I've been an absentee blogger for a week. Last week I was busy finishing up a (non-furniture) project, then on Thursday I was off for a long "Women's Wellness Weekend" sponsored by Virginia State Parks. These weekends are designed for women to take some time for themselves, enjoy nature, and destress. I've been to one of the WWW programs before, and to be truthful this one wasn't the best. The food was terrible (mainly fried, processed or canned -- and this was a "wellness" weekend!), and the events weren't very well organized. But I still had a great time. That's because I went with a group of 11 fabulously diverse women ranging in age from early forties to soon-to-be seventy. We shared a lodge, late nights sharing stories, ideas, feelings, advice, and -- of course -- wine!
Studies have shown that when women gather with friends they release more ocytocin, which counters stress and produces a calming effect. Add the beautiful Virginia countryside with the trees just starting to show their fall color, and you've got a winning combination! So now I'm back, rejuvenated and ready to get back to work on some furniture and decorating projects. I'll share some soon, but in the meantime here are some photos of some of the weekend's sights.
Have a great week!