I spent last week at my cousin Betsy’s, which was almost like a week at a spa. We ate luscious, healthy meals, lounged around the pool, slept late, drank wine on the peaceful front porch, enjoyed the bucolic views of the sheep and horse pastures, and read novels. And I gave myself a pedicure. I literally felt like I was at a fancy resort!
Betsy is a shepherd, and her sheep gave birth collectively to about 20 lambs earlier this year. She also has chickens, so we had farm fresh eggs every day. Here’s a picture of the smallest lamb, “Tom Thumb”:
The companionship with my cousin was the best part – we talked for hours on end. We realized that we’ve spent very little time in the past being together, just the two of us. Usually we’ve had family all around, but this time, her wonderful husband was away most of the week, and we had a real girls week. It’s such a treat to be with family and to reminisce with someone who knew and loved my parents and brothers. I love Betsy like a sister!
I did all that fun stuff, but it actually wasn’t all pampering and relaxation. I had an agenda (as I usually do!) of tasks to complete: did several large loads of laundry, got Betsy’s DNA sample and mailed it in to Ancestry, bought three turkey breasts to roast and freeze in serving size bags (my RV has no oven and I like to use real roasted turkey in sandwiches and salads), completed my scanning of two tubs of genealogy files so I can leave them in storage, and washed both the car and RV. My online genealogy classes were on the list, but I never got to those this week – and that’s fine. My new motto is “No Stress”, so if I don’t get to it, I don’t get to it.
I’m so lucky to have this little oasis to visit when I’m traveling up and down the east coast! Now I’m in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, my former home, for two weeks of socializing, going to doctor appointments, and re-shuffling stuff in and out of storage – more on that soon!