looking at the bright side

Being an optimist doesn’t mean I always think things are rosy.  Two weeks of a giant wildfire terrorizing your community and neighboring towns clearly isn’t a good thing.  But acknowledging the fear (yes, there was a lot of fear and worry), and then trying not to dwell on something I couldn’t change was a daily struggle.  I tried to see the bigger picture.  I saw tremendous acts of caring and giving from people just wanting to help.  And don’t even get me started on the first responders and firefighters.  After being out of my home for 12 days and still under mandatory evacuation, an officer guarding our road escorted me to the house and helped me grab a few things and make sure everything was secure.  When I broke down in tears as the stress of the past few days caught up with me, he said,” I’m not supposed to do this”, and gave me a hug.  That act of kindness will be something I will always remember. We owe so much to these brave men and women… Continue reading

leaf season in Vermont

There is a reason people flock to Vermont in late September and early October.  Mother Nature puts on a show of color against a background of vintage homes and buildings that is spectacular.  I took in the beauty from my parents farmhouse and our day trips to Chester, Weston, Queechee, and Woodstock.  Here are a few postcard pretty pictures from Vermont… Continue reading

summer in coastal connecticut

Summers in New England can be brutally hot and humid, especially in August.  I was lucky to experience some beautiful balmy clear days, a little rain, and even a few fall like days.  As a child, August was never my favorite month, even with my birthday at the tail end.  It signaled the end of carefree summer days and colder weather just around the corner.  I can appreciate August and September now.   Continue reading

august in vermont

Summer in Vermont is so green and lush that it’s easy to see why its nickname is the Green Mountain State. It was an education for me to see my parents field being mowed,  tedded (fluffing the hay), and then baled.  And of course there is antiquing and seeing what new projects my parents are working on at their farmhouse.  Sharing a few photos from a fun filled few days… Continue reading

lovely fairfield county, connecticut

While I love living in Santa Barbara, California, there are some things that just can’t be duplicated here on the West coast.  A part of me will always love New England…Connecticut to be specific, where we still own a home.  Here are a few recent glimpses of some of my favorite things about Fairfield County, Connecticut. Continue reading