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February 17, 2017

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You heard my recent trip to Amelia Island left little leisure time.  But, I did get to see 3 items of particular interest while I was there.  The first was the oldest lighthouse in Florida.  Granted, I saw it from a distance, but I DID see it!  I wish I had the opportunity to visit it, but tours were not offered on a daily basis and, even if I had the free time, the tour wasn’t available on the day I spotted the lighthouse from afar.

The 2nd item of interest was the oldest bar in Florida.  I can’t say I went inside, but I did see it!  I heard the Bloody Mary’s were quite a spectacle – adorned with a skewer that included a shrimp and a hush puppy!

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Lastly, and the most interesting to me, the third item of interest was the Pippi Longstocking house.   In 1988, the original Pippi story by children’s author Astrid Lindgren, was made into a movie, “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” which was filmed entirely on Amelia Island, Florida.

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Most of the movie was filmed on Centre Street, in the quaint historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island’s only city.  The ice cream shop in the movie was actually the oldest saloon in Florida that I mentioned above!

Pippi bookThe setting of much of the book and the movie was in Pippi’s dilapidated fictional house, the ‘Villa Villekulla.’  Though in the movie the house looked unkempt, disheveled, and badly in need of a fresh coat of white paint, the present state of the movie house looked a little different.  You can see that the weathered white clapboards so prominently featured in the film are currently an olive green siding!

Even if you hadn’t been a Pippi fan, the 146 year old house was something to see – known for having a wider variety of gingerbread motifs, such as sunbursts, fish scales, clovers, brackets, globes, scallops, circles, diamonds, and Maltese crosses than any other in Fernandina Beach, according to a historic museum tour guide.

If you have an interest in the Amelia Island or in the book Pippi Longstocking, you may want to watch the 1988 film “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” described as a fantasy musical with a cast that included Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten and John Schuck.

Thanks for stopping by Friday field trip to Villa Villekulla!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things…like reading a favorite children’s story!   Jackie xo

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a stop at amelia island

February 10, 2017

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This is a great Friday field trip!  Why?  Well, we are experiencing a blizzard here in Connecticut.  And, with 12 inches of snow on the ground, I am transporting you on today’s field trip to a little resort town called Amelia Island in Florida.  I thought these beach photos might inspire some daydreaming about warmer places on a day like today!

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It was unfortunate that this first visit to Amelia Island was for a work trip since so little time was spent admiring the beautiful surroundings.

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Seventeen hour work days don’t leave much time for leisure, but I did take a few moments each morning to stop and admire the sunrise.

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And, as you can see by the photos, they were glorious.

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The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island provided many beautiful views.

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I hope today’s field trip has you thinking of some warmer weather or a favorite beach. :)

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“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink in the wild air…”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Thank you for stopping by.

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Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things…like a beautiful sunrise, Jackie xo

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valentines at terrain

January 27, 2017

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Today’s Friday field trip is to a familiar location if you frequent my blog.  I made a quick trip to Terrain this week between some work meetings, and I wanted to share some Valentine’s Day inspiration!  I always feel sorry for those of you that aren’t close enough to a Terrain to frequent it, but by sharing I hope I can inspire you just the same!

There are some signs of transitioning into spring with some new displays in the store…

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But looking around at inspiration for Valentine’s Day, there is plenty!  From the heart shaped planters…

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…to creative sweets!

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Chocolate valentine hearts at Terrain in Westport, Connecticut.

 

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Some adorable heart shaped marshmallows at Terrain in Westport, Connecticut.

 

If you would rather buy a plant already potted, there are some cuties!

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I was inspired to create some plantings of my own when I saw these pretty drinking glasses in the sale section!  I bought a couple of these beauties as well as some ferns to create my own plantings!  Won’t these be adorable as planters?

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I found one other item I want to use for a DIY.  Can you guess what I will use these for?  Hint…it is not for Valentine’s Day!

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Thank you for joining me today for Friday field trip!  I hope I have given you a little Valentine’s Day inspiration – botanical style!

