Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Best Laid Plans Nope

When Plans Go Awry

You drop in to say hello to your lovely followers and hope they will comeback again another day to see what you are up to. 

This weekend our weather was so lovely we didn't get to the computer, but took care of some much needed weeding and laundry.

Please hang in there. Kirsten is really itching to tell you all about her trip north; she and we will return shortly!

Best wishes and much love!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Continued Interruption

Sometimes Stuff Happens

Hi! I'm so sorry to delay my vacation report. I have so much to share with you. So look for a post on Saturday. In the meantime, an teaser...

Thank you for stopping! Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

We Interrupt Our Regular Schedule

With Some Sad News

We have many favorite spots to visit. One is a narrow gauge railroad that brought us into their large family. In 2016 the Bucksgahuda & Western Railroad™ celebrated 50 years of service. Grace reported on the celebration. Lea also visited in 2016. Kirsten was there in 2015. Kaya explored the railway in 2014. I've been there too, but I didn't get a chance to post about my experience. Every time we visited, Mr. Bauer was pleased to see us and would offer a beverage, visit, and accept our offer to lend a hand or approve our photo shoot.

Monday night Franz received a call with the sad news our friend Bill Bauer passed away. He is a wonderful man and friend. He was welcoming, gracious, and knew how to have a lot of fun. He even suggested and helped with this pose from Grace's trip.
If you look closely you can see his fingers. Here is the wide angle.

Rest in peace, Bill. To quote his grandson, Scott, "Keep your hand on the throttle and eye on the rail up there." We add, my the rail be welded, the crossings clear, and the weather fair. Thank you for all you have given us; you have a place in our hearts and souls forever.

Much love to the entire Bauer clan!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Kirsten Heads North Part 2

Maine Part 1

Wiscasset, ME

Wiscasset Woods Lodge

When you're away from home you want to stay in someplace comfortable, nice, and fun. That would be Wiscasset Woods Lodge. Grace and Kaya told me what to expect, but even with their thoughts and photos...in person is so much better.

If you saw yesterday's post, you know we arrived when it was twilight and dark, so no photos. These are from the morning before we headed out to the Wiscassett, Waterville, and Farmington Railway. (giggles) Seems this is like a long distance Coolspring trip; Maine equals WW&F. (giggles) More about that tomorrow.
So the lodge has a few different sections. Cottage rooms and motel rooms. The motel section looks like an apartment building to me. While the cottages are little townhouses. There are 7 pet friendly rooms too! Franz and Xyra usually get a cottage room. This is our cottage.
I think on of these time Xyra hopes to use the hiking trail or fire pit. they have s'mores kits for sale in the main lodge.

So many fun things line the driveway.

Anyone for corn hole, also known as bean bags?
The summer flowers are beautiful right now.
Oh. My. goodness! Breakfast was wonderful! Baked goods; muffins, gingerbread. The gingerbread is outstanding. Eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, cobbler, french toast bake, baked oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, and so much more! If you leave hungry, you're nuts.

Which kind of room would you like? What is your favorite photo?

Thank you for stopping. Hope you have a nice Tuesday!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with Wiscasset Woods Lodge. All links are provided for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is required to enjoy the post; we receive no compensation if you click the links. Should you be planning a trip north, you might find the links helpful.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Kirsten Heads North Part 1

Day 1

PA to ME

Hi! Kirsten here! Ready to explain our radio silence for the past week plus. See we went on vacation. If you follow us on Facebook, you saw a few teaser photos. This week you get the full story.

Today is a teaser too. Mainly because the trip up was longer than usual. Lots of traffic along the route through New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Xyra actually packed a lunch because last time it was hard to find quick food. Grace was along that time; and Kaya went shortly after.

We stopped once in New York to use the restroom. But crossing that bridge was when I thought about taking pictures. So here we go; just a couple of entering Maine.

Then we stopped to refuel and use the restroom again. When the back seat is also your trunk...
Can you tell Xyra likes Thirty-One products? (giggles)

It took longer than we expected to get up to Wiscasset so we quickly checked in, dropped off our bags, and headed back out to Sarah's Cafe. The view from the deck was lovely.

It's right across the street from Red's Eats, but we didn't get over there in time to get ice cream. Up north everything closes around 8. Red's was open until 9. Not what we are used to at all down in PA.
More tomorrow! 

Thank you for stopping. Have a great Monday!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with Red's Eats, Sarah's Cafe, or Wiscasset; however, all are favorite places to visit or stop at when in Maine. All links are purely for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is required or suggested to enjoy the post. TTwMQ receives no compensation for featuring these places or providing their links.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Cafe Set Review

Outdoor or Indoor

Hi! I hope you liked our Enjoying the Outside post. Welcome to part 2, but now we are enjoying an indoor setting.
One of the great things about this set is the weight. It is light enough to move easily from one space to another. So today we are inside.

If you checked out the previous reviews by My Journey Girl Dolls Adventures and Say Hello to My Little Friends, you'll have seen that this set originally came with the table, two chairs, three tiered server with three pink plates, two small pink plates, two pink tea cups, two fabric place mats, four heart cookies, four macrons, and a cupcake. Ours is just slightly different; let me show you.
You've already seen we have the table and chairs. The tiered server is great. The plates hold what they need to. We have the four heart cookies and macrons and two smaller pink plates.
But we also have two larger teal plates that make great chargers for a fancier setting and three chocolate chip cookies. No cupcake, but I can take care of that and bake some up for us.

Then instead of the two pink tea cups we have a lovely teal pitcher with matching tumblers.

I really like having the place mats match the chair cushions. With so many colors, we could also make solid color place mats that would match.
This is a really fun set. I'm looking forward to serving other treats with this set. We have plenty of tea cups too.

Xyra's Notes

After a little digging I believe the chocolate chip cookies, two large plates, pitcher, and tumblers are from the OG pink kitchen set.

As an enthusiast with little room to store large pieces of furniture I like this set for another reason. I was able to figure out how to collapse everything except the table legs. 
It all fits in a gallon zipper bag!

Combined Score

We give this set an A. 

  • Versatility: 10 - The set and pieces can be used in many ways.
  • Value: 10 - It was listed as $10 for just the table and chairs which was a bit high, but with all the other pieces it's well priced.
  • Quality: 8 - It's plastic, but still sturdy. The details are nice and having soft, permanent cushions is nicer than an all plastic chair. The table has a fun design and a large top. We lean toward Flo's (SHtMLF) opinion here.

What is your favorite treat featured in this set? Do you have this set? What do you think?

À bientôt!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl, Journey Girls, or Our Generation. The set featured was purchased on the secondhand market with our own funds for our collection. The review is unsolicited and comprised of our own opinions, thoughts, and words. Links are provided for comparative, educational, and informative purposes. No purchase is suggested or required to enjoy the post.