Boston StrongIt’s Marathon Monday, where once again, 30,000+ brave souls from around the globe race from Hopkinton to Boston in an attempt to show who is the elitest of the fleetest of foot. This year happens to have some very special meaning for our family, as our daughter’s fiance is making his inaugural run through the city streets and winding hills in pursuit of the ultimate bragging rights of the marathoning world: “I Ran Boston”. Today, our family will be joining the thousands and thousands of onlookers and cheerleaders lining the 26 mile race route, ringing bells and holding signs to provide encouragement and support to friends, loved ones and runners who raise $$$ for their beloved charities. We will always remember the horrific marathon bombings of 2013, but we move forward as a city, remembering those who were lost, but celebrating the runners who have made tremendous strides in helping our city heal from that fateful day. So, today we celebrate Patriots Day, a Massachusetts-only holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War fought on April 19, 1775. Once again, I am re-sharing this blog that I originally posted a few years back to honor our amazing city and its citizens. This is for all of my readers, and any onlookers watching from afar who are interested in capturing the essence of the incredible, wonderful, joyful city we call Boston. So here it is:

In honor of Patriots Day, a uniquely Massachusetts holiday, a little Boston history for your reading pleasure. Facts confirmed by Wikipedia, several historical societies and my historian-in-residence, Coach.  Click on the pictures for links to websites and information.

Boston (pronounced baws-tun). The Capital of Massachusetts. The Hub. The City of Champions (see Boston Red Sox, N.E. Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins). Although significantly smaller in population than The Big Apple, what we lack in size we make up for in historic stature. We are the site of the world’s oldest marathon, begun in 1897, the Boston Marathon.We have the oldest MLB ballpark, Fenway Park (c.1912)

the Swan Boats (c.1877) in the Public Garden

 

and Harvard University, founded in 1636 and the alma mater of 7 US Presidents.

We are Beantown, named for Boston Baked Beans, a dish created by the Colonials, using beans cooked in molasses, a plentiful product due to the slave trade. Home of the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, (C.1787) the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat.

We are The Cradle of Liberty, founded by the Puritans in 1630, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Our citizens were the instigators of the

American Revolution, and Boston Harbor was the site of the Boston Tea Party,  where 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company were thrown from ships into the water by American patriots disguised as Mohawk Indians. The Americans were protesting both a tax on tea (taxation without representation) and the perceived monopoly of the East India Company.

Our city was also the site of The Boston Massacre, an historic incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers killed five male civilians and injured six others.

The incident was heavily propagandized by leading patriots, such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams to fuel animosity toward the British authorities. Which finally led to the legendary Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (the reason for this holiday!)

Penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860, this poem details Revere’s April 18th journey by horseback from Charlestown to Lexington & Concord to warn the townspeople to take up arms in defense of the oncoming British invasion.

“…He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,– One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm.” 

The British, whose militia ships were in Boston Harbor, awaiting orders to begin their march to Concord, where they were to destroy supplies and munitions being stored by the local militia of soldiers and townsfolk.

Revere’s plan was to make his way there ahead of the advancing British troops, alerting the locals along the way of the impending British invasion. On the night of April 18, 1775,  alerted by the two lanterns hanging in the Old North Church, indicating the British would be advancing in boats over the Charles River, Revere began his historic journey on horseback. He traveled from Charlestown to Concord, alerting the local minutemen of the advancing regiments. Captured and released by the British, he made his way to The Old North Bridge, the site of the Battles of Lexington and Concord 

on April 19, 1775, the beginning of the American Revolution. And the rest, shall we say, is history. Yes, you do need to know this for the exam. No, you cannot bring your musket to class for show and tell. Whether this is a holiday for you or not, enjoy the day. And whether you are running or watching the Boston Marathon  today, be safe, be proud of our great city and stay Boston Strong. Have a fantastic day everyone! And GO CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo Susan

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Well, the weather may have turned a bit warmer and the ice and snow banks have virtually disappeared so the ducks can have a bath, but the landscape is still quite brown around here.

Ducks at Lake QuannapowittTime to interject a bit of springtime color decor inside to add a bit of cheeriness to our otherwise drab and dark days. Photos via Houzz.com

How about a pop of orange?? Are you brave enough?

Traditional Hall

This bright apple green is perfect for a baby’s nursery!

Eclectic Nursery by Albuquerque Media & Bloggers Annalea Hart

Such pretty, pretty pastels…pink and green are just so fresh!

