A New Smart Phone

After three years, I went in today to buy a new Cell Phone. I’d been thinking about getting an Iphone, but as I talked to the sales person, and tried the different phones I ended up getting, the Samsung Galaxy S8. It has a 14 megapixel camera on both sides, and is fairly easy to use, because my last cell phone was a Galaxy S5.

I came home, charged the cell phone up and then worked setting it up for use. I figure by the weekend, I will be all set, although right now, I am still a little scrambled as I set things up.

I immediately ordered a cute Otter Box for it, and it will be here on Thursday. And then I will be settled with the new phone.

It is certainly thinner and lighter. I will feel so much better when the Otter Box arrives and I know she is protected.

When was the last time you got a new cell phone? And what are you using an Android or an Iphone? Pro’s? Cons?.

El Jimador

I have lived in this area for 16 years, and we have yet to find a local Mexican Restaurant that was any good. That was, until last night.

When we arrived at El Jimador, the parking lot was full and as we were shown to our seat, I glanced at what people were eating. It all looked good!

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Four of us went and each of us ordered a wonderful meal. My husband started off his meal with Sopa De Pollo, a wonderful chicken soup! We all tasted it and declared it marvelous!

Between us we ordered a Taco Salad, Steak Fajitas, Chile Relleno, a Tamale, Enchilada and a Beef Burrito. The portions were more than generous, and we brought home what was leftover for our lunch tomorrow.

The décor was nice, the staff was friendly and efficient, and we can hardly wait to go back. It is so nice when you find these places right in your back yard!

Monday Happenings!

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Monday found us roaming around central New Hampshire going to the Kokopelli Store and then having lunch a one of our favorite places. We’re been enjoying “Canoe” for years. Their sweet and sour calamari and mussels in white wine and garlic are amazing.

Kokopelli has been revered since at least the time of the Hohokam, Yuman, and Ancestral Pueblo peoples. The first known images of him appear on Hohokam pottery dated to sometime between 750 and 850 AD.

Kokopelli may have originally been a representation of ancient Aztec traders, known as pochtecas, who may have traveled to this region from northern Mesoamerica.

Their store has many beautiful items and it was like going into an Indian Museum!

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Here I am with my darling friend, and sister in soul, Candy. She was my dearest friend in Florida, and our friendship has continued throughout our lives.

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We saw this woman in the lake with her little Chihuahua doggy. They floated around and the pup just loved it!

Mount Chocorua.

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This is Mount Chocorua. At an elevation of 3,490 feet (1,064 m) it is the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range. Mount Chocorua’s bare summit can be seen from almost every direction and can be identified from many points throughout central New Hampshire and western Maine.

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Candy has made a friend for life! Greta! Greta also adores DeVere, and is currently all cuddled up to him, as I write!

A Little Saturday Morning Humor

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You Know You’re From New Hampshire When…

You say “wicked” instead of “really.”

Half of your clothes are from L.L. Bean

You’d rather vacation in New Zealand than Florida

Motorcycle Weekend is the highlight of your summer

When you take your yearly trip into Boston, you “pak ya cah in Havad Yad”

“Vacation” means going to Burlington for the weekend.

You go out of state and don’t understand what “tax” means on your receipt

You think of the major food groups as venison, beer, fish, and berries.

You refer to the Patriots as “we”.

You can identify a Massachusetts accent.

You can visit Berlin, New London, Bethlehem, Lisbon, Lebanon and Dublin all in one afternoon.

Down South to you means Boston.

You consider Manchester “exotic”.

You don’t have a coughing fit from one sip of Ballantine Ale.

You can actually pronounce Kancamagus.

You know what a bubbler is.

Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new machine shed.

You go out for fish fry every Friday.

You can recognize someone from Massachusetts from their driving.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from New Hampshire.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. Using what’s in your frig right now what sort of meal would you be able to make for guests who are knocking at the front door this very minute?

Zucchini, summer squash, sweet onion, green pepper and basil stir fry, with chicken.

2. What is something about yourself that you hope will change but that probably never will?

My being worried all the time. I worry about everything, all of the time. Oh, how I would love to worry, just a little bit less!

3. What’s something about yourself that you hope will never change?

The fact that I love. Many people never feel love in their hearts, but I have and do. I would never want that to change.

4. Do you usually send serious or funny greeting cards? Why?

It depends. There have been occasions when I felt people needed a laugh, so I have sent funny cards. Then I fins a serious card that says just what I feel and I will buy that and send that off. So the answer is…both!

5. Bird watching, shell gathering, or star gazing- your choice for whiling away the hours?

Probably bird watching. When the Owls were on the Internet with their babies, I was literally glued to the screen. At the beach, I loved watching those silly sea gulls!

6. Do you double or triple check things? If so, what?

I double check everything. Locked doors, the gas on the stove, etc. Why do I do this> Because I am a worrier, remember?

7. What’s your favorite place for people watching?

Airports. I know that sounds funny, but since I do not like crowds, I tend not to get into them very often. You cannot avoid them in airports and since I am always “worried” in airports about my flight, I find I cannot concentrate on reading. So, I people watch. It’s amazing what you can see.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m off with Mandy today. We’re going to hit the end of summer sales! We both love to shop and we’re going to the larger Mall, which means good exercise! I may also bring a cooler, and stop at Trader Joes!

It’s A Date!

Saturday found us going out to the movies for a date! With all the Oscar buzz about the movie “The King’s Speech” around, Hubby and I decided to go to see that, as they were playing it locally! We arrived a good 10 minutes before the film was set to start, which is usually filled with previews for upcoming movies, but the line was so long, I started to worry about actually getting in before the movie started.