Ferns at Terrain pleasure in simple things blogHave a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

 

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trying a golden latte

January 20, 2017

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For Friday field trip today, I am taking you for a quick cup of latte and some toast.

This is served up in the Comstock Ferre & Co. building in the historic town of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut.  The Heirloom Market – an organic food company and café – is housed in the same building as the nation’s oldest seed company, founded in 1811.  Still selling Baker Creek Heirloom seeds, the company has stuck to its roots (pun intended).

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My visit was on a gloomy day and my intent was to try the golden latte at the market.  I have been doing some research on warm turmeric drinks and heard about the golden latte made with turmeric, so I ordered one and added a yummy pear toast!

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If you enjoy history, you will definitely want to check out this spot as well as the immediate area.  The Old Wethersfield Historic District is the largest historic district in the State of Connecticut and contains over 150 structures built prior to 1850.

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Thanks for stopping by!   I hope I have inspired you to stop in historic Wethersfield or to combine some ingredients to create your own delicious toast.  Join me Tuesday when I will talk about trendy turmeric drinks and share a recipe!

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Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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caring for a fiddle-leaf fig

January 6, 2017

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This week I welcomed a new addition to my household – though not actually a person, this new addition IS a living thing.  I got a new Ficus Lyrata.  Or, as it is commonly referred to, a fiddle-leaf fig.

For quite some time I have wanted to replace a plant that, until recently (RIP), had resided in a corner of my dining room for decades.   I used a Christmas gift certificate to my favorite home and garden store to acquire a replacement plant.  Because of the popularity of fiddle-leaf figs, particularly with decorators, shipments don’t last long at Terrain.  But because I visit the store often, I was able to catch a new shipment arriving.

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I spent a bit of time sizing up the contenders at Terrain.  After looking through them all, I found one I connected with…does that sound crazy?  So, with the help of one of my favorite (as well as lovely, knowledgeable and helpful)  Terrain associates, I reviewed the care required for my new household addition.  Knowing that too much love (aka over watering) was the number one reason for fatalities in this variety of plant, I took the suggestion to purchase a water meter.  It is a handy item to own and I do have the tendency to over love my houseplants!

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Getting some help picking out a fiddle-leaf fig from one of my favorite Terrain associates in the Westport, CT store.

So, I brought my new addition home and, with his (I have no idea why I immediately decided its gender) large beautiful leaves, this bold plant is the perfect one for the bright corner in my dining room!

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My new fiddle-leaf fig in his new home!

I know many of you own one of these plants or would like to own one, so I am sharing tips for success, courtesy of Terrain, on today’s Friday field trip.

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Light:  Fiddle-leaf figs prefer abundant, indirect light.  Too little light will cause the plant to lose leaves and thin out.  They also tend to grow towards the light, which can create a leaning shape.  Rotate the plant regularly to keep it growing straight and full.

Temperature:  Grow best in humid conditions with temperature consistently above 65 degrees.  It is best to place your fig outdoors in summer when the weather is hot and humid.  When the plant is indoors, place in an area with a consistent temperature and free from drafts.

moisture meter for plants pleasure in simple things blogWatering:  The fiddle-leaf fig thrives with short, dry periods between waterings.  Generally, water every 14 days – adjust depending on the amount of light your plant receives.  Water thoroughly, but be sure that the soil and pot can drain completely.  Do not allow the plant to sit in water, or it may suffer from leaf drop and root rot.

 

Tips:  Dust the leaves periodically to assure that the plant can absorb as much light as possible.  Use a soft, dry cloth to gently remove any dust buildup.  Do not dust with your hands, as rubbing the leaves can damage them and cause drops of white, milky sap to appear.

Hope this is helpful to fiddle-leaf fig owners or future owners!

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The only other houseplant in my dining room – this cute little fern.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, Jackie

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a homage to christmas vacation

December 23, 2016

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Fans of the movie Christmas Vacation are in for a treat today!  I am taking you to a Connecticut Wally World – well, actually a ‘Wallingford World’ where the owner of a Wallingford, Connecticut farm has used his Christmas decorations to pay homage to the classic holiday movie starring Chevy Chase!

