Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Wedding Anniversary

Hello, Dear Ones! Mr. Precious and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary last Wednesday and Mr. Precious had put together a trip for us to surprise me. Since I've been busted up since before Christmas, I was so excited to get to go somewhere for an over night stay.
 I have posted about this place before but it is just our most favorite place so far ~ Stockbridge, Massachusetts, New England and is only 60 miles from us! Woo Hoo! I couldn't hobble to the car fast enough. We stayed at The Red Lion Inn right on the little main street of Stockbridge. We had eaten lunch here the week before. Yeah, we like this place.
 It's such a beautiful place, built in 1773! And it's wonderful any time of year you want to visit.
 Now over the door of each room is a hand painted scene. We seemed to get a Native American painting. Now let's go in.
When Mr. Precious made the reservations, he told them it was our wedding anniversary and the inn left us a little gift. Wine, chocolates, a little bitty flower and a $50 gift certificate for a meal!
 So sweet!
Wasn't the canopy bed so pretty and it was really comfy too.
 Just had to share with you the pretty canopy. It was like sleeping under a cloud, at night, with no stars! :) We brought our own pillows but left them in the car because the pillows were so perfect. Do you ever have trouble with pillows when you travel? I do. I'm short and have a little short neck and some pillows are so high, I get a crick in my neck. Okay, I got a tad off track! :)
 Here I am sitting in one of the slipcovered chairs. Notice my leg is bent! Yay! As you can see I've let all of the coloring grow off my hair and I have lots of grays mingling with my natural color. I have been enjoying the new look but Mr Precious has told me he doesn't like it so I'll color it again sometime this week. I'm so submissive you know! ;)
 On with the room tour. The wallpaper was darling and it had some little Roosters in some of the diamonds. Love me some yard birds.
 We kept the fire going through the night. Oops, there's my cane.
Peeping into the little bathroom.
 
Where there is a bathroom, a mirror and a camera, I will snap for you! Remember, you can always snap for me too! I haven't had a Bathroom Diva in sometime. If you're interested, look at the top of my blog and read about Bathroom Beauty Snapping.
 This was fascinating to me ~ the doorknobs were wooden!
 Now right down the hall from our room was the flagship Country Curtains shop.
 Here's a little info:
In 1968, Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick had a burgeoning mail-order enterprise, Country Curtains, operating out of what was referred to as “The Curtain Shed” behind Main Street in Stockbridge, Mass. Before that, they worked from their own dining room table. They were quickly outgrowing their cozy quarters, and Jane and Jack wanted to find a unique and charming space to showcase their beautiful window treatments.
At the same time, the historic Red Lion Inn was in danger of demolition.  Jane and Jack rescued the Inn, and when it re-opened to guests in 1969, the Fitzpatricks had transformed part of the original lobby and main dining room into the Country Curtains flagship store.
 All down the little hallway, with the uneven floor, are Country Curtains curtains all hung up for you to gaze upon with your gorgeous peepers, along with little tables and lamps. I also learned that Norman Rockwell had a studio at one time in the Red Lion Inn! Lots of history at this place.

That evening we had a marvelous dinner in the beautiful dining room, ate just like a couple of little pigs! ;) Slept well and ate a delicious breakfast the next morning. Man, do we love to eat!
After breakfast we hopped into the car, well I hobbled, and poked up my pitiful tag. Boy, how I love my pitiful tag! You think my doctor would renew it just a little while longer after he releases me in July?  :) We were on a mission.

