May 22, 2016

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I like how the Pioneer Woman, Lee Drumand has her kitchen aid mixer designed by Un Amore Nicole Dinardo.  The above is another design sort of like the Pioneer Womans that that company does.  They hand paint the mixer and it costs about $1,000.00 which includes the Kitchen Aid Mixer.  Now, I don’t know too many every day people that can afford that after bills and what it costs to live.  So I found some ideas that would be affordable for just to do for fun and look kind of designer.

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I liked the above decals that actually look hand painted for $12 that are on Etsy and also Amazon.

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On Saturday morning the Pioneer Woman made meal kits for a week that were the same idea as those Blue Apron boxes that you can order where everything is in just the right proportions and delivered to your door and you can make a home made meal and it’s better then take out and quick to make.  She chopped veggies for a stir fry and put them in separate little zip lock bags, she made a sauce and put it in a mason jar and cooked up some noodles and put in a zip lock bag.  Then she put 4 kits together  on 4 cookie sheets stored in the refrigerator.   She posted 4 different recipes on food network for the kits that she put together.

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One of the kits the Pioneer Woman showed was stuffed peppers which looked good to me.

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The above is what one of those Blue Apron kits look like and I bet that they are wicked expensive.

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I love the idea to prepare ahead, have the recipe right there and have home made without the hassle.

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Another idea that the Pioneer Woman has on a different freezer episode is to marinate chicken breasts, grill them and put them in those food saver bags in packages of 2 or 4.  You can thaw them out and use them for salads or any kind of quick meal with no fuss. Those food saver bags are good for up to a year with no freezer burn because that little machine takes all the air out.  I love my food saver machine.

Then she had the idea to brown up hamburger in the cast iron pan and put the cooked hamburg in food saver bags and take out for tacos, spaghetti sauce, chili and any number of things for quick and easy meals.

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She also made hamburg patties to put in packages of 2 for the freezer bags.  She made up pie crust and pizza crust to freeze.  She also did muffins and Lasagna.  Love it.

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I like a bay window and the above view would be delightful.  Looks like a nice place to read a book and enjoy a glass of wine.

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I like the above idea for a window seat reading knook, also.  I like blue and white, a throw,  soft pillows, sea shells and a cool breeze from a screen window.  Then a picture of the ocean on the wall.  A place to store your favorite magazines and books in the drawers.  And I like the white wainscoating on the walls and the shutters.

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Blue has always been one of my favorite colors.  I think blue Hydrangas are just awesome.

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Heavenly Blue Morning Glories are also one of my favorites.

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I like all the colors that Hydrangas come in.  I think they have white ones also.

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I like to get cheese at the Vermont Country store in Rockingham.  They have all kinds of cheese to choose from and I especially like the cheddar cut from the big wheel of cheese.  Also the smoked cheese is really good.

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A nice grilled cheese idea is gouda cheese, roasted mushrooms and onions.

I have a software on my computer called “Cook’n”.  It’s a fun place to store recipes and you can make cookbooks from it, print out recipe cards, take a recipe from the internet and just bring it into a cookbook with the push of a button.  Or you can type in recipes that go into a neat format and you can customize the format with graphics.  If I spend $67.00 to upgrade it, I can go to my Pinterest recipe boards and bring in each board and all it’s recipes that organize themselves into a Pinterest recipe book with just the push of a button.  It also brings in video recipes if you have a video recipe board.  And each time something is pinned, it automatically goes into that book if you do the upgrade.  Right now I have a book for favorite recipes and family recipes.  Kind of neat.  A nice feature that it has is you can change a recipe to make it for 2 or for 10 and it will automatically change the amount for each ingredient. It makes out shopping lists, makes dividers, indexes and all kinds of neat stuff.

So that’s the interests I have for this Sunday.

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2016

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I like the curb appeal of the above.  The sail boat windmill, the picket fence and brick path, the patio for a table, the seashell wreath on the door, the grey cedar shingles on the house, the water fountain.  It’s just darling in my opinion.

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I like the style of the above table.  At Love’s Furniture they have furniture called “Select” by John Thomas.  You can choose your style, your color, your way.  They have 36 stains and paints to select from.  All kinds of tables and chairs and you can build your own pedestal table.  You choose the top and choose the base.

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You can also design your own chairs, any color and any style.

