Sunday, January 31, 2016

I get a little warm in my heart when I think of Winter

I stole the title of my post from Tori Amos' song, "Winter". It's one of my favorites. I have always loved Winter. Winter is a beautiful season in New England but lately it has been unseasonably warm. In fact most of our Winter here in New England has been too warm.

Due to our mild temperatures, the opening ceremony for our outdoor skating rink on the Town Common had been delayed from December 23rd to January 2nd to January 16th to finally January 23rd. We had the good fortune of having the rink donated by Celli Century 21 and Cassidy Brothers Landscaping.

So we had our opening ceremony on January 23rd which was a bitterly cold day. Go figure, from one extreme to the other. Of course we want cold temperatures in order to maintain our outdoor skating rink but there was a ridiculous wind chill that day. The ice was pristine and inviting.

The wind on my face took me back to days skating or trying to skate on the ice at my elementary school's outdoor rink. I remember my Dad skating behind me and holding me under my arms to prop me up. The chill in the air burning my cheeks and my feet almost numb from the cold. I felt secure in his arms and developed my love for the cold of Winter on that rink so many years ago.

Years later, I took figure skating lessons and I skated at indoor rinks with friends. Practicing a couple of times a week. Feeling that familiar chill on my cheeks as I skated round and round at much faster speeds. Loving every minute of it.

Happy Memories of Winter as in the song "Winter".

I get a little warm in my heart when I think of Winter,
I put my hands in my Father's glove.

As I watched the kids skate, I hoped they formed joyful memories from this outdoor rink. The sisters who held hands as they skated, the youth hockey team who officially opened the rink with a ceremonial skate, the rosy cheeked little girl all bundled up in her pink ski jacket, the Dad with his son. As for me, I may possibly take a spin for old time's sake.

Cuz I get a little warm in my heart when I think of Winter.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Stuck in 2015?

Stuck in 2015 because I spent hours making this collage and then I couldn't upload it. I must have redone the collage 3 times. Oh well at least I got it on the blog.

So continuing with the year's highlights. In May, I went to Newport for the day and I stayed until after the sunset. It was beautiful eating by the ocean.

June brought warmer weather and I went on a sunset cruise in New Hampshire. I also took two photography workshops, one on edible flowers and styling for photos and the second one was food photography. I learned a lot and they were enjoyable.  I also cat sat for two adorable kitties, Leo and Forest. That is Forest hiding on the top of the refrigerator. I thought I had lost him, the little devil.

In July, the L'Hermione the French tall ship came to Boston. My sister saw some of her reenactor friends there. We had lunch afterwards at the Boston Harbor Hotel. I also saw the Amazing Acrocats perform. Yes you can train a cat! I enjoyed the evening with friends Deb and Paul.

August was another fun month. We celebrated my sister's birthday with a day trip to York, Maine. We ate lobster blts with friends Mary, Don and Debbi, went down by the beach and sat in the sun by Nubble Light. I also went to the fireworks in Rockport with my sister and our friend Gena.

In September, I went to the Vintage Bazaar which is an annual event for me. It was as good as ever and the weather was perfect. My sister and I visited Mary and Don again in York, Maine as they rent a cottage there. Sheila and Don did some plein air painting. Another great day. I also photographed the Melrose Victorian Fair.  Gena and I went to a lantern festival in Newburyport. It was breathtaking.

The Food Truck Festival came to my hometown in October and we were blessed with a fantastic Fall day. The foliage was gorgeous on the common and the eating was fantastic. My sister and friend Gena went with me. I ate way too much but oh what fun! The Festival is coming this year as well.

November was my month to host the Traveling Teapot. I belong to a Facebook group of the same name and each month a different hostess receives the teapot, takes it on adventures and blogs about it.  I had a teapot photo shoot by the Stoneham Police Box, took it to my friend Pauline's for a tea party, took it to the home of Louisa May Alcott and took it to work. I went to see a Q&A and book signing by Giada DeLaurentiis with my friend Wendy. I also hosted my first Thanksgiving at my home.

You may have read my post with my Christmas Bucket List. So in December I was busy with activities like going to see Christmas lights at Nubble Lighthouse in Maine and the infamous Jolie's Christmas party. Gena and I went to a tea burning reenactment in Lexington. I went to the Wakefield Holiday Stroll and had hot chocolate at Burdick's in Harvard Square and of course I watched It's A Wonderful Life. And it was a wonderful holiday season!

A little long winded but there you go. I am no longer stuck in 2015. I am ready for big changes in 2016 and I can't wait!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Year in Review 2015, Part 1

2015 was quite a full year. I had so much going on that I am going to need more than one blogpost to share it with you.

The year started off in sadness as my Mom passed away in January. She had a stroke in 2004 and was in a nursing home ever since. As the months go by I am remembering her as my Mom, a vibrant woman who loved fashion, her family and close circle of friends and animals. The memory of my mother as a stroke victim is fading away. She was stylish as a young woman (pictured here with my sister) and for most of her life.  In fact, she was often described as elegant. She once confessed to me that she wished she had gone to school for fashion.

Here's another pic of my Dad, Mum and sister. My mother loved to dress us in the latest fashions as well.

We said a final goodbye to my mother on a bitter cold day and shortly thereafter it snowed. And snowed and snowed and snowed. 101 inches in Boston in about 6 weeks. My condo was buried with snow and we had to get a bobcat to stack the snow on two different occasions. It was a costly Winter for sure.

At the beginning of March, I ventured out. The lure of a crepe party at our family friend Jolie's house sent me up to Georgetown, MA on a bitter cold night. This was my sister's Christmas present to everyone and Jolie became our personal chef. It was a magical evening.

I had fun at some Chamber of Commerce events and tried something different for one of their photos. I take their event photos. This one was at a store called Madison Ave.

2015 was the year of the house concert as I attended two of them in the Winter. What a nice way to gather with friends old and new.  This is a concert at Diane's house in Arlington.

And this concert was in the music room of friend's Deborah and Roger in Concord.

We had a family party in April for my Aunt who turned 85. I love this photo of her. It was nice to see family especially those I never see who came up from Florida.

Well, I have many more months to cover so I hope you will stay tuned for the next installment of 2015, a year in review.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Today we are lazing around and we didn't even go out on New Year's Eve. I guess I'll have to do the year in review in my next post. No time to go through all my photos tonight.

I did complete 11 of the 15 items on the Christmas Bucket List. I must admit the list was rather ambitious. It was good that I had racked up the vacation days so I had time to do some fun things this season.

Wishing everyone a fantastic 2016!


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