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C. A. Stinson
Puerto Vallarta
Born in Seattle, living and writing on the East Coast for now and getting ready for our move to South Dakota
Interests: Writing fiction., dishing with friends, great food, good company, sharing the sunset with a great G&T.
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Dining room table with one leaf When we moved our furniture last year, not all of it arrived. The mover (local) had underestimated the size of the truck but then the snow started and next thing you know we had to wait until spring to get the last shipment which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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I love how the guest room has turned out. Having moved into it for several days while the master bedroom was being painted gave the Professor and I a chance to try it out for comfort - Mattress comfy? check. Good night's sleep? Check. Reading lights easy to access and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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Turkey Hill B&B Boxwood Coffee Shop, Summit NJ I was back on the East Coast for the last six weeks - Year end is one big panic attack in my world so best to be where the action is. While there I stayed at a cute B&B in Summit, NJ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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In the late summer, when the hot tub was finally installed and working, we tried it out when the evenings were still pleasantly warm. Now that winter is heavily upon us sitting in the hot tub surrounded by snow and freezing temps, I have to say, I enjoy it even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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The Professor took this photo from the front porch this afternoon. You can see the wisps of fog and a dusting of snow on the hills (more than a dusting in the higher elevations) - Where we live, there has not been a lot of snow but the temps have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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The Professor and I attended the 1st Tri-State museum lecture of the new year and heard exerpts from the diaries of a Mr. Joseph Kitt King. Entrance to the Tri-State Museum Mr. King evidently was bit with the gold bug back in 1875 o so - he bought a book,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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2014 proved to be an exciting, life changing year - we are now settled in our cozy house nestled between the plains and the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Below are a few more pictures - as you can see we are progressing and our decorating efforts are finally... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Life in the Black Hills
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We are very close to our move-in date and I think we are as far as we can go with our projects until we are able to get out the tools (currently stored somewhere between NJ and SD) - a few more photos that the Professor was able to take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Life in the Black Hills
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Totally off the subject of our South Dakota move - We completed our movie (many, many posts ago) - and are now preparing for the premier. Took FOREVER to get this done but Dave my cinematographer, did an outstanding job (too bad he didn't go into film making - I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Life in the Black Hills
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Shared with a cup of hot coffee warming my hands Til Later, Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. To figure everything out. - Anon Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Life in the Black Hills
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This pic shows the tiles the Professor included in the guest shower. They are bright and each recalls happy memories of vacations spent exploring Cape Cod. We're going a little wild with this bathroom. The wall color will be 'canteloup' ragged on. The sink, a beautiful blue glass vessel sink... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Life in the Black Hills
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The weather here in NJ has been brutal this year. Temps in the low teens most days and a snow storm or two to keep commuting to work a challenge. Ironically, the temps in the Black Hills have actually been a little warmer though nowhere near balmy. Hopefully February will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Life in the Black Hills
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House is built, the big move is now in the works Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Life in the Black Hills
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Can't believe it's been almost seven months since I posted last - guess time flies when my computer's on the fritz, the lake cottage getting sold and now finding ourselves in a tiny one-bedroom apartment that seemed a whole lot bigger when we were looking at it empty -now we're... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2013 at Life in the Black Hills
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Maybe you can guess that the Professor took this photo..... As I mentioned in my previous post, the Professor and I were safely tucked away in Cancun when hurrican Sandy hit New Jersey. Frankly, lounging around the pool was a far better way to weather the aftermath of the hurricane... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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At the Northern end of our lake. Hurricane Sandy was expected. The news reports talked about it for days before it hit, but no on really thought that it would actually do everything that the doomsday weather reports predicted. However, like most risks in life, the odds eventually were in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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"Hurry, look out the window!" the professor yelled as he rushed up stairs. I peered outside and there it was: One big (dare I say huge?) black bear had come to eat his lunch in our front yard which is secluded and hidden from the road (we actually live on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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I can hardly believe it. After almost 9 months of doing all the 'last minute' fix up chores, our sweet little lake cottage is officially on the market! It was love at first sight for our agent...she said it felt so warm and welcoming that she just wanted to relax... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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The whole house selling thing is wearing us down so the Professor and I escaped to Cape May for the Memorial Day Weekend. Yet another spot on our list to visit a few more times before we move. Cape May is the southern most point in New Jersey and is... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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One of the most fun activities we've done in the Black Hills and most places we've visited on vacation is the sport(?) of letterboxing. You can get more background and information on what Letterboxing is all about by clicking LETTERBOXING - I first read about it in a news article... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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We ended our day at Cafe Loup -our absolute favorite restaurant in NYC. It's on 13th Street in the West Village a few blocks from the subway station and it reminds me (as someone else noted) like a restaurant interior from a Woody Allen movie. Ad photos of the restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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Eastside Tenement Musuem: Last part of our walking tour of the lower east side of NYC. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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I love to ride through Spearfish Canyon on a Sunday morning. With the top down on the old sports car or from the back of a motorcycle. Its been years since I had the motorcycle experience , but I look forward to another chance to ride sometime and hopefully not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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We said goodbye to Little Italy and strolled a short block over to Mulberry Street where we started the next part of our tour -Chinatown. Chinatown has grown over the years and expanded into what was Little Italy because the majority of Little Italy had been vacated years before by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills
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My B'day was last weekend and Professor and I had planned a day trip into the city to check out the Museum of Natural History, however fate stepped in and instead of enjoying the day, he was stuck working the entire weekend (with one intermission to play at the Easter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Life in the Black Hills