The Norman Rockwell museum was just wonderful. He lived here in Stockbridge for many years and most of the people in his paintings were real folks from Stockbridge. He used live models for years until around the '30s when he got a camera and just took snaps of the folks. Then he would tweak them, hairstyles, clothes, whatever for his illustrations. He also put himself in lots of the illustrations and he almost always had a pipe in his mouth. The above snap was a room with over 300 covers from the Saturday Evening Post which Mr. Rockwell painted. Folks, this wasn't a monthly magazine but a weekly magazine! Can you imagine how organized you'd have to be, not to mention the talent to crank out a painting for the cover each week? Do you remember how huge these old magazines were? I do, they were really BIG!
 I snapped this cover for you as it was dated the day after I was born! I'm just as old as dirt, y'all!
 Mr. Rockwell painted the Red Lion Inn in the snow! He loved that place too.
 Then the very day we were here, I was checking out some blogs and my friend Jeanie at The Marmalade Gypsy posted about being in this area and traveling to the little town of Lenox to visit The Mount, the home of the author, Edith Wharton. Pop on over to her blog to see some beautiful snaps and a little history. Well, say no more, we headed out there!
 The grounds are supposed to be lovely in the spring and summer. I thought they looked pretty nice now too.
Mr. Precious, my chauffeur. Ain't he cute? But he is a stinker. A real stinker.
See what a stinker he is? Here I go, poor busted up, chopped up, pitiful me, trying to walk up the hill and he was just snapping away. Stinker! Sorry I don't have many pretty snaps to show you. I tried my best to walk up and take a snap of the front of the house but there was a little hedge and crooked ground preventing me. I could not get around it! I was afraid I would fall. I'm pretty stubborn and was bound and determined to get around it. But I gave in and just hobbled on back to the car with the pitiful tag hanging from the rear view mirror. Poor, poor, pitiful me!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Well I lay my head on the railroad track
Waiting on the Double E
But the train don't run by here no more
Poor poor pitiful me

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Well I met a man out in Hollywood
Now I ain't naming names
Well he really worked me over good
Just like Jesse James
Yes he really worked me over good
He was a credit to his gender
Put me through some changes Lord
Sort of like a Waring blender

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Well I met a boy in the Vieux Carres
Down in Yokohama
He picked me up and he threw me down
He said "Please don't hurt me Mama"

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
~ sung by Linda Ronstadt



42 comments:

  1. Happy 43 years of wedded bliss! We are about 8 years behind you... What a wonderful surprise and trip. Everything looks lovely.

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  2. awesome trip. happy belated anniversary. will celebrate our 31st anniversary next week. have always loved that song.

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  3. Congrats on your anniversary!

    I noticed your bent leg while you were in your chair - you're making wonderful progress.

    You husband is very handsome in his photo. What a nice smile.

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  4. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful getaway! You look wonderful! xxx Maria

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  5. Aww Happy Anniversary to you both! I love the Red Lion Inn and we visited it many years ago. What a great place to celebrate and it brought back memories. Hope you have a nice week.
    Julie

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  6. Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad you got to go to some place so special! You deserve to GET OUT and have some fun. That bed is gorgeous! WOW! Love your pics! Hugs, Diane

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  7. Happy Anniversary Shelia! I cannot believe this? I have wanted to go to The Red Lion Inn ever since we lived in Maine! How gorgeous! And...The Country Curtains too! What a marvelous celebration! I must put this back on our bucket list!!! Just fab!!!!

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  8. Beautiful anniversary trip. Happy anniversary. So sorry you are hobbling along. I like your hair. Hugs

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  9. Shelia,
    Happy Anniversary!
    Everything looks so lovely!
    xx
    Jemma

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  10. Shelia, I am so happy to see you getting out and about. The Red Lion Inn is lovely and that bed..swoon! I love the Norman Rockwell covers. I think he was an amazing artist!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  11. Dear Shelia, how I enjoyed reading your delightful and wonderful post. Congrats on your anniversary! We celebrate our 43rd this August. I would love to stay at the Red Lion. We live in Oregon and went back to VT, NH and MA last summer. We hope to return next year, so will put this on our bucket list. Thanks for sharing. I hope you are mending. Love your calling Mr Precious a stinker! He's a cutie and your guys look like a fun couple.

