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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Balls in the Air

Good morning dear friends and hello to any new visitors, I welcome you and hope you follow me.

Spring is still not here in Vermont, not even a tease!

In my world there are so many balls up in the air, I am managing by taking things day by day and at times hour by hour.......that's not to say things are bad, in fact, everything is so happy and exciting just  a lot at the same time.  If you are in my age bracket you know by now that, that is the way it normally works, "feast or famine"!
We have renovation happening at our vacation home in Martha's Vineyard which is so exciting. We had our first peek this past weekend and I was bubbling with excitement verging on goofiness! I was a real HGTV person in awe of the job that had been done. I normally can't picture the way something will turn out until I see it, I'm a very visual person. I can show you a peek to get the idea.

This is the back of the house with an added sunroom and expanded kitchen area in green. So our 800 square foot house will expand to 1400 sq. ft.  Also being added is a bathroom upstairs.
"My MV McMansion"

Inside peek, there is a lot of open space and cathedral ceilings. Hard to explain in this state. Have to wait until summer for the unveiling.


This was all so thrilling to see, but now I have to purchase so many light fixtures and get them down in time so I don't hold them up!!  It's a 4 hour drive and a 45 minute ferry ride, the drive is a bit much but I do love the ferry.
We are doing all this because we hope to spend half the year there when we are completely retired. Island life is so great and Jack loves it!


Wedding countdown 80 days away!!! Fittings to take place, invitations out, bridal shower in 2 weeks, gift bags etc.....all good stuff but a lot. I manage with my lists and lists and checking them off  :  )

Look what happened when we were at the vineyard

                                                         How cute is this?


The bridal shower is on April 20th and I'm almost ready for it with the help of all the girls in the bridal party and of course the two flower girls! (did I say there are 9 bridesmaids) Yup that's right!
The shower is at a restaurant and will be very nice and festive.



Now about Jack, I took him up to the surgeon vet. in Burlington, Vermont an hour and half away. It was an early appointment so we were up early. Good news he does not need surgery!! Thank you so much for your thoughts and concerns for my boy! He had a slight ACL tear, but not necessary for surgery because he was getting better on his own. Thank you Jack, I feel 4 thousand dollars richer. Yes that what it would have cost, but Jack is worth it :  )
Burlington, Vermont is on Lake Champlain and is so beautiful, still frozen. Here's a photo and yes it was cold.

People are still walking on the ice, but not ME! The mountains in the background are the Adirondack's in New York.



                                           Jack resting on one of the sunnier days!



Well, my friends, I better get up and get something done, but wanted to talk to all of you! I won't be blogging as much as you can see, but I'm still here and will be reading all of your posts. Thank you for coming back post after post, I do love to see you and read all your comments.



xoRobin


                                                  Visitor on the ferry, it was snowing/raining






                                                 But that's end with a Spring Bouquet



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Welcome Spring!

I say Welcome Spring with a wish and a promise because we do not have it "Yet"!!! Actually it is snowing on this first day of Spring. I will not loss hope because it will be here soon. See how optimistic I am :  )

I have been extremely busy lately with wedding plans as the wedding nears, only 3 months away. I have been shopping for MOB dress and found the perfect dress that I feel good in. It is long and navy blue and I am excited to wear it at Amy's wedding.  Bridal shower is next, April 12th, I got invitation out over a month ago and am now making buntings and gift bags. So many fun details, as many of you know. Sorry I can't show any pictures or ideas......shhhhh........it's all hush hush!

One daughter did have a big "30" birthday and I finished a quilt for her special day. Let me show you. It is tied not quilted and queen size.

 Working on binding. Jack always is not far away from me as you can see....love the boy!




                                                     Draped and binding done




                                                     LABELS.......love labels




                                           Displayed on my bed




                                          Folded and ready for birthday girl��



Oh to be 30 again, it would be great but I'm happy where I am and have so much to be thankful for!

Next on this past weeks events, poor Jack was limping  and my Hb and I had to take him to an animal emergency here in our area. They think he may have torn his ACL (knee ligament). Oh dear, I have to take him to a specialist 1.5 hours away this coming Tuesday and may have surgery. Poor Jack, but he does have me bewildered because he is acting normal now and not limping!!!!

                                        At small animal emergency clinic


I will keep you posted after Tuesday's appointment.





This is what I long for again, hope you all are getting a taste of nice weather, spring flowers and lighter clothing!




Thanks for popping in and visiting me here. Love your sweet comments and visits. Be well ��


xoRobin





Monday, March 9, 2015

Island Life

OK, I've decided Island life is the life for me!  Did my hints make you think of MAUI!  ALOHA was my secret 3rd hint!  Well, let me tell you it is one magnificent island! I'm an Island Girl for sure :  )
But the flight from Vermont is 13 hours and that is a long time.......turns out it is worth it, if you are lucky enough to have a long stay. We had 12 days so it was wonderful and enough time to forget the flight until the departure day. I took about one thousand pictures with my iPhone and my new Sony! I did love me new camera but there is definitely a convenience to the size of the iPhone.
My Hb had a conference in Maui, so we turned it into a vacation too. It was our Anniversary and  both of our birthdays close together, so lots of celebrating.

We snorkeled, did a whale watch, went to a Luau, saw a sunrise from a volcano crater (Haleakala volcano) and biked down the volcano, played golf, walked, swam, read, and ate so many tasty meals. But let me tell you it is one expensive experience, meals are so pricey but so elegant, fresh and delicious. Oh, did I mention the cocktails, so many special island drinks!

