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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


The above is my inspiration for a coffee bar.


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


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


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.


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.





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.


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


It even has an optional bike rack.


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.


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


The inside of the trailer is small but cute.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


The screen just pulls down.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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.


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

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So many ideas.


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


The above would be the design of the kitchen.


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

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An office with a desk like the above.


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.


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


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


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. ❤


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


I liked all their displays and beautiful plants.


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.


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.


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


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.

Inspirations for Summer


The above is my inspiration garden.  I love everything about it from the brick pathways to the separate sections and the awesome garden shed.  Plus the octagon shape middle with the planter.


Another inspiration is blue Hydrangas and an arch gate with climbing roses.  Just so old fashioned and just elegant.  They never go out of style.



I think that climbing roses are just beautiful.


I love window boxes also.  The way the roses climb onto roofs is mostly where they get a lot of salt air and are near the ocean I think.  But I just love the way they look.




I love Geraniums this time of year.  They blossom all summer and are just beautiful.


I found the above recipe that making the Geraniums bloom.


I love the idea of an afternoon tea party.  I saw the above for inspirations on what to have.  I like the tea sandwiches, the sponge cake and fancy little tidbits.

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Having a tea party out in a flower garden setting is the utmost inspiration.  I love the round table and the pretty tablecloth.  Also the pretty tea set and the white chairs.


I love the idea of a sponge cake.  It’s so Victorian and just elegant.  I pinned several recipes for sponge cake on my cake board on my Pinterest.


Strawberries just add to the elegance.  I love it when the local strawberries are available.  It’s usually only for a few weeks.


Fancy cupcakes and macarons are always neat inspirations.


I love the Royal Dalton tea set patterns.  So very beautiful.


I think that it would be really fun to go to a Tea House and have afternoon tea, also.


I really like the above inspiration for a patio.


I would love to have an apple tree that had blossoms in the Spring.  Just the ultimate.


Another inspiration is the arched gate and beautiful tulips that adorn each side of the gate in the Spring.

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The ultimate summer inspiration is to visit Nantucket Island which is 30 miles out to sea.  The above shows Brandt Lighthouse that you see when you come into the island by the Ferry.  I love the grey cedar shingles on all the houses.  The salt air makes the Nantucket grey color.


I like the bench and the hooks to hang hats, shopping bags and things right by the door.  I would just put a cushion on the bench.

And that is my inspirations for the end of May.



May Inspirations


I love the color of new Spring leaves on the trees.  The above is a route that I take when I go grocery shopping.  It goes along the Connecticut River and just pretty views all along the way.  I like to go shopping in New Hampshire.  For an example, I save around 11 cents a gallon on gas for my car.  Everything in New Hampshire is tax free where as Vermont is all about taxes.  Plus everything in groceries is on the average a dollar less then Vermont prices.  We live right across the river from New Hampshire.  The Connecticut River separates New Hampshire from Vermont.  I could go up the interstate and cross over, but I like the old route 5 on the Vermont side and sometimes I cross over and go on rt 12 on the NH side.


The apple blossoms are out now and just so beautiful.  I took the above photo on Mothers Day last Sunday.


I happened to stop into TJ Max and saw the above napkins and I just had to buy them.  So Spring like and they look really nice in my napkin holder.


I just had a craving for pizza yesterday.  I don’t need the carbs from the crust so I happened to see a cauliflower crust pizza in the frozen foods.  The crust is made from riced cauliflower and eggs hold it together along with brown rice flour and yeast.  It was just like regular pizza crust.  Probably almost as fattening, but I had to try it and it was really good.


I sliced up a mushroom and some red onion to put over it to add a little something-something plus sea salt and fresh ground pepper and a little olive oil.  Then I put some shaved parmesan over it.  I used my Le Creuset oval caslerole dish to bake it in and it fit perfect for half the pizza.  I saved the other half in the freezer for another day.  I didn’t feel guilty for having pizza, anyways.  And it was good with a salad made with power greens and a nice glass of white wine.


I like those little 15 oz Le Creuset stoneware caserole dishes.  They are just right for individual Shephards pies or macaroni and cheese.


They also have a 15 oz round stoneware Le Creuset.  The 8 oz cocotte that they have is way too small.  But the 15 oz cocotte is really hard to find.  They sold out on HSN except for the flame color.  I guess some are on wait list.  They look just like the regular Le Cruesets only in stoneware and the cocotte size.  I like the Provence color for Spring.  They are also fun to use as soup bowls.


I need to get my hair cut and I like the above length and also the way it has like beach waves.  I don’t like the middle part, but I like a side part with the bangs on both sides just a little below or right to the cheek bones.


For fashion finds, it looks like those cape like tops that kind of drape down are in style this Spring.  And flower material seems to be in.


I got the 3 week yoga retreat DVDs.  Even with blocks to help, it definitely is not for beginner yoga.  I struggled with it and got through 4 days.  It got a little easier as I went along.  Very little easier.


