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Day 13 – “blue” – Lots to choose from here, it’s actually a nice sunny day here in New England. Big puffy clouds, no snow on the ground, if you don’t step outside to the biting wind and temps in the teens you wouldn’t know it was mid-February! However, I’m not posting that, instead I’m posting a picture of the Caribbean ocean taken on our last cruise. The blue of that water is like nothing here in New Hampshire and it’s water I’ll be seeing in 3 months when my husband and I take our 1st vacation(cruise) since our honeymoon. I can’t wait and this picture helps me forget just how cold I’m about to be when I go outside!



The beautiful blue of St. Thomas!





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“Story Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts” by Melissa Rossetti Folini – Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO – Jan. 2010 – 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble  or from the author.







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New England is famous for its ever-changing weather. The old saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.” This December we made it to a White Christmas by the skin of our teeth with a scant inch of snow on the ground which was gone within days. However, since then we’ve had a major snowstorm, followed by a blizzard, followed by another 8 inches, some nice sleet on top, 18 hours reprieve followed by another several very fluffy inches. When I woke up this morning the view out our large picture window was breath-taking, every tree branch had a coating and not a single bird or animal had made any tracks on the ground in the orchard area. It was pristine and undisturbed. It was a beautiful sight and it proved to be an inspirational one as well as I penned a poem shortly after I took a few photographs.

The irony of the gorgeous view I had out my back window is, when I turned to face the window that overlooked the main street that we live on, I saw a very different scene. The road was covered in that greasy, brown slush that cars love to spin and fish-tail in. Our stairs were covered in knee-length drifts, and our carefully shoveled path of the night before was gone again. The view out back showed undisturbed peace and calm and a relaxing vision. The view out front caused anxiety, frustration, and worry over dangerous road conditions, back-jarring shoveling, and icy walkways. It’s amazing how this one event from Mother Nature could cause such polar opposite reactions.

In reality, Mother Nature just does what she does best, she dropped some snow as  she always does. The juxtaposition of the reactions to it are all mine. This leads me to the discovery I wanted to share today, that life gives us a lot of situations and it gives those situations to everyone, the difference is in how you REACT to them. There is a choice here. You can choose to see the beauty of the snow or fixate on the difficulties in its removal. The point here is, if I never turned around I would have just kept enjoying the view and the sense of peace it brought.

So my advice to you is this: If you don’t like your view (your situation, your job, your life) simply adjust your view. If you look at problems or situations from a different angle you may have a different perspective and a different reaction. Again, it’s a choice and it’s a simple one. You can capture the serenity of the snow in a poem or curse the wet and cold intrusion, the choice is yours and I can tell you one is going to make you have a really bad day, and who needs that.

For me, I focused on the beauty and captured it with images and words and I have enjoyed the view from here all day long.



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“Story Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts” by Melissa Rossetti Folini – Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO – Jan. 2010 – 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble  or from the author.  



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As you know if you follow my blog, I love the purple Plymouth Prowler. I even have a small model of one that I purchased when they first came out. They are very hard to find nowadays but I have seen a few around this area sporadically over the past few years and as such, decided it really needed to be on my 40 after 40 list. They are such a cool car and how fun would it be to get to drive one even if I never get to own one! The Mr. has a similar love (obsession) for the Cobra. He explains that there were only so many made and they are a half a million dollars and up, BUT for the bargain price of $60,000, we could get a “kit” and he could build one. So it is on our master life “to do” list.

We attended a car show Saturday as a treat for him and as a quest for me to see if the Prowler owner would be there. Well they weren’t BUT, the owner of a genuine, original Cobra was and they offered the Mr. a chance to get in the driver’s seat! As you will see from the picture below, he was a very happy man, and very afraid to touch anything! It was nice to see him get to at least sit in the genuine article and I continued my quest for the elusive Prowler.

That was Saturday, on Sunday I received an email in response to my ad on Craigslist to see if there was a Prowler owner in the area that would let me sit-in or drive their prowler so I could check #14 off my list. This gentleman saw my ad and posted it on a Prowler Forum with a request to any members on the East Coast to see if they could help me out! I have had an offer from Texas and a few suggestions of other owners in states a bit closer than Texas that may be able to help out. This man does not know me and did not have to take the step by posting my ad. He could have just read it and thought “good luck,” but he took the extra step and thanks to him, my goal is one BIG step closer to coming to fruition.

