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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Before we got on our respective planes, my sister offered me one of her two Emergen-C packets to take as a preemptive measure so we wouldn't get sick from catching something from someone on the plane. Her trip was going to be around 12 hours, so I told her to take one and keep the other for when she had her layover in Seattle. My flight was only 2 hours, so I wasn't too concerned. But wouldn't you know it, the man across the aisle from me sneezed. I have been sick all weekend with a fever and sneezes and body aches. Darn it!

I have been having a restful weekend. I am catching up on my reading, but falling behind on my exercise. Hopefully this coming week I'll be able to get back to it a gentle routine and by the weekend be back to my good old macho self. In the mean time, I finished reading 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.' It started out slowly, but got so scary and suspenseful I couldn't put it down. Next I plan to read 'Lost and Found in Cuba' by Jeanne Lemkau, who is a friend of mine.

Back to work tomorrow no matter how I am feeling. I missed three days when I left for Martha's Vineyard last week. The children are working on their Enchanted Forest acts to perform in the woods for the younger children on Friday. Plus I need to get their UNICEF boxes in order, etc. before Halloween.

A lovely sunset as seen from my brother's window.

I hope you have a lovely last week of October. This has certainly been a very beautiful month!

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MARY1313 10/25/2010 12:49PM

    Goodness! Every time I fly, I get sick because someone gets on the plane sick. I got sick a few weeks ago because a friend sent me some directions to something we were making and she was sick and I didn't know it. I was really sick!

Germaphob Mary

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AQUAJANE 10/24/2010 11:41PM

    What a relaxing picture! Hope you're feeling better.... emoticon

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DREMARGRL 10/24/2010 8:17PM

    Hope you'll feel much better starting out the new week. Love the picture of the sunset. Thanks for sharing.

Welcome home! XO MaryAnn emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 10/24/2010 8:05PM

    Sheesh... nice welcome home! Glad you're resting up though. Don't worry about the exercise, you'll catch up. Just feel better!

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IUHRYTR 10/24/2010 7:27PM

    Beautiful picture. Too bad you aren't feeling well. Will you be able to make to school tomorrow? I've heard good things about both books. Will have to check the library for them. Get better. -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 10/24/2010 6:34PM

    So sorry you're sick: all better soon!!

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MCGS62 10/24/2010 6:22PM

    Happy Halloween!!
Hope you feel better soon , seeing the kids tomorrow will surely help the spirit at least.
emoticonget some rest for te cold.


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Travelogue 2 - Walk at Aquinnah Cliffs

Thursday, October 21, 2010

These cliffs used to be called Gay Head, but the name has changed to Aquinnah and is part of the Wampanoag tribal lands.


It was hard to decide which photos to include, this is a place of such beauty and I think I must have taken at least 50 photos. I think the ones I posted do give a good idea of what a lovely location this is.

We got really good exercise that day! We walked in sand and over rocky beaches for a couple of hours in the wind. This is the kind of shore I really love.. cliffs and rocky beaches. We were the only people out braving the wind to enjoy the wild beauty of Aquinnah that day. While I really enjoyed the fun architecture of Oak Bluffs, this was my very favorite part of my visit to Martha's Vineyard.

Sandy path through the sea grass. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the wind was blowing about 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

The cliffs are composed of a very soft clay. It has the consistency of modeling clay, and the colors are gorgeous.

Of course I had to bring a couple of beach stones home. I bring home rocks from where ever I travel... they are my favorite souvenirs.

My brother and his dear friend.

I love my walks here at home, but I love this kind of hike most of all. I also love it that my brother can walk in such beauty this October.

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    Really looks like a great place to visit...and my favorite time of year.
I also collect rocks from visits except I followed tradition in Hawaii and left those for Pele.

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AQUAJANE 10/29/2010 7:45AM

    So relaxing even just looking at them!

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MCSNYDER1 10/26/2010 9:46PM

    What beautiful photos!!! How marvelous!!

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MARY1313 10/25/2010 12:52PM

    That place is just so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!!


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DASARMEHASEN 10/21/2010 1:29PM

    wow, what gorgeous scenery!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/21/2010 12:05PM

    Gorgeous! So glad you made that trip!! It's so cool to travel all over the world vicariously through my Spark friends who post their beautiful pictures from their travels!!! Thank you!


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IUHRYTR 10/21/2010 10:18AM

    Isn't nature beautiful? Thanks for the pictures. Makes me wish I could visit. -- Lou

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DOR2BFIT 10/21/2010 8:23AM

    Beautiful. I did a painting of the Gay Head cliffs a while ago- I'd send you a picture but my parents have requisitioned it. We spent a rainy week on Martha's Vineyard over 20 years ago. Walked in the rain, did jigsaw puzzles! emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 10/21/2010 6:51AM

    Love the pictures

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Travelogue 1 - Oak Bluffs

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One of the places we visited on Martha's Vineyard was Oak Bluffs. Oak Bluffs is a Victorian town with beautiful and ornate gingerbread Victorian architecture. In the town of Oak Bluffs is the Martha's Vineyard Campground Association. This was a place where people came to religious meetings at the Tabernacle. At first, in 1835, men, women, and children camped there in crowded tents. By the 1860's people started building more permanent structures - in the form of Victorian houses on a very small scale. What developed is a very charming village within the town of Oak Bluffs of very small gingerbread cottages, each one outdoing the other for detail and color. These are all built around the Tabernacle at the center of the campground.

