Friday, November 11, 2011

In remembrance of those who have served . . .

In honor of men and woman who have served their countries on Veterans' Day, I thought I would share this beautiful poem by Sophie Jewett:

The water sings along our keel,   

The wind falls to a whispering breath;

I look into your eyes and feel

No fear of life or death;   

So near is love, so far away   

The losing strife of yesterday.

We watch the swallow skim and dip;

Some magic bids the world be still;   

Life stands with finger upon lip;

Love hath his gentle will;

Though hearts have bled, and tears have burned,

The river floweth unconcerned.

We pray the fickle flag of truce

Still float deceitfully and fair;

Our eyes must love its sweet abuse;   

This hour we will not care,

Though just beyond to-morrow's gate,   

Arrayed and strong, the battle wait. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday . . .

Since November is here, I thought I would share a turkey photo for Wordless Wednesday!

They are residents of Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Memory Monday . . .

Boxes of photos  - who doesn't have them?  They sit, day after day, never being shared.
I've decided to start  Memory Monday, where I will pull out a random older photo to post!

My first - my sisters and I with our Nana, in "Dad's chair" at our childhood home!

(I tried to make it larger, but it lost some of its clarity!)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Wordless Wednesday . . .

This week's WW - the first snowfall of the season - 12:55 AM, October 30, 2011!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Wordless Wednesday . . .

Since it is the last WW before Halloween, I thought I would share a couple of photos of my dog in his past Halloween costumes!

2008 - Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. - Batman!) - his name is Bruce, so it was perfect for him!

2009 - as a shark!

2010 - a submarine!

Happy Wordless Wednesday!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Conquering Fear . . .

Over the past week I have been reading "A Year with Eleanor" by Noelle Hancock.  The combination of the main character's unexpected job and being on brink of turning 30.  Being unemployed with unlimited time on her hands, she decides to spend a year conquering some of her fears - something like a bucket list, but on a less grand scale.

In 2010, I wrote about my own bucket list here - it includes some very grand and expensive items that I'm sure I will not be able to complete for quite some time (until college is paid for).  After reading '"A Year with Eleanor", I've decided to development my own, less demanding bucket list since I have many silly little fears that may be easily conquered.

In no particular order:

1.   Fish - anyone who knows me well will verify that I am terrified of fish - I wouldn't even put my hand in the goldfish bowl when we had one!  Although I have snorkeled and can appreciate the beauty of seeing the sea animals in their natural habitat - it is not my idea of a good time!  When I snorkeled in Bermuda, they were nice enough to toss bread in the water to encourage the fish to swim near us - I could have broken an Olympic record swimming back to the beach!  I love to swim, I love to look at the ocean - but the thought of being in the ocean with them swimming around me is the stuff nightmares are made of!  Maybe a local scuba class would alleviate my fishy fears!

2.   Heights - A common fear among many and not one that I have to deal with much on a daily basis.  I take it to the extreme - I get nervous on step ladders when I have to paint ceilings (next time you are at my house please refrain from looking up - I shake when standing on the ladder and the ceilings are not my best work).
When I fly, I try not to think of how off the ground I am; when on a tall building like the Empire State or 30 Rockefeller Center - I concentrate on taking photos of the lovely view by looking out only - not down.  Today a friend posted a photo of a tall building that he will be repelling down for charity - I will be looking for one locally where I can conquer my fear and be charitable at the same time!

3.  Driving in Cities - This is a new one that has appeared in the last few years.  I used to drive to work all the time when I worked in Boston.  Yes - it was annoying and expensive, but the challenge of the city traffic and unruly drivers didn't bother me.  Now, I don't even consider driving into Boston when I have an appointment - train only!  The next time I visit New York City I will drive there to experience city traffic at it's best - if you can make it there - you can make it anywhere!

4.  Snakes - I blame this one on my Dad - he has always hated snakes and put the fear of them into me!  Living in a rather rural area, I have many snake neighbors living in my yard.  They are harmless, just small garden snakes - but they still terrify me!  I will not go near my hosta when they are in full bloom in the Summer - they one of the snakes' favorite hangouts!  Nothing will ever change my ill feelings towards snakes - I'm not even going to attempt to alleviate this fear!

I can't believe I couldn't come up with at least five - I'm braver than I thought!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday . . .

A beautiful Fall Sunday at the Cape Cod Canal . . .

