May 31, 2016

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I love Echo Lake in the summer. So peaceful and pretty.  There are several lakes all in a row along the above area.  A little ways down the road is a state beach on Plymouth lake.

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I also like the waterfalls that you see along country roads.  So pretty the way the water tumbles over the ledge.

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You see covered bridges here and there in Vermont and Queen Anne’s lace wild flowers a lot.

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When I was a kid, there were 5 children in the family and my Mom would pack a picnic and the whole family of seven would spend the whole day on a weekend at the above Hapgood Pond which is in Peru, VT.  It was a lot of fun and I have a lot of fond memories of that place.

Now they have a campground there and there is an admission to swim in the pond.  It used to be free admission when I was a kid.  I think that it was one of my parent’s favorite places to go.  After my Dad retired, they used to take a camper to that camp ground.

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There are picnic tables all around the pond.  Beautiful area.

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Now there is a walking trail that goes around the pond and they have little signs showing all the different wild flowers and their names.  Kind of a fun walk.

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Now there is a general store near the pond called J J Hapgood.  They kept the inside as the same style as the old General store used to be.

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They have a wood fired oven that they make pizza with and it’s supposed to be really good.  The pizza dough is made with organic flour from the Nitty Gritty Grain company.

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The above is a photo of the owners of the General Store and they had a famous visitor last February.  Paul MccCartney of the Beetles was skiing at Bromley Mountain which is just up the road from Hapgood and he stopped in and had a Margaritta Pizza with a side of JJ’s famous red sauce and an organic Kale salad.  I read that the famous Beetle’s people called ahead and said he would be there and if they could have the store empty of people for him.  They did and he posed for a photo with them and also gave them an autograph.  Now that doesn’t happen every day around this area.  Kind of neat.

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Their pizzas must be really good.

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The above must be the organic kale salad that McCartney had.

One of these days I am going to travel over to Hapgood and try one of those salads.  Then I can say I had a salad that was one like the one that Paul McCartney enjoyed.

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I’d like to try one of their breakfast sandwiches.  One of these days I’m going to go over to Hapgood and spend a day at the pond.  Have a breakfast sandwich and pick up a kale salad for a picnic lunch.  Bring a cooler and maybe have a glass of Rose wine and just enjoy the day.  Take a swim and do the walk around the pond.  Soak up some sun.  Then on the way home try a pizza.

Sounds like it might be even more fun then I could imagine.

 

 

 

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May 30, 2016

 

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Memorial day is here.  I find it a kind of somber time.

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Yesterday my youngest son visited and we went to the Blackrock Steakhouse for lunch and had the soup and salad bar.  The soup was chicken vegetable and it was really good.  I went on Pinterest and found a recipe for a similar soup and pinned it on my soup board.

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They had lots of different salads to choose from and one that was really good was the Tortelini salad.   I found a recipe for a similar salad on Pinterest and pinned it on my salads board.

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Then the broccoli salad with bacon in it was just really outstanding.  I found a similar recipe on Pinterest and pinned it on my salads board.

They also had roasted asparagus, roasted peppers and all kinds of salad fixings.  Really good salad bar.  Fun place to go.

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Then we went over to Hemingways and browsed through their greenhouses.  My son was looking for some plants to landscape the front yard of his house.

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We went through several greenhouses and wandered along the paths.

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So many plants and a fun visit.

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Hemingways is one of my favorite places to visit.

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They had all kinds of herbs, also.

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I liked the poppies.

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I liked the above plants.  Purple and white with one pink flower.  Looked pretty to me.

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The Bagonias were really pretty.  I never have seen so many plants.  I loved it.

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It was fun walking along the winding paths.

One of my grandsons is really good at sports and he got chosen to go to a New England track meet in Conneticut that is for the best of the best.  So proud of him.  He’s only a freshman and competed with seniors and got chosen.  He throws a disc and to me looks like a Greek God.  I mean he has a style that is amazing.

So it’s been a beautiful weekend.

May 29, 2016

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I used to have lunch at a little park where I could enjoy the views of the waterfalls.  My office had no windows where I worked and to get out in the air at noon was literally a breath of fresh air.  We had two breaks besides a lunch break and we used to go for a walk on the breaks.

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It was pretty in the Spring time with the blossoms on the fruit trees and there were landscaped flowers.

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I used to look forward to going there for a picnic lunch in good weather.  There was a nice landscaped lawn and  brick path along with a couple of benches.

I think that it was my way of coping with a stressful job that demanded all my energy.  It was like an escape from a pressure cooker and some of the stress was relieved.  Being a person that was not naturally outgoing and being pushed into having to be a person that I was not was so challenging to me that without the 15 minute lunch break after the 5 minutes to get there and the 5 minutes to get back to work, I would just not have been able to cope as long as I did.

Every time I go by that place, I smile.

 

Memorial Day Weekend

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My husband and son were once in the Navy and I believe the above is the theme song for the Navy.  I forget the country singer that sang the song, but it’s appropriate for Memorial Day.

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It’s a nice weekend for grilling and I like the idea of the above steak kabobs.  It’s perfect when you have people who like steak but a lot of steak is not good for you.  Little bites on the kabob is delicious and just right.

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I like grilled chicken and a marinade makes a difference in the moistness and flavor of chicken breast which sometimes can be dry.  This morning on the Pioneer Woman show on Food Network, she made grilled jerk chicken.  The jerk chicken marinade in the above was a lot like hers, but a little less complicated.

