This summer just flew by didn't it? Recently my husband suggested a day trip to Black Mountain, NC. I did a quick search on the internet and found the Bella Luna bed and breakfast that turned out to be absolutely charming. The hosts were wonderful, the decor comfortable and sparkling clean and the food tasty. Our room was called the Nobel Suite and included a sleep in porch that was really cozy. (the first three pictures here are of the inn. sorry I don't have a picture of our room - you'll just have to plan a visit and see for yourself.)
Black Mountain is an artist community tucked in the Blue Ridge mountains. While there I visited the Seven Sisters Gallery, which specializes in gorgeous Made In America art. The owner Andrea loved my necklaces and bought a slew for the gallery. I was flattered because she has a phenomenal range of jewelry. Andrea's story is one of following your bliss. She worked at the gallery for many years and when she was 29 with two small children, the opportunity to purchase it came up, and she took it. (If you are wondering 7 sisters is the nickname of the mountain ridge.
I had the book The Last Girls by Lee Smith, sitting on my shelf for a couple years, without ever opening it. I don't even remember how I acquired it or who recommended it. I had read everything I had in the house but for some reason skipped over this treasure. I have to tell you it was great. I am a huge fan of Anne Tyler and this book is in the same vein. One of the fun things is at the end of the book there is an interview with the author as the inspiration for the book is a true story. I won't get into the plot but recommend that you read the book.