Friday, August 22, 2008

Take me home...

Road trips are fun but my goodness is it ever wonderful to be back home again. This trip was straight down and back, so most of the pictures are actually taken from the front seat of my van. We stopped for a few hours to get some sleep after I picked up my son, for some much needed shut-eye. Here are a few of the pictures.

Still quite a distance away, but here is the first view of the mountains that I love so well. We were actually in Maryland here. About eleven hours into this trip....but I can see it.

Here are the dear friends that went with me on this journey. They just couldn't bear the thought of me going alone. The picture is taken at Blackwater Falls State park, which is where I was headed to pick up my son. My friends really didn't have to worry that I would get lost or anything......
I borrowed a GPS named "Betsy" to make sure that didn't happen. She certainly saved us too. We got turned around and landed outside of New York City and she got us through Pleasantville and back on the path home to Maine. Thank you, Betsy!!

At the beginning of our journey home...we were greeted with a glorious sunrise coming over the mountains.

The farmland throughout Pennsylvania was beautiful. Since I have an addiction to barns, I will share a few with you.

And the farmhouses... I had 167 pictures that I was determined to take on this trip. I snapped to my little hearts content.

Unfortunately, a lot of the pictures looked like this......

We had a great trip, I achieved what I wanted to do. I was really happy to see this sign.
We returned safe and sound although a little worn out as you can see.

My son and my friend..(the backseat drivers),
...... my friends hubby(the pilot)

And me. I am very happy to be home in Maine. I remembered all of the beauty that I left behind in West Virginia. I took so many pictures between two road trips to document many memories. This whole experience gave me closure of sorts. I am no longer homesick for West Virginia. Anything that was there....I just brought home with me.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A trip to West Virginia

Wow! It has been a very long time since I've done any work here. I have great exciting news, though. I am going on a road trip to Davis, WV. I went a month ago and it was very special. I have lots of pictures and I will post them sometime next week. This trip is straight down and back from Maine. I'm leaving at midnight tonight.

The reason that this was so special to me... After 11 years separation....I reunited with my son. I spent my vacation with him and he is as special as I remember him to be. I am going back to get him. He called and wants to come to Maine to get to know me again. I go.

I'll post those pics soon!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Time to slow down

It is the time of year that I try to get caught up on housework, quiet times, reading, sewing and so on. For instance, my blog here... I love this but have not been here to post in FOREVER!!! Ok, well, it seems like forever. I guess I will start here in catching up with my life.

It moves so very quickly sometimes more than others. Since last post-- I know, a long time ago--but I'm fixing that. Anyway....since last post. The summer rolled on through. Then there was harvesting and canning and butchering and processing. Then for some reason I agreed to do a craft show and wasn't a bit ready. SOOOO, off to the sewing machine I went and I made my hubby a craft widow. I had one month to create a saleable inventory. I achieved my goal, it was a great success. That was October 20. See, how easy it is to lose a few months.

So then we are into the holiday season. My professional ties are in the retail field, so I was assisted in my whirlwind. On top of that, I had hoped to make some really awesone presents for the family and some decorations too. Some of it happened...some of it didn't. My mother in law helped me at crunch time. You know, the 20th of December and I've got to get these gifts in the mail, crunch time. Christmas is now over, time to take it all down and get back to normal. I think I'm coming to terms that my normal is just always going to be busy. January is the time of the year to slow down because there is nothing else to do. OK, it used to be. I got a promotion that with it came about 5 more hours.

You will be happy to know that I took a five day hiatus from work. I caught up on all the cleaning and neglect that my home has acquired in months, made beef stock and canned it, made 8 pies for the freezer for those hubby neglectful times, made new curtains, organized my entire craft/sewing room and simplified my wardrobe. Alas, my vacation is over and its back to work tomorrow. I feel very satisfied knowing that I accomplished much needed things.