Contemporary Living Room by Pittsburgh Interior Designers & Decorators alisha gwen interior design

Loving the soothing coastal colors in this bedroom.

Beach Style Bedroom by Charleston Interior Designers & Decorators Margaret Donaldson Interiors

How sweet is this breakfast nook? Love the light shiplap planking and the pastel soft furnishings.Could definitely enjoy a latte here!

Beach Style Dining Room by Birmingham Media & Bloggers Southern Living

Charming dining area with pops of orange and green. Makes me want to go paint something…now!

Rustic Dining Room by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Mark English Architects, AIA

I am typically not a huge fan of yellow, but this room would make you feel like you were sleeping in sunshine : )

Traditional Bedroom by Easton Interior Designers & Decorators Bountiful

If I had a kitchen do-over…this would be it! No more beige cabinets for me!

Beach Style Kitchen by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Carter Kay Interiors

Do you have the longing to add some color to your space?? Grab a can of paint and start the makeover you’ve been thinking about today! You’ll be amazed what one can of paint can do for your room (and your gloomy mood : ). Have a colorful Friday everyone…today’s the day I decide on the color for my bathroom makeover! Susan

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With the bathroom project finally winding down, my attention turns to styling this beautiful little jewel of a bath. With chrome fixtures
Bathroom Chrome Wall Mount Faucetand sparkling marble floors

Marble Hexagon Tilethis bathroom deserves some extra decorating lovin’! In keeping with my country bath style, I am in search of the perfect shower and window curtains along with the necessary bath accessories to bring everything together and create the refined country look I am going for. Off to internet land to search for the perfect country style where I discovered a few front-runners (and actually made me rethink my wall color choice, which presently is a color called ThunderCloud Gray from Benjamin Moore.)

Benjamin Moore Thunder Cloud GrayEven though it looks light in this sample, I am thinking it might be a little too dark for this pretty little room…) First, some pictures of stylish country baths:

1.Something about this little vintage powder room speaks to me. The pale blue walls against the distressed white vanity and the vintage beveled mirror…wow.

Shabby Chic Bathroom by Millbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp Architects

2.This rustic gray and white French Country bath is so sweet, but might be lacking just a touch of color for my taste.

Traditional Bathroom

3. Am loving the pale aqua walls, but I think it may be a bit too retro for my country bath.

Farmhouse Bathroom by Nashville Architects & Building Designers anna forkum

4.Well, this one is simply spectacular with the wood beams and the stunning linen closet. But this just won’t fit in my 5 x 8 space. But I’m saving this idea into my fixer upper dream home file.

Beach Style Bathroom by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Jordan Design Studio, Ltd.

5. That vintage sink and chrome faucet is similar in feel to the ones I chose. But the rest of the creamy white may need a wee bit more contrast for me.

Traditional Bathroom by Seattle Interior Designers & Decorators Sandra Lindsay Design

6. This pale silver sage color-Benjamin Moore Imperial Gray-

Benjamin Moore Imperial Gray

may be just the one I’ve been searching for since I started this whole project. Love, love, love it.

Traditional Bathroom by Charlestown Architects & Building Designers Giambastiani Design

Then I searched for curtains:
1.The white ruffles are so sweet, but not sure how Coach will feel about those!

Traditional Bathroom by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Marks & Frantz Interior Design

2. I do love a nautical look, but I am thinking the dark blue walls may present the same problem as the deep gray.

Tropical Bathroom by Tampa Architects & Building Designers E+D Architecture and Design, PL

3.I’ve been thinking about a roman shade for the one window, but I don’t want plain white, as it is straight ahead when you look into the room from the hall. These are pretty and simple.

Traditional Bathroom by Charleston General Contractors Priester’s Custom Contracting, LLC

4. Hmmm, would I want to do a matching shower curtain and window valance? This is pretty much the setup in my bath. I do like the way they work together to create a cohesive look.

5 .These tie-backs. Well, I think they’re perfect for that little white window. Now if I can only find a shower curtain to match we’re in business!

So all of this online searching has only resulted in more confusion and indecision about which colors to actually choose for my little country bath! You know, sometimes it’s easier to give other folks advice about their decorating rather than your own…that whole plumber not fixing his own pipes thing, I imagine. I think my best bet will be to head out and look for a shower curtain first, find the perfect one, then match my curtains and paint colors to that. Make sense? Well, to me it does, so store shopping it is! Hope you have a more decisive Thursday than I am everyone! Susan

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