Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
A highlight from today was seeing the Jersey Ures. The last time I saw them baby Jane wasn't born so I enjoyed meeting her. She's a doll. Everyone left after the baptism and the Ures and I sat on the grass at the church and talked and talked and talked (while the girls dug in the dirt). I sure miss my neighborly neighbors but am glad they aren't too far away and we get to see each other now and then.
Today was my friend Anna's baptism in New Canaan. (She is the niece of neighborly neighbor.) I left home at 9:00am and got home at 9:30pm. Anna had invited school friends and neighbors which was so nice and she was all smiles about being baptized. It was nice to be there on Anna's special day.
I've been tackling some projects--The Weekly P. This week I cleaned out my red breadbox which took all of 6 minutes. Last week I finished organizing my recipes. FINALLY! I sorted through them, tossed ones I knew I'd never use and organized them in 16 different sections (from breakfast to vegetables). I bought 3 notebooks, a few hundred sheet protectors, labels for dividers and removable tape. It probably took me 5-6 hours to finish the project but I'm thrilled that it's done and I know I'll use more recipes because--at last--they are organized!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
And to put all this crap in perspective, 12 years ago today my brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a golf ball and he lived 18 months and 3 days.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I'm not sure Bluebell will last another 15 years but she has been my steady companion on many road trips and adventures. Happy Birthday, Bluebell!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
After a bit of research it appears that this is from 1966 (is that considered an antique?!) but I thought it was a pretty nifty find for ten bucks.
Note: I know I'm a grown woman and have no need for a kiddy oven that bakes with two lightbulbs but I love it!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
My camera is in the shop so I only have a few photos taken on my little digital camera. I led "The Ellen Patton Tour of Maine" which included dinner at Flatbread Pizza in Portland, a late night stop to L.L. Bean in Freeport (my favorite time to shop there), brunch at the Miss Portland Diner, a stop at Portland Head Light (photoshop was not used on the photo--the sky was really that blue!), some antiquing (wait until you see what I found!), a stop at Nubble Light, some outlet shopping and last-but-not-least, dinner at Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery. We had a really fun time.
Note: We are all bloggers (aka "Women of the Word") but that sign was actually for another group at the hotel!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Same story--different year. I was outside today walking at lunchtime (counting the minutes for GetFit@MIT) and took this picture of a very brown tree. I'm sure in a month (or 5 weeks...OK, maybe 6) it will be green and Spring-Y and warm(er) and beautiful and maybe we all will have forgotten how long the winter was this year.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I love the GREEN keys on this old typewriter. My cousin (Jules -- 4th from the left in yesterday's Disneyland picture) brought this typewriter to me in her suitcase when she visited from California a few years ago. It's one of my faves in my collection.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Natalie and Nicole's dad whispered this story to me: Last night when he was putting Natalie to bed he said, "tomorrow is going to be a nice day" (nice as in 50 degrees) and Natalie replied, "I know, Ellen is coming over."
Note: the cake pop picture is kind of lame. I took these with my smaller camera. My fancy camera is in the shop again getting the flash fixed. :(
Thursday, March 12, 2009
OK. I was way off (and eleven). Do you think my older brother ever let me forget it?!?
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I'm hoping it's the last time Nan has to do the hip pop.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
The Berkshires, located in the western parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, is both a specific highland geologic region and a broader associated cultural region. The region is also referred to as the Berkshire Hills, Berkshire Mountains, and, with regard to its physiography, Berkshire Plateau. Sir Francis Bernard, the Royal Governor, named the area "Berkshire," to honor his home county in England. Tourism is a principal industry, relying heavily on cultural art attractions and recreation.
Wikipedia didn't mention NAPPING, MOVIES, FOOD, TREATS, ANTIQUING, PROJECTS, or RELAXING but those activities will be in abundance.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
One month ago I opened my electric bill and saw $249.13. YIKES!!! How did that happen? I turned the heat down, paid the bill and complained to whoever would listen to me.
Tonight I opened my electric bill and saw $158.33 and I'm dancing the Electric Slide!