This afternoon included sitting on the deck lakeside with the sound of boat motors and the occasional leaf blower in the distance as camps come to life on the lake. The leaves are almost full and blowing gently creating a soft warm breeze and beautiful light green color of fullness around the back of the deck after a light rain morning.
My rock garden has a canopy that developed while we were away in Baltimore for my nephew’s graduation. My father’s chair and my wind chime are now part of the scenery not standing out as they had been before we left.
The sun, now hot and brightly shining on my deck chair invites me to sit as the occasional car passes by. I let myself settle into my lounge chair to take it all in while sipping my signature unsweetened ice tea with lemon. We are home.
Baltimore is behind us and Geneva is in front of us. Who could have ever imagined, certainly not me. My nephew spent the last year in Italy studying while I was sick. I am recovering and he is now off to Geneva for the summer for an internship. When we were together for Mother’s Day I blurted out,“I’m going.” My family looked in shock; it was my mother who finally said, “You should go.”
That’s all I needed to put it on my radar. Step one: passports, which I have in progress. Step two: where to stay and that had me puzzled. I did hours of research and came across Chateau de Divonne and felt a connection.
-9 miles from the airport
-They pick you up
-A shuttle to the village
It is beautiful and reminded me of my experience in Europe over twenty-five years ago when I was in college. I booked it and then panicked “What have I done, what am I thinking” and worried about it, looking for a sign it was the right thing to do while awaiting the passports.
Then the email came from the Chateau yesterday. They granted permission to me to feature them on my blog and were gracious with their reply. It was wonderful to receive and exciting to know I made the right choice of where to stay.
CBS Sunday Morning, once again came through with stories about Newport and Dior’s chateau in France along with Joanna Gaines getting recognized from her blog among other things. Once again, signs to me that it’s ok to want more and pursue bigger dreams to show my son that when opportunities come you take them without fear. You just need to make a plan to get there once you make a decision on where you are going. It’s not always obvious and you need to look for signs along the way, but stay persistent and resilient. Over, Under and Through that’s how we do!