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Hello September!

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Happy September Everyone!

Today in the States it is Labor Day a day in which we celebrate the worker mostly with yummy BBQ’s  Though as I see most retail spaces are open which means the holiday unless celebrated on Sat. and Sun. their days off, well you get the point.  I am retired from 100 hour work weeks in a big old truck so I will celebrate for those who can’t.  No beer or burgers though but I may roast some yummy New England Sweet Butter Corn on the grill and cut it off the cob and add to my salad.  You see having your favorite store of 40 years closed for 6 weeks had me buying takeout or eating weird things, time to watch the waist once again with hopes of whittling it down some more I hate being so inactive I must get strong to battle that damn roof in another 2 months :).

My wish is for September to be kind to all of us we have enough on our mind with the woes of the world and the evil who resides within.  Scary times my friends scary indeed.

Stay safe in your travels and I will try my best to keep up with you all.

Eunice

 

ABUNDANCE

Enjoying August to the fullest.

Practicing Watercolor painting still.

Taking lots of photos as well just not blogging much.

All is well some may say boring I say wonderful.

What a gorgeous summer we are having just sorry so many others are far from enjoying their weather.

Sunny days we have had

Sunshine

That is after the heavy downpours have moved off towards the coast.

JT is so tired of all this heat

The lawn gets mowed when it reaches 6 inches and is tamed back to 4″ high lol so I can spot SNAKES!

River is behaving.

but it has been wet enough down here to grow these and many other different varieties.

Dangerous?  Must be the Turkey have not botherd with them.

Speaking of Turkey just my 6 boys stopping by for breakfast and dinner a few seeds and lots of bugs!  Miss my girls and their fluffy chicks but the hawks are never far from here and we have lots of unsafe open space for chicks to be snatched.

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So I will enjoy the summer and prepare for fall.
Too soon to discuss that horrid season :)  JT’s favorite to walk the beach in truth be told mine to for that activity it is the shoveling I could do without :)

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe where ever you may be.

Summertime

SUMMERTIME

Happy August to you al!

Not much going on in my world of late been kind of a slow easy pace which is always nice isn’t it.
We are all fine and Mom is back driving herself!

This is really what I would call the last month of summer in my part of the world and I intend to enjoy every moment.  I will hit the steams for gold and the beaches for coins and rings.  I will take a few photos lol and yes I will continue to try and be the best Watercolor painter ever  :) well from where I sit!  I am not sure how others feel after painting but I am exhausted after 3 or 4 hours.  I hope as I learn more that will lessen.

The few items I planted are producing nicely but miss my garden full of goodies.  My favorite place to shop has been shut down pretty much for a month as the owners and CEO bicker back and forth,  you may have read about it or seen it on your local news as it is that big of a story.  Sad the place will never be the same I fear.  I had been traveling 10 miles each way to shop there till they opened one in my town.    We will see what happens now as they are loosing so much money and customers. 

Well that is pretty much all that is happening in my world these days so I will settle in to enjoy August to the fullest as there will be Sept and Oct to prepare this place for that other season.

Take care of yourselves

 

Mid July

So what is new in your world?  My life is quiet but never boring :)

Wildlife visit in droves even with hundreds of acres of land surrounding me they still want to be up close and personal with me lol what’s up with that!  I was outside just now talking on the phone with Mom she is doing awesome by the way she may drive tomorrow when I get down there, and I had 6 huge male wild turkey making pretty sounds talking to me asking for seed :)  even with the dog and cat there they knew they were safe I like the young being brought here and calling my place home but I sent them off to search for ants and beetles ticks too like wild turkeys are supposed to do. Yesterday before heavy rains began to fall they were along the edge of the property here pulling fresh raspberries one after another I am just worried those Black Bear are on the other side of the vegetation, ten foot wide or more in some parts, eating their way inward towards me :)  I must buy a can of compressed air made to scare bears away as these ones have become so bold and I do not want us to get hurt or one to die needlessly.

