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Friday, September 28, 2012

B&B Friday (9/28/12)!

As per one follower's request, I thought the most appropriate way
to kick off my blog again is to start with a feature it was known for...
B&B Friday!

It has been so long since I've done one of these, I truly
had a ball snooping around for some gems to share with you.
Enjoy them!

(Bar Harbor, ME)

"Coach Stop Inn, built c. 1804, is Bar Harbor's oldest inn, dating back to the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. You'll be sure to remember Deborah's attention to detail and you will find that the food is what you will be talking about for many years. Come see why 'Down East' magazine says Coach Stop Inn is 'Where to Stay in Bar Harbor.' Chef Owned/Operated - Featured on 'Emeril Live'."

Rates: $100-165

(West Dover, VT)

"Enchanted by the summer's cool clear days, the autumn's brilliant colors and the winter’s quiet snowfall, the West Dover Inn brings to life the best of Vermont. Close to everything, yet far from anything, the inn is an ideal destination for a perfect New England vacation. Located only two miles from the base of Mount Snow, our home continues an important American tradition begun in 1846. Originally built as a stage coach stop and tavern, this inn has been lovingly restored and now provides 12 quiet, luxury accommodations as well as memorable dining in the 1846 Tavern and Restaurant."

Rates: $90-329

(Stow, MA)

"Built in 1734 and located in scenic Stow, MA, our traditional B&B Inn is situated on three idyllic acres. Located 27 miles from Boston, we offer four bedrooms with private baths and modern amenities.... The blend of antiques and modern comfort, wide floor boards, cable TV/DVD players, and complimentary Wi-Fi welcome our guests. We serve a full English breakfast daily using organic and local produce wherever possible. Situated in apple country, convenient to Boston, Concord, and Sturbridge, the Amerscot House Inn is ideally located for the business traveler or vacationer."

Rates: $130-175

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It's beginning to look a lot like . . . 

Can you feel it in the air? Doesn't it smell a little sweeter?
The leaves... haven't they begun to curl and fade?
Have you seen any ghouls, or ghosts, or six-legged goblins?
I hope not!... At least, not yet. :-)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Remembering Kary

Accompanied by the happiness of reigniting
my blog and reconnecting with old friends, I 
also learned some terrible, unfortunate news:
a loyal follower of my blog, and dear friend,
had passed away a few months back.

I was absolutely stunned upon hearing this - Kary was
such a beaming figure of the blogging world. At my most 
active, she always blew me out of the water with her 
lovely, vibrant, and spirited posts about her daily life, 
her adorable pets, her shared love for New England, 
and the Halloween season... to name only a few.

Needless to say, blogging won't be quite the same without her.

I am so regretful that I never had the chance to stay goodbye,
or keep in touch after I temporarily drifted away from blogging.
She was such a kind, warm-hearted, and creative woman- as 
heartbreaking as it is to have lost her, I am so glad to say I had 
the honor of knowing her, and the pleasure of calling her my friend.
With the arrival of Autumn, and Halloween so very close behind, I can't 
help but think that she is looking down on all of the excitement, and smiling...  
enjoying it the same way as she had done so preciously during her time on this earth.

Kary, you will truly be missed.

Her beloved dog, Teddy

A New England Kind of Life

"We are in for a spell of perfect weather now, every day luminous,
every night brimmed with stars. Picnics at noon, supper by the 
applewood fire at night, a walk in the cool moonlight before bed."
~ Gladys Taber

It's Autumn in New England!

... Wait a minute. Have you forgotten me?
I think I may have forgotten about me in the middle of
all my distractions! I know I say it all the time, but I need to 
say it again- I feel ashamed that I haven't updated this blog
in so long! July was such a long time ago! I always come back
to all of you with confidence that I'll start blogging regularly again,
but alas, life gets back in the way, and there I am... stuck in the same hole.

That thought got me to thinking...

Maybe I need to adjust the mission of this blog to accommodate the
thing that keeps getting in between it. I know one of the main reasons
I don't blog as often is because I don't have the time to think of a New
England related topic to post about. But what about my own life?
Even though I don't technically live in New England, I can say with
confidence that I try to center my life around its essence, and how
its beauty, and its homeliness, and its tradition make me feel.

... I know I'm living
New England kind of life!
(As many other of you can attest to as well.)

So, should I blog about my daily experiences on how I'm
striving to live a "New England Kind of Life"? You tell me!
If I feel that most of you like the idea, then I will immediately
shift the gears of this blog and get to posting about new things!

What to Expect?:
  • Much of the same New England things I've always blogged about!
  • My baking
  • Decorating
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Weekend country excursions
Think of it less as a total transformation, and 
more like a fresh makeover for my blog!

Anyways, leave me a comment of what you think...
Don't be shy to say you hate the idea!
I'll take all opinions in consideration.

In fact, while you ponder this, I recommend you throw on
some comfy pajamies, light a few pumpkin-scented candles,
and whip up a batch of Susan Branch's deliciously soothing...
 Talk to you then...♥
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