I was supposed to be flying off to Tennessee today with my cousin to attend the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Nashville but those plans had to be changed when Jamie came up to live with me. It would have been nice to be able to visit Lois in her natural habitat but my staying home was for a good reason as Jamie seems to be happy here in Connecticut and I'm happy to have her finally living with me again. Perhaps next year I can make the trip and the cousin and I can fit in some Civil War history, too!
Next week I'm taking five whole days off of work - yep, that's right FIVE! - and my mother and Jamie and I are heading north in search of foliage and fun. We'll spend the first night in Jackson, New Hampshire so that we can ride the North Conway Scenic Railroad through the White Mountains on Wednesday and then that evening we'll head East to Maine where we're going to spend two nights in Bethel, Maine at the historic Chapman Inn before heading Down East to spend another two nights in Lincolnville, Maine. I think we're going to have a wonderful time!
I've never really spent much time in Maine as Stephen King has rather scared me away from the place but I'm willing to put those fears aside for a bit and see what Maine has to offer. I've been planning scenic drives and other things to do while we're there and I'm sure I'll come back with way too many pictures as per usual and will then want to go back to see some more of the area. Heck, maybe I'll even spot a moose or two!
Speaking of going back, I've made reservations to return to the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts in mid-December. Following the blog post I did about the Hawthorne, I had many wonderful emails back and forth with Juli, the General Manager, and she's got me set up to spend one night in both of the "haunted" rooms at the hotel as well as a chance to see the Salem Mariner Society's room on the 6th floor and an exhibit, Treasures From the Forbidden Palace in China, at the Peabody Essex Museum that will be moving down to the Met in New York City in 2011. I am really looking forward to my stay as Christmas decorations will be up, a fire will be burning in the beautiful fireplace in the Tavern, and I'll get to write about my stay at two more beautiful rooms at a beautifully historic hotel - haunted or not!
Oh, and one more thing I just have to share that Juli shared with me because it really makes me smile: The Hawthorne has their own blog and Juli shared the post that I did on her blog which prompted the following email that she received from a friend of hers in Rotary who is a retired optometrist, loves great photos, and wrote their Rotary weekly newsletter for decades. With those credentials I'm taking this as great praise:
Juli ~Is that just not the coolest thing ever?? I have to say that I was beyond flattered to read that and only wish that I really was an author and had a book or two out there! Ah, dreams ...
Perfectly happy to join you in congratulating Linda for her very entertaining blog. She has a magnificent command of the English language, and I really had to look back twice at her wonderful photographs. It may not be good taste to wonder what kind of a camera she uses, but my guess is that it must be somewhere in the vicinity of a Leica. From the standpoint of composition, I wouldn't hesitate classifying her as a champion. Since her work is copyrighted, I am assuming she's an author. Are any of her books available?
Oh and whilst I'm blowing my own horn ... I had a Facebook message yesterday from Amy Holmberg at Holmberg Orchards asking if she could add my post to their webpage so that others could see it. She wrote, "Thanks for spreading the word... it's people like you that keep the local farmer in business and help keep CT green!" Aw shucks, it was my pleasure, Amy! The Holmbergs have a beautiful orchard as well as a winery - which I forgot to mention in my post and may require a return trip to investigate! Honestly, if just one person goes someplace new because of a post that I wrote then I am a very happy woman!
Anyhow, because I slept in this morning I need to get to a few other things on the agenda before heading back into work this afternoon which means I'd best get myself off of this computer and into the kitchen! A very happy Tuesday to everyone! Oh and would you look at that ... I made it through a post without a single picture!