The weather has me feeling trapped. I have had enough of the icy roads, bitter cold & gray skies. I miss neighborhood walks, feeling warm (my Raynaud’s is in high gear), colors, driving with the windows open, sitting on our deck, sunlight, and snowbank-free living. I am in a rut & think I need to spend some time in the kitchen… in case you hadn’t heard, whipping up a few summertime recipes is a sure-fire cure for winter blahs (this Blueberry & Mango Spinach Salad sounds absolutely delicious as does this Blueberry Chicken Salad – both on this week’s dinner menu).
The snow is coming down again and it feels overwhelming. One of my IF:Table friends said it best: “It’s like being buried alive. Literally.”
The slick roads, taller than people snowbanks, frigid temps, and lack of sun can be tough without much of a break. I am beginning to think big bugs might be worth a warmer climate.
I have been hosting this annual retreat weekend for nearly 15 years. It’s become somewhat of a holiday tradition – making gifts, listening to Christmas carols, sipping egg nog chai lattes, and enjoying treats of the season.
There are PRESENTS!!!!
And crafting breakouts. And Saturday Night Pizza.
You’ll find the rest of the details below:
WHEN: Friday, 12/6-Sunday, 12/8
WHERE: North Branch, MN
COST: $200; SUPERSIZE IT by adding Thursday, 12/5 for only $20 more (see payment schedule below)
All meals will be included with the exception of one item you will be asked to bring and share (an online signup will be posted weeks in advance of the retreat). There will also be a hot beverage bar and snacks. LOTS of snacks.
A $50 non-refundable deposit due 3/15/2019 will hold your spot with the remaining balance due in two equal payments on 6/15/2019 and 9/15/2019. A non-refundable deposit allows me to organize this special weekend from year-to-year without creating an unnecessary financial burden on my family or business (in addition purchasing gifts and supplies, I am required to pay a deposit up front and full balance in advance of the retreat). In the event of a cancellation, the amount paid – minus the $50 deposit – would be refunded once the spot fills.
There are 9 spots available (THE RETREAT IS FULL!); if you are interested in reserving one, just shoot me a note – I will confirm availability and forward my address for the deposit. Hope to see you there!
Weekly artist dates, meals for friends, steel cut oats, date nights w/Tony, 8 for $8 sweaters, stitching and praying… stitching and praying, birthday bingo, winter band concert, snow, weekly bible study, reclaimed barnwood for a new dining room table, a CT scan, freeeeeeezing cold temps, our son’s early acceptance into grad school, court stuff, a friend’s devastating diagnosis, basement full of boys, movie night x 5, IF:Table, and Artist Date Craft Night.
Did I mention the freeeeeeezing cold temps?