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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Texture Tuesday

It’s Tuesday again and this week Kim Klassen’s theme is “orange”. Ryan had quite a prolific garden this summer. He enjoyed going down to the patch and bringing back buckets of tomatoes, peppers and squash. He loves to work in the dirt. He takes after my father in that regard.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Home again

Please ignore the previous post. I was in Tennessee and thought I could post using the old system which obviously didn’t work. Today is Monday and we are back home again after visiting my grandchildren and celebrating Sara’s first birthday. Pictures will follow when I get some time to edit them. Don bought me a new camera for my birthday and I got carried away and took over 300 photos. Whoops!
  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.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

New England Vacation

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.
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On Tuesday morning we left to spend the day in Boston. It is a metropolis and had crowds of people and traffic. boston 8.11 055

Our first stop was to ride the duck boats that I had heard so much about.

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We took this shuttle from the pier over to the other side of town by the USS Constitution to get on the boat/bus. boston 8.11 054
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. boston 8.11 048
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Boston was a beautiful city. We parked in an underground garage right in the middle of the city and walked through this beautiful park to get to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742  and Quincy Market. Speed Star 1.1423429  00 Speed Star 1.1422424  00 Speed Star 1.1422424  00
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The next day we drove to Ipswich, Massachusetts to stay at the Rogers and Brown house, a bed and breakfast. The room where we stayed was original to 1680 and had floorboards that were over twelve inches wide. The mural on the wall was painted by our host, Joanne. Speed Star 1.1389467  00
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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. image Speed Star 1.1485360  00
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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. Speed Star 1.1518346  00
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That evening we ate at the Clam Box.

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The Poconos

The last day of our trip we spent in the Poconos near Lake Wallenpaupeck. It was a very contemporary hotel named Ledges. There were terraces overlooking softly falling waterfalls. boston 8.11 108 boston 8.11 110
The building had been an old stone glass factory built in the 1800’s. boston 8.11 112boston 8.11 114 boston 8.11 105 The rooms were very modern and the bathroom had a sink made of light green glass and had a rain showerhead. boston 8.11 107

We went to the shore and Don was able to fish while I laid on a blanket and read. boston 8.11 124
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

On the beach

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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.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Help


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!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

More Photoshop fun

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