Uh, ahem, is this thing on?
The last time I saw you here it was the middle of 2015…and now it’s 2016! Happy new year, everyone! We have some catching up to do…
The kids and I resumed homeschool back in June 2015 for a year of travel and learning. Well, we did both, but we only made it half a year. Whomp, whomp. The kids missed their friends too much in school. They had already tasted the sweet elixir of traditional school for one year, and for me to pull them out of that arrangement to homeschool again, well, the transition back wasn’t as smooth. Additional truth is, I had also tasted the delicious flavors of traditional school, that moment of freedom when Daddy drives off in the morning with a carload of kids and I wave serenely while my other hand cradles my coffee–yeah, that. We had a great 6 months of homeschool–the travel was wonderful and the teaching was bearable. A friend told me when I was feeling bad about quitting halfway, “Angela, you just wanted a bunch of fabulous trips.” Ha, true. And, I got three.
We started with an Eastern US trip–with stays in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, New York City, Washington DC, and the bulk of our trip in Quebec City where we took French lessons for two weeks.
We had a short trip to Florida to seek out manatees in the Crystal River.
Our third trip was to the Western US, starting in San Francisco and ending up with a week in Utah hitting three national parks. That was so much fun!
It was such a great experience–I’m happy we tried it. I’m just bummed because the second semester was going to be all our international travel and we’ll miss out on that. But the kids are happy to be in school again. And we can travel on their breaks in shorter bursts…we discovered that three weeks away from home was tough! Soooooooo…yeah, I’m here again, figuring out what to pursue now that the kids will be in school for the duration. It is a weird feeling since I have been birthing children and rearing and teaching them for the last 12 years. It’s go time for me now and I’m a little scared, overwhelmed, excited. No more crazy ideas to take me away from a career of sorts. Probably.
Well, crazy ideas seem to be what we do best. Last fall I was driving and thinking, “It’s been a while since we got ourselves into something nutty.” And then that following weekend we came upon a foreclosure listing for a North Carolina historic inn.
This is the kind of nutty I’m talking about, I thought.
Ultimately, nothing came of it, but it bears mentioning because there is a hunger in me to find my destiny and I thought, “oh my, this could be it!” A good month was spent on researching inn ownership and management, many site visits, talks with the bank, and meetings with a builder. We finally determined the property needed too much work and investment than we could commit. And we pushed it away in peace that it was the right thing to do.
But of course, I found time around homeschool and learning about self-catering properties and hospitality software to put a design board together. You know, just one evening to indulge in it–because once the heart goes in, it is hard to let it go. Just one heart-filled evening to see what the wood and stone interiors might look like in colors of poplar leaves, forsythia, and rhododendron…
So I’m not to be an innkeeper–right now anyway. I have some ideas that I’ll try and see which one opens up wide for highway cruising. Hopefully one will. In the meantime, please remind me not to be sad about the ideas that fail. It’s all part of the process, they tell me. Also, in the meantime, I’m going to be hitting this “new” house hard (we’ve been here for two years already, “new” whatever). Time to make some decisions. And, I’m excited to be blogging about it again. You’re still here, right?
Before I go, a few thank yous are in order:
Fieldstone Hill Design wrote a sweet post about our guest room. Come back and see me, Dar!
Bliss at Home included me in her 5 Blogs I Love This Summer post…and then I stopped blogging for 7 months, sorry, Kristin!
And, thank you to Julia at Hooked on Houses for featuring our ranch house redo–we go WAY back, right, Julia?
And, one last thing! Better Homes & Gardens came to photograph the cottage last fall for an upcoming DIY Magazine issue! Oh, cottage, how we all love thee.Wallpaper is going up here next week! Chris is doing this and that. I’m painting walls…a new bed is on order…furniture is being designed…studio painting is planned…good things to come. I’ll be back next week with some details. Thank you so much for stopping by and not giving up on ye olde blog! Until then, find me on Instagram.