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!
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:
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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