Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vermont Quilt Show

We left the house around 11:15, under cloudy skies, and drove 15 minutes to the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction for the 42nd Vermont Quilt Festival.  It's the oldest and largest quilt show in New England, which I'm sure Bill was not all that happy to hear.  He is a good sport, tho.

There was a large number of quilts to view, some of them spectacular.  I didn't spend a lot of time taking pictures but I captured a few.  These two quilted (not pieced) by a woman in Gorham, Margaret Solomon Gunn.  Paula took a class with her in April.
Of course, this was my favorite.  It's amazing how the quilter could make the circles actually look like honey.
 These were a couple of my/our other favorites.
"Won't You Take Me To Funkytown"
"Sunny Day Evolution"
 This one is really busy but we both really liked it.
This would be a great way to use up a bunch of scraps.
"Twinkling Stars"
Many of the stripped fabrics in this one came from men's shirts purchased at thrift stores.
"Layer Cake"
We spent a little over four hours, which included a break for lunch.  We each had a crepe filled with cheese and spinach and an Arnold Palmer to drink (half lemonade, half iced tea).  I purchased a small Laurel Burch bag which was very reasonably priced and two pieces of fabric to make microwave bowls for my friend Karen Ann (at her request).  

We left there really wanting a good cup of coffee, so even though we checked our app, we drove around and around and around.  We couldn't find any parking places near the coffee shops and it was spitting rain and pretty chilly (63*) so we ended up getting iced coffees at McDonalds.  *sigh*  We did find our way to Mallets Bay and parked in the only parking place we could find overlooking the water, even though it was restricted.  We sat in the car, drank our coffee and ate our oatmeal raisin cookies that we brought from Keepin' it Local in Shapleigh.
We left there, went to Shaws and bought items for dinner, then settled into our rental for the night.  We aren't very good night owls.

Another adventure awaits tomorrow.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Hello Vermont

This trip has been planned since last year because I have had the Vermont Quilt Show on my bucket list for awhile.  I found a carriage house rental on VRBO, which allows us to cook breakfast and other meals, if we choose to do so.  Unfortunately, last Friday I went to the Dr. with an ear ache and was diagnosed with an ear infection, which turned into a great cold, which I then passed to Bill.  I have lost my hearing (in my "good ear), neither of us feels very good and we are both coughing.  To top it off, the weather prediction is for rain over the weekend.  Not the best of circumstances ;o(

But...we're here and we'll make the best of it.  Hopefully ;o)

We left the house around 10 this morning and the four hour drive was quite pretty and went by quickly.  Beautiful blue sky and mountains full of green.  VT is the Green Mountain State.

We arrived right at 2:00, retrieved the keys from the lock box and were pleasantly surprised at just how nice this little place is.  The owners are a young couple that live in the house near the road.  The husband and his father built this carriage house over the period of a year.  It is beautifully done with lots of granite and tile, soft colors and extra special touches like the beautiful ceiling fan and swivel tv with an electric fireplace on the other side.  It can be turned around to watch tv from the bed, or watch the fire.  Very clever!  They left some fresh eggs in the fridge for us and also provide some nice local VT soap.
After unloading our stuff and saying hello to Emily, one of the owners, we headed into downtown Winsooki (5 minutes away) where we ate lunch outside along a row of small restaurants.  We chose the Mule Bar, where Bill had a burger and I had a hot dog.  
From there we headed to Shaw's to purchase some Kcups for the Keurig (only to discover there were some in a drawer in the rental), some strawberries for breakfast and a salad for dinner.  

Next stop was the Burlington Bikeway, which wasn't the place we thought it was, but it was nice just the same.  It was a short walk along the bike path, which was super busy, to the Burlington Earth Clock.  Very cool!  
There's a circular stone in the center of the earth clock
and smaller circular stones in a semi-circle around the edge.
This is what a pano picture looks like when you wobble but they really are situated in an arc.
When you stand on today's date in the large circle, your shadow will point to the solar time on the smaller circles.
4:40 pm
This area overlooks Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.
There is a nice public beach, including kayak and paddle board rentals. Dogs are even allowed, as long as they are kept on leash.

Further along there is a picnic pavilion, restrooms and a short path to this treehouse.
The path ended shortly beyond here, in a neighborhood area, so we turned around and walked back, which took only about 15 minutes.
Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains
The Earth Clock from the other direction
It was way past the time we settle down with our iced coffees and our books, so we picked up our coffees and headed back to the rental, where we sat on the deck and relaxed until nearly 8:00.  The sun didn't set until 8:46!

This is the view of the back yard and the chicken coop from the deck...very nice and quiet, except we discovered we were in today's flight path to the airport.
We considered going back out to watch the sunset but neither one us really had the energy so we ate our salad and settled down to watch tv.  I was kind of sorry we didn't go when I saw this view out the window over the bed.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

On The Road Again

Heading north today.  I'm sad our time in FL has come to an end so quickly but I'm glad we will be home with our families!  Always happy when our three days on the road is complete and we are home safe and sound.

Thanks Florida for a great winter; let's do it again next year!

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Saying Our Good-byes

It's not that we don't LOVE being closer to our families and friends, sleeping in our own bed and having a big, fenced yard for Titan to enjoy; however, we hate saying good-bye to Florida and the things we love here.  So, we take time over the last 2-3 weeks of our winter, visiting our favorite places and doing some of our favorite things "for the last time, till next year".  

On March 31st, we went to Full Moon Madness at Bocca Lupo's Coal Fired Pizza, our favorite pizza in FL. Their full moon special is a large cheese pizza for $7.50 (half price) with additional toppings for $2.50 each. We had a huge, delicious pizza for $12.50 with enough left over for lunch the next day.
This afternoon we took a walk over the Peace River bridge and back, a total of maybe 2 miles.  It was a nice, leisurely walk taking about 20 minutes each way.  We love this river, there's no place like it anywhere near us in Maine.
 We saw this anhinga drying itself near the Live Oak Point park.
We stopped at the car so I could change my shoes and pick up some money, then walked over to T.T.'s Tiki Bar and saw this Great White Egret near the boat loading ramp.
Definitely one of the things I love about Florida is the abundant wildlife.
We watched a dolphin in the water right in front of us the entire time we were sitting here.

There are a few other things I hope we can do before we leave...go to the beach, watch the sunset at Ponce de Leon park and have dinner at the Celtic Ray.  Either way, we will head home one week from today and look forward to our return in 2018.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Native Wildlife

We stopped at Bayshore Park to enjoy the harbor while drinking our McDonald's coffee and saw this African Rainbow Lizard keeping us company.  
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Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl

Hard to believe that Wendy Bee Wehmeyer was born 38 years ago today.  She is a compassionate, funny, creative, strong-willed, hard-working, beautiful young woman and I'm proud to be her mom.
I love you to pieces, honey and wish you a marvelous Happy Birthday!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wishing You

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