Have a great Wordless Wednesday!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cabot Open House . . . .

Yesterday we visited a local farm that is part of the Cabot Cheese network of farmers as part of the Cabot Open House program.  Lolans Farm in Middleborough, Massachusetts supplies dairy products to the Cabot Creamery in Vermont, and has been a working farm since 1946.

The farm is located on picturesque street on the outskits of Middleborough.  The barns and chicken coops were open to visitors, and representatives from the farm and Cabot were available to give tours and explain the process of how local dairy products make the transformation to the Cabot Cheese products you find in your local supermarket.

The biggest attraction for my son was visiting with the cows!  His favorite were the two calves, who were only 6 and 8 days old -

There was even a contest where you could get a chance to name the two new arrivals (my son voted to name them "Bob"!) -

Much of our time was spent visiting with the cows in the largest barn.  It was great to be able to get close to them as they were very friendly and loved the attention.  I never knew they had such beautiful eyelashes!

It was a nice way to spend a beautiful Fall Sunday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday . . .

The first Wordless Wednesday of October . . . sadly, no more baseball for Boston Red Sox fans this year!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday . . .

Good morning - it's the last Wordless Wednesday of the Summer . . .

The lake looking very much like Autumn is already here!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vacationing with Hurricane Irene . . .

Last week we traveled to the New Jersey Shore for our annual vacation.  Unfortunately, we were joined on our vacation by Hurricane Irene!  Irene was the first storm to threaten the New York City area since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.  Because of the storm, 2.3 million people (including us!) were under mandatory evacuation orders up and down the East Coast, and unfortunately almost 40 people lost their lives as a result of the storm.

 After arrival on Wednesday afternoon, we had our usual first night dinner at Nino's, the local pizza restaurant across the street from where we stay in Seaside Park.  We arose early on Thursday morning, threw on our bathing suits and headed to the beach.  It was still early and the lifeguards were not yet on duty, so we waited.  And waited.  Slowly the boys worked their way down the sand toward the waves.  After spending the entire Winter anticipating spending hours diving and dodging in the rough surf of the Atlantic, they were sadly disappointed.  Upon the lifeguards arrival, we were told that the beach was opening, but there would be no swimming allowed - this is as close as they got to the water before they were ordered out by the lifeguards:

Reluctantly and after a few tears, we headed back to the house to try to re-group, and find interesting non-beach alternatives (of which there are not many).

The next day we visited the beach to check out the "pre-Irene" surf; a beach that would normally be crowded on a Summer Friday, looked rather deserted . . .

Later that afternoon, we made our only trip to the normally crowded boardwalk at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights for rides and games.  The rides were closed - but we did manage to play a couple of games, and to visit The Shore Store.  The entire area was under a mandatory evacuation order and the crews and employees were readying the rides, booths and restaurants for the impending storm.  Police and fire officials were riding through the streets with loudspeakers, announcing that everyone should be evacuating.  We decided to wait it out for one more night, as the weather was beautiful and sunny.  At dinner time, we headed to The Labrador Lounge for a last night of vacation/pre-Irene dinner celebration.

Many of the homes and businesses in the area were in the process of boarding up in preparation for the storm; our favorite pizza place, Nino's, was one of the first to get the boards up:

As the day progressed, the hurricane prep swept into full force, including homes, stores and even mailboxes!  My youngest son's main concern . . . to be able to get one last Slurpee before they closed 7-11 for the storm!

As the evening turned to night, the normally crowded road outside the house was empty, and you could clearly hear he surf pounding from three blocks away.  Although the storm was on the way, we were treated to a beautiful sunset over the bay!


Early on Saturday morning, we packed up the car to head North . . . and followed the evacuation route over the bridge to the mainland back to Massachusetts.

Next year, we will not be visiting the Shore during hurricane season!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Irene and the Jersey Shore . . . .

The Seaside Park lifeguard chairs . . . after being moved to a safer location!

The pre-Irene Atlantic at Seaside Park, NJ

Happy Wordless Wednesday!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summertime Fun . . .

Having good, "clean" fun at Boy Scout camp!  Happy Wordless Wednesday everyone!

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th . . .

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
Happy July 4th!!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summertime . . .

Caught this nice view from the location where one of my son's fellow Boy Scouts is working on his Eagle Scout Project . . .

Happy July 4th Weekend!!