Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
One of the things we did was take Sara to get a pair of shoes. She is just beginning to walk and thinks she is so big! She also discovered her image in the mirror. Sara's Nana Ginger was there too to see baby get her first pair of shoes.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
What a beautiful week to spend in Massachusetts! We began our trip on Monday by driving to our niece's home in Douglas. Cally and her husband Steve welcomed us with open arms. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner grilled by Steve and then settled down for the night. Their dog Cashmere was an Akita and quite large.
On Tuesday morning we left to spend the day in Boston. It is a metropolis and had crowds of people and traffic.
Our first stop was to ride the duck boats that I had heard so much about.
We took this shuttle from the pier over to the other side of town by the USS Constitution to get on the boat/bus.
On the hour and a half tour we rode around Boston hearing the history of the city and then we plunged down a ramp into the water and had a guided tour of the harbor.
Joanne had a lifetime of antique collectibles and was featured in a five page spread in the Country Sampler magazine. Her winter painting was also on the cover of a country magazine.
The next morning we were served a wonderful breakfast by Frank with a cranberry walnut coffee cake, fresh pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, orange juice, quiche, and potatoes. It was a wonderful experience staying there and talking to the other guests.
That evening we ate at the Clam Box.
The building had been an old stone glass factory built in the 1800’s. The rooms were very modern and the bathroom had a sink made of light green glass and had a rain showerhead.
We went to the shore and Don was able to fish while I laid on a blanket and read.
It was a great getaway for the end of the summer.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
How peaceful the beach was in Ipswich, Massachusetts. We just returned from vacation in New England and more pictures will follow when I have time. As I sat on this beach under my blue beach umbrella I was thinking how lucky I have been to have waded in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Baltic Sea off Denmark. Each beach was unique and just being by the ocean gives a relaxing feeling that the mountains can’t match.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Often I’ve gone to the movies after I have read the same book and said, “The movie was good, but the book was better.” But not THE HELP. Yesterday was the first day of release for the movie The Help and I was one of the first people to see it at a matinee in Olean. Look out Oscars..cause here it comes! What a sensational movie. There were no huge well know actors in the movie which was to its credit because you weren’t comparing past performances. There was just excellent acting. Set in the sixties in Jackson, Mississippi the story told of the black maids and their point of view serving the upper-crust white women of the town. The story rang true in its discrimination and racism and had undertones of the civil rights movement. For me, who was born in the south, it was authentic in its set decoration and costuming and reminded me of the sights that I saw when I visited Georgia each year of my childhood. The movie was true to the book…which is a rarity…and I came out of there saying…”I loved everything about the movie!” Rush to your theater!