Sunday, August 28, 2016

I made it...

this is my dump haul this week, pretty good huh!

These hand blown glasses all 6 for 3.00 at the thrift store.
We had so many mix matched glasses I was happy to clean out.

I made this tart for breakfast before my company left on Wed.
it is cheese, tomato, and bacon yummm!

This is the first weekend we haven't had something to do in a long time so I cooked. This is eggplant parm that I cooked with a sauce I made from my tomatoes. It turned out so good if I do say so myself. 

I made pickles from our lots and lots of cucumbers.

And we took a little ride today to King Arthur Flour in Vermont.
It is their flagship store so it is completely amazing.
I bought lots and lots of good things. Even though it is only an
hour from me I haven't been in a couple of years. I splurged on a
popover pan. I made some for dinner tonight, David was not sorry about the splurge.
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I have been hooking a bit but it is still hot and humid here.
I have a couple of weeks and then I am headed out to star Island for an amazing retreat.
I hope you are all enjoying the last of the summer
 I noticed that it is getting darker much earlier, boo hoo.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Company

When company comes we turn into tourists in our own area.

We took a trip to castle in the clouds. It was build by Thomas Plante in 1914 and by the time of his death, through a series of bad
investments, he was so poor his wife had to take a collection to be able to bury him. How hard it must of been to lose this amazing house.

Beauty every where you looked

This is the ceiling in the dinning room.

There were lots of these stain glass windows through out the home.

This depicts one of the few water falls on the property.

He brought in ship builders in to do a lot of the wood working so beautiful. It was nice to have my brother here it had been 2 years since I had seen him so lots of catching up. Lots of great food
and a few laughs.


And this is the grand dog he stayed with us while
his Miss B went to Disney!
Have a great week!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Long Hot Summer...

We have had one hot, humid summer, with little rain, and the forecast is for more of the same. Yesterday was cooler but humid so we left all the windows open overnight and it was a cool 65 this morning. I baked a blueberry breakfast cake...

Threw the sneaks on and went for a very long walk.

Picked what blackberries that were ripe. I then took up residence in our living room where we installed a small air conditioner that is the only place in the house bearable. The temps climbed and the humidity rose and it is still miserable at 7:14pm.

Another way we beat the heat this week was to go to the local theater and watch ON Golden Pond on the big screen. There was a question and answer after with the writer and he brought his Oscar (not sure why I didn't take a picture of it. ) The movie was filmed in our town and on the lake here. My favorite movie of all time! If you have never watched it, rent it!

The one upside of the heat today, I hooked! I got more leaves done and a tiny bit of background. I have not settled on the beaks of the birds yet.
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My brother is coming from Mississippi on Tuesday for a week.
I am looking forward to it I haven't seen him in a couple of years!
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On a weird note I heard my cell phone ringing at 6:15. If it was anyone who knew us and it was an emergency they would know to call the house phone. I looked at the number and it is not one I recognize. I worried because there was a message I couldn't understand so I waited. (the number when I tried to call it back it would not go through) tonight I get a call from the same number it is jail! yikes I talk to the girl and she had the wrong number! I was happy it was the wrong number, but I felt sorry for her. She felt bad for calling my number. ( I have no idea why she was arrested but she sounded very young and was very polite and apologized)
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Have a great week!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Big Birthday....

Thursday I had a big birthday, The day started with a call from my daughter and sweet B who sang happy birthday.
Then the mail box only contained birthday cards!
It finished with dinner out with husband.

The next day we headed to ride the train in Conway that was having a birthday party. Music, cake, and balloons very fun.
That evening my daughter and son in law made me dinner. Amazing steak tips! With lots of Miss B time. We spent the weekend in a B&B near by.



Saturday we yard saled and I found a few treasures ,that old bottle brush tree was 50 cents! A great handmade mug and some tea lights out of a free box.

A lobster feast was up Sat night! So good!

My daughter and son in law not really sure lobster is their thing but
they gave it a great try. Love them both so much!

Then we were off to an old fashion wooden bridge dance!

