… and the calories reserved!

Tomorrow afternoon, we plan to pick up my birthday cake from McFarlan Bakery in downtown Hendersonville. Although the cake will no longer be in existence on my actual birthday next week, I will enjoy it for all it’s worth over the next several days. I’ve been foregoing all Starbuck trips and chocolate goodies in order to enjoy this bad boy guilt-free! 🙂

If weather permits, we also hope to make it to Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, NC. I visited there when I was younger, but I think I will appreciate it more this time. I look forward to seeing the places where he pondered and posed his poetry. While I do not agree with his political persuasions, I couldn’t agree more with this quote:

“It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, ‘Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?’…If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one’s time- the stuff of life” -Carl Sandburg as quoted from a letter to his friend, Ralph McGill.

On our anniversary weekends, we enjoy doing things together, but we also like to venture out on our own a little. Brian enjoys driving to Asheville to browse music stores. I enjoy swinging in the hammock behind the cabin and gazing up at the canopy of trees that cover it.

I wouldn’t refer to those moments as lonely times for there is much difference in being lonely and alone.

Aloneness is a good thing in small doses. And so is birthday cake!

I look forward to enjoying both in the coming days. 🙂

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