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  12. I am a huge fan of Norman Rockwell and have always thought it would be so much fun to visit his museum! I'll remember this Inn, just in case my plans ever come true! Glad you had such a great time, and Happy Anniversary!

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  13. Happy Anniversary! Looks like you had a lovely time!

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  14. Una pareja hermosa...El Sr. Preciusos es guapisimo y tan atento que más pedirle a la vida Sheila...Son un gran ejemplo para mí.Yo tengo 24 años de casada. Felicidades...

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  15. Happy Anniversary!
    What a nice Anniversary getaway! You and your husband deserve a wonderful time at The Red Lion Inn, Country Curtains ( love it! Bought a few things from them ) Norman Rockwell, love his portraits. A dream place for me to visit. Perhaps visit again to see the Wharton grounds in the Fall.
    Very happy to see you walking with your husband!
    Kathleen in Az

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  16. It looks and sounds like a wonderful place! Happy Anniversary!
    p.s. I love your natural hair color.

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  17. Oh Shelia! What a glorious way to celebrate your anniversary! I'm so glad you showed us photos of the interior of Red Lion Inn -- I've always wanted to stay there! Isn't Stockbridge great? Next time I have to get Rick there. After I was last there (long ago) they build a new Rockwell museum and I've never been to it. Your photos are great! (And how nice the hotel honored your anniversary!).

    Thanks for the shout-out! I'm glad you got over to Lenox and The Mount -- don't you want to go back when (a) you don't have to hobble up the hill and b) when it's in full bloom? Blogger Arti at Ripple Effects said both the inside and garden tours are well worth it! It's so nice you aren't as far from there as we are -- such a great area to discover.

    Well, if I'd known Country Curtains was over there, I would have ditched the family and made a bee line! Desperately seeking new window treatments and it's always fun to see them in person! How I loved this post!

    Most of all HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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  18. Happy Anniversary to you guys! I would love to stay in the Red Lion Inn--it's so lovely and such a pretty room. I love Country Curtains and have them in my Florida room. I'll have to add this place to our next trip up north. Thanks for the tour. ♥

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  19. Oh Shelia, I couldn't comment right away - I was too busy laughing my head off. If you wrote for a weekly magazine I'd be first in line to get my copy - I love and adore your quirky sense of humour girl! I digress..... happy anniversary and tell Mr Stinker you look like a silver spangled princess with your hair - dont' give in! But then again, as Mr Precious he did swing you a very great surprise. :) xx

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  20. Happy Anniversary! Wonderful place to stay! So glad you are doing better.

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  21. Sheila honey, you just crack me up! What a perfectly wonderful anniversary getaway that must have been! Love the beautiful room...and that BED!! Call me crazy but I truly love the look of wallpaper still and I can pretty much tell you that I will have some in my home again! I remember those Country Curtains...this house had them in every room when we bought it in '92! Thanks for sharing your anniversary with us!

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  22. You never cease to put a smile on my face when I visit here, Sheila...What a very cool place to visit, and I can really see why you and your husband love going there. I used to buy from Country Curtains catalogs back in the 80's - 90's. Love the Rockwell museum images. . .Something about his art that really speaks to a simpler time.

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  23. Happy Anniversary! It looks like a wonderful place you stayed at. So glad you had a good time and I'm so glad your leg was well enough that you could go. No running races yet, though. I loved seeing all your pictures.

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  24. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Precious! The Inn you stayed at looks so grand, charming, and welcoming! I sure would have loved to tour Country Curtains! Sounds like ya'll had a wonderful trip! So happy for you! :) ~Rhonda

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  25. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Precious! The Inn you stayed at looks so grand, charming, and welcoming! I sure would have loved to tour Country Curtains! Sounds like ya'll had a wonderful trip! So happy for you! :) ~Rhonda

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  26. Happy Anniversary! I've spent years of my life with a cane too due to either my back or my ankle. But we get around, don't we? I like your hair that way.
    Brenda

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  27. Happy Anniversary. I love Stockbridge. I had family near by on Williamstoen, MA and Williams College. We have seen James Twylor play at Twnglewood in Lenox many times too.

