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“I Hope You Have a Sister” by Terre Houte by Terre Houte
August 19, 2009, 4:36 pm
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(Or someone who you can pretend is your sister).


“Sisters are different flowers from the same garden” – Author Unknown


I have a younger sister, Jill. She is brilliant, beautiful, and my best friend.

Last weekend, we had a “Sisters’ Getaway” to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The occasion was “Ladies Shopping Night” at Northwind Perennial Farm (Roy Diblik’s place).


“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister” – Alice Walker


It rained the entire 2-½ hour trip north. Yet magically, by the evening’s event, the rain stopped long enough to create an atmosphere of lush, candlelit greenery highlighted by background music. There were hourly sales specials, strolling hors d’oeuvres servers, a wine table staffed by Northwind folk, kittens and farm animals to pet, and a guest appearance by Roy! Colleen, a co-owner, planned the event. It was wonderful!


“I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at” – Maya Angelou


I whole-heartedly recommend that you grab your sister(s) or BFF and plan a “get-away” to Northwind. While there, we stay at the Hillcrest Inn in Burlington. It is a quaint inn on a hill with incredible views overlooking a river and lakes. Their motto is “Featuring Chocolate in every breakfast!” We walked to dinner in downtown Burlington. We both loved the ambience and delicious food at B.J. Wentker’s – Historic Fine Dining. The best part of the evening was talking until the wee hours of the morning.




The Hillcrest Inn





“Helping one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood” – Louisa May Alcott


The next day we headed downtown Lake Geneva to check out the Arts Festival, and the shops, of course. An interesting phenomenon occurs when we are together. Our usual fiscal self-control melts away as we urge each other to “Buy that dress. It looks fabulous on you!” So, we bought our “must-haves” and drove back to our suburban realities.


“It’s hard to be responsible, adult, and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own” – Pam Brown


It was 24 delicious hours of my favorite things: sister-talk, shopping, kittens, music, chocolate, and wine! What’s not to love?





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I really enjoyed reading about your weekend away with your sister. It reminds me of the good times my sister and I have had when we have gotten to get away. It is such a special relationship and so wonderful when we can call our siblings our best friends. I tell my kids that I pray they will have that kind of relationship with each other when they grow up. I sometimes question my sanity when I say that cause it is usually when they are chasing each other around the house one wanting to kill the other! Thank you for sharing Terre.

Comment by Laura Weldon

Terre, thanks for giving us a glimpse of your blessed sister relationship. You struck a cord of mutual feelings when it comes to sisters and relationships. Laura and I are lucky to have a strong bond as sisters, best friends, and business partners. Just like you and your sister, a weekend away with chocolate, wine and shopping is heavenly. Keep those memories close to your heart!

Comment by Kathy Wicks

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