Where in the World Wednesday: Woonsocket, RI

I am loving going back in history; learning about the past which leads into the present. Today we will visit Woonsocket, Rhode Island. I admit, I know nothing about Rhode Island, other than it’s tiny. I now know Woonsocket is in the northern part of Rhode Island and just south of the Massachusetts border.
Who were the first residents of Woonsocket?
That would be the Eastland Woodland Indians – mainly Nipmucs, Wampanoaags and Narragansetts. Richard Arnold, Sr., the first European interest in the area,  laid claim on land in the late 1660’s. Richard SR., his sons Richard Jr. and John and his sister, Elizabeth Comstock, were the first family members to settle in the area. His family built a sawmill, which was powered by the Blackstone River just below the Woonsocket Falls now called Market Square. Elizabeth and Richard Jr. settled in the Union Village area where they built a stop for travelers on the way to Boston, becoming a commercial center and the hub of the entire area until the 1820’s. John Sr. settled in the Providence Street area where he became a successful farmer and miller and fortunately, his house still stands on Providence Street.
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Checking out things to do in Woonsocket, it has a MASSIVE list of historic places which are registered in the National Registry. 1761 Milestone, Frank Wilbur house and St. Andrews Episcopal Chapel to name a few!
This place looks like it could be an all summer historical review!!
Let’s take a look at a few:
Linton Block – at 3-5 Monument Square, this is a 4 story office/house built by Robert Linton 1888 for his drug store. Sadly though, in 1890 it was badly damaged by a fire then destroyed by fire in March 2000. So. that may be off our bucket list.
Woonsocket Civil War Monument – also at Monument Square, this was built in 1868 and was the first Civil War monument built in Rhode Island. The Monument includes a park with a swimming pool you can enjoy!
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St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center – Built 1913-1917
“The St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center  is a non-religiously affiliated, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the former St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church building located at 84 Cumberland Street, in Woonsocket, RI… The Center’s mission is to develop multiple venues of adaptive reuse for this endangered and irreplaceable, artistic and historical asset, thereby ensuring its preservation while creating a wonderful resource for the surrounding communities.”
Join the tours on Sunday’s from 1pm – 4 pm for just $10 (adults) $8 (seniors/students) Free (children 4 and under)
They will also be holding a Masquerade Ball, Mardi Gras festivities and a breakfast with the Saints.
Take a riverboat tour on the Blackstone River Valley! Now, there’s some fun there! For $10 – $12 you can take a tour and hear about the early settlers and workers. Experience nature with the Bald Eagles, hawks, deer and turtles!
Or if you would like a more environmental tour, they have those too! You can learn about the river plants, animals and recovery from pollution! Either one sounds like some fun with photos!
Autumnfest – held every Columbus Day weekend since 1979. Held in the city is a huge fair which includes fireworks, parades and lots more fun and excitement.
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Now, since I have not been to Woonsocket, I have to go off the reviews I see online (since I can’t ask my “challenger”). I usually plan my vacations and road trips around food. I do really!! Let’s see what Woonsocket has to offer.
Patriots Diner – 65 Founders Drive Woonsocket, RI 02895  (401) 765-6900
I am all about diner food. It’s true! So when I found this one, I had to check it out. I am looking at the prices of the food and comparing the prices. Not knowing exactly when these prices were posted, take a look at Woonsocket vs Grand Junction
Hot Wings   W: $6.95 GJ: $7.50
Biscuits & Gravy   W: $9.25 (includes biscuits & gravy & potatoes)  GJ: $7.50 (includes biscuits & gravy & potatoes AND 2 eggs)
B.L.T.   W: $5.50 (served with chips)   GJ: $8.50 (served with fries, chips, slaw, soup or salad)
Soda  W: $1.75   GJ: $2.50
If you like fish & chips, let’s visit Ye Olde English Fish & Chips – Started in 1922 and family run since!
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Ye Olde English Fish & Chips – Since 1922
25 South Main St
Woonsocket, RI
I did ask Amy for some photos of the area, she was so excited to share, I know have a vast selection of Woonsocket photos.

Now, if you are in for some real fun, take a short drive of about 45 minutes outside of Woonsocket to 230 2nd St, Fall River, MA 02721. There you will find the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum. 

$20.00 for adults
$18.00 for Senior Citizens (age 60 and above) and college students with ID
$15.00 for all children ages 7 – 15 (Children age 6 and under are FREE!)

Not quite sure about this one, but of course, if I did make it to RI, I would have to add then quickly cross this off of my ghost tours bucket list and Amy would have to come along!!!

Thank you for getting to know Woonsocket, RI with me, learning about the past and hoping to build a better future.

