Monday, January 14, 2013

Foggy Morning

May we try something again? That is, if you'd be so kind as to try this experiment with me. 


On Saturday's post, I showed the sailboat and asked the question about what knick-knacks might be representative of "your corner." That is entirely too vague. What I SHOULD have asked is this: If a tourist were visiting your state or specific area, what might said tourist pick up to take home that would best represent it? In my area, tourists would buy a whoopie pie or lobster to eat. To take home, they might purchase a balsam scented sachet, a knick-knack of a lobster, sailboat or other sea-related 
item, something with blueberries on it or something to represent a pine tree.

I believe my brain has been entirely too foggy, much like the weather here of late. We were promised much warmer temperatures; we didn't know that it would come with all this fog. Of course, John always says that "any weather is good weather." 

Just a reminder that the Note Card Party will be ready for sign-up tomorrow this evening (1-15-2013) and earlier than usual, though I am foggy about how much earlier.

Hope that the sun is shining in your corner! 

Love Vee

44 comments:

  1. Cowboy boots, cowboy hat, bluebonnet seeds, barbecue sauce -- for the tourists!

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  2. In my specific area, apples, blueberries, strawberries and pumpkins, in my Stat: add cherries and lighthouses! We were in the 50's most of the weekend. We woke to snow and ice!

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  3. Cowichan hats, mitts and sweaters, images of Orcas and ferry boats, little stuffed animals in the shape of seals and sea lions, silver jewelry made by First Nations artists.

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  4. Fog, fog and more fog here too! Sigh....

    Here in our area a person would take home something Amish - a doll, or furniture. We are in the middle of historical sites as well though in an hour you can be in Philadelphia, or Gettysburg, Valley Forge. Two and a half hours would get you to D.C....

    But mostly people would choose something Amish.

    Deanna

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  5. AH, I see!

    OK: for state it would probably be something with a Red Cardinal, out state bird. For the North Coast it would be something from Lake Erie - or the Marblehead Lighthouse. Peaches were once hugely big up there, and perch and walleye fishing - so something boatish and nautical, too, perhaps.

    For mid Ohio it would definately be something BUCKEYE. (As it the chocolate candy perhaps? Represents OSU, the largest populated college university in the United States) is here in Columbus.

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  6. Well, ok, then. #1 - Roses. Tyler Rose Garden & the Rose Festival in October. That's what we're known for. #2 - the Azalea Trails in April.

    Two must-attends, must-sees, on one's list of things to do while in East Texas.

    http://www.visittyler.com/roseseason.php :)

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  7. Pondside already listed the souvenirs from our corner. I'd add seashells and totem poles (miniature ones).

    Love the foggy mosaic!

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  8. No question in my neck of the woods. Saguaro Cactus! You can buy them in any form in any store (not the actual cactus though) and there's such cute things to get representing them. Including children's books. I should send you something representing them.

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  9. Ahhhhhh, the Fog has moved over to you! It might stay awhile, as it did here. My suggestion, enjoy the unique world it wraps you in. :-)

    A trinket to bring home, from my neck of the woods?

    Since they probably attended the Races, if they came in summer time... Some sort of a souvenir of our Old Race Track.

    In summer, and any other time of the year... I'll say a jar of Menges And Curtis Hand Cream. Since so, so, so, so, so many tourists do just this.

    :-)

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  10. No sun breaking through today. Grey and dreary as I look out my window. Your collage is lovely wrapped around your fog. A visitor in our neck of the woods would probably take home a Space Needle knick knack. They would want to watch the fish being tossed at "the Market" Pike Place. Eating seafood would be in order. We also boast the original Starbucks so maybe a more useful souvenir would be a Seattle Starbucks mug...
    A ferry ride is also something that is part of our world here...
    There is so much, really.

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  11. Hmmm...I think there is a snowflake shaped Christmas ornament made out of Great Salt Lake Salt.
    Most visitors are of the LDS and they buy things with the temple on it. Non-LDS like temple embossed shot glasses and bottles of Polygamy Porter (bring home some for the wives!)

