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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 A friend gave this puzzle to me last year after Christmas and 
we set it up during the Thanksgiving Weekend.  
It was fun putting it together with the whole family.
 I made these book trees last year and they are the 
dining room table centerpiece this year. 
 Some of my favorite Christmas dishes displayed in the great room.
 Coffee Table centerpiece.  I love this "Tom Clark Santa".
 The stockings are hung on the mantle and 
the theme in the Great Room this year is Santas.
 My snowman dishes that I made in ceramics long ago when I lived in Fremont, NE.  
They always decorate the kitchen table.  
 The stereo cabinet is a perfect spot for our Nut Cracker!
 Pat's Russian Santa and his Russian Christmas plates are on the credenza in the office.
 My favorite tool box filled with candles, cinnamon cider potpourri  
and cherries sitting on the kitchen counter.
 The Sofa table in the Great Room filled with more Santas.
Finally the little chest in the dining room with dessert plates and demitasse cups.  
Merry Christmas to you all.  
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ready for Thanksgiving

 I saw this centerpiece on Pinterest and decided to make it.    
Dried split peas, dried kidney beans and yellow popcorn, candle and jute.  
 Our Nebraska table.  
 
 This Turkey is waiting to greet Abbie and Reese from Omaha.
 Our entryway niche full of pumpkins.
Our Dining room table will be seated with 14 hungry Fitzgerald's on Thanksgiving.
 Pumpkins dishes are ready for the pie and coffee.
The Welcoming pumpkin I made last year and 
I put drywall compound on the board to build up the ridges and make it 3-D.  
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Fall in McKinney!

 Theresa, our daughter-in-law, gave these mums to us 
when Maggie, our dog passed away several years ago.   
They are planted in front of our house.
I love the color and the shape of these mums.  
I think they are called spider mums. They look like daisies.
 I  hope they continue to bloom so I can use them for my Thanksgiving centerpiece.  
 Wouldn't you know when I went out to take a picture of the trees 
in our neighborhood the sun went under the clouds. 
Another tree in the neighborhood.  
The course was full of color today while I played golf.  I love fall.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bazaar Crafts and Jack's 12th Birthday

 Here are a few of the Christmas Balls 
for hanging on doors.
All they need now is a big bow on the top. 
 This was a fun craft.
We celebrated Jack's birthday last Saturday night.  
His folks hosted the party at their new house.  
He told me he is now a preteen!!!  We love this guy.  
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

More Bar Harbor, L.L. Bean and Kennebunkport

We always find a great Irish Bar to spend time in on our trips.  
Having lunch with a wonderful view while waiting for our ship to come in.
  We took a cruise on this 4 masted schooner around the islands.  

 Another Cruise ship docked at Bar Harbor

 This was the schooner's mascot.  A wonderful Newfoundler.
It was a little chilly out on the bay but the sun was very warm.  

 One of the ship's mates took several pictures of us.  
 This is the L.L.Bean store.  It is open 24 hrs. We did not buy anything, but it was fun 
seeing this big complex of stores.  
 We arrived in Kennebunkport, ME.  This is the Bush house out on the point.  It was a foggy morning.
 Caravan of cars with Barbara Bush in the window of the first car here.  
We think they were taking her to the airport to go back to Texas.   
 I loved these boats sitting in the bay in Kennebunkport.  Next we go to Annapolis, Md.  Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bar Harbor, ME

 On the drive up to Maine we saw many many trucks hauling logs.
 Our first night in Bar Harbor we ate at the Fish Company.  
A complete dinner of lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes 
bread and cold slaw was $16.00.  So yummy!!!  
Two couples from Canada sat across from us and they took our picture.  
 The first morning in Bar Harbor we drove up to 
Cadillac Mountain to see the 1st sunrise in America.
 It was chilly but bearable.    
We left our room at 5:30 and arrived on top of the mountain at about 5:50.  
Still a little dark out.  We were one of the first on top of the mountain that morning.
 Many people joined us.  Sunrise that morning was 6:20. 
 Camera's are all getting set up and ready to snap.
 And there it is.  The most beautiful site.  Cheers were heard from the crowd.
 This is a view from our room.  We stayed at Wonder View Inn.  
This is another view from our room.  
In the distance, on the water, you can see a cruise ship to the right.  
Several dock here each day.  What a beautiful spot.  More of Bar Harbor tomorrow.  
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Hersey, PA, New Hope, PA & Newport, RI

 We drove to Hershey, PA to tour the Hershey Museum and satisfy our taste buds for CHOCOLATE!!!
 We then drove to New Hope, PA.  We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast called Pineapple Hill.  You can see the house on their website.  That evening we had dinner at "Marsha Browns".  Pat had Lamb chops and I had Chowder.  Breakfast the next morning was fresh fruit served in a tea cup and saucer, stuffed french toast, bacon and coffee.  Delicious!!!
 Pineapple Hill Bed & Breakfast is on the Delaware River.    This is the place where where George Washington crossed the Delaware which was near our B&B.
 A stone house on the site of the crossing.
 This is a beautiful tree on the grounds.
   Going to Newport, RI   We stayed at Admiral Farragut's house.  We found that Newport was very congested.  Houses were practically right on the street.  Just a sidewalk between houses and streets.    
                                     
 We went to Buskers Irish Pub for lunch.  Walked around and did some shopping. 
 The next three pictures are taken while we were dining on the patio of the "Mooring".  
 The sun was going down as this Sail Boat was going out into the bay.
 Another picture of the sunset in Newport, RI
 We stopped for a Lobster Roll at the Portland Lobster Co.  
 Pat at the counter picking up our Lobster Roll and Clam Chowder.
Lobster boats. We are leaving Portland, ME and going to our destination Bar Harbor, ME.
  I will continue our trip tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by...