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Vermont

What a busy and hot summer so far! Most of the day is spent outside with Bubby Girl either riding her bike, playing in her new sandbox or her pool, which is definitely refreshing on these hot summer days! We were spoiled on vacation in Vermont where the temps maybe grazed the 70’s but stayed in the 60’s most of the time. We stayed at the most beautiful place – The Wildflower Inn, in Lyndonville.
Wildflower Inn
This was our third time to VT, but only our second time staying at the inn….but you can guarantee we’ll be back! We absolutely love it there, and so does Lila. She was in the Butterfly, Tots and Forget-Me-Nots program and they kept her busy and happy all week. Let me just tell you, this place has the best breakfast! It’s fantastic! Actually, everything about this place is fantastic! The people, the food, the rooms, but the best part – the view! It’s incredible!
Daddy Mommy Bubby
Bub and Betsy the RabbitBub feeding the goat

Mommy and Daddy were so happy that she was happy, and we got to enjoy some of the finest mountain biking in the east, Kingdom Trails. If you haven’t been – just go. Thanks to the Wildflower Inn, I got a very awesome private lesson from Lilias of IdeRide and my skills have soared since!! Yay for me as I can finally get my front wheel off the ground, on demand! Still working on the bunny hop, but I know it’ll come! First we headed over to the pump track to work on some skills – lots of fun! Here’s Bubby Girl on her Strider riding one of the skinnies – can I just say, she’s awesome!
Bub riding skinnies
Bub riding skinnies
And here’s me on my last ride of Kitchel – this trail is incredible. There’s a video on the IdeRide website that shows them working on this trail. The last trip down it, I got AIR!! I mean, lots of air (for me at least) It was incredible, and I did it on purpose, which was even better. This is when I really knew my lesson with Lilias was going to pay off big time!
Kelly on Kitchel
(picture disclaimer – there are tons of awesome places to take pictures of people coming down this trail, however, that means the person riding the trail looses all the flow and momentum of the trail and since you can’t hike back up, it makes it really un-fun! So Bear took a series of pictures on this turn, this one shows the trail the best – I wish you could see more! Do a google search on Kitchel Trail and Kingdom Trails and check out some of the videos – so much fun!!)

We rode at Rosaryville State Park this past weekend and Bear rode behind me for a lot of the trail (not standard operating procedure for us because I get freaked out and try to ride too hard). However, not this time – there were times where he had to really push to catch me! Yay! He said he noticed a HUGE difference in my riding! I must say, ladies, if you are in the Northeast Kingdom and you mountain bike, call Lilias, she’s awesome!

And of course, as customary when we go north, we look for moose – my favorite animal. We headed up towards Island Pond, and there we found them! And this is usually how we see them – standing right in the middle of the road. These animals are HUGE!
Can you see it?!
moose
How about now?
moose up close

We also headed out in the local area and found the Sanderson’s cute little farm and bowl shop and lucky us – we got there at a great time – check out this baby donkey – he was 4 days old!! Cutest animal I think I’ve ever seen, I was trying to figure out how we could bring him home!! Bubby was grumpy and pretending to be scared, but let me tell you, nothing to be afraid of, he was the sweetest little guy!
Baby Donkey
And here’s one of my favorite shots of the week – this was our view outside of our room at the Wildflower.
Bubby a cow field
All and all, a perfectly awesome week! This is the kind of place you never want to leave (not sure I’d want to be there in the winter though!). We will definitely be back, many more times. Vermont is absolutely gorgeous and we joke about having a summer house there! It was hard to drive south on the way home and just watch the temperature rise and rise….when we left it was in the 60’s in VT, when we got home it was somewhere around 93!! Ugh!!

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Happy New Year!

It’s just another day…right? Don’t tell Cara that! And of course not! Everday is something special! Unfortunately today, it’s rainy and yucky here! That means I’m starting the new year off right, knitting!! No resolutions for me this year, I think they’re silly. If you want to do something better, or try something new, just do it. Don’t resolve to do it just because the calendar flips!! Just “give it a whirl!”

So here’s what I’ve been doing with my time the last few days (thanks to a condensed work schedule, the holiday, and the National Day of Mourning for Gerald Ford – I ended up with 5 days in a row off work!)
For the birds –
Just a little house for them to hang out in…although I don’t think they will. I guess it’s more decoration than anything. We love watching birds, so we’re creating a little sanctuary for them!

Unfortunately, we’re also creating a sanctuary for the squirrels. It becomes a little tricky trying to keep them off the feeders! They can be very smart at times. So far they’ve been off the big feeders this year, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time!