Hopefully I did Woonsocket justice Amy Breen!
My vision for a better Rhode Island starts with a simple idea – we are all in this together. Gina Raimondo
DK
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Monday: This year’s excursions

I am so excited about the upcoming year and You Said There Would be Pie’s journeys this year.
January brings a rare astronomical event. January has two full moons, not too rare, but that’s called a blue moon. You know, Once in a Blue Moon? Well, it happens this month. BUT!! I admit I am so very excited about the second blue moon:
The Blue Blood Supermoon Eclipse! 
This is a total lunar eclipse, starting in EARLY  morning of January 31, 2018, it will also be BOTH a super & a blue moon. Man, I hope those skies are clear and my camera and I get along; for those of us West of Denver the eclipse will start at 3:51 a.m. MST, with the umbra reaching the moon’s edge at 4:48 a.m. Sometimes I’m happy I am a night owl!
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Here’s what’s on the planner for the rest of the year:
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Oh so many places to visit!
Join us this year!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust
DK

Where in the World Wednesday: Calhoun, GA

A while back my friend Jessica Burgess “challenged” me to take a look at her hometown and see what I could find to be interesting and fun to do. Gonna give it my best shot Jessica!
Here we go!
First of all, I know absolutely nothing about Georgia, other than it rivals Palisade, CO for it’s peaches. OH and I know the capitol is Atlanta; other than that, not so much! I have also not asked Jessica anything about her hometown just to make sure I am not influenced by the good or bad.
Calhoun has a great deal of history packed in its archives. Some good some bad, but history nevertheless.
Calhoun was included in the Cherokee Nation until December 29, 1835; when the Cherokee’s refused to give up their land, President Andrew Jackson sent in the troops to force the tribes to be to the Indian Territory west of the Mississippi into what is now  Oklahoma. This act is also known as the “Trail of Tears”. Native Americans were forced from their lands and moved to other areas, enforced by government authorities and the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Tribes from the Cherokee, Muskogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Ponca were included in the movement; many died from exposure, starvation and disease before they ever got to there new locations.
In 1850 after his death, the town of Dawsonville was renamed after the 7th Vice President of the US; John C. Calhoun.
January 5,1861 Georgia seceded from the Union prior to the Civil War.
March 20, 1888 much of Calhoun was destroyed by a tornado and on October 23, a huge fire destroyed the rest of the town.
That was it’s past, now let’s see whats included in the present. I found many interesting things including trips through history.
1411 Rome Rd SW, Calhoun, GA 30701
This is a free attraction, they do ask for donations however
The Garden was created as a place for healing, introspect, quietness and to enjoy the beauty God created
1211 Chatsworth Highway NE Calhoun, GA 30701
Admission ranges from $5.50 to $7.00
New Echota is where the tragic “Trail of Tears” began. You can experience the history by visiting the original and reconstructed buildings which include: the Council House, the Court House, an 1805 store; outbuildings include smoke houses, corn cribs and barns.  There is also hiking, fishing, nature trails and small beaver pond to explore while you are there. Wonder bet we could put this on our ghost tour list.
About 1.5 hours outside of Calhoun is the The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
“Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture.” Bet you there are some magnificent photo ops in there!
If you are into history (great day trips for homeschoolers)
Check out:
BATTLE OF RESACA REENACTMENT
Chitwood Road • Resaca, GA 30735
FORT WAYNE CIVIL WAR HISTORIC SITE
117 Taylor Ridge Road • Resaca, GA 30735

But wait….there’s more!!

Copper Canyon Creek – Lots of fun events through out the year

Lots of parks, lakes, camping areas. Drag racing, cycling, golf and even those painting on canvas classes!! Love those!

 

I hope this has brought attention to Calhoun, GA, I know it’s on my bucket list now! But, I am bringing my own peaches.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius

 

What in the World Wednesday: Winter Storm Grayson

Let me start off by saying :
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With that said, what in the world is going on in the eastern part of the US? We are sitting here in Colorado with snow pack at about 48% of the normal and need just a mere 135% more to reach the peak for our snow pack totals; meanwhile, in Florida, it’s snowing. It may be just .02″ but, they haven’t seen that much snow since 1989!
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Winter Storm Grayson (when did we start naming snow storms?) and now, there is something else called a “Bomb Cyclone”, not a name I would have chosen, but, then again, I am no meteorologist.
I do have to admit, I am really jealous of these snow storms, B of course, is just fine with the 50* and sunny weather we are having here. I am worried for all my eastern US friends and family though. They are looking at -25* temperatures and record setting lows,  damaging ice storms, states of emergencies, snow totals from 5″ – 1′, wind gusts of more than 50 mph, city closures, school closures and heating issues.
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If you are one of those preparing for the worst, please make sure you check on your neighbors, careful with alternate heating, don’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary and if you do have to, please be prepared for the worst.
So snuggle up with a warm blanket, board games, homemade soup and hot cocoa.
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Be safe out there

