Fruits & Vegetables

We went for a ride today in search of another fruit tree for Hubby’s small orchard. Well, it once was a small orchard, but since he has expanded, it is now a medium sized, back yard orchard. Although not all of the trees are productive yet, many are, and in a few years we will be functioning as a small fruit enterprise. I can see Hubby packing up his fruit for the town’s farmer’s market and all of this done with the biggest of smiles on his face. He really loves the care of the trees and the harvest of the fruit.


Our Orchard now has:

3 MacIntosh
2 Cortlands
3 Empire
3 Macouns
2 Golden Delicious
1 Gala
1 Spy Gold
2 Winesap
1 Cox’s Orange Pippin
1 Red Stayman
1 Enterprise (A surprisingly good Apple that has a long shelf life)

1 Stanley Plum (I love to make jam with these!)
1 Castleton Plum
1 Mount Royal Plum

1 Moonglow Pear
1 Clapps Favorite Pear
2 Red Bartlett Pear

1 Lapins Cherry
1 Stella Cherry
2 Bing Cherry
1 Black Tartarian Cherry

2 Reliance Peach (My favorite)
2 Finger Lakes Super Hardy Peach
1 Elberta Peach
1 Richhaven Peach

Wild Concord Grapes (The best for Grape Jelly!)
Seedless Concord Grapes
New Hampshire Reliance (A hardy canadice type) Grapes

In any case, we didn’t find another fruit tree. My man knows what he wants to see in his fruit trees and apparently he didn’t see anything that made him happy, but we did see two flats of tomato plants for the garden, so we got those and brought them happily home.

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The tomato plants

These tomatoes will join my cucumber, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash and corn plants in my garden. Currently they are all sprouting in the green house until we are sure that we’ve had our last frost. Usually that is Memorial Day Weekend, then we will be replanting everything outside except the tomatoes, which I will continue to raise in the green house.

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My seedlings

We were out longer than we anticipated and so we stopped at a small restaurant and we got two orders of fried “whole bellied clams”, coleslaw and fries. The lunch was so good and we enjoyed the brief stop. Then we headed back to the house where our puppies, all four of them awaited us.

We walked them in the yard, I watered my vegetable plants and Hubby watered his fruit trees and then he headed off to the store to get the weeks groceries. Although I am doing really well, I was feeling a bit tired, so he volunteered to do this without me. I have no worries at all, as he is one of the few men in this world who can do this job as well as I can.

Yes, I’m a lucky girl!

Chocolate & Wine = Heaven

Lately it seems that the movie channels have been replaying the same movies over and over again. And since regular TV has started it’s rerun season somewhat early, this means I am watching the same “chick flicks” over and over again.

Now for the most part, I don’t mind. I have found that there are certain movies that are like old friends. You know, “Father of The Bride” (Steve Martin edition), “As Good As It Gets”, “Legally Blond” and “Somethings Gotta Give”.

But I recently have added a few new ones to the list. “The Lake House” with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, “What Dreams May Come” with Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, and “The Parent Trap” (Lindsey Lohan edition).

I like these movies for various reasons. Some I like because they are funny, light and familiar. Others, like the Robin Williams movie “What Dreams…” because it reminds me of what I hope is true.

There is a line in that film where the daughter asks where her dog will go when she dies. The mother replies, “Where we all go, Heaven”.

I like the idea that my dogs will all follow me to my little slice of Heaven (that is, should I get there). Can’t you just see me in a large field with all my doggies around me?

I can. I can see me with the laughter and the smiles and the wet face from all the kisses they will shower me with, and the tears I will shed after I am reunited with them.

I’ve also decided what I would like my little slice of Heaven to look like.

It will have a field on the side of a mountain with wild flowers and lovely shade trees. It will overlook a large ocean that will go on for as far as the eyes can see. I’ll have a large Indian blanket to sit on (no ticks or bug will be allowed in my slice of Heaven) and I will have the best picnic one can imagine with all my favorite foods (especially dark chocolate). I will sip Tokaj (A fine Hungarian wine), and the sun will shine warmly on my face, and it will feel really good.

All the people I love will be there, and all my animals as well. Life beyond will be even better than anyone could ever imagine.

I like movies about love, whether they make me laugh or they make me cry.

Love is what it’s all about, right?

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My Hobby is raising my dachshunds. It was always a dream of mine and this past December I helped Greta deliver her first litter.

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The puppy on the far right is Anneliese. This was immediately after the puppies were born.

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Greta with Arnie as a young puppy.

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Greta and Anneliese as a young puppy.

Me with Anneliese.

The best part of raising a litter is the instant bonding you have with the babies. It is truly incredible!