I must get a few new lens for the Nikon so I can capture better detail.  This is a mix of 4 different cameras hope you enjoy a poke around the place :)

Enjoy the rest of July

 

Bet he never saw his pretty face before :)

Bet he never saw his pretty face before :)

 

They say deer eat these mine are all still healthy

They say deer eat these mine are all still healthy

 

The perfect pair in my lower yard browsing on fresh greens

The perfect pair in my lower yard browsing on fresh greens

 

Trying to get them to look like tissue paper then learning to take a pretty picture :

Trying to get them to look like tissue paper then learning to take a pretty picture :

 

OH if only I had all this wisdom them :)

OH if only I had all this wisdom then :)

Off to read more of your wonderful blogs I really do hope you are al truly OK I miss being here 2 and 3 times a day

XO

 

Good Morning

Mom is hurting with swollen legs once again but they say she is OK not sure what is going on but I will go as often as I can the 45 miles south and back till it resolves or I am broke :).  She is doing good except for this issue so we will see what they have in store for her next.

We tried to sell a few things yesterday at a yard sale in Maine but not too many buyers were out so money spent trying is at best crazy :)
I think I will cut my beaded bracelets up and place seed beads into their containers and use them in just two different types of beading projects and then charge triple :)

I will focus on Photography and Watercolor painting and getting the ones I love the best ready for a showing of just my pieces.  Time to strip old frames and lay down fresh paint on them to make the photos POP. Not sure I will want this artist reception but I do want sales to help with my future.

Here are a few from the last few days

Have a great week!

Now off to catch up on YOURS! 

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First week of June is gone

Just finished catching up with over 300 more blog posts :)  I am trying but life seems to keep me from doing what I love to do a lot of the time so trying to relax and enjoy a nice Sunday night with all your pretty words and pictures.  WOW so many and I thought I was prolific :)

We are all fine yes even Mom though she is causing us to turn grey and I have none!  She is independent I know that doesn’t surprise any of you who know who I am.  She has a list though of things she can do and a bigger list of NO GO!  seems she has lost them in her hurry to get strong for us. 

Reality is no setting in watching my Mom age is not going to be easy for me not saying it should be but if only she would just kick back and relax so we can :(  she says she will just scrape this one off really is that how cancer is remove last piece took 8 stitches :(  Where your sunscreen!  I bought my first bottle in a lifetime and being blonde blue eyed you know I was looking for trouble maybe she can scrape away wrinkles too :)

I have painted and planted in between time with Mom some photos too if you follow me on Facebook or G+ I am sure you have seen them as I post easy from phone for family and friends to see but I will add a couple here for you to see :)

Hope you are all well

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Now the next one is of my cat who is 13 I think she is pretending to be TAKE OUT!  I brought this box home with some annuals and she sleeps in it all the time we are out side :)

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I will take her cat the same age as mine to the vet tomorrow after I take mine first thing in AM mine comes outside with us and hers got just Mother’s day on a leash though now he is always trying to get outside we created a MONSTER :)

JT hates summer being Black and all so we play in early morning outside and evening what’s one more bite mark on me.  I have had over 40 ticks and my man the same but the dog had one and the cat 4 looks like we should try Frontline too!  I even had to take a one time dose for tick bites.  The lawn has been mowed 5 times so far and really just to keep the Lyme carrying ticks at bay. 

I saw a few butterflies whip through the yard but not enough in bloom to keep them here lots of rain and cool temps till this week has stalled things a bit.

The yard is filling in nicely,  birds  are loving the place and all the food the bears have left for them to devour

They found more cancer on my face last week really I am the one finding them anyone need a free cancer screening for basil cell :(

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Almost June

Just checking in and reading blogs I follow adding a like to say I have Been There!
I have been busy as always here in thee yard then again not as busy as when I am putting in a huge garden this year they are growing in pots as I did not know how surgery would go. No longer do I set myself up for disappointment yes I can still find myself there but not of my doing. :)

Mom is doing good! We went down to have dinner with her and I moved things up and away she doesn’t need right now and lowered items to make it easy for her to reach while holding onto the walker. She is doing so much better I swear I never would see her come back as she has it reminds me of the will to live and how truly strong it is.

