| March in the San Joaquin valley is filled with foggy mornings, cold nights, spectacular skyscapes, and determined plants blooming in farms, orchards, vineyards, and gardens.|
All this makes me want to find a special spot to ruminate. I really do not want to venture outdoors in the morning and prefer to sit at a window, sip hot tea, and appreciate those brave blossoms. When my tea is finished, I meander around the warm inn, rearranging soft throws, moving pieces of furniture, plumping pillows, adjusting lights, and reflecting on what makes each space special. At the same time I find myself thinking about slow-living – being present in each moment, treasuring each moment, not rushing about, and doing things as needs/wants arise; yet, limiting my needs and wants. I determine to discover how that concept applies to our inn and our guests. It is a goal for 2018. Recent guests exemplified slow living to us: A lovely couple “eloped” here recently with a simple ceremony held after they leisurely visited with the minister. No formal clothing, no music, no flowers, no wedding cake, no reception – just the two of them taking this special step in their relationship. Their vows – an affirmation of their long, adventurous partnership. Next morning, they enjoyed a late and very leisurely breakfast, with conversation flowing. Parting words: “This is what we needed and more than we expected. We treasure this.
An awareness of slow-living, of being in the moment, of doing one thing at a time, of being aware of our surroundings, of tuning in to those people who mean the most to us, is what the soul needs.