Take a ladies weekend, maybe one centered around spiritual growth and seminar topics.
Add in two lovely friends, fresh-faced and wise.
Take away the seminar and growth part, because we tried but it didn’t turn out. Full disclosure.
Add in a city such as Baltimore, and an urban Airbnb with mighty wood beams and exposed brick walls and huge windows.
Good common areas, too.
Stir in a great dinner, prepared in house: marinated steaks, great bread, a salad with berries and feta.
What can be wanting when you throw in dazzling sunshine, walks along the harbor, endless talks?
Several shops would be nice, colorful both inside and out. Mom’s Organic Market, with its overwhelming array of DIY servings – freshly roasted coffee beans to measure, spices and teas to weigh out, bars of soap to cut, wildflower honey and newly ground nut butter. B. Willow, an adorable plant shop. Ten Thousand Villages. Little coffee houses with only one worker.
Streets and streets full of beautiful row houses, every door a different color, three-step stoops up to the residences, knockers on the doors in every style – a lion’s face, a ship, a crab. Tiny alleyways that lead through the buildings into courtyards and back lots.
Add in a water taxi ride, deep discussions, and sitting on a hill at night with hot drinks, overlooking the lights of the city.
We can’t forget delicious food, that we don’t even have to cook. How about Mediterranean tonight, with naan bread that is on point? Let’s go for crepes in the morning, made fresh and crispy-soft while we watch.
We might enjoy new pieces from White Hill Pottery (I hear there’s a new website coming soon!), and matching mugs custom-made for the three of us, bless her. Coffee sipped from them all weekend.
I can’t think of anything else that could increase our joy. Except another serving. Laughing until we cry, sharing big questions and small sins and everything in between. Not watching the clock a.t. a.l.l.
Ahhh. It’s a good recipe.
Now we re-enter reality, but stronger and healthier than we used to be, built up with the warmth inside. Mmm. Perfection. ❤