From what I understand, none of these cottages are for sale - if you had enough money and one became available, you could purchase a 99 year lease.

Once a year, in the summer, they have a Grand Illumination. All of the houses are decorated with paper lanterns and they light up the night. Unfortunately, we were not there for the Grand Illumination, but we had a great deal of fun touring the campground and enjoying the architecture.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

My sister and brother in front of one of the gingerbread Victorians.

I really like the squirrel detailing on this one.

Rivendell, no less! I love the butterfly details.

It's all about hearts!

The 'Campground' is built around the Tabernacle.

This is a link to more about the history of the Martha's Vineyard Campground and Grand Illumination:

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    Oh, so sweet! Maybe my next trip.

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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2010 9:46PM

    So appealing: my kind of place! Thanks for the picture tour.

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MARY1313 10/20/2010 9:21PM

    wow I thought that picture of your sister was you! Love those cottages!

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IUHRYTR 10/20/2010 5:39PM

    I really enjoy history. This was fascinating. Lovely homes, too. It must have been exciting to see them all. -- Lou

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PUDLECRAZY 10/20/2010 4:58PM

    LOL! I could have driven! However, I am really glad I made myself get on that plane. I do love to travel and I hate to limit my adventures to places I can only reach by car.

Tomorrow, another travelogue installation.

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LMB-ESQ 10/20/2010 4:47PM

    What a pretty town! And just think what you would have missed if you hadn't conquered that fear of flying!

So glad you went!!! emoticon

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Back Home After a Fabulous Time With My Sibs

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The medication for the airplane worked like a charm. I am SO glad I went.

This is a very short blog since I just got back and am in need of a nap. I have many photos to show and am trying to figure out the best way to do that. Martha's VIneyard was very windy while we were there, but also exquisitely beautiful.

My brother is friends with the lighthouse keeper. She took us up for a private viewing and to enjoy the sunset over the ocean. She took this photo with our faces lit by the red lighthouse light.

This is a very charming lighthouse, as well as the one the Obamas visited on their trip to Martha's Vineyard.

While every sunset over the ocean was breathtaking, it was a treat to get some photos from the top of the lighthouse.

More later - right now: a NAP!

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FITGAL2010 10/24/2010 9:13PM

    Thanks for sharing... I've always wanted to go there. :) Lori

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KRITTERKEEPERS 10/21/2010 10:57PM

    Nice photos ~ and what a treat to visit inside the lighthouse! My DH would love that!

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MARY1313 10/20/2010 9:18PM

    oh that is great! love the pics!

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DOR2BFIT 10/20/2010 6:46AM

Nice to have friends in high places!

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    I can't wait for more photos. Hope you relaxed.

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IUHRYTR 10/20/2010 2:42AM

    emoticon back. Glad you had an uneventful flight. I can only imagine how gorgeous the view must have been from the top of the lighthouse. Isn't nature inspiring? Eager to see the pictures and to read of your adventures. -- Lou

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PENNYAN45 10/20/2010 12:07AM

    Welcome home! Glad you enjoyed your trip. Looking forward to your photos.


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DREMARGRL 10/19/2010 8:35PM

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! So happy that you had a great time!!!! XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2010 7:26PM

    Wonderful to know that there are meds out there that work: next time you'll book your flight without any worry!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/19/2010 4:53PM

    Nice pictures!!! Sounds like you had a very nice time! I guess it was worth the airplane ride!!

emoticon emoticonHope you had a nice nap!! emoticon emoticon

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Bye For a Week

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm heading for the airport in a couple of hours and should be in Boston around 1:00. I will wait for my sister to arrive, then we'll head to Martha's Vineyard together. It looks like we'll have a couple of rainy days, but we have never been a family who lets rain get in our way of enjoyment.

Neither of us are bringing our laptops, and my brother does not have a computer. We will just be focused on each other and outside activities. No blogs now until I get back. I hope to have some great pics to share.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a fabulous October weekend and a great start to next week.

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    Just what you needed!

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PENNYAN45 10/14/2010 5:34PM

    Enjoy your time with your family.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 10/14/2010 4:17PM

    Have a wonderful visit with your siblings!

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IUHRYTR 10/14/2010 11:21AM

    Have a safe and fun trip. -- Lou

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0309COOKIE 10/14/2010 11:11AM

    I will light a candle for your safe trip and I hope you have a great time!

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LADYNETTIE 10/14/2010 11:03AM

    Have a safe and fun journey

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LMB-ESQ 10/14/2010 7:16AM

    Have a wonderful trip!!!

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MARY1313 10/14/2010 7:15AM

    I hope you have an easy flight and a really good time with your sibs. Use your meds if you need them!



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