Honestly, I didn't know Vermont was that close to us. It's a mere three and a half hours away through the prettiest rural counties and towns on the back roads of New York. Years ago I met Meleen at Silver Bella and got to know her at other events too, Mary's workshops in Saint Louis and the ones I hosted here in New York. Such a lovely, generous and delightful friend! She always said that one day we would all get together for a girls' weekend at her cottage in Vermont.