I’m back in Minnesota after spending three weeks in Washington. The weather in Washington was erratic and didn’t give me much of a break from the chill of Minnesota. In my three weeks, there were a few days of sun and dry weather, but mostly it was gloomy, raining, windy, and for a few days frigidly cold with high winds. That is thanks to the Fraser River that funnels wind and cold down through the valley from British Columbia.
Last Wednesday I got to go to one of my favorite restaurants for steak night! Oysters, steak and a few glasses of wine with some dear girlfriends. It was wonderful to catch up and see them and I even thought to get a photo this time!
All in all, in my weeks in Washington I had a great time catching up with friends old and new, doing some beach combing, and helping my mom with purging and organizing her house. It was nice to see some progress after our hard work. I was sad that there were some friends I wasn’t able to connect with – that’s always the case with busy lives. I also had quite a bit of downtime, so much that have already finished 9 books this year! I do need to finish the book for my book club tomorrow night though!
One friend was coincidentally at the airport at the same time as I was on Saturday morning, so we had one last chance to catch up over an early morning beer before we ran off to catch our flights. I love those unexpected happy surprises; my cup runneth over.
At home the kitties missed me of course, and so did the chickens I think, although it’s a little hard to tell with them. I’m sure you will agree that Cora and Yellow just exude enthusiasm in their portraits. Their excitement is so obvious!
I arrived just after a couple days of snow, so now it is sunny and bright with bare/dry roads. I unpacked all the books I brought home, and have been working on organizing them onto my bookshelves to get them all to fit. It’s a process… I did bring home several travel books and guides, so I can get some road trip inspiration for this spring! Meanwhile though, I need to catch up on laundry and clean my room!
Yesterday I did the majority of my taxes, and thankfully I should be getting a refund. I had to pay a lot this year with the capital gains on the sale of my home, so I did end up making an estimated payment last fall to cover that, and it looks like it was enough. Whew… I’m just waiting on a few things to get them filed. It will be nice to have that out of the way.
And the best news – we are only a few weeks away from spring! I will fully expect that spring will arrive with 60 degree days (at least), a full melt off of the snow and fresh spring flowers popping up immediately. Yes, I know that this is a bit unrealistic, but if you don’t put your hopes and dreams out there…
I hope all of you are well on this last day of February!