Welcome To Alaska

As Host of the Alaska portion of your Lifecruiser Cyber Cruise around the world, may I say a hearty welcome to you all! This is where we board the ship for the Alaska leg of our cruise.

Our Itinerary

Our trip

1 Seattle
2 At Sea
3 Juneau
4 Skagway
5 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska (Scenic Cruising)
6 Ketchikan
7 Victoria
8 Seattle


Part 1

A limousine will dropped us off at the terminal with all the baggage.
Once our passports are validated we zip through and we are on board the ship by noon, and checked into our rooms. They are lovely with fairly good views, a big bed and a bar. Once we are settled then we are off to explore.
This ship is huge! And I am still not sure where everything is, or how to get there. But there is time for all of that. Since we are all hungry, we stop in at the buffet for lunch, where we will meet up with friends from around the world. We eat our lunches, toasting the meal with champagne and then set off to unpack our cases back at our rooms.
Once that is done it is time for the fire drills, and then we set sail. What a pretty sight that is, as we pull out of the docking area and sail along the harbor in Seattle.


We have a Coast Guard escort all the way out of the Harbor, and then he waves and turns and is gone. We stay out watching a while longer before hunger strikes us once again.

We explore the restaurants on board and decide to eat at the Savoy. It is a very posh restaurant and you can get almost any sort of meal that you might want. We get a very nice table near a window. Our servers are Adriana from Mexico and then Mia from Thailand. They were young and sweet and take incredibly good care of us!
We also have a wine steward. He is hysterical. He is from Romania, and reminds us all of Agadore in the movie, “The Bird Cage”. We all laugh and enjoy the food and wines and dear Agadore.
After we eat, we head to the disco for a night of dancing under the stars!

Part 2

So, what does one do when they get to their first Alaskan port of call? Why I called home! I wanted to share that moment with my sister and cousin and daughter! I also called to check on my beloved pets at home. What a great place for a call! I was so excited I felt like a little kid!

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We go ashore to Juneau to take a tour over to the Mendenhall Glacier. I think the first thing you realize when you see a glacier is how enormous they are! This was huge, and even more impressive then I can ever say. Some people took a helicopter to the top of the glacier, but I was happy to view the glacier from below.

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It was at Mendenhall that we saw the Bald Eagles and the Mama Brown Bear with her two baby cubs. Believe it or not while standing talking to a Park Service Ranger about the glacier, the subject came up about dachshunds. And well, you guessed it. The next thing I knew we were talking about dachshunds and how wonderful they are. Hubby was a bit annoyed with me because we go all the way to Alaska and what do I speak of? Dachshunds!

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In the very center of this picture you can see the Mama bear. This was as close as I was going to get to her. Sorry, but she just didn’t look too friendly to me.

Juneau is the capital of the State of Alaska. The area of Juneau is larger than that of Rhode Island, Delaware, or Connecticut, and almost as large as Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. Juneau is nestled at the base of Mount Juneau and across the channel from Douglas Island. Juneau was named after gold prospector Joe Juneau, though the place was for a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg (after Juneau’s co-prospector, Richard Harris)

Part 3

The next day we headed into Ketchikan. Ketchikan’s economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area’s major attractions. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan also has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles located at three major locations: Saxman Village, Totem Bight, and the Totem Heritage Center.

It’s formal night, and we all get dressed up and go to dinner down at our favorite restaurants. Since we speak to all the wait-staff and managers we get the best tables in the place for our meals, and we get the best waitresses too! Adrianna and Mala. The meal was a bit more diverse, but they offered Ketchikan Sockeye Salmon and almost everyone had that. There is nothing like fresh salmon!

After dinner we go to a musical show and it is very fun. The singers are good, the songs all 1970’s and pop, familiar in type, and then we head to the casino’s to play the slots. Some move on to dance floor, while others head off to bed so they are ready for the day in Skagway.

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We were up with the dawn so we could go on shore to the town of Skagway to travel on the narrow guage railroad and go to White Pass. We all meet in the cafe to have breakfast and watch the sun rises.

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Skagway is a small town on the Alaska Panhandle. The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a big part of the city’s business. The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, part of the area’s mining past, is now in operation purely for the tourist trade and runs throughout the summer months.

Skagway (originally spelled Skaguay) is from the Tlingit name for the area, “Skagua.” The name has several meanings, “the place where the north wind blows,”.

Part 5

We cruise Tracy Arm Fjord. To say it is beautiful would be a real understatement of fact. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. Certainly the best part of the cruise! At first it seems pretty much like any inlet, then as we go further and further in, small chunks of ice turned into larger ones until I could hear the theme from “Titanic” in my ears! LOL The mountains are enormous and tower above the shore and then seem to drop into the fjord below at a sharp angle.
Glacial Ice is incredibly blue and white. I couldn’t get enough of it! We toured this inlet 4 hours and it was all breath taking.

