Summer of 2020

This summer with the Corona virus and the Black Lives Matter riots and all, it’s not been normal times. To lift spirits and make each day as pleasant as possible, I like to have little simple pleasures here and there. I saw a 6-pack of colorful summer flowers for only $1.99 at a local Walmart. I had some cute planters at home that I dug out and these inexpensive flowers make me smile.

Then that very same day I was driving home on a country road that follows the Connecticut River and there was a farm stand that had herbs and flowers for sale by the road. I stopped and was going to buy a Marigold plant. It was self service and the sign said $3.00 for a 3″ pot. So I just picked up one Marigold and I only had a 5 dollar bill and was going to leave that and was headed for my car. The owners happened to be out there and the man said “can I help you?”. Then he said that he could give me more for the $5.00. He then proceeded to put together a ton of Marigolds and handed them to me. I was stunned and couldn’t stop smiling all the way home.

I like Nantucket style and somewhere I came across the above. The lipstick color is called “Sunset”. The bag is from L L Bean. I always wanted to get one like that with my initials monogrammed on it. Then the straw hat is so old fashioned and I love it. The striped nautical top is so summery and I love it as well as the skirt and blouse. The sweater is sold out on J Crew, but I love the style.

A farm porch with a swing is not what I can enjoy this summer, but it’s always in my thoughts.

The above Yankee Barn Cottage is one that caught my eye years and years ago. I still love it. The farm porch reminds me of my Grandparents farm porch. This one is a modular and goes up fast and even has open beams, a screened in porch on the back and a balcony from the second floor loft.

I asked Yankee Barn homes where the home in the photos was and they said that it is in Connecticut. Wouldn’t you know. But Yankee Barn homes office is in New Hampshire near Lake Sunapee. This one is my personal favorite home plan. They have all kinds of beautiful Yankee barn homes plans. Probably it will be awhile before they can build again. Just like everything.

Can’t go out to restaurants anymore lately so I’ve been having fun trying out recipes. I found a keeper recipe for Macaroni and Cheese. So easy to make and you can’t mess it up.

Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to make brick oven pizza in your own brick oven. Wowso!

I lost my Mom awhile back. The worst part is I never got to say good by to her. It hurt me worse then any hurt I ever went through. And I have been through some hard times in my life. I went to the grave where her and my Dad are and on my way home the radio came out with Martina McBride’s “In my Daughters Eyes”. Well my eyes sure filled up with tears.

My Mom and Gram always liked tea. I always wished that I could have had tea in the garden with a table like above at my place. I never had a place like that and time just goes by like a blink of the eye. You can’t go back in time.

My Mom loved butterflies and she would have loved the above tea set. I bought it recently from Macy’s on line. It was on sale and I couldn’t resist it. I guess that I am a lot like my Mom. She loved dish sets and clothes.

A few weeks ago the Vermont Green Mountain Boys flew their F35 jets over honoring front-line Covid-19 first responders and essential workers. So awesome.

King Arthur Flour had about 10 online baking classes with Gesine Prado Bullock and Jeffrey from King Arthur Flour. A lot of bread classes. Today at 2:00 PM they are showing how to make pretzels and a fancy dessert.

The Woodstock Inn has cooking classes on line for old fashioned recipes from the Billings Farm in Woodstock. They also had fitness exercise classes on line from their Fitness place because they were closed because of the virus.

And that has been the start of the summer of 2020.

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