Today, Greenville spoiled us yet once again with her charming self! We started out with an enjoyable breakfast with some great company at the Green Room and followed it up with a day of music, people watching, and lounging at Fall for Greenville. Greenville never fails to welcome you in and wrap you up in her presense!
Today I realized just how easy it is to miss some pretty incredible things in our world when we don’t change our perspective from time to time.
Last weekend I took a solo hike to Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park. I hiked two miles in and two miles out. It was full of water elements, moss, flowers, and rocks which were absolutely beautiful. I took my time photographing things near and far. I took the same hike in and out today with my husband and a couple of our friends again seeing the same incredible landscape and taking more photographs. But it wasn’t until our way back (my fourth time on this particular path in a week!) that the mushrooms appeared. Could it possibly be that we fell down a rabbit hole and into a lovely little wonderland of fungi?
I think not! I was just not paying attention! Well thank goodness for someone elses perspective because today a very curious new world was opened up to me!
After a Cracker Barrel breakfast with the husband and father-in-law, it was off to the fields for me. A solo trip to Beechwood Farms led me to fields of deliciously ripe strawberries begging to be picked. As soon as I stepped out of the car, that familiar sweet smell engulfed me and I was in Heaven! The plants were so full of ripe berries that I barely had to move to fill both of my 4-quart baskets. Seriously…Heaven!
The little strawberry pickers took a hay ride in the Lil Covered Wagon while the farm pups ran alongside. It brought back sweet memories of my once little picker here at this same farm way back when. It was idyllic.
I love moments like these. Moments that are simple yet put such a good feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. Moments that bring back memories and create new ones.
Have you gone strawberry picking lately?
A stroll through my dad’s “building of dreams” gives me a glimpse of what once was, of a time passed but not forgotten. Filled with old cars and signs, the building makes me feel like I have stepped back in time. I swear if you listen carefully you can hear the stories and secrets each car has to tell. Wisps of nostalgia float from car to car and I am captured in a moment long ago.
Thanks for keeping it old school dad!
I have found a new downtown love and it goes by the name of Rainer’s.
This quirky cafe/art gallery offers fresh, delicious options for lunch, dinner, or dessert and showcases fun art from local artists and from those around the world. Almost everything is for sale! The chairs you sit on, the table you eat at or the paintings on the walls! They could all be yours! Best of all…Rainer’s is cell phone free! You must take your calls outside! Goodbye rude cell phone people! I hope to see other places follow suit!
On our maiden visit, I ordered the Pesto Tomato Panini with a side of Mediterranean Pasta while the husband settled for the Cuban with a side of fresh fruit! Yum, yum, and more yum! Unfortunately, we did not leave room for dessert but maybe next time, say…after The Lion King at the Peace Center …maybe?
This weekend we played in the mud!
Participating in the Goodwill Mud Run helped me remember how fun it is to not worry about stepping in a mud puddle or getting dirty! It was liberating to just dive in and see how muddy we could actually get.
The muddier the better!
As a matter of fact, after reading this blog, I learned that playing in the mud can make you happier, heaIthier and smarter! I think I need to play in the mud more often! Another Mud Run this fall anyone?…Who’s in?
That’s the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball. ~Bill Veeck, 1976
And what a sweet sound it is! While spending Saturday morning at the cherry blossom-surrounded Fluor Field, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement and anticipation for Opening Day! The grounds were being preened, kids were testing out the new seats, and the “Ballpark Dog” was giving his final approval! Even the mustard and ketchup were anxiously awaiting their over use!
So time for March Madness to come to a close (Go Buckeyes!) and for the boys of summer to do their thing.
Let’s Play Ball!!