I am touched by the kindness of a stranger and the owners listed on that forum that are desperately trying to make this happen, it really makes my heart feel full! As a result of those members following the link to my blog I reached a milestone yesterday of 4,000 blog hits!! This is a goal I was hoping to hit by October and as of yesterday I had 4,037 views In just over a year. That is very cool and gives me great motivation to continue in not only my 40 after 40 quest but all the other goals and plans in my life as well!

I encourage you also to get out there and start crossing some items of your “bucket list” even if you just do one, won’t it feel great?! After all, the items on these type of lists are things you actually WANT to do – so just imagine if you actually got to do one or twelve??!!!

It’s an oft-spoke phrase but that does not make it any less important, “Life is Short!” No one gets out alive so get out there and live your dreams and be kind to one another in the process, you just might make someone’s day!

A very happy Mr. in the driver's seat of HIS dream car!



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“Story Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts” by Melissa Rossetti Folini – Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO – Jan. 2010 – 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble  or from the author.



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On Sunday I got to check #7 off my 40 after 40 list! I grabbed my Mom, a picnic lunch, told the Mr. to drive north and don’t stop until I say so! As we approached exit 34B off I-93 the sky and the air were so much brighter and clearer than the hazy, humidity-laden air I’d been breathing for two weeks. Franconia was every bit as beautiful as the postcards I’d seen and as I stood on a rock IN Profile lake looking through the sun’s rays to see where the “Old Man of the Mountain” had been I only wished I had been here sooner.

It was a gorgeous day, the lake had not a single ripple and was as cool as a lake should be. I dipped my toe in the water while my Mom rested under the “Old Man” sign and the Mr. picked me a small sweet pea blossom.  It was just a peaceful relaxing moment. Since it took me years to get to the White Mountains I decided we needed to check out a few other towns/sites. We were too late to see Clark’s Trading post bear show, but we visited the gift shop and made a souvenir penny, which we have both been collecting for years. We saw the Lafayette dinner train and had supper at the Woodstock Inn and Station. the White Mountains are just a really pretty area and I am so glad I went. The next trip will have to be an overnight as there is just too much to see when you have a 1 1/2 hour ride to and from. I don’t really enjoy long car trips and halfway in I started a rousing chorus of “99 bottles of beer on the wall.” I sang alone among the laughter from my two companions. I then provided more comic relief as I tried to recline my seat to elevate my leg and give my knotted-up back a rest. I hit my head and got my arm stuck in my purse when I tried to use it as a pillow among other minor disasters. Aside from leaving toe prints on the windshield nothing much else was accomplished and I righted my seat and tried to behave.

I am lucky that the Mr. likes surprises and he has been working a lot and this was a nice afternoon that took minimal planning on my part and all 3 of us had a great time and got to stand under the mountain for the first time. Apparently even though they’d seen the “Great Stone Face” before they had never gotten out and walked or stood near the lake. I was happy that my deciding to fulfil some life goals ended up giving Mimi and the Mr. a new experience as well!

I can’t encourage you enough to start making a list of fun”things to do” before you either run out of time or the opportunity no longer exists. I have lived in New Hampshire since I was seven and I didn’t get to see the “Old Man” until AFTER he fell. I always wanted to go to Las Vegas to see Siegfried and Roy and poor Roy got mauled and that was the end of that. I feel a sense of urgency to get to Italy before the leaning tower of Pisa is a pile of rubble!

Whatever you want to do or see no matter how trivial it seems to you, if you “always wanted to” then go do it. Write it down, list your steps, make a plan, and then make it happen. The Robert Frost farm is FIFETEEN minutes from my house and I had to put it on a list to actually stop and visit!

Get out there and do what you want while you are able! It will be worth it, I promise. 🙂


A beautiful picture from the day, below.


I’m still looking for a Plymouth Prowler owner who will let me drive their car for a couple of minutes! There is an add on craigslist – anyone????????




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Max (the dogs’) Bastille day celebration is all set for this Wednesday and it’s time to focus on the 40 after 40 LIST!

