Today is John's 39th birthday! Happy Birthday to the best Son-in-law we could ever ask for. Unfortunately, John spent most of the day at the Dr., getting chemo treatment. The nurses brought him balloons and had him wear a lei around his neck. He has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, less than one year after having Diffused Cell B Lymphoma. Please keep him in your prayers as he fights this battle again!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This arrangement of photos has been on this wall for a very long time. Sometimes, I add new ones to the frames, but the frames stay in the same spot. I had to replace the frame with the kids caricature as it was broken and would fall apart. I decided to take them all down and spray paint them black. I have them all replaced, but they smell like paint, so they are in the garage until there is no odor.
I transferred our Habanero pepper plants to the ground this morning. They were in a flower pot and Nate read they should be 18 inches apart to bear fruit. I didn't see the peppers, as I was worried about keeping the roots intact. We found three peppers tonight!
I cleaned out the utensil drawer yesterday morning. I tossed these three tools in the garbage as we had either new ones. My boys were not happy about getting rid of these three things, so I got them out of the trash bag and washed them.
Coco and I walked at Coal Miner's Park this morning. We walked 2.4 miles. We stopped several times to get a drink. I have a collapsible puppy cup for him to drink out of. He loves to walk and smell all the odors from the other animals in the woods.
Happy 4th of July! I took some pictures at the stadium tonight. Jim sent me a link to a tutorial for my camera and I think these pictures are the best I have taken so far. I am not a professional for sure...but I keep trying to learn how to use the DSLR!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
We drove back to Boston, stopping at the New Hampshire Welcome Center, which is also the largest liquor store in New Hampshire. Ate Moose Tracks ice cream and caramel corn for lunch. Returned the car and shuttled back to the airport and then shuttled to the Hyatt Hotel for our last night in Boston. We took the water taxi to the harbor and ate an early dinner of our last lobster roll. We watched a group of black men doing acrobats and dancing at Quincy Market. Grabbed some bagels for a snack at the hotel.
We had planned to visit 6 lighthouses today. It was cold and foggy, but it wasn't raining. We had seen the two at Cape Elizabeth, which left 4. We went to the Portland Head Lighthouse first. This is the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. It is located in a state park. We decided we didn't want to see any of the other lighthouses after visiting this one! We ate lunch at the Portland Lobster Co. Home of the best lobster roll, EVER! We walked around the wharf. We ate dinner at the Portland Lobster Co and had lobster roll, again.
We rented a car and drove to Portland, Maine. We stopped at Kittery Outlet Malls and Cape Elizabeth to eat lunch at the Lobster Shack. We had a whole lobster that was plucked out of his holding tank, cooked right there. We ate outside on the patio with the fog horn going, the waves crashing against the rocks, the seagulls flying around us and the wind blowing a cool ocean breeze. But the time we got to our hotel it was raining and very foggy.
We rode the trolley to the Old North Church and walked the Freedom Trail from the North End. We went to Paul Revere's house, too. We stopped at Mike's Pastry and had a snack...cannelloni's. We got back on the trolley and went to Beacon Hill. Had pizza for lunch and walked the area window shopping and admiring the architecture. We had a time getting to the red line, so we went back to the hotel and ate dinner at Margarita's.
We used our GoBoston cards to board the Trolley. We got off at Fenway Park. We at lunch and took the tour behind the scenes. Jim is sitting in one of the seats on the "Green Monster". It was very interesting and a beautiful day. We also took the Boston Harbor Cruise at the end of the day. We ate dinner at Quincy Market...Lobster Roll. We sat on a park bench and watched a mime for about 45 minutes.
We bought our "GoBoston" cards on line and started the day at the Aquarium. We went on the Whale Watching Cruise and it was AWESOME! We saw so much activity, feeding, breaching, tail and fin slapping! This is probably my favorite picture of two whale tails. You can see how close they were to the other whale watching boat. We had mechanical problems with our boat and it took almost 3 hours for the return trip. We ate dinner at the Green Dragon Tavern, which is the oldest Tavern in Boston, dating back to 1657. We had lobster rolls for dinner.
We left Peoria, flew to Chicago and on to Boston. We checked into the hotel and walked to the beach where I got to dip my toes in the ocean. We rode the "T" to downtown and walked around until we found the original "Cheers" bar. Had a great dinner and bought the kids Cheers souvenirs. Great way to begin our vacation.
Jim and I went to Galesburg to the Dick Blick Outlet Store. They sent me a postcard with a coupon! I got a few new black pens and some other interesting finds. We ate lunch at the Packing House and walked downtown through the antique store.
We ate dinner at One World Cafe'. The first friday of the month, the local artist have an open house in downtown Peoria. We walked down the alley from one of the studios. There was sign painted on the bricks that said, "Park Jim". Had to get a picture of that!
I attended school here from 3rd to part of 7th grade. It isn't being used as a grade school any longer. I walked to school everyday. I walked home everyday for lunch and back to school for the rest of the day. I can remember walking those halls, climbing those steps, singing in the gym and learning to paint in the art class.