Monday, May 23, 2016

A Weekend Getaway and a Lovely Day

Hello again, my bloggy friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I was able to spend two wonderful days in a little cabin an hour or so away from home with no cell service or Internet to distract me. My goal? To use the uninterrupted time to get some writing done and to enjoy the company of two of my writing buddies. :)

This is where we stayed.

This is the view from the front porch. I felt like I was in Narnia. :)

The cabin belongs to my friend Sarah's family. She was gracious enough to invite me and our Mount Hermon buddy Rosemary to join her for our mini retreat. And while we did get a lot of writing done, we also were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery:

It rained almost the entire time we were there, so we only took a couple of walks. Actually, I only made it out for one, because when Sarah and Rosemary took a walk the second night, I was really on a roll with my typing and didn't want to stop. I probably should have, though, because my neck was pretty stiff the next morning. :}

This was where we spent the majority of our time.

Yep, this was where all of the magic happened. ;) We didn't have cell service, but I was able to use my Spotify playlists I'd downloaded to my phone (which didn't require Internet). 

I didn't use my Story Writing Playlist I shared in a previous post very much, though. When I'm in the bare-bones creating stage, I find that Enya is my best music of choice. ;)

I wanted to use the above pictures to show the actual lighting, but here's a picture with flash that shares a few more details. :)

Here's a look at the living room area beyond the table of writing inspiration (which, on a side note, ripped a hole in my pants with its metal edge. Not sure if that helped with the writing inspiration or not.) ;) 

And another with flash.

Here's where I slept. This room is right on the other side of the dining room area. So if you turned completely around after the last picture, this is what you'd see. 

And here are the three writers and our attempts at selfies. ;) 

Rosemary, Me, and Sarah 

(Note to self: In the future, to avoid looking like a marshmallow, do NOT stand in front of your two skinnier friends for a selfie.) ;)

And this picture pretty much sums up Sarah's personality and sense of humor perfectly. ;) 

All in all, it was a fun, productive week. We all got some writing done (I finished a detailed synopsis of over half of my second book), shared some laughs, attended a little local church pastored by a friend from the girls' school, enjoyed "excellent boiled potatoes," and made some wonderful memories. :) Awesome, Bob. ;)

I've linked to Sarah's website before, but I'd like to do so again for any of you who would like to check out what she's up to. You can find her HERE at "Roshambo Saves Lives."

Rosemary is just now stepping from the world of anonymity and is in the process of setting up her new author website. It's still under construction at the moment, but it will be up and running soon. You can see it HERE. Rosemary's another speculative fiction writer like me. In other words, she's another person who likes to make up worlds in her head. ;)

So today, it was back to reality. ;) I dropped the girls off at school and headed to the gym for my first workout in a week. Whew! I'm going to have some sore muscles tomorrow. ;)

But, aside from getting a great workout, I also got a present. :D

My sweet trainer for my small group training class this month got me this adorable TY Rainbow Dash. :) She said she saw it and thought of me. (She really likes my Rainbow Dash t-shirt that I often wear to the gym, and has commented on it before.) 

I set Rainbow Dash up on the little table by our workout session. My friend Patti joked that Rainbow could be our new mascot. And, you know what? Every time I thought "I can't do any more pull-ups," I looked over and saw her. Then all I could think about was Rainbow Dash telling me to be awesome and finish strong. Probably not that nicely. ;) It made me laugh and kept me going. 

I'm thinking she may have to make a few return visits to the gym. ;) 

Oh, and can I just say that I love that she has the whole 80s rocker mullet thing going on? ;D

After my workout and after I'd picked up the girls from school, I decided. to take advantage of the nice weather and attack the crazy killer hedge that likes to take over our front sidewalk. ;)

Here it is over halfway done. 

This is what it normally looks like. ;) 

It was a big job, especially since I was just using handheld pruners. But when I got about to this point, I remembered the electric hedge trimmer I'd been too nervous to try before. I decided it was time to get over my nervousness and finish the stupid hedge before I lost all feeling in my arms. ;) 

It wasn't too bad, and the rest of the hedge was done in ten minutes. I now have a new favorite tool. ;) 

As if that wasn't enough stretching of my comfort zone for one day, I let the girls ride their scooters on the sidewalks and streets for a couple of hours. This is Oldest Gal and Middle Gal.

