I started my morning off with a wonderful NSV. Since summer has decided to descend upon us early, I pulled one of my summer dress tops out to get ready to go out for the day, and it didn't fit. It was too BIG! Awesome, amazing, happy surprise!!!
I headed out for a quick visit to a couple of the girls who are in my Sunday School class, just to make them feel a little special. They ride one of our church buses to Sunday School, so it was also nice to get to know their parents a little better. One of the girls neighbors was having a yard sale, so I stopped in for a look see. I found a Revere Ware copper bottom tea kettle in perfect condition for a dollar. Checked it out on Amazon when I got home, and it is listing for 16 to 29 dollars. :)
Next my guy and I headed out to an old town about an hour from here to take our female lab to visit her doggie boyfriend. We are all hoping for puppies. It iwill be her 2nd (and last) litter. These two make beautiful babies, the first litter had awesome lines and features, and we already have people waiting for a puppy from this litter. We are excited about this, I would love to see a champion from this line someday.
Followed that with a wonderul lunch at a tiny old quiet restaurant in town, and then my sweet husband surprises me by choosing to go home the LONG way, by way of a trip through the San Jacinto mountains with a stop in the little village of Idyllwild. The trip up there was wonderful. Relaxing music, beautiful views, great conversation, time with my guy...
There was patchy snow on the way up; and melting drifts, and snow in the shady spots in town. I love getting to visit the white stuff, and then leave it there to come home! It was about 60 degrees when we got up there around 5 p.m., so they had a nice day!
We stopped at a little Cafe called Oma's European Bakery. The proprietor was busy cleaning the patio area, and although they were already closed and busy shutting down everything for the night, she was really nice and friendly and invited us in and allowed us to purchase some great coffee, and a delicious Napoleon. (we split one, and boy was it amazing....) She then let us sit outside on the patio in the last of the sunshine and enjoy the view and the birds while she and her crew were mopping and cleaning the inside of the restaurant. If you ever are able to visit Idyllwild, I recommend the Napoleons, and the coffee, and the sweet lady who runs it- she made our evening really special. My husband and I met when we were working in Paris, France so we have a special fondness for French and European cuisine and restaurants. I will admit her Napoleons were not quite the same as the ones we had in Paris, but they were extremely delicious! Totally worth another visit!
By splitting the pastry, it works out to somewhere between 150 to 175 calories for the portion. I chose to put the higher number, to make sure it's covered when I tracked it, lol. :) To me it was well worth the calories.
On the way back down the mountain, we saw a coyote, several deer, and some redtail hawks. We also saw scrub jays, woodpeckers, and a mockingbird, and some other birds I wasn't able to identify since my book was at home. I really need to get a good camera, and stop having to use my phone for pictures, I truly wish you could have seen my day through my eyes.
We also got to enjoy a beautiful sunset as we drove home, I love it when my mountains (the Ortegas) are highlighted by the sunset. Dusk is my favorite time of day to view them, and I LOVE to look at them anytime.
All in all it was a totally relaxing and fun Saturday!
Hope yours was just as blessed!