I think I might have found me my own kinda paradise...

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There's nothing like taking to the open roads in the summertime. To be able to take some time off without children and not have to listen to the bickering and the endless chants of the age old tune "Are we there yet?" and not fight about who gets to listen to what and how loud and how much is refreshing and much needed for anyone who spends lengthy amounts of time with their children.

I love nothing more than to blast the music, and open all my windows and sunroof and sing at the top of my voice (a million apologies to those of you who actually had to listen to me!) It is like exercise... it's a release... you can feel your endorphins kick in... you can feel the tension slip away... you can feel your muscles slowly start to relax. I love the feel of the wind in my hair and the sun on my face and the Redneck tan I get as I sail down the highway!

I love country music. The lyrics are hysterical. The tunes are melodic. The songs are so easy to sing along to... and never fail to put a smile on your face. The absurdity of the lyrics somehow ring true. And my life is a country song, for sure! 

The closer I get to Rhode Island the more relaxed and the better I feel. The weight of the world seems so far away... And there is nothing that brings me more serenity that the ocean... the feel... the sounds... the sights... as I near The Newport Bridge I know that I am coming home to my safe place... to my happy place.

Call me crazy but the smell of the salty ocean breezes and petrol of the boats as they motor away from the marina is intoxicating. It's the smell of vacation!

Ida Lewis Yacht Club
(where my parents tried to get me to learn how to sail as a kid!)

As always all good things must come to an end. I had a wonderful time visiting with my family but it was time to be hitting the road as I was missing kids terribly and I could not wait to give them each a great big hug and a kiss. Meantime, I would enjoy a leisurely journey back home...

Miles and miles of lush and bucolic farmland gives me much to look at on my way back...

I decided to do something I haven't done in years... something I certainly cannot do with my young Alexander in tow. I decided to stop off at the large antiques center. There is always much to look at there...

I imagined bringing this chandelier home and hanging it in a bathroom I would one day have. Over a bathtub perhaps?

I know where I will go to when I need a frame. As soon as I saw the large frame I knew that it would have to hang over a desk. It will be perfect for an inspiration board! Smaller ones are easily made into mirrors.

I love old medicine bottles and apothecary jars...

These soaps smelled amazingly good. At $2.75 a pop they would make lovely gifts. But I left my wallet in the car. On purpose!

This pedestal was only $25... a simple glass top and you have a lovely side or bedside table! I might even go so far as to paint it turquoise or coral to add some dramatic flair!

I bought a wash board like this years ago for my laundry room. I never managed to hang it up!

I love the American Flag. Simple beauty!

I couldn't stand far back enough to get a good shot of this old merry go round horse, but what a fun addition to a child's room or playroom!

The old desk was pretty beat up, but what fun to paint it in some whimsical colors... let's say pink and green perhaps? Oh the fun one could have with this!

Is this what I think it is? I vow never ever to ever again complain about doing laundry!