And here's Little Gal. :) 

So I know some of you are probably thinking, "Wait, you don't let your kids ride their scooters on your street?" I know, I know, that sounds terrible. But they just learned to ride them this past year, and our street can get pretty busy. We also tend to have a lot of parked cars on the curbs, which makes it difficult for little bikers and scooter riders to see oncoming traffic. 

Today, there were hardly any cars parked in the vicinity, and the traffic was pretty slow. I also realized that I need to start letting my girls branch out a little more and not let fear dictate every parenting and/or life choice I make. Hanging around Sarah for a whole weekend might possibly have had something to do with that. She's big on getting me out of my comfortable bubble. ;)

And I was super impressed with the girls. They were very aware of their surroundings and called out "Car!" to each other whenever a car came in sight. They told me later that their Grandpa always talks to them about safety before they ride bikes in the street at his house. (Thank you, Grandpa Prewett.) :)

Of course, I sat on the porch and watched them the whole time. I mean, I'm not ready to COMPLETELY let go or anything. I'm still an overprotective, paranoid mom. (And really, I think traffic safety is one of the areas it's okay to be on the overprotective side.) But I'm working on letting go, little by little. ;) 

I might also have ridden one of the scooters for a little bit, much to my daughters' delight. Not in the street, though, and not fast. I'm not crazy. :)

Here is Little Gal, taking a little break next to a lovely, newly trimmed hedge. Wonder who did that? ;)

Honestly, though, I think the best part of today was just sitting by the front door between scooter episodes and talking. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of all of our commitments and tasks. Whenever I take the time to sit and visit with the girls, it's always such a blessing. It was a great preview of the way I want our summer to go. :)

And I guess that's about all for now. I hope you all have a fantastic week, enjoying the little things. :) I'll be back with more to share soon! :)


with Mel said...

Hannah I don't think you are over-protective. When I watch the news and see the awful things going on, people disappearing, etc. I don't blame you for watching your kids. Have you heard about the password setup? I think that it is absolutely necessary these days (sadly).Your children are given a password and only them and their parents know it and they don't go anywhere with anyone unless that person knows the password. Anyway, that's my opinion. You're a hands on mom and I commend you for it!

Tam said...

I always did the same thing. My kids never went outside alone. I'm paranoid, but there's too much danger these days.Ivy is 16 now, and reveling in now getting to go off on a bike ride by herself this summer! I figured she's old enough to be out driving alone, so there isn't really much I can say! I still worry while she's out though, and try to remind her not to go in bad areas or places where she's not in public view.

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Thanks so much, Mel and Tam. It's nice to know I'm not the only cautious mom out there. Like I said, with things like traffic safety and neighborhoods, I think it's not necessarily a bad thing to be overprotective. Things can happen so fast. That being said, I can go too far the other way and not let my girls do ANYTHING. ;)

Mel, I love your idea of a password. I think that would be a great thing to use with the girls.

And Tam, I know I'm going to blink and I'll be there, too. ;) Oldest Gal is twelve, so my days are numbered! ;)

Mark Patraw said...

I could totally see Rainbow Dash being the greatest motivator ever, although I agree that she might not be all that nice about how she went about it.

Do you have any non-motorized bike/walking trails/paths near where you live? We have lots of those here that people of all ages use extensively, especially in the summer months. If you could take your daughters to one of those, you wouldn't have to worry about motor traffic, other than at the road access points/crossings. Occasionally, you’ll encounter a clown riding their dirt bike or 4-wheeler on them, when they’re not supposed to, but, for the most part, people use them correctly.

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Hi Mark! Yeah, Rainbow Dash would be a good motivator, but I might not enjoy all of her methods. ;D

We do have a park with some nice trails that's not too far from our house. I was thinking it would be fun to try that this summer. :)

Farrah Lily said...

Wonderful photos! The cabin and woods so look so gorgeous. How nice that you were able to get away with your friends. :) I always love seeing some of your "real life" posts so I really enjoyed this one. I also don't think you were being over protective at all! I would've done exactly the same. :)

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Thanks, Farrah Lily. :) It was so nice of Sarah to open her family cabin to us. It was nice to get away for a while, too. :)

It's been fun hearing from all of the parents on this post. Nice to know I'm not the only one who errs on the side of "too" protective. ;)

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

P.S. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I try to keep this primarily a doll and toy blog, but it's fun to share these types of posts with you guys, too. :)