Fall New England Trip ~ Part 3

Fall New England Trip ~ Part 3

As you know, we took a fall vacation to the north east last month. It is such a picturesque area that I have had to break the posts up into three parts to share just a few of my pictures.

Part 1 (read HERE) covered the flight and a day, Sunday, in Portland, Maine.

Part 2 (read HERE) covered the next two days, Monday & Tuesday, which included a museum in Vermont, and a Facebook friends meetup in York, Maine. And now, we are here:

Wednesday

We left the condo and ate breakfast at nearby Peg’s Restaurant. We enjoyed the food so much that we said we were going to go back there again, but never made it.

New Hampshire, Peg's Restaurant, North Woodstock restaurants,

After we left Peg’s we took another scenic route (spoiler alert: they are ALL scenic routes!) to Portland Maine.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

We had another beautiful day and our plans were to board the Lucky Catch and learn how to catch lobsters!

Portland Maine, Lucky Catch, Lobster Boat,

The scenery from the water was just as impressive.

Portland Maine, Casco Bay

Portland Maine, Lobster Boat, Lucky Catch, Celebrity Cruise, Casco Bay

Celebrity Cruise Ship

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Lucky Catch, Lobster Boat, Sailboat, sea gull

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Shrimp Boat

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Fort Gorges

Fort Gorges

On the lobster boat, we learned how to bait the traps.

Lobster Boat, Lucky Catch,

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Lobster Boat

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Lobster Boat

We also emptied the traps of any lobsters and crabs that had been caught and then threw them back into the water.

Portland Maine, Lobster Boat, Lucky Catch

While Ed & Lisa were working, Mr. Menace got into a little mischief teasing the sea gulls…

Portland Maine, Lobster Boat, sea gulls

After our lobster fishing experience, we purchased our fresh lobsters and headed out with them to the Portland Lobster Company where they would prepare our lobsters and serve us up some sides and drinks to go along with them.

Funny thing though… if you were not taking your lobster home, but were taking it the few feet down the dock to the restaurant, there was some law that the lobster couldn’t be wrapped or hidden in a bag. You had to take it in your hand. So we marched down the boardwalk, lobsters in hand and then decided we should take a selfie with our live lobsters.

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Portland Lobster Company

Somehow, Ed held on to the camera button on his phone too long and it snapped about 20 pictures rapid fire! In the above picture, I was the only one realizing what was happening.

In the picture below, Ed had realized he did something wrong. Lisa was trying to see exactly what was going on. And Mr. Menace was still oblivious.

Portland Maine, Casco Bay, Portland Lobster Company

We were sure ready for our meal by this time. So we settled down at a picnic table outside on the dock.

Portland Maine, Portland Lobster Company, fresh lobsters

Cracking open a lobster isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Luckily the placemats had instructions for us.

Portland Maine, Portland Lobster Company, fresh lobsters

By the time we got it figured out, the meat was cold, but it was still good.

Portland Maine, Portland Lobster Company, fresh lobsters

And I learned how to do it so the next time I had lobster, I was a PRO!

THURSDAY

We didn’t have anything scheduled for Thursday. We decided to just ride and see what we saw. But first, BREAKFAST! Ed, our man in charge, picked another winner with Sunny Day Diner in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Lincoln New Hampshire, Sunny Day Diner

After breakfast, we started out to sightsee and we drove past the Indian Head Resort, which had this small firetower.

Lincoln New Hampshire, Indian Head Resort,

Lincoln New Hampshire, Indian Head Resort, tower views

It was a blustery cool day, but the views from the tower were magnificent.

Lincoln New Hampshire, Indian Head Resort, tower views

Lincoln New Hampshire, Indian Head Resort, tower views

We then rode a little further and came upon The Flume Gorge. We decided to take the 2 mile loop hike and boy was it worth it!

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

The pictures do not do it justice. It is a sight meant to be seen in person.

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

New Hampshire, The Flume Gorge

And of course I wanted a selfie when we made it to the top.

The trip back down was not as spectacular, but still beautiful in a different way.

