...this bed is too soft, this bed is just right!
In actuality all the beds have been just fine, though a couple have been REAL low to the ground, and let me tell you, tougher and tougher to get up from the older I get.
So #whereintheworld is Yolande and what is she doing? If you are on instagram pictures from the month long adventure are under that hashtag.
"Taking advantage of the kindness of strangers", and old friends. Catching up, relaxing, smelling the roses, and of course looking for my next adventure.
The brief version of the current adventure started on August 30th. I closed the door on the New Haven house and headed North, to really go South. Maman called and asked, "When should I expect you, Darling." In her heavily lilting French accent (really how has this woman been here for 57 years and still sound like she just walked off a boat?). I don't know Maman, I am guessing 2nd week of October.
She sputtered on the other end of the phone and I had to explain. I am taking the slow road and enjoying the friends I don't have time to enjoy when I am working.
So I did. I meandered North to Whitefield and got to see the final performance of the season at Weathervane. Then I slowly meandered South. Along the way I brought my two coolers of the last of the goodies from the bistro's freezers, and 4 cases of wine from the bistro's cellar. I was rather well received, imagine that? Some people cooked for me...THANK YOU. Some people let me take over their kitchen and chop and saute, fun! With some we enjoyed a rich Cotes du Rhone, with other a smooth bubbly from Epernay, and yet others a bright Rose.
I meandered through and stopped in Southern New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York City, Baltimore, DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Sterling, Winchester, Charlotte, Asheville, Atlanta, Ellijay, and finally I arrived in New Smyrna Beach on October 1st. I was down to 1/2 a cooler of goodies and a little less than 2 cases of wine. It was an absolutely lovely month.
Out and about I had some great meals cooked for me and I got to stop and have fun with some things I had never eaten or cooked with before, and some were old favorites. A mandatory stop at Polly's Pancake Parlor. A wonderful Burmese Dinner in Colchester. The corn pudding in Arlington was a treat (since corn is normally a no-no for my tummy, excited that this way I could eat it!). The tomatoes, green beans and new potatoes from the VA farm markets were A-MAY-Zing!!! Birthday cake for me, and then my god daughter, sandwiched into the middle of the month. Then to the Southern Farmers Markets and Muscadine's. I couldn't resist and you can see the posting to the right about what was made with them.
A stop in Atlanta is NEVER complete without a stop at Your Dekalb Farmers Market!And this time I was also introduced to Buford Highway Farmers Market. Dekalb still wins in my mind. But I finally got to try Dragon Fruit, (not bad) and a Korean Pear (same as Asian, only bigger and very juicy). A double dose of southern BBQ...YUM, and then off to Maman's amazing cooking.
Home with the family only lasted two weeks and now I am on the road again. Helping a friend in the hotel world with some projects.
Like a bad penny, I keep turning up. My friends laugh at this and some don't believe. This past weekend I proved how true that was. Two homes that played host in mid September were surprised and got to play host again with an unexpected visit, since I was in the neighborhood and had a free long weekend.
What is in store? I wish I could say. But part of the fun is being able to say, "I have no idea, but I'll soon find out!" For the next couple of weeks, I will be here in Baltimore. Give me a call. We'll do dinner.