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Cozy old school charm abounds at Snowvillage Inn

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Cozy old school charm abounds at Snowvillage Inn

Sometimes the perfect escape is a little off the beaten path.

As a life-long fan of the greater Mount Washington Valley area, I’ve spent my near four-decade-long marriage showing my husband all the spots I love up there.

But I realized recently I’d done him a disservice: We’d never ventured over to the Eaton area, just a few minutes west of Conway proper.

So I booked us an escape at the Snowvillage Inn (snowvillageinn.com), an eclectic, warm and perfectly located inn (136 Stewart Road, Eaton) that’s pretty much the heartbeat of that quaint New Hampshire town. Pass the preserved old church (the pride of the area; it’s now a meeting place and concert hall), go past the cute local store and coffee shop and then turn and go up up up the hill to the inn.

Between the views (a breathtaking look right into the belly of Mount Washington), the food (their restaurant, Max’s Restaurant and Pub, is a big draw) and the setting (acres of snowshoeing; a hilltop vista away from the hubbub), we found relaxation in an classic New England way.

A caveat: The Snowvillage Inn isn’t for everyone, and innkeepers and owners Kevin Flynn and Jenn Kovach are quick to point that out.

The decor, old school and cozy, made me feel like I’d been invited to stay at Norman and Ethel Thayer’s house in “On Golden Pond.” I mean that in the best of ways.

Board games are stacked up on a shelf, books and magazines line others.

There’s a crackling fireplace to sit by, and little corners to settle in. Almost every spot in the inn has a lovely view.

We opted for one of the three king suites — the Jack Frost Suite — which gave us a jaw-dropping 180-degree view of Mount Washington and the Presidentials.

It didn’t have a television (something I applaud) and in fact you won’t find a TV on site. Again, not for everyone, but very much to my liking. They do have Wi-Fi if you must have a screen fix, but that can be spotty in the mountains sometimes. I happen to not mind being away from that for a bit. If there had been a big game that week, I’d have zipped up to nearby North Conway to catch it. As it was, I was happy to not have any news or other TV in the background.

Our room did have a space heater, but we found it was a “just in case” addition. Despite the cold winter night, we never needed it.

It did have space — lots of room, including a couch sitting area that looks out over those peaks (who needs TV when you’ve got alpenglow?).

We arrived early afternoon and I set out right away on a snowshoe hike. The inn has gear to be used, and should you desire, a guide and instructor for lessons. Their trails wind in and out of a 10-acre piece of land.

It’s well-marked and while you feel like you are meandering deep into the forest, you are never actually more than a quick jaunt away from the inn itself. It was lovely.

Back inside I took a post-hike cocktail (their version of my favorite winter drink — the Old-Fashioned) up to my room and sipped it while watching the afternoon sun hit the snow and mountains.

We dined at Max’s — why would you leave when you can have an incredible meal in your fuzzy slippers and just a staircase from your bed?

The restaurant was quite busy — full on a Wednesday night — which was a hint of what was to come.

My rack of lamb was truly the best I have ever had — and I’ve had my share. It was hearty and had a classic blueberry sauce that was dotted with bits of crumbled goat cheese. We tried the ahi tuna as an appetizer first (perfection), and sipped more of their signature winter cocktails.

While we tend not to order dessert, I’d heard rumors about their baked cookie in a cast-iron skillet, so we just said yes. The recipe comes from innkeeper Jenn’s mom. Kudos to her.

After dinner we sipped hot cider with rum by the fire and enjoyed the chatter of other guests around us. The large dining crowd cleared out and the fireplace area was all ours.

We pondered a cribbage game, but opted instead to just sink into the casual comfort of this unique inn.

Morning brought breakfast (included with the stay), started with a fresh warm muffin and then moving to a choice of griddle of the day or eggs of the day; the right sustenance for our plans of skiing at nearby King Pine Ski Area.

I’d looked forward to the sunrise over those mountain peaks, so I rose early. But rather than a vivid sunrise, I was greeted with an unexpected snow storm.

I stepped outside.

Breathing in the sharp winter air in the silent morning just outside that cozy inn, I felt revived.

And isn’t that what travel is all about?