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  28. Happy Anniversary Shelia! Stockbridge looks like a place I'd love to visit. I've heard of the Red Lion Inn but didn't know anything about it's history. Kudos to hubby for taking you there for your anniversary. Smart man!!

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  29. Happy Anniversary! That looks so fun!! We are going on a Fall Foliage tour in the fall with Grant Teaff. We will go to the Norman Rockwall Museum. I wish we could stay in the Red Lion Inn but it will be another place. I've never been up that way but I'm looking forward to it. So glad you are getting around better.

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  30. Happy Anniversary Sheila! So glad you are up and about! Looks like such a great trip you had!

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  31. Happy anniversary Sheila to you and Mr. Precious. First I just want to say "Thanks" for being an example to so many of what it means to keep and maintain your marriage covenant. Now, I didn't say it has been easy...as I know first hand...nothing is really easy that is worthwhile...but I am saying....THANKS! Looks like you had a great time. WOW...the place is beautiful! I could have been content with just staying there all day. Ha! Glad to see you hobbling girl! At least you can walk! LOVE the snap in the bathroom! That is how I got to know you actually. I participated in your bathroom diva! It was so much fun! Think I might need to that again! Hugs and blessings to you. Cindy

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  32. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MR AND MRS STINKER!! :) I adore the Red Lion Inn - what a fantastic place to spend your anniversary!

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  33. Happy happy anniversary y'all!! So glad you got to go somewhere! That inn looks so nice! What did you eat for supper?

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  34. Oh Shelia...you are so blessed to be able to celebrate so many wonderful years with your sweetie! What a delightful place to visit, too. I've been to Cape Cod/Providence area of Massachusetts but never Stockbridge. It looks lovely!
    Regarding your grey hair...my hubby used to say he didn't mind being a grandpa but he sure hated going to bed with a grandma! LOL MEN! Its okay if THEY are grey!!!
    Either way, you are beautiful, both inside & out!

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  35. Happy happy anniversary y'all!! So glad you got to go somewhere! That inn looks so nice! What did you eat for supper?

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  36. Happy happy anniversary y'all!! So glad you got to go somewhere! That inn looks so nice! What did you eat for supper?

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  37. Happy Anniversary, sweet lady!

    What a neat place of history you stayed at!

    And I have purchased many things from Country Curtains - that's nifty too!

    Hugs!



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  38. What a beautiful place . How lucky to be able to check out Norman Rockwell and all the historic sites. Happy Anniversary, Shelia. You both look great!

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  39. Happy Anniversary to you! Lovely place and beautiful room. Enjoyed seeing this post.

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  40. Oh Shelia, what a wonderful Anniversary present. The place is very lovely and your room woW. Thanks so much for taking us on a tour of the Inn and town.

    I love the color of your hair - really looks good.

    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Belated Anniversary.
    Mary

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  41. Hi Shelia,

    Congratulations on 43 years of marriage!!! That's wonderful, and it's also wonderful that you were able to get out and take a little trip. My parents have been mostly housebound for the last couple of years, and I know how hard that is on a person.

    Your room at the inn is just beautiful! I was so excited when I saw this post, because I LOVE Country Curtains. Every room but two in our house have Country Curtains on the windows. My mom has used their curtains since I was ten years old, and she uses them still. :) How fun that you got to see their flagship store. I'm sure you enjoyed the Norman Rockwell museum -- such Americana.

    I hope you have a great week, and you keep getting stronger now. :)

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  42. A fabulous wedding anniversary! I loved this place. It was really adorable and their services seemed great. I am going to tie the knot but having a hard time in finding affordable indoor wedding venues NYC. Hopefully, will book one soon.

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