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Why does this Hummingbird Stand on John’s Hand – for 15 Minutes!

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Sitting comfortably in our Adirondack chairs John and I were enjoying another great Vermont summer evening overlooking Northeast Mountain as the Hummingbirds continued to feed. As one whizzed by our heads it slammed directly into the picture window behind us! We instinctively leapt from our chairs only to find this poor bird on the ground with no visible signs of life. John, one of our frequent guests and a wonderful photographer picked up our tiny new friend and held it in his hand. John was eager to get his camera, but he had the bird, so I grabbed my phone and began taking pictures. As I continued photographing, our friend gradually regained his composure, righted himself and kept us company for fifteen minutes. He was clearly enjoying himself and was in no hurry to leave us, but it was time to delicately return him to the feeder. He stepped…

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Stopping Traffic

Random Acts of Faith

 

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To the middle aged woman who gestured angrily and yelled as we passed…

To the thirty-something man in the power suit who honked and forced his black SUV through our line…

To the person who tried to pass us and then moved his car into our lane to block our progress…

Perhaps you don’t know. Perhaps you didn’t recognize the hearse and the flapping flags on the first few cars. Perhaps you didn’t notice that we all had our lights on and our hazards flashing. Perhaps your mama never taught you to show respect to the dead by showing kindness to the grieving.

You couldn’t know, of course, that the woman inside the hearse was only twenty years old. You couldn’t know that she leaves behind parents and siblings and a young husband and a one-year-old baby girl. You couldn’t know anything about the person in that hearse or…

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Foods and Oils That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

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Steer clear of these disease-carrying pests without harmful chemicals.

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As we move into the warmer months of summer, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had. However, with outdoor fun comes the inevitable and inescapable presence of mosquitos. Whether you’re worried about contracting the ever-looming Zika virus or fearful of an itchy bug bite, it’s important to know the best ways to repel mosquitos. Instead of slathering yourself in potentially harmful chemical repellants, take advantage of natural foods and oils to keep the pests away this mosquito season.

While some swear by rubbing slivers of garlic and onion directly on their skin, this may be more effective in repelling other humans. You have better (less smelly) options:

– Lemon eucalyptus oil has been shown to be just as effective at repelling insects as DEET, a popular synthetic chemical. If you don’t have eucalyptus, any citrus fruit, specifically oranges or lemons…

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Redeem Coupons From GoodSearch.com and Help Your Schools and Non Profits

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ID-100350054At GoodSerach.com you will find a great assortment of coupons for places you may already be shopping, so why not let them donate a portion of you purchase to a great cause. You will find coupons for JC Penny, Ralph Lauren Edible Arrangements, Old Navy, Pottery Barn, Nike, Target and so many more.

According to their website, their program called “Good Shop“, they have saved shoppers over $100 million dollars with coupons at over 30,000 stores.

They have a wide variety of causes you can choose from if you are not going to use your non profit or school like Girl Scouts, Feeding America, Unicef, American Red Cross and more. Good Shop has raised more then $12 million dollars helping over 110, 000 organizations.

See How This Works and how you can lend a helping hand to a worthy cause.

Would you like to add your non- profit…

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New England Clam Chowder at Pond Mountain Inn

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New England Clam ChowderKay has been making New England Clam Chowder since we lived in the Philippines – certainly an unlikely place for chowder, but it’s one of my favorite things in the world. We just moved to Vermont full time last week and what better way to commemorate the move than with a fresh batch of chowder – two dozen cherrystones, normally three though. I’m a chowder fanatic, or in polite society, a connoisseur – Kay’s chowder is absolutely the best, with one slight exception. This lovely couple visiting Pond Mountain Inn last year came prepared to make a batch of their own! His recipe was from a Massachusetts restaurant that I have since forgotten, but his chowder had a sophisticated elegance that was unforgettable. Someday I hope to get that recipe! I hope Norbert finds this blog….

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September is Apple Season! Apple Dessert and Savory Recipes for Fall

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apples copySeptember is Apple season! What is your favorite? So many to choose from and make yummy desserts or adding to savory dishes. See the links at the bottom for great recipes for your family.

Baking Apples

The Macintosh Apple is sweet and crisp when first harvested in the beginning of September, but turns into a softer consistency that is perfect for pies and apple sauce.

The Granny Smith Apple offers a sharp and tart flavor that is the most popular for making apple pie and does well with savory dishes such as baking with pork chops and retains its shape when cooked.

Jonagolds Apples are derived from Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples. They have a sweet and tart taste, hold up well for cooking and another preferred apple to for baking a pie.

Just To Eat

The Honeycrisp offer a crisp, juicy flavor with the flesh as sweet as honey…

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A Exciting Day Trip to Saratoga Race Track

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Saratoga_Blog_1If you ask someone who’s spent a lifetime in the northeast they’ll tell you one of the top ten places to visit in the summertime is Saratoga Springs, or simply – Saratoga. Best known for the “mineral springs” and Baths, the water offered remedies for both internal and external illnesses as far back as the late 1700s – however, this was only of tertiary interest. We were there for the races! After a late start last Saturday – Jim and Karen picked us up from Pond Mountain Inn and we arrived shortly before noon, well ahead of the first race. Great seats out of the sun offered some great racing perspective. Properly known as Saratoga Race Course, “the track” is stunningly beautiful, a through-back to an earlier time was comfortably filled with polite and gracious people all out for a nice day at the races.

Not terribly late in…

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