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Lynx center Sylvia Fowles isn’t getting the foul calls she deserves, and ‘I’m getting annoyed’

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Lynx center Sylvia Fowles isn’t getting the foul calls she deserves, and ‘I’m getting annoyed’

Sylvia Fowles is as dominant a post presence as you’ll find in the WNBA. She’s a skilled post player who also serves as a terror on the offensive glass.

Through six games, Fowles is averaging 18.5 points and 10 rebounds a game. She is scoring 15.7 points a game in the paint, a number that trails only Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas and is five clear of the next closest player.

Her dominance over 6-foot-8 Sparks center Liz Cambage on Tuesday in Los Angeles provided another reminder that there really isn’t a matchup for the all-world center. Yet for all of her interior excellence, it’s surprising that Fowles simply can’t get to the free-throw line.

Fowles hasn’t attempted more than five free throws in any of the Lynx’s six games this season. Her 3.5 free-throw attempts per game are tied for 24th most in the league. Fowles is only drawing 3.5 fouls a game, which is tied for 22nd most. For reference, that’s the same number as Lynx wing Kayla McBride, who does most of her damage from the perimeter.

The math, frankly, doesn’t add up.

“Syl doesn’t get any respect in this league,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said.

Reeve noted the WNBA sends out all of the video to teams filled with clips of specific points of emphasis for officials.

“I guess that’s just to check a box that they send the videos to everybody, and it actually doesn’t happen in a game, which is unfortunate for Syl,” Reeve said.

Because she doesn’t feel they’re properly applied to Fowles.

“It’s gotta be darn frustrating,” Reeve said. “I don’t know how she keeps her composure.”

Fowles, frankly, rarely loses that composure.

“Because I know when I flip my wig, it kind of takes me out of my game,” Fowles said.

Still, she noted it does get frustrating when the calls don’t come. Fowles almost seems to suffer from Shaq Syndrome.

Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame center, didn’t shoot as many free throws during his NBA career as he should have. Defenders were allowed to hang all over him, simply because he was strong enough to play through it. At times, it looks as though Fowles is living a similar lifestyle.

“I guess because it’s not getting impacted, or I’m still getting shots up, they don’t consider it a foul,” Fowles said. “But I guess I need to start throwing my head and flailing and screaming, which is so out of my comfort zone. But if I have to do it, I have to do it, because a foul is a foul.”

Fowles warned that she’s going to have to be “an a-hole” at some point — something she hasn’t been throughout her career — simply to get her point across to officials.

“I feel it coming,” she said. “I’m getting a tad bit annoyed, yes.”

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The Baby Episode 5 On HBO: May 22 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

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The Baby Episode 5 On HBO: May 22 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

We all have some conceptions about babies. They just can’t be ignored! Good or bad, most of the opinions assert that babies are indeed cute and utterly huggable. Corruption is at least a hundred miles away from their soul, but wait, hold on! Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. The Baby has come to trample upon our dreams and comically do it.

The new horror-comedy series on HBO has released 4 episodes, and they are jam-packed with stuff that surely one would get hooked up for another 4 episodes. It is no Baby’s Day Out, kid! The Baby is here to give people nightmares, albeit those that will make you giggle.

The Plot

One day a baby fell from the sky and fell upon the arms of a woman and forcefully bestowed her the honor of motherhood. The Baby, however, is no ordinary baby. Along with superpowers, the Baby has another secret, and he is a demon (or something very similar, the mystery is yet to be revealed).

The show is tinged with dark humor. The lead character Natasha is leaden with the horrors of motherhood. Her childless 38-years are suddenly turned upside down; from a leaf floating over the meadows, she becomes a twig rocking in the storm.

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You Can Run! You Can Hide! But You Can’t Escape Baby’s Love!

 In the very first episode, the mysterious Baby enters Natasha’s life. And no matter what she does, she can’t get away from the Baby. It gives Case 39vibes; however, the spirit/baby here doesn’t seem that harmful to the mother itself, or we will have to see ahead to confirm.

The horror elements in the series seem genuine and not the usual jump-scare stuff that cheap budget movies and series are usually plagued with. It, on the contrary, has a character of its own that wants to assert something more than a simple watch and forget the experience.

What Will Be In Episode 5?

The fifth episode will release on May 22nd. The premise presented by the HBO says, “As Natasha and Mrs. Eaves remain trapped in Barbara’s summer solstice ritual, the baby’s complicated origin, connection to Mrs. Eaves, and trauma-filled path to Natasha are revealed.”