New Hampshire

 

New Hampshire

I am an outdoor person and this is the kind of thing that I really enjoy doing.

You can watch a short video that I posted of the waterfall HERE. Take a look!

 

I thought I could finish our trip in 3 posts, but this post is getting too lengthy and heavy with pictures. You won’t want to miss the final episode though. I promise!

 

 

 

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A Love/Hate Relationship

A Love/Hate Relationship

During the heat of summer, they are life savers.

In the fall, their majestic beauty shines.

Oak Trees, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, fall cleanup

And when they drop their first few leaves, I enjoy raking.

Oak Trees, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, fall cleanup

But then the wind blows

Oak Trees, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, fall cleanup

and the leaves fall

Oak Trees, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, fall cleanup

and fall

Oak Trees, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, fall cleanup

and fall.

Oak Trees, raking leaves, composting leaves, burning leaves, fall cleanup

I mow leaves. I rake leaves. I compost leaves. (See how HERE.)  I burn leaves. I compost burnt leaves.

And I repeat.

And repeat.

And repeat.

 

But come next spring I will be loving them all over again! My oak trees.

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Are Facebook Friends Real Friends?

Are Facebook Friends Real Friends?

 

A lot of people talk about Facebook and “pretend” virtual friends. I know what they mean, but my Facebook friends are real friends. We have real conversations. We have common interests. In fact, most of my FB friends came from a gardening group I joined shortly after I started Facebook in 2008.

2009Facebook Friends Meetup

I had my first Facebook Friends Meetup the very next year. Grace and I live about 30 miles or so from each other. We met at the Botanical Gardens for the day. She was lovely and we were instant friends. In fact, we were already friends, this was just the first time we got together. We met again the next month at a plant sale. And then again in 2012.

 

2012

Thanksgiving 2012, my mama and my sister came to visit for the weekend and we all met our cousin Allen for the very first time. He and mama had email conversed for a while, but none of us had ever met before.

Facebook Friends Meetup

 

2014

In 2014, my Facebook Friend Suzette mentioned that she was traveling through Alabama and we made plans to meet for lunch.

Facebook Friends Meetups

I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with her because they were just passing through but it was awesome to put a voice with the person that I already knew.

 

2015

Then in 2015, I met one of my favorite gardeners, Heather!

Facebook Friends Meetup

Heather is also an author and she and Mr. Menace both were attending a local book signing event of which I was an organizer. We have been FB friends for many years and had planned a get together back in 2011 which was unavoidably postponed.

 

2016

As you may or may not know, part of my mission on this blog is to share with the world what a wonderful place Alabama is and I do that by sharing our travels. I have plans to visit all nooks and crannies and all four corners of this great state of Alabama.

Facebook Friends Meetup

In May, 2016, our trip was to north Alabama to Florence where we met up with my long time friend Traci and her husband! She was everything I knew she would be from our friendship on FB.

 

2017

And as I shared in my Fall New England trip post, I had a two-fer just last month! Lee from Massachusetts, and Jeannie from New Hampshire, long time FB garden friends, agreed to meet us for lunch in Maine.

Facebook Friends Meetup

 

For the people that don’t like or make fun of our FB friendships, I say, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING!

 

Have you had a meetup with Facebook friends?

 

 

 

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The Blogging Grandmother’s Holiday Giveaway

The Blogging Grandmother’s Holiday Giveaway

The Blogging Grandmothers Holiday Giveaway

I’ve partnered with some of my favorite blogging grandmothers for a holiday giveaway.

We have come together to give one grandmother who blogs a $50 Amazon eGift Card. Who couldn’t use that, right?

The hostesses for this giveaway are:

⦁ MiMi Clearissa – Clearissa Coward’s Command Center
⦁ Grammy Dee – Grammy’s Grid
• Nay Nay Renee – Grandmommin
• Ninny Nikki – Gwin Gal’s Inside and Outside Adventures
• Grandma Teresa – Aging Like a Fine Wine
• Nonna Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures 
• Mamal Diane – Mamal Diane

Giveaway ends November 20, 2017. Enter now!