Saturday we headed over to Calvert Cliffs. Pretty neat little place. We ended up doing way more hiking than we planned on…thanks to a strategically dropped (ha!) cell phone at the end of the trail (loop of 3.6 miles). Whew…that wasn’t fun. Thankfully a man and his son found the phone and recognized my Bubber Bear from his picture on the phone and called the last number! But, he had just reached the beach…1.8 miles in. So back in we went….He met us part way in, so I think in total we hiked about 6 miles, running part of the way the second time around. Whew, what a day! But at least we were laughing about it! Aforementioned Bubber Bear dropped his phone over the side of a bridge once…at least we could get mine back!!

But this is what I found at the beach. Two sharks teeth, two other teeth , and something’s old home. My grandparents live on the water, so I grew up looking for sharks teeth, but I hadn’t found one (or even looked for that matter in probably 10 years!) so I was shocked to find 2 in about 20 minutes! Bubber Bear said I would be his hero if I found one, and I ended up with 2! The smaller one in the picture is about 1/2 the size of my pinky fingernail. Sorry – my to scale picture (with my finger in it) didn’t turn out too well!

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Ack! I have been so remiss in blogging! I knew I’d have a problem finding time, but the more stuff that goes on, the less time I have to tell about it! I realized today that I never posted about our “Becoming and Outdoors Women” weekend. So much fun!!! The classes I took this time were Outdoor Survival Skills, (we made one heck of an overnight survival shelter!) Shotgun Skills (12 out of 17 clay targets!!) Not too shabby! Then I moved on to Woodcarving, perfect timing with that because it was raining pretty good by then, so we moved inside by the fire. I carved a Virginia Rail, I was pretty impressed with my skills, and even more impressed that I didn’t cut myself. And last, but definitely not least was Handgun Skills!! Definitely the most fun. I’ve never felt so empowered and just plain ol’ awesome! It felt great to just shoot all kinds of handguns! First we shot a .22 rimfire revolver, it was a super light gun, made out of aluminum. Kind of boring. Then we moved on to bigger and better things, specfically the Glock, yes, Glock, what cops shoot! Pretty cool! And then we moved on to the 38 Special! Definitely my favorite gun. It was the biggest there, which was half my attraction to it.
It was such a terrific weekend. The weather was incredibly cold. It’s amazing how much MD can vary. But the leaves had already changed out there, and it was nothing short of absolutely gorgeous. I felt like I was in heaven!
So, that was for 3 days (the 1st weekend in October – yes, I am behind!!) And then I left straight from there and met my lovey on the Eastern Shore of MD. I drove from the farthest west county, to the farthest east. Thankfully, it wasn’t that bad of a drive, of course I was knitting the whole time.
So I met him over there on Sunday, and we stayed at a little campground and went sika deer hunting until Wednesday!! He’s been after a sika deer for years now, and has yet to get one. And there wasn’t any success on this trip either. I saw my first one at about 25 yards, but she was just passing through. I did get to see a Delmarva Fox Squirrel, so that was pretty neat. The trip was tons of fun because I was with my lovey…, but it wasn’t very fruitful! We did get some good advice for the next time from some very seasoned and apparently pretty skilled sika deer hunters. So maybe the next trip will be better.

Okay, now on to the pictures…..
My super awesome yard sale find from two weeks ago…. As I said before…I’m horrible with the camera, and I was in a huge hurry, but what it amounted to was 19 pairs of straight needles and 6 sets of dpns for …………..$3…………..!!!! How awesome is that!!?!?! They are in great shape too! There were a handful of strays, but they got tossed. I was just super thrilled to find them!

Okay, so on to the next picture….the Lilac Green Gable is finished!! I didn’t take the picture until after I had worn it all day at work, so ignore the ripple at the bottom, it’s from sitting at my desk all day. But I’m very pleased with how it turned out! The fit is exactly what I was wanting!! And I love the color! It is getting a little cold for it now, but it will make me so happy to bring it out again in the spring! And it’s also made me want to try more intricate patterns. Now I know, it, in itself is not intricate, but I liked changing up from stockinette, that can get so boring – (like the whole second half of the sweater!!) But I love it, and I can’t wait to wear it some more!!

So for now, I’ve moved on to this punch needle kit, which is so much fun!! Although, beware, that needle is sharp! I’m also working on my cabled mittens with wool from the local coop. Very lanolin-y, I love how it softens my hands! It’s also super warm, but lacking on the soft side. I worked up one mitten, but it was a little too tight and too short, so I’ve went from size 10 needles to 10 1/2 needles, otherwise the cables will be off. So we’ll see how that goes. I’m also considering crocheting up some of that Homespun I got for free a long time ago into a diagonal striped baby blanket for a girl at work who’s due this month. Crochet will be more bearable with the Homespun and it will go faster. Then I can use some of it up, because it’s taking up a whole lot of room in my stash!

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