It’s day 4 of my vacation. The travel adventures with my friend have done much to de-clutter any stress I may have inadvertently packed in my carry-on.
|I found a really sweet place to run. |
This trail near my friend's home reminded me of running in France.
|Farm machinery inspired new ideas and thoughts of my Dad, |
a farmer who liked to fix things.
My friend is one of the best laughers I know and I cannot count the times my belly ached from laughing in the short 3 days we spent together. She introduced me to Zumba PIC which I thoroughly enjoyed and think is very sexy even though I felt like I had 3 left feet. It was hot and sunny, the music was loud. We danced with wild abandon. Then wolfed down a satisfying Mexican lunch in the park.
|I grew up with outhouses on our farm but it's been awhile. This one looked so quaint.|
|I love to swing. Taking a photo while swinging is tricky.|
Then I asked some Mennonite farmers who were fishing which way to the running path. One asked “Is there a problem?” I think he thought I was running from panic or emergency, not for fun. I bet you everyone there now knows about the lost Mennonite from Vancouver. The mutual novelty society? Was I as odd to them as they to me?
Elmira is the city of garage sales. Everyone is having one. I decided to go to one, just to see what was clutter in Elmira. Would you believe I found this 1950’s New York plate for $1. Oh the irony. I figured why not support Canadian farmers with my New York souvenir shopping. That was yesterday. Here it is on the train with me, traveling through the plate's territory.
|The sun was shining, so I took my friend's convertible|
for a drive to the Mennonite bakery.
We were foodies. For the birthday dinner, I methodically and carefully made the appies, showing off my organizing talent with lettuce leaves and sliced olives. I thought the xox message for my friend was my piece de resistance.
Then my friend and I went for a photo shoot. What a pair. The picture doesn’t show all the laughter. Let’s just say we laughed so hard there were almost accidents. I love Margy. She is one of the most beautiful souls I know. I so admire her. It’s so easy to relax and be myself, to live without guards going up. Maybe I need to de-clutter stress via vacations more often.
My tagline is “Goodbye Clutter: Making room for what matters.” This week what matters is friends.