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My favorite vacation spot – the Pine Tree State #bloghop

Originally posted in 2012, I decided to edit and share again. We all have our favorite vacation destination.  Ours is New England, specifically we LOVE Maine!  In the early to mid 80s, DH got interested in New England.  It took us five years before we actually moved from wishful thinking to actually doing anything about it. June 1988 we celebrated our 10th anniversary and we wanted an extraordinary vacation. We committed ourselves in April of that year to visit the Pine Tree State with our 11-month old baby girl, DD#1.

Our destination was Boothbay Harbor, Maine but we planned to visit nearby states. We drove nearly non-stop, except for filling the tank and bathroom stops, the entire 2,000 miles.  We capitalized on our time when not on the road ~ diaper changes, got snacks out, breast-fed, swapped drivers, … “How did DD#1 do on the long trip,” you ask.  She did beautifully!

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

We crossed the Maine state line 18-hours after leaving Knoxville. We stopped at the Welcome Center and  I’ll never forget that moment.  The woodsy pine smell filled my nostrils and the gentle waves of the morning fog rolling in made me feel like I was in a story tale.  The nippy air felt more like fall than early June.  Unprepared for the temperature change, I left Knoxville 90º conditions wearing only shorts and a t-shirt. but I did pack accordingly for Maine’s unpredictable weather swings and despite the chill against my skin it was exhilarating…almost breath-taking.

Arriving in Boothbay Harbor a couple of hours later, entering the quaint seaside village transported us into another world.  The absences of city noise was almost deafening, but the peacefulness engulfed my soul with a relaxing sense.  Our hotel was right on the harbor and the ocean was literally under us.  We had a spacious corner room with windows on both sides with two king size beds.  Exhausted, we collapsed into bed for a few hours.  I count myself blessed that our baby girl who slept most of the 20+ hours trip; rested quietly beside me until I got up refreshed.

Portland Head Lighthouse

 

Mt. Washington Inn Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

We spent the next 9-days eating blueberry pancakes for breakfast and fresh coastal seafood for dinner, scouting and visiting lighthouses, a day trips to Bar Harbor to visit Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor or Mt. Washington Inn in New Hampshire, and having ice cream at the world famous Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont.  This was the first of three trips to Maine.  We returned in 1997 on business and again in 2004 for our 20th anniversary;  all as nice as the first.  In fact, when we talk sometimes about our next vacation we speak of going back to The Pine Tree state, our favorite vacation destination.  Who knows… maybe next time, we’ll get to see the ever elusive moose.

 

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

 

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Wayback Wednesdays Hodgepodge

Have you forgotten me? Gee, I sure hope not! For the past couple of week’s I was buried with DS’s graduations and life in general by the time Wednesday rolled around, it was kinda like zing and it was gone – no blog hops!

It’s been rather shameful on my part because I have kinda abandoned my co-host position with my lovely partner in crime Angela from Mommy Time Out in her mid-week fun with Wayback Wednesdays. That being said, I’m committed today to hop and hop I shall!

Angela is in the 80s groove. Who can blame her? That was an awesome era for music. Personally speaking, there are far too many songs from this decade to pin it down to one song but this morning this one takes me wayback…

 

To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please)
Now that I’m in the blog hop zone, let me jump on my magic carpet and hop fly over to From This Side of the Pond for more fun.

Here’s what Joyce is asking this week…

1. What is a pet peeve you have when vacationing?

If you’ve followed my posts, then you know real vacations are far and few between for us. However, I do remember enough about them to know what really grates my nerves and that is a guest who check in late at night or who come in late. There’s so much banging around. Luckily, it doesn’t drive me insane for too long and that’s only because I’m so dead tired I almost fall back to sleep immediately.

Every vacation we’ve taken has been thousands of miles from home. We drive straight through and once we hit our destination, we’re always on the go. Naturally, when bedtime comes we’re all knocked out.

 

2. Would you describe yourself as a light packer or do you need everything in your closet plus the kitchen sink?

Packing light has always been my style. I hate wooling with lots of baggage period. My strategy always is to think versatile in the types of clothing I throw into the suitcase. That’s not easy especially when all of our vacating in the past has been for a family of five. It should be bunches easier now that we’re down to three. Perhaps, if we’re blessed then next spring we can actually take real vacation, like Maine. Oh I love that place!

