|Jan and Leila walking|
along the Connecticut River
When I visit Jan, we usually pack a lot in to the 24 hours or so that I'm there. We started out yesterday afternoon with a walk with her dog, Leila (10-year-old Golden Retriever), taking the trail behind Jan's home, along the Connecticut River. It's a gorgeous stretch of land and the scenery is completely unspoiled. After our walk, we brought Leila home and then headed toward the mall in Amherst where we did a little shopping and then went to the movies. We saw The Descendants with George Clooney, one of the very best movies I've seen in long, long time. (Who couldn't watch George Clooney for a couple of hours, I ask you?!!!)... Jan and I splurged and split a medium movie popcorn, despite all the health warnings against such an indulgence (it was SO good!), figuring that once every six months or so, it isn't going to do that much damage! As we left the movie, I told Jan that it was one that I'll want to have for my own once it comes out on DVD. We both loved it.
For dinner, we stopped at a seafood restaurant near Jan's house, Fish Tales, where she had a salad with grilled chicken and I had a filet of fish sandwich, which was really very good.
This morning, Jan treated me to a protein shake with strawberries and a cup of tea, and then we went to a food co-op where Jan is a member, and she bought a bunch of organic foods, including her favorite salmon cakes that she'll have during the week with pasta or salad. I really admire the way Jan not only shops but eats. She puts a lot of thought and planning into her menu, and I think she is rewarded with not only healthy but delicious meals. I'm making a note to myself to follow in her footsteps!
Before I headed home, we took another walk with Leila, and I had my camera ready (big shocker!) to try to capture some of the beautiful light with my beautiful subjects, Jan and Leila. I also caught a few photos of Pearl, her calico kitty. I had the best time with my friend, and I can't wait to visit her again. On the Mass Pike heading west, I saw the sign that said "You are leaving Massachusetts. Please come back soon." to which I responded out loud "OK, I will!"
|Pearl through the sliding glass door - |
with my reflection
blurring up the works!
|My one-day get-away! Click to enlarge...|