In the preview, we see a flashback of two women in love, going by the seaside, affixed in embraces on the bed. And then some violent scenes come one after the other speedily, creating the sombreness around Baby’s past.

Horror Comedy Is An Evergreen Combo.

This genre is complex, and one has to deal with it sensitively, or it can soon turn into a grotesque or derogatory piece. This show, however, maturely explores the themes that it has introduced so far. There is a subtlety that binds the episodes together. But what is not subtle is the impatience that we have because of the lack of episodes that were not dropped on us like nukes so that we could get lost in our bingeing oblivion. Sigh!

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Mets’ series opener against Rockies in Denver postponed due to snow

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DENVER — In a flashback to last year’s trip to the Mile High City, the Mets were again hit with snowy and frosty weather that shelved their series opener against the Rockies.

The Mets’ game against the Rockies, scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET at Coors Field, was postponed due to heavy snow in the forecast, the home team announced on Friday afternoon. The matchup will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 starting at 3:10 p.m. ET and Game 2 beginning at 8:40 p.m. ET. It will be the Mets’ fifth doubleheader of the season.

The city of Denver issued a winter storm and freeze warning beginning Friday evening that would last all the way until Saturday morning/afternoon. Total snow accumulations were forecasted to be between 3 and 10 inches, with temperatures dropping to 26 degrees.

The Mets were snowed out in Colorado last year (April 16, 2021). Prior to that, the last time the Mets were snowed out was on April 2, 2018 vs. Philadelphia at Citi Field. Before last season, the Mets were last snowed out in Colorado on April 15 and April 17, 2013.

Of course, when the Mets begin a three-game road trip to sunny California against the Giants on Monday, the weather in Denver is expected to return to being warm and sunny.

Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73 ERA) was scheduled to face off against right-hander German Marquez (1-3, 6.16 ERA) in the series opener. The Mets did not announce their Saturday pitching plans as of Friday afternoon, but it is expected that Carrasco will take the mound on an extra day of rest for at least one of the two games.

The Mets (26-14) are in need of a spot starter on Saturday for whichever game Carrasco does not pitch. Trevor Williams (2-4, 4.20 ERA) just pitched Game 1 of the team’s doubleheader against the Cardinals on Tuesday, so he would be pitching on just three days’ rest if the Mets decided to go that route. Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.52 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Sunday.

But it gets trickier after that, with injuries deconstructing the top of the Mets rotation.

Max Scherzer is sidelined until at least the end of June with a moderate to high oblique strain, so the Mets will need a regular replacement for the ace beginning Monday at San Francisco, which was his scheduled start day. Tylor Megill, who has been dealing with right biceps tendinitis since at least last Sunday, is expected to begin playing catch sometime this weekend. But Megill doesn’t appear close to rejoining the rotation.

And, of course, Jacob deGrom is still on the 60-day injured list with a stress reaction on his scapula. DeGrom recently began increasing his distance and velocity while throwing on flat ground, but he has yet to throw off the mound.

David Peterson, who has not pitched since May 13 for Triple-A Syracuse, is the next best depth option to replace Scherzer. But, as of Friday afternoon, the Mets were still going through their options for Saturday’s spot starter and Monday’s outing. It’s possible, a team official said, that Peterson could jump into the rotation as early as Saturday and the Mets will push Williams back to Monday.

These next several weeks will feature a jigsaw puzzle of sorts for Buck Showalter’s Mets as they maneuver how best to proceed with their thin rotation.

Williams and Peterson, both of whom can be considered the team’s long-relief options, potentially sliding into the rotation on a regular basis will rely on their results. Williams has been solid for the Mets, hurling 7.2 scoreless innings combined in his last two outings (one long relief outing and one start against the Nationals and Cardinals, respectively). Peterson has a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings and four games (three starts) for the Amazin’s early this season, when he filled in for the injured Taijuan Walker.

Most alarmingly, the Mets bullpen is in danger of being overworked while Scherzer and Megill are on the IL as both of those right-handers were able to go deep into games. Without them, the relief corps may be called upon earlier, thus taxing a unit that is already one of the team’s weakest links.

The Mets are 6-2 in doubleheaders this year with two sweeps and two splits.

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