3. What’s the best lesson a child ever taught you?

Patience. Before parenthood, I considered myself to be pretty impatient. I’m not going to lie to you in saying I’ve got this down cold because I haven’t. But…having wee ones helped to slow down my pace to fit theirs.

In retrospect, I wish I had slowed down even more than I did. There were times I was too hurried and aggravated where I didn’t want wee ones to create more of a time crunch problem. My attitude was wrong. I now know why patience fit grandparents like a glove. They learned this lesson the first go around and don’t want to make the same goof-ups again.

I’m not a fortune-teller (don’t believe in them), but if I were I would say, “I see…yes, I see a future with less stress, more relaxation, and the attitude of ‘stop & smell the roses’ kind of ora surrounding me along with lots of little happy faces in my presences.”

 

4. Share one piece of advice you’d give a recent graduate as they attempt to enter the job market?

The most important thing I can offer to a new graduate is to pray. Ask God to open your heart as to where to apply and what door to walk through. Keeping God in the center of your life is the most important thing. Sometimes God gets left out when we think we got this far on our own, but that’s not true – entirely. God plays a huge role in where we are at any given point.

5. What’s your favorite lemon something?

Hmmm, I like lemon usually best in baked goods. One of my favorites is my lemon-blueberry pound cake with a lemon glaze. Yummy it’s so good for the tummy!

 

6. Flat sandal, wedge, heel…your favorite footwear?

Being a petite gal standing only 5’2″ I need elevation. I like heels the best – classic pumps are usually my first choice because they are the most comfortable to wear, but I do love wearing strappy sandal heels when the weather is warm. Heels make for pretty sexy legs, too. *wink-wink* Go ahead and whistle, I love it! Hey girls like compliments and I take this as one when it happens on the rare occasion.

 

7. What do you like best about a beach holiday? If you’re not a beach lover (GASP!!) what do you dislike the least?

It’s not like I dislike a the beach, but rather it be my least preferred get-a-way spot. I’m not a sun goddess. I like the ocean, but I prefer seeing the sights especially of a rugged, rocky shores along the New England coast. That being said, my best part of beach life are the lighthouses. I love, love, love visiting these mysterious and romantic spots.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some of our Maine lighthouses vacation pictures from 2004, if you want to take a peak at them then click here.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Life is good, don’t you agree? This week, I’ve stepped my blogging game up with my PR Friendly campaign.  This is an idea I’ve toyed with for…a year give or take a few months. What promoted me to put the metal to the pedal is a sponsor requested to use space on my blog. No turning back now! My first commitment and ad is now in place. A couple of days of work and wha-lah, I a little extra money in my pocket PayPal account. The best part of it all is I didn’t have to leave the house to do it.  That’s almost like magic, huh? I think I can like this sort of thing, if I can turn a serious profit doing it. Hey world-wide web, I want more sponsors and I want to do product reviews and giveaways.

No need to freak. Blogging is still about content and visits from friendly little ole memes just like this. This the most important thing to me. I just wanna be your friend coz I’m just the girl next door after all. I will admit the money is very, very nice, but the reality is I’m not going to be a millionaire like the teenage girl on MySpace. Did you hear about it? Ashley Qualls made her fortune by allowing sponsored ads on her page. Can you imagine? It’s too much of a stretch for my imagination to think someone can make THAT kind of money with something as simple, as Google’s AdSense. It just goes to show how powerful the Internet is. This young lady was ahead of her time.

I guess sponsors can pay someone like me peanuts compared to what large advertising firms or newspapers or magazines would charge to run a layout.  The benefit becomes mutual between a sponsor and a little social networker like myself. It’s a win-win situation all the way around. Ashley definitely proved it’s possible to do big things with a small idea. Way to go, Ashley!

Why not link up at below….

 

Joyce is such a sweetheart! And, you’ll meet a lot of new delightful friends to boot!

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What/Where in the World?

What in the world is going on here? I figured it was time for a facelift – a virtual facelift that it is. The cosmetic type is too costly and frankly a little scary. I’m afraid I may look like Joan Rivers. I’m sorry, but it’s true!

Photo Courtesy of CBS News

Not that Joan is scary, but the cosmetic surgery process and outcome. You just don’t know what you’re going to look like after you come through it.

Aging gracefully will have to come naturally on my terms. Meanwhile, my blog is getting a new look! I’ve contemplated doing a complete do over with another blog. In fact, I took my blogger pal, Les from Time Out For Mom, suggestion to simply set up a test blog to tinker with until I found something I like.

