Tuesday, August 11, 2009

We're back!

We had a refreshing weekend away together at the prettiest B&B. Patrick House in Urbana, Ohio was beautiful! Our hosts thought of everything we could possibly need and did everything they could to make our stay wonderful. The room below was ours and I loved the quirky little peaked door to our bath. It is that kind of pretty detail that makes these old homes so fun to stay in. The entry was pink, with lots of beautiful details and a collection of old frames and mirrors lining the stairs. This wonderful old B&B is for sale if anyone is interested!
The garden was filled with black eyed susans and the last of the hollyhocks. Our host, Joe, mentioned that he would soon be cutting back some of the perrenials that were past and kindly shared some of the hollyhock and poppy seeds with me. I loved the color of these hollyhocks, a beautiful pink fading to a soft yellow in the center, so I was thrilled to glean some seeds. The garden cats kept us company :>) Earl and I dined at the little table tucked in the corner of the garden our first night there with a picnic we had packed earlier. SO peaceful and beautiful!
Our Sunday was spent floating down the Mad River in a canoe. It was a very hot day, in the upper 80's and headed for the mid 90's, but the river was at least 15 degrees cooler and almost completely shaded. The river is spring fed, crystal clear and quite shallow. As we floated in our canoe, we could look into the water and see schools of trout. The banks were populated by majestic sycamore trees and we were surrounded by irridescent, neon teal damsel flies with inky black wings. They were everywhere! The canoe trip was simply magical. We want to take the girls down for a camping trip some time. This was easily the most beautiful river we have ever been on. I so wished I had my camera, but since I was still borrowing Vicky's I didn't want to chance it getting wet.
We drove through acres of corn fields, saw barns with quilts squares painted on them, and that evening went to cool off in the theater and see Julie and Julia (LOVED it, but we are big Julia Child fans)
We ended it with a walk down the street where I took these photos of some of the most beautiful homes. Urbana is a beautiful little town and it was just the kind of relaxing little get-away we needed. I admit it, I used some of my "camera" funds to do this, but celebrating a marriage is more important than cameras. Don't you think? Thank you for all the sweet messages and well wishes. It was so nice to come home and read them all. I am coming up on my 400th post and I think in celebration of all the joy I have found through my little blog I will be having a give-away:>) Stay tuned.I have come back refreshed and ready to create.


  1. What a beautiful spot for your weekend away and you are so right your camera money was well spent on spending some time alone. We all need to do that sometimes.
    Looking forward to seeing what you create for the giveaway

  2. Sounds like y'all had a wonderful time! Everyone needs to get away sometimes. The B&B was beautiful and so were the other houses. I would much rather stay in a B&B than a hotel any day!

  3. What a wonderful trip!!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos with us...it was almost like being there. What a dream it would be to own such a lovely B&B...I don't think my hubby will go for it though! Oh well it was nice to visit through you!

  4. Hi Kathy
    I am so glad you had such a good time. It looks like a special place. Isn't it fun to pamper yourself once in awhile? Wasn't the movie great?
    Hugs, Rhondi

  5. I loved that you came back refreshed and ready to create. I am ready to see it all! What a lovely B&B you found, in such a quaint little town. It is encouraging to me to hear about couples who celebrate their years together.

  6. I am so glad you had a wonderful time! The pictures were great!

    Hope you have a lovely week :)


  7. Urbana is close to me...at least it was when I lived in Columbus. Now I live an hour east of Columbus. The B&B looks absolutely lovely and romantic! Sounds like you had a wonderful anniversary!

  8. Urbana is not that far from me -- in fact, my son's senior pics were taken in Urbana by our photographer friend!
    Glad you enjoyed your getaway!

  9. Hi Kathy! Sounds like you and Earl had a very romantic and wonderful week-end together. Congratulations!

    I can't wait to see the movie. I saw Meryl Streep on TV and she was talking about the movie. She especially liked doing it because her mother had the same personality as Julia Childs but her mom did not know how to cook. She said she was ten years old before she knew potatoes really didn't come out of a box. HE! HE!

    How much longer until you have to go back to work? Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

    Love, Debbi

  10. Kathy, so glad you had such a romantic, peaceful weekend. Your story of the canoe ride does sound magical!

  11. Kathy it sounds like you two had the most romantic, magical weekend ever! Happy Belated Anniversary!!

  12. Oh it looks lovely! I am so glad you had a great time..and yes a marriage comes before the camera!



  13. That sounds like avery restorative weekend, so glad you enjoyed it.

  14. Oh Kathy, how beautiful! This looks like the perfect weekend away! The home is so beautiful!! I love the pointed door too :) the flowers are gorgeous!! I am so glad you were able to get away and have fun! We all need these special times in our marriage!

  15. OH and I want to see that movie soo badly! Next weekend, I am going to see it with my mom and grandma, I cant wait :)

  16. O Kathleen Grace...what a beautiful room in a beautiful house that you celebrated 29 years of marriage in. I just love it. You know, as bad as I've always wanted to, we have never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast before. I know we will someday, tho. I just know it.
    The trip down the river sounds just fabulous. Like something out of a dream. I, too, am sorry you couldn't take photos but when you go back with the girls, you can.
    Hugs and, again, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
    xo bj

  17. Thanks for giving us a glimpse at your weekend. I love the bathroom door! sounds like lots of fun!

  18. Oh Kathy, what a beautiful spot for your special weekend getaway! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. Oh, and happy anniversary! :)

  19. Hi Kathy....what a wonderful sounding weekend...I could sure use one just like that, I loved the idea of the canoe ride, how fun that must have been...and i loved the door to your bath. Wasn't Julie and Julia a fun movie..I wish the whole thing was about Julia. i would have loved to have seen move scenes in France...and ofcourse more food scenes!!

  20. what a cute room! I LOVE that door too!
    What a beautiful weekend away you had! You will never remember how long you waited to buy that camera....you'll never forget that anniversary weekend!

  21. I'm so glad you had a lovely time away...it looks like a great place to go and that you enjoyed it.
    Your photos are great.
    Deb :)

  22. how special! i am so glad you were able to celebrate your special day at a very nice b&b.how neat that you were able to bring something special home from the garden (seed) to remind you of the sweet time you had.

  23. The "Mad River" LOL - what a great name. Sounds like fun floating in a canoe! I love hollyhocks and usually have some but not this year - who knows why?

    This sounds like a wonderful place and I'm so glad you guys had a good time!


  24. Hi Kathy!

    There's almost nothing in the world I love more than a B&B getaway! Yours looks so lovely and relaxing...sounds like you guys had a glorious time! Love your photos, as always! And as to using some camera $ for this weekend, you can't go wrong opting to invest in your marriage - the dividends are priceless!! Congratulations again sweet friend!

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Becky S.

  25. Ouuu my kinda get away!
    I love the big old houses,
    and a B&B is better then any nasty hotel.

    Thanks for taking us along Kathy!

    Happy anniversary love birds!


  26. Happy Anniversary!!!

    That trip looks just perfect in every way. I would have LOVED it.

  27. That looks like the perfect place to visit! Thanks for the beautiful photos, too! Love the mosaic you made! I MUST learn how to do this! :)


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