I lead a fairly quiet life. I like that. So when I am catapulted into an intense weekend full of new people, places, lots of talk, meetings and parties, I don’t sleep very well. Sunday night I had a total of 5 hours of sleep. The grand total for Monday night? 2 hours. Yes, you read that right. I just couldn’t sleep and knowing that the alarm was going to wake me at 4 am didn’t help. I was to be picked up at 5 for the hour drive to the airport in order to catch a 7 am flight.
By the time I got home to MHC, I was a zombie. 22 hours with the family then off to Boston. So, I threw some clothes in the wash, took a nap on the sofa, cuddled my husband and dogs and went to bed early. And that was hard to do since Jean Harlow was the featured star on TCM last night. Dinner at Eight – oh, how I love that movie. I think I made it through about 3/4 of it before I had to give up and say goodnight. Platinum Blonde (my other favorite Jean Harlow movie) was on too late – 11:30. Don isn’t up yet, but I think he watched it. Harlow was so talented, so funny and brave in her work. I think she is underrated as an actress because she was so beautiful. I have become a big fan. And every time I watch her, there is a more than a tinge of sadness at the realization that she died so young.
I took these photos this morning, as the early morning sun poured into the kitchen. The vase is one of my favorite McCoy pieces. Sometimes called The Strap Vase, it’s quite tall and very heavy. A week (or two?) ago when I started to clean up the front yard, I gathered some weeping willow branches that had fallen to the ground. I like the way they look in the vase – beautiful in their spareness.
As much as I’m looking forward to my time in Boston, I would be happy to stay here in my cottage. I’d like to work outside, catch up on sleep, clean, and just be with my family. There is always a push-pull about traveling for me. I get excited about being in a different place, yet I want to stay home at the same time. I wonder if any of you feel the same way?
Ah well. More coffee. Maps to print out. Packing. Last minute check list. Rental car to pick up.
More later from Boston.