Friday, October 19, 2007

Ahhhhhhh......

Well, another glorious day in paradise! We got here Wednesday night after the sun had already gone down, so we didn't get to see the beautiful view that always welcomes us from the balcony. But we had a wonderful dinner of pizza from the Brown Trout (the best pizza, EVER, according to J), unpacked all the stuff and slept like babies. It started raining in the middle of the night and it is just so cozy with the windows open, listening to the rain and wind blowing through the trees. Yesterday it was still sprinkling, so our view was hampered a little bit due to the clouds and haziness, but it was still so nice. The smell of the rain and the pine trees was intoxicating. Took Rosie for a walk around Lake Cardinal, finishing with a swim in both lakes. She was so happy.

We were expecting the new mattresses to be delivered at noon, so we drove down to check the little shops in Lake Toxaway for rocking chairs for the porch. We found a couple that were nice, but too "finished" for the look of the patio furniture for a mountain home. So we drove a little ways down and found a consignment furniture store, full of cheap, pressed board, 70's kind of furniture. But sitting on the front porch was the perfect, unfinished, handmade rocking chair! And inside he had just one more...so they were perfect, and 1/3 of the price of the other ones! We loaded them in the back of the SUV and picked up sandwiches and got back to the house in time to meet the delivery guys, so it was a perfect start to the day. I went for a run (or slow jog, if you can call it that, on the roller coaster hills here), and when I got back, B & B (our friends from home) were just getting here. We had the perfect evening and a fabulous dinner, then another wonderful night's sleep listening to the rain!

Today we worked out in the gym (first time as "members", not "guests"), then lunch and hike with Rosie to the small waterfall. Now, J and B are playing golf, and B and I are sitting on the porch, reading, and looking at the perfect, cloud-free, view of the lake and the granite faced mountains. Ahhhhhhh......