Darling daughter, my brother, Dan, his better half, Nancy, and their Black Lab, Etta, picked up our new dog, Emma, yesterday!!! Emma just celebrated her third birthday at the beginning of the month. She and Etta hit the beach when they got to the island yesterday. Here she is on Great Diamond Island getting her first on-island bath courtesy of Dan!
Here Emma is in Dan’s truck on the way to the island yesterday:
Emma is the star at our house! She is clearly not used to all the attention and paparazzi and autograph seekers. She will undoubtedly adapt to full time human love and attention in short order!
She is so beautiful! I want to kiss her! I have been busy handing out PINK cigars for our beautiful new yellow dog, Emma!
Today was the day! We closed on our new home in Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island, Maine today!
The townhouse is ours!
Here is Skippy waiting for his first ferry ride (or what we assume to be his first ferry ride…if he has ridden a ferry in the past he hasn’t said so):
I thought it would be a good idea to hand carry my taxidermied deer to the island rather than to have him packed and shipped by the movers. I got lots of strange looks and some laughs as I toted him down Commercial Street in Portland this afternoon. I scared one of the deckhands as I carried Skippy off the ferry. I guess if you aren’t expecting to see a six point buck on the ferry and you turn around quickly and find yourself locked in his unflinching gaze it might be a bit alarming!
Darling daughter and I are spending the night at the Inn at Diamond Cove this evening as the townhouse is empty. The Inn is absolutely lovely! Just gorgeous. We celebrated our new home with some blueberry Margaritas and a game of Scrabble at the bar earlier this evening. This is the fire pit outside the Inn:
We will meet our painter in the morning. We are having the place professionally painted, top to bottom, before we move in. My brother is coming to the island tomorrow, too. We plan to pull back the carpeting upstairs to assess the condition of the wood floors to see if they can be refinished. I also need a quick lesson in how to operate my new golf cart (free with purchase of townhouse!). My brother will be able to help me, I am sure.
Tomorrow night we will head back to my parents’ house in Massachusetts. It looks like we will be spending the day with them on Saturday and traveling back to Maryland on Sunday. Then we will have two and a half weeks to finish purging and organizing before our move! The movers are scheduled to deliver our furnishings at some point between July 21 and July 25.
I can’t wait to get moved in!
I brought darling daughter back to Georgetown this afternoon. No problems whatsoever getting her there in spite of two feet of snow on the ground. The main roads were plowed.
The ride home was another story entirely! I started out okay making my way down M Street through Georgetown. Here is a photo of the corner of M and Wisconsin.
But things went awry quickly. I turned onto New Hampshire Avenue, passing by George Washington University Hospital. I made it through two stop signs. Then the road in front of me was suddenly blocked with cars stuck in the snow.
I made a quick right hand turn onto a side street that was not plowed. There were some travel ruts. I aimed for the ruts. Mary Passat is front wheel drive. She handled the snow like a champ.
At the end of the street, someone had parked a pickup, blocking the lane. I beeped my horn. A guy came out and waved at me to go around. I shook my head. There were no ruts in the snow. He moved his truck.
I made another right hand turn. Mary and I were doing great. Then, at the end of the block, the street turned right and went slightly uphill. We got stuck. I tried gunning it, putting it in reverse, then gunning it again. No joy. We were stuck. My mouth went dry, I stopped breathing. What was I going to do?
A car pulled up behind me. A man got out. He started pushing my car. A young couple joined him. We made some progress with them pushing and me gunning it. But we couldn’t free Mary to get going up the hill.
A pickup truck stopped on the left hand side. An older man got out with a shovel! Then a young guy with another shovel came over! They cleared the road in front of the car. My three other friends pushed. And we were free!!!
I was shouting “thank you” and waving as I drove away! I love these folks! I got back on Pennsylvania Avenue, which was clear, thinking I was home free. I could catch 17th Street and get back to Maine Avenue then on to the highway.
However, as I pulled up to the traffic light at 17th, a police officer was blocking the road. He signaled for me to go the other way. I did a U-turn and drove back to 19th Street, which had not been plowed. Mary made it through. She is a very determined car. We took a left onto Constitution and then a right onto 17th. Whew! Maine Avenue was just ahead.
We made it onto Maine, then the highway. Everything was clear. Yay! I drove happily along for several miles. I worked my way over to the left hand lane to take the exit onto Suitland Parkway. Yeah. No.
Suitland Parkway was closed. Oh shoot. I have no idea how to get home from where I am at if I can’t take Suitland. Thank goodness for Siri. I put in our home address and she told me, turn by turn, how to get there. It wasn’t too difficult. Just a couple miles down the highway I recognized where we were and was relieved. Mary and I were going to make it back to Southern Maryland after all!
