Thursday, November 15, 2012

What's been going on

Had a wonderful day on Saturday with a dear friend, but not really productive considering the holidays are charging upon us

First order of the day was coffee.  A bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, considering the aftermath

We went to two craft fairs in New Jersey, after a quick trip to a Good Will.   Nothing to be found at the GW, I still am in awe at the things bloggers find, I guess I haven't hit the right ones.

I have been going to Lambert's Castle for over 20 years.  A business man in the late 1800's built this castle as his residence.  No photos allowed inside.

It was a typical November day in the New York/New Jersey region.  Grayer than gray

The castle sits high up on a mountain in Paterson, NJ.  

We then went to the town of HoHoKus, for a fair held at The Hermitage.  It was rather late and getting dark.  This is the original "Hermitage".  It is no longer used for the craft fair, but  right across the way.

This is the entrance to the John Rosenkrantz house where the fair is held.  Some holiday items for sale outside.   And no photos allowed inside as well.  

I love this wagon and it could be decorated for all four seasons.  I didn't buy it, though.  I only picked up a dip mix and two soup mixes.  Not feeling it this year, and although a few items caught my eye, the price tag told my head to say no.  And, for once,  I listened.

I planted some spring bulbs.  This tool makes it so easy, I love it. I brought it with me to the cemetery and planted some there, too.

Daffodils and anemone.  I hope to get at least one bouquet next spring.

Just look at these "mushrooms" that popped up in my mulched bed!  Ugh!!  I don't want to touch them, they look so poisonous.  

Ewwwww.  That's all I can say.  And I love mushrooms, too.  These just look so nasty.

I bought this for the door at Christmas Tree Shop several years ago.  I needed a break from a wreath, scarecrow, basket, etc.  It will stay up for the week.  

Now I am doing menu planning, writing to-do lists, shopping lists, getting the dishes out for next Thursday's dinner, and so on.  

Last but not least, we had a visit today from the President.   His helicopter landed right on our little storm ravaged island, on Miller Field.  You can read the nice article and see photos here.

I'll be back in a couple.



  1. I have heard of that castle, but we never got to visit it when we lived n RI. So glad you are able to get out and about. I agree, I am always amazed at the goodies everyone finds at their GW's. Mine just plain stinks. :(

    Hugs, Barb

  2. Looks like you've been keeping busy. I'm glad you got to get out & enjoy the weekend!

  3. Barbara - I'm sure it was nice to get out and around after what all you East Coast people have been thru. Those buildings look fantastic and like they'd be a fun visit.


  4. Did you get to see the President?

    I'm so glad you got out and had a chance to do something normal. (Normal for ME is not finding anything good at GW either. LOL. We need to road trip together until we find a good one.)

    And those mushrooms do look gross.

  5. I don't have any luck at Goodwill either so I have stopped going. How nice to have a great day with a friend...I love that castle. You sure packed a lot into the day! I missed the boat planting more bulbs this year and now it's too late to work the ground. I'm getting ready for turkey day, too!


  6. Hi Barbara, I love that castle! It's fabulous! Sounds like you had a good day with your friend. Have a good wknd, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Sounds like you've been busy! That castle really looks cool! Enjoy your Turkey Day prepping:@)

  8. Looks like you've been keeping busy, Barbara. That castle looks very interesting. Too bad they don't allow pictures inside.
    We have a customer at work called HoHoKus. I always thought that was an unusual name. I didn't realize it was the name of a town.
    You will be so happy that you planted your bulbs when spring rolls around.

  9. Barbara, I never find anything at GW either! I'm happy to learn that you were able to go on a craft outing! Looked like a lot of fun, and did you get to see the President?

  10. Hope all is well Barbara! Sounds like a nice relaxing time!

  11. You visited some interestig places, Barbara. i love making road trips like that with a friend!

    I never find anything good at GW, either, or even at yard sales. As I pack and pack for our move, I realized I have enough *stuff*!

    glad the President came and saw all the damage and heard the people's stories. I heard he stayed quite awhile with the family whose two little boys were swept away in the hurricane. I felt so bad for heartbreaking.

  12. Hi Barbara,

    It looks like you had a really nice outing on Saturday; that looks like just the kind of thing I like to do. That's quite an interesting looking castle, and boy do they have a view.

    Good for you planting those bulbs; every fall I mean to do that and we just never get around to it. I NEVER find anything at our Goodwill; I've just quit going. I, too, am amazed at what some of the bloggers find at their local Goodwill.

