What Excellent Boiled Potatoes

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.

the girls

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.


About sarahb5149

When tasked with how to describe myself, I get quiet, leading people to believe that I am trying to come up with something deep and meaningful. In fact, I am trying to decide which to display without confusing them. I'm a Christian. And that doesn't mean that I simply say it - I love the Lord and have figured out over the years that He knows what He's doing, even when I am stomping my feet or looking at Him like I have no clue what is going on (*hint* it happens more than I'd care to admit). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a wee lil' thing; I kept my first poem in all of it's stammering, unevenness. Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, I adore the roles that God has given me. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self proclaimed dork, there isn't much that I won't try at least once...unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. View all posts by sarahb5149

One response to “What Excellent Boiled Potatoes

  • JennA

    I love that cabin! So many fond memories and lots of wonderful blackberries. Oh and the brave little coffee percolator.

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