Archive for January, 2014

The Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory is a fun place to visit. Located in Plymouth Vermont, it is a state historical site honoring President Calvin Coolidge. There are tastings and tours, museum, talks, and events planned year round.

I love their website, “Know Your Cow”!

The Plymouth Cheese Factory was opened in 1890 by John Coolidge, the Father of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. Plymouth Cheese is an American heritage cheese with its own unique characteristics and a fine reputation. The Plymouth Cheese Factory in Plymouth, Vermont, is one of the oldest cheese operations in the United States. To read more of this rich history, click here.

Happy Travels!


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The Vermont Country Store

It is fun to visit new places. The Vermont Country Store is in two locations in Vermont. The Weston location has a nature trail to walk on. While the Rockingham business includes a grist mill and water wheel museum and a covered bridge for patrons to enjoy. The bridge is known as the Kissing Bridge. You’ll have to visit to discover why it was named this. Interesting story!

The stores include toys from your childhood, lots of penny candy, and of course Vermont cheeses.

I think a store like this would make a great setting in a future book of mine. Who knows?

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Martha’s Vineyard is a beautiful place to visit. I loved the old houses featured in today’s post. These are the gingerbread houses built from the tents that used to surround the camp meeting revival tent.





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Today I thought it would be fun to share a little bit on the history of Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting. It is a great place to visit and who knows it might end up as a setting in a future book of mine.

This article discusses more about the history of the campground. There are a number of photos of what it looked like over a hundred years ago. You can see pictures of the buildings, patrons, and even the water pump.


The first campmeeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835.      In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in    attendance were housed in large tents known as “society tents.”   A    congregation from a church on the mainland would maintain its own society    tent.   Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on    opposite sides of a central canvas divider.   Society tents were arranged in a    semicircle on Trinity Park. 

Over time, families began leasing small lots on    which to pitch their own individual tents.   In the 1860s and 1870s, the family    tents were rapidly replaced with permanent wooden cottages.   At one time there    were about 500 cottages; today there are just over 300. Click here to learn more.


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David and I enjoyed visiting Martha’s Vineyard. We took the ferry from Cape Cod, about an hour ride. The people who we shared our booth with were on a search for a house their great grandfather had built on the island. Turns out, it was one of the famous gingerbread houses that surrounded the Revival Tent. The Revival Tent has since been made into a permanent structure.




The revival tent was the center of activity back in the day. The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association still thrives.



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Leesa finds herself dethroned as head of L. L. Lane Unlimited. Her anger and bitterness towards Bill and Lyza lead her into temptation. Will Leesa humble herself enough to change before she hits rock bottom?

Chuck O’Malley shows up, adding to her misery, and Leesa decides that Christians ruined her life. Thanks to her new friend, Lennie, her life turns around. Is love shining through?

Will Cook’s prayers for Leesa be answered, or is the Lord teaching her about patience and grace?


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The Legacy

Who reveals Lyza Lane’s secret? Find out how her father reacts to the news that his legacy is in danger. Lyza’s world turns upside down more than once. David stands by Lyza, but is he the man God chose for her? What changes Leesa Lane from the sweet little sister to a no-holds-barred corporate mogul? Her dreams for Kramer’s Island crumble before her eyes. The love of her life rejects her, sending her on a downhill spiral. What tragedy ends Lawrence’s thirty-five years of faithful marriage? Will Cook’s faith remain strong? And what happens when Chuck O’Malley shows up in LA?

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It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich woman like Lyza Lane to be saved. Yet with God all things are possible. Lyza’s billionaire lifestyle leaves no room for religion. She enjoys a meaningless jet-setting existence, keeping busy with L.L. Lane Unlimited, her father’s successful conglomerate, and her mother’s “Save the Orchids” campaign. Little does Lyza know that her lifelong employee constantly prays for her salvation. Be encouraged as Cook’s humble prayers and service throughout the story illuminate God as He works out His plan in Lyza’s life.


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My husband and I hosted our annual New Year’s Day party. We had so much fun. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the new year with food, fellowship, and laughter.

20140101_15073320140101_155209We enjoyed guitar music.

Lovely smiles.





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Plymouth Rock held a few surprises. Here is the map with an introduction to the site.



This beautiful replica of the Mayflower seems very small compared to the cruise ships crossing the Atlantic today. Although passengers on the Mayflower were not on a pleasure cruise, they were subject to the same elements as the Titanic.

The size of Plymouth Rock shocked me. I pictured the captain
disembarking the Mayflower, taking a magnificent pose atop the huge
boulder, and surveying the New World before him. Sigh.



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