It’s not been the easiest few months, though we are still much more fortunate than so many others. Still, getting away is always good for my soul.
We are in the mountains of North Carolina, and the weather is wonderful. The air is perfectly crisp and cool. Cold enough for fireplaces and hot chocolate, but warm enough that you can spend lots of time outside without being uncomfortable.
We all find peace and simplicity here. The mountains are very sparsely populated, the hustle and bustle of even the nearest small town thirty miles away. We rarely have any big plans for our time here, just helping my in-laws in whatever way we can. Husband does lots of manly work like chopping wood and building shelves, and Son and I explore the woods and hills and play “school” and watch the wildlife and listen to whatever story the mountains want to tell us that day.
We brought our dog with us this time, and I can see that she is finding peace and simplicity here, too. No leash is required, so she is free to run and explore and read the smell stories left behind by other animals. Watching her frolic in the brush after animals that are waaay more savvy about life in these here hills is amusing Son and I to no end.
It’s good. Real good.