Category: Holiday


A Surprise Storm

We were just hanging out yesterday when it began to rain, and then it came down fast and furious. Here is a very short video – best with sound on.

The brief storm happened at 1:45pm. Fortunately, the skies cleared by 5pm when we set out for our birthday celebration. We were looking forward to going out to eat, since it had been awhile.

We have been to the Coplin Dinner House four times, and it has been excellent each time. It started off fine, with appetizers, soup, and salad. Then we had some surprises. We both decided to change things up. I picked the filet mignon instead of fish. This turned out to be a mistake. I don’t think there was anything wrong with my meat, but I didn’t care for it, as it was very strong and not quite as tender as I expected. Possibly because it was Black Angus beef, I dunno.

Lou’s dinner arrived and his New Zealand lamb chops looked suspiciously like Prime Rib. He ended up taking the Prime Rib, since the waitress had messed up the order, and he didn’t want to wait for them to start over. This was a disappointment, made worse because he didn’t care for the prime rib. It was fatty and undercooked (which, for Lou, means it must have come straight out of the freezer).

The crazy thing about Lou’s order – he had discussed the Rack of Lamb with the waitress, because he initially didn’t see it on the menu. She assured him they had it and pointed it out on the menu. At no time did prime rib enter into the discussion. Oh well. She made a mistake. It happens. She appreciated Lou being a good sport.

Even with the disappointing entrees, we had a good time. It was nice to get out of the house, to not have to cook or clean-up, and to not be stared down by soulful cocker spaniel eyes.

We are chalking the mishaps up to them just re-opening, after being shut down for almost two months after the close of the ski season. We were thankful we didn’t have guests, since all we have done is rave about this restaurant.

We packed up this morning and came back to the coast. we had a good visit at the cabin and will post a few more flower photos tomorrow.

Stay Safe!

Happy Birthday to Lou 🎉

Today just happens to be Lou’s birthday. We don’t have any wild plans, but will be going out to dinner. Which, for us, is kind of wild these days.

Lou has been busy this past week, and got a lot done. He has printed out and framed up a number of our photos, which really helps to personalize the cabin. He also put together a filing cabinet for his office. I haven’t accomplished much, other than taking the dogs out and trying to keep up with exercise. I tried to get some more flower pics, but the bugs and wind (and rain yesterday) have hampered my efforts.

i thought it would be fun to share some random photos for Lou’s birthday. I pulled up the Lou photos in my iPhone photo stash. Most are from the last few years, but there are a couple of older gems. As always, click the photo for a larger version.

Attention: I am occasionally having an issue where all the photos in the gallery are not loading. While I sort this out, you can access all the photos by clicking one and cycling through the slideshow. You can also click on the ”HOME” button on the top left of the page. This seems to load all of the photos, but doesn’t work every time!

Happy Birthday Lou. We love you lots ❤️🚴🏻‍♀️❤️🐶❤️🐶

Happy Mother’s Day

Sending good wishes to all Moms – to all the caretakers of two legged humans, as well as our four-legged pups😉.

Stitch wanted to join in the Mother’s Day wishes, but he is having a hard time waking up. Perhaps he was a bear in a previous life.

Stay Safe !!!

Be Our Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! We chose to stay in tonight, and will go out later this week to celebrate.

The bitter cold is the story here for the next day or two. This screenshot was taken early this morning:

Stay Safe !!!

Happy New Year!

Sending you all good wishes from Northport. We had a nice time at the cabin, but decided to come home before the New Year’s crowds ascended. We would have stayed if the forecast was for a lot of snow, but that was not the case!

We did get a touch of snow last night, which put some snow on the tree branches for a short time this morning.

Our drive home was uneventful – the skies were clear all the way into Belfast, when we encountered some fog. The Princess registered her displeasure with being forced to sit in the back seat:

As we pulled into our driveway, I was pleased to see there was no 3rd story added to the SHED. It isn’t quite done, but they have made good progress.

Sending Happy New Year wishes to family and friends. We are not sad to say goodbye to 2021, but we do want to remind you all – 2022 is pronounced ”twenty twenty too.”

Stay Safe!!!

Legoland – Part 2 – Guest Blog

Here we go – the rest of the story. Chrisie continues the Legoland Adventure below:

Legoland Guest Blog by Chrisie

We had breakfast and then headed west on interstate 4 towards Legoland. We were going to stay at one of the Hotels on the park’s land but they were booked for our dates. It ended up working better because someone got a much needed night’s sleep. 😃

We arrived early and parked. I went to the customer service counter to make sure our tickets were in order. You have to reserve everything online now. Good  thing I did. Someone (me) had messed up the tickets. The customer service representative squared it out and we headed towards the gate. Note: the Legoland website is not easy to navigate..

We started at the back of the park. We had read in a travel blog that everyone starts at the carousel. The back was completely quiet. They even had Vegas! Thought about Beth, but there was no Lego Beth. 😉

Louie wanted the first stop to be the mini US. Everything was made out of Legos. This was our favorite part of the park! Very very cool. They even had Palm Beach. We saw Lego Dragons, mummies, even animals. We did a couple of rides. No motion sickness; all the rides are for young children.

 Note: Legoland is PERFECT for kids under 10. Louie had a ball; absolutely loved it! Louie stopped inside some hands-on places.It was pretty cool.We grabbed burgers at the only place open to eat for lunch….a little hard to find food at Legoland. Then we went to the museum that told about the history of Legos and Legoland.

I forgot to add that mini USA had water squirters – see the photo below. Every little river had a button to push to shoot out water. Louie accidentally soaked a lady. We quickly left the area but it was hilarious!!

Yan was exhausted. Louie got a shirt and we headed home. It was a great day. Thank you Uncle Lou and Aunt Sharon for the Legoland experience. We haven’t seen Louie that excited in a long time.

This concludes the guest blog.

Thank you, Chrisie, for sharing your Legoland Adventure with us. Note – I asked Chrisie how crowded it was, and she said it wasn’t crowded at all. I guess these crazy kids were not so crazy after all, and this was a perfect time to visit Legoland. We are so glad you all had a great time.