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The year was 1990. Two men disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum telling museum guards they were responding to a call. Both security guards on duty on March 18th were handcuffed by the impersonators and brought down to the museum’s basement and not discovered until the next morning. Last weekend was furrylittlegnome’s first visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Located in the Fenway section of Boston, the museum is easily accessible by the subway’s MFA stop on the green line. From there, the four-story building is a five minute walk. While the Museum of Fine Arts has a wonderful John Singer Sargent exhibit, the Gardner Museum houses special Sargent pieces as well. Fact: Isabella Stewart Gardner and John Singer Sargent were close friends for over forty years.
After purchasing a $15 ticket for admission ($12 for seniors), one walks down the hallway and instantly sees the famous indoor courtyard that is in the center of the building. This photo is from the first floor and gnome’s only photo of the inside. Lots of security were present and signs posted throughout the museum stated no photographs were allowed. The first floor is rather dark with the “West Cloister” and the “East Cloister” and “Spanish Cloister” outlining the courtyard. It is in the Spanish Cloister where furrylittlegnome encounters her first John Singer Sargent painting – “El Jaleo”.
Moving up to the second floor, we enter the “Dutch Room” – a room wallpapered from head to toe in regal green. Two empty and impressive frames hang on a wall. This is the room where Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings were stolen in March of 1990. It is the museum’s hope to one day hang those paintings back where they rightfully belong.
Another room of note on the second floor is the “Tapestry Room” – a dark room full of large tapestries that reminded furrylittlegnome of the Cluny Museum in Paris.
Going up our final set of stairs to the third floor (the fourth floor is closed to visitors), gnome encounters a free talk occurring in the “Gothic Room”. The discussion is focused on Mrs Stewart and of a portrait of her by Mr. Sargent that is life size and in a corner. Here, furrylittlegnome learns a few things: Isabella Gardner Stewart came to Boston from New York and was the product of a wealthy family. She was a fan of the Red Sox and a patron of the arts. In fact, each piece in the museum was placed by the eye of Isabella Gardner Stewart. In her will, if anything was significantly moved, the museum must sell the museum’s possessions.
Gnome cannot wait to visit in the spring to see the gardens outdoors in full bloom!
It is a quiet, Halloween morning in Boston, Massachusetts. A little before midnight, New England and most of America, watched the Boston Red Sox end a ninety-five year drought at Fenway Park with a decisive victory over the St Louis Cardinals in game six of the 2013 World Series clinching the title four games to two.
Although there have been three championships in furrylittlegnome’s lifetime (2004, 2007 and 2013), the Boston Red Sox had not won a World Series at home, in beloved Fenway Park, since 1918!
The city was preparing and hoping for this. After all, it has only been six months (that still seems so fresh in our minds) since the bombings at the Boston Marathon not only rattled this city to its core but also made it stronger than ever. During those dark days in April, the Red Sox became our distraction, and in return, they became our number one fans! We did not think we could love David Ortiz more than we already did.
Over the course of the baseball season, that seemed endless to some, Red Sox Nation was louder and prouder than ever. As the team went from “last to first,” the pride and love its city showed them increased. For over a week, furrylittlegnome saw the “Boston Strong” banner hanging in front of the Massachusetts State House while walking to and from work.
Last night, it was the Prudential Tower’s turn to show some love.
While those of us have entered our buildings to start a day of work, bleary-eyed and tired, there is excitement in the air for another championship parade this weekend!
We have been hearing about it for a week now. Cold temperatures will hit New England in the next few days. With that in mind, on Sunday night, furrylittlegnome made the switch. Her summer clothes were placed in the back of her walk-in closet and her heaviness of wool and “bulky” winter wardrobe was moved to the front. In her bedroom, the Petit Bateau short-sleeve tops and bright Lilly Pulitzer pieces disappeared – replaced with ribbed turtlenecks and warm sweaters.
Gnome came across this sweater. A size 1 from Karen Millen she bought in January of 2013.
She had recently seen it somewhere and was shocked.
Besides being female, furrylittlegnome thought that was the only thing she and actress Sofia Vergara (of Modern Family fame) had in common. Apparently, there is one more thing…
The second episode of the season five premiere that aired on September 25, 2013 that aired in the U.S.
“Gloria Pritchett” is dropping her son “Manny” off at his first day of high school.
A tad under two hours west of Boston sits South Deerfield, Massachusetts. A small, quaint New England town, it is home to one of New England’s most popular destinations: Yankee Candle.
