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July 15, 2019

Shift change and off with the wall paper

vermont summer project 2019 hardwick NEK wallpaper

My Mom arrived in VT, from Nebraska. We dove straight into the summer work projects.  

The old wallpaper was peeling in spots, and featured a pink tone. It's been a three year process, removing all the pastel (Pink, Yellow and Blue) from the house. This wallpaper was the last bit of the pastel motif.  





I installed a new dishwasher. The old one was super ugly and had finally quit working. We found one at an agreeable price on sale for 4th of July.  

kings around the corner like group solitare 

We have "game night" after dinner, every other evening. We watch Star Trek (Kirk/Spock era) the other nights. My siblings used to play Kings Around the Corner with my Grandma. Now my children spend summer eves playing with their grandma. I'm trying to learn, but I'm not that bright.


We returned to the creepy old house to work on the path down to the brook.  

joe's brook pond west danville vt 

Even #1 son is enjoying the outdoors this summer.  

joes brook pond danville vermont 

The daughter and I hiked to the big waterfall. I climbed up on it. Not as difficult as I had thought it would be. 

joe's brook falls joes pond danville vt 

joe's pond joes brook vermont waterfall 

(BIG)  I grabbed a quick pic with a real (non phone) camera.

keiser pond vermont

I took everybody to Keiser Pond.  We found a woman, her mother and, daughter (three generations) laying in the sun, enjoying cold beverages. They told us about a free concert in St Johnsbury happening the next night, at Dog Mountain.

kingdrom allstars band at red barn brewing danville vt 

Kingdom Allstars (8-12th grade kids) played at the Red Barn Brewing in Danville.  

red barn brewing west danville vermont summer 2019 

hazel rochester hardwick vermont lucinda 

We went to Antiques and Uniques in Craftsbury. I met the lady that grew up in our home here. Her mother was the town artist. She was most amused to meet me, "OH! You're the person responsible for the famouse house paint, with the blue trim. Well, it's certainly a landmark NOW!" 

I never imagined my house paint scheme would be "famous". But I'll take it.  

porsche 912 vermont antiques and uniques 

I don't see many old Porsche in VT. But we chased an early 911 up rt 14 on the way up. I found this 912 for sale on the lawn. It must have suffered at some point. I figured it must be a 1967-69 with body panels, trim and seats from a later model 911. The engine lid didn't sit right...  There was no price posted.

catamount arts dog mountain music series  

We attended the season opener for the Catamount Arts Summer Free Music series at Dog Mountain, thanks to the tip from a local.

catamount arts dog mountain summer free music series  

dog mountain free summer music series vermont 

That's some beautiful backdrop for a stage (Eric Karp played, Subject to Change opened the show). 

harbison cheese jasper hill catamount arts summer music at dog mountain 

The kids surely enjoyed the Harbison Cheese from Jasper Hill.  



July 08, 2019

Vermont waterfalls and creepy old houses


time capsule home danville vt

It's not uncommon for a person to spend winter in Florida. But if that person never makes it back... what happens to their home, and everything in it? Maybe somebody like us could purchase it, because there is a waterfall in the back yard. So here we are.... the home is JUST as it was left in 2012, The beds are made and the laundry is all folded, ready for the owner to return.  




Kat likes to dedicate some time each summer to sorting, packing up, and hauling away the contents of the home. We now have a lot of Tupperware... She cleaned up a bit, then we hiked our waterfall. 

joe's brook west danville vermont joes pond

joe's pond brook waterfall w danville vt 

trash cleanup at joe's brook pond waterfall danville vt 

She is the enemy of litter. She cleaned up any plastic trash she could find in our falls/brook. Some kid up at Joe's Pond lost his beach ball. She cleaned it up and took it home. The kids took it to the back yard where they had good old fashioned chase/kick the ball type summer fun.  

wildflower bouquet danville vermont 

She collected a bouquet of wildflowers growing right by the house.  


We did a quick/easy hike.  

black barn farm bolton vt 

I took the kids to a friend's house in Bolton. He also has some nice waterfalls on his property.  

bolton pothole vt 



It was nice to see the boys cooperating and away from digital devices.  

bolton vermont blaack barn farm 

Simple Summer fun. 

bolton vermont black barn farm waterfall 



July 05, 2019

VT chores balanced with leisure

We got straight to work upon arriving to the VT house.


I removed some old appliances.

drywall repair 

I have a drywall repair to deal with.

gary fisher lamoile trail hardwick vt 

I took Gary Fisher for a ride to the hardware store (several times). This is directly across the street.  

joe's brook danville vt west 

We stopped to view our waterfall property on Joe's Brook.  

joe's pond lake house flag hoist 4th of july west danville vt 

Flag hoist and fireworks over Joe's Pond.  

joe's pond 4th 3rd of july fireworks  

hill farmstead july 2019 

I like to run up the hill to Hill Farmstead to walk in right before closing time. No crowds! We arrived at 4:55 and it was nice.  

creamee hardwick vt 


We arrived on her birthday. She spent the majority of the day in the car. She didn't complain.  

Louisiana, , NC, DC/MD (people and places)

We drove east...

We stopped near Lafayette LA to meet up with Bonnie and child.  


pinthouse pizza emilio tipa street drinking new orleans 

Then to New Orleans for the usual shenanigans with CMoore.  

nola brewing hand in hole fun

nola brewing  

Then on to Cary NC to see my brother and wife.  

cary nc 

cary nc pool 

durham hotel rooftop sunset cocktail 

We went downtown Durham for sunset cocktails and tapas.  

rooftop durham hotel 

bone marrow tapas durham matteo's tapas 

We turned north and went to stay with the folks in Maryland. 

DC Metro 

Metro into DC from Rockville. 

washington dc mall 

big blue cock national gallery dc art 

We spent the day at the National Gallery of Art. 

giant blue cock washington DC gallery of art 


downtown crown beer and wine pub 

We met friends in Gaithersburg.  

gongon and popo 

We said goodbye to the folks and continued north. 

wang and schuster