 I posted the other day that I need some help with a few items and I did not receive an overwhleming response so here goes again!

#14 on my list is to drive a purple Plymouth  prowler. If any of you faithful readers know of someone who owns or has access to one please let me know. I don’t need to take it on a road trip, a simple spin around a parking lot would do me just fine. I will most likely be posting the request on Craigslist as well to see if someone will help me – You don’t know if something’s possible until you ask!!

#26 is to go to a restaurant and just order the “BIG” dessert. How many times have you eaten and then been too full and said “Next time I’ll just get the big dessert?” Well I am going to do just that but I can not decide where to go and who has the best dessert, this is where I need your help.

I need suggestions of which restaurant AND exactly which dessert I should have. Please keep in mind I am lactose intolerant so ice cream and cheesecake (damn it) are not options. If a dessert comes with ice cream on the side that’s OK as I’m sure my willing companions will eat it for me!    So I will take all your suggestions and then put up a poll and let you vote on which one I have!

Please email me or leave a comment on this post and in a week or so I will put the poll up!

Thank you in advance for your help!

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I will putting on a program from my book “Story Times Good Enough to eat!” tomorrow night at 6:00pm at the Nesmith Library in Windham! Can’t wait.


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“Story Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts” by Melissa Rossetti Folini – Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO – Jan. 2010 – 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble  or from the author.



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The sun is shining, I can see bare ground and hear birds calling. When I took Max outside the ground tried to appropriate my boot from my foot. These are sure and clear signs that a new season is coming. You may be thinking “spring” but you would be incorrect, for here in New England we have a fifth season, known as “Mud” season. When our dirt driveways turn to quicksand and you could lose a small child in the ruts, you know “Mud” season is upon us.

With the wind storm and power outage we all here, experienced last week I would say that not only did March come in like a lion, but that lion was stomping his feet and swinging a sledgehammer! Downed trees, flooded roads, wires draped across the road gave everyone horrible flashbacks to the ice storm of 2008. I’d like to think though that due to the ice storm, residents, towns, and cities were more prepared this time for response and prolonged outages by having generators, water on hand, etc. It is ok if you make a mistake on something the first time around, that is human. The lesson comes from learning and preparing so the next time is not paralyzing just inconvenient but manageable. It reminds of the saying “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” In tough situations whether man-made or by nature to be caught by surprise can be frightening and extremely stressful but when the dust settles and you reevaluate your response to the situation you can them clearly and objectively “plan” your response should it ever happen again. Foolish are those that say things are a “fluke” or it won’t, can’t happen again. That is ignorant thinking and it is not doomsday thinking to have a plan in place for difficult situation. As long as you don’t dwell on doom and gloom. Make your plan, be confident that you will know how you will handle things and then move on with your life. As they say, hope for the best , but prepare for the worst. You will relax once you have a response at the ready and if you never need you “plan” well that’s just great but give yourself some peace of mind, just in case.

It’s difficult sometimes to get back to a normal routine after something like that happens, especially if you happen to be displaced or without power for several days. This is where it is important to have a plan BUT what is also important is that in your daily life, don’t be so rigid in your routines that any deviation or annoyance throws you so far off-balance you become paralyzed by in action and insecurity. Life and weather “happen” and just because you didn’t pencil it into your day planner or add it to your blackberry doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Allow yourself some bumps in the road and veer from your routine every once in a while so that you won’t become obsessed and irrational when you find you have no water to brush your teeth & no electricity to make your morning coffee. You can get out the door without it, it’s OK.

Having a routine is important to keep you grounded and focused, varying that routine periodically will energize you and give you a different perspective and it will also calm you with the knowing that a “disaster” won’t derail your WHOLE life. You can handle a routine disruption and come out unscathed! This is true for life, work, family, and disasters. Don’t make your life any harder or more difficult than it has to be and by all means don’t take power outages and floods personally. Get angry then get over it and help your neighbors and yourself make the best of it!


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“Story Times Good enough to Eat!” by Melissa Rossetti Folini released 1/30/10

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Ah my Blog, my old friend. That’s the great thing about writing is that it is always there because it is something from within you that YOU create. When life, holidays, contract deadlines, and food poisoning sideline you, your “art” sits there patiently waiting for your return. Your creativity is like a loyal family dog that is always happy to see you, never judges your absence, and is always standing at the door when you return home.

