There was even espresso, made the traditional Italian way, which I've never tried before. (Yes, I was mostly sitting, which is why my feet feature prominently in most of my pictures.)
My work-in-progress got all kinds of swell improvements, including a New! Improved! title and the resolution I couldn't quite find for my main character.
We ate like queens and the only labor asked of us was to pick beans, peas and squash for our chef. That doesn't count as work for someone like me.
The hummingbirds were just as pleased by the hospitality offered us at The Briary.
We made one excursion to Oden's, this utterly charming and quite ancient old general store that is now an antique shop. I bought a stack of vintage postcards and coveted the gorgeous (and cheap!) furniture for sale.
I'm revved up and ready to write again. My creativity, patience and fortitude has returned thanks to the Screw Iowa Writers Group--my dear Marni, Lauren, Mariana, Nina and Arthur (who doesn't write, but cooked, drove and offered other logistical support for us all week). We had another great workshop, Marni's next Nora Tierney mystery is on pace for publication in 2014, Nina has a short story and poetry collection coming out this year and Bridle Path Press continues to grow with new authors. I'm very lucky to get to work with such talented people.
As if that weren't enough, I returned home to a reasonably clean house because Team Testosterone stepped up and kept things humming along in my absence.
Life is good.