Saturday, December 13, 2014

A special gift … lost and found !

Six years ago my good friend Bud gave me this lovely necklace for my 75th birthday. He knew that it was the name of my blog and he had it made special order for me. I had convinced him to try blogging also because I knew he had an interesting background and thought he would enjoy sharing it with others.

Well, long story short, he did set up a blog and posted about 6 or 7 entries. He was even getting some good comments but his love of golf took over and he let the blog go.

About a year after Bud gave me the necklace it went missing. I couldn’t find it anywhere and every time I saw Bud I was reminded that I’d lost his gift and I hoped he would not ask about it and why he never saw me wear it.

Imagine my surprise today when I found it in my sweater drawer ! It was actually stuck to the inside of the sweater I chose to wear and I would never have thought to look there. I am so happy to have it back and, since I see Bud most Sundays I intend to wear it tomorrow.  Unless he reads this blog entry he'll never know about the loss ! 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

1940 ... The wild animal attack !

This two generation picture was taken in West Brattleboro, Vt. in 1940. My Mother and Dad were enjoying a rare moment alone with my maternal grandparents. Our family, by this time, consisted of 5 little girls (I was the youngest) and it was rare for us to be separated from Mother & Dad. We were living in Plainfield, NJ at that time but we were able to get to Vermont on a few special occasions. This was quite an ordeal because we didn’t own a car and had to make the journey by train.

My grandparents home was not large and usually my parents would stay there and we five would be parceled out to friends and relatives. We were with our cousins when this picture was taken. They lived nearby in a large farm-type colonial located in the center of West Brattleboro. I remember that big white house and, in particular, the bedroom where the attack took place.

I had been assigned to the lower bunk of a two-tier bed and it was here that I woke to a horrible scenario. A wild animal was clawing at me and my screams just made the unknown attacker more frenzied. I was flailing my arms and trying to protect my head when my cousin finally turned on the light. She was shaking me and trying to figure out why I was screaming. As I started to calm down I noticed a large cat sitting on the foot of my bed. He seemed to have a sly, “gotcha”, smirk on his feline face and I realized that this was my “wild animal”.

Of course my cousin explained it all. The "innocent" cat sleeping with her and then jumping down from the top bunk and landing squarely on me, scaring me out of my wits. Did I buy that? Not on your life...that cat was out to get me and his big Cheshire smile proved it!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A wink and it’s over …

It seems like Thanksgiving came and went so quickly that I hardly had time to take it all in. My family was fairly wide spread this year so I thought it would be fun to make some comparisons.

My daughter’s husband took this picture from their front porch on the Big Day.

They live in Columbia County, New York and actually had Thanksgiving with a dear friend the day before since they knew this was coming.

My niece is also a New Yorker and is lucky enough to have friends who have a small penthouse apartment in the city, just one building off the park. She writes that there was a good view of the Macy's parade, looking down on all the floats and giant balloons.

My oldest son spent the day with his girlfriend and her family here in North Carolina. There was a bit of a chill in the air but not at the table !

My middle son and I took off for Tampa, Florida for a fun filled 4 days with his daughter, my granddaughter, and her fiancé. We had a wonderful time and you can see by this photo how different that was from all the others !


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Myles Standish … 1584 to 1656

In my last blog entry I mentioned visiting my brother-in-law in Duxbury, Massachusetts. While there he took me for a ride around the town and we stopped at the homesite of Myles Standish, the English military officer that the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony hired as an advisor in 1620. Obviously they were pleased with his actions because in 1632 the people of Plymouth settled a nearby area and they named it Duxbury in honor of his English estate Duxbury Hall.

This is the stone memorial that is placed where his house once stood. No buildings remain but you can certainly see why he chose this waterfront property…

…and it was here that he lived for the remainder of his life.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The rest of my vacation …

…was spent with my beautiful daughter and her husband. They had just returned from an amazing 10 days in Barcelona (shown in the background here) and France in celebration of 25 years of marriage. It was wonderful to get caught up and to relive their adventure with them.

Some of you may recall that they have an antique and used furniture business and I always have fun when they let me pick out something to refurbish and, hopefully, make more saleable.

My daughter felt that these two cabinets would lend themselves well to Rosemaling…a type of Norwegian decorative painting , and I agreed. Here are the results:

The kids business is only open on Sat. & Sunday so one weekend I decided to put down the paint brush and I ran over to see my brother in law. Since his wife (my sister Peg) died he’s moved to a very nice retirement community in Duxbury, Mass. He has a whole new batch of friends and seems to have relocated very well.I can certainly attest to the good food !
…and speaking of food, tomorrow my son Matt and I head to Tampa, Florida to spend Thanksgiving with his daughter (my granddaughter) and her fiancé. So I’ll sign off for now and wish each and every one of you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving !

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First weekend up North …

The first days of my three week vacation were spent with my niece Wendy. She lives in NY City but was going to a wedding in Manchester Vermont at that time so we hitched up and had a fun time together. She would have had to rent a car otherwise so, with my driving, it worked well for us both.

I declined to join her for the actual wedding (not knowing any of the participants) but I did join them for brunch Sunday morning.

After a sumptuous meal we headed over to East Dorset because I wanted to show Wendy the Bill Wilson house.
As many of you know he was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and that is where he was born. It was originally an Inn and is now an historic site. We met with the caretaker and were interested to see that AA meetings are now held in what was originally the livery

That’s not a very good picture but those are license plates that you see on the rafters. A few years back I’d sent them one of mine and I was interested to see if they had it posted.

Sure enough … there it was, my old beat up North Carolina plate !  I have a newer version but it still spells out “Friend of BW” which is like a password to others in the program and I’ve met many AA friends because of it.
So, all in all, it was a fun weekend and a great beginning for the rest of my vacation.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hiatus over … missed this by a few days:

This is a picture of my daughter and son-in-laws back yard. It is where I was visiting for the past 3 weeks. I don’t usually visit this late in the year and was very glad that the weather stayed clear while I was there. I have had enough snow to last me a lifetime and, knowing that, they sent me this photo to prove that I came home just in time !

They live in upstate New York, across the river from Albany. Most of my vacation was spent there but I also met with a niece and brother-in-law and that entailed visits to Vermont and Duxbury, Massachusetts. I’ll give details in future blog entries.

Before I got the “snow picture” I was going to open this entry with two photos taken from the same window. Look at the difference …
Although I don’t like the snow I have to admit that all three pictures are enticing … just like the memories of my wonderful visit.