 

 

If you’re looking for a place where you can brag about your grandchildren, discuss life at a particular age, just be yourself, make friendships, get blogging help and for networking then how about joining us the Blogging Grandmothers group at Facebook? It’s a private group exclusively for grandmothers that blog. We grandmothers have to stick together you know!

 

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Fall New England Trip ~ Part 2

Fall New England Trip ~ Part 2

I think we all slept twelve hours after our exhausting day on Sunday, (Read about that HERE), and we got up Monday anxious to see all we could see!

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

The morning was rainy and misty which makes for beautiful mountain pictures. This is the view outside our condo and above the next building of condos.

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

And this is the view outside the back of our condo.

Our plan was to drive towards Windsor, Vermont. But first, BREAKFAST! Along the way, Ed was very accommodating for mine and Lisa’s picture taking, slowing down, backing up, pulling over, turning around…  *Poor Ed*

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountains, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

Ed came through with a great choice for breakfast in Calamity Jane’s Restaurant in Warren, New Hampshire.

Fall in New England, New Hampshire restaurants, Calamity Jane's

Fall in New England, New Hampshire restaurants, Calamity Jane's

This little restaurant served up a delicious breakfast and the antique tables and decor were beautiful.

Fall in New England, New Hampshire restaurants, Calamity Jane's Fall in New England, New Hampshire restaurants, Calamity Jane's

Fall in New England, New Hampshire restaurants, Calamity Jane's

Across the street, we made Ed drive back and forth and around in circles trying to get the perfect pictures of this sweet little church and the rocket.  *Poor Ed*

Fall in New England, Warren New Hampshire

Fall in New England, Warren New Hampshire, Little White Church

Fall in New England, Warren New Hampshire, Little White Church

Fall in New England, Warren New Hampshire, rocketship

After breakfast we loaded back into the van and set out for Vermont. Of course the scenery slowed our progress.

White Mountain, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountain, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountain, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountain, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

White Mountain, New Hampshire, Fall Leaves, Misty morning

We eventually made it over to Windsor, Vermont, where we located the American Precision Museum, which was Mr. Menace’s choice of “things to do in New England.”

Windsor Vermont, American Precision Museum

This museum is located in an 1840’s Armory, which was saved from demolition in the 1960’s.

Windsor Vermont, American Precision Museum

It was fascinating to hear how about it’s past life as a gun factory for the Civil War.

Windsor Vermont, American Precision Museum, Civil War gun factory  Windsor Vermont, American Precision Museum, Civil War gun factory

Windsor Vermont, American Precision Museum, Civil War gun factory

Mr. Menace could have spent HOURS in this museum! But after seeing all the demonstrations and viewing all the machines, the rest of us were ready to move on and find some supper.

Tuesday morning dawned bright and sunny!

Lincoln New Hampshire, White Mountains, New England in the fall

We headed out for breakfast and again, Ed found a great spot at The Main Street Station in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

After filling our bellies, we did a little sight seeing and photo taking across the street.

Plymouth New Hampshire, Plymouth Church of Christ

Plymouth New Hampshire, Cannon captured by General Stark, Plymouth Town Hall

Plymouth New Hampshire, Cannon captured by General Stark, Revolutionary War, Plymouth Town Hall

Mr. Menace is a huge history buff and was all about exploring the cannon in front of the town hall. According to the plaque, it was captured from British troops during the Revolutionary War in 1777. The insignia on the cannon, shown below, is the British Crown above the letters GR for George III, Rex, King from 1760-1820.

Plymouth New Hampshire, Cannon captured by General Stark, Revolutionary War, Plymouth Town Hall

Next on the agenda was my choice of “things to do in New England”… LUNCH! haha not just lunch though, but lunch with FACEBOOK FRIENDS! Long time Facebook friends, Lee, from the Boston area,  and Jeannie, from south New Hampshire, had agreed to meet us for lunch. I love Facebook meetups! I feel like I know my FB friends and to actually meet them in person and get a hug is a great feeling.

