Monday, November 5, 2007

OFF TO VERMONT




I have decided to take the challenge that Jerusalem at My Little Life has extended for the Thanksgiving Season . We are to write about things that we are grateful for from now until Thanksgiving. I am hoping that I can at least include something each day. Today I am grateful that I had a Real Estate closing. They have been very sparse this year and this is probably the last for the year unless a miracle of some sort happens. But I am grateful that I have a paycheck for the first time in 4 months. I rode to the closing with my Broker (it was her listing, my sale) which gave me a chance to just soak in the beauty of the day. The closing was in Weston which is a very upscale suburb of Boston and about a 45 minute ride. It seemed that around each bend there was another beautiful view. The foliage this year has been very unusual; not as bright as usual, but the leaves have hung on and are wonderful autumnal shades, almost like a tapestry. I had to stop myself from repeating over and over "Oh look at that tree" or "those colors are spectacular against that backdrop". Just a beautiful ride and I am very grateful to Mother Nature for arranging such a wondrous day for me.

I will be gone for the next 5 days, off to Vermont, as the title indicates. Tomorrow I am meeting a friend from St Louis at the airport in Providence and we are driving to Burlington. Judy and I are childhood friends and I suggested to her that sometime when she was going to visit her Mom, it would be cheaper and easier for her to fly into Providence and then we could drive the 275 miles home and have a "Road trip". She has decided to take me up on my offer, but unfortunately she is going home to put her mother in a Respite House. So,the trip will not be an entirely fun trip, although we will meet another friend we haven't seen in many years on Thursday night for dinner. I haven't been home for this long since I moved out 34 years ago. It is nice to see my parents (90 years young) and maybe do some cooking for them. I am beginning to worry about the state of the house and the refrigerator specifically. Things are not as clean as they should be, but it is hard not to insult them if you start scrubbing counters and cleaning out the fridge. Come to think of it, mine needs a good cleaning too. It is 11:30 and I have focaccia bread finally in the oven for the turkey sandwiches for the trip and I have made banana bread and Shepherds Pie to take and some to leave home for hubbie.

I will take the camera and hopefully when I get back, you will have a photo tour of Burlington Vermont, a super place to live, work and play!

Time to get the focaccia out and go to bed. "Talk" to you on Sunday.

Janet

10 comments:

  1. Akkk, I wish I was going to Vermont. Enjoy it for me. (my sister was born in Saint Louise, I barely remember it) I am thankful today that all my family it home and I have plenty of wood for the woodstove. xoxox Clarice

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  2. Hi Janet!
    If I'm not mistaken, I think you might be the JB Realtor who has often frequented my blog! After reading your comments, I would often click on your name, only to be disappointed that I couldn't visit you and thank you for your kindness. I am so happy that you have started your own blog, and now I am going to happily put you on my list of links, so that others will discover you, too!!

    After all that, I hope you really are JB Realtor...If not, lovely blog, anyway!! :0)

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  3. Welcome to blogland (officially). I tried to visit a few days back and couldn't get on for some reason, but I'm here now! Did you finally guilt one of your boys, or did you manage on your own? Either way, it looks great.
    Heather

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  4. Looking forward to your return! Love the gratitude idea!

    xo,
    Melissa

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  5. Baking, cooking, selling Real Estate...busy, busy lady! Well, pats on the back for us both...I have a referral closing today and another regular one (hope, hope, hope nothing goes wrong) on 12/19! The stars are aligning somewhere, I guess!

    Time with real friends is precious...have fun and safe journey.

    Cassie

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  6. Hi Janet-hope you have a wonderful trip-see you when you get back!xx

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  7. Yes, it is me, live from VT on slow speed dial up trying to make sure that anonymous comments work for my friends who remain lurkers. Vermont is very gray and I saw a couple of flurries yesterday. Not so sure about the photo tour if the sun doesn't at least make an attempt. And yes, Linda, I am the former jbrealtor. Thanks for stopping by,
    Janet

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  8. thanks for stopping by my blog today...Your trip to Vermont with your friend sounds so relaxing..Enjoy! I am glad I can visit your blog!

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  9. Hi Janet, Hope you are having a nice trip. The leaves in Vermont should be incredible. Yes, it does seem it took the trees a long time to turn this year here in Virginia. Just this past week it seems everything has come into it's glory but there are still lots of trees that are still very green.

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Janet