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  12. I was on here when there were only two comments, but had to do some research. Norwegian and German heritage here in ND. The two foods that are specific to the area are lefse (potato crepes) and lutefisk which is a cod that has been soaked in lye. I've tried lefse, but not the lutefisk. The German influence is also prevelent. Knoepfla soup is a local specialty. I like it. Sausages, spaetzle (tiny dumplings), strudel (flaky pastry with either savory or sweet fillings), and pierogies (baked or fried half-moon dumplings are found locally, too. Chokecherries, the state fruit, offers various taste treats. Fields and fields of sunflowers bloom during the summer. They're a huge crop here. Hunting and fishing is BIG here. We have a neighbor who either fishes or hunts for all of their meat.

    I'm really glad you asked the question. I had to do a little research to be certain about what I would write. It was fun to learn that I am more familiar with our new state home than I thought.

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  13. Hmmm...good question. I think from my home town...people would want to eat something with berries...probably pie.
    To take home as a souvenier... the shops usually have some form of smoked salmon that can be shipped. A decoration? Sea shells...photos of the rainforest...ferry pictures.

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  14. It's been foggy here too but the sun is just coming out now. :) Regarding your question about tourists favourite take homes I'd say since New Brunswick is next to water the items might be - lobster, dulse, seashells, kitchy things like lighthouses, sailboats and craft items, locally made handcrafts like pottery, glassware, jewellery and textiles, and lots of digital photos of our beautiful scenery! Thanks for the Note Card Part reminder. My foggy brain would have forgotten! Love your mosaic today. Hopefully the sun will appear soon. Colder weather on the way!

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  15. News stands and hotels sell all manner of kitschy souvenirs, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Big Apple stuff, etc. We have bagels and bialys, although they won't last! Playbills from Broadway shows, ticket stubs, MetroCards for trains and buses, match books from restaurants. And lots and lots of phiotos. I can't really think of anything for home decor that I would display that was strictly NYC related! lol xo

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  16. Well dog gone it ellen b (above) beat me to it. A salmon form Pike Place Market, etc. Just read Ellens. LOL

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  17. Being the Land of Lincoln it would be some Lincoln souvenir I'm sure. Possibly some corn or soybean product.

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  18. The thing that comes to mind for Maryland would be Crabs. : ) They sure are good!!

    A foggy morning yet but now we just have clouds and and it is very dreary looking out.

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  19. Living near St. Louis, there are many varieties: Anything pertaining to: St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, St. Louis Rams football, anything pertaining to The Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, The Muny, Budweiser Beer, ETC!! :)

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  20. It has been very foggy and dreary here for the past few days. We did see a bit of sun this afternoon, but that has gone.
    What would people take from around here? History things like Gettysburg, Strasburg Railroad ephemera, lots of antiques, whoopie pies, Amish momentos, oh - HERSHEY CHOCOLATE!!!! That's it. Hershey Chocolate, or Wilbur Buds, a similar confection made in Lititz.

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  21. That's pretty easy here, it would be something with the University's Logo on it.

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  22. You've given me an idea to go to the more touristy places around here and photograph the souvenir paraphernalia. But the most likely thing someone might pick up is a Disneyland souvenir I think.

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  23. Hello Vee. I love the fog. I grew up in the Bay Area, CA and there was fog quite often. Now I live on the East Coast and we don't get it often and when we do, it is a treat.

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  24. It has been foggy here too. I have been trying to paint the master bedroom without a lot of natural light.

    So, the tourists here in the Blue Ridge Mountain/Parkway area of NC would probably buy some black bear related. Or furniture made with Mountain Laurel wood. Of course, if they visit the Biltmore Estate, they would purchase any one of millions of Biltmore souvenirs such as books about Frederick Law Olmstead (the landscape designer of the Biltmore Estate as well as the Boston Commons and Central Park), sweatshirts, dinnerware etc.

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  25. Well, we're known for Moon Pies and Little Debbie snacks in TN! And barbecue for the main course! I don't exactly know what knick-knacks one would get in TN. Perhaps some awful trinket made in China but sold in Gatlinburg!

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  26. Oh yes, and I'm looking forward to the note card party again!!!

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  27. You really had me thinking...since I am not totally sure what kind of souvenirs best represent my area. If you came here...I would make sure you dined on the finest west coast salmon...and had a raspberry dessert from the berry capital of Canada...and maybe some farm-fresh corn. But to take home...I'm not sure. Everyone seems to love all the 'First Nations' art...wee carved totem poles, etc.

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  28. I'd say a lighthouse for the beach orientation, what Penny said for the mts., and for the city in between who tears down much of it's history? Probably one of it's team's memorabilia.

