Vacation means having no agenda or script. It is an essential break from the routine traffic patterns of our lives. It gives us a chance to see things from new perspectives, to discover new aspects of our relationships with family and friends.
As children, my siblings and I spent hours upon hours in the back seat of our Volvo station wagon, driving back and forth across the country (New York to California and back). We entertained ourselves, bickered, tickled each other, and negotiated the allocation of space repeatedly (driving our parents mad at times!). Wonderful memories!.
Here’s to summer and making space on the calendar for those unscripted, no-agenda times!!
Kakawa Chocolate House
Sipping Chocolate – Chili Elixir
Recipe for Hot Chocolate, New Mexico Style
— Courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art
I am traveling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week and had the chance to stop in to the Kakawa Chocolate House (how can you go wrong with “chocolate house” anywhere in the name?). I opted for the spicy sipping chocolate, called the Chili Elixir — fabulous! This followed a visit to the Museum of International Folk Art and their current exhibit “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más.” ~ A perfect pairing on the itinerary, I’d say!
At Christmas time, I love to sit and play familiar old-fashioned board games, like Acquire, a family favorite. Snacking on popcorn, listening to music, strategizing to WIN and beat the people you love most — It’s all good. :)
I am taking time off in Santa Fe, NM. Just before I left, a friend suggested I take my paints with me. I am so glad I did. I have been processing thoughts and ideas in this non-verbal manner and praying through it. Wonderful!