          The structure inside a covered bridge is always just amazing and how fun to have a dance right on the bridge. And dance we did Miss B just had a blast with all her fun moves!
An amazing gift from my daughter and son in law, the acorn!
My first Alex and Ani bracelet.
The humble acorn holds the potential of the mighty oak. Sometimes, the biggest blessings come in the smallest packages, Recognize and receive the serendipitous gifts of the universe. Miracles come when you least expect them. Open your mind, heart, and soul to receiving life's unexpected blessings.
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I am truly blessed.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dear Diary...

It has been a long hot summer so far and I am tired of the humid air. This weekend we drove to Maine for a cookout with family.
This was the scene on the way home. It kept getting better and better but it was hard to catch in a moving truck.

Today we are having light rain which we need desperately. This little bird decided he would people watch while eating. This feeder is under cover so he was high and dry. 

I got caught up on laundry and watched old movies.
It just doesn't get any better than this! Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in High Society

It was full of great old Jazz, can you tell I loved it!

I hooked a bit today

And because our freezer door was left a tiny bit open on the hottest
day of the year and everything defrosted ugg..
I have tried to bake and use up as much as I could out of the freezer. Thankfully I had cooked out of the freezer most of the week before so really not a lot was lost.
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I do write in a diary nightly and the rule is it has to be positive. I started it when husband was sick and it kept me sane.
Some days there is so much to be thankful for but other days, I am thankful for getting through the day in one piece.
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I am looking forward to next weekend as we will see my sweet family for the whole weekend how I have missed my daughter, sweet B and my son in law!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bloom Where You Are Planted.....

I know that is a tired old saying. But a while a go we toyed with the idea of moving closer to our sweet B. We only have one daughter and one grandchild, they live a hour away.(I know I know it could be worse.) But by the time we see her again 5 weeks will have passed. But.....

I drive only 5 minutes to work and I have 5 more years of work, so
it made no sense to make the move at this time. So we stay and bloom. Last week we hiked to watch the full moon rise over NH. I will tell you coming down in the dark was a bit creepy yikes!

We went to a concert in our local common.

Took a little hike today to profile falls, yes those people at the top scare the you know what out of me.There is a large swimming whole at the bottom and no they can not jump or they will die.

We jumped in the kayak and headed for the blueberries on our favorite pond. We hit a honey hole of beautiful blueberries. We ran out of containers so we had to head home. I am cleaning and freezing them now. I made blueberry scones this morning, with fresh coffee such a great way to start the day.

We have been in the heat and humidity. More than is normal for us
last night it broke and whole hail! I thought it was coming through our skylights.
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I hope your week was a good one and you got to enjoy a piece of the summer.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It Is About The Little Things.....

Sat morning we headed out with friends for a garden tour
put on by a local garden club. While the gardens were beautiful
It was all about the settings. Yes this is what this house looked at everyday.....sigh....

This is a little section of garden by their back deck so lovely

We spied fairy houses at some of the homes,so lucky to have a fairy living near by..

And while there were so many beautiful gardens, I came home to mine. This is by the back door nope no fairies living there.

This is a rare selfie and it makes me laugh, we look so serious. We were on kayaks,I think we were trying to figure it out and forgot to smile.

A great paddle with Loons and their babies coming so close I could have touched the babies. I just sat as still as I could and they swam by, the little babies are a ball of fuzz and make little noises all the time. Pure joy to be so close. One of the adults saw me and started calling I was a bit scared as they are big birds and could hurt me if they wanted,but I kept very still and they forgot about me and continued to dive for fish.

Every Thursday is farmer's market day. A young man was selling his mushrooms so fun to see how he grows them. He is turning his family land back into farm land. He had such a big smile on his face when he was telling me this.  

I got Deanne's new book in the mail and I have spent some porch sitting time reading it. A wealth of information.

I feel the world is spinning out of control, my heart is so broken. So we are staying close to home in our little tiny town and do the things that make us happy. We have found the little things make us the happiest a good meal, a good walk, a paddle on a pond, and great company of family and friends.
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I hope you are all safe and finding your joy.