I went a little SNAKEY…

…and couldn’t finish!!!!

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Yuck! That’s how much I HATE snakes, doesn’t matter how big or little.

It was a gorgeous Saturday (about time) and David and I started the lawn raking. We did all of the back yard and started the side. And that’s where I saw it and yelled for David. So he finished the area by the wall and we said that’s enough and let’s go for a drive on this gorgeous day.

Besides this office boy had a few blisters… He’s not used to manual labor anymore!



Days of rain

Goes well with my mood these days. Just rain and dreary. I feel numb. Just tired and no ambition so I need to really push myself. I haven’t felt like blogging at all which is unusual for me but I wouldn’t know what to say.

It’s been cold and raining a lot, but with the Spring rain, comes a washing, a newness and refreshment. Snow is almost gone. It’s completely gone from my front lawn and very little in the back. The rain washes the cars that are so dirty this time of year. And with the rain and a few days of warm temperatures and sunshine comes Spring…flowers, and birds, nests in trees…newness! Oh I want to be in the garden!!!! Lots to do this year to get our beautiful lawn back from the few years we were away.

Enjoy your day! It’s the start of the weekend.


David’s back to work this morning and as soon as I get my self organized and a few things done this week ( kitchen restocked with food, house cleaned and spend QUALITY time with Abby) I NEED to do a Spring overhaul.


What that means is…

~ Spring Cleaning…I want to do a thorough deep clean of my home

~ Spring gardening and landscaping planning…get a plan sketched out of what NEEDS to be done when the weather is good ( I have lots of ideas from DC)

~ Spring Detox ( too much coffee and bad food causes dizziness) for ME coming up! ( I have not been well all winter, and this trip to DC even though wonderful, has been the worst it’s been)

UnknownLOTS to keep me occupied and busy for the next while I think! 😀 But today…I’m just thinking about what to do… and spending time with my Abby girl!


Well, that’s it til Summer…

We are back home in Nova Scotia after our road trip.

IMG_3028Drove down from Woodstock, NB today so not too far to go. Lots of fun and adventures, memories and lots more pics. Just a great time away together.

Now we are home with our kiddos and our Abby girl, who ALWAYS misses us so much. I had to have a little chat with her and reassure her we were home and not going anywhere anytime soon. NOW everything is “Goode” in her world!

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The weather today for our arrival home was lovely, 20 degrees! The snow isn’t gone yet, but it has gone down considerably. We can actually see grass and MUD in places. BUT HONESTLY, it’s the middle of April so it’s gonna happen soon. It HAS to, because well it’s Spring!!!!

So, back to normal every day…Now I have to be content until Summer Vacay in July. Hmm? What to do in the meantime? ( PS I added a few more pics to the Blossoms post)

Going North Again

We left Washington yesterday mid morning while every one was at the Cherry Blossom Parade and Sakura Matsuri. We were gonna stay, we even arranged our accommodations to do it,  but the amount of people in DC this weekend is unbelievable. The Cherry Blossom Festival the BIGGEST event of the year according to one of the Big Bus operators and since it is the last weekend and the blossoms are finally out and so beautiful, all of USA are in DC for the event. 😀

So we decided to go early instead of trying to get out of the Tidal Basin area after the parade.  We actually made a quick stop at Georgetown Cupcake ( well we had to wait in the long line, there’s ALWAYS a line)

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and then we were gonna spend a few hours at the Zoo but all the Zoo parking lots were filled. So we got a car wash, stopped for some sushi to go, and headed out of DC.


Lots and lots of traffic on the I-95  as we traveled as far as White Plains, New York. David & I both enjoy road trips, although he does all the driving, I do the navigating and I take the pics!! lol We seriously love exploring and stopping and seeing new things. WE had some amazing ribs for dinner in a new restaurant The Firehouse Grill, yum!!


Today we left New York early and kept going North stopping along the way and made sure to stop in Kittery at the Outlets!  Kittery Trading Post and the Coach Outlet. Our sweet future daughter in law was looking for a new Spring purse and so we HAD to stop at coach! If you know me, you know I LOVE purses and a good sale. So, blame it on Kristina but I came out with two bags one for me and one for her!! haha

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No issues at the border, We only bought 2 purses and cupcakes  ( and David got a T-shirt)


Cruising right along we could have went on home, we were making good time ( David likes the straight Maine interstates) but we decided to spend one more night…. in Woodstock, New Brunswick. We’re back in Canada, back to COLD and SNOW!

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Those Blossoms!

I love them! The blossoms are so beautiful! Beautiful… that it prompted a road trip to DC to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Every spring, nearly 3,700 Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks! The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to the US nation’s capital. Most of the trees are Yoshino Cherry.

In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. These two original trees are still standing near the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of 17th Street. Workmen planted the remainder of the trees around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park.

In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or “Sakura,” is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

For me it represents Spring and new beginnings, memories of China and Asia. I was not disappointed. It is the BEST time to visit Washington, DC in my opinion and our weekend here the blossoms were at their peak, the smell was amazing… so it was perfect week!

Enjoy some of the beautiful shots that we captured at the Cherry Blossom Festival.



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Spring time in DC

Springtime in DC is so lovely! There are so many wonderful things to see and do even if it has been just a little cooler and rainy than normal here. It’s still better than the cold and snow we still have at home.

There are monuments and landmarks and museums, the Whitehouse, Capital Hill,  Pentagon, cemeteries, cafes and bakeries, walks in the park…and lots of squirrels and flowers. I think DC is at it’s finest in the Springtime!

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