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Fudgesicles were not my favorite treat as a kid.  The milk chocolate flavor with a ton of sugar and not that great.  I saw the above recipe that called for dark chocolate, cream and sea salt.  Sounds like it might be good.  I pinned the recipe on my popsicles pinterest board.  The reviews said they added chocolate chips to be melted in the cream which sounds good and some people adjusted the salt if they liked salt or not.

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I like the above idea for storing silverware and cooking utencils.

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I like to grill veggies on the grill.  You can make a a fun wrap with them.

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The above rustic herbed roast asparagus seasonoing blend was $6.00 on Sur la table.  It’s on sale for $3.99 this weekend.  They were using the blend in their Spring cooking classes and it sounds good to me.

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I like good old fashioned Strawberry Shortcake the way my Mom and my Gram used to make it.  What’s not to like.  They didn’t put sugar on the biscuits, but put a dollap of whipped cream on top.

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I like wild flowers.  I think the above probably was grown from using packets of wild flower seeds.  Neat idea and very colorful when they are all together like that.

And that’s my interests on this day.

 

 

 

May 27, 2016

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When a yellow dandelion turns white and fluffy, it just goes with the wind for the seeds in the fluff to plant more dandelions.  I can remember, as a kid, blowing the fluff to the wind and making wishes.

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I think that nature is beautiful, sometimes.

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A dandelion is just a weed, but it’s just a pretty color and when they are all together in a field, it just looks pretty.  The greens from the leaves are delicious to cook up like spinach.  They call them dandelion greens.

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Buttercups grow wild and are pretty also.

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Daisies and buttercups look pretty when you see them together.  If you take a walk along a country road, you see a lot of both.

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Ladybugs are supposed to be good luck.  So cute to see a ladybug floating along on a dandelion gone to the wind.

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I love sunflowers.  Those have to be planted, but the white wildflower is what we used to call Queen Ann’s lace.  You see a lot of Queen Ann’s lace on country roads.

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I like blue and white and love the above design for a room.  The rugs are by Claire Murray.  I think that the design was made for a house on Nantucket Island.

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Today it is in the 80’s and very humid.  Popsicle weather.  The above combination of strawberry and lime sounds good to me.  I make a smoothie in my blender sometimes with orange juice and frozen strawberries.  It’s really refreshing.

And over and out from me in Vermont.

 

May 26, 2016

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I looked out my living room window this morning and the sky was all red from the sunrise.  Kind of pretty.  This sky was at 4:45 AM this morning.  I don’t usually get up that early.

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Yesterday was a very sunny day and the temperatures were in the 80’s.  A friend of mine had to have his heart put back in rhythm at the Veterans Hospital on same day routine.  So he chose me to pick him up as he was not allowed to drive for 24 hours.  So we went over to Sunapee Harbor and enjoyed the harbor views of the lake before taking him home.

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They were getting the dinner cruise boat all fixed up for the holiday weekend.

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It was a beautiful, sunny day.   I think that the peaceful serenity made my friend’s uncomfortable morning a little better.

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On the way back, the dandelion covered fields along the road were so pretty.

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I think that water lillies are beautiful.  They are out in full bloom now.  You see a lot of them in little set backs along the Connecticut River.

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Lupines are really pretty and they spread all over.

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Who doesn’t like pizza?  But the crust is what is full of carbs.  I like portabella mushrooms and those huge version of the portabella make a nice mini pizza that is gluten free.

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My Mom used to like Cheese Danish.  The above recipe looks like it might be good.

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I like wildflowers.  They make beautiful bouquets to put in a mason jar.

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I like window boxes.  The above window box is awesome in my opinion.  The two ivy and then the purple and white is a beautiful combination.  Then the stucco siding of the building along with the curved holder and Greek looking shelf holding it all up.  Then to top it all off the fancy scroll above the window in the stucco.

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Hildene Gardens in Manchester is where Robert Todd Lincoln once lived.  The house and gardens are open for tours and I think that is where I first fell in love with the manicured hedges for garden separators idea.  The above is the back yard which is one huge garden.

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I like Black Eyed Susans and that purple version has a name that I can’t remember but is pretty, also.

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2016

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Vermont’s state flower is the Clover.  Red Clover grows wild everywhere around here.

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There are all kinds of wild flowers that just grow wild and free.  So pretty and colorful.

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I like the daisies.

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Lady Slippers are so pretty.  They are like a wild orchid.

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I would love a pond like the above.  The arch bridge, the water lillies and some Koi fish.

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From what I see on the fashion blogs, the above style is in.  The white jeans, the infinity scarf, the Tiek shoes that cost a lot but really comfortable, the turquoise earrings and bracelet that matches, the bangle bracelets, designer pocketbook and aviator sunglasses.

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I like a salad….

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My big fat Greek salad.  You’re welcome.

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Buffalo chicken salad with blue cheese dressing.  Yum.

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I like the above style.  The color of the Tiek shoes matches the scarf and everything.

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I think it would be nice to have roses in a garden where that you could pick some roses and put them in a vase.

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What a neat idea for a celebration of Spring.  I don’t think I could make that huge rose, but maybe a smaller version.  Love the colors.

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The above is another set of artistic emblems that can go on a kitchen aid mixer.  I like the polka dots and the green lace.  I saw it on Etsy.  It looks like that hand painted design that is so cool.

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I would use the polka dots and lace and the above roses, cutting one big rose for the bottom part of the mixer and the the two roses across the top.

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The above Tieks can only be ordered on line from their website.  They cost $175.00 but you can see why they would be comfortable.  They contour to your feet and are soft Italian leather.  I’ve read that if you wear a half size to order a size up.

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I like the color of the above Tieks.

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I love the above shoe space for shoes.  So cool.

And that is my interests for today.