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Month: January 2013

Entertaining Friends

As I was looking at apartments here in PA, one thing I was definitely wanting was “extra space” for hosting house guests. I knew that moving to a new locale would bring friends & family to visit. I’m thrilled with the place that is now my home – and happy to open the doors of the “Artisan B&B” to welcome family and friends.

As my relocation to PA was firmed up, dear friends from my time in Wisconsin started talking about when they would come to visit. My last trip to WI on October, we picked a January visit. Over the MLK holiday weekend, “the girls” came for a multi-generational girls weekend. Mom, Daughter & Grandma arrived on Friday afternoon for a long weekend of fun times. It was the perfect opportunity to be a bit of a local tourist/tour guide.

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On Saturday, we headed west to Lancaster County to explore. We went to one of my favorite pottery shops & each of us picked up a fun piece to remember the day. A late lunch was enjoyed “family style” at Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant. There was a bit of shopping at the Kitchen Kettle Village (including yarn).

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On Sunday, we headed into Philadelphia. This was actually my first time going into the city since moving here. “The” activity was afternoon tea at one of the downtown hotels. Since we got there a bit early, we walked a couple of blocks over to the iconic “LOVE” sculpture. Tea at the top of the Bellevue made for a delightful afternoon.

On Monday, shopping. I think the day can be summed up as “We Shopped…We Dropped…” There is a great outlet mall near me so the combination of good sales and no sales tax on clothes made for a very successful day for all of us. As we piled the bags into the back of my car when we were done, we joked that we were glad I had an SUV now. As for getting all of their “spoils” back home, I’m slated to return to WI for a business trip within the week – with my airline “status” I can check 2 bags for free, so one of my wheeled duffel bags is packed for delivery to them.

When we weren’t out & about, we had fun just hanging out at home. Watching movies…chatting …pizza from my local pizza place…falling asleep in the recliner or on the couch…sleeping in each morning…a simple breakfast each morning…using Face Time each evening to talk to “the boys” back in WI…just unwinding & enjoying being together…

After so much time on the road in the last couple of years, it was great fun to play host! This family has welcomed me into their home so many times while I’ve been Marinette – it was a treat to be able to entertain them in my place. We are already planning when the whole family will come for a visit.

Dusting off the cobwebs…

…and poof…a new year! I’ll dispense with the normal introductions about how many times I’ve mentally blogged since I last posted. Without a doubt, 2012 was a year filled with many adventures in all facets of life. With the New Year, a new attempt at being dedicated to blogging. It has been 7 (!) years since I started out here – who knew then where the years would take me.

 

Since my last post, life has been filled with several changes. With my ‘new’ job I knew that 2012 would include relocating to Pennsylvania. In August, I packed up my “stuff,” donated my car, and headed East. Once I got here, I was still on the road for most of the fall; however, the travel is now the exception to my days so it is great to be settling into my new PA home.

Some highlights of settling into PA, so far:
+ Coming back from fall travel in time to prep for super storm “Sandy” & 36 hours without power
+ Hosting the family here for Thanksgiving week!
+ After so much time away from home the last couple of years, I’m having a ball decorating my new place – finishing furniture, finding antiques, hanging art, making it home!
+ Being back in the kitchen is great! After tagging so many recipes into Evernote, it is great to finally be making some of them. These days, the iPad is a frequent “ingredient” in my cooking.
+ The last couple of years, I haven’t really decorated for Christmas with all the travel. So this year, i was very excited to decorate my place – including a tree (the first one since 1998!). I had joked with friends that it had been so long since I had been through my Christmas decorations, it would indeed seem like Christmas just going through the totes.
+ The knitting needles have been a bit slower, but currently I have a great (big) project on the needles that encapsulates the last couple of years. It will definitely make an appearance on the blog.

 

As I started last year, I read an interesting book on technology & life. Indeed – it was mentally blogged. Maybe in the coming weeks I’ll finally get around to reflecting on it. There are times when it seems that technology is simultaneously making us more over connected & isolated.

 

I don’t know what my blogging rhythm will be (must utilize iPad apps) – last year I had hoped to do at least a “the month in pictures” – 2 of 12 months isn’t a success with that- hopefully some semblance of that will be a regular this year. I find that I’m often snapping a moment on my phone – I need to be sharing those on a regular basis.

 

If anyone is still reading this…thank you for sticking with me!

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