September Days

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Decorative and colorful kale is so pretty in the Fall in urns or window boxes.

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There are all kinds of places to hike in the Fall around Vermont.  Discovery State Park in Marshfield, Vermont is really beautiful any time of the year.  They have camping and hiking trails.

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I like the Farmhouse look and the above design is just beautiful to me.  I love the chairs and the white cabinets in the kitchen,  Plus the bay window in the open concept dining area.

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Hobby Lobby opened a new store near where I go shopping.  The store is huge and I just shopped and shopped round and round and found the above coffee sign that had hooks on it so that I could display my favorite coffee mugs.  I just love it and it was on sale for their grand opening at 50% off.

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Then I like to make my own spice blends and was looking for little jars like the above inspiration.  I found the exact size jars and they were also 50% off.  I like to put chili blend, taco blend, Paula Deen’s house blend that she puts on everything, Italian blend etc.

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You can just chalkboard paint the lid.  So cute.

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Then an inspiration I have is the above colored bottles for the window and you can put cuttings from your plants to root when you put bottled water in them.  To buy them on line with the cuttings is over $60.00.  I love the look and would love them for a window.

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I found the above bottles at Hobby Lobby on sale at 50% off.  So cute and I am going to put plant cuttings in them from plants that I have like Ivy, Wandering Jew and baby spiders from my Spider plant.  It cost me less the $15.00 for 5 of them.  Love them.

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Kitchen aid has a limited edition 100th anniversary mixer.  Wow!!   So beautiful!!  I have a kitchen aid mixer but would love that one.

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I like the above organizer.  It was a must have and I own that one.  I found it on QVC and it is just awesome in my opinion.

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I came across a really neat idea for dessert.  Maple Creme Brule with seasonal fruit.  They have it at the Quechee Inn which is near Woodstock, VT.   I think if I searched the internet I could find a recipe for it.  Yum!

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I love just after the sun goes down and soft candlelight near water.  So serene and peaceful.

And that’s my thoughts for today.

 

 

 

 

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September

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I love the Sunflowers that are in the farmstands now.  So sunshiney for the tablescape.  I think they look awesome in a blue mason jar.  A tip that I read one time is that if you cut the stem under running water a little that it makes them last longer.

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It’s fun to buy a new lipstick for the beginning of Fall.  Avon lipstick is always good and I think that I like the Heat Wave color, but everyone has different tastes.  Kind of a good deal right now for the Beyond Color lipstick marked down from $8.00 to $4.99.

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Good time to celebrate the beginning of Fall by riding the bike on the walking trail for a change.

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Maybe buy a new cardigan would be fun.  I like the above style.

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I like the above style jacket.  It’s light and just right for Fall.

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A lot of blogs have capsules where you can make a ton of outfits from a few separate items.  I like the above idea where items can be switched to make lots of different looks. The above was an idea for a Fall capsule.

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It’s a good time to switch around Fall clothes into the closet.  The above is my idea of an affordable dream walk in closet.  I have a walk in closet, but not all the built in shelves or the middle island.

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I would add the above hassock to the end of the island.  So elegant looking.

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Then a beautful crystal chandelier for a finishing touch.  Love it!  I always was a dreamer.

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A new bag for Fall is always a neat idea.  I love the above style, but I know there are lots of ideas.

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I love dinnerware and one of my favorites is the Pfalzgraff Pistoulet collection.  I own the above set that I bought one piece at a time.

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I love cauliflower rice and I like the idea of the above Mushroom Risotto for a healthy lunch.  It’s really easy if you buy that frozen cauliflower rice that has peas and carots in it.  You just stir in a little beef broth to the microwaved “rice” in a frypan and  add some sliced sauteed mushrooms with a little parmesan over the top.  I have the above recipe which is using cauliflower chopped in a food proceessor on my veggie pinterest board.

And that’s my thoughts for the beginning of September.

 

End of August

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Zinneas are so colorful and plentiful at the farmstands this time of year.  The mason jar as a vase is so country and just a nice touch.

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The Summer Squash and Zucchini are plentiful at the farmstands now, also.  A neat recipe that I saw one time that the Pioneer Woman picked up from staying at a fancy hotel in New York for a low carb breakfast was the above.  She had grilled tomatoes with hers.  But I just sauteed a red onion with summer squash and zuchinni and put two organinic, jumbo, poached farm fresh eggs on mine.  She had a couple of slices of Montery Jack cheese on the side.  But I put a couple of wedges of Cabot Cheddar on the side of mine.  I pinned the full recipe on my Pinterest breakfast board.

