Solitary Confinement…

Happy New year everyone!
Sorry to have been away.
The last few weeks have been busy, but not only with the holiday festivities;
My hubby recently had to go through some unpleasant eye surgery which was being performed at Mass Eye and Ear Hospital in Boston, MA.
His appointment was smack dab in the middle of the blizzard, so we had to do a little fast shuffling of plans to keep things on target.
These days it’s not so easy to re-schedule anything in the heath industry, and if somehow we were unable to make our appointment, then the next one wouldn’t have been available until February… not what we had in mind with the pain he was going through.
So…. we left our lovely Christmas holiday in Vermont, where we were staying at the Norwich Inn…

and made our way into Boston just as the snow was beginning to fly…

We needed to find a hotel near the hospital because by morning the Blizzard would be well underway.
The closest hotel we could find turned out to be a hotel called The Liberty.
It is an absolutely amazing hotel which was once the Charles Street Jail, and they have renovated it into a cradle of luxury.
POOR Us!!! 🙂

These pictures aren’t the best in the world, but it will give you an idea…
This is the outside of the hotel taken from our floor..

And these are a couple of images that were hanging in the lobby area to give you an idea of what it once looked like:


And now:



This one is the hallway leading from the lobby to the elevators:

And here is our room…. YUM!
and the little sign you hang on your doorknob when you want privacy:





Due to the storm, road and husband conditions, we ended up staying a second night. For such a negative situation, we had a wonderful time.
If you are in Boston and get the chance, drop by the Liberty Hotel… or just drop in for a drink at Clink (hotel bar). BTW… great wines and artisan cheeses on the app menu!

And Happy New Year! Here’s to You!



Packing again….


Time is creeping up on “The Big Trip” .

I’m off to the west coast on Thursday… flying into Portland and renting a car (My first solo rental of my life, BTW) and then off  to Chinook, Washington in the dark…Eek! I would have arrived earlier, but it’s hard to find a flight from my tiny airport that doesn’t involve changing planes somewhere, and when you factor in the time change, early afternoon to evening is the norm for arrival times. I love Chinook. I had a wonderful time there last year, and my hosts are the best. M & D Designs is a great place to take lampworking classes, and all kinds of beading and jewelry classes as well.

Anyway…. I’ve been madly making beads and trying to remember everything I want to pack.  It’s a long trip. After my class at M & D, I’m off to Glass Stock in Newport Beach, Oregon, so it’s a good 12 days on the road. Packing is always a challenge for me. I pack too much, and always the wrong things…sigh.  It’s all good though…. good friends, good times, glass and beautiful landscapes everywhere you look. It doesn’t get any better than that.

I promise to get back on track in terms of beads and work for sale after I return…I know it’s been awhile, and I HAVE been working….really!  I’ll have a nice long break from travelling, and lots of time on my hands! In the meantime, I’ll tease you with some of the beads, and some really  weird new stuff I’m working on ….



aug2BTW… my Etsy shop will close down on Wednesday evening, so if you’re still thinking about that tutorial, now’s the time to pick it up!

Otherwise, see you all after the 7th of Sept!