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4 days ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015:... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks, Coop! Once again I am having animal issues (my ancient horse has an abscessed foot that is refusing to heal and requires much time and effort in care), so I am only able to blog here sporadically. Once he recovers, I can resume normal life, and even think about traveling. I really would like to visit Asheville, which is less than 3 hours from our house. Looks like you are on the move again -- enjoy your travels!

1 week ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015:... · 3 replies · +8 points

The bottom left photo is the Sunny Point Cafe in Asheville:

http://blog.exploreasheville.com/2013/01/top-5-br...

What an exciting choice for the Urban Oasis! I've always wanted to visit Asheville and it is not that far from where we live, so this may be the year to make the trip!

1 week ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015:... · 2 replies · +8 points

Looks like Asheville, NC, for sure! The top left image is used on Asheville's Homewood Suites by Hilton site:

https://www.google.com/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZisn-A6...

1 week ago @ Design Happens - Design Defined: Live Edge · 0 replies · +1 points

I love the live-edge look, as it fits right in with my preference for rustic modern/contemporary decor.

2 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Urban Oasis 2015:... · 2 replies · +7 points

How about Sneezy, the Penn State squirrel:

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/...

State College isn't really a large city, although Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could be possibilities in Pennsylvania, but I have no idea where we are headed yet. Grey squirrels are pretty common, and there is an eastern and a western species which I can't tell apart in pictures, so unless the clue is pointing to one of the two states with the Eastern Grey Squirrel as an official state animal (Kentucky and North Carolina as mention previously by MAOW), I'm just going to have to wait for the next clue.

7 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - The Mysterious Off-Sea... · 2 replies · +13 points

Thanks for this post, Dana. For me, Martha' Vineyard sounds even better in the winter than in the summer. I like the fact that there are fewer people around, and there are more community-based activities to enjoy. As for my perfect winter weekend getaway, just give me a comfy chair by a blazing fire, a good book and some hot tea, and I would be happy as a Martha's Vineyard quahog all weekend!

8 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 1 reply · +1 points

Thank you, SandyLA. We lost Diamond in 2012 (her picture is my avatar). The dog we just lost was Gia, a purebred Dalmatian who was Diamond's best friend -- we adopted them from a Dal rescue at the same time. Our terrier mix Ruby is the only one left now, and hopefully she will stay healthy for a good long while. Gia overcame several health issues in the last few months, but the cancer was too aggressive and she was already debilitated. She did seem happy and comfortable until the past week, and we did not want her to have to suffer through an incurable cancer.

8 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 4 replies · +3 points

Thanks for the link, Coop! I've been preoccupied for the past few months with one of our dogs (we had to let her go due to cancer on Tuesday), so I haven't been able to keep up with the blogs as well as I'd like. The photo makes me want to grab a snow shovel and start digging (I love shoveling snow, weird as that sounds!).

8 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 8 replies · +7 points

I wonder what the DH looks like in the snow? Charming, I'll bet! Read Susan Branch's post about the blizzard on Martha's Vineyard -- she makes it sound like a blessed event, and her photos of the town blanketed in snow are just gorgeous:

http://www.susanbranch.com

I'm almost regretting that we live too far south to have gotten any of that snow!

21 weeks ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Greetings From Martha'... · 0 replies · +4 points

Looking forward to that -- I'm ready to curl up by the fireplace with a cup of tea and my computer for a cozy evening of perusing!