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Everyone has different tastes, but I like the above style.  It’s country and just comfortable looking.  I love the throw pillow with the old time pick up truck.  The round hassack is just so comfy looking.  The white fireplace and the round soft rug complete with a crystal chandelier.  Then the bay window with the beautiful stained glass and built in book case on the side.  I love the flower print pillow in the chair, also.

 

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One of my classmates from school that is one of my facebook friends, went to a really neat restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine called the Route 66 restaurant.  I love everything about that place and it’s on my bucket list to visit.

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Their lobster rolls look good to me.

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They serve hot fudge sundaes in a little Corvette dish and that looks like fun.

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Another place that would be fun to visit is the Perennial Pleasures Nursery in Hardwick, VT.  They have afternoon tea in their gardens.

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Their specialty is English Cream Tea.

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They even have a gift shop.

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You can buy a hat to wear for tea in the garden.

 

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It looks like a lovely atmosphere.

 

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Another fun place to visit is Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow, VT.  So pretty and a neat swimming hole.

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I love a pantry for the kitchen and saw the above pantry door in one of Yankee Barn Home’s houses.  Love the idea.

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With all that is going on in the news and the stress all around us, I found the above idea to just have a mental cleanse challenge.  Sounds good to me.

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Essential Oils sound healthy to me.  I first became aware of them from a yoga blog that I saw one time.  Then I saw the above recipes on Pinterest.

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Then I read that Kelly Clarkson lost all her weight from reading “The Plant Paradox”.  I read all I could on it and found that it’s mainly avoiding Lectins.  Above is a very helpful chart on what Lectins are all about.

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They say that it is good to meditate and I don’t know the proper way they meditate.
But when I want to just think of fun times, I just close my eyes and think of how beautiful Nantucket Island is.

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I used to walk out to the Jetty Beach near Brandt Point every morning before work at one time.  Thinking of those times always is a nice little getaway from any stress.  I am sure everyone has special times in memory that are fun to meditate with.

And that is my thoughts on this end of August day in Vermont.

August

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Yoga is not easy for me.  Absolutely none of it.  I got the 21 day yoga retreat DVDs  and went as far as 3 days and just had enough of it.  I mean it’s brutal.  It’s supposed to be good for you but I do not like it.  I got the yoga blocks and the pillow and mat.  The blocks and pillow make it so that you can be a beginner at it.  Even so, it’s just not my cup of tea.  You have to hold those stupid poses and balance and core stuff until you want to just throw the DVD out the window.   The above is a view from the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe from one of their rental cottages.  That is a beautiful area.

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They have an Austrian kaufeehouse that used to be called a Tea house.  We had so much fun having tea out there on that deck one time with their scrumptious pastries.

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The Trapp family lodge has cross country skiing trails and they let you hike on the trails in the summer.  The above is little stone chapel in the woods on one of their trails.  It is so awesome and there is a box with slips of paper where you can make a wish and put it in the box.  My wish never came true.  Sigh.

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The rooms at the Trapp Family Lodge are just beautiful.  The white comforter impressed me as we got a tour of the rooms and I copied the idea for my bed at home.

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I would much rather ride a bike on the bike trail or go for a long walk and enjoy the scenery then to make a pretzel out of my body with yoga.  I don’t particularly like hiking on mountain trails either.  The only fun part of that is the views when you get to the top.  The above is Stowe and it is a 5 mile trail, mostly flat.  So you go up and back it’s 10 miles.  we’ve rode bikes on it, rollar bladed and walked it.  It’s mostly flat but a bunch of horrible bridges that are like an arch over the river.  Dislike the bridges.

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I got some radishes from the farmstand today and also some Alouette cheese spread that has garlic and herbs and it had chopped chives on top.  I also got some Artisan Sourdough wheat bread that I toasted and what flavor for an open face sandwich.  Love it.

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Around here, people like grinders.  One of the best is a grinder from Gil’s in Rutland.  They have a Hot Italian Grinder that has peppered ham, Capicola, salami, provolone cheese, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, pickles, onions hot peppers and seasoned oil on the inside of each side of the home made roll.  Yum!

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I love coffee and would love to have like a Barista coffee center.  I love the above ideas on what to use to decorate a coffee center.  That cabinet is from Target and costs less then a bakers rack.  I love the chalkboard and that is on Amazon.  I collect coffee mugs and that mug rack is kind of neat.

