A nice way to spend the afternoon.  It’s really a nice time of year to go biking because it’s kind of just the right temperature.  The air is a little crisp and the leaves on the trees are just starting to come out, so it’s pretty scenery.


A nice spot to stop for a break……


On those bike tours that they have, they stop at places like the above and have beautiful lunches out on the terrace complete with a glass of wine.  I’d love to grill some salmon and asparagus at home and have something outside like the above after going for a nice bike ride.


Looks like fun to me…..


Biking on country roads is just beautiful.

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It’s fun to find a bike route or make up your own fun place to bike.





I like the above photo.  Cute little newborn Holstein calf and the Spring leaves just coming out on the trees and the covered bridge.  So Vermont.


Daffodils are just so beautiful.  Something about them just shouts Spring.


I like the above waterfall at Otter Creek in Middlebury.  Just so beautiful.


I think that one of my favorite places in Vermont is the Lake Champlain Islands area.  It’s just awesome.


I like the Spring blossoms on trees.  So pretty.


I like Vermont Cheddar soup with crackers from the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham.  The cheese that they cut from a huge Cabot Vermont Cheddar Cheese wheel is just about the best cheese ever.


On my Pinterest today, I saw a recipe for scallops pan seared with garlic and wine.  I pinned the recipe on my fish board on my Pinterest.  Sounds like a recipe to try. Yum.


Then Salad Nicoise.  Almost better then a trip to France.  I pinned that recipe on my Salads board.

And that’s my thoughts for today……..




I like organizers.  They are fun to get creative with and actually it’s fun with to-do lists and to check them off as you do your daily tasks.  I’ve seen lots of ideas and expensive accessories that some people have.  Myself, I am on a budget but still can splurge on a nice basic set of a notebook and filler.  Then I can buy a few on sale stuff at Michaels Craft store and Walmart for little sticky notes and very frugal accessories.

I always wished that I had good penmanship, but I just don’t.  Some people really get into colored pens and really neat writing.  I just have fun with it and accept my limits to what I have time for and what I want to do.


There are so many ideas on staying organized.  I want everything I see as usual, but have to limit myself to what is within my limits.  But I have fun with it.

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A books to read list is a fun idea that I saw.


Then I like Nantucket Island and ACK is the code for airplanes when they land at the airport on Nantucket.  So I like the above emblem that the C is a map of the island.  A lot of people have similar stickers like that on their cars if they go to Nantucket much.

So I have that in my organizer because it makes me smile.


Then I like anything French and I have the above photo at the beginning of my organizer.  I made up my own photo holders by cutting out the separate 4X6 holders in a 81/2 by 11 plastic photo page that had the holes in the side to go into the ringed notebook.  Works really slick.


Then I make my own bookmarks from photos that I like by just taking them to Staples and have them embossed in plastic.  Makes my organizer my own and everything that I like.


I can’t write fancy, but I can copy fancy writing and insert that in pages.  And again, I like French stuff.


I find inspirations to copy that are fun.


More Nantucket.  It always makes me smile and the day to go better to see Brandt Point on Nantucket Island.  There is a Jetty Beach right near that lighthouse and one summer I had the best tan ever as I had a job that I didn’t have to be to work until 10:00 am in a gift shop.  I used to get an hours sun every morning and it was just the best summer I can remember.That beach was just around the corner from Stilldock where I was lucky enough to have a beautiful, beautiful apartment that was steps away from where I worked.


So many cute ideas to make the organizer work.



So easy to get a format of the above and make copies and then use a paper hole punch to fit it into the organizer.


You can plan meals color code stuff.


All kinds of formats that can be copied.

On youtube I found a video on how to do fancy writing in an organizer.  It was fun to try, but not much hope in my handwriting.


I have inspirations that I put in the organizer each week.

And that’s my thoughts for today……





April 29, 2016


Berry Trifle is easy to make and looks impressive.  I pinned the recipe to my Desserts board on my Pinterest.  I like the raspberries and lemon pudding that are in it.  It also has blueberries and chopped up pound cake.


A quick and easy recipe to make is Penne with tomato sauce.  I pinned a recipe on my Italian recipes board on pinterest for adding a little zest to it.


Then I get Barefoot Contessa news feed on my facebook and she asked what people made for the weekend.  One person said she made Grilled Halibut with a lemon butter dill sauce over a bed of wild rice with chives and lemon zest, served with sauteed garlic green beans. I looked up recipes for all those recipes and pinned them on my Pinterest.  Sounds really good to me.


