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.
By Engraving from The Providence Plantations for 250 Years, Welcome Arnold Greene (1886). – Engraving from The Providence Plantations for 250 Years, Welcome Arnold Greene (1886)., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40318788
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.
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!
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

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!
blue moon
Here’s what’s on the planner for the rest of the year:
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

Merry Monday: December Bucket List

Have you heard of something called a “bucket list”? Man, I have and I have tons of things on it.
Travel the world
Swim with the dolphins
Travel first class
See the northern lights
But what if… you take your bucket list and tweak it to each month?
How fun would that be?
I came up with a December Bucket list, hope you enjoy!
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Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
Dr. Seuss

Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving

I have to admit and sort of brag I’m truly blessed!
Things I’m Thankful for:
My hubby, son, daughter and grand kids
My mother, sister, nieces and nephews
Of course, Max
My sister and brother in laws
I have a roof over my head
Food on my table and the good Lord allows me to get up each day
For the sunshine, snow, rain and (not the wind, not the wind…not the wind)rainbows
For the sunrises and sunsets
For the moon and the stars
For the time I have been allowed to spend with my family
For pain..without pain, we don’t appreciate life’s joys
For hobbies and creativity
For travel
My cookbooks and coloring books
For music and silence
For coffee, chocolate, ice cream
My camera and you tube to help me figure out how to use it
The internet and wifi
My phone and computer
My new favorite slippers and sweatpants
and my hubby (yes, again. He is Amazing) who takes me Pokemon hunting each night
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.
Joyce Giraud

Me Monday: Holiday Traditions

Ah Christmas, the most “wonderful time of year”.
Are you a “traditional” family? Mom, dad, kids and fur babies?
Or a blended family? Step parent, parent, step siblings?
How about a single parent family?
A huge family with in laws, outlaws, steps this way and that way?
The holidays have sure changed from the time of It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. Now we have The Santa Claus and Bad Santa. Cartoons aren’t like the classics; Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Frosty or The Grinch. Now we have The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express and Prep & Landing. We need to fit in everyone’s holiday schedules. Who works what? When will we have the kids? When do we need to be at the in laws?
Many years ago, it came from a letter from my father: He knew I was growing and now with husband and child, things wouldn’t be the same. He “gave me permission” to have my own family traditions. By giving me permission, it made it easier to not feel guilty about not being somewhere. We scheduled our Christmas’s earlier or many times on New Years Eve, that way we got to have time to be together instead of HI!!! blah blah blah, gobble gobble gobble, open presents, thank you and off to the next stop. As the four of us girls grew up, got married (and divorced) and had kids (and step kids), the holidays became overwhelming again.
We got to the point where we had the kids write down their Christmas wishes and to make sure the wishes weren’t on anyone else’s lists. Then we had to decide which grandparent got what wish. We had family traditions that were over ruled by other’s traditions. Our kids were tired and over stimulated at the end of the day and when they got bigger, they just got bored.
When our kids grew up and out of the house, got jobs, married and had kids, we made some changes. I gave the kids the same “permission” my father had many years ago and we didn’t want to be the cause of crying kids, tired parents or over worked grandparents (B and I). We have our Christmas (usually) the weekend before the actual day. We get to have them relaxed; we get to feed them; we get to see the smiles on the kids faces instead of the tears from being over tired (OK, we sometimes get the tears too). We talk, play games (Nerf guns were the best until we broke out the silly string), we make memories instead of minutes of just saying hi!!
Does it bother me we are unable to celebrate on the actual holiday? Not as much as it bothers me I don’t get to see my kids and grandkids enough throughout the year. I have been able to work in days with my son where all we do is make cookies…That kid can rock out Ting a Lings, Rice Krispie treats and chocolate chip cookies! I have had days were mom and I have take a weekend to bake cookies…way too many cookies! Those are the memories I love.
Making Cake Bite Snowmen
The one tradition I truly miss is with my grandma. When my son was very little she and I would get in the car about 9 am, take off to the mall to shop, eat and then go look at Christmas lights. My kiddo would sleep most of the day; it was like a 10 hour day some times. And my grandma was just 5 ft and 125 lbs…but such a trooper! When she and the kiddo got older, we would tour the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. I haven’t had a Christmas tree in about three years, but I always always always have Christmas lights.
What are your family traditions? Would you like to share?
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.
Thomas S. Monson

