Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Happy New Year’s Eve with Hogmanay!

Yesterday, Dan and I attended the Scottish Walk in downtown Portsmouth, which expresses appreciation for the town merchants. A couple hundred people turned out for a walk led by a Colonial-era bell ringer and accompanied by the music of bagpipes.

At Admiral’s Landing on the riverfront, we were treated to a rousing call to revolution, circa 1779, and a gun salute to each of the rebelling colonies. It was great fun.
2009 Scottish Walk

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A really late holiday wish

Happy New Year! Yeah, I know, it’s two weeks old already. I haven’t been feeling great lately, so I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking. Dan’s been doing most of the cooking the last couple of weeks, and it’s been great! Way to go! :-)

Anyway, here’s a photo from our trip to the Mayan Riviera in, I think it was, late 2001? Just to warm you up on a cold day.

Mayan Riviera

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Keep an eye on Santa Claus – he’s heading our way!

NORAD Tracks Santa

Christmas Porch
This is part of a neighbor’s porch, decorated for Christmas. I heard the owners used to be either set decorators or shop window decorators in New York City.

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It’s Holiday Tour Time

Last weekend, I was a hostess at one of the homes on the Holiday Home Tour our neighborhood civic league, the Port Norfolk Civic League in Portsmouth, Va., puts on as a fundraiser every year. Below is one of the homes on the tour – Culpeppers Boat Rental and the family’s home.

It’s an interesting building – the front is the store of a boat-rental operation where people can rent small boats for crabbing or fishing and behind it is living quarters for the family that owns the shop. It was really cute inside and they had a case of interesting antique fishing tackle, among other goodies.

Culpeppers Boat Rental/home on the Port Norfolk Holiday Home Tour

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Happy Independence Day!

American Flag

Dan and I have been watching the HBO miniseries “John Adams” on DVD through NetFlix. I think it’s very well done – we’ve enjoyed it a lot.

Have a great Fourth – I’m making all-American brownies and Southwestern potato salad to take to a cookout tonight.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A St. Patrick’s Day wish for you:

May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two,
May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
All the luck o’ the Irish I’m happy to send you,
With a wish that good fortune & joy may attend you!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have a great day!

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