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The above is my inspiration for a coffee bar.

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I love a grill for outside and the above set up is just awesome.  What a neat idea!

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I love waterfalls and there are some neat ones in Vermont and also some nice swimming holes as they call them.

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A really nice place in Vermont is Manchester.  All kinds of little restaurants and awesome shopping areas.  They have a bakery called Mother Mericks and it has the best donuts ever.

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I would love a cup of tea with a slice of the above cake.  It looks like there is a garden view with fresh flowers on the table from that garden.  I think that photo is from an Austrian tea house in Johnson, Vermont.  I saw some flowers like that today outside a farm on a little table near the road that were for sale.  I almost bought them because I just love garden flowers and they just make a table look nice.  I have bought them there before and just loved them.  They lasted a long time.

 

Well, it’s late and I guess that I have to call it a day.  So over and out from Vermont.

 

Camping

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I think that it would be fun to just be carefree and travel around to the countryside and enjoy fun areas for a getaway once in awhile.

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I love the “Little Guy Max”.  It is so awesome.  It’s little and it’s light and would be easy to tow.

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It even has an optional bike rack.

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The little trailers have come back in style.  The group called “Sisters on the Fly” who started out being a fly fishing group from Texas who planned trips together, then became a huge group really started the trend on small retro trailers.

The motto of the group is “making girls out of women”, which means they don’t have to think of anyone else while on the trips and husbands are not allowed.

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They come up with some neat ideas for trailers.  The above old Volkswagon van is such a cute idea.

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The inside of the trailer is small but cute.

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Just the very basics.

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The “Little Guy Max” has a little more room and has all the amenities.  The table on one side can be made into a bed.

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It has a pop up TV by the table and solar panels on the roof to recharge the battery for electricity when not at a campground that you can hook up to electricity.

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Right by the door there is a DVD-CD player, blue tooth and 3 sets of speakers that can be in the front or back of trailer and also outside.  One of the TV’s  can be mounted outside also.  There is a systems monitor for heater vents or the air conditioner.  Also there is a dimmer for the lights.

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There is a neat refrigerator that has a freezer compartment.  A pantry, closet and solid maple cabinets.

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There are controls for the solar and air conditioner.

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There is a microwave and a two burner gas stove.  The sink has a removeable cutting board over it to make counter room when the sink is not in use.

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The faucet has a sprayer on it.  And there are water tanks that have hot water.

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The bathroom is tiny, but it has a shower in it.

 

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On the other side of the trailer, there is a queen size bed with storage under it.

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There are reading lights that are LED lights that don’t heat up and you turn them on and off by just touching the bulbs.  There is a cell phone charger and all kinds of neat cubby holes for storage and sound bars.

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The outside of the Little Guy Max has lighted stairs and handle and an awning.  The other side has a light that lights up the whole back side.

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There is a screen that slides across.  The window on the door can be cranked out and there is a screen.

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The screen just pulls down.

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Also there is a privacy blind that can be pulled up.  All the windows do the same thing, so you can have a nice breeze going through.

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I think that it would be fun to take the Little Guy Max camping.  It’s light and even a regular SUV could haul it.

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The Sisters on the Fly have a cast-iron cookbook that looks interesting.  On the travel channel, they showed some of the recipes that they cooked using  cast iron over charcoal coals.

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One of the recipes was Merle Haggard’s Rainbow Stew.

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Another recipe that looked interesting was a Chicken green bean casserole with biscuits on top.

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They even made home made ice cream.

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When I was a kid, I went camping with one of my girlfriends and her family.  I will never forget it.  We went for a whole weekend on a lake.  We had a campfire at night and I remember fried egg sandwiches for breakfast that had bacon on them.  There was swimming and we met some guys that had a beautiful boat and we had fun with them cruising around the lake.  All kinds of food as her Mom was a really good cook and brought home made cookies and even pies.  I remember fried chicken also.  So fun.

There are all kinds of camp grounds on the lakes and also in Maine, right on the ocean.

The travel channel got me interested in camping and all the fun that is out there.

 

Design and Ideas

Everyone has different taste.  I like classic and the 30’s and 40’s era were a facinating time.  I also loved the 60’s.  My parents grew up in the 30s and 40’s.  I grew up in the 60’s.  My children grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and my grandchildren are in the 2018’s.  I guess that dates me.   I don’t have a lot of time left.