Me Monday: Anniversary, Pokemon and the Kiddo

I have to say, this past weekend was one of the best I have had in awhile. See, it was my anniversary; hubby and I have been married for 22 years. Which, when you look back on our years, it’s kind of amazing he has stuck with me. Between the illnesses, the stress of working three jobs and me just being a complete pain, he has truly honored the wedding vows; in sickness and in health, for worse or for better. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been a handful too! He has one of those faces, when he is listening to you, he looks like he’s about to explode: but he is the best father and grandfather and would move mountains for anyone in the family or friends.
My son also came to visit!!! Whooo!!! There is something about a mother’s bond with her son(s), that’s truly amazing. He and I have been through a lot too and I am pleased to say, he turned out awesome! He has a great career (sometimes, I think he takes too much on himself), he is respectful, wears his heart on his sleeve and has really never given me a bad day! (OK, there was that one…two times)
Friday night we all (B, A and I) went out downtown and did some Pokemon Hunting. I know, it’s so last year (at least that’s what my niece tells me), but it gets me out of the house and A is one who will make me get out and walk. We have to battle and take over the gyms. Catch the little fellows and he is trying to teach me what he knows in just three days. I have battled and taken over more gyms this weekend and I know I can battle without him, but it’s the time spent with him that makes my heart full! B and Max went with us Friday night too and poor little Max hasn’t had one of the long walks in quite a few months, so after walking eight blocks he was one pooped pup! I was right there with him. EXhausted!
Saturday, we took A up to the Grand Mesa and out to Lands End. It was a balmy 45° and the wind was blowing around 10-15 mph; so, it was COLD! But the view from Lands End over the Grand Valley was awesome; while most of the Aspens have turned and lost their colors, the Scrub Oaks were beautiful! The lower part of the Mesa was filled with brilliant oranges and reds on both the Aspens and Scrub Oaks which made for a great time! I did see some wildlife this time and I did get a photo of them. Blue Jays and of course there were chipmunks too! A few couples were already up there and feeding them, so they were in hog heaven!
We stopped at a small shop called the AppleShed, in Cedaredge: they produce their own hard ciders and I have been told, the Carmel Apple is fantastic. Must be so, since they no longer had any in stock! So, the boys got to do a tasting and we walked out with some fantastic hard ciders. I don’t drink, but I did get some apple juice and man oh man, that is some smooth apple juice!! YUMMO!
Sunday was a day for just A and I and Pokies! We were out for four hours catching, battling and spinning (if you have no idea what Pokemon Go is, here is the link to check it out). Another two miles walked, out in the sunshine, and just taking in the cool fall air. Lunch was with family at Olive Garden. I love that place, but think their prices are just a smidge high!
And then…Game 5 of the World Series. No, I didn’t watch it. But B, A and Momma did! I listened and I have to say. GO ASTROS!
My perfect weekend is going for a walk with my family in the park. I don’t think there’s anything better.
Anne Wojcicki


Me Monday: My Favorite Pictures

Last year I decided I wanted to start taking pictures: you know, something other than just the phone kind?
Now, not knowing ANYTHING about Digital cameras, I sort of did some research on the different ones and decided I like the Nikon Coolpix l340. I wanted a point and shoot, this would do it. Once I started taking pictures, I wanted to take more of the sky, the moon and the stars, my little camera wouldn’t work for that. For my birthday, my son took me to the store and we “upgraded”, wanting just a bit more, but still within budget, I stayed with the Coolpix and choose the D500, in purple. Now, the kiddo wasn’t happy with the color choice, but I reminded him, it was my camera. So off we went.
Still isn’t exactly what I want; would love to have a DSLR, I really want to take pictures of the stars! For now, I totally love my little purple camera and it suits me just fine. I love it’s so compact, easy to use, not too heavy and takes great pictures.
I have found there are times I want to take pictures and I don’t have my camera with me. What to do, what to do? I use my camera on my phone; takes GREAT pictures (for a phone), always with me and compact.
Here are some of my very favorite pictures.
Moon Shots
 Moon shots are my favorite. It’s a mystery, it’s a force, it stays the same, but is always different.  The moon has been accused of causing craziness on a full moon; but did you also know it’s been blamed to increase ER visits (humans, cats and dogs), sexual activity, auto accidents, murder and suicide. While those may be myth or fact, I love the moon! It’s a calming force within me.

Sunsets and sunrises are the most beautiful time of the day. I see way more sunsets than sunrises, nothing like the sky saying Good Morning or Good Night!

Storm Clouds

These are all taken with my phone camera. The dark black one with the extreme white ones are my most funniest (and probably not such a smart idea). The black is like two seconds before the WHITE of the lightening. I could feel the electricity, see the lightening bolt and where it hit, just across the street to the left of the frame. I jumped and ran back into the house and into my hubby’s arms, where we both just laughed. It was AWESOME!

Flowers and Travel

I love taking photos of flowers, just as much as I do of the moon. This year I didn’t get as many rose photos as I usually do.

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” …
— Ansel Adams