Since my last post I have completed the FINAL edit of my proofs and created an index for “Story Times Good Enough to Eat” It will be published under the umbrella of ABC-CLIO at the end of January! It is also available for pre-order through their website and on AMAZON.COM, how cool is that?

I write primarily fiction (not true stories) and poetry. However, this book is near and dear to my heart as it deals with all the programs that I LOVED putting together when I was Director (& asst. director) at the Chester Public Library. It was that job and the children that inspired the ideas for the programs and the fact that we were a small library with minimal staff and budget made the multi-tasking nature of the programs a necessity. As a result, and due to an offhand comment by the Director before me to put them all in a book, this book was eventually born. I am anxious to see it in its final form. This book has always been a challenge as it is a non-fiction, reference-type book. That means quoting sources, checking facts, and creating an index that was about as pleasant as a trip to the dentist. I have new respect for the people that put together the yellow pages in the phone book!! It is done however, and now the marketing begins. My husband excitedly said “now you can forget about that one and work on the picture book.” I explained that in the writing World marketing is non-stop and now that the book is 100% done the time to get the message out is NOW not when it comes out. But I thanked him for wanting to help me put the index trauma behind me as we were both stricken with food poisoning for 3 days right before I had to get the index out to Colorado. Really bad timing and the last thing I felt like doing was writing about food and recipes. yuck.As I said it is done, the marketing phase begins and it has sparked a surge of creativity in me since the manuscript was Fed-exed.

I usually read a book while I ride my exercise bike and I finished the Nicholas Sparks book and found myself without any captivating reading material on hand so I grabbed my notepad which is never far and managed to work  through the blocked area of my children’s Christmas Picture Book that I just could not find a way around for the last 2 months! That manuscript in a very, very rough form is now finished!!! It will now get polished and eventually submitted! I also created a poem this morning while riding and it is actually the second in a series on the seasons which was a brainstorm this morning as well! I am so excited and overwhelmed by the creativity and I also got a lot of great ideas to promote myself as an artist by attending a free workshop put on by the NH Arts Council on Tuesday. I met a lot of very interesting new Hampshire artists including a man who spent 6 months on Shel Silverstein’s houseboat in California in the 70’s and I saw the incredible sepia paintings he created.

Many of the artists talked about being isolated in the fact that they worked from home in a studio or shed and some were over near Dublin and Keene and they spoke of needing to network with other artists to 1. have some company and 2. to be inspired by being among fellow creative people. I actually realized they had a point. I LOVE being home even though the dog drives me nuts some days but I realized that a lack of interaction with the public kind of stifles or subdues your senses.  I am grateful to the council for putting these workshops on and at a great price to boot!

I have a feeling this is going to be a very productive winter and you know not having to worry about a commute in the snow or being a Dept. head during budget season: makes for a very stress free environment!

“List” update!

-We have assembled our new Christmas Tradition and weather permitting we will be “delivering” them on Sunday.

-Using Birthday money I found some non-back friendly boots ridiculously cheap on eBay I have not worn them but they are in-house and I will post a picture of them. So that one is half done!

As for my “Kindness Challenge,” the hubby got to see first hand what happens when you are “kind” to strangers. We were in Macy’s doing some Christmas shopping. Our hands were overfull and my fingers had cramped into a claw. We were THIRD in line with no good place to put anything down. the man in front took them up on their offer of a credit card which added time to his transaction. My husband like most men does not enjoy waiting and honestly with cramping hands and a throbbing back I don’t blame him. A lady got in line behind us with ONE box of some electronic gadget. I whispered to him that we were going to let her go first. He emitted a bit of a throaty growl, I raised my eyebrows, and he turned and said, “Ma’am you may go ahead of us.” she was shocked and said, “Are your sure?” I said, “We have oodles of things and my card is buried in my purse and I can’t get to it, so please go ahead.” Turns out her one item was electronic and not eligible for the coupon she had brought. She turned around and dropped it into the dish I was clutching, said Merry Christmas and left. We WERE able to use the coupon and we saved a much-needed 20%!!

Kindness Matters 🙂 The End



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