Wednesday, July 28, 2010

You Choose...

This one in Ludlow Vermont or   

this one in Chester Vermont??

Both are charming and the yellow one houses an Antiques business specializing in Ironstone and it is for sale!!  I love the color combination.  Thinking I should paint my front door sage.  What do you think??



We are just back from a Sunday thru Tuesday getaway to South Central Vermont.  Now it's back to laundry, errands and trying to get some household chores done.  So sad; I hate for our lovely time away to end  *sigh*


Friday, July 23, 2010

Doors of Boston

  Some beautiful doors in Boston.. ...enjoy and have a great summer weekend.

That's it for today ladies.  I have spent the last two days cleaning my shed out  (we don't have a garage) so that the exterminator can spray it for Carpenter Ants.  Well, one hot muggy day to empty it and sweep it out and most of today putting it back together in a more organized least for now ;)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

I know this has been around several times before, but a refresher on something this serious needs to be repeated.
Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue


I will continue to forward this every time it comes around, some things are too important not to share!

Remember the 1st Three Letters.... S. T. R.


During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital -
(at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this....

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...
totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR .
Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *
Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *
Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)

(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number
immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue... If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other
, that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part.

Will you?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Random Pics in Boston

By now I was so hot and "glistening" and thirsty and I needed a bathroom.  Bob waited patiently for about a million tourists to leave Cheers because he honestly believed that the Housepeeper Contingent really, really wanted to see the Cheers sign.  I believe that this is when I started whining.  We had walked an hour and a half to this point and I really didn't have it in me to walk that far back to the car.  Bob has no idea where he is in Boston, but since I lived there in *gasp* 1976 it is up to me to find our way around.  Fortunately I found a way to get us back to the car in 20 minutes and we only had to walk halfway up Beacon Hill ( although it seemed longer and farther).

Hope you enjoyed the random views of Boston.  More to come in the next couple of days.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Julia's Favorite

Bob had an Eye Dr appointment in the big city last Monday.  We intentionally scheduled it so that we would have time to walk about the city while his dilated eyes returned to normal and therefore he could drive home.  Don't even ask about the last appointment!!  Despite a huge thunderstorm while he was being seen, the skies cleared afterwards and although it was hot, very hot and about as muggy as possible we spent several hours walking around the city to take pictures of fun things just for you.  Really, just for YOU my friends and followers.  I am going to make use of the photos for 2 or 3 blog posts because basically I am hot and lazy this summer.

Walking down Charles street near Mass General Hospital I spied this sign and said, "ooh, ooh, that was Julia's favorite grocery store".  Bob is constantly amazed that I know such esoteric things!  Apparently Julia ( you know, idol)  frequented the Savenor's Market in Cambridge which burned down in 1992 and rebuilt in 2005.   In the interim she used this market.  I admit that I didn't go in, but after reading glowing reviews I will next time I am in Boston.  I do love a gourmet grocery store to explore and it sounds like Savenor's with its Yak meat and Rattlesnake would be lots of fun.

Looks like they stock Barefoot Contessa mixes...don't those coconut cupcakes look great?  Real Vermont maple syrup, the only kind of syrup worthy of eating in estimation.

Look, she's right there in the window.  Since I didn't go inside I walked a couple of doors down and spied a tray of Blondies aka Congo Bars in the window here.

I just had to have one which I carried very carefully in my purse until we got home a few hours later.  We split it for a snack Monday night and it was delicioso!!



Friday, July 16, 2010

Pretty plates

all in a long has it been since the kitchen was painted?  And they weren't all hung before the paint job! And they were going backwards so they all had to be moved each time a new one joined the party, probably why 8 (gasp) hadn't been hung! This time I decided to run them from the doorway to the living room along the wall into the kitchen and the math is all figured out for the next one in September.  I get one each year for our anniversary.  I read on someone's blog a while back that Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates were so banal, that everyones' grandmothers used to have them.  Well guess what?  I had wanted to collect them for many years and now I there! Just another one of my dreams that Bob made come true.


PS. Please note how clean the light fixture is as well ;)

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Have you spotted it on the newstands yet?  I got mine at Borders yesterday, kind of pricey $12.99, but no ads, just beautiful country homes.  I am savoring it, reading each word and excited that the Fall issue will be out in September...yeah I know..wishing my life away for a magazine ;)


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oceanfront Living

Last Monday we went exploring in a part of Westerly Rhode Island known as Watch Hill.  What an eye opener...I wandered around in the staggering heat oohing and aahing.  We went to see a lighthouse and the only way to get to it was to walk thru a private enclave of homes.  This is allowed...don't worry.  We could meander the grounds of the lighthouse, but not go thru the gates as it is a Coast Guard facility. Check out these homes all facing the water....

I believe a woman with a sense of humor lives here!

Same house, different view

This one seemed very small ( and old) by comparison

 In light of our recent unexpected expense, we kept trying to imagine how much these wooden shingle roofs with some many peaks, valleys, eyebrow windows and dormers would cost...a veritable roofers' dream!

Modest by comparison

You know I wanted to wander by there at night with my clippers ;)

Now for a couple of boats...what would a beach town be without boats, right?

How cool is that?

And of course...the lighthouse ( Watch Hill Light).

I want to thank everyone who stops by to read my blog.  I put that live feed widget thingie on and I am amazed that so many people look at my blog and that you come from all over the world.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.