10 Things I Learned Antiquing in Virginia

SistersSisters spontaneously dress alike, no matter how many years intervene.

Champage Cage ChairsProsecco goes with everything.

Horse in the WoodsRun while you can.

Diamond Painted FloorDesign your own path, and make it sing.

Mirrors and Old BarnReflect your true self.

Stress-FreeWhen you hear yourself mention back pain, nausea, headaches and a cramped jaw all in the same sentence, and your sister hands you a doggie Xanax, take it.

Hugs are GoodHug more.

Paint PatinaThe patina of age is a beautiful thing.

Watch Your HeadDon’t stress.

Virginia Highway 29And always take the road less traveled.

Fall Color Wheels

I’ve just returned from a visit with my sister in Virginia, and the October slant of the sun is currently pickling even the lowliest subject matter into a sparkling celebrity in Fall’s Five Minutes of Fame. I’m a snap and run kinda girl, not by nature but by practice, stealing as many shots as I can while companions wait with varying degrees of patience ten paces ahead.

Not every face is lovely, but this one is Beyond Beautiful. Ancient Indian elephant, Wise Woman, patterns of dew-starved earth? Fall colors steal the show, but I’ve always been a sucker for the overlooked.