York Maine

We took a leisurely drive over to York, Maine, to the Sun and Surf for lunch on the ocean.

York Maine, Sun and Surf, Facebook friends meetup

These girls and I have been Facebook friends for more than 5 years and it was fascinating to finally meet! After lunch we all rode over to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse to explore and visit a little bit more.

York Maine, Cape Neddick Light

York Maine, Cape Neddick Light

York Maine, Cape Neddick Light

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup, Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Lisa, Ed, Lee, ME, Jeannie, Mr. Menace

We then took a short hike on the Cliff Walk. The flies were awful, but the scenery made up for it.

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Cliff Walk, Facebook Friends Meetup

It was a bit sad to part, but Lee was going on to visit her father, and Jeannie had afternoon plans, and we had sight seeing and picture taking to do.

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

The rest of these photos were taken in Kittery, Maine.

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

York Maine, Facebook Friends Meetup

So many beautiful photo opportunities!

DISCLAIMER:

I do hope I have all the locations and names of towns correct. But it is highly possible that I don’t.

 

We drove back to our condo and after a bit of a rest, we went out to the local bar for karaoke night. Now, embarrassing ourselves is just not something Mr. Menace and I set out to do for fun. But, Ed & Lisa wanted to go and so we went.

We arrived right around 9 pm when it was scheduled to start, but they seem to operate on a different time schedule up there. Or at least the person in charge of karaoke night does. But that gave us some time to unwind and chat with a few of the other patrons.

About an hour later, when the DJ did show up, Ed was about first in line to sign up to serenade us and Lisa was next. And then, they began to work on us to participate. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to sing! But I’ve just never done it in this unrehearsed, unstructured kind of way.

Eventually, we caved.

Mr. Menace entertained the crowd with “Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian.”

Karaoke

I wish I had thought to video him, but I guess you’ll just have to make do with John Prine instead:

And then Ed and I did a duet of “Neon Moon.” We weren’t quite Brooks and Dunn, but we did ok.

Kareake, Neon Moon, Lincoln New Hampshire

Another first for me AND another mark off my bucket list!

 

Have you ever sung karaoke?

 

 

 

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My October in a Sentence a Day!

My Month in a Sentence a Day

October 1 Sunday

Loaded up the leftovers from yesterday’s yard sale to take to the thrift store, via Waffle House for breakfast.

Thrift Store donation, yard sale

October 2 Monday

Met a lady to sell an antique set of dishes that didn’t sell at our Yard Sale on Saturday. She was so happy to get them. Her mother had the same pattern when she was growing up.

October 3 Tuesday

Hair color day!

October 4 Wednesday

SIL and BIL came over to discuss plans for next weeks New England trip, so they got to help us eat my delicious low carb lasagna.

October 5 Thursday

Washing clothes after work so I can begin packing.

October 6 Friday

Date night at El Barrio (Read my list of fav restaurants HERE.)

October 7 Saturday

Washed more clothes, filled hummingbird feeders and packed

October 8 Sunday

Got up at 2:30am for our 5:45 flight, and was too excited to sleep on the flight any!

travel, New England, flying from AL to ME, from South to North

October 9 Monday

Rainy day in New England is better than any day at work. From our condo in Lincoln, NH to Windsor VT today, with stops in between.

October 10 Tuesday

Drove to Kittery Maine, with stops at Plymouth, Meredith and Alton, New Hampshire. Met Up with TWO long time Facebook friends! FUN!

Facebook friends meetup

October 11 Wednesday

Did some fishing on a Lobster Boat in Portland Maine!

October 12 Thursday

The Flume Gorge is quite a sight to see in Lincoln, NH, but it’s quite a hike and all up-hill, so be prepared for that.

October 13 Friday

My favorite outing was today at the observatory on the top of Mount Washington, and riding the Cog Railway to get there was neat too!

October 14 Saturday

The last day of vacation and we walked around the adorable town of Kennebunk Maine. Lots of shops and picturesque sights.

