Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Cool Break!

Hello again!  I took a break from drawing and headed north to New Hampshire and Maine, to celebrate another great year of life.  We stayed with friends in New Hampshire and ventured to the top of Mt. Washington.  What an interesting place!!  It has quite a range of temperatures, and has recorded the coldest American temperature, on record.  The winds can be tricky, as well.  It has a major weather station, too.   We just happened to catch it on a beautiful day with hikers climbing up from every direction.  It was a bit cool at the top, but what an exciting experience for us.

Here is the top with views as far as the eye can see.
I think this is also part of the Appalachian Trail.
(you can correct me on that one)

We took a break inside the Tip-Top House.
There are informative exhibits and snacks to be had...
We heard every language spoken!

We loved it up on the mountain, but, of course, hunger called us down to the Mt. Washington Inn; a beautiful, old, but very updated Hotel.  We sat on the veranda with our friends, and had a lovely, late, lunch, while Mr. Bear entertained us (and the pan banging staff) with his antics.  He was not the least bit intimidated by the presence of all of us, and just wanted to sit in the warm sun for a bit.  He was chased away, but meandered up the trail, where many hikers walked the trails.  I was happy to be on the veranda, this time. 

A very tame bear, came calling!

After a lovely visit in New Hampshire, we headed to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  It's a favorite spot of ours, to cool off, chill out and take a break from an otherwise crazy world.  The past month had been especially stressful for us, as friends lost beloved children & grandchildren.  I tend to carry the pain of others, close to my heart.  It hurts so much to see others lose loved ones.  A break from the news and timeout to reflect, is what I found in a sweet cottage in Maine.  It's actually in Southport, which is just south of the Harbor.  

What a view we have from the cottage.

The owner keeps a lovely garden.

An afternoon of rain allowed for some play!
This is the center of the Japanese Peony (above)
after the bloom is over.

We ate out quite a bit, and had our fair share of Lobster & Crab, which are abundant in the summer.
However, we always find a small space to savor a sweet treat.  

This was a Guinness cupcake with Bailey's Irish Creme frosting!
Oh my!!  Sweet Hubby took this home for us to celebrate
(I ate the frosting!!)

A celebration of Windjammers filled the Bay.
There was even a parade in town.  We sat on the curb and watched all the first responders,
politicians, local business people, and the shriners in their mini-cars.
All the cars and floats went by with buckets of candy thrown to the kids.
It was a treasure of a moment.
Small town America at it's best!

Windjammer in the harbor

Taking a walk near our cottage.

I am now working on a memory of Maine.
I love the rocky beaches and rugged shores.
If I get it finished, I shall share again next month.

Lastly, I just want every one to BE KIND.... to their neighbors; to their fellow drivers; to their family and friends.  Think before you act.... count to ten....and ten again, when you are angry.   Put the twitter down and talk to each other.  Listen.  "Mitzvahs are quiet acts of kindness....without shouting about them, from the roof tops"  We need more mitzvahs and less shouting from the rooftops.  Walk in another's shoes, for a moment.

We really do not know what others might be going through.  I have had enough of the bullying, preaching, blaming, teasing to last a life time.  I hope to just focus on quiet, kind acts towards others.  Maybe, we can start a movement of caring about each other, regardless of faith, color, preferences, mates.  Give everyone you meet this month, a hug & a smile.  It just may make their day...and yours! 

Peace *  Harmony  *  Laughter  * Love