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Got to get ready for company. When you live in a scenic spot, people come. It’s time for a spring cleaning and a full-house refreshing session. I go top to bottom with my vacuum cleaner; but sadly, it has seen better days. It has ceased being my old faithful. I need to schedule a hardware store visit right away for a replacement. This time I will think ahead and get one that does double duty on floors and upholstery, not to mention carpets, blinds, and window ledges.  I want all the attachments and accessories. This way I don’t have to switch from an upright to a canister model halfway through my cleaning.

Sure, I could spend tedious time on line researching and comparing brands, but wouldn’t it be easier to consult with the kind people at the hardware store, ready and willing to help—typical of our friendly Vermont service. I probably already know the staff as neighbors in my small tow. I know I can bombard them with questions without embarrassment. While online descriptions and reviews are detailed, there are some things that aren’t covered specific to your unique needs. You can take forever on the Internet to make a decision, and in the local store it is no different. They will indulge your every question and concern. Such is Vermont life. No one is an alien in these parts. Everywhere you look, you see a friend.

Vacuums are a big deal these days what with the new cyclone and ball technology from Dyson. It is so state of the art. I vote for great design and energy savings. But I confess that I am at sea when it comes to anything beyond the ordinary suction process. I am not into the technological side of the appliance and only care that it gets rid of all the dust and dirt. There are so many from one to five hundred dollars that it becomes a real investment. It is a bigger issue than I expected. Once purchased, the machine stays around for a long time, so it better be good. I would never rebuy the one I had given all the upgrades.

Fortunately life isn’t always about mundane decisions and practical problems. In Vermont there is so much to do and see. Each season has something extraordinary to offer from winter skiing to swimming in a lake in summer. Hikes are great any time depending on what you choose. I am happy as long as I am outdoors and looking into the distance. Living in a small town affords the luxury of unimpeded views. But once or twice a year, I stop everything and attend to the house like any good homeowner. If you live in a pristine setting, you want your environment to match it.

Squeak No More

I have always wanted to tell the world about my home state. The time has come. My husband and I are proud to live in Southern Vermont. There is so much to do and see here. We have snow in the winter for some of the best skiing in the county. During the summer, the days are beautiful. We are along the ocean and Vermont has some beautiful beaches. There are some great places to eat and to see a show as well. I don’t have to go far to enjoy all the things this great state has to offer. There are plenty of places to go sightseeing and take in the beauty of the land. Thus, not only do I spend my time well, but I have many visitors who want to share the wealth that the state has to offer.

The last time I had company, I could tell every time they made a move. There is this one stair that squeaks the minute any weight is put on it. I think it bothered them more than me. My husband and I gave each other a look that said it’s time to do some repair. It only takes some basic woodworking skill to reset the wood so that it lies level with the others. So the tools came out of hiding in the garage and went to work making our staircase soundproof and less annoying.

It is a good thing that my husband is handy around the house and has the means to make basic repairs. No sooner do I ask than it is done. We want to get back to enjoying ourselves in nature, whatever the season. I am not sure which one I like the best. Meanwhile, rain, snow, or shine, the guests arrive to take their place in the extra room upstairs at the end of the hall. Everything is in good order but we are ready for any contingency, what with an array of woodworking tools mounted on a pegboard wall in the garage in addition to a nice drill press and a few other tools. They are taking a breather from the cabinetmaking my husband undertook last year. I wanted more space in the kitchen for all the snacks and treats the guests enjoy.

I love the quiet time in Vermont when the blue skies beckon me for a long walk or the chirping birds sing their special song. My husband is lured away from any practical task and joins me in reveling in the magic of our surroundings. It is divine to live in the woods, a few miles from the local skiing hot spot. By the way, we are well stocked with Vermont maple syrup since every visitor wants to take a bottle home.

Best Restaurants in Southern Vermont

When you are visiting the state of Vermont there are some great places to eat. There are many places that offer farm to table services and there is something for every taste. These are some the best restaurants that I like to eat out at.

Black Sheep Bistro

This is my favorite place for some down-home cooking and some fresh foods. I can get all of my favorite classic dishes here when I am looking for a hearty meal. The garlic mashed potatoes are one of the best side dishes and the meatloaf is always good. Anything that is order off of this menu will taste good. This is a family style place so you do not have to worry about bringing the children.

Hen of the Woods

This is more of an upscale place to it. While it is a favorite of the locals this place is a little busier and sees a lot of tourists. The staff is always friendly and willing to help to make sure their customer are happy. Everything is great here. One of the best things about this place is that if you cannot decide what you want to try you can order the 6 small dishes. The portions are generous and you can try six different food items. The steak tartar is highly recommended and it comes with a egg right from the farm. House made potato chips are ea great side dish.

Mojo Café

This café is likely and is a little different. There are a number of unique tacos that are served at this restaurant. You can try the lobster taco, the catfish taco, or the shrimp taco. They all taste great. The slaw that comes as a side dish is one of the best parts of the meal. The chips and guacamole are a must try at this place. This is Spanish food that has been taken to a new level. There are some great drinks that are served here as well.

Simon Pearce

The first thing that you will notice about this restaurant is the natural waterfall. This restaurant has some good food and some scenery. I love to come here at sunset and watch the sun go down over the water. There is also a shown that takes place while guests are eating. Artists are blowing glass and can create a glass object of your choice right in front of you. All of the food is great. One of the best dishes here that really stands out is the prosciutto. When the food is served it will look like a work of art on the plate. There are a number of great cocktails as well such as the caper berry martini. The crème brulee is a great way to finish the meal.

These are some of the best places to eat out while in Vermont. No matter what you order at any of these eating establishments it will taste great and you will not be disappointed.