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So, for something completely different, on today’s Friday field trip, I am sharing some of these elaborate Christmas Vacation decorations…definitely put together with a good sense of humor!  Enjoy!

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This quote was revised after some neighborhood complaints!

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Thanks for stopping by!  

Have a blessed holiday weekend and, especially during this holiday season, remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie xo

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holiday shopping trip

December 9, 2016

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Today for Friday field trip, a little shopping trip to one of my very favorite gift shops – Taken for Granite in Stony Creek.  If you follow the blog, you know I especially love this shop at its holiday finest!

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My schedule did not allow me to make it to the evening open house this year, but I found the daylight just as magical!

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As always, the best in holiday styling!  Enjoy!

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I hope this awesome shop provided you with a little holiday inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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a terrain holiday

December 2, 2016

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I do feel so sorry for those of you that may not live close enough to a Terrain store to experience it at holiday time!

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It is such an inspirational experience!

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For today’s Friday field trip, I am providing a few glimpses of the Terrain holiday display so you can experience it for yourself!

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If you live close enough for a visit, please don’t miss the chance to experience a Terrain holiday!  Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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wild about harry

November 4, 2016

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If you know me at all, you know my favorite entertainer is Harry Connick, Jr.  I have watched him perform in person more than any other entertainer… in addition to seeing many, many of his concerts, I have watched him perform on Broadway  – from the front row…and,  I even sat in the audience for a taping of one of his holiday specials…and now, I can say I have seen a taping of his new daytime show, Harry!

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For today’s Friday field trip, I am sharing a few photos from my first visit to a Harry show taping!

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If you live somewhere commutable to New York City, I definitely recommend requesting tickets to see the Harry show for yourself!  Not only is Harry Connick, Jr. a great guy and a wonderful performer, but his show includes his full orchestra!  A visit to a taping is like attending a concert…Harry singing with a full band…incredible!  The band even performs during the breaks!  And then, a few celebrity guests are thrown in.

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Photos of Harry or the actual show to be aired are not allowed, so I can’t share that with you, but if you watch the show today, you may just catch a glimpse of me “backing it up” with Harry!

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Have a wonderful weekend!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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the woman behind the man

October 28, 2016

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A recent work trip to Texas gave me the opportunity to visit the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin.

I had never before been to a presidential library and always thought of them as archives and not necessarily something I wanted to visit.  I found out in Texas that I was wrong on that thought.  The LBJ library was not just archives – though there was plenty of that, all stored neatly and expansively in red covered boxes.

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In addition to the traditional archives, the building is a storehouse of memorabilia and artifacts, interactive displays, replicas, and presidential telephone recordings – all exquisitely displayed.  Quite honestly, regardless of party affiliation or political beliefs, this historical record of Lyndon Baines Johnson, our 36th president, is fascinating!

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The Oval Office from 1963 to 1969, when LBJ served as president.

I enjoyed my entire visit, but my favorite part of my tour was the top floor where all the former first lady’s artifacts were on display.  Mrs. Johnson – Lady Bird – was an amazing woman.

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A portrait of Lady Bird Johnson at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin, Texas

On Friday field trip today, I am sharing a couple of my favorite photos from my visit to the museum.  The trip created a new motivation to try and visit all of the presidential libraries!  I even picked up a ‘passport’ that I can use to document my visits to each of the 13 libraries!

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Lady Bird’s office during the time she worked on the LBJ Library & Museum.

If you want to learn more about Lady Bird, I highly recommend a great recent nonfiction book (that reads very much like a fiction) titled Lady Bird and Lyndon:  The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President by Betty Boyd Caroli.

Another recent title you might also enjoy if former first ladies are of interest to you is  First Women:  The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower.

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The outside of the LBJ Library and Museum on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a marvelous weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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