October 15 Sunday

Got some great sunrise pictures from above the clouds, a definite perk to getting up at 3 am.

vacation, above the clouds, sunrise, airplane pictures

October 16 Monday

Well, the workday went fast, but I was HUNGRY all day long! That’s what I get for eating with abandon last week. But oh so worth it.

October 17 Tuesday

Harvested a bunch of herbs this afternoon for drying.

October 18 Wednesday

Sold the last left-over yard sale item today! WOOP! WOOP!

October 19 Thursday

Middle school football game after work to watch our granddaughter cheer and represent 7th grade on the Homecoming Court.

October 20 Friday

I know we all have different opinions, but I felt an overwhelming pride for my country, our military, and our flag as I stood there and listened to the US Marine playing taps, and then watched two young Marines folding the US flag and hand it to the family of a Veteran who was at Iwo Jima and I had to wonder how anyone who has EVER watched this live can possibly refuse to stand for the flag at any occasion.

October 21 Saturday

Enjoyed looking around at the open house of a new home decor store in town. Sad to report that I did not win one of the door prizes.

October 22 Sunday

Saw Victoria and Abdul tonight; its my kind of movie.

October 23 Monday

Quiet day at the office since most of the guys were absent.

October 24 Tuesday

I read this blog post today and it inspired me so much that when I got home from work I created this herbal bouquet.

Herb Garden, Herbal Bouquet, Fresh Herbs, Eucalyptus, Dill, Rosemary, Purple Basil, Fennel,

October 25 Wednesday

Participated in the Fantastic Fifty Fall Blog Hop today and it was an incredible boost to my blog!

October 26 Thursday

Spent the day researching and organizing some office files and tying up loose ends. There must be a better way.

October 27 Friday

Date night at Carrabba’s in my newest Stitchfix top.

Midlife fashion, Lipsense Plum, Stitchfix, Mixed Threads Velvet Off shoulder top, Carrabbas

October 28 Saturday

I love Saturdays: Slept a little late, cooked breakfast, shopped at home decor/antique store, visited with granddaughters and held the baby, picked up limbs and sticks in the yard, washed a few clothes, worked a little on straightening up garage, cooked supper, sat in hot tub, watched world series, worked on blog.

October 29 Sunday

Serenaded by our retired bosslady after supper. I sure admire pianists.

October 30 Monday

Made this Pumpkin Ale Mac and Cheese as a test run for lunch at work tomorrow. YUM! (and I am not a pumpkin fan)

October 31 Tuesday

Lunch at the office today. Lots of fun, food and fellowship!

 

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Fall Herbal Centerpiece

Fall Herbal Centerpiece

I was perusing the internet, when I stumbled upon Trisha’s Blowing Away Out West fall blog post 4 Projects Cast a Spell for a Bewitching Kitchen.

As I was reading the first project, I was dreaming of having such a big kitchen and a wonderfully huge island that could allow such an enormous bouquet!

But dreams are dreams and I kept reading.

There were such fun Halloween ideas! But some years I get around to decorating and some years I don’t. This was one of those “don’t” years. Although I thought the spell book was awesome and pinned it for future “do” years.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

I kept thinking about that bouquet.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

And I decided that on a smaller scale, I could do something similar.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

So after work, I grabbed some scissors, and a vase and hurried outside before it got dark.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

I filled the vase with rainwater.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

Using several long pieces of rosemary, I created a backdrop for my bouquet.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

I then added some purple basil for color, lime basil seed stalks for interest, dill flowers for contrast, and fennel fronds for texture.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

Then I realized that a few eucalyptus stems as filler would complete the arrangement.

Herbal Bouquet, Herbal Centerpiece, Ornamental Herbs

It doesn’t photograph well, but I am so pleased with how it turned out and the aroma is divine!

Where does your inspiration come from?

 

 

 

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Natalie Attired and Me ~ Fantastic Fifty Fall Blog Hop

Natalie Attired and Me

Now that I am an empty nest-er, I really enjoy being able to expand my wardrobe and to be more selective and spend a little more on my clothes. I was not able to do that in my younger Mom years. Back then, my cutest clothes were hand me downs from my teenage daughters when they finished with them.

