Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I don't have a lot of time to tell stories today, so I'll just post some bullets & pics to highlight what we've been doing since Thursday.
Friday was a rainy day so we went to the Basketball Hall of Fame where we saw honors and memorabilia for all the greats, including Jerry Colangelo, Shaq, Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and so much more.
- Friday night, Terry went to a Red Sox vs. Yankees game in Fenway Park - it was rain delayed twice, but finally ended in a blowout by the Yankees after midnight. Most of their normal starters didn't play because they didn't want them to get hurt on the wet field. All in all, not the game that Terry had dreamed of seeing, but he says the ballbark is really awesome and has a lot of character. He sent me a photo from his cell phone, but we haven't had time to get it to the blog.
Saturday we hung out in Lexington and Concord. Off and on rain again, so couldn't do nearly as much as we wanted. We saw these geese at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. I'm assuming they were on their way from Canada to their southern home.
We also stopped at The Wayside, which is a home where Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women), Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter) and others famous authors lived over the years. It must have been an inspiring place to produce so many well known writers.
We visited a few locations where the first confrontations in the Revolutionary War occurred too.
In the late afternoon, we drove thru the pouring rain to our new home base in Lincoln, New Hampshire, got settled in and relaxed a bit. The weather forecast for today didn't look promising so we stayed nearby.
We drove along the Kancamagus Highway today, with intermittent rain, some fog, and heavy cloudcover at times leaving the "scenic overlooks" not very scenic. We did get to enjoy some nice sights, and even stopped at a "barn" sale along the highway. Linda, you would have loved it! And Andrew would have loved the boxes of albums and 45's. Wish you were with us to enjoy it all! That's where the snowshoe pic came from.
The colors are turning nicely, but with all the clouds, mist, fog and rain, I wasn't able to get too many landscape shots. You can see from the top photo that the leaves are quite gorgeous though!
Well, gotta get to bed. Tomorrow we're headed for Vermont. The weather forecast is for no rain and just partly cloudy skies Monday and Tuesday, so we need to make the best of it before the rain comes in again.
We miss you all and wish you were here. We have two extra bedrooms that we're not using if you want to drop by.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I stumbled across these really cute cards and magnets in a shop in Breckenridge.
The creator is Leigh from Curly Girl Design and she has a very inspiring collection of products.
She has cards, magnets, prints, t-shirts and even a calendar. You can order her things online and she also has a listing of stores around the country with some in our area, so check it out.
I bought the magnet shown here when we were on our road trip. I could think of many great candidates to receive it, but just wasn't quite sure who it would be. Last night the light bulb came on. I'm going to give it to my sister, Sharon who is leaving in a week or so for Kuwait to go work for the Red Cross for about 6 months. I can definitely say that it's her goal to save the world in one way or another. I'm very proud of what she's doing. I'll write more about her soon.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Counting down to "V" day!
"V" minus 5 and counting. 5 days until we go on vacation to New England. Can't wait!
Today, I printed out a Frommer's article about Acadia National Park in Maine which we'll be visiting later in the trip. It mentioned something about carriage rides and whale watching tours in the Fall, so I'm hoping we get to do that.
Check out this slide show of photos of the park by David Patterson at Photo.net. Pretty cool stuff!
Got some other good news today too. I'm helping to plan a reception for some friends and it was set for Oct 18th, which is really soon after we get back from vacation, so I've been scrambling to get as much as possible done before we leave.
Good news is that the couple decided to move the date to NOV 1st, which works out SO MUCH better for most of those involved. Turned out that one of their friends was getting married on the 18th, plus some other activities that would prevent people from coming. So, now I have a few extra weeks to pull things together. I'm just about to finalize the caterer and have secured my A/V guy (our friend Don at Valhalla Sound - He's such a great hard working guy that will bend over backwards to do whatever needs to be done. He's got amazing rates on all kinds of equipment sales and rentals. You should check him out if you're planning an event.)
Now I need to reprint the invitations (good thing most of them didn't go out yet). It makes me realize that it was for the best that my home printing didn't work well (it smeared) and I had to go to a printer. If I had done them myself, they would all be mailed already. Now it's just a dozen or so that the couple needs to contact with the change.
I still need to finalize flowers, linens and a few other odds and ends, but I'm feeling pretty good about things now. The next five days will be busy, but then I can relax and enjoy vacation.
Another tidbit: We may end up with Kevin's cat, The Professor temporarily while he's away in the Middle East. There's one last option, but if that doesn't work, we didn't want him to have to give the cat away, so we'll see what happens when he gets here and meets our cat, Shredder. I don't really like the idea of having 2 cats here for those who visit us that are allergic, but it should only be for 6 months or so.
Also, I'm approaching my 300th blog post, so I'll need to do something special for that. Stay tuned...
Now I'm off to meet the caterer at the home where the reception will be. We need to determine the space layout in the backyard for people, food, etc. Space planning - really one of my favorite things. I already have a diagram drawn up.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I checked the weather in Lincoln, New Hampshire and the high tomorrow is 56 degrees, with a low of 23!!! BRRRRR!!! No rain in the forecast so far, which is good.
I am SO looking forward to the chill in the air and the amazing scenery. Pictures, pictures, pictures. You'll be sick of them. Hoping for a few stops at some arts and crafts sales and antique stores, wandering thru the picturesque little towns and villages. And oh, my mouth is craving clam chowder and lobster already. I don't really care about much more than that...a warm crackling fire maybe.
Can't you just feel Autumn coming? It's on everyone's mind.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We just came home from a weekend at my boss's "cabin" in Forest Lakes. You can see from the photo why they call it "The Big House". It's quite a roomy place. It has 3 stories, 3 bedrooms, plus 4 additional twin beds. We were quite comfortable there, to say the least.