With over 19,000 retailers in the United States, Yankee Candle is one of, if not, the largest candle manufacturer in the country. With its first retail store opened in 1975, the company continues to expand.
The inside of Yankee Candle Village is like a maze. There are themed “rooms” throughout. Here, we come across a pumpkin patch in honor of the autumn season.
That is correct. Gnome wrote something about Christmas. She cannot help it. It is her favorite time of year. We head into a dark part of the village called the Black Forest and enter an old Bavarian (German) village decked out for the holiday season. It is only October, but gnome was in a snowstorm and surrounded by Christmas trees!
After an exhausting forty five minutes and a developing headache from smelling too many candle scents, furrylittlegnome had had enough. As she exited the building, she saw not only Santa, but the “Yankee Candle Walk of Fame”. Bricks line the walkway with long term employees names and start date. It’s a nice touch.
Before heading back to Boston, gnome stopped next door for a candle-lit meal at Chandler’s Restaurant. Here, furrylittlegnome and her posse enjoyed a home-cooked meal!
Just a few days ago, as furrylittlegnome headed north, she was a little disappointed in the color. She was already in the Green Mountain State and expected to see the bright reds, yellows and oranges the autumn leaves had to offer. There were yellow and orange leaves, but they were not bright like in years past.
When she finally reached central Vermont, where it was cold, rainy and gloomy, gnome saw what she had been looking for, and it was just outside a window from her family homestead. The sun’s rays were not needed to brighten up these leaves…
As the weekend progressed, so did the color. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Here is a snapshot of what was seen in East Montpelier, Vermont!
Sorry for the absence, friends, but furrylittlegnome has been under the weather. When gnome is ill, all activities (except for watching television) cease to exist.
A fortnight ago, the first symptoms appeared. She was tired, her throat a little scratchy, not feeling like herself. As the week progressed, gnome was not feeling any better. One weekend morning, at the advice of fellow gnomes, a visit to the Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Walk-In unit was in order. It was the last place gnome wanted to be on a beautiful and sunny New England day, but she needed to get checked out.
Fearing the worst, she was pleasantly surprised. The waiting room was clean and empty, and furrylittlegnome was seen right away. A nurse took her temperature (which was normal) and a long wooden Q-tip was inserted into gnome’s mouth for a strep test (which came back negative). Five minutes later, she saw the doctor. He listened to furry’s lungs and took her blood pressure. His course of treatment for her? Cēpacol lozenges to treat her sore throat and plenty of liquids. That was all. Nothing else.
Twelve hours later, those minute symptoms blossomed into larger ones: a deep and painful cough, congestion, a head ache, an ear ache and the chills. Furrylittlegnome knew she was in trouble. If this was not treated soon, she would probably wind up in the hospital. After three sleepless nights and many cough drops and kleenex later, Monday morning finally arrived. At 8am, gnome made the phone call to her doctor’s office and she was back at the MGH and seen shortly after. It was quickly established furrylittlegnome had a pretty bad respiratory infection. She was given antibiotics right away – including Tussionex to take away the pain (and cough) so gnome could sleep at night.
Furrylittlegnome is now on the mend. She has been recuperating at home and has been busy on Pinterest, watching “Breaking Bad,” needlepointing holiday gifts, doing some online Christmas shopping, craving and eating foods that she would not typically consume and watching the first episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season. Since gnome has had nothing of substance happen in recent weeks, here is a snippet of things happening in the lives of others…
Furrylittlegnome’s four-year old niece is very excited to show gnome her school during Grandparents and Special Friends Day in a few weeks. Meanwhile, gnome’s eighteen month old niece has started referring to her aunt as “Doh Doh”.
A co-worker brought gnome four Harrow’s Chicken Pies. Someone else gave furrylittlegnome a HoneyBaked Ham!
One of gnome’s friends, who does not have a blog and shall remain nameless, went into the operating room for ACL knee repair last week. She is sounding very “perky” these days.
This week, there was silence. The typical enjoyable daily texts were not received. Why? Furrylittlegnome’s stylish connoisseur on everything has been stricken with a sore throat, congestion and general malaise.
Another friend was stricken – not with an illness but a not-so-great $90 haircut. Think page-boy cut with bangs…
And finally, after receiving an iMessage from Atleastimnotbitter that had a photo of a dead rodent attached, Atleastimnotbitter frantically called furrylittlegnome to tell her she found a dead rat in her Portland, Maine driveway. After further inspection of the photo and an hour of google images searches, we have finally determined that the rodent was actually a baby vole.
Furrylittlegnome will be back this week with some substance. Until then…