Saturday, August 3, 2019

Wings and Wheels

Went to the coast today to the Owl's Head Transportation Museum for their day of "Wings and Wheels" when they bring out the restored vintage airplanes and take them up for demonstrations.  They entertain the crowd with many different demonstrations from the high wheeled bicycles to rides in a Model T.

Here are some of the things Mike was interested in.  Today was all about letting him enjoy himself, and I tagged along for company. 






 These "hit or miss" engines are always fun to check out.

And last but not least........this is a 1967 Camaro and I had one just like it when I was single. 


This was one special car and I wish I still had it.  I bought mine for $1,375.00 and it is worth about $20,000.00 now (restored estimate).

A lot of things didn't go the way we had planned for them to today but at least there were no mishaps and we got home safely. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Carol

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mini Vacation To The Coast of Maine - A Haunted Fort & Celtic Celebration

Mike and I got away for a couple of days, from the hills of western Maine where we make our home to the east coast.

First stop was at the haunted Fort Knox in Penobscot, Maine.  The fort did not disappoint. All the dark nooks and crannies and twisted corridors were a delight.  It was a bit tricky navigating some areas but Mike used the flashlight on his phone and guided me through safely.










Here's a view of Penobscot Bay.....



After a long day touring the fort we headed to Searsport, Me to a quaint old motel called the Yardarm.




This charming motel offered us a wonderful night's sleep in a spacious and comfortable bed. A continental breakfast was all that was needed to send us on our way to Belfast, Me for a Celtic Celebration on the waterfront where Mike's friend, Frank, was playing with a Celtic group.






Frank in the red shirt....

While at the park in Belfast I got the opportunity to walk a labyrinth and pray, something I have always wanted to do. 


We had a great couple of days but as always......coming home is such a relief.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed our adventures.
Hugs,
Carol

P.S. I tried to load a video but unfortunately it is not working.

Monday, July 22, 2019

One Person's Weed is Another's Wildflower

Originally this post was just about showing you the plant growing outside my front window but it has turned into so much more for me. 

It's a reminder of how my first husband treated me like a weed, cutting me down time and time again, not letting me blossom.  A sad time, a most trying time, but like a weed I came back year after year and dug my roots deeper for survival.  Then after 23 years, a bloom appeared and my root system, in the form of a good job, a church family, and a few friends who supported my growth, strenthened me enough to make the change I needed to survive and I divorced him. 


Then I met a man,  one who had been treated like a weed.  He saw the wildflower in me and nurtured it like a skillful gardener.  Together we began to blossom and have been doing so for 24 years.  It's a beautiful garden we live in; filled with kindness, compassion, empathy, gratitude, and love for each other and the good life we have nurtured.


Our hearts are full.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I wish you much happiness.
Carol  



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Full Moon Not Letting Me Sleep



The only thing that would make this any brighter is if it was winter and there was some new fallen snow. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Carol

Monday, July 15, 2019

Spruced-up Yard Sale Finds for my Garden

Things didn't go the way we planned Saturday morning so we added in hitting a couple of yard sales.  I found these three garden statues that were in desperate need of some loving care and for only $1.00 each was quick to grab them up and take them home.

Here's what I've done with them -


The little rabbit had a white flower and faded eyes and little nose so after Mike scrubbed them down to remove the dust and grime I gave the rabbit a nice pink flower and some new black eyes and nose.



The frog hadn't been painted at all so I opted for giving him a nice sunflower and some green eyes as well as adding a bit of color to some of the little flowers along the base. 



Last but not least, the first one I had to have was this little bird bath.  Horrid yellow and red paint!  Oh no, this mushroom needed some help fast and now has a lovely bluebird of happiness adorning it's edge.




A fun little project to tackle.  

Wishing you a wonderful new week.  Thanks for visiting with me today.
Carol

















Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tour of the Norway Opera House

This wonderful place called the Norway Opera House has been undergoing restoration for as long as I can remember, well at least the 14 years I've lived in Norway, Maine.  I don't know if I will live to see any concerts or plays performed there but today our tour guide did a fantastic job.

Here are a few of the photos I snapped, having heard the Opera House is haunted. Hoping to catch an apparition or orb, I kept myself open to encouragement from the spirits. I think the only ones haunting me were the ones I drank last night.  I hope you enjoy the photos.






our tour guide






Thursday, July 4, 2019

God Bless the USA - I'm Proud to be an American~ Lee Greenwood Lyrics





One of my favorite quotes is, "You hit the lottery when you were born in the United States" (1999) Warren Buffett.  Be blessed this 4th of July.

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Grand Vacation

Well, it has been what seems like ages since I posted on Blogger.  I do hope everyone is enjoying life and in good health.  Even with my ups and downs, physically, we decided to take a week-long vacation on the west coast to attend a 2nd cousin's wedding, visit the Grand Canyon, and visit with our widowed sister-in-law. 


Shelby & Nick


Me & my Godmother (Aunt) Vivian who is 89 years old


Me meeting Lisa (on left) whom everyone said we looked like sisters.  It was very interesting and she is a wonderful lady.  It felt like we were two sisters having a good time together.  (Sorry for the blurred photo, it was hot and humid at the time and the phone screen kept fogging up.)  I wish it was a clearer photo. 


This is the Pink Jeep Tours we went on, it was a tour of the South Rim, and our Native American Guide, William, was most delightful.  The kindest man.  I got to sit in the front seat with him for the more comfortable seat.  We also had another passenger who had some physical problems and he did everything to make sure she got a great view from where she sat as she didn't get out of the Jeep very often.  The group we were with was awesome; great conversation and lots of fun times.

Here a a few Grand Canyon photos I took with my phone. We were so fortunate to have a fairly clear day so we could see across to the North Rim which most people don't get the chance to do.





My sister-in-laws fireplace in Albuquerque, NM.


Eagle-eye Carol spotted a road runner on the roof too. 

I went on vacation with my weight being 123.8 and today it is .....


I am very pleased.  And, I didn't deny myself anything.  

I hope everyone had a great week last week.  Since coming home I've been sleeping 12 hr. and eating one meal a day because I am not hungry.  Must confess I ate half of a Whoopie Pie last night at 6 p.m. (had to get it in before my 7 p.m. cut-off).  It was pretty darn good. 

Enjoy the new week, whatever you do.  Drive safely, and smile.
Thanks for stopping by.
Carol