Hello! I am back home at Stone Cottage, and it seems like ages since we’ve had time for a proper visit. I’m glad to be back here with my family and among friends!
One morning on the trip, when the boys were busy with my daughter and her husband, I asked my husband to take me on a little drive to a local yarn shop. We went over the bridge and through the neighborhoods, to the cutest yarn shop I’ve have seen in a long time. If you are ever in the Clearwater area, I recommend you plan a morning, or afternoon at Criativity Ranch. The owners, Terri and Alicia, were nice to me and my husband from the moment we walked in the door. They offered him a chair and a beer (ha), he took the chair, and Alicia helped me choose locally dyed yarns. I chose two beautiful yarns, one is a bamboo, by Kristin Omdahl Yarns and the other is Sprout, a hand dyed sock yarn by The Fiber Seed.
The choice was difficult because there were several locally dyed yarns to choose from. The shop is well stocked, and has a central table for gatherings, where several ladies happily sat knitting. They also have kits, tools, pins, and so many yarns to admire. I easily could have spent the entire day there, just visiting! The yarn was a bonus:) I would love to go back and spend more time there some day. Thank you Alicia, Terri, and to the other friends I met there. Your shop is awesomely sweet!
We had good family time over food while we were away as well. My favorite meals were shared at Buco Di Beppo, a family style Italian restaraunt, and the local fish tacos at Reddington Shores were good too. I plan to copy the fish taco recipe for dinner tonight. Yum!
My favorite photo of our trip is the one of my daughter. Kayla’s smile can light up a room, (and the beach!) We had a fun evening. I watched the kids play frisbee and we admired the clams, birds, water, and the sunset. Her husband and my oldest son are behind her, watching clams burrow into the sand when the tide moves out.
After a very early morning start yesterday, we were back home by early afternoon. We were all happy to be here, and to see the pets we left behind. On the plane, one of my boys whispered in my ear that he was looking forward to meals made by me, so I knew there was no question that I would be cooking when I got home. I made pineapple chicken and cornbread with rice and vegetables. It felt good to be in my kitchen preparing homemade food and sharing it again with family.
Thank you for visiting with me friends, and for checking in while I was away. A vacation is a lovely thing, but perhaps the greatest treasure of a vacation isn’t the food or fun, but the gratitude felt for home, that grows stronger with each new day spent away.
Have a beautiful, lovely weekend friends. I hope all is well and I am thinking of you all!
P.S. Sending love and praying for you, sweet, beautiful France. Beaucoup d’amour! xo