I saw the above yoga outfit that might be fun to have.  I like the grey leggings and the cute halter top along with the over top.  I have some cute yoga outfits to make the yoga tolerable.  Plus I have a nice yoga mat, blocks and a stretch band.  The yoga retreat comes with a recipe book and you are supposed to do clean eating and a half hour of yoga 5 days and then weekends a little less.  Not fun in my opinion.  I’ve had to start over twice now.  It’s all about breathing and all kinds of core, stretch, flow stuff.  I’d really rather go for walks and do pilates with my Malibu Pilatis chair or use my stretch DVD if I have to do a half hour of exercise every day.  But I will try and do the 3 weeks.  The first instructor for the first week is horrible in my opinion.  Even if you use blocks.


I saw a recipe for a Coconut Chai Smoothie that sounded good.  It has a cup of chai tea, cooled, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup vanilla coconut milk and 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt.  Then it has 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and ice and blended in a blender.

It had CocoWhip and toasted coconut to garnish.  I would just use Coolwhip myself.

I bought myself a “binto-box” like the above.  Mine is green.  I love it to pack a little lunch for this summer to go to the beach.  Neat to put in a cooler.


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On Lake Champlain up in Burlington, you can go on a sunset cruise in a sail boat.  Sounds very romantic to me and also quite an adventure.

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They also have a day cruise and you can see the mountains of New York on the other side of the lake.

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Wow, sure looks like fun to me.

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Sometimes groups go on the cruise and have a party.


Have you seen how Meghan Markle made Barefoot Contessa’s Engagement Chicken the day Prince Harry proposed to her?  I put the recipe in my Barefoot Contessa board on my Pinterest.  It must be really good roast chicken.  It looks like it has potatoes and carots roasting with it, but on the recipe I saw they were sides.  There must be more versions of the recipe.


What a neat idea to have smoothies all prepped and in the freezer.    Just throw them in a blender with a base.

Well, that is my inspirations for today.  Beautiful day here with temps in the 70’s.  The lilacs are also starting to come out.  Love it.


Mothers Day and More


King Arthur Flour in Norwich has a really neat idea for Mothers Day.  It’s called Mothers Day Retreat with Farmhouse Pottery.  It says that it’s the sweetest way to bond.  You treat your mother to a day of artisan crafts and delicious food.  You start the day off at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, where you’ll learn to make a fruit tart (in an exclusive farmhouse Pottery heart-shaped dish).  Then you enjoy a catered lunch at King Arthur Flur before heading to Woodstock for the afternoon to learn the old world craft of wheel throwing from the experts.  You’ll make your very own Farmhouse Pottery vase – perfect for showcasing spring blooms.   I love it!

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I think that the recipe that they use is Cherry Crostata because I found that recipe on the Farmhouse Pottery website.  I pinned it on my Pie board on my Pinterest.  I don’t have a Mom anymore and the retreat is out of my price range.   But I love that tart idea and it looks super simple to make.  I don’t know how they could make a vase in one afternoon because I think it has to be dried for a couple of days and everything, but I don’t know.  I would rather just buy one at their Woodstock pottery place myself.  They use a special clay and they have a half wreath insigna that goes on it.  I just love their pottery.  As far as I can figure, that tart dish is their 5 inch candy dish that is heart shaped.  It costs $52.00 on their website.


Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock is just awesome.

But I just love everything King Arthur Flour does.  I love that place.


I love banana bread and King Arthur Flour has Whole-Grain Banana Bread as their 2018 Recipe of the Year.   They have the recipe on their website and they have ideas on how to make the recipe your own by adding and substituting ingredients.  You choose from their ideas and then the recipe is fixed for perfect measurements for what you choose to make the recipe come out perfect for you.   Then when you print it out, it has a title of “My Banana Bread”.   I love it.


My sister used to make banana bread from the recipe on Bisquick.  It had walnuts in it and was moist and just really good.  I put that recipe on my breads board on my Pinterest.


One of my favorite fashion bloggers had the above dress to wear for a Spring wedding.   I think it would be nice to wear for Mothers Day also.  I like the style of it.


She wore the above necklace with the dress.


And she used the above purse.  So Spring like and in fashion.


The dress also came in a sea green color which is so cute.


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I like Macarons.  Can you imagine Strawberry-Champagne Macarons?  Yum!  Actually any kind of Macaron is just a treat.


I like the Pioneer Woman new Spring line of dinnerware at the Walmart.  It’s affordable and so cute.

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I like the pasta bowl, also.  It’s perfect for salads as well as pasta.


I have Pioneer Woman’s jars in my pantry.  I put them on a lazy susan and put different kinds of nuts in them.  I have walnuts, almonds, California blend and sunflower seeds.  The jars are inexpensive and just look so cute.


I have a neat pantry, but nothing compared to the above pantry.  I love the wine cooler, the neat handles on the drawers, the warming oven and the neat coffee maker that makes lattes.  And the white cabinets and subway backsplash.  Plus the hardwood floor.  The shelves on three sides with room for everything.  Totally awesome.


I have a beautiful bike and there is a bike trail near where I live that goes along the river.  I have to start riding the bike more now that the weather has finally stopped snowing.  Unbelievable winter we had this year.  Tomorrow is supposed to be 80 degrees.  It could snow the day after in this area.   You never know.

Anyways it’s a nice day today.  Hope you are enjoying your day.