Coffee Talk 08.08.21

Wow, it’s been a full weekend over here! I don’t remember the last time we’ve been out two nights in a row. It’s sort of like getting back from vacation; I feel like I need another weekend to recover from my weekend, ha!

Friday night was the Phillip Phillips concert, and we had such a good time. I talked a bit about that in yesterday’s newsletter. It was his first live concert since the world shut down last year, so it was a really cool opportunity to be there for that. Plus, our last concert before Covid was actually a Phillip Phillips concert, so it was sort of like coming full circle.

Phil is such an incredible musician, and the two guys he played with — Dave Eggar and Errol Cooney — are also really special. If you’re into music at all, you should look them up.

Anyway! Suffice it to say, we had a great time, and I don’t think I’ll take live music for granted ever again. It was a great night.

Then last night, we met up with good friends who moved away last year. They were in the area, so we grabbed dinner at the Lititz Springs Inn and Spa in Lititz, PA. It sounds stuffy, but it’s not at all. It’s an old inn situated on a main corner in downtown Lititz that has been remodeled and modernized, with a beer bar modeled after a British pub attached to it.

Both have indoor and outdoor dining, and we sat outside in the courtyard that’s part of the inn. The food was delicious, and the service was excellent and perfectly paced, making it was the perfect spot to catch up with old friends. Plus, it was a beautiful night — warm and breezy without much humidity.

Paul and I got in early, so we walked around Lititz a bit, and of course we had to stop into Wilbur Chocolates and stock up on treats to bring home.

In addition to the chocolate shop and the inn where we ate, Lititz has lots of cute shops and bakeries, and in the summertime there’s a calendar of special events. If you ever find yourself in Lancaster County, I highly recommend checking it out.

I should have taken more pictures, but the one I put on my Insta Story doesn’t translate very well. The filter I had on kind of dulled the colors, and I didn’t take time to frame my shot. I always enjoy following people on IG that take lots of good pictures when they’re out and about, but I always feel rude to my companions, and awkward when there are strangers in the shot. Am I the only one?

Paul did snap this one at dinner, before our friends arrived. I’d rather have had him in it, but I didn’t want to bother the waitress. Anyway, it shows the courtyard a bit. It’s beautifully landscaped with lots of pretty flowers greenery.

So yeah, it’s been a full weekend, and today we have church and a gathering afterwards, so I’m really going to be peopled out when all is said and done.

I’m not really sure what this week holds, but I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a doozie. I’m kind of afraid to look at my calendar, lol! It’s our last full week before we take C to college, so yeah… there’s a lot to do, and also a lot of emotions flying around our house at the moment.

Meanwhile, I’m going to try to relax and enjoy my Sunday. It’s a pretty one, for once! The sun is shining, and it should be nice all day, so maybe we’ll get some pool time this afternoon.

I hope you have a restful and blessed day!

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29 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 08.08.21

  1. Quick question: how do you keep your white jeans clean? I wore mine exactly one time out of the house and the server dropped coffee on my lap. They were ruined. Now i’m afraid to even Wear them outside of my closet. Haha

    1. TRACI you should be able to soak the coffee stains out if you haven’t dried them. You could soak in Branch Basics laundry powder. I love their products as they are “CLEAN” from chemicals but work. My daughter have gotten many baby stains out with it.

    2. LOL, I really don’t have much trouble with them. I wear them a lot, and I only have to wash them every three or four wears. I did notice last night that I had a small spot on the back of the pair I wore to dinner, so I will toss them in the wash and freshen them up. I”m kind of sloppy too, so it’s kind of amazing I don’t make a mess of them more than I do!

  2. I agree on how good of an artist Phillip Phillips is! Do you know if he still resides in GA? Y’all have definitely had a more normal weekend. The number of people being hospitalized and the number of positive COVID cases are climbing daily in our area, and in GA, so I anticipate us having to do an about face down the road. My brain is so ready for fall, but with highs in the 90’s and high humidity, I just can’t fully think fall. I may look at Zella for men before the NAS ends today. If the men’s clothes are as soft and comfy as the women’s, Larry needs them in his closet. Have a blessed day, and I hope that you do get some down time this afternoon.

    1. Ginger…. It’s not looking so good in our area in Oregon either for increased cases. It really messes with my emotions and what I should do and not do. I still have always worn my mask inside, and believe I’ve only dined inside 3 times this whole time. We try to only eat outside if we go. Hard for sure.

    2. Yes, I did know that he’s in GA. Nice that he’s stayed true to his roots. He seems like a real family guy too. He talks a lot about his wife and son. I expect your hot weather is driving people inside, and making the Covid spread faster. I know you and Larry are super careful, stay safe down there!

