Saturday, January 30, 2010

Duet

I'm a huge fan of Daniel O'Donnell but when he combines his Irish voice with the lovely Mary Duff; it is pure heaven. The blending of these two Irish voices is amazing. I have only heard one other duo that blends as harmoniously as these two. do . This CD is a blend of pop songs we can all relate to. Mr. O'Donnell is an International artist and writes many of his songs. I have a number of his CD's and have stopped buying them as I have most of the songs I enjoy; on one or another of the CD's. If you are a fan of his, don't pass up buying this CD. It will bring you enjoyment for years to come. It is an easy listening type of CD. When does being a fan become a fanatic? Not sure, but I just enjoy being a fan.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Under The Tuscan Sun

I finished Under The Tuscan Sun today. It was a bit slow to get into, but picked up after a few chapters. It is about a young divorcee and her friend who leave California and go to Italy for a change of pace and a new life. A culture in which they don't speak the language fluently. They find a house that has been neglected and abandoned for thirty years. This is a story of how they restore this house into their summer home and rejuvenate the orchard and the olive gardens. Their story also tells of the many adventures in restoring this house and the difficulties they find along the way; like getting the right contractor, mason, etc. They go back home to teach during the school year but come back every summer and work on this house. They soon realize the Italian way of life is different from the fast pace of California. They travel around the area and the author literally transports you to this wonderful Tuscany area and takes you inside to meet the people. Although this is not my usual type of book to read, I did enjoy it. For a lazy summer day with nothing to do, I would recommend it.
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Moving On....Apohaqui Inn, New Brunswick

Apohaqui Inn

This is the Apohaqui Inn Bed & Breakfast, on 9 W. Foster Avenue in Apohaqui, New Brunswick, E5P 3M9,Canada. It has 3 floors with numerous bedrooms. All the beds have lovely handmade quilts on them. It is a priceless gem, possibly overlooked at times, as it is a bit off the main road. Louise Cosman is the proprietress, and is most accommodating. I arrived rather late in the evening without a reservation. They had one room on the third floor left, and I gladly took it. All other Inns were full, due to a Hot Air Balloon festival in a near by town. I was greeted by Mr. Cosman as his wife was on an errand. I went straight to my room and not long after to bed. The next morning I awoke to the smell of fresh brewed coffee. So it didn't take me long to shower, dress and get downstairs. There's nothing like the smell of fresh brewed coffee to get one moving. The breakfast was everything you could imagine. Eggs any style, meat of choice, hot blueberry muffins, coffee, fresh fruit and homemade strawberry jam. The breakfast was delicious and just what I needed to keep on driving. My room and the rest of the Inn was spotlessly clean. Definitely a "thumbs up" for this Inn. If interested in staying at this Inn call 506-433-4149 and ask for Louise Cosman.
Apohaqui Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Michele's Garden Cafe

You might think this is a nothing cafe and not worth stopping at. You would be very wrong. It is located on the way out of Old Orchard Beach, ME. and is a small cafe. It has some of the best blueberry pancakes ever. It seats maybe 40 people at most and there are always people waiting to be seated. The wait is never long and the food is delicious. They have a full breakfast menu. We spent several weeks in Old Orchard Beach and managed to eat there a numbers of times for breakfast. Everything we tried was exceptional. But I must admit, the blueberry pancakes were a favorite. The service was really good, the food and customer service was excellent. So all in all, it gets my full recommendation for a great place to stop.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cactus

This is a Euphorbia Trigon cactus. I got it from a friend about three years ago. It started growing the very first year as you can see by the light green growth in the first photo. It grows about a foot a year. I must have been feeding it quite well as it is now forty inches tall after three years. It takes minimal care which is great for me. I either water plants too much or forget to water them altogether. Once a month it needs water and feeding while it is in the growing period. After that, water it every few months. Remember this is a cactus so it has to be in well drained soil; about 1/3 sand is good. I have enjoyed it a lot since it grows so fast. It will grow to a height of eight feet, but I will cut one piece of it back next spring when it starts to grow. They are easy to propagate as you just cut a piece off, let it dry for a week or two before planting. Then just stick it in the ground and it will grow. How simple is that? Yes, it does have sharp stickers, like most cacti.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Biscotti

This morning I decided to try and make Biscotti. It is one of my favorite cookies; but where I live, it is also very expensive. So I found a recipe that sounded good and that's how I spent my morning. They are not hard to make, but very time consuming with the baking. times. They are baked one time, cooled, sliced and baked again. Some recipes will have you turn them over, half way through the second baking. These have a slight lemon flavor from the lemon zest and are full of dried cranberries and slivered almonds. What's not to like about those ingredients?. You can also dip the bottoms of the Biscotti in dark chocolate, if you wish. I don't have to worry about buying them ever again. I can make my own. Most of us say "Bis-cot-tee", but if you ask an Italian, they will say "Bis-coat-tee" is the correct pronunciation. Either way, they are soooo good.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Keeping Warm

We've had an especially cold winter so far. Since it has been cold, icy and snowy here; I have been home bound a lot. So I decided to keep busy making scarves. I would imagine many of you are doing the same thing. It's fun to combine the many different colors. I get bored just using one color. I also use up my scrap yarns in the scarves. "Scrappy yarn" scarves will keep you just as warm. I also make "Scrappy Yarn afghans as well and they always turn out just fine. I was able to find knit hats to match some of the scarves I had crocheted. How lucky was that? This is all of the scarves, now I am back to crocheting afghans.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Another Frosty Morning

Today was another frosty morning. The trees are all white with these wonderful white crystals all over them. So I was out early to get a few photos before it melts away.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Frosty

This morning the world was a wonderland of frost on the trees. It was too beautiful to pass up. Those are not white stickers on the tree, it is frost and what a lovely pattern they make. They say one photo worth a thousand words. So there is no need for me to go on. Enjoy the photo.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Early Morning Beauty

The beauty of the early morning cannot be beat., unless it is a glowing sunset. The photos were taken this morning before the sun came up. Before my second cup of coffee I might add. But I would delay the second coffee to get photos like these. I've never understood people who sleep in and miss the gorgeous sunrises. Some mornings they are so spectacular with rose, blue, yellows and a mixture of these colors. I hope to get some even better photos in the near future to share with all you sleepy heads. Enjoy today and for those who slept through the sunrise, you missed a beautiful picture to put in memory. For the rest of us early birds, wasn't it great!
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Chalco After Our Big Snow

I was over at the lake today taking some photos and here are just a few of them. You can see how deep some of the snow is. I was able to get several shots of some snowy pine trees but those are for a later time. It is unbelievable how deep the snow really is. Since it is so cold the snow will be with us for a long time to come. I took a few photos and then got back in the car as my hands were freezing. It was surprising to get home and find out I had taken 17 photos in that short a time. It's amazing how fast you can click the shutter when you are having fun. I finally have the knack of focusing my new camera. It took me a while to get the feel of it.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Past and Present Afghans

With all this snow, the winter doldrums have set in. So it is time to get out the crochet hook and get busy again. I am working on an earthtone afghan in green and tan and they really are not colors I like to work on. So progress has been slow. Normally, I can get one done in a few weeks. This one is going on months. The peach afghan I made for my Mom years ago and the green ,well, I am still trying to get it done. This pattern is called Shells and Chains. It is a very simple pattern and normally goes very quickly. So wish me luck that I finish the green and tan one soon and can move on to colors more interesting. I was thinking of making scarves for the needy; that would be a change of pace for me. Stay warm.
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