Friday’s Thought – The Passage of Time

first autumn leaf

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.”

(Hal Borland)

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Off Seeking New Adventures…

I’ll be away from my computer for the next 10 days, so my posts will likely be sporadic.  Fortunately, carrying along a camera is always easy.  Hope you’ll stick around to learn where I’ve gone…

the lone traveler

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
(Ernest Hemingway)


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Friday’s Thought – Making Music

stream flowing over rocks

“If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.”

(Carl Perkins)

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My Favorite Things – A Day In the White Mountains (Part II)

On my recent trip with my mom to see New Hampshire’s White Mountains, we spent the night at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.  As you can see from these photos, the views are pretty spectacular and the star of the landscape is of course…Mount Washington.  While I DO like to hike, the conditions sort of need to be right; in this case, my potential hiking companion got a new knee only 6 months ago, so that ruled out any long or strenuous walks.  Aw shucks.

Imagine our delight, then, when we learned that we could actually take the Cog Railway all the way to the summit of Mount Washington!  Travelling at the breakneck speed of 5 miles per hour, the trip to the top takes about 45 minutes.

 On our train we were in the very capable hands of a knowledgeable and friendly Conductor…

train conductor

Who not only pointed out the sites and told us local lore, but also helped guide the engineer who was driving “blind” from the engine at the back of the train.


At 11:30 a.m. sharp, the engineer blew the whistle and up we started.

and up we go

In the woody terrain, we passed a moose…


While the steam engine train passed us on it’s return trip down the mountain.

Steam railway on the Cog line


steam train goes by us

On a mountain known for some of the worst weather on the continent and only 62 days per year of clear skies, luck was on our side.

view from near the summit of Mount Washington

(They weren’t as lucky, missed the train and had to climb to the top by foot.)

hikers ascending Mount Washington

The ascent got steeper and steeper as we went…

almost to the top of Mount Washington

While the air cooled down nicely…

the view at the top from inside the train

And then we reached the end of the line.

the end of the line

On a clear day the visibility is 300 miles and encompasses 5 states!  So if you happened to be in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York…

top of Mount Washington

Maine, Quebec…

more heaven and earth

Or, even in Heaven yesterday…

seeing heaven and earth

I’m pretty sure I could see you!  

After an hour spent soaking in the sun and the views (hey, look Ma, there’s a train on that mountain…)

little train in the distance

It was “all aboard” for our crew, and down the steep descent we started.

hold on

We made sure to sit at the back of the train so that we could get a different perspective…

the long journey up

water tank

And I was grateful for the geriatric pace which allowed me to take millions of photos and say “hi” to the ascending trains.

friendly train conductors

And then we found ourselves back at the base station safe and sound.  Thanks to the Cog Railway for a lovely experience!

steam engine at rest




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My Favorite Things – An Overnight Escape to the Omni Mount Washington Resort Hotel (Part 1)

Visiting my mom in her little cabin in NH is always an experience – one that usually revolves around home-cooked meals, refreshing swims, glorious sunsets and fairly rustic living.  On my short visit this time though, we decided to “escape over the wall” and have an overnight vacation…from our vacation.

How spoiled are we?!

Our goal was to explore a bit of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, but instead of strapping on hiking boots and day packs, we hopped in the car and headed towards Bretton Woods and the Omni Mount Washington Resort. 

A few hours later, as we pulled into the driveway of the resort, I displayed rather un-resort-like behavior by jumping out of the car to snap this picture.

Mount Washington Hotel

(We weren’t the only guests checking in, but the old-world charm made us feel like royalty anyway!)

Painting of Mount Washington Hotel

The entry lobby was grand yet inviting…

Lobby of the Mount Washington Hotel


And the wrap-around, white-washed porch and wicker settees seemed to beg for us to spend the afternoon lounging. 

Wrap around terrace at Mount Washington Hotel

Looking towards Mount Washingon

But we decided to go exploring first and took the hotel shuttle to the Bretton Woods ski area for a  ride on the (free) scenic chair lift.

Riding the ski lift at Bretton Woods

The views of Mount Washington in the distance didn’t disappoint (and I’m happy to report that I didn’t lose my sandals or drop my camera!)

View of Mount Washington from the ski lift at Bretton Woods


After our strenuous workout riding the chair lift, it was back to the hotel for some quiet time…

Photo of my mom knitting and admiring the view at Mount Washington Hotel

And cocktails followed by dinner.

Champagne drinks overlooking Mount Washington

(If you’ve enjoyed this post, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for “Part II” where I’ll post pictures from our trek to the top of Mount Washington.)





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A Wee Bit of Shameless Product Promotion…

Guess what?  My mom ordered one of my tote bags recently from my shop at Society6 (thanks, Mom!) and since I happen to be visiting her, I got to “try it on” today.

Here’s a closeup so that you can see how nice the printing looks…

Close up of The Practice Session tote bag

And a little farther away to give some perspective (this is the 16×16 sized tote.)

The Practice Session2

Take it to your music lesson, or to the gym…

The Practice Session Tote bag

With plenty of room, sturdy construction and the image printed on both sides, you’ll look good coming and going!

The Practice Session tote on chair


P.S.  Other designs are available as well.  Take a look here.


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The Boho Girl – Sumi Ink and Marker Illustration by Joana Miranda

She’s part Bohemian, part party girl…and definitely a free spirit.  What’s not to like?

Polly for blog


(This illustration is now available on totes, phone covers, pillows and more in my shop at Society6!)

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