There are times when you need something. Something special. Something to pamper yourself. Something to pamper your mind and heart and soul.
When the winter has been long, or whatever the reason - rejuvination comes in many ways.
Most Saturdays I drive early in the morning to Wichita and spend time feeding my heart and mind with knitting and chatter among like-minded friends at Panera, then head over to Twist when it opens. Sometimes I'm teaching a class, sometimes not. It's always a good thing for me. I try not to feel too guilty about leaving Jeff with the babies on those days - it's good for Mommy to get away.
Occasionally I have the opportunity to really get away. Last summer when I went to the Estes Park Wool Market and met Margene and several other knitting grrls was one of those Real get-aways. One that left me feeling renewed in spirit though a bit weary from the drive home. You know it's always harder to drive home from a good time like that. But I came home knowing that I'm one of the few people in blogland who can claim that they've slept with Margene. heh
A few weeks ago I had a similar get-away when I visited with my friend Kyra in Kansas City. One of the bonuses is that it didn't take 12 hours to get home. It was a lovely weekend in every possible way. Kyra was a delightful hostess - her home is beautiful and serene. Serene is a perfect description of the entire weekend. Yes - even with her four dogs and two cats it was serene. Knitting, spinning, fiber chat. What else could you want in a rejuvinating get-away kind of weekend?
On March 15th we woke to 1/2" of new snow - quite a surprise. Kyra fixed a beautiful breakfast (she thought I was crazy to take pictures of breakfast) then we went to a few of the area yarn shops. I was limited by disc space on my camera so I only took pictures of the best stuff (yes, breakfast qualified!) and wow - it came out lovely in a slide show. I used every single picture.
Cottage Fiber is operated by friendly and dear PJ. Her studio style shop in the historic Crossroads Art District of Kansas City is a symphony of texture and color and contrasts for the senses and Heaven on Earth for anyone that loves fiber in whatever form you like. Floor to ceiling - there are things to see and look at everywhere. Not one single photo could sum up the experience of visiting Cottage Fiber so I included every picture I took in the slide show of the weekend.
Maggie's Farm, named for the resident dog, is an organic sheep farm operated by Barbara and her husband Dave. The first time I visited her website I was sold on her attitude toward their animals and love of their farm. I wrote her immediately to reserve a fleece and ended up bringing home two! The experience of visiting with Barbara and Dave was a such a delight - I hope to get a fleece from them every year. The sheep - their home - Dave's workshop - it was all too wonderful to describe. After visiting the sheep we went inside, had a cup of tea... and then another... enjoyed chatting about spinning wheels.... and the clock kept ticking the minutes and hours away. We had to leave.
It was a priceless weekend - the kind that you take a deep breath and have a dreamy look in your eye as you recall the restoration of your mind and attitude and body and outlook on everything. Everybody should have a get-away like that once in a while.
Here is a photo story of the weekend along with a bit of video that Kyra took of the shearing just two days before my visit to pick up the fleeces.
Everybody have a wonderful week and take good care of every little thing! XOXOXOXOX