Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Little Get-Away

A few photos of our little anniversary get-away last weekend.

If you are looking for a quiet spot in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, back a long lane, with no cell-phone service or wi-fi, where you can't hear or see any people or vehicles - I recommend the Sweethearts' Country Cottage. 

Ed and I always enjoy cooking together. Brings back memories of our honeymoon cabin in Alaska where we cooked up lots of good eating.

I even wore the dress I wore on our honeymoon - not that Ed would have noticed or remembered. Some of these things we women do for our own enjoyment.

This food blog sure hasn't seen much mention of food the last two months. Ed continues the ketogetic diet, but we are now making our own food instead of the doctor-supplied meals. Being away from home made meals a challenge, we especially missed stopping for ice cream, but we managed to eat well. This night we made garlic-rosemary chicken with bacon and steamed broccoli. 

The weather in the mountains was ten degrees cooler than at home and we could enjoy our coffee on the porch. But we were super glad we had AC.

Breakfast was an omelet with kale, peppers, and onion with bacon which fueled a walk in the woods.

In the past we have always visited the cottage in the winter when it was snow-covered. This time it was fun to explore the area surrounding the cottage. There were amazing stone walls; some higher than my head. We imagined the hardy farmer and his family who stacked the thousands of stones in these walls.

Ed has been missing crunchy snacks so I figured out a way to make cinnamon-roasted pecans slightly sweetened with stevia. I admit to eating more of these than he did.

Lunch was ham salad on a bed of spinach.

Then we went back to civilization and did some shopping. We went out to eat where Ed tried to choose a keto-friendly meal of fish and broccoli. I don't think we did too badly on his diet that weekend, but we weren't rigorously weighing his food and counting carbs like we do at home and his glucose numbers were higher than normal that evening.

Ed continues to lose hair from radiation and he had me shave all that remained so he needed to find a hat to protect his tender scalp.

We ended the day with some mini-golf. Ed felt incredibly good all day, but was tired by evening. By then we were refreshed, blessed, and ready to go home and be with our children again. 


  1. It looks as if you had a wonderful anniversary holiday. Both of you look very happy and refreshed.

  2. What a beautiful spot and what a wonderful getaway. God is so good to always provide what we need!

  3. You made me laugh out loud at "some of these things we women do for our own enjoyment." So true, so disappointing at the beginning of a marriage, and so funny and fun once you're settled in! Love all of your posts.

  4. What a precious time for you both. You both look so happy! Also, how cute you wore your honeymoon dress!! Somehow, I'll bet Ed remembered. Just when I think my hubby forgets,(its been 40 years!!!!), he surprises me. Blessings to you both.☺

  5. What a precious get wore the same dress, that's awesome! It was great to see and visit with you, Ed and the children tonight.

  6. Such a lovely place. I'm so glad you all got to go and enjoy it and glad Ed was feeling good. God bless.

  7. What a beautiful couple!! Thank you for sharing a peek at your special time together!! Hugs and prayers!

  8. Gina, how lovely for you to have a little time away together and to make some more happy memories.

  9. What a sweet little place to go Gina and the precious memories you and Ed got to share.

  10. So glad you were able to get away, and enjoy your refreshing time together! Rejoicing that Ed was feeling well enough, too! What a huge praise! Had to chuckle about your honeymoon dress comment...and not only is it so thoughtful, you've done amazing that you can still wear it, lady!! :-) Way to go, friend! Love & prayers, Randy & Eunice

  11. Thanks for sharing....I really do enjoy your blogs and feel like I have a "friend" even though we never in person. Thanks God for "special suprises"

  12. I'm so glad you had this opportunity! I think of you everyday, praying for you and your family.

  13. it looks like you both had a wonderful time I'm so glad that Ed is coping better than expected with the treatment, praise God. Praying that all continues to go well and that you are all blessed during this time.
    Shelley p
    From over the pond

  14. How lovely you had this anniversary get away. We continue to pray for you and your family.

  15. Wonderful to read what a lovely getaway the two of you had, and how well Ed is doing. I love reading your posts and your writing speaks of your gentle and loving nature. Sending my love from a very rainy Netherlands! X


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