I just ran the Google on “I am bored at work.” One of the results was a list of 30 things to do if you are bored at work. Two of the items on that list were “blog”. So that’s really only 29 things to do but who’s counting.
Fine. I’m bored. I will blog.
Last I blogged, Derwood and I had been to Central NY including our future hometown Skaneateles, Colgate University and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
We left there and drove up to my mother’s birthplace, Rouses Point, NY. RP is on Lake Champlain, less than a mile from the Canadian border. When I say upstate, I mean UPstate. It was during a visit to my grandparents home when I was 10 that I decided I wanted to move to the East Coast. From then on, I focused on getting into an eastern college. And I did and then I was done having ambition.
I hadn’t been to RP since my grandmother’s 80th birthday in 1987 but as we drove in the village I knew just where my grandmother’s house was because we drove by it and I could see it. And I took us right to my Aunt Kitty’s house because it is on one of two main roads in the village and she had every light in the house on.
We had such a great time. I really do have such a fun and easy to hang out with family. My cousin Mary (to my left in the photo) and I have the same name just flipped. I’m Margaret Mary and she is Mary Margaret. Irish Catholics have about 10 names and they just change up the order and dole them out. Mary and her husband, Scott, and daughter Erin (who is doing a pretty good job of looking like Natalie Portman) live next door to her sister, my cousin, Tricia. Tricia and her husband, Matt have the cutest baby ever who is named John Matthew. My sister Molly’s son is named Matthew John, see how we do that? My Uncle Clifford and I are horsing around and you will see my Aunt on the right. As I told Deren, meeting KItty is the closest he will get in this life to meeting my mom. She looks just like her, talks just like her and has the same “say it like it is” personality. It made me so happy that Deren could see some of my mom’s history since he never got to meet her.
As some of my readers know, I’m a fan of cemeteries. Mary took us on a tour of family sites but my favorite marker was not of anyone related to me.’
After a lovely couple of days with the fam, we headed off to Rhode Island. A very super lovely generous friend of mine loaned us her “Shanty” for a week in a little town on the Atlantic Coast. Have I mentioned that we had the quintessential New England sunny fall weather? The leaves everywhere were turning and gorgeous. The temperature was in the 70s. It was glorious.
Here is our little house, the perfect honeymoon getaway for us.
I loved walking around our little neighborhood and looking at the not little houses and the ubiquitous stone walls. I want a stone wall.
Thanks to our host’s generosity we had the perfect home base for our daily adventures. We went to Newport, RI where Deren got one of his best haircuts ever. We went to Bristol RI which is a darling town. One day we went to Sandwich on Cape Cod. I was going to take Derwood to Hyannis Paht because it’s easy and well-known, although a bit touristy. That plan was changed when Derwood couldn’t get over the fact that there is a town on the Cape called Sandwich. So we went to Sandwich and it is a sweet little New England town where Derwood was able to buy an “Entering Sandwich” refrigerator magnet.
Quite serendipitously, on our way to the Cape we were also able to find a Kohl’s for Deren to use his Kohl’s gift card. It’s not like you see Kohl’s stores just anywhere. There certainly isn’t one less than 10 miles from our house in Portland. Nope, we had to travel ALL the way to Massachusetts to find a Kohl’s. Apparently that gift card was burning a hole through his pocket and into his flesh because he had to use that thing or no one was going to get any respite from “Do you think there’s a Kohl’s there?”
And last but not least, we went to Battleship Cove in Fall River, Mass. If you ever have the opportunity to tour a WWII battleship, take it! This was one of the most impressive “exhibits” I have ever seen in my life. I would post more photos but they are all on Deren’s phone. Exploring the USS Massachusetts was humbling and exciting and surprising. They had a soda fountain on board, like a soda counter for cokes and grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream. There everyone was equal, officers had to wait in line just like sailors did. I have no idea how they slept in cots suspended from walls and ceilings and saved the world from tyranny.
- Move to Skaneatles once kids are out of high school
- Stop wearing make up
- Stop looking for a job and spend the next year putting together a manuscript. What the heck, I have to at least try.