I took my very first overnight trip alone this weekend. No kids, no dogs, no friends, just me alone on a weekend getaway.
Abby had a full weekend of plans (as usual) and Matt was off attending an FFA event in Perry. So it was perfect timing for a weekend to myself. I took off for a one night stay in Augusta with some long time friends. I found the trip to be somewhat bitter-sweet. It was great to take off and have some alone time but the solitude of the drive made me miss my sweetheart. As I zipped along I-20 I could not help but think she should be there with me. That’s the way it should have been, the two of us together on a weekend getaway. While I longed for her company I plowed ahead non-the-less. I suppose I just took comfort in knowing that she would be happy to see me doing something for myself. I even imagined her smiling in approval of my little adventure. Lisa always loved a spur of the moment weekend getaway. I’m think I’m going to have to do that more often…
Sure, I have a thousand and one things that I need or want to do around the house but it sure was nice to just take the weekend off and relax. It was very peaceful just having myself to worry about. Heck, even packing was delight since everything that I needed was able to fit into one small bag. I almost didn’t know how to act not having a slew of bags to lug out to the truck when I left.
We have a new addition down at the barn as you can see in the attached picture. Her name is Pancake. Matt decided that he would “show” a dairy cow this year. I was a bit apprehensive about him taking on this new responsibility but it has been a great thing for him. I was certain that I would be the one that would wind up feeding and caring for her. Matt has been doing a great job with her however. He has not missed a feeding and seems to enjoy the new responsibility. He just about has her off the bottle and on solid food and has already started the process of halter breaking her. She has a sweet disposition and tends to be quite playful. I just hope Matt still enjoys his responsibility when the weather turns cold and nasty. Walking down to the barn as the sun is coming up on a nippy October morning is a good bit different than doing the same on pitch black, cold and rainy February morning.
I am slowly making progress on my cabinet drawer fronts. I finally decided to go with a glued up panel for those big oversized drawer fronts that I still needed to make up. In fact I have gotten the remaining panels made and already have about six very thin coats of shellac on them all. The wood has turned from a pale off-white to a rich amber color that highlights the grain and knots. All I have left to do is give them a light sanding and one coat of varnish. Once I get them finished I will try to post a before and after for you. Oh yeah, and I still need to make pulls for them I suppose. After all, drawers are not much good if you can’t get them open.