Thursday, May 19, 2011

St. Albans Bay Flooding Images

I snapped some pics of the flooding at the bay today. The water was looking quite 14yo daughter mentioned that it looked like unicorn blood (from the Harry Potter movies). I'd have to agree with her;  it seemed to shine with a look of silver - beautiful.

St. Albans Bay
St. Albans Bay Park, parking lot

Driftwood - flood line

Flood fishing

I ran accross this young fellow while walking about and asked him if he's caught much. I was astounded to find out he had an entire ice chest full of fish! Way to make good use of these high waters. 

A week prior this house was completely surrounded by water. Thank goodness they were able to get sandbagged and semi-dried out. BTW-My husband's brother & wife used to live here.

B&W Driftwood on Beach

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lake Champlain Flooding

I took a little drive down by the lake to see what I could see. What I found was flooding; just about everywhere. I grabbed my camera and shot the following photos.

Rte 36 - currently the road to nowhere

The following exert taken from

Current ALERTS for northern VT

Flood Warning
Date: 11:41 am EDT on May 17, 2011 Expires: 12:41 PM EDT on May 18, 2011
The Flood Warning continues for the Lake Champlain at Rouses Point. * At 11:00 am Tuesday the stage was 102.4 feet. * Flood stage is 100.0 feet. * Record flooding is occurring and record flooding is forecast. * Forecast...Lake Champlain will continue rising to near 102.7 feet by early Thursday afternoon. Additional rises may be possible thereafter. * 102.5 feet...widespread severe flooding occurs. Lakeshore homes will be flooded and local roads will be inundated. In Vermont...the following highways will flood...Route 125 at Chimney Point...Route 36 in St. Albans...Route 7 near Highgate State Park...Route 129 from alburgh to Isle la Motte...Route 2 at The Sand Bar and between Route 78 and Route 129 in alburgh. In New York...the following highways will flood...Route 9 in Plattsburgh near Route 314...Route 9n near Route 185...and Route 185. Neiles

Current Forecast for northern VT

Rest of Today
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50. East winds around 10 mph until midnight...becoming light and variable.
Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds...becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s. Southeast winds around 10 mph.
Cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the upper 60s. Light and variable winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Shelter in St. Albans for flood victims

Lake Champlain on the rise - Overlooking St. Albans (VermontBeauty image)

It looks like help is on the way for those displaced by flooding in Saint Albans. The Burlington Free Press is reporting the town will be settin up shelter for displaced flood victims at the St. Albans Town Educational Center located at 169 South Main Street.

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The following is from

Current ALERTS for Saint Albans, VT

Flood Warning

Date: 11:51 am EDT on May 2, 2011 Expires: 12:51 PM EDT on May 03, 2011

The Flood Warning continues for the Lake Champlain at Rouses Point. * At 11:00 am Monday the stage was 102.8 feet. * Flood stage is 100.0 feet. * Record flooding is occurring and will continue at record levels. * Forecast...Lake Champlain will continue rising to near 102.9 feet by Monday evening. Additional rises may be possible thereafter. * 102.5 feet...widespread severe flooding occurs. Numerous Lakeshore homes will be flooded. Local roads will be inundated. In Vermont...Route 36 in St. Albans and Route 129 in alburgh will flood.

Current ALERTS for Saint Albans, VT

Areal Flood Watch

Date: 3:20 PM EDT on May 2, 2011 Expires: 2:00 AM EDT on May 05, 2011

...Flood Watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through late Wednesday night... The National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a * Flood Watch for all of northern New York and much of Vermont. * From Tuesday afternoon through late Wednesday night. * Steady rains will move from southwest to northeast across the north country Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night. The rainfall will be heavy at times Tuesday night through Wednesday morning with total rainfall amounts in the one to two inch range. * While this event is not expected to produce heavy rain in a short amount of time...similar to the event last Tuesday...the high water across many areas of the north country will be impacted by the longer duration rains. River and lake levels will rise Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night and Lake Champlain will still remain well above flood stage. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Here's to hoping everyone stays safe and dry.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Vermont's Long Trail

There's a trail that Vermonters like to hike that's called the Long Trail. It was built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club and is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. It runs the distance of the state from north to south. The Long Trail was the inspiration for the infamous Appalachian Trail; the two trails intersect and become one in the southern 1/3 of the state for 100 miles.

