The weekend travels continue with us in Asheville this weekend. Nice visit with the in-laws, I know, shocking. But, yes, it’s been a nice weekend. Not doing too much of anything but just hanging out with the family. Went downtown yesterday by myself, took pictures, had lunch, remembered how much I really love this place. Street musicians were out, entertaining the masses, making the coolness factor climb. And so this is Asheville. Lunch was at a new spot – Johnny’s Uptown Grill – with yummy Fried Green Tomatoes and a lovely Spinach Salad with a very unusual Warm Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. The Sauvignon Blanc they recommended matched very well, until the Sweat Bee dove into it and ruined my fun. Only I could end up with an insect designated drinker… right? Dinner with the family and some friends from our days here was also a high spot… filled with good food, good conversation, and much laughter. Maybe I needed this? A respite from the upsets of the last few weeks and the aggravations of our day-to-day? Yeah, I needed it. I needed it a lot.
So, today I’m thinking about going to an indie craftfair. All the stuff looks very etsy and neat. Then again I might just take my book and my Ipod and go sit out on the deck and enjoy the mountains. Do nothing except soak up the beauty of the world we live in. Mountains remind me that nothing in my life is as big as they are, and that God wants us to see the beauty when he puts something that big and beautiful in our path. So, thank you Asheville, for reminding me again of God’s beauty and his grace. And for reminding me that no matter how large my problems might seem, they are not insurmountable. Oh, and for reminding me that everybody has a little bit of freak in them – embrace it, celebrate it, own it!