Thursday, November 22, 2007

When Daylight Hours Are Short...

...And You Still Want To Play Outside...You Can Still Go Vibing!!!

The late fall and early winter allow for such short amounts of sunlight, it's even more important to get out and get your vibe on! But, planning day long adventures can be difficult unless you get up at the crack of dawn (never mind the horrible gas prices)! The solution? Backyard Vibing!A few weeks ago (yes, I have been slacking due to slacking), Mitch, Caitlin, and new Viber Pat, along with two pooches, all piled in the Vibe for some backroads excursions in Essex, Westford, and Cambridge. Using the trusty Vermont road atlas, we checked out some of the waning views of fall and stopped along the road for walks on various country roads - keeping us safe from hunters, and allowing some fresh air and exercise when we only had a few hours of daylight to enjoy.We meant to go to the soup dinner in Jericho once darkness came, but we used the wrong edition of the Burlington Free Press weekend supplement. Yet another reason is the place to look for town dinners! So, Mitch and I parted ways and had delicious warming-the-soul Italian at Hoagie's in Essex - delicious!!! Just what we needed for the cabin party we rocked out at in Underhill that night - completed by sleeping in the Vibe!The following morning, we took to slow route back to Burlington, enjoying a few country stores along the way. For some great country stores, check out the Vermont Alliance of General Stores!

Time to make some pies while the Vibe and Vibers lay low in Massachusetts! Happy Thanksgiving, Love and Light, and Peace!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Lovin' the Brown in VT

November in Vermont is brown. And, I love brown and I love November.

November is the month of the Scorpio - my best overall match in all (I am a Pisces). Mitch is a Scorpio. My bestest friend from college is a Scorpio. Vibe fanatic Caitlin is a Scorpio. Scorpios and Pisces swim around and around with a special bond and unique intuitive conversation. And, while, when agitated, Scorpios sting, their Pisces buddies have a protective gel around them that doesn't just repel the sting, but bounces back making for honest and friendly feedback.I also love brown. I have brown hair, brown eyes, and mostly brown clothes. According to

Brown is a natural, down-to-earth neutral color. It is found in earth, wood, and stone. Brown is a warm neutral color that can stimulate the appetite. It is found extensively in nature in both living and non-living materials. Brown represents wholesomeness and earthiness. While it might be considered a little on the dull side, it also represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health.

I think one of the reasons I love brown so much is my close affinity with nature and my vibrant personality likes to be toned down, and brown helps keep it real.

I also love brown because it signifies one of life's hardest lessons - The Grass Is Not Always Greener!!! And in Vermont, in November, the grass turns brown! Yay! That means life is living, snow is coming, and warmth becomes a treat, not something to be taken for granted.

This past weekend I took a break from Vibing and Mitch and I headed to Boston to visit with family and friends and to fill our heads and souls with history. Vermont is grand, but sometimes I need a more worldly view, not only to appreciate Vermont, but to keep thinking out of the box and sharing that energy with others. And, to keep reminding myself that the grass is not greener!

Would I make more money in Boston so I would not have to stress so much about finances? Of course! But my business, life, energy, and hard work is in Vermont. The subway air, litter, racing around, wasted time, and lack of brown (never mind green) would give me a heart attack before I was 40! But, catching up with loved ones, walking the Freedom Trail, and exploring the Boston Museum of Fine Arts renewed my spirit, giving me copious amounts of energy for my next Vermont Vibes adventure!

Hint - November is a fabulous time to explore various small Vermont communities, make new friends and connections, and eat delicious food at local town dinners. A great place to look is and search for suppers, or just google search "Vermont town supper" or "Vermont community dinner" and see what you come up with! And keep an eye out for the Vibe - we've got a Vibin' crew this weekend!!!