.

IMG_0632bOur favorite was a lemon olive oil mixed with one of their specialty vinegars.

IMG_0625b  After a eating a quick sandwich at a Saint Helena artisan bakery, and buying a fresh loaf of bread each to take to our families, Naomi and I continued home together. Talking all the way, of course

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