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East Coast - Week 2 is in the books!

I am still in Buffalo, NY, enjoying family, friends, and the change in seasons.

I spent a fun day with my stepmother Carol who lives here, and my stepsister Erica, who

I haven't seen in 4 years as she lives in Connecticut - she flew in just to see me! I was really touched. We ate at Daniela (yes, again - I love this place!), strolled Elmwood Avenue and nearby neighborhoods between the rain, and then ate some more. We had lots to catch up on - all of us were in Italy at different times this past summer, so we were swapping photos and reminiscing about how we love that country. Erica has two boys a couple of years younger than mine, so I was also filling her in on what was coming! lol.

Of course, any chance I get to see some incredible murals in the city - yes, please!

My mom had a nasty cold all week (hello, cold and flu season), so we laid low. I took many solo walks - gathering inspiration and beauty each day. The weather is still mild, which I am thrilled about as it could be snowing this time of year. I LOVE the dried milkweed. So beautiful, as if frozen in time.

This past Sunday, I drove to Angola on Lake Erie, to see my Dad, and his partner Debbie to watch the Bills game. Pizza, chicken wings, and a win made for a great evening. I walked down to the lake, just a few minutes from their house, which is so beautiful. I am obsessed with the slate, rocks, and leaves on the beach this time of year.

With mom better we decided to "Take 2" on our Canadian trip. All our documents were in order, and Mom and I went through with no problems. Yippee!

Niagara-on-the-lake is charming. We walked, went shopping, and walked some more - including a little stop along the Niagara Recreational Trail facing the American side where we sketched the Gorge. By the way, for any cyclists - this trail is a must. 32 miles along the scenic Niagara River.


The highlight for us was high tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel. Oh My Goodness. What a treat. We had soooooo many cups of tea and delicious things to eat. It was amazing!

The leaves at Niagara-on-the-lake, Canada, seem to be at their peak, which was great to see, along with a beautiful tribute to the veterans of thousands of knitted or crocheted poppies!


I have a few more days here and then back to see my boys in California. I am hoping next week to share my sketchbook from the trip with you

xo


PS. The tea set we had was the same one Michelle Obama chose for the White House when she lived there. Wedgewood - Birds of Paradise.




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Гость
03 нояб. 2022 г.

So happy to see your visit back upstate! I miss it! Julia D.

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It definitely was gorgeous when I was there!

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sandegreenemaui
sandegreenemaui
03 нояб. 2022 г.

Thanks for taking us along on such a beautiful, heart warming fall trip with your family.

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❤️❤️❤️❤️ thank you Sande. Sending you and Bob lots of love 🌈❤️🌈❤️

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Roslind Sherman
Roslind Sherman
03 нояб. 2022 г.

Niagara- on -the- Lake/Canada is indeed beautiful at this time of the year.... Your tea time pics with autumn and it’s colorful backgrounds are like a fantasy ... You will have lots of inspiring memories to paint. ... and you are having such wonderful family experiences. ENJOY your precious times together.

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Thank you Roslind!!! It was absolutely stunning. And I blessed with such warm weather!

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Гость
03 нояб. 2022 г.

So happy to see you are enjoying your time in Buffalo and yes, the weather has been fabulous. I’ve been lucky to call this city home for over 40 years. I’ve enjoyed reading about your excursions and fun times with your family. And what a blessing to be able to spend so much time with your mom.

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Every time I come back to Buffalo I am so impressed with the city and the improvements in art and culture. The new Albright Knox will be incredible when it’s open. ❤️❤️❤️

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