 

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Natalie Attired, Subscription Box, Fashion over 50

I recently signed up with a new clothing subscription box hoping to find some really unique outfits.

Natalie Attired, Subscription Box, Fashion over 50

Although I’ve always loved clothes and really enjoyed getting a new top or dress, it was a very rare treat. As all mom’s know, you are, willingly, at the the very end of the shopping list.

Natalie Attired, Subscription Box, Fashion over 50

Now I love exploring color and style. I am always on the look out for unique pieces, things that I have not seen in my local stores.

Natalie Attired, Subscription Box, Fashion over 50

This lace skirt is oh so beautiful and romantic, but I think it can also be styled much more casual.

Natalie Attired, Subscription Box, Fashion over 50

And now that we have a cool morning once in a while, I am LOVING this duster cardigan that I recently received.

 

I ordered my latest box from Natalie Attired asking for pieces to wear on our New England trip a couple of weeks ago. I took pictures as I tried on each piece from the box to share with you.

distressed jeans, natalie attired, styling service

The first piece was distressed jeans. distressed jeans, natalie attired, styling service

They fit great and I need the longer length so I kept these.

distressed jeans, natalie attired, styling service

These two shirts are cute, but I don’t like the fabric.

natalie attired, styling service, fashion over 50

They are too tight and not flattering. I sent both of these two tops back.

natalie attired, styling service, fashion over 50

 

 

tie sweater, natalie attired, styling service, fashion over 50

This sweater with the ties is exactly what I need for my trip so I kept this.

black jacket, natalie attired, styling service, fashion over 50

This jacket was a perfect fit and very well made. I loved it. However, I had just bought another jacket so I sent it back. I hope to be able to purchase it at a later date.

black jacket, natalie attired, styling service, fashion over 50

This post is part of the Fantastic Fifty Fall Blog Hop where several bloggers are joining up and posting about their “over fifty” life. Please take a moment and visit some of the other bloggers below.


 

Natalie Attired is a styling subscription service. When you order a box, you receive 5 pieces of clothing that you can try on at your leisure at home. The pieces are always a surprise, which is fun, and I love not having to go and spend hours at a store shopping. I am not on a regular schedule to receive boxes, instead, I just order one every once in a while, when I need something interesting. You can set up a regular schedule if you prefer. And returns are FREE!

Have you heard of Natalie Attired?

 

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Fall New England Trip ~ Part 1

Fall New England Trip

We left our home airport in Birmingham, Alabama, early on Sunday morning, October 8. The first flight was a very short hop over to Atlanta where we boarded for Portland, Maine. I was tired but WAY too excited to sleep in anticipation of our fall New England trip.

Fall New England Trip, Southerners in New EnglandOur brother in law, Ed, reserved his Dad’s timeshare and he & Mr. Menace’s sister, Lisa, invited us to tag along on their trip. We could not turn down free accommodations and were very excited to join them on this adventure since none of us had been to the northeast.

Portland Maine

PORTLAND MAINE:

Portland Maine

We rented a minivan at the airport and hit the roads, where we were immediately greeted by fall color right outside the airport!

Portland Maine

First on the agenda was lunch. We had gotten up at 3 am and had a meager breakfast in the Birmingham airport, so we decided to eat while we were still in Portland before we drove up into the mountains to our condo.

Portland Maine

Ed was our navigator, driver, and chooser of good eating places and he excelled at his job! He drove us to the waterfront and we ate at DiMillo’s. The “building” began life as a ferry in 1941, and was purchased by the DiMillo family and converted into the floating restaurant in 1982. According to their website, it is:

“One of the largest such restaurants in the country, her overall length is 206 feet, with a beam of 65 feet. She weighs 701 tons and boasts a -horsepower steam engine (but we promise not to fire it up while you’re dining). We are able to seat over 600 guests in our First Deck Dining Room, Port Side Lounge, Second Deck Dining Rooms and three Outside Decks.”

