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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Martha's Vineyard (Part II)

I'm back everyone.

First I'd like to start off by thanking all of you for the kind words on the loss of my beloved cat, Lola. Again, sorry I've taken so long to continue sharing these photos, but with this heartbreak, I haven't had much energy to do anything, really. Not to mention, I've barely been spending any time at all in my house anymore because it's been too hard for me with Lola gone. However, I pushed myself to do so today in order to update you all. I've even lit a little candle, threw on some comfy socks, and have my other kitty Pudgie at my side, so I should be okay. ♥

Anywho, I left off where Jake and I 
were going to check out Illumination Night!...

There were already many people there enjoying the brass band that played under the tabernacle.

Cute gingerbread cottages lined the roads, their unlit lanterns waiting for nighttime to fall.

Really cool house that had sort of an Alice in Wonderland theme

Can you spy the little kitty in the "Two Bad Cats" house?

It started to get darker and darker...

Until before we knew it... BOOM! The night was aglow with colorful lanterns!

This house had all parachute lanterns.

Most of the dwellers of these homes sat proudly amidst their wonderful work to greet passerbys.

Want to sit down? ♥

I particularly loved these paper luminary houses on the ground.

Look! Jake even made a new friend!

Want to see it all in action? Here's a short video I took:

When I tell you I had such a wonderful time at this event, I mean there was rarely even a moment that I didn't have tears in my eyes. Upon first sight of the illumination, I buried my face in Jake's shoulder weeping for joy... one of my fondest dreams were finally coming true! I was in Martha's Vineyard, at Illumination Night, with none other than the love of my life ♥

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Next week I'll be sharing with you my other dream-come-true...
Meeting the one, the only, Susan Branch.

Stay tuned for that


  1. Lovely, Erin. It really must be something to see this in person! Do you have a photo of Pudgie posted somewhere? He/she must miss Lola, too.

    1. It looks like a perfect evening! Glad you and Jake had such a wonderful time. Wish I could have tagged along! فرزاد فرخ

  2. It looks like a perfect evening! Glad you and Jake had such a wonderful time. Wish I could have tagged along!

  3. This is something I would love to do, too, Erin. I'm not sure it will ever happen, though. August is a very full month for us here as it is.:-)

    I am thrilled for you that you and Jake were able to be there - plus - I will surely tune in to hear about your meeting with Susan Branch!

    Time is a great healer, though I had some shaky moments earlier when talking about our cat of over 21 years. We bid him farewell on June 24. It still seems so very strange for him not to be around.

    I continue to send you hugs!

    xo Nellie

  4. So sorry for your loss Erin. I was crying when I read your last post but we were away in cape cod when I read the post and couldn't comment until now. As a cat lover I know that it's inevitable that one day they pass on and you are left heartbroken but so much richer for having had them share your life.
    Loved your gingerbread house photos. We got to see them on our trip. We had the most wonderful time . You have got me hooked on Susan branch too and I bought her latest book and calendar from Martha's Vineyard when we went for the day. Lucky you getting to meet her. Take care x

  5. Oh, Erin, I can see why you cried for joy! Illumination night looks like absolute MAGIC! If I ever visit Martha's Vineyard, I want to be there for this! Your pictures are breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing it all with us! xoxo

  6. Illumination night is absolutely magical. I've been 3 times and each time it is exciting to see the switch flicked and the illumination beginning. And the people are so nice and as you said, proud of their lanterns and their work.

    I am so sorry to hear about Lola. I know how much you adore your pets. My condolences.

  7. Looking nice. This place is perfect for holiday. Travesti

  8. What a great trip!! So glad that you enjoyed your time back in New England! Can't wait to hear about you meeting your idol!


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