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I love the style of the above garden.  It’s really beautiful the way they manicure hedges and make little paths.

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I love garden gates with stone paths and the lush lawn beyond the gate is just a plus.

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I saw a recipe for lasagna with butternut squash and spinach that sounded really good and I pinned the recipe on my casserole Pinterest board.

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Avacados are supposed to be good for you and I love guacamole.  So easy to make.  I put the above recipe on my dip board on Pinterest.

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King Arthur Flour has a new magazine out called “Sift”.  Really nice magazine.

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The above hutch style would be fun to have.

I like Pistoulet dish pattern.

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The above hutch is made just for Pistoulet dishes but is impossible to find.

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I love the above cannister from Pistoulet.  The only place I’ve seen it is on Ebay.

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All the above Pistoulet are on the Pfalzgraff website.

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As you can see I bought a few of the dishes when they were on sale.  I’m always getting 20% to 40% coupons and they are always having sales.  Sometimes I like to have breakfast using my Pistoulet.  There is actually oatmeal under all the toppings.

I guess that the Pistoulet reminds me of a French cottage.  There is even a book called Pistoulet with French recipes and everything and charming stories.  I just love it.

 

Friday

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I think that it would be neat to have a 2 sided fireplace.  One side in the living room and the other side in the dining room.  I also like a field stone fireplace.

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I also love the style of French Country.  I only have a little French in me and that’s Canadian French.  But I just am attracted to French style.  I took French in school and can speak it enough to fool people into thinking I speak fluent French.  I have done that a couple of times and it just was at a beach in Maine when I was in high school.  And then one time hiking on Mt Mansfield at Stowe I fooled a person from Canada by having a conversation with him.  He said I had a Paris accent.  It made my day.  ❤

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On my bucket list is to actually see Paris.  My sister and my niece have been there as well as my best friend from school.  They all said that it wasn’t so great, but I think I would absolutely love it.  It’s just the city of romance and full of history.

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I have got to read the above book.  It sounds awesome.

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I like my Paris plate and coffee cup to match.  I haven’t gotten a chocolate filled croissant from Burdick’s Chocolate actually since last Fall.  But those chocolate croissants which I thank they call Pan Purdue or something like that in France are as good as what you could get in Paris.  I really think so.  They are wicked expensive but worth it.  So buttery and flakey.  Then the chocolate they use is really good. Then a cup of Starbucks coffee from the Keurig coffee maker.  My very favorite treat.

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I like the above water fountain as well as the pink peonies and the manicured hedge.  So pretty.

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I love tulips.  They just are so Spring like and if I could, I would plant tons of tulip bulbs every Fall.

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White tulips are gorgeous.

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Roses are beautiful. I once had a house where there was a whole bank with all kinds of roses because the people that lived there before us planted them.  They were retired and their hobby was gardening.  I was told to feed them 5/10/5 special plant food and to prune them in the Fall.

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I also like pink peonies.  They look like cabbage roses.  We had lots of them on one side of our lawn in a cottage we rented in Rhode Island when my then husband was in the Navy.  They come up every year.

So my blog is supposed to be about Vermont and the four seasons.  But I like gardening, design, cooking and travel.  And I like fashion.  So I can’t help myself if I wander from topic to topic.

 

 

May 19, 2016

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I think Vermont is beautiful this time of year.

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It’s even prettier when the wildflowers come out in awhile.  Probably in a month or so.  I love it when the farmers markets open.

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We don’t live that far from the Atlantic coast, so it makes a nice day trip in the summer.  I love the salt air and sandy beaches.

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The above cottage is in Madaket on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.  That place is really nice for a little vacation.  Way back you could rent a cottage for around $1,000.00 a week which we didn’t do because we were rent free for completely renovating the inside of a separate owners place.  But now the above cottage is about $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 a week.  Kind of steep and I guess some people actually don’t mind paying it.  All kinds of people sail into that island sometimes as far away as England.

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I will never forget the time that we got to spend on that island.  It’s gorgeous.

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I love a hammock, especially if it’s between 2 trees.  Nice little breeze and totally peaceful.

