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Picture This

October 19, 2017

 

This week my husband and I took a day and a half off from our daily routines. We went in search of color. We found it in the quaint town of Woodstock, VT surrounded by the Green Mountains. This little beauty was named one of the “prettiest towns in America” by Condé Nast Traveler. I heartily agree.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let these speak for me.

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Center of Town

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Middle Bridge

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Lunch at Bentley’s Restaurant

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Norman Williams Public Library

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The Yankee Book Shop

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My Favorite Place to Browse

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View from the Back Porch of a Gift Shop

Walking Through the Town

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The Historic Woodstock Inn

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Because the Woodstock Inn required a two-night stay, we checked into 506 On the River. It’s much newer, but it was delightful.

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Welcome!

Views from Our Room

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View in the Afternoon

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View on a Frosty Morning

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Dinner at 506 On the River

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Checkers and Music in the Library

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Views from our Drive to Killington Ski Resort

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Our quick trip was just what we needed to energize us. What did we bring home with us besides our memories? Maple Syrup, of course, purchased at the Sugarbush Farm.

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Pancakes, anyone?

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Time Dilemma and What I Didn’t Do

October 5, 2017

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I really needed to write my blog yesterday because today I have no time. When me was talking to me (as you can see from above), I listened to the wrong me. Now I have no blog to post and no time to do it. Tomorrow has become today, and today is full of empty promises as a result of talking to me and me.

And that my faithful readers brings me to a hint of what you will be reading next week when I’m on top of my blogging game once again. There will be no more nonsense— just some mistakes.

I’m timed out!

I’m Back!

September 7, 2017

I’m back from my Summer Blog Break, and what a break it was!

During my time away from this blog, we had family visits, anniversaries, a birth, and birthdays. It was a month packed full of excitement and fun.

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Anniversary Celebration

Probably the most memorable event was the untimely arrival of our newest granddaughter. She entered the world a bit early and with lightning speed. Mom and Dad had to pull alongside the road and call 911. Granddaughter number three presented herself as the ambulance pulled into the hospital. A great story to tell her in future years!

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Sweet New Arrival

Four days after that, we celebrated birthday number two for our twin granddaughters. Their new sister was the perfect gift for them. but they did enjoy cake and presents.

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Cake

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Presents

Life is noisier and a bit more chaotic than before, but it’s worth every precious moment.

Now I have one more reason to pick out “just right” books for future readers. Check in next week for new recommendations.

 

Time Management

June 29, 2017

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What do you do when you’ve been on vacation whooping it up and realize when you return home there is a ton of things you need to do ASAP?

Two things:  Prioritize and Downsize

1) Prioritize

Empty refrigerator? Food is the sustenance of life. Grocery shop.

No clean clothes?  Hygiene is important. Wash those clothes!

Weekend guests? If you want to keep your friends close, tasty food and an orderly house are welcoming. Beer and wine help, too.

Grass too tall? Coming from corn country, there’s a saying “Knee-high by the Fourth of July.” That doesn’t apply to grass. Time to mow the lawn.

2) Downsize

Blog? As I prepare for family and friends, this is the downsized version of my Thursday blog.

Meanwhile, celebrate America and enjoy friends and family this July Fourth.

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Art Worth Millions

May 25, 2017

On May 4th, I posted a blog about the 2017 Caldecott Medal Award winner, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. You can see it here.

As a follow-up, I thought readers of this blog might be interested in hearing a bit more about Jean-Michel Basquiat. If you read my previous post, you know Basquiat’s art focused on social and political issues and resonated with a variety of people. He achieved artistic success at an early age. Unfortunately, he died of a drug overdose when he was twenty-seven, leaving behind his artistic legacy. Last Thursday, twenty-nine years after his death, Basquiat’s work, Untitledsold at Sotheby’s auction for an unprecedented amount of $110.5 million. That puts Basquiat’s work among the greatest of the great artists in the world.

“Every single line means something.” ~Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat – 1982

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I think about life.” ~Jean Michel Basquiat

Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2016

Wishing you snowflake dreams, quiet moments to ponder and reflect, and peace and happiness at this special time of the year!

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Break Out!

October 13, 2016

Creativity can only go so far in in your little writing hidey-hole. Maybe it’s time to break out! Stretch your wings, breathe the crisp fall air, and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.img_1498

Last week, I did just that. We took a trip to the Midwest to see friends and attend a wedding. It included a little history, a little culture, a little nature, and a lot of love and friendship.

A little history …

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James J. Hill:  Builder of the Great Northern Railway

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A little religious culture at the Cathedral of St. Paul …

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A little pop culture … a Prince-ly site.

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The Capital in Madison, WI

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Nature

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 Minnesota:  Land of 10,000 Lakes and big pumpkins!

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Love

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Friendship

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This is a fabulous time of the year to feed your inner self with the beauty that’s all around you. It’s a perfect way to spark creativity.

And don’t forget to take time and read!

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