I will be adding photos of her place and mine as things begin to explode into color here over on my other blog at http://folsommillstudio.wordpress.com/

Have a wonderful weekend

Everyday Is Saturday For Us

Truly everyday is indeed Saturday for the two of us, well the pets too!  I know I am funny but it is true, being retired and me disabled we have nowhere to go.  We get up when we want and hit the bed when our eyes will not longer stay open.

I was thinking about this as I continued to plug away here in the yard,  trying the best I could on my own to ready this place for summer as he decided he would do the maintenance  on  our truck.  It is a huge undertaking when it is a Honda.  Back 30,000 miles ago he was supposed to change the timing belt well he started yesterday at 10 AM and stopped at 7 pm and back out there this morning by 9 or 9:30.  He will do the water pump at the same time.  I suggested we trade it in as it looks beautiful and runs great as I knew it would be very involved,  sad thing is we are stuck here no matter what happens to JT or Mom or even us,  as I sold my van a year and a half ago and my pickup sits with a leaking,  ruined transmission still.  So I will keep my fingers crossed he does a great job on her and we can go see my Mom over the REAL weekend.  She is to coming home tomorrow!  I am so happy.

I went to bed really tired and hurting last night but got a great nights sleep and got so much done, so it was a good tired.  This morning I had my yummy healthy breakfast and prepared for a full day in the yard but first the house.  Dishes and floors!  Then time to get outside with JT and my shovel and rake and her toys.  I decided I would regain my front driveway after many years of plowing and leaves piled up.  So long in fact it was now rich soil,  I love free dirt!  See where the new dirt is there were deep ruts all along the drive.

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It had begun to get so small of an entrance so I worked further up out of this shot and dug all of that out and took 5 loads in the wheel barrel around back  to another spot I am trying to build up and add plants that will set out roots to hold it all up.  I am now thinking I should have got a pallet of cement blocks but I am so frugal I used boards from my old chicken coop and fence posts to hold it all in place till I can afford to have a few loads of clean fill added under the green growth of bushes and  trees to take back more of my land that all the flooding year after year has swiped from this beautiful piece of land.  I will add a pretty tree that sends out deep roots and add here too but I will prune so it stays away from the house.

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This was at one time all level with the backyard  not the lower yard though,  just never so dramatic, so I will do this in stages, yes pace myself,  add a little soil and a tree then add bulbs for spring as this is on the south side of the house nice and warm.  I may get some blocks designed for this for the section you can see from the front driveway just to give it a finished look and not wooden pallet  and boards :) maybe I will add a bird bath here as the center piece once soil has had a chance to pack down and I can make it good and level.

All the while I worked and JT played this is what we got to watch in the river

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Maybe you can’t see it but there was a Great Blue Heron working the river,  thankful for the dam being pulled so it could fish once again.  I love that they love my place and feel safe to raise young with the rest of the critters that do.

I worked for so many years 80 to 100 hours each week out on the roads dealing with all drivers do,  to have a place like this,  so for me it is worth the hard work to keep it and as much as it’s beauty as possible.

Some flowers in bloom here today

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Yes I am blessed but thankful for the rains that began to fall so I could put my feet up and write to you.  I will hit another 50 blogs hope one is yours :)

 

 

Been Busy

So far behind I saw I have 300 of your blogs I have yet to see.  Getting this place squared away is becoming a full time job and all I want to do is create.  Don’t feel bad :) I work around here potting up flowers and cutting the lawn and am now thing of building a set of stairs leading down to the lower yard so I can weed whack easier.  We had a small straight tree fall one day and it has laid where we left it after cutting off all the limbs it is time for me to re-purpose.  I will make some cuts into the hill and add a piece of tree then cut a little further down and do another level till I am at the bottom and have used the whole tree!  Yes eventually it will rot and become one with the soil but it’s OK by then I will not want to mow this place anymore.  My man misses mowing so I have him do things around here I can’t.  Like he is taking the pieces from our gazebo and re-purposing them into a structure I can use as a greenhouse.  I will ask him to dig a root cellar too!  He has taken apart a generator for one piece to use on our windmill so we can do away with that bank of HUGE batteries and go direct from wind to plug I like the idea of living green and using things till they are trash and even then I recycle them into their proper container at the town dump.

