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I Want

Yesterday was the sort of day that didn’t give a damn.

A thick layer of clouds sat on us, the sky just above the treetops. Leaves fluttered carelessly, temperatures kept dropping, while we moaned about the chill in the air. The chill seeping through any wall cracks.

No sun to speak of above the layer of mist, a ray breaking through just to immediately hide from us.

Watching it all, I pulled my sweatshirt tighter and grumbled. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee pacified me with its warmth – just barely – a poor substitute for the sun. Another cup, another rant.

I want…

The sun, but not exhausting heat. I want the bright energy without the overwhelming hundred-degree pain.

I want...

The positive force of light and energy, while having had enough of punishing temperatures.

There is no substitute for the sun, its warmth, radiant glow at once inviting and diminishing us with its power.

I want...

The vibrant sun that brings me unqualified joy.

But yesterday, the outside did not care about what I wanted. Every time I glanced out the window, the day stared back indifferent to my misery.

All I had to do was wait. Give patience a fighting chance.

Slowly, somewhat mockingly, the clouds began to break. Today, the clouds are gone, cool temperatures forgotten. Today, I want less wind, less warmth.  Less smoke in the air from yet another wind-and-heat-induced fire.

Today, I want...

A little shade, and clouds, and rain. And cooler temperatures. And no more smoke in the air.

There is no alleviating want, is there?

Photo: scvgov.

S is for Solvang, California

There is a cabin on a two-acre piece of land in Solvang, California, we sometimes visit on weekends to get away from the constant rat race of daily life.

It’s only a two-hour drive from where we live, yet a world apart. I have never been to a quieter place.

The cabin is right in the middle of the land, so there’s more than enough space to run, play games or fly a kite, as my husband and son do in the picture above. There is no television or wi-fi connection, so when we’re there, we forgo all modern conveniences. We spend time playing and enjoying the view.

And Bambi, the deer, comes to visit. 

Aside from the beauty of the land and the peace, there’s a lot to like in Solvang, starting with the history.

The town was founded in 1911, by three Danish immigrants. They raised money to buy a large tract of land on the West Coast and subdivide it into plots for farms, homes, and a town. 

Today, Solvang is still very much Danish. The beautiful place, located in Santa Barbara county, is nestled among the Santa Ynez mountains and greenery. A little piece of Denmark mixed with the California style living.

You can find authentic Danish food, (cabbage, sausage, pastry of every kind), and admire the old style architecture on Main Street.

Not to mention the wine tasting —  so good. While there are some wineries not far from town, if you drive up north, you are right in the middle of California wine country. Most definitely a must see area.

The town is a place to visit as a quick vacation stop — perhaps while driving from Los Angeles to Pismo Beach or farther north. There isn’t much to do there for a vacation, but plenty of fun to be had on a weekend.

And that’s what Solvang represents to us — a quick getaway to recharge our batteries, refresh, and be ready to start a new week. You won’t regret stopping for a quick bite or a weekend of fun, if you ever find yourself in the area.

~~~ What is your favorite weekend getaway?