  3. Should we see our family doctor before taking the Collagen you mentioned last week? I have similar problems with my hair and nails as well!

    1. Dima, I did not but my doc has it on my medical list of meds and supplements. My hair had been thinning for 20+ years. I started using the You theory last August. It takes a few weeks/months to see a big difference but now I don’t have spots that look like I’m balding. I have fine hair but the amount of hairs has increased to the amount I had in my 20s.

  4. Oh Wow Litiz sounds like a nice place to visit we normal go to Lancaster 3 or 4 times a year. My mom is a quilter so we go to the shows and then exploring. This looks like this should be a stop for us. Plus I love Wilbur chocolate buds !! have a bless and relaxing sunday

  5. Enjoy your last full week with Caroline, Jo-Lynne. Having sent four children off to college,(who never lived in our home again after that) I can empathize with you. My last one, and only daughter, was the hardest for me. But I just kept reminding myself of how I felt when I left for college– I was so excited for the next step in my life– and that always made me feel better because I was excited for my daughter. We have an outdoor music pavilion in DE that stayed open last summer. We sat in our own lawn chairs in pods with social distancing and masks, no-cash transactions and lots of grace for all. There were no headliners because of the virus but we still got to hear some good music They are doing the pods again this year, for which I’m thankful, because of the most recent surge. Tonight we’re seeing Big Vodoo Daddy!

    1. Yeah, she’s having a hard time, so that is what makes it hard on me. If she was excited to go, I’d be fine. Sad, but not worried or struggling with my emotions. But with her being unsure, it’s hard to know how far to push and encourage, and when to offer a way out. So yeah, that’s where we are.

      That’s cool that you had a venue that was creative enough to figure out a way to make that work. Have fun tonight!

  6. This looks like a cute place! I am always on the lookout for new place to try for my yearly meet-up with my HS girlfriends. We just did a couple nights at The Inn at Leola Village just outside of Lancaster, which really was a hidden gem. The rooms were spacious, the pool was lovely and the grounds were beautifully landscaped. The restaurant there was amazing…definitely check it out if you can. We do a spa weekend and their onsite spa was fabulous. Do you know anything about the rooms and spa at this place?

    Good luck launching Caroline. It’s just every emotion all at once, isn’t it?!?

    1. Oooh that sound so fun! I’ve heard of Leola Village but never really looked into the inn and spa. Good to know! This place looks cute, but it seems very small. I was telling Paul, I wish we’d made plans to stay over. Maybe next time we meet our friends out there.

  7. Sounds like a lot of fun you had for the weekend. Prayers for your last week with Caroline. I know it’s hard.

  8. Sounds like a great weekend! How is Caroline feeling about heading off to college? Also your take on the blondo boot? I’m looking at the sand color ..do they fit tts? And do they dig in anywhere? That’s always my worry with this style of boot.
    Thanks enjoy your Sunday

    1. To be honest, she’s struggling and has a lot of anxieties about various aspects. I’m really not sure how this is all going to go, but I’m hopeful when the time comes, it all works out.

      I like the Blondo boots, and they’re very comfy inside, but the top of the shaft rubs on my leg so I’ll need to wear socks.

  9. I’m sorry to hear Caroline is having anxiety about college. I hope you can encourage her to try it and give it a good go! Our youngest son was very apprehensive about anything new and in late high school, his band teacher encouraged him to attend band camp, which was totally out of his comfort zone. We also encouraged him to go, and he had chosen to attend, but on the way there, he kept telling us we were “making him go.” It was very difficult but we tried to ignore the guilt trip he was giving us and kept telling him he would have a great time if he just tried it. He did attend it, and it was the start of a new life for him! He learned that he was capable of going somewhere on his own, make friends, and he ended up having a blast! He voluntarily chose to attend other camps in high school and then went away to a very large, four year university, where he became involved in more groups and activities. He has had great success and we all attribute it to his pushing through his fears about the first band camp to realize he could step outside his comfort zone and have fun with people he didn’t know in an environment that was very foreign and frightening to him. I hope Caroline can have a similar successful experience once she gets to college. Just keep encouraging her to at least give it a good try! I’ll be praying it goes well!

  10. I’ve driven by the inn and chocolate shop in Lititz probably 20 times on the way to visit family and never made time to stop! Ridiculous! I enjoyed your review! This sounds like a great place to meet my family halfway sometime! 🙂

    And yes, of course some people are more concerned with taking flattering photos than being present in the moment. Can’t have it all, I guess

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