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The glacier at the end of Tracy Arm.

That night we went for an all you could eat Alaskan King Crab dinner. Oh my, what a meal! I love Alaskan King Crab, and this was just so delicious and so wonderful! I am afraid I ate far too much, but I have learned that a cruise is often a good place to eat a lot of good foods from around the world!

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Part 6

Victoria, BC. Victoria is the capital of the western Canadian province of British Columbia. It is a beautiful city and the last stop before we go back to Seattle and head off to our next port of call Chesapeake Beach.

Victoria is a city full of gardens. It is a charming, beautiful place that I hope to return to one day. I was sorry that we got in so late that we did not have a chance to see more.

Our last night on board the Cruise Ship there is a chocolate Buffet, where they offered every sort of wonderful confection.

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I’m afraid I will never want to leave. Alaska was so wonderful, so vast, I think we all must return when we have more time to spend there.

Pass the chocolate and another glass of champagne!

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Life in a Blog

Okay, I was lying in bed last night trying to go to sleep. As I lay there I was thinking, “What will I write about in my Blog tomorrow?” So it’s happened. I’ve become one of those people who is living there lives for a blog entry! I knew it would happen. When I started doing this, I resolved that anything I am paying for I intended to use every day. And so far, I haven’t missed a day. The only thing is, now when things are happening around me, I’m thinking, will this make a funny entry?
I dreamed a lot last night. I even dreamed about blogging. I was telling jokes, bad ones, and trying to figure out which ones would work. In the dream I would screw them up in the telling, so I knew it just wouldn’t work in writing.
I also went to France and Germany in my dreams last night. Which actually was funny because there I was telling my stupid jokes to people who didn’t speak English and couldn’t understand the joke.
Mercifully, Fritz woke me up and I could escape from my silly dreams.
Okay gang, here it is. Occasionally I’m funny, but sometimes the only funny thing about me, is that I am trying really hard to be funny.
Life is such work!

A Dream about Janet

I had this dream about my cousin Janet. It’s a strange dream, but one she will probably get. Okay here goes…

I was at home when in walks my cousin Janet. She is wearing a woman’s suit! Now this is quit odd in itself because I can name the times I have seen her in a dress, let alone a suit! Anyway, I went over to see her suit and I immediately noticed that the material had the most interesting print. The entire suit was made out of this:
Yes, it’s the Revolver album by the Beatles.
She laughed and we stood there as my eyes traveled over the most amazing women’s suit that a Beatles fan can own.

Then Greta kissed my face and I woke up!

Greta Dream

I always worry just a little when Greta goes off for a walk at the park with Hubby and Fritz and I’m not around. I worry a little because she doesn’t always respond to Hubby and often takes off. Yesterday was just such a time. Off they went while I stayed home with Shubi. I later learned that she had been running around like crazy, and hadn’t been very good for him at all.
Last night, I dreamt of Greta. She had gotten away from Hubby, and I was out in a car looking for her. I was driving around with care and worry and I couldn’t find her. Then I was on this long, long road. I wasn’t driving the car, (I’m not sure who was) but I was in the passengers seat, and suddenly I saw her running down this road. She was scared and tired and I just about leapt out of the car and scooped her up in my arms. She was so tired and I cried.
Then I woke up, and Greta was asleep by my side.

Greta, Greta, Greta!!!

I was dreaming this morning of living in this big house. It had a swimming pool and I went out on this screened lanai area with the pool and there had to be a dozen dogs, of all shapes and sizes. Fritz, Shubi and Greta were there as well as all these strange dogs.
I opened the door to the outside so they could all do their business and they all bolted. Before I knew it, all but Shubi had jumped into a deep canal! Oh no!! How would the little dogs get out!
There were people there pulling out dogs and I was screaming over and over,
“Where is Greta! Where is Greta! Greta, Greta, Greta!”

And it was that moment that I felt Greta licking my face and cuddling up next to me in bed, waking me up. I don’t know if I called her name, or if she was reading my disturbed sleepy dream. Somehow, she knew and woke me from my nightmare.
A picture of Greta and me from a year ago. I love this one.
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My Girls

I had the nicest dream last night. It was about my girls. Mandy and Katie.
They were young in the dream, maybe 4 and 6 years old and we were moving back to the apartment that we first lived in when we moved up to New Hampshire.
In the dream it was spring, and warm. The girls were running around outside laughing and giggling with the sun shining down on their beautiful faces and their hair. I ran out to the field near the apartment and played with them as we sort of smiled happily at each other.
What a marvelous visit with my girls.

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