Illustration and graphic design by Dave Blumenthal

As it winds its way from Massachusetts to Canada along Vermont's highest peaks, the trail passes ponds, alpine bogs, forests, and streams. With its 273-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive shelters, the Long Trail offers endless hiking opportunities for the day hiker, weekend overnighter, and extended backpacker. (info taken from

I’ve been wanting to hike the Long Trail ever since I first heard about it -- which was about 2 years ago when I moved to Vermont. I am finally almost to the point of being able to give it a go. I’ve been working out trying to get my cardio up all winter in order to be fit enough for the hike. Soon my little ones will be old enough to either go with us or have a week long stay with their aunt & uncle.

When we finally do take the plunge & get out on the trail, we will have some great pics to post and a pretty awesome adventure to blog about I’m sure. Until then, I would suggest checking out the information that is available at from the Green Mountain Club. They're an organization that cares about keeping Vermont beautiful and that is A-Okay in my book. For more information log onto their web-site

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Menu Planning Half Off Sale

Offer Expired

Are you Meal Planning Yet?

If you're like me, you have a difficult time figuring out what to feed your familia.
 If only there was someone to tell me what to cook, how to cook it, and what ingredients to buy.

Oh wait, there is!

 It's Menu Planning Central and you can score a membership for 1/2 off from now until Feb. 2nd, 2011.

It's a great deal on a time and money saving tool.

Follow this link to learn more about Menu Planning Central

*I am a Menu Planning Central user & affiliate.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

CarShare VT- Keeping Vermont Beautiful

I'm having a good time finding organizations that are helping Vermonters live healthier, happier lives.
Todays find is helping to keep the beauty in Vermont while giving Vermonters the ability to get around without having the limitations of the train or bus systems.

When you need to have a car for errands, meetings, or an out of town trip, you can count on CarShare Vt to hook you up with the transportation you need without having to deal with leases, fuel prices, insurance, maintenance cost, taxis, or rentals. All you have to do is become a member, pay your monthly dues, reserve any one of the cars or trucks around town, and pick it up when you need it.

How easy is that?
I was impressed with what I read on their website and am thinking about attending an upcoming fund raiser.
My husband and I have been trying to find ways we could downsize everything from our budget to the amount of 'stuff' we own. The idea of only having one car is hard for to swallow with us having different schedules; compounded by the fact that we have six children. However, I don't need to have a car every day; I could plan to do all my errands in one day each week. 
CarShare VT is not in our little town yet, but I can forsee it coming soon. Possibly changing this Vermont family's way of life for the better.
For more information on the benefit of car sharing in VT, click here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Meal Registry

I have found the coolest website!
Meal Baby is a meal registry website similar to gift registry.
Let's say you're going to have surgery, have a baby, or have an emergency/tragedy;
wouldn't it be nice to not have to worry about how/what you and your family will be eating for the coming week/month?
On this website you can put your likes/dislikes, allergies, and dates you need meals. You send the info to friends/family and they can log on to see what meals are being delivered to you on which dates.
Makes it much easier for people to help you in your time of need!

I wish I had known about this when I had my 5 c-sections;
or when my husband was on deployment & I was pregnant, sick and had little mouths to feed;
 not to mention when my father-in-law passed away.

FYI: I'm not getting paid for this referrel, I just think it's that awesome!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sweepstakes - January 2011

Offer Expired

I must admit, I love sweepstakes.

I've never won anything, but I find it exciting to day-dream about what I might win & how I would use it to change my life or the lives of my children.

So I may occaisonally share some of my favorites with you.

If I don't win anything, it would at least be nice if one of my readers does.

Here are my favorites for today

Remember to come back and tell me about your winnings. If you have pics, that's even better!

Good Luck!!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free Military Care Package from Scion

Scion is giving military personnel free care packages. This is an awesome deal! I sent off for one for my husband today; it's was a cinch!
 Click here to go to their website. 
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All the Best,
Joannie @ Vermont Beauty

Thank you Frugal Girls for the deal!
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