Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Chill in the Air

(While Joe College and the Mighty Guard Dog keep the homefront secure, the ladies and I are on the road again.)
(Mt. Ida, AR)- My wife got a surprise sprung on her for her birthday. We brought her to a lodge on the shore of Lake Ouachita in in appropriately named Ouachita Mountains. We caught some kind of break with the weather. What kind of break, I'm not sure. A cold front moseyed through overnight and there's a persistent breeze here at the higher elevations. The detriment: it's cold! But, hey, it's January. What should we expect? The benefit? The lake is whitecapping, which means waves are lapping up onto the shore. So, we have sunshine, cool breezes and the soothing sound of moving water. That's a pretty nice combination.
The was set up to be a no-stress "chill" weekend and it's working out so far. The loft which we are renting is exactly what we expected. Our easily-entertained 17-year old is recovering from a weeklong sickness that has rendered her academically and socially useless. A change of scenery and a chance to sit around in serenity should really work to her benefit.
We have gone on long walks along the lakeshore, finished books and started new ones. There was a a nice, long hot tub session on the deck last night.We actually skipped stones for a while in the evening. Later today, the real reason we brought the birthday girl here: spa day! She has a massage, facial and pedicure lined up. The goal is to relax her. If this doesn't do it, nothing will.

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