The rest of the trip was uneventful. Thankfully!
It is the fourth quarter and the New England Patriots are losing to the Denver Broncos. Rats. Maybe things will turn around for the Patriots the way they turned around for me.
Here is a big shout out for those kind souls who came to my rescue today near GWU Hospital: THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Sunshine today! It is beautiful out!
My parents went to the airport earlier to pick up some neighbors from their holiday vacation.
Jordan and darling daughter left this morning to visit his grandparents. I let her take the car instead of driving them there. She texted me to say they arrived safely. I am sure they will have fun.
Left on my own, I went solo thrifting this morning!
First buy, $0.50 for this painting:
Greetings from Florida!
It is raining today in Florida. So we went thrifting! There is a Goodwill not far from my parents’ house.
I came all the way from Maryland to find a dish from New England in Florida! I collect these souvenir dishes. Usually they are monochromatic; I have a lot of green plates and blue too. This one is polychromatic! Lovely find for $1.99.
Next up, three dimensional ceramic pink floral wall art! This piece set me back $4.99. I like that it is 3-D. Like Skippy! I feel like the living room gallery wall is going to grow!
Then a pair of florals, made in Canada. $1.99 each.
Until later, my friends!
Hello from South Carolina! Darling daughter is driving on 95 South! It is our first road trip of 2016! We have been driving almost seven hours now and have eight and a half hours (drive time only) left until we arrive at my parents in Florida! Everyone is doing well; we are on our second iced coffees of the morning. Caffeine is my friend. Jordan picked out a Radio Lab podcast for us to listen to. Life is good!
From Glory Days Antiques in Newburg, MD, a trio of framed Redoute pink florals for $30. Discovered these today:
To recap, Skippy is our headliner. I won him for $25 at an auction in PA in September.
I am a little nervous about how it is going to come out. We will have to play with the pieces a bit like a puzzle to see how it works best.
This is the wall above the sofa where the art work will go:
I stopped at Vintage Values in Leonardtown today on the way to an appointment.
In the thrifting business, you gotta play to win! You have to keep trolling, I mean, visiting the thrift shops to find the hidden gems.
The hidden gem du jour is a size two, Brooks Brothers gray pin stripe blazer for darling daughter’s Mock Trial wardrobe for $2.50. It was marked $5, but all clothing was half off.
We need some help in choosing a name for this dress form. As I mentioned previously, we name our cars (Mary Passat, Greta Jetta), dress forms (Grace, Grace Jr. and Elizabeth), and computers (Stella, Zelda, and Amelia).
We have narrowed down it down to “Catherine” and “Marden”.
Please let me know which name you think best suits this dress form! Pun intended. Thanks!
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I went with a friend to a train show in Timonium, Maryland today. I don’t know what possessed me to go.
I lasted ten minutes. Then I waited in the car.
Then we went thrifting! Yay!
I found a twin size quilt at Goodwill for darling daughter’s bedroom. $20. I think it will look lovely in her room and it will keep her feet warm. There were two of the same quilts there. I was tempted to buy them both. I heart quilts!
We went to a nice consignment store next to Goodwill. They had some Mackenzie-Childs courtly check curtains. I ADORE courtly check!!! They were $50 each panel or $100 a pair. They retail for $185 a pair. As much as love courtly check, I left them behind.
Then at a random side of the road flea market, I found an Ann Taylor Loft dress form. $30. For darling daughter’s room.
At flea market:
I suggested “Catherine” as a name to darling daughter. We name all our dress forms, cars, and computers. Darling daughter has taken it under advisement.
Then, from same vendor, a snow flocked Christmas tree! Also $30. It has been years since I have put up a tree. Usually we are traveling so I don’t bother. This year I am bringing back the tradition.
I am doing it for Skippy, the dear deer on the wall in the living room. He likes the tree. It reminds him of the forest.
I was keeping Skippy as a surprise for you all. I won him at an auction in Pennsylvania in September for $25. And I have been collecting the pink floral art work for a gallery wall with good ‘ole Skippy as the star. I guess the cat’s out of the bag now.
I need to fluff the tree up. I plan to decorate with white lights and pine cones. I am going to gather pine cones at Jane’s house Monday afternoon. Very natural. For Skippy’s benefit, of course. I will post photos once complete.
Then for $0.50 I found this marvelous hook. I have a most excellent plan for this hook. I will let you in on it tomorrow.
Finally, for $3, a small Pennsylvania plate. Timonium is in northern MD, on the PA border.
I have a boatload of these souvenir dishes. I love the idea of visiting someplace and bringing back a momento. And collecting dishes from the places you visit. Maybe it is the tour guide in me that makes me love these dishes so.
Happy Saturday everyone!