Portland Maine, DiMillo's restaurant

I had my very first Lobster Roll and Mr. Menace had the Lobster Mac & Cheese. Both were delicious.

Portland Maine

After our fine meal, the misty rain had stopped and the clouds began to part just in time for the first of MANY photo opportunities.

Portland Maine

Portland Maine

Portland Maine

Portland Maine

Portland Maine

LINCOLN NEW HAMPSHIRE:

By this time, we were getting a bit tired and we still had a two hour drive, so we loaded up and headed north to Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Fall in New England

I took these photos from the backseat of the minivan, through the windshield, with the zoom, so the quality of the photos isn’t the best, but even through all that,  it is so obvious how beautiful the drive was.

Fall in New England, New Hampshire

Fall in New England, New Hampshire, White Mountains

Fall in New England, New Hampshire, White Mountains

Fall in New England, New Hampshire, White Mountains

Our lunch had been so late, that we skipped supper. We made one more run to get a few snacks from the local Family Dollar Store and then made an early night of it.

Part 2 coming soon!

Have you done the New England fall trip?

 

 

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Having a Successful Yard Sale

Having a Successful Yard Sale

As I mentioned HERE in my post about cute walking shoes, we are on a trip to New England, and just before our trip I planned a yard sale. In doing so, I hoped to kill two birds with one stone: Make some spending money for our trip, and clear some things out of our way.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

PREPARATION:

The weekend before our trip, was the planned yard sale, so the weekend before THAT, we were in full preparation mode! We went down to one of our storage rental houses and brought back two loads of items that we were ready to get rid of.

making extra money, travel cash, making money for traavel

Then I started going through boxes that have been packed for years, which was a lot of hard work! But we ended up letting go of a lot of things that we just didn’t love any more.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

Friday night before the sale on Saturday, I set up all the tables that would hold our goodies.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

ADVERTISING:

We got up early Saturday morning and put up all the signs that I had made. Making them all look alike makes it easier for people to follow to your location. I used 6 poster boards, cut in half, making 12 good size signs to hang on telephone poles in various prominent locations near our house. I also used 1 poster board cut into 1/4’s and used those to hang on NOTICE bulletin boards on the local stores. Advertising is KEY!

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

I also had been making posts on Facebook Marketplace, Facebook yardsale pages, and on mine and Mr. Menace’s personal Facebook pages all during the week. On these posts, I shared pictures of some of the items that would be for sale. This always help attract attention.

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All the advertising paid off. We had a steady stream of shoppers all day long. I had set the closing time for 2 pm, but people kept coming while I was packing up and so I continued to sell. That WAS the objective after all….

AFTER THE SALE:

After all that salesman work he did, Mr. Menace needed a nap, so while he rested I went through what was left and made the KEEP or DONATE decision. I made a huge pile to donate and the keep pile was very small.

Thrift Store donation, yard sale

This is the donate pile loaded up and ready to drop off at the thrift store.

 

POST YARD SALE SALES:

While I was packing  up, I listed the four items from my KEEP pile on Facebook marketplace. An inquiry came in immediately on these beautiful antique HAZEL dishes by SCIO. They sold immediately for double what I had been asking for at the yard sale.

Hazel by SCIO

Hazel by SCIO

By the next day I had several inquires on the antique Armoire. It sold to the fourth person, although she asked me to store it for her until her house closing at the end of this month.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

I regretted having to sell this table. It really appeals to me and I’d love to use it, but a round table fits so much better in my skinny room. I was happy to sell it to a girl who thought it was perfect for the farmhouse look in her new home.

Yard Sale, Garage Sale, cleaning out, making spending money for travel

I only have one item left on FB Marketplace and I’ve had a couple of hits on it, but no sale yet. But its a small item and no problem to store.

Obviously, we had some big items to sell, but we ended up making right at $1000. This worked out perfectly. We were able to go on our vacation and eat expensive meals and go on some really cool adventures without dipping into our regular budget!

I can’t wait to share our trip with you, but in the mean time, HAVE A YARD SALE! 🙂

 

 

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