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I love the 1932 Ford Roadster with the rumble seat.  My Dad had one similar to that and I love the looks of it.  My aunt Marion has a photo of her in a fur coat sitting in the rumble seat.  So he had that car before he even met my Mom.   I love it.  If I ever won the lottery, I would buy a restored 1932 Ford Roadster.  I would take it for rides on Sunday on country roads and get an old fashioned creemee, which is a softserve ice cream cone,  for along the way.

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I saw the movie “The Notebook” the other night.  It made me cry that there is such love in the world.  I was never privilaged enough to have that kind of love.  But it was so beautiful to see.  I got dumped by my husband in the 1980’s.  So my true love was not that.  And I mean dumped.  Like I was nothing.  And I really do not think that I deserved the life that I was struggled in after that.  But that is the real world.

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My husband had a 1965 white Pontiac GTO.  It was car of the year that year.  And it was leather seats, a hurst shift and all chrome inside the hood.   Beautiful car.  Those were the fun times.

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My grandparents had a farmhouse that was totally facinating to me as a kid.  This Craftsbury Cottage from Yankee Barn homes is what I would have built to enjoy my retirement.  I would love gatherings with my children and grandchildren in a place like that.

 

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I would have Martha Stewart’s kitchen from the Home Depot.  Because I really love to cook and bake.  I hate to be narcisstic and be all about I, but this is my taste I am writing about.  Some people would like a different kind of kitchen.

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The above is my dream laundry room.  That is the exact design that I love.

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A beautiful outside area where you could have an outside tea party.  I love the pink Hydrangas.  I think blue and white Hydrangas are gorgeous, also.

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A garden with little garden paths would be a design to work on.

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So many ideas.

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The above is my next dream house that would be near the ocean.  That would be the winter getaway in a warmer climate.

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The above would be the design of the kitchen.

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It would have a sewing and craft room designed like the above.

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An office with a desk like the above.

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I love the design of the coffee barista above.  Because I love coffee.

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The car that I love would be the Toyota Lexus RX 350.

So that is what I love.  To have all that is not in the stars for me.

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I enjoy country roads in the summer and the beauty of orange lillies along the road.

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Walks along the walking trail and just enjoying life and appreciating what I have.

But I still like what I like and it’s been quite a journey.

 

 

Amazing Time of Year

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I just love this time of year.  Each season has it’s pros and cons, but this time of year is just beautiful.  The grass is really green, the new leaves on the trees are such a pretty green color.

The above photo was taken through the windshield of my car.   I love Mt Ascutney and this view of the mountain from the NH side of the Connecticut River is just awesome.  You would have to be there to really see how pretty it is.  Even on a kind of overcast day, it’s just beautiful.

I had to go to West Lebanon, NH because I ordered something at Michaels Craft online and instead of paying shipping, I went to the nearest Michaels store and picked it up.  So fun to get out and enjoy such a beautiful day. ❤

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I stopped at a couple of Farm Greenhouses along the way.  Some of the flowers that they have are just so awesome.  The above pink Iris caught my eye.

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Then the lavender was next to the pink Iris’s right where you park your car to browse through and around lots of Greenhouses.  Plants and beautiful flowers everywhere.

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Hanging Geraniums in every color as well as every plant you can think of. ❤

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The most vibrant red Geraniums were irrisistable.  I had to buy one and I just love it.

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I also bought the above plant because it is just easy care and grows and grows like an ivy.

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They had part of a Greenhouse just full of Succulent plants and some of them were in cute containers.  All reasonably priced.

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I loved everything about that place.  So fun to visit.

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Then I took a side road that had a sign pointing to Maple Creamees and I came upon a new set of Greenhouses that I never visited before.  They were about a mile down a windy country road along the Connecticut River and it was called Edgewater Farm.

There were lots of Greenhouses and I enjoyed browsing.

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I liked all their displays and beautiful plants.

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The Creamee place on that road was closed.  But I just went to my favorite Creamee place and treated myself to a Maple Creamee.   Believe it or not, that is a small Creamee in the above photo.  So fun and it was a fun treat after a long day of being out and about.

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On the way back I passed one of my favorite covered bridges with Mt Ascutney in the background.  It was an overcast day, but still very pretty.

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I found a really neat mirror that I have been wanting for a long time.  I just love it as it looks like a window.

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I also found a really cute stepping stone that I really love.

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Vermont is really pretty and there is a mountain top skyline toll road drive on Rt 7A between Manchester and Arlington that has awesome views.  There is even places to stop and have a picnic while enjoying the views.

Hoping you all are enjoying the beautiful weather that is pretty much everywhere this time of year.