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Cottage gardens with an arch like the above photo is so easy to dream of.  I don’t know how easy it is to grow it.  I would just buy the plants that were already started.  I think that maybe it would be possible to do.  But it’s an inspiration to me.  I think that those are old fashioned hollyhocks along the fence.  I saw some Hollyhock plants like that all started and ready to plant at a local plant place near where I live.  I have a lot to learn about gardening.  If someone got it started, I might be able to keep the garden watered and put miracle grow on it for plant food.  When I was younger and first married, my husband had a second job where he took care of gardens for some very nice people.  They sometimes sent him home with beautiful plants that I got to plant.  I particularly remember colorful gladiolas and dahlias.

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I love little secret gardens and I like to see other peoples ideas.  People are so creative.

 

Wednesday

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I went for a beautiful walk this morning.  Where I park my car to go on the walking trail, is the above fruit tree that is in full blossom.  The air was almost 70 degrees and it was sunny.

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I decided to go shopping and I love the above stretch of trees in every season.  Right now, the trees all have new leaves on them and they are just the most beautiful Spring green color.  In the Fall, they are just all orange, red and yellow maple leaves that are gorgeous.

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I decided to stop in a furniture store that I usually go by that’s called “Loves”.  And I absolutely love that place.  Awesome furniture and all kinds of interesting stuff.  I love the above wine barrel table.  Can you imagine having that in a wine cellar?!!

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I like the above table and chairs.  It just looks craftsman like.

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I love the color of the above chair.  I also like the shape of the chair.

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I liked their leather chairs with the throw pillows in them.

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Beautiful chairs.

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Awesome double recliners.  That would be so fun to have in a media room.  I have the popcorn maker and just need a huge flat screen TV to go with it.

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I love the above chair and throw pillow.  So cute!

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They had all kinds of cute throw pillows.  It just was a really fun store to browse through.

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That store is my Happy Place.  It made my day.

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They even had Yankee Candles, which I adore.

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Fun stuff, everywhere……

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What a neat store.  I’m so glad I went in and checked it out.  I’ve been wanting to go in there for a long time.  They have another store that I am going to check out next time that is across the street from them.

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When I got home, I made a wrap that came out really good.  I used carmelized onion hummus, power greens, tomato, cucumber and red onion.  Then a flax, bran and wheat wrap.   To make it flavorful, I used Paula’s seasoning as I was building it and Newmans Vinegar and Olive Oil dressing.  It was one of the best wraps I ever made.

Then I made some Ginger/Lemon Tea.  I love it.

Beautiful day.

 

Lilacs are out

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The lilacs are just starting to come out.  If you pick a bouquet of them, the whole room smells the sweet aroma of lilacs.  I love the color of the purple lilacs.

When my son first got his house, he was out trimming hedges and started to trim a lilac bush.  His neighbor came rushing over and actually cried because he was going to cut that lilac bush as she enjoyed them and was afraid of losing them.  Luckily he didn’t hurt them and assured his neighbor that he would not trim any more off it and at the time of year he was trimming, there were no flowers on it and he didn’t realize it was a flowering bush.

In Burlington there is a museum on the Shelburn road that is beautiful to visit this time of year.  They have several buildings and the landscaping has a ton of lilacs all around.

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The Lilly of the Valley come out this month also.  They just grow wild along country roads.  I think they are beautiful, also.  The perfume of their aroma is sweet.

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Sur la Table has a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  It sounds really good and I pinned the recipe on my Pinterest Pie board.  This time of year is perfect for getting strawberries and rhubarb.  All the strawberries from Florida and California are in the grocery stores at a really good price.  Rhubarb is in the Food Co-ops as well as in the grocery stores.

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You can even buy that pie plate on Sur La Table.

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And they have a lattice cutter for the crust to make it easier to make.

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Strawberries in a salad with grilled chicken, pecans and mandarins.  Sounds really good to me.  I have a vinegarette that I make in a small mason jar using apple cider vinegar, a little minced garlic, a little dijon mustard, some Italian herbs that I have in a little grinder and EVOO plus a little sea salt.  I put that dressing on most of my salads.  And I found that if I use a paring knife and make a few slits in the chicken and then marinate the chicken in a plastic baggie using Newmans Italian Dressing  before grilling it the flavor is just really moist and good.

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I like cloth napkins and the above pattern is one that I saw Tricia Yearwood use on one of her cook shows.

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I don’t have a lot of sweets, but the above cupcake with dark chocolate,sea salt and chocolate covered pretzels looks very awesome to me.  It might not win on cupcake wars because Florian would probably say the frosting was a little much and too sweet.  Maybe just a single swirl or 2 of the second frosting.  I think I watch too many cook shows.