    I think my Thanksgiving turkey flag is just like yours -- love your door banner. :)

    I must say those are some vile looking mushrooms, and I like all kinds of mushrooms. I don't blame you for not wanting to touch them.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  13. Hi Barbara- what a nice outing for you! I'm always game for a new adventure to find me some treasures, but sometimes I just see nothing. Other times, my wallet says no! I'm getting ready for a small sale in a few weeks. I'm also trying to start my holiday decorating. I said I would start early this year- it isn't happening! Hope you enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with your family. :-) Sue

  14. Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, I really am happy for your lovely day with your friend for a change♡♡♡
    Lambert's Castle look really wonderful place to visit, beautiful isn't it♬♬♬ Haha, the word "castle" for me is the place owned by landlord and kind of surprised me to read that it was built by a business man and private resistance.
    The tool sure look useful, good luck for the Daffodils and Anemone; looking forward to enjoying the pictures next spring♬♬♬

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  15. Sounds like a lovely time! I despise the job of planting bulbs, but I sure do love it when they come peeking up in the spring!

  16. Oh your shopping trip sounds like mine. I always marvel at the finds some bloggers have at GW. I have yet to find anything I'd be willing to take home. And I also am saying "no, no, no, no" to everything I'm tempted by. Not in this economy. No way. More layoffs and more troubles all around. A fiscal nightmare.

  17. What a fun, fun day!! That little wagon was *quite* the find!! The Hermitage is quite darling! I've always wanted to live in a cottage style house like that. I'm going to have to click over on the link. Glad you had a fun weekend -- hope you have happy plans in the mix for this one coming up! :)

  18. I am in awe of those bloggers too. Because I NEVER find anything at thrift stores worth carting to the cashier!

  19. It sounds like a fantastic day, Barbara!

    I'm with you on failing to find goodies at Goodwill. I think everyone must still be holding onto their things around here.:)

    Wonderful that the President came to tour the area. I missed the news coverage as I had a meeting.

    Have a great Friday!

  20. Barbara F.,
    That castle is something else. Looks like a busy day.
    I just got rid of a bunch to Goodwill but mainly close.
    Well I'm off to go to Cracker Barrel. Have a good rest of your day. Pat

  21. Hi Barbara! The castle is fantastic i would like to visit i' ll fly with my' m inside...fairy! Have a nice and PINK week end.

  22. Same here on thrift stores...people post the most incredible finds, and then I go to mine and all they have is junk, and NOT of the 'wow, what a cool find' variety either...ha! Oh well, maybe we aren't hitting the right ones, or maybe those other people are just a lot luckier...ha!

  23. Hi Barbara, it sounds like you had a good time. I never find good things at GW, either, like other bloggers do.

  24. Hi Barbara! Looks like all is well around your area. The devastation from Sandy has been so heartbreaking. Well, you had a fun day, I can tell. Would love to visit that castle. When I lived in New Mexico I planted so many bulbs with a little hand bulber. Had to get down on my knees to do it. I couldn't do that now! :) I'd be rolling all over the yard trying to get up! :)
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving, friend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  25. I've never had any luck at GW either. I think all the good stuff is south of the Mason/Dixon Line.:-) Southern girls always find the best stuff.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. I wish I had planted bulbs...SHOOT.
    Well, maybe next year. Oh, and we may be moved by next spring.:)
    Glad you had a great time with a good friend. Priceless !
    xo bj

  27. That castle looks amazing.. to bad that you couldn't take photos of the inside. Looks like a fun time out! I love your nifty bulb tool.

    Have a wonderful thanksgiving!!!!

  28. What a fun day with a friend! I'd love to have tagged along with you both :) Yeah, I usually strike out at GW, too....I think you have to go A LOT to find the treasures.

  29. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day! I enjoyed reading the article about the President's visit. Have a great week!

  30. I think a day spent with a good friend is one well spent. Sometimes it pays to let responsibilities slide a bit in order to enjoy some time spend with a person you care about.

  31. How nice to spend the day with your friend! I like that bulb planting tool. You should be having some beautiful blossoms this coming spring. :)

  32. Hi Barbara, I've never been to those two places--it always amazes me how many site there are to see in our area, yet I travel far and wide to see places around the world! Our internet is finally back up, although there are still trees and wires down in the area. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Linda

  33. You are a busy girl! Looks like you visited some very interesting places!!!
    We went through Paterson this weekend!

  34. Thanks for sharing your wonderful day on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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