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  29. Beautiful foggy collage Vee! You've got me thinking too about what visitors would buy to take home! It might be a souvenir from the Stratford Festival Theatre, an Amish quilt or wall hanging, maple syrup, apple butter or a summer sausage?? That is a good question to ponder!

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  30. We had fog too this morning and my 4 year old grandson and I had a discussion about what fog was as I took him to pre-school. ~ Abby

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  31. All I can think of is a jar of BBQ sauce from one our many famous smoke house BBQ restaurants. A DVD of some country music from Branson might be good too or a quilt.
    It's been pretty foggy here too. I looked out at the street light the other night and told my husband that it looked like Harry Potter should be standing on the corner in the fog.

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  32. Here in south central Pennsylvania, it would be civil war historical books, Amish food, and Whoopie Pies.

    I laugh about the fog. It could be clear from my house all the way to work, but just as I near it, work is in a...fog! Or could it just be my mental state?

    BTW, beautiful fog collage. Makes me want to snuggle into an arm chair with a blankie and a book.

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  33. Lovely mosaic, though it seems to represent the gray side of January. (Gee, I wonder why?)

    I have made Ohio baskets for people moving here, but though Ohio honey, special sausages,noodles, etc. are great, I wonder if they really represent this area? Sailboats might work because we have the Lake at our doorstep (Erie). But we have the lighthouses on the islands near Sandusky.We have the largest Amish population in the world close too. We have Ohio wines and vineyards. The Rock and Roll Hall of fame. A wonderful Botanical Garden and great museums. But I don't feel as though I can pick out one thing that is a real symbol for Northeast Ohio.....

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  34. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, beachy souvenirs are the thing...sea shells, lighthouses, starfish.

    Foggy skies...foggy brain...yes, I forgot the note card party was this week. I have been working on my pics tonight on the aged Henry Desktop. He has been his usual slow self, but we're getting it done.

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  35. It looks like good "stay at home by the fire and knit" weather! Pretty!

    What would I pick up to take home from my state? It depends upon what part of the state you are visiting, but from my part of the state it would be a large, beautiful agate.

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  36. This has been so much fun! Every place is known for something. I've really enjoyed reading the comments and learning so much. I had no idea about so many things. And the other thing is how many places share the same items. Very cool. Thank you for participating!

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  37. It has been foggy here too, and very warm. N.C. is known for basketball, Carolina Blue, Duke Blue Devils, and of course N.C.State. ~smile~ We have our beautiful sea shore lots of seashells for tourist not to mention the seafood, and our beautiful mountains, with honey, apple orchards and so many homemade items. We have a lot of historical sites around where I live, and I won't forget the military bases where we have a very beautiful military museum. Do you think N.C. might hire me as a spokesperson for our beautiful state? LOL
    Enjoy your day. I am going to try real hard to work on my Notecards.BTW the statement John made sounds like my Dh talking to me especially when I am complaining about the weather. he also says, "everyday is a good day".
    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  38. We're a beach community, and our local icons are The Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, and a Lighthouse. Add to that seashells, starfish and palm trees. Regionally, you have Hollywood in one direction and Disneyland in the other. No shortage of souvenirs there!

    We don't grow anything in the immediate area, but to the south there are orange and avocado orchards.

    Our daytime temps have been in the 50s, and boy there's been a lot of complaining going on. We're weather wimps!

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  39. Well if you visited TEXAS...a cowboy hat and boots!!!

    Snow here this morning...warming temps later this week.

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  40. Vistors to this area would bring home any trinket that says "Chicago" maybe a magnet of the Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) Something from the Planetarium or Field Museum. Food: Deep dish pizza and Italian Beef Sandwiches.

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  41. Sorry Vee this is a test to see if my favicon works yet. Other places my face shows up...here that black slashy thing. But, I added a new one so testing!

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  42. Nope not yet...it's been almost 48 hrs. Hmm, wonder what is going on!!

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  43. In my area people go into the city and buy all kinds of souvenirs of London.

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  44. From my STATE, most souveniers are stars, silver, turqoise, cows etc.. From my TOWN, a lovely souvenier would be a picture or replica of the first bridge crossing the Brazos River. It is a suspension bridge crafted by the same gentleman who did the Brooklyn bridge. It has been kept in good order and is lovely, with special lighting at night.
    I love your "top of cabinet" display with the beautiful platter.
    Blessings to you,
    J

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