Update on Mom she finds out today if she can come home which means I will go stay with her for 5 days a week at her home.  I will cook and clean for her. I will take her through her rehab moves and get her to appointments and do shopping for her.  My brother needs rest and less worry he is not well and if I can do this for the two of them it is the least I can do.  Since Dad died we have not been a close family pain and hurt and loss can do that or in some families it can make your stronger.  I will do all I can and not kick myself for things I can’t.  I have come a long way in a year and for that I am so grateful.

Just got word from son that the piece he sent to NYC Art Museum for a auction to help the gallery sold for more than $6,000.00 my wish is that he now sees himself as a true artist and not a troubled soul.  Good news from all sections of my life and yet more reasons to be filled with joy.

The birds greet me each morning with beautiful songs and the bears have not bothered us for awhile but I bring in seed for the night but then mice came in for seed and cat worked overtime :) all is finally right and hole repaired!  Way I see it if a mouse can come in so can a SNAKE and that will not happen on MY WATCH!

I have been taking photos and adding them into my online stores with early morning coffee while the home is full of sleeping sounds from the three of them and in the evenings while watching my music shows The Voice and American Idol I paint.  I am trying to do a body of work as my teacher asked me to do.  I have chosen trees for now but have no idea of the best way to preserve them and keep them clean and ready to share when I am ready.  If you are an artist how do you do this?  I am too prolific to fame each piece and really just want them ready so when asked to show portfolio they look as nice as when I signed them.  Not sure what to do.  Most of mine are made to float not for mats.  So much easier to take a photo and sell them as prints or as a shower curtain or some bedding or maybe a card.  50 to 100 pieces of Watercolor Art is ALOT how do you do it?

I will leave you with one I just did and a photo or two of my flowers and my wish for you all here in the US is for a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend it will be my BLOGS anniversary when I first met some of you dear friends another reason for gratitude.  For those in other countries you know I wish you well and what ever the weather in your part of the world I hope you are enjoying it and getting out as well.  Life is too short to let it fly by.

I am working on catching up with as many of you as I can.  Have a great week!

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Our State of NH flower has opened as well
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May 16 Already

Hi everyone! Can you believe it is already mid May I want to stop the clock now days are going to fast! I have had so many things going on as you know so I wanted to let you know things truly are a little better. Mom was removed from hospital and they found a bed in a rehabilitation place for her to get help with horrid pain and get her on her feet to recovery. Pain is a life changer if you have dealt with it you know what I mean some days you just don’t think life is worth living and we are grateful she now does. I have not really been close to my brother since Dad died he went his way in sadness and me in mine but on Mother’s Day we had a great one! He even snuck in our Mom’s cat which I swear was the turn around in her sadness that and we laughed together for 4 hours it really is the best medicine isn’t it.
I did not ask if I could make them famous with adding their photos here so I won’t but they are just what my heart needed. I am so blessed and grateful for all the prayers said.

The yard is coming back slowly but surly after one nasty winter. I have mowed one section the part down alongside the river twice already. The bears are causing a ruckus up and down the roads in the area I call home. The birds are full of the sweetest sounds. You can not help but feel joy when sounds of nature fill you head from sun up till sun down.

