away for the weekend: essence of away - winter version

Thursday, February 23, 2017

essence of away - winter version

I've been enjoying Kim Manley Ort's book - Adventures in Seeing
This week, our call to adventure is "Essence"
in a series of photos, I hope to capture the essence of our weekends at Away
- winter version -
(I may need to re-do this exercise in the summer)

A couple of years ago, our oldest daughter, Maggie,
visited us during a particularly snowy week in December
(she is convinced that she was meant to be a Southerner
- let's just say that winter isn't her favorite season)

After being snowbound for a day,
and then venturing out, only to get our car stuck in a snowbank on the side of our driveway
- and cancelling dinner plans (opting for a pot of chili at home)
she remarked: It feels like summer here
Me: ummmmmm.......?
Maggie: No, not the weather - but you know how summer just feels different?
Me: (smile)
Maggie: It's like that here, relaxed... friendly, less stressed - like summer

the essence of weekends at Away
and while I'm not fond of living in two homes,
Away provides a place to unwind from our stressful weekday life
and for that, I am very thankful

I'm joining Michelle for Thankful Thursday
and Tanya for Willy Nilly Friday Five

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. Hello, wonderful collection of photos. I love the kitty and bird. The last shot is awesome. Any stress-free day is a great day.
    Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

  2. Just such a cozy post and photos - (NOT the one knee deep in snow though!!!) I enjoyed very much because having family near and a place to unwind, do jigsaws and drink mug root beer seems like very good fun!

  3. Winter is not my favorite either! lol You certainly have shared some great photos. I'm partial to the cat! Blessings, Mildred

  4. Winter has been wonderfully absent around here, for now. Your photos are great!

  5. Every season has an essence... though winter is my favourite season; I love the summer breeze despite the harsh weather here. Being together is absolutely the essence of summer, while winter wraps outside, the warmth inside is indeed pleasure. Beautiful snaps

  6. I'm a serious Southerner . . . but my oak-driven allergies may drive me away this year

  7. I love your essence of Away. Life always slows down away.

  8. "Away" sounds like a wonderful place to be, Karen!
    Oh, how I understand living in 2 houses. We did it for almost 7 years, and then decided to sell House #1, and move into House #2. While I miss House #1, it's a WHOLE lot less work. :-)

  9. Dear Karen, When you're able to retire, you'll be AWAY all the time - serene and relaxed! I see it was snowing in VT that weekend. It's been snowing here all day. We needed some fresh after a couple weeks of temps into the 40's. I love the photos.

  10. away = happy smiles, birds and puzzles (i think i see pieces), you need that when you work full time. but i would not want two homes either - not just for the maintenance, but also because i would miss my "special" things that are scattered about my home!!!

    there is a certain amount of joy in your words when you talk about away!!!

  11. Summer seems to go on FOREVER. I swear it's half the year here! Not that I mind at all...the heat does get old after a while, though. That snow looks SO fun! Would you believe I've never been skiing?

  12. I love winter in that it gives me some time with my family. Cold, snowy days at home are a favorite of mine! Sounds like your family knows how to enjoy their time together. Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend.

  13. Having an "Away" while still working sounds good to me. Of course, being a teacher away was June,July, and August. Time to travel. Now that was also good...:)

  14. Beautiful winter captures! I also feel the essence of love and family!

  15. I think you've captured the essence of the best parts of winter, as well as of "Away."


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