Taking time to remember

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I haven’t blogged since November? Really? Well, I guess we’ve been busy.  A lot has happened between congress declaring pizza a vegetable and the Redskins winning a game (it’s a Christmas miracle!).

Hubby and I took an amazing trip to Burlington, VT.  Before I tell you more about it, I want to say thanks to my mom who house-sitted for us while we were away and left a few surprises for us when we got home.  More on that in another post.

So, Vermont.  This was the first time hubby and I ventured to Vermont.  Why Burlington?  Because it’s the home to the University of Vermont and the Institute for Artisan Cheese.  As you may or may not know, hubby and I have seriously been considering making artisan goat cheese.  Hubby is really a farmer under cover and I, well, just like cheese.  Vermont has a thriving artisan cheese community and an amazing cheese institute to support it. Despite the frigid temperatures, we had a great time exploring Burlington and surrounding areas. Take a look…

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Weekend in pics

Spent the weekend at Rickett’s Glen–one of the “must see” parks in PA–camping and hiking.  The trip was a belated birthday get away for hubby.  The park boasts 22 named waterfalls along a 7.2 mile trail. Well worth the effort if you get a chance. The park is impeccably maintained.  We followed the Fall’s Trail, which is well marked, to see most of the falls.  I was surprised how closely the trail followed along side the falls.  If you go, definitely mind the parks rules and regulations about safety and proper foot wear. Even with bad weather this weekend the falls were still beautiful. Take a look…

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Remembering…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy today.  Last year, I blogged about a trip to Atlanta where I made a special visit to the King National Historic Site.  You can read about it here.

From VA Beach to Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Been on the road.  Took a great girls trip to VA Beach with two of my very closest friends. Came home and repacked for a business trip to Los Angeles. I enjoyed my travels but I was definitely ready to come home.

I got home very late Friday night and even though I was super tired Saturday morning and all I could think about was getting back out to the house to keep working on renovations.

After a quick run to the farmer’s market, we headed out to the house for a full day of clean up, yard work and kitchen renovation.

While I was gone, hubby ordered a construction dumpster.  We spent a lot of time yesterday cleaning house.  The previous owners left so much trash (not just junk, actual trash) and it was such a relief to get it out of  the house.

We focused mostly on the crawl space yesterday.  The house is a split level and the entry-level of the house has a crawl space.  After we cleared out the trash, we fastened a few loose wires to the floor beams.  Then hubby used a rake to level gravel in the space. Today, we’re planning to lay plastic down in the space.   We especially wanted to get it cleaned up before the plumber and electrician come to help with the kitchen renovations.

So, things are moving along slowly but surely.