Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Vernal Equinox

Every Spring for many years my friend has a Vernal Equinox party. Everyone brings a pound of fruit for the brandywine crock. I brought strawberries for the crock. I signed my name in their party guest book and recorded what I brought. I was given two bottles of 2011 brandywine, which was started last spring. After I put my bottles away in my car, I came back in the house and picked out a small brandy glass (sniffer). They have a large collection of little glasses which they've bought over the years at garage sales and thrift stores. It's perfect for parties because each glass is unique. I don't have to worry which glass is mine when I set it down.

Then my friend cooked up Eggs Benedict in the kitchen which is the only time throughout the year that I have eggs benedict. I enjoy this visit out into the countryside. The 40 minute drive this morning was glorious. Rolling hills of spring green decorated with trees covered in pinks and white blossoms. Perfect Mennonite and amish barns with white fences. Goats and horses and chickens all along the drive.

The quirky small town that they live in out in the middle of nowhere as an unusual history. There is a natural mineral spring with magnetic fields in it. Back in the early 1900s there were hotels which would pump the spring water into baths and people with polio and other ailments would come to stay to soak in the magnetic spring water. President FDR came and stayed entire summers and opened a "camp" for children with polio to come and swim in pools of the magnetic water.

Sadly, the ENTIRE town burned to the ground. Only a couple old store fronts remain and a small post office.

Inside my friend's house is like a museum and I enjoy looking at her collections of plants, herbs, flowers, rocks, "found" oddities and trinkets.

After my journey into the countryside, I picked up my mom and went to the SOL's condo. She prepared a wonderful hearty meal and my nephew was in town from Colorado. So nice to see my nephew.

I had a closing on Friday, so Saturday I did absolutely nothing to celebrate. I loved doing nothing all day.

It was a great weekend.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stuff, Nerdy Stuff, & Fun Stuff

I've not been in a blogging mood and I've been a little frustrated with my life. But I'm putting one foot in front of the other, thank God, so I'll get there. I have closed on three properties since January 1, and I have four properties in contract. My listing inventory is so low because I've sold it. I only have two so-so buyers, and a third buyer-if-my-house sells. So I need to scoot myself into the public eye and See The People. I've been so busy I haven't cleaned or done my taxes. I got sick one day last week, and that was my body's way of telling me to lie around all day long and do nothing.

Meanwhile we are sort of in a church family now. So today I'll be going to church. Then in the evening we're going out to din-din with some special friends. We're going to a local cuban-fusion joint here in my little town.

Other funness is I entered a contest on Facebook and I won. A SpecialTea Place sent me a wonderful package of tea blends. These tea blends are wonderful. The best I've ever had and that's not just because I won. If you go to her fb page scroll down to see how she did the contest winner "reveal." So sweet.

Living in a university town and being an alumni offers so many opportunities for learning new things. My husband and I went to an event to learn about a new library at The OSU. It's a cartoon library. The program lasted two hours with a lecture and exhibit. Who knew cartooning was so fascinating?

Cartoon Library

I also went to a jewelry party at my niece's apartment. Her sorority sisters and co-workers came to the party. I bought some jewelry and I have no idea why I did this: I signed up to be a host. O me o my. At the time it sounded like a good idea.

As for the house, I still have NO KITCHEN SINK!!!