This weekend was one that had been planned far in advance. Ya’ll know my friend Hannah Prewett, who went with me to Mount Hermon. When we were there, we were reacquainted with Rosemary E. Johnson, a slip of a young lady who writes high fantasy. She was with us for the midnight rebel-rousing and we knew we had to get together again.
That’s Rosemary, Hannah and me.
And a better interpretation of me:
We headed up to a cabin in the mountains. This particular cabin is close to my heart because I’ve been going there for twenty-three years. There is no electricity, one landline, no cell service, no internet and the running water comes from a spring. There have been some upgrades over the years and we were set to head on up, generator on hand to power our laptops.
This is the cabin Hub’s great-grandpa build when he was 72! (with an addition from a decade ago)
Hannah and I live near one another already, but Rosemary drove to meet us. My car was loaded with bags, groceries and friends who were glad to be together again. We arrived to a warm cabin, courtesy of my wonderful Hubs, who’d come up earlier to make sure everything was ready for us.
After an abbreviated tour, we downed our dinner and plugged in the laptops.
The set-up. Yes, that’s a vintage yellow, laminate table with matching chairs.
There was much brainstorming and writing, laughing and multiple discussions on mermaid attributes, dragons and why something matters to a 96-year-old woman. We stayed up past our bedtimes and ate healthy food (until I bought a candy bar on a store run—I will bring more chocolate next time).
Saturday brought a breakthrough for all of us. I finished a chapter that needed a certain something, something and plotted an “impossible task.”
Sunday, we headed down to Whitmore, Grace Community Church, where my friend John Rodrigues is the pastor. It was nice to worship with friends.
We’re already planning for another getaway. This time, I’ll bring a potato masher to avoid Mr. Collins’ comments: “What excellent boiled potatoes.” Some exemplary vegetables will be on the menu next time.