Scraping this blog and starting from scratch sounded like a painful process, as I thought on it. You know, getting my current followers to migrate to my new blog and importing my original blog contents into a new blog would take a lot of work. Instead, I just decided to revamp THIS blog. In short, this equals far less work and headache.

Whew doggies, I will say this much a blog facelift is easier done than the facial kind. I’m not done yet, but I’ll get there. Who knows, maybe I’ll be like Joan Rivers and decide another change is order if I’m not happy with this facelift.

What in the world have you been up to? Besides pulling my hair out from graduation and college preparation, I have worked my backside off, literally. I’ve pushed myself to get those jiggly places not so jiggly anymore. I’ve ridden my stationary bike for a minimum of an 90-minutes most days in which time I can log 20 miles. Yesterday, I stepped my game up and pedaled 40 miles. Whew, all I can say is shaping my blog up is much easier work than it is to do the ole body!

Why torment myself, you ask. Other than appearance, (I’m not a vain person, but I do take pride in the way I look) my number one fear is Type II Diabetes. This runs throughout my family. My grandparents have it, my mother has it, and most of her siblings have it. The real kicker here is none of them are what I would consider obese people but obviously enough overweight to cause the Type II gene to go bonkers. Now, they’re stricken with this disease for the rest of their lives. I don’t want any part of that world!

Where in the world are you today – physically and emotionally? I count my lucky stars and thank the good Lord above for blessing with excellent health. We have only one body. It’s up to us to make the most of it. The Bible tells us our body is the temple of the Lord, and yet many people abuse the temple. I can’t point a finger at anyone without pointing four back at myself. I’m guilty of abusing my body, too.

What folks often time fail to see is that emotional well-being is an intricate part of having physical wellness. Bad habits such as over-eating, smoking, alcohol or drug dependency are by-products of stress, guilt, low self-esteem, anger, depression, etc in our lives. Recognizing, managing, or eliminating emotional turmoil is the key to your success for a healthy, youthful, and beautiful you.

Where in the world would you like to be? With this wacky school year winding down, my mind keeps wondering to a little vacation or staycation time or anything that has to do with relaxation is marvelous!

Going through our waist deep mound of photos for the slide show presentation stirred the yearning to return to Maine. What a beautiful place that is, especially along the coast line! Those mysterious, romantic lighthouse along the rocky shore captive my imagination. It would be awesome to spend a night in one, don’t you think? Take a look for yourself…

Nubble Light

Portland Head Light

Off Portland Head Light’s shore

Pemiquid Light

 

Marshall Point

 

Owl’s Head Light

Bass Light

** All vacation photos featured shot by my DH in 2004. Kindly, do not remove photos without permission.**

 

Link up with Miss Jenny for more ‘W’ post and follow me over to Miss Amanda’s for T2Q.

My Thursday 2 Questions are:

1. What do you think of my blog face lift? Be honest now, you won’t hurt my feelings, much. lol Nah, I have thick skin, so go ahead!

2. Where in the world would you like to take a vacation and why?

If you like to dance or just like to listen to music, then come back for Monday’s Music Moves Me. Next week’s theme is a freebie pick meaning it’s your call on what music you want to share. I hope to see you aboard the Love Train!

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Meet Me on Monday – Best food dish to Breakfast for dinner

Thanks for joining in this week’s MMoM little Q&A session hosted by the lovely Java.  Here are my responses to her questions.

 

1. What is the best dish you can make?   Chilli. I’m the type of cook who doesn’t measure my spices – I just season to taste. So, if you ask me for my recipe, then I’d have to give you the basics and you’re on your own. Nope, I’m not throwing you under the bus. Spices are a personal preference is all.

 

2. How often do you change your sheets?   Not as often as most, but do on a case by case base. We take our showers in the evening so this is a huge help to keeping the bedding cleaner when we snuggle between the sheets than if we were only morning bathers.

 


3. What is the longest car trip you have ever taken?  We drove from Knoxville, Tennessee to Bar Harbor, Maine. Nearly 1200 miles and roughly 20 plus hours (a lot of plus hours) on the road

 

4. What is your favorite fruit?  Mmm, I love home-grown yellow delicious apples the best! The sweet, juicy goodness from this variety makes my taste buds sing.

 

5. Would you rather have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?  I definitely prefer breakfast for dinner. A stack of pancakes served with maple syrup, a side of sausage, and fresh hot coffee is hard to beat!

 

 

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