“A year of snow, a year of plenty.” — French proverb

Celebrate Saturday: New Years Eve

It’s the end of the year. Three hundred and sixty five days done. The closing of a time in your life. Hope you made good memories, took time to be with family, shattered your goals and dreams! If it wasn’t a good year, that’s OK, Monday starts a new one. You can pick yourself up by your bootstraps, dust off your britches and start over. Make those changes, set those goals, take that walk, whatever you need to do.
Many people celebrate New Years Eve with family traditions, new traditions or even no traditions. I’m here to help you with five easy peasy last minute New Years fun ideas. I suggest (unless you like to make them) you choose not to make “resolutions”
res·o·lu·tion 
ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/Submit
noun
1.
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
2.
the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
Sounds kind of ominous doesn’t it?
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#1 Eat some lucky food:
-Black eyed peas and pork = good fortune
-How about 12 grapes at midnight? Why? Sounds like a challenge… Each time the clock chimes, add a grape to your mouth.
-Eat any ring shaped treat (I wouldn’t suggest Funyons though) = this symbolizes coming full circle
-and a just for fun one….drop blobs of whipped cream on the floor for the richness of the new year…and leave them there!
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#2 Drink:
Champagne is the given, but what if you don’t drink? or have kids?
Try these fun drinks
   Sprite
   grenadine
   cherries
Fill the glass 1/2 way with crushed ice, add Sprite (7-Up, Ginger ale or sparkling cider works too), add the grenadine and cherries!!
   *Dirty Shirley Temple* Add Champagne instead of Sprite
  1 bottle (12 liters) ginger ale (chilled)
  1 can (46 oz) pineapple juice (chilled)
  1 bottle (64 oz) white grape juice (chilled)
 Add everything to a punch bowl and drink up. For more fun, make an ice ring to put in the punch bowl
  1 can (12 oz) frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate
  3 cups cold water
  1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  1 bottle sparkling grape juice
     Mix the water and frozen concentrate
     Drop raspberries into an ice cube tray and pour lemonade mix over, let freeze
     When ready, add ice cubes to each glass (fun plastic champagne glasses would be great) then top with grape juice
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#3 Dress Up:
 Put on your fanciest dress or suit, dress the kiddos up in their best. Have a small special dinner with the family and then celebrate with dancing, singing and playing games.
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#4 Watch the ball drop in as many time zones and countries as you can (I LOVE watching Australia)
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#5 Sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight
Be safe, have fun, celebrate the good and let go of the bad!
Happy New Years
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin
*these photos and recipes are not all mine, no copy write infringement meant**
DK

Try it Thursday: Shower Melts

You see them everywhere. Bath bombs, bath salts, shower gels all make your own or DIY!
Mom and I thought it would be fun to make our own. We settled on our recipe, shopped the hobby store for our molds and coloring. We decided on cute silicone candy molds and some regular plastic molds in the soap aisle. We were set! Then we had to find more than a small box of baking soda; off to the big box store to purchase a HUGE bag, the essential oils we already had. Breathe, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Wild Orange and more. We are going to have some fun!
(Thank you Busy Bliss for your recipe)

 Shower Melts Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2-5 tablespoons water
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • (or your own combination of oils)
  • Soap colorant (optional)
  • Silicone mold (this is similar to what we used)
We found you can use cake, candy, cupcake, soap and candle silicone molds.

Directions

Add baking soda to a glass or metal bowl.
Slowly mix water with baking soda one tablespoon at a time until you reach a thick paste consistency.  You may not need 5 full tablespoons, you may need a bit more.
Add in your essential oil and soap colorant if using and mix well.  We used colors which coordinated (or tried to coordinate with the scent of the melts)   I used 15 – 20 drops of each oil because we wanted a stronger scent.  If you find it’s not strong enough, you can also add a drop of oil to the finished melt right before you get in the shower. We found our colorants at Hobby Lobby and chose the primary colors first; second round was lilac, peach and sea foam. They are reasonably priced at both there or at Amazon. The primary colorants work well as you can mix these to make more colors than just the three. This is what the mixture looks like after the soap coloring is added.  It’s a little like wet sand.
Press your mixture firmly into your mold.  It may get watery at the top once it settles.  Just take a paper towel and blot the water away.  Put it in the freezer to dry.
After about an hour, your shower melts are ready to use (if you leave them in longer, they seem to collect more moisture and crumbles easily when removing them from the mold.  Store them in a dry, airtight container for 1-2 months.

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

Pindar

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DK

Merry Monday: The Countdown Begins

December 18…just 7 days until Christmas
What’s left on your to do list?
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Already checked off:
MOST of the shopping
    just a few more little gifts
Sweets made
    no sugarplums dancing in my head though
Packages mailed
    That in itself is a feat!
Gifts wrapped
    I love wrapping gifts!
Cards mailed out
    I love mailing out Christmas cards, a tradition many people don’t do anymore
Tree put up and decorated
    Outside lights hung
What’s left?
Find those stockings
    and a chimney to hang them on
Hang lighting in the bedroom
    My tradition on Christmas Eve is to leave all the Christmas lights on all night
    Watch Polar Express
Have fun!!
This year I am far away from my kiddos and grandbabies, I miss them dearly, but know I am where I need to be right now. I will see them soon and I will hug them dearly!
 “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
Charles Dickens
DK
**these photos and recipes are not all mine, no copy write infringement meant**