Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ready for more?

So part II of sis visiting was New York. God, I love New York. This was my first trip there but I fell in love. I won't get into the food aspect of the city but I did do so on my blog Bite Me New England

There was so much to see. We started off with Grand Central Station


We walked on over to Rockefeller Center


The hotel room was nice. We stayed at the Radisson and the room was small but clean. It was a reasonable price but VERY noisy at night. City was digging from 12:00 until 4:00. Oh well.

I am a number 35 on a sleep number bed in case you were wondering.


Next day we were off to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


The view from the ferry was incredible


Ellis Island got to me. To think that my grandparents landed there put a personal perspective on it.


This is the hall that all the immigrants came to so that they could be processed into the system. When they came it was crowded and people were all speaking different languages



Through this window you can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance


Next day we were off to explore the city more. We went to "Ground Zero" but didn't stick around too long. I felt ghoulish even being there. It was a tourist attraction with a museum and something was really creepy about it. I felt sort of disrespectful being there.


We took the subway all over the place


We went to Times Square



We walked to Washington Square park


I made everyone walk to Bleecker street. I wanted to see what Simon and Garfunkel were talking about:


Fog's rollin' in off the East River bank
Like a shroud it covers Bleecker Street
Fills the alleys where men sleep
Hides the shepherd from the sheep

Voices leaking from a sad cafe
Smiling faces try to understand
I saw a shadow touch a shadow's hand
On Bleecker Street

A poet reads his crooked rhyme
Holy, holy is his sacrament
Thirty dollars pays your rent
On Bleecker Street

I heard a church bell softly chime
In a melody sustainin'
It's a long road to Canaan
On Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street

We walked and I took pictures



Walked through Central Park


Ate at Katz Deli


One of the coolest things we did was take a tour at the Tenement museum.


I think that this museum was my favorite.

We did go to the Guggenheim. There was a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit. It was amazing.



There was also the Empire State Building



and after walking and walking and looking and all of that....


There were a few beer stops in the 4 days we were there.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Vacation time


My sis and my brother-in-law came into town and the vacation started with a trip to Shelburne Falls. This is one of my all time favorite places. We went for a walk over the bridge of flowers


The day was really perfect. On the way home we stopped at one of my favorite farms. Nubian goats and great cheese no less.


I got to pet my pals


I wanted to take one home but you know where talking about that gets me...


Next stop was an Indian trading post. Ok, politically incorrect but it is the Mohawk trail for gods sake.


I got into the photo op


My personal favorite


I guess they didn't want the threat of a law suit if the bear bit someone.

Oh and here is one that I couldn't resist.


This was the first part of the trip.

There was also a trek to the Grist Mill (another favorite)


and some drinking involved at the bar who invented the first cocktail


There was also Walden Pond where I really was excited to go to...


Got to see Thoreau's itsy bitsy one room "house"


and this was just part of the trip. Stay tuned for "Lucy, Ethel, Ricky and Fred go to New York"

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yes indeed, I do knit and this blog is named "Yarn!"

Mandarin Jacket

I finally finished the Mandarin Jacket for my mother. The pattern was by Nadine Shapiro and the jacket is made entirely out of Koigu. I had the old Koigu stashed or else this jacket would not have gotten made. The new colors are garish and awful.

I have now moved on to do more lace. It is summer and it is humid. I don't really even feel like knitting. I need a job.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Saturday in the city and tall ships


On Saturday we headed into the city with our neighbors Jeff, Cathy and Sydney. We drove and then took the T to see the tall ships. First off we stopped at Jeff's work site and got to see the W hotel in the middle of being built. It really was the highlight of the day but the Tall ships were cool too. The view from the top floor of the building was amazing.


It felt amazing to be in the sun and just walking around Boston. I love this city!!


The Tall Ships were cool





and this was my favorite boat of all. If you click on the photo to get a larger picture you can see all the detail. I just loved the dirty dishes.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Camping in Sabego

Sebago Lake is the deepest and second largest lake in the U.S. state of Maine. I know this because I looked it up on Wikipedia. I thought you would like to know this. Our friends took us camping with them here. I had a blast and I decided to chronicle the trip with pictures that I took. You know that I am not a real wordy person so I took pictures to share our good time. Almost like you all were there with us or something.

Oh yeah, I am bitten up alive and I have poison ivy. Now my arm is swelling up. I just wanted to share because I know if I go to the doctor they will just give me that blank look like I am crazy for coming in for a "rash" and how the hell are THEY suppose to know what to do about it.

Ok on with the camping trip and enough about me.

First night of camping was a little wet. Um, like torrential shall we say.


Next day the sun was out and we were back in business


I was armed with the mosquito buster. If you are ever wondering if these work, I can tell you very simply....No.


Lots of beach sitting


and duck watching


Boat stuff and water skiing (no, not me but others)

and camp fires


Then there was the 4th of July!


We went into town for some good ole fireworks and to freeze our behinds off.


and then it was time to see the spectacular!




Our last night there it was perfectly clear and an almost full moon


and a big ole fire


and then the next day packing up... I left a little part of my heart back there.


Thanks Cathy and Jeff!!! So glad that we moved here and lucked out to have you as our neighbors and friends.