On Saturday we drove to Epping, New Hampshire to the New England Dragway for the Buick Bash event. Paul was out after the third round but we had a nice day hanging out with our friends Rob and Raymond. Um, no pictures. I forgot.
Sunday was driving down to Kingston to pick up this:
Monday was a trip to the old homestead in Bradford, Vermont (yes, we were terribly sick of the car by the end of Monday). On the way up, we stopped at our new favorite diner, the Blue Benn in Bennington and I had the most yummy cornbread french toast. O.M.G. Then we made a stop at the Vermont Country Store:
Paul got sparklers for today and I got Pine Brothers throat drops.
Then it was on up to Bradford to see our old house and our old view.
We really miss our house and our barn and our view. We don't miss our jobs or the distance from EVERYTHING. (Excuse the drive-by photos - we didn't want to look suspicious!)
They are in the middle of a HUGE renovation/addition. The store is wonderful, the bakery is yummy and someday I will go to a bread making class at the school. I lived right near there for two years and never went! ARGH! So, since I don't know how to make it from scratch, I bought some bread mix:
Then we drove through Woodstock and stopped at our favorite place for onion rings, White Cottage:
Oh my gosh. Can you believe we did all this in one day??? We were so tired.
Because we were so wiped out from the previous three days of traveling around, Tuesday was tackling something on
So, Tuesday was "tile for fireplace". Paul got to work cutting and attaching the cement board then we both went to work applying the tile (ok, after a short detour to Corner Ice Cream for a slushie - I told you I was obsessed! And I'm totally going back today for another one. What? It's HOT outside.) We decided on a stone look, so it was "tiles" of a bunch of stones attached with glue to mesh. Because the area around the fireplace that needed to be tiled was so small (5") we actually had to take all the stones off the mesh and put them each into place by hand.
Tedious. Stressful (getting them on there before the mortar dried). A. Pain. In. The. Neck.
So, now it looks like this:
And say hi to Phoebe:
Are you still with me? I just realized how long this post is! Today is July 4th and I'm not doing ANYTHING today except blog, read, knit, spin, and get a slushie. (Paul is working on his list.)
Staycation Part II to come... HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!