It seemed like as good a time as any. We have been so busy lately that it is sometimes difficult to pick a good time for us to take a day off. But as I finished my post yesterday and the sun came up, I could see that it was promising to be a nice day and I took advantage of the moment. I jumped in the shower and awoke Keith and asked him if he wanted to take a 'spontaneous day trip' with me. He had mentioned more than once about taking a drive through the countryside to see the beautiful autumn leaves. They are just about at their peak now and I know that things would only get busier as we got closer to the holidays. After that, the snow would begin to fall and the inevitable winter weather would be upon us. We would be house bound for the most part until the spring thaw. So we jumped on the chance to make what could be our final day trip of the season. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
Within less than an hour we were heading out the door.
As we get older, we are learning to appreciate simple things like taking a long ride through the countryside. I spoke yesterday of some of the things that make me content with life. I honestly believe that most of the things that will make us happiest are right here within our grasp if we only take the time to appreciate them. For myself, after spending many years accumulating 'things' and still not finding true happiness, I have learned that what makes me happy is more of what we already have within ourselves – an attitude if you will. I am fortunate enough to have decent health, which is a huge thing. I also have two healthy children, whom I love and care for deeply. I have a partner who is also my best friend, and with I am able to share the ups and downs that life brings with him, and somehow it makes the burden of these things easier to bear.
We stopped for breakfast at our favorite little diner in Weymouth, which is not too far from our place. By the time we finished eating, the somewhat cloudy skies had began to clear and the sun was shining brightly on the beautiful foliage of the Nova Scotia countryside. We decided to take the detour through Bear River, and saw some breath taking views:
The tide was almost high and the hard wood trees along the river were in all their glory:
We even took a rare 'selfie':
The car looked pretty, too. Even though it is now almost 13 years old, it still is a lot of fun to drive:
We meandered through the back roads and along the highways, and made a couple of stops along the way, and wound up in Dartmouth, right outside of Halifax. We didn't really buy a lot, but we did find some fun things. I picked up a bar of my favorite Chanel soap from the mall and I also found some flavored coffee syrups to enjoy over the winter with my morning coffee. We toyed with the idea of getting a planer when we were at Busy Bee Tools, but we decided to wait until the spring and see what was available then. We already had most of what we will need for winter wood ready, and we saw no reason to rush into it now.
We had a wonderful dinner as well at our favorite bar-b-que place in Dartmouth. There was even enough left for a take home meal.
Even the outdoor shopping mall was beautiful:
We were both surprised at how crowded it was, and by the time the sun began to set (around 7pm) we were ready to start heading home. The three hour trip back was nice and relaxing.
We picked through lots of places and found many things to inspire us. Even though it is mid-October, many of the stores were already preparing for Christmas. We probably won't go back to the city before the holidays, as the weather soon will be treacherous and we both know that all we need we are usually able to find in our own back yard.
Today I will be sanding my ornaments and finishing them up so I can write the patterns. I also want to work on my painting project – the Christmas Pull Toy set. I feel good and refreshed though, and after a wonderful day of relaxing, I am ready to tackle things head-on.
I hope you enjoyed seeing some photos of our beautiful area. I also hope you take the time to enjoy what beauty surrounds you.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"