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Happy Holidays!

No matter your celebration or lack there of – I hope it is the best ever.  Ours will begin today with the December birthday of middle son.  And I won’t settle in again until 2016, if then! This has been a very, wonderfully, distracted year.  Ups and downs and downs and ups.  Just like every other person’s life.  We have a new little one as you know – trying to crawl and just more joy to me than I could have ever anticipated.  Two precious grandsons one about to turn 12 and one about to be 8 months.

I am not going to make any promises, but I hope those who see this understand how life happens when you are trying to run a blog!

Much LOVE to you all.




Beautiful Autumn Day in Vermont


As promised, second installment of October 2013 Vermont vacation.

These photos are of mine and Robbin’s trip to Bennington and Beyond 🙂 We didn’t really have a plan when we started out that morning.  It was the only day we really did just say “Let’s just go. And see where the winds of this Autumn day take us.”  And wow was that the way to go!  It was a gorgeous day and we had a blast!  We even accidentally drove over the state line so we could say we went to New York that day as well.


Now that’s the kind of church I can get behind!  Separation of church and state! What a concept !! 😉 (Read: sarcasm) I don’t do politics on my blog (yet) but it’s not because I don’t think about it or have opinions.  I have opinions in spades! Just suffice it to say I, for one, do not want to live in a theocracy.  You do your thing, I’ll do mine, MKay? LOL.  It is a beautiful building and still holds services.  I had a very emotional reaction to standing in the church dreaming of what it must have been like back in 1762 – to be one of the women who help establish a community.


If I were one of the family members I would beg the “head of the house” to request this box – Lucky Number 13!


And this would be my views of the church from my perch in Box 13.  Imagine it packed full and the whole place vibrating with the sound of voices singing to the heavens.




From the looks of the percussion instruments along with this amazing organ – they maybe quite the modern sounding congregation.


And as services ended we would stroll home along the fence row,


And into the cemetery to lay a flower or two on the graves of loved ones who most certainly had found their way there.



I love the look of the old headstones.  Such craftmanship.


And then THERE IT WAS! Robert Frost’s grave.  OH MY – did we not know it would be there??  Had we even thought of it?  I mean we talked about him at length when we were up at Bread Loaf looking around and wondering what it would be like to be part of a “writer’s colony” – how fabulous would that be?  I mean it would help to be writers of course but oh if the walls could talk!


This photo is quite possibly the favorite of all times. Lovely lighting.  Taken in my favorite place (besides home) in the world. My favorite month.  With my oldest and dearest girlfriend. And Autumn showing it’s truest colors.  Bliss I tell you. Pure Bliss.

Before I bid you farewell for today I leave you with the promise of an other installment involving a photo essay of our tour of Robert Frost’s home and  the funniest story of the day. It was time to stop for lunch and we saw this little place along the road just outside Bennington.  It was like the old fashioned burger joint – only seating was in your car or at a few picnic tables.  They had quite a menu that even advertised a “veggie burger”.  Robbin, being vegan, asked the man taking orders what was in the veggie burger.  And I swear to you, he had to have his 100th birthday in his sights.  He looked at her for what seemed like much longer than it was and without changing his expression he says “vegetables”.  LOL we just died laughing.  So she was brave and ordered it, I had fried clams if you were wondering.

See you all soon!  Hey, tell your friends about this blog.  Pretty please?  Thanks and have a wonderful October day!


Yummy Lunch!

spring rollsReally no recipe needed I suppose but will give you my directions.   Fresh spinach and asparagus out of my garden, my standard egg salad recipe (boiled free range eggs, dill pickle, sweet pickle, salt, pepper and just a bit of mayonnaise to hold it all together) .  Layer spring roll wrapper, spinach leaves, egg salad and asparagus. A dash of pepper and roll up tucking in the ends first as you can’t really roll asparagus :).


Happy Thursday to you all!

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