Life often isn't like a romance novel--have you noticed?--but sometimes, just every once in while, it is. For example, here is part of the great room in the house our family rented over the weekend.
And my daughter and daughter-in-law being lovely and silly while they finished cleaning the turkey off the carcass. (The romance part comes in where I didn't have to help.)
My dining area isn't as neat as the one in the rental house. The Biltmore estate is well beyond anything within the scope of my imagination. But the table full of laughing pizza makers and the strong, smart women undressing the turkey? Yeah, that's my inspiration, whether it's found in North Carolina's beautiful mountains or at home in our own backyard. Family and fun--those are not only what I write about, they're the reason I do it.
Good times. I hope you're having them, too.