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We got our seats with just moments to spare, and the movie started right up. I knew the movie would be good, but I never expected it to be GREAT!

From the first moment until the closing credits, I was glued to the screen. The three major characters, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) and Lionel Logue, played respectfully by, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, were so believable, and brought me immediately into their story.

In fact, when we left the theater, we had more questions about that time in history, and immediately started doing research when we got home.

So if you’re looking to catch up on a movie and want a recommendation, “The King’s Speech” gets my vote as, perhaps, the best movie of the year. I will also go one further and say that Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter all deserve Oscars!

Machines

Friday found two important things happening here. First, the washing machine was fixed. However, when I got the bill, I just about passed out. We’d been quoted one price and the final bill was considerably higher! For what he charged us to repair the machine, we could “easily” have gone out and purchased a new one. I was not at all happy, but bit my lip and told myself that I won’t call this man again, nor will I repair the machine if anything else goes wrong!

After we’d been taken advantage of with the washer, I really didn’t feel like spending any more money. I was kind of just stewing about the outlay of funds, when Hubby started talking about my sewing machine. I told him I found that actually these were quite reasonably priced, and that it was time to send my 30 year old Singer to the recycling center.

Hubby decided to drag me out to buy a new machine. We had done a little looking on line, and got an idea of what was out there, and what had done well with Consumer Reports. In fact it was a best buy and considered a reliable machine.

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Now I was nervous when we got her home and I set her up on the table. First I wound the bobbin, and put it into the bobbin slot. Then I walked away. Why did I do that? Frankly, sewing machines freak me out and I needed the time to calm myself.

After an hour, I went over and sat down and threaded the machine. Now here is the totally cool part…the machine is self threading!!! This is so great for someone like me whose vision is quite limited. After I did this, I turned the machine off for the night and went to calm my nerves once again.

Sunday morning, after Hubby and Fritz went out to hike, I sat down at the table and sewed. I made two dogs toys, and then took an old linen dish towel and made rows of practice stitches. You see, this machine comes with 50 pre-programmed stitches! Wow!

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I’m excited about the machine and even see myself attempting something wild like a curtain or two! What a joy. I always believed I couldn’t sew, now I realize it was the blasted machine!

Oh I am a happy girl!

Einstein

Despite pretty horrible weather conditions, Hubby and I braved the elements, and drove the 45 minute drive to go and meet the World’s Smallest Horse…Einstein!!!

We had heard of this little guy right after he was born on our local news. Born April 22nd. He was far smaller than most miniature horses are when they are born. Overnight, this adorable little guy became a celebrity!

The diminutive horse born in New Hampshire could lay claim to the world record for lightweight foal. The pinto stallion named Einstein weighed just 6 pounds and measured 14 inches in height when he was born. Yes, gentle readers, he is a real horse!

We arrived fairly early and actually got a decent parking place. This was important because it was raining fairly hard. Thankfully, I had my raincoat and two sturdy umbrellas! We found we were nearly at the end of the line at 10 AM!

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Fortunately we were in line with some very nice people, and when I look back I can actually say, despite the rain, everyone was in a good mood and we all got along nicely!

As the time went by, we watched the owners take kids for horse rides up and down the street. No one seemed to even notice that the rain was coming down. It was definitely a festive atmosphere!

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There were other miniature horses in pens. These horses were so friendly and I can confess to actually kissing one in the nose. They are that precious!

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These horses truly were kid magnets, and every time I turned around I found kids running over to pat them.

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Even this woman couldn’t resist going over to look at the small horses. As you can see, the weather really was amazingly bad!

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Soon we turned the corner and saw the sign on the Barn. “Tis A Miniature Horse Farm”. Oh, my heart started to beat quickly as the anticipation of meeting Einstein hit home!

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While we waited, I was running all around taking pictures. I went into the tent where they had other mini horses and I met this Mare who was due to foal any day. I touched her side and could feel her baby kick! It was amazing!!!

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And then….we were there, inside the barn and we started down the row to see the babies in the barn with Einstein. This was particularly helpful because the night before a foal had been born and this gave us an idea of what a normal miniature foal should look like. Below is the newborn foal.

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In the next stall…. Einstein! I stood on a box and took this picture. A handsome, tiny, sweet boy! Einstein with his Mommy!

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The gentleman standing by asked everyone not to use a flash and I said, “Oh, of course. He’s just a baby and the flash would hurt his eyes”. He chuckled and said I was the first one to understand that today! Then he asked for my camera, and took this next picture!

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“There’s your picture!” he said, and I leaned over and kissed his cheek and thanked him!

We also met Einstein’s Daddy, who is an award winning Stallion. He was not phased by all the attention.

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Then it was time for us to leave, two soaked, cold, horse lovers, who had thoroughly enjoyed their morning and never felt the wet or cold until after we got in to the car to come home.

You can learn more about him and see pictures of him at Einsteins homepage, that can be found HERE.

Fun Monday

Fun Monday

My friend Gattina, host this each week.

This Monday’s question is, what do you drink in the morning, coffee, milk, tea, or something else ? and in what do you drink ? A cup or a mug or a bowl ? Please show us a picture !

I drink coffee all of the time. Unless i am sick, of course and then it is tea. Always in one of these mugs, however, because I like a good full mug of “hot something” to start my day!

Here is mine. I drink from one of four mugs. Two are from Cape Cod where I was born and grew up. The other two are from towns I lived in when my children were small and when Hubby and I were first married.

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Nobska is the lighthouse in Falmouth, Falmouth is the town I grew up in on Cape Cod.

Wilton and Milford are in New Hampshire and are places I lived, raised my kids and met Hubby.