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I’m no fashionista, but I like clothes.  The above dress is a classic little black dress.  I wouldn’t mind investing in a dress that wouldn’t go out of style ever and would look good and actually flatter the figure.

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I like tea cups.  The pattern on the above cup reminds me of some dishes that my Mom used to have.  My Mom had a dish set that she kept in what she called the China cabinet that had gold trim and she always got it out for special dinners.

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I like pretty tablescapes.  I used to like to see all the ideas that Sandra Lee on the Food network came up with.  Sometimes she would really go way out and not keep it simple.  But it was always fun to see the creativity and ideas.

 

 

 

 

Monday

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I saw some ideas on using Miracle Grow potting soil and planting succulent plants in containers.  Looked interesting to me as I like container gardens and there is Hemingways near here that has all kinds of those plants.

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I saw a neat idea to repel mosquitoes with non-toxic DIY Mason Jars.  The recipe called for 40 drops of cedarwood, lavender, lemon and thieves essential oils.  Then 2 fresh lemons, 2 fresh limes, 8 sprigs fresh rosemary and floating tea light candles.

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I saw an idea for Crock Pot Turkey Breast and I pinned the recipe on my crockpot pinterest board.  It’s easy to make and you can have turkey for sandwiches, salads and all kinds of stuff.  If it makes too much, you can keep cooked turkey in those food saver freezer bags to take out whenever you don’t feel like cooking.

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Aiken House and Gardens is in Nova Scotia, which is an island off Canada I think.  But she has the most beautiful ideas for tea.  She also has beautiful gardens.

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Aiken’s son and husband built her the above dream cottage on their property.  She decorates it and gardens around it.  Can you imagine having a little summer getaway right on your own property? !  Wow.

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I think that it would be fun to have a waterfall like the above and to put pond lillies and water plants and goldfish in it.

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I like picnic baskets.  In Putney, VT they have Basketville where you can have your choice between all kinds of picnic baskets.  I love to go shopping there.  One time they had a wine tasting where you could sample all kinds of sparkling wines.  Then they have a huge store with all kinds of interesting stuff.

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My grandmother used to make embroidered and crochet pillow cases like the above.  I always am reminded of their farmhouse in northern Vermont when I see these.

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I don’t particularly like dogs as they are a lot of care and they are messy.  But I used to go for walks around a track where I used to live and there was a little dog like the above that would go for walks with it’s owner at the same time as I was walking.  They used to put a little red bandanna around it’s neck and his name was “Sammy”.  Well that dog used go circles around me and go around and around.  Cute little fella.  He always made me laugh.

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I like to go for walks in Woodstock, VT.  It is just beautiful there.  The above bridge is called the Middle Bridge and it’s right in the middle of town.  The Ottiqueechie River which I spelled wrong, runs under the bridge.  I have a friend that built rafts when he was a kid and him and his friends floated down that river in the Spring when the water was high.  Very dangerous for kids, but he’s the kind of person that did stuff like that.  He had a Morgan horse that he rode all over the place including Mt Tom trails which is across that bridge.  Beautiful area.

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The above is a view from inside the Middle Bridge.

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I love going for walks through Woodstock.  They have outdoor tables that are just beautiful to stop and have a little something.

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There’s an art gallery that has the most beautiful art in it.  It’s really fancy and just amazingly beautiful.

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The above is the fireplace at the Woodstock Inn.  We went there for brunch one Easter Sunday and we had tea in front of that fireplace after brunch.

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I think that swans are beautiful.  You see them every now and then in the Connecticut River.  When I was a kid, we used to take picnics over to a place called Vilas Pool.  There was like an arch bridge that went over a waterfall to get into the place and they had swan boats that they gave rides on.  They had row boats and a huge picnic area in the pines.  There was a place to play horseshoes and swings for the kids.  Mr. Vilas made that area on his property and never charged admission and he left the place to the town after he passed on with the stipulation that they would never charge admission.  He also built the high school in the town.  But now there is a regional high school that is huge and all the towns in the area go to it.  Taxes for that school make it almost impossible to own a house in the area.  I would like to go back to a kinder gentler time but you can never go back.  Just have to find ways to enjoy life that way it evolves into.