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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

So, what's up with me?

I've been vacant for awhile. I've been on vacation for a few days and of course that means time for a road trip. This time I gave in and took the kids to Vermont for a few days. Just me... with one teen and one preteen... for hours at a time in a vehicle together... looking at cows! Yes, I'm insane.

Anyway, we had a good time and covered most of the state. We started with the culinary portion of the tour by entering the state at St. Johnsbury and visiting the Cabot Cheese factory (lots of good samples!) and then moved on to Ben and Jerry's in Waterbury! Both of these are the usual must sees when we go. From there we drove to Burlington and then south to Rutland where we always stay. Mendon Mountain Orchard Motel is a conclave or cottages backed by fragrant apple orchards. We've been going there for 20 years, long before the kids and while it's not five star, we always know that it is going to be comfortable and clean. In this day and age, being able to trust that a place is clean is a big piece of mind. Besides that, they offer the best apple pie I've ever had. ZZ Top was playing the fairgrounds in Rutland and there was a large contingency of bikers in town. Both make for great people watching. The next day we took on the middle of the state... in particular, Middlebury. This is home to one of the most beautiful (and expensive) college campuses in New England. It's also home to the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. With dd this is a must. We can't go into the state without going to the farm. It was raining (as it always does when we vacation), but we didn't mind since a lot of the tour is inside the fabulous Victorian Barn. Their goal is to make sure that the standards of the breed are upheld and to continue the legacy that started so long ago. The horses are beautiful and the tours are run by students and volunteers. It's worth the trip and never fails to entice us. We aren't farmers, the closest I come is that my husband's grandfather had a dairy farm. But when I look at my daughter and know what the experience means to her it's worth it. After the horse farm we were going to head across the bridge to New York and then on to Fort Ticonderoga. But alas, it was still raining so we continued southward, traversing along the NY side until we could head back to Rutland. It was a quieter day, but we enjoyed it. Our last day of the trip, we packed up early and headed south making the way from Rutland down route 7a through to Bennington. This was one of the places that I really wanted the kids to see. On top of a hill, overlooking the mountains and pastureland, Bennington Monument is an impressive site. If I can I'll post my little clip of video that I took. I'm experimenting with some amateur travel blogging so I had fun with this. The kids thought I was nuts standing there talking to myself. Anyway, we got there a little before 9 as the fog slowly ebbed away from the fields exposing the city below. We didn't make the trip in the elevator up the monument. (I'm afraid of heights) So we continued on across the mountains to Brattleboro. Now, when I say we went across the mountains... I mean we went across the mountains. We were shrouded in fog when we crossed the ridge of Hogback Mountain. Thank goodness. Because if I remember correctly it has a view that drops off quickly. From there it was a downward trek to Brattleboro and then on to Massachusetts and home. All in all, it was a wonderful trip. Many of the things we did are things we've done a hundred times before. Was it worth being cooped up with two kids in an SUV for three days. Immensely. Because someday, when I'm gone, they are going to look back on the crazy trip they took with their mother. And hopefully, they'll laugh.

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