I like the above Fitz & Floyd “Ricamo” canisters.  So cute and colorful.


I like blue and white together and the above table setting is just so pretty. ❤


I like the above photo called sunset over Tuscany.  I think that it would look good poster size.


I really have always liked the above land in New Hampshire just over the river from Vermont.  It’s been for sale for a long time and it’s 5 acres.  They want way too much for it with all that it would take to put a house on it.  It doesn’t include a well or septic.  But in real estate location is everything.  A house put there, in my opinion, would only grow in value.  Oh well.


I saw the above coffee mug and it can be personalized.  So cute and a keepsake.

And that’s my thoughts for today.




The above setting is what I would like to own.  I like the view, the pond and the space it has for a garden


I like a dream garden area like the above.  The manicured hedges making little compartments for flowers, the arches for climbing roses, the garden path with a circle of flowers around an urn fountain.


On one of my favorite fashion blogs I saw what they call Kuhfs that attach to a 3 inch cuff on your jeans.  So cute but they cost over $30.00.  They had all kinds of patterns.


I can’t even imagine having the above view.  I love it.


I like Hollyhocks.  They are so old fashioned and pretty.


Sunflowers are also one of my favorite flowers.  There are a lot of varieties of sunflowers, but the above one is one of my very favorites.


One of my favorite facebook friends has a border collie called “Masie Grace”.  So cute how he took a photo of the young border collie herding baby lambs for practice.

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On QVC last night they had a ring that is called a love ring.  One of the meanings it could be is how a little baby wraps it’s hand around your finger.  They said that it would be a beautiful mothers day gift.  It would always remind you of your child.  So precious.

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Mother and Newborn Baby Holding Hands
Camels Hump from Charlotte, Vermont.
Charlotte, Vermont.

Charlotte is over 100 miles from where I live, but I’ve seen views like that of Mt Ascutney which is near here.  My best friend when I was a kid had a view of Mt Ascutney from their living room window that reminds me of this photo.

And that is my thoughts for today…..




April 28, 2016

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I like Martha Stewart’s Seal Harbor kitchen that you can buy at the Home Depot.  The only thing I would add to it is a dish washer and a double wall oven.


I also like the above window seat idea.  So cozy and comfy looking.


I like the style of the above fireplace and the mirror over the fireplace.


I think that the above kitchen might be one of my very favorite ideas.  I love the double oven, the color of the island and the corner sink with lots of windows.  Also the counter top stove with the shelf above it design.


I like needlepoint pillows and soft throws.  The Nantucket pillow is just beautiful.


I like the little tin man that my brother made out of tin cans for their garden.  So cute.


I like the above setting……..

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I like how the above shaped cutting board looks in a kitchen.

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I like the above table.


I like the above tray.


I would love a sewing room with french doors that had a view of a beautiful landscaped garden.


I like a fence with sunflowers all along the fence.

And that’s a few of the things I love……

April 27, 2016


I like the above photo of Monet’s Garden.  So beautiful.  What a neat idea with the white tulips planted under what looks like a cherry blossom tree.  Then the splash of color with orange Black Eyed Susans mixed in with some purple hyacinths and some kind of yellow flower.  Maybe daffodils.


Then the 800 varieties of Tulips from the Netherlands.  Beautiful how they are in clusters of colors around a waterway with accents of green grass.


I like scallops and saw a tip on how to ask for “dry scallops” when you buy the scallops.  The dry scallops don’t have chemical additives and are an ivory pinkish color.

Bike Ride Picnic

I like to go on bike rides and like the above idea for a bike ride picnic.  I like that wicker basket that fits right on the front of a bike.  It looks like a couple of sandwiches, apples and maybe some kind of brownies or chocolate chip cookies in the goodies bag.  In the mason jar, I might put Sangrias with ice.

south school

The above is a photo of the elementary school that I went to.  That side of the building was not a main entrance.  I can remember school photos taken on those steps of classes of about 30 kids each year with each grade teacher.  In front of that side was a steep bank with steps in the middle.  Then a field where the boys played baseball.  To the right end of the building was a playground and to the left was a main entrance, a flag pole and 3 huge pine trees to the side.  They tore the building down years ago.  Such fond memories there and now it’s just all gone.


What a pretty garden idea.  In Manchester, VT they have Robert Todd Lincoln’s house called Hildene.  In the back of the house, there are gardens something like the above only even more beautiful.  Fun to have a tour of the house and the grounds in the summer.


Another honor system farm stand…….


The Green Mountains of Vermont……..


I love Vermont.