Personal Paradise Tuesday~ How to banish the grumps on a gloomy day

 

 

My personal paradise!
My personal paradise!

 

I missed being here on Saturday! I love chatting in my “cafe” here but I was busy getting ready for, and then participating in a fun day with my big boy. We had a great trip with the scouts taking a long hike to Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia and then enjoyed the fascinating historical experience they have there.

 

Mr B and I at Mount Vernon!
Mr B and I at Mount Vernon!

 

What a great day! My Personal Paradise moment would have to be the weather. Now for those of you who might not be up to speed with how the Personal Paradise works, let me catch you up. The idea is to take an everyday event or a moment that might not stand out as spectacular and recognize the beauty, or peace, or fulfillment in it and let this help you live your dream life.

 

 

The historic camp on tje lawn.
The historic camp on the lawn.

 

So on our trip we were wary of the weather that was coming our way. We had grey skies with the threat of rain the whole time. It did finally rain but only for the last mile or so of our hike.

 

On the bank of the Potomic River.
On the bank of the Potomac River.

 

 

 

The question is: why would this weather make me happy when I am sick of rain and am desperate for sunshine?

 

The dark steely river ripples look so cold!
The dark steely river ripples look so cold!

 

 

 

I enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to play with some different lighting while taking pictures. Some of them were nice, some not so great, and a few beautiful shots. It was a fun way to keep from getting as dreary as the day looked.

 

 

A wintry, stark feeling.
A wintry, stark feeling.

The best part of the day was finishing with the  touring of Mount Vernon. If you haven’t been, and ever have the chance,  jump on it!

 

 

 

Our first full view from the path.
Our first full view from the path.

 

 

It is a fantastic place filled with beauty and history.

 

A carriage fit for the President?
A carriage fit for the President?

 

 

I could spend a week here just walking around learning, seeing, smelling, and immersing myself in the experience.

 

 

George Washington' s kitchen!
George Washington’ s kitchen!

Have any of you been to Mount Vernon? Or maybe you have another favorite historical site? Share with me what you really like – I’d love to hear!

 

A very regal statue!
A very regal statue!

 

 

Peace and health,
Jennifer

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