I’m sitting here in my maxi dress—which apparently I was too lazy to exchange for yoga pants today—with 3 day hair and not a stitch of make-up, watching the Masters with Stevie and barely able to hold my eyes open. I have not been worth a dime today, dear ones. And by that I mean, I cooked brunch and dinner, cleaned out most of the kitchen cupboards, washed two loads of laundry, and sat with a sick girlie all day. But other than that—completely worthless.
And it’s all on account of these pretty things.
We met at Angela’s cottage in the mountains and had a proper girls weekend, complete with lots of laughter, tears, hugs, squeals, coffee, chocolate, cameras, long talks, more coffee and plenty of antique shopping. The thing we ran a little short on was sleep. Which explains why I’m contemplating bedtime at 7:30 p.m.
You know what spending the weekend with 5 of the most beautiful, generous, creative women will do for you? It will leave you completely inspired, with your heart and soul full to the brim. I’ve been in a bit of a dry season with my creativity. Or maybe I’ve been using it up in different ways but today? If I weren’t so sleepy I could die, I’d be trying to find something to paint or hot glue right this minute. These women ooze talent and skills and passion for what they do. I tried to take it all in but we decided we needed to hire a transcriber next time to write down every word that is said, so as not to miss any of the goodies that get shared when that many women sit around and chat for hours.
But what I love most about them is their willingness to dive into the deep end. The older I get, the less small talk I want. Life is too short to pretend you’re okay so I love it when the real sharing and the real tears and the real healing flows. It was beautiful. I was so blessed by the faith and struggle of my friends who are brave and vulnerable and willing to share the hard parts of life.
Of course, two seconds later, we’re kicking like Sally O’Malley and doing hair tutorials like school girls. And then there was the talking about what supplements we take and what foods we can’t eat anymore and how we all need blepharoplasty. (remember the lack of sleep?)
Antique shopping with creatives is another joy of my life. This is probably my 3rd or 4th trip antiquing with bloggers and it’s way fun to see what all the other ladies are drawn to. Angela has a thing for ‘offbeat’ beauty, which I adore, so naturally she liked the Toy Museum sign. She’s from Texas. It’s go big or go home. Naturally, she and I are a match made in heaven.
I had trouble leaving psycho mermaid behind but I managed to show some restraint. And in case you’re wondering? Mermaids seem to be all the rage. Who knew?
I’ll show this later this week what I did get. ‘Divine’ is the only hint I’m giving you!
So, tell me what is the most outrageous or wonderful thing you’ve ever bought at an antique or thrift shop?
I think I scored mine this weekend. Can’t wait to show you.
p.s. Visit Angela, our gracious hostess, and see if you can guess the bloggers……