Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Early Spring getaway, part 3

So here is the final installment of pictures from our early spring getaway.
This iconic Indian has stood at this spot for many years
The sky had been brilliantly blue when we got up.  By the time we got to this oceanfront park, it was beginning to cloud in.
Low tide, bare trees and muddy ground make it less pretty, but we always enjoy the ocean.
It was very windy (and is obviously a very windy spot at all times).  We found a plate -- yes, a regular ceramic plate, with a design of roses -- stuck in a bush where it had apparently been all winter.  It was unharmed so I placed it on a picnic table nearby.  Maybe the owner might come back to look for it?
The snow had obviously melted here only recently.  The ground was wet and squishy underfoot, so we didn't explore as much as we might have.
A stairway leads down to rocks below the park
So that is our simple little trip and a few pictures from it.   Our grandmothers used to say, "A change is as good as a rest", and Mr. T and I wholeheartedly subscribe to that concept.  Our lives are busy and much more stressful than we would like, but a change of scene, even if only for a couple of days or a few hours, can help us feel refreshed.

Have you taken any getaways or day trips recently?  I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Early Spring getaway, Part 2

On the road again...
Here are a few more pictures from our getaway a couple of weeks ago.  These have a sweet theme in common!  As before, I will just add some simple captions.
The door to Wicked Whoopies, a bakeshop featuring whoopie pies, the state dessert of Maine.  {For those who are wondering, "Wicked good" -- an oxymoron if there ever was one -- tends to mean "especially good" in New England.)
These giant whoopie pies are the size of a layer cake!
Some of the flavors of whoopie pies.  We bought a maple one and a Black Forest one [chocolate with cherry filling].  We enjoyed them a day or two later at home.
Chocolate covered mini whoopie pies
Our next stop was a chocolate factory where we browsed and also took a factory tour!
We were able to actually make these chocolate covered oreos as part of the tour.
Hope you've enjoyed our travels so far!  One more installment to go!

Monday, April 20, 2015

An early spring getaway, part 1

Essentials of the overnight getaway...
 Mr. T and I find ourselves working at perfecting the art of the overnight getaway.  Although we love to travel, life is so busy right now that we can really only get away for overnight.  So every now and then we make plans to do just that. 

I'll just share a few photos and captions.
We had lunch here ... best burgers we ever tasted!

Guess where this is?

Rainy view from our hotel room on Friday night

Boats in the harbor

This mysterious-looking castle is privately owned
Great reminder as we drove away from a park
Philly cheesesteak sandwich with hand-cut fries
An amazing grilled tuna sandwich; hand-cut fries
Pretty plates (Johnson Brothers) found at a thrift store
And there is just a little bit of our getaway.  Perhaps I can share a few more photos in the next few days.  I will try, anyway.

Do you enjoy brief getaways like this?  What are some favorite destinations?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Maybe, just maybe ....

~ looking out from our balcony toward the road ~
... Spring may be on the way!  See that blue sky?  See the bare ground?  You can almost feel the sun!  The last few days have been sunny and warm, though there was a sharp breeze yesterday.  We tell ourselves it was helping to dry out the mud!  I am going to share just a few pictures from today, with a surprise at the end!

~ Still more than enough snow in our little patio area ~

~ Snow in the woods out back ~

~ and out beyond the balcony ~
So, it may be awhile before it all melts -- and I've even heard snow is in the long-range forecast for next week.  In the meantime, we have this very hopeful sign:
~ a daffodil blooming in a sheltered spot at my dad's house ~
Yes, Spring may indeed be on the way.  Thank You, Lord!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Trying to think spring

 It's hard, though!   Between last night and this morning we ended up with three to four inches of wet, sticky snow.  The photo above is from a March of a previous year, but it gives you an idea of how things look.  A few days ago, the tops of stones in our stone wall were visible out back.  No more!

It's supposed to rain tomorrow, quite heavily at times, so that should help all of our snow to dissipate fairly quickly, but still -- it feels like taking one step forward and two steps backward. As we drove home from church last evening, the snow had already begun to fall thickly.  Thinking of how things were likely to look in the morning, I was reminded of these lines from Robert Frost:

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."

-- Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time 

Robert Frost, by the way, lived in New England and knew well what was meant by "Mud Time."

In an effort to help myself continue to think spring,   I am posting pictures of a couple of spring banners I made for my daughter's birthday.  I think I'm going to make some for myself as well.
Sheet-music spring banner
 The floral alphabet squares were a freebie from The Cottage Market.   The sheet music was from an antique piano lesson book (think kids taking lessons in 1924, 1935, and so on) that someone had given us.  The book is missing both covers and falling apart, so this is a great use for it.  I sewed vintage lace across the tops to hold the banner together and serve as a hanger.
Polka dot spring banner
These banners were printed out as is from The Cottage Market.  You can choose to print out whatever letters of the alphabet you want, and these banners also come in a  pastel color scheme.  Both of these banners can be found in The Cottage Market Freebies section.  You will find tons of inspiring printables and other goodies there, so check it out if you've never visited.

I printed the polka dot letters out on card stock, then just simply cut them out, leaving about half an inch at the top of each banner.  I folded over the half-inch tops thus formed and stapled them over some yellow/white baker's twine.

All of you who are already experiencing spring, be thankful!  It looks as if it may still be awhile up here, so the rest of you might consider making a few spring banners...

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

Lovely Easter graphic by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
Mr. T and I would like to wish a blessed Easter to all of our friends and readers.  May you all have a wonderful day of celebrating Christ's victory over the grave and all that it means to us!

We will spend most of the day with church family, including an early service and a scrumptious breakfast together.  We will be singing the hymn at the top of the page, for sure!  I plan to serve a simple lunch of ham and vegetables (and most likely ice cream!) in the early afternoon after our 11 a.m. worship service.  Later on, we will have a birthday celebration for my daughter, whose birthday just happens to fall on Easter this year. 

It will be a lovely and meaningful day with family and friends, and we wish the same for you.  Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Simple Easter and spring decorating

My hutch decorated for Easter and spring; I will show more detail below.
I thought I would show just a few pictures of some of my very simple decorating for Easter and spring.  It still looks very much like winter up here in that we still have LOTS of snow.  In places (like our driveway) we are beginning to have lots of ugly mud.  I detest that ugly fifth season (mud season) that we experience here in northern New England, but I try not to complain.  A side benefit is that my hubby often gets some time off due to mud, so there is something to be thankful for.  I must also pay attention to  the biblical admonition:

"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Here are a few pictures.  I will simply caption them.
Top shelf:  Those are my Bunnykins dishes from childhood, a bunny and teapot I acquired for free (from different sources) and a Fiesta cup and saucer from my great-aunt

Bottom shelf: family transferware, papier-mache eggs from my childhood, pink "spring" tag made by my friend J., antique cards from my great-aunt; "chocolate" felt bunny made by me.   Green towel from Cracker Barrel.

Middle shelf: a nod to maple sugaring which is still going on, plus an egg-shaped soap in a candle holder from a friend.  Maple leaf pitcher a gift from my mom years ago.  My "Thankful" sign from The Wilds of New England expresses my thankfulness all year round, but especially for the true meaning of Easter this weekend.  I'm also thankful that maple sugaring with its hard work and sweet rewards was a part of my life growing up.
On the table: Just some simple colored foam eggs on a doily in my little cake dome.

On the island: wanted to use this "Faith" towel somewhere, so it's on the island with an Easter-egg candle (acquired free) atop a Fiesta ware saucer.  Love this color!

The blue flowers on the candle match so well with the saucer.  Serendipity!
Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!