Monday, September 25, 2017

T is a Tuna Melt Today

Hi everyone. Another Tuesday is here again. Time to join the fun over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.  It's T Day and time to share your drink posts.
I like to share a food sometimes too. And today, I want to share my latest food craving, tuna melts.
Some yummy tuna, cheddar cheese and some marbled rye bread. For a drink I have a diet coke.
After our train journey which  I showed you yesterday (Riding the Rails), we needed some lunch. There weren't a lot of choices in this small Vermont town, but one place had a parking lot full of cars.
In fact, in this 1943 diner there weren't any available tables ((since there are only like 8 in the whole place), so we grabbed seats at the counter and looked at the menu.
This was just the front page. They had a great sandwich selection which was just what we needed for a late lunch.
And it was a very very good lunch too.
 I love these  retro diners.

And look at the cool old shake maker, which still works.
I didn't have them try it out for me, but I bet a frappe would have tasted good.

 And of course there would be a great maple syrup sign,  since Vermont is famous for it. 
 I'm glad we found this place for lunch. If you ever happen to be in Chester, Vermont, I recommend it. 
Have a great T day.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Riding the Rails

Summer is back. This whole weekend has been beautiful. We were out and about all weekend enjoying these bonus days.
We did something different on Saturday. We went riding the rails. And we looked at some pretty country scenery.



 The way the sun was coming in I got some reflections off the train window.


 I'd forgotten how relaxing a train journey can be . You get on and you can watch the world go by out your window. People who are out wave as you go by. There's people who just love taking train photos and you see them as you go by too. The whole world slows down a little bit.



 A particularly exciting part of the ride was going over a really high trestle.


Too bad the foliage wasn't more colorful. But the sky was blue and the day was warm. What more do you need?
For Saturday's train ride we went to Vermont. We live on the eastern side of New Hampshire, a couple of towns from the border of the state of Maine.  When my daughter moved this summer she moved to the western side of the state, a couple of towns from the border with the state of Vermont. We decided to do something in her neck of the woods.
It was great to go exploring and great that she could join us.
What great adventures might have filled your weekend?


Friday, September 22, 2017

It's the Weekend-Hurrah!

I am very excited it is the weekend! I NEED some art release (more than squeezing in an hour in the evening) and a little fun. The one thing I promise myself every year when school starts up is that I am NOT going to let school become overwhelming, and yet, once again, it has happened.  I don't think there is any way around it, and it's taken me 34 years to finally learn that.
The good news is that the pup's biopsy report came back  and it was good news. Her giant growth end up being a benign skin tumor. Benign is a good word for sure!
 So in this post I have a journal page for 2 challenges.
First of all the latest challenge at Moo Mania is In The Air. The balloons  lifting up into the clouds certainly fits that bill.
And Yvonne's theme over at Art Journal Journey is Colour My World. Mostly red with a little blue is my color for today.
So tomorrow (Saturday) I am off to Vermont for the day. I'll be and out like I'm going to work. BUT, it should be a fun day and I am looking forward to it.
Hope you have a wonderful Saturday too!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Remember the Ocean Journal

Hi everyone!  It's the last full day of summer so let's go to the beach.
You might remember the ocean journal I was working on this past summer. Today I thought I would take you through the whole book from start to finish. I recently completed it and now it sits on my journal shelf. 
So here it is. You may remember some of the pages, but I know  some of the others I haven't shown you.












One slightly blurry page and some shots that aren't quite magazine quality, but I think you get the finished project.
Its the second project I have recently finished. Hurrah!
That's all for me. Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Read me a story

It's already the middle of the week. This week is just flying! More rain is due today, so it will be another dark and dreary day. Hurricane Jose (now tropical storm Jose) is making its closest path to us, but it shouldn't be more than a little  wind. But hopefully the humidity will blow on out with this weather when Jose moves further east into the Atlantic.
The news on the doggie front is that she is home. The vet said her surgery went well and the edges seemed pretty clear and the tumor didn't show any signs of growing inward. Now we just need to wait for the pathologist report which should be in later this week. She is a little lethargic and has a big incision with lots of stitches but she's up and about. 
So today I have a page from my calendar journal. 
The black and yellow is part of the calendar and I added the plaid, the polka dot tape and the white paper ribbon trim at the top. The little girl is a TH found relative and I drew in a chair for her to sit on. Otherwise standing in a sitting position can't be too comfortable.
Once again the colors of my page are those you see in the fall, so I am linking up to Yvonne's excellent challenge over at Art Journal Journey.
And here's a few more photos from my Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Who doesn't love sunflowers?



Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

T Stands for A Gorgeous Garden

Happy T Day everyone. Once again it is Tuesday and time to share a drink related post.  Stop over at                            Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to join in the fun or to see what the T Gang has been up to.
So I mentioned in my last post that I got together with some college friends this past weekend. There was suppose to be 10 of us meeting for lunch, but we ended up with only 5 of us.
I really don't like this photo of me wit the double chin and it looks like I weigh 20 pounds more than I do.  Remind me not to pose in that angle next time please. :)
We met for lunch at the Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Brewery and you can see my beer in front of me. It was a very good red beer made with local sugar kelp seaweed as part of a sustainable industry.
 After lunch we went for a little walk around downtown Portsmouth. We wandered down to the water and out to one area full of very old homes.I think this was one of the first areas of the city to be developed. The city was incorporated in 1653 and I think many of the homes in this area are from the 1700's.
(I looked up the history of Portsmouth and found out it was named after the city the founder was from. He was from Portsmouth England. Since Portsmouth was originally the capital of my state, and since the original Portsmouth is in Hampshire, England, our state took on its name of New Hampshire.)
You can see this old home is really right on the  narrow street and right up against its neighbors on the side. Yet still the owners planted this fantastic garden.
 It attracted so many butterflies. I was trying to get a good photo but they flittered so quickly. Can you find the one in the photo below?










I took lots of other photos on our walk. More to share another day.
And please keep your fingers crossed for me. Our 4 year old dog needs a cancerous tumor removed today. Hopefully, the area comes out clean and she cured.
Happy T day everyone.