Sunday, June 21, 2009

Home Again

It's always so much fun to be home again after a trip! Going places and seeing friends is wonderful, but I love getting into my own bed. The man I hang around with and Zack picked me up at the airport very late Thursday night. I had Nikki all lined up to take care of the airport chore, but someone else wanted to stay up late (gasp!). I know! It's been many years since a man wanted to pick me up at the airport. Obviously, this is a very nice man.

Anyway, this is my first lengthy time at the computer since I left on June 8. I had thoughts of posting from the road, but I was having too much fun to sit and type. That's a good thing. I have no stitchy pictures for you right now (I was also having too much fun to stitch much), so here are some pretty pictures from my travels. I flew into Burlington, Vermont, stayed a few days with friends down by Middlebury, and then drove to see another friend who lives in Bath, Maine. After a few days there, I drove back to Vermont. I had a couple of driving adventures due to a mixture of crappy Mapquest directions (my theory is that some of their employees think it's funny to send users on crazy trips through small towns) and operator error (me?). I had to use a lifeline on the way back to Vermont when I was in a downpour near Killington. I phoned my friend Diane (a challenge in the cell phone black hole that is Vermont) to ask if I was really and truly on the right track. Eventually, all intended destinations were reached without tears or law enforcement contact.

First, the lupines were amazing all through Maine. There were fields of them by the sides of roads, next to houses ... just everywhere. My mom loves flowers, so here's one of the pictures I took for her ...

We went to dinner one night in Harpswell, Maine, and here's a picture of the sunset we enjoyed on the way back to Bath. Do you see that rock in the bay? There's a seal on top of it, but it's a little tough to see.

And below is a picture of the lighthouse at Popham Beach in Maine. On one of the gorgeous days we had, we walked the beach. Too, too pretty.

And how about a view of the Adirondacks across Lake Champlain? You can't see the lake, but the mountains are on the other side of it. This was taken right down the road from where my friends live in Cornwall, Vermont. I love it there.

I worked very hard at doing my part to stimulate the economy, and a money diet is in effect for the rest of the summer. No buying unnecessary items ... right up until I see that fabric/fiber/project I can't resist. If I'm struck by the urge, there may be a few more pictures you may have to endure in future posts.
Since today was Father's Day, I was over at the folks' house to visit. I brought ready-to-freeze blueberry ice cream over, and Dad helped me with the ice cream freezer. Mmmmm, good! Mom has been through two chemo treatments and is feeling pretty good. We're all pleasantly surprised at this point. So your prayers and good thoughts and chants are working! Thank you again for your efforts.
I'm still hard at work catching up at home and in blogland, and I haven't yet had time to visit everyone. I missed all of you and your news, and it's wonderful to get back into the rhythm of the blogs. When taking much-needed breaks from closet-cleaning (ugh, please save me), stash-reorganization (very scary but so much fun) and general scouring, blogland will be my first choice for procrastination. Stitching will have to be put into the schedule, of course, and we'll see how that pans out. Until the next post ... make some fun.


VALIE said...

Welcome back ! Glad you have enjoyed your trip. And good to hear your Mum is valiantly going through the chemos and all. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Ellen said...

Glad to have you back with us. Happy to know your mum is doing well, will continue to send positive thoughts your way.


mainely stitching said...

Oh, I love the photos! As soon as I saw those lupins, even before reading the text, I thought, "Maine!" LOL!

I'm glad your mom is doing so well. Keeping her (and the family) in my thoughts!

staci said...

Looks (and sounds) like you had a wonderful trip. Thought about you as we drove through your neck of the woods this past weekend :)

Glad to hear that your mom is holding her own...Good For Her!!!

Patti said...

I'm so pleased to see you back again and that your Mom is coping well with the chemo - keeping everything crossed for her. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Siobhan said...

Woohoo!! I'm so glad you are back--you were missed very much. :) Thanks SOOOOOO much for sharing the photos. We used to spend a week on Lake Champlain every summer and just thinking of it brings back good memories. :)

I'm glad to hear your mom is doing well--she remains in my thoughts & prayers!

Jan said...

OH so good to have you back, dear! You have been missed, but oh what lovely scenic views!! True Happiness is having a vacation exceed all expectations and it sounds like yours fit that description. Thrilled to hear your mother is doing well, during the treatment, will keep those prayers coming!

Deb said...

The lupines are just breath-taking....we walked by a small field of them last week on our Wed. walk (join us anytime) on the Highline Canal. I have never been beyond New York state....I must go! I have a similar Mapquest was like living in the film "Deliverance". Keeping you and your mother in my thoughts and prayers, love and hugs, Deb

Jennifer said...

Sounds like you are having lots of fun! Thats great!!!
Glad the treatments are going well for your mom. I know that has to be hard.
I'm glad you are back. Get some R and R and just enjoy the summer.
Looking at those mountains reminds me of where I live. There are some beautiful views too up in the North Georgia mountains. Love the mountains.


Deb said...

Your pictures are wonderful Doris, and it sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time. That part of the country is so beautiful. More good wishes and prayers for your mom. Glad to hear that she is doing well.

Brigitte said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures. Maine is on my list for one of my next visits in the US.

Margaret said...

Doris! You were in my territory! lol! We used to go up to Vermont constantly since my daughter attended summer camp up there. And Maine? Maine!!! We tend to go there every summer -- although not this summer unfortunately. Popham Beach is one of our favorite spots!!! :D