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, "we had too", the conference was there, to bad right! The flowers, landscape and terrain are so green and lush. I was in photo heaven. So let me start with the slide show!




Approaching Maui, I was all smiles, ear to ear




                                                                    Whale watch


                                             Up close, so hard to get the ones I really wanted




                                                               Bamboo everywhere




                                         Flowers everywhere "Hibiscus"




                                             South American Cardinals, visiting our balcony




                           View from balcony, golf course 3rd hole and ocean in background




                                                    Banyan Tree with lights in front of Ritz's




                Catamaran for snorkel trip, so many colorful fish, coral reefs and one turtle




                                          Luau, they are so beautiful and double jointed!!!




                                                  View each morning for morning walk




                                                               So many orchids




                                                                      Surfers




                                             Visit to an Arboretum, so fun and informative




                                                   Peacock, boy was a lucky with this shot




                                                    Waterfalls and daredevils....not us!




                                                                      One Sunset




                                                               Another sunset




                                       and another sunset, we tried to see them every night :  )




                                                  Just Gorgeous views in all directions






 On top of the volcano for the sunrise, we got up at 2am, took a van to the bike location(to trail the bikes), drove to the crater (2 hours away) and got to see this magnificent sunrise! It was awesome. There was a couple who got engage just as the sun peeked through!! It was so sweet, everyone clapped and cheered!

 This is the map and the trail for our bike ride down. See the twisty roads, we were the oldest couple and we DID IT! I have to say I was so proud of us, It wasn't that hard, but we were definitely out of our comfort zone. Our hands got the most workout braking!!! It was the highlight of our trip. There were ten in our group, we stopped halfway and had a nice breakfast at a Lavender Farm, it smelled so wonderful. Then we proceeded down the volcano. We started the trip in fleece and windbreakers (jackets and pants) and started shedding clothes as we descended and ended up at the ocean in shorts and tops. We were back to our hotel at 1:00pm!



                                        The Ritz-Carlton, 3 infinite pools and Pacific Ocean




                                         I'm so happy to have had this wonderful experience



There are so many more pictures of flowers and food and trees and loveliness. I will probably have to write another Maui post, but for now this is a start.




I came home to a whole post office crate of mail and a lovely card and gift from Teresa! She makes the most beautiful crocheted hearts and I'm so grateful to have one hanging in my home.  Thank you so much Teresa, one of my longest blogging friends❤️





xoRobin            (Jack too.......see him)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Love Day❤️Weekend

Hi Dear friends,

Wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine's Weekend. Hope that you are all surrounded by love and family or at least the people you want to be surrounded with! It is extremely windy and wintery here with a fresh snowfall of 12 inches. Hard to believe we could be getting so much. But I guess it is New England, USA.

Here are a few random photos

                             Lovely Valentine Day Flowers from my wonderful Hb






                              Beautiful Valentine crafts and cards from Abby(8) and Lizzy(6)







I love sayings and quotes.....love this postcard





                                      "Our mighty" (tall) pine tree latent with heavy snow





Made this little needle case from Molly Makes magazine, it was such fun,  I didn't know hexies were so much fun to make.  I can see many more in my future!





Some cute fabric coasters have been made with my "Vintage Singer", mentioned on my last post :  )





Look at these cuties....who wouldn't buy Girl Scout cookies from them????  Abby is a Brownie and Lizzy is a Daisy




                                                 This is my new toy, A Sony SL 5000



Why you ask, do I need a new camera, well we are taking a trip starting tomorrow! I will be needing to take lots of photos, so I can share with all of you. It's a surprise so I'm going to keep you in suspense! I will give you one clue, it will be warm and involve water, oh wait that's two clues!!!!






Well, just a quick post for all of you! Thank you for visiting and I will be back in 2 weeks. I hope your days are happy, filled with laughter and love. AND of course creative energy!




Aloha, xoRobin




                                                                xo Handsome Jack xo  (6.5 years)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Last January post


Where does the time go.....I just don't know! I've been trying to post all week and am finally sitting myself down to squeeze one more post for January.

I have been sewing a bit lately and I have a huge surprise to show you. Something from my past and very dear to me, something I used all the time as a teenager, something I learned on, and something that has been put away for TOO long......I cleaned it up, dusted it off and gave a spin..........

Can you guess, probably not......so here it is in its glory!



                                                  BIG TEASE



                                       Notice the ladybug sticker, very popular in the 70's




                          This was my grandmother's Singer and she lived to 99 years old!!




                                I have all the attachments and oil and motor grease and manual!




                     I'm not sure I have the table, the sewing machine fit right into the top.




                                                  Nothing like this insignia, "SINGER"



So after I oiled it, played with the tension, and got rid of the dust and lint......what does one make to give the "old faithful" a spin?


How 'bout some pin cushions ❤️

Talk about fun, using up scraps and buttons and all your favorite embellishments, this is the right project. And addictive too!


                                                    I even have things on the backs!


I will be putting them eventually in my Etsy shop, what do you think?  $5-7 plus postage....I'm so bad at pricing.




It is bitter cold here and having snow fall everyday. But I guess that's what happens in winter. I have been hibernating a bit and not bored yet. Actually quite busy but missing my daily long walks, it's just so cold. Jack did beg me to walk him this morning, so I bundled up and now I have a headache from the wind chill. It's 1 degree F here and negative with the wind.....oh dear





 Here's my second sprout from this gorgeous Amaryllis, it will be a total of 8 flowers, these bulbs are so amazing







Thanks so much for popping in, it definitely warms my heart and I can use all the warming I can get time of year. Wishing you all happy and healthy days ahead!



xoRobin



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