“Take time to do what makes your Soul happy.”
Above, I’ve posted one of my favorite quotes, which I included in my ‘Seeds of Thought’ stamp collection. I learned this lesson all too well after losing our daughter to breast cancer in 2010. In the spirit of taking time to make my Soul happy, I decided to drive to my sister’s home in southwestern Virginia and spend some time with her.
My sister’s home is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley overlooking the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. It was a little early for ‘leaf peeping,’ but the weather was Fall-perfect. We had such a wonderful time.
We perused an antique show, walked an exquisite arts & crafts show (where I purchased a dish by an artisan from North Carolina-Celtic Pottery), and went apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchards. We picked almost a bushel between us. I came home to make 19 jars of Apple Butter, and an apple cake. I even had some apples left over for eating!
You can find the recipe for my apple cake on my cooking/baking blog – My Mother’s Apron Strings.
Slowing down a bit helps me to refuel and find my inspiration. And taking in beautiful views with my sister certainly made my Soul happy.
What do you do to smile?
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
USArtQuest – Prills