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Why do I paint the house lol for them to move in I guess.  I am happy they love my place just wish they were not so messy :)

Yes I am still taking photos but I have been painting up a storm as well, no surprise for you all I am sure :).
I received a message from a friend that she wanted to commission me for a piece of Artwork. I laughed and said “I am no artist” I am just chilling :) She insisted she wanted me to do a painting with just two trees with a lively background so I whipped out 2 watercolors for her to choose from. They are for her granddaughter’s 2 nd birthday she is creating an art collection for her. With each passing birthday she will acquire a work of art depicting the age she will be in the subject matter. This will not be an easy thing in my eyes to pull off after 5 :) so this year being 2 she wanted two trees from me. I did them on 11×15 in the vertical way on 140lb paper. I will let you see.

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Watercolor Trees #2

Now for the finished products I think lol she better come quick!
It was stressful to make something for someone personal but I am sure in time I can relax more and just do my thing.

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I thank you for the follows and hope you have a wonderful weekend!  It will rain here damn I wish I could send it west to put out all the fires but since I can’t I will clean the house, paint and see Mom.

May First

Hi Everyone

Stopping in to say hello to all of you wonderful bloggers and followers. I have had no computer issues just trying to clean up the place from a nasty winter and a year of shoulder pain. A month ago was the surgery and yes I know I can not expect miracles but seems in some positions it is better and others there is horrid pain where there wasn’t any before surgery I still have two weeks to go before seeing the doctor to get my questions addressed so I continue with my Physical Therapy and keep trying to get back more use with less pain. Life is good though.

We have been doing some repairs here on the weather-beaten house and 4 more bags of concrete and a few more fires and the yard will be ready to enjoy. I shall share with you two shots of the yard from today May 1,  also a photo of my watercolor I have been trying to get to my liking seems I never am DONE :( I swear I am NOT a perfectionist lol. When I showed my work I have been doing to my teacher Marina(3 classes now)she said “PUT THESE ON FABRIC!” so I did over in my Zazzle store. I added this one of trees onto an oblong pillow.
Then she gave me homework of sorts. A mission actually. She thought I should FOCUS lol who me :) and begin work on a Body of Art. 50 to 100 paintings of Trees in the Forest different colors but always add my Birch Trees. She loves them. I love making them so this will be easy for me to focus on then she wants me to find fabric people to sell them too. I told her I am good at sharing but not good at selling anything but my ability to drive a rig. She then said wouldn’t you love to see this in a leather drivers seat? Now that in a shiny black rig would keep you awake wouldn’t it :) I am happy just painting and not thinking about pain. I have added it to a canvas print and pillow so we will see if it is just her and I who love trees :)

I am saying a prayer for all of you to stay safe and healthy out there. So many places are destroyed here in the US I can not help but think we need to live differently and be kinder to our place we call home. So many trees and vegetation taken down for more and more homes and businesses just plain crazy what will hold our beautiful countryside together. Washington State had a landslide, where my son lives in JH WY has a huge slide as well and now AL and FL hurting once again never mind Washington DC with flooding. Seems we keep taking hit after hit, tornadoes flattening whole communities and townships. Lives lost. Plant a tree for me if you can, be a rebel, pick a spot where it will be able to dig deep into the earth and be a place of beauty for many years to come. We need to save our earth we need green space and most of all we need to breathe.

Here is my world today May 1 2014

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Heavy rains no yard work today off to my PT and then home to clean the house and PAINT the yard work can wait till Saturday hoping you all have a wonderful weekend.  Stay safe out there.

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So they say to describe our view out the back door or window to a stranger not sure any who stop here any more are strangers.
You have all seen the barn where I like to hide and do my Art work.
You have seen this place from up on the roof when it is covered with many feet of snow in winter.Most if they have been here have seen the wild birds and pretty flowers too.
So how would I describe this place to a stranger from another world?
Simply stated these days it is my piece of Heaven on Earth

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The last day of March I was not allowed a midnight snack as I would finally go in to have the shoulder addressed.

April Fool’s Day no wonder I was moved up no one else wanted to take a chance I on the other hand was hoping for less pain and more use.

I had PT the next day yes real quick and tomorrow the stitches come out and more work twice a week for 6 to 8 weeks will begin in earnest.

I have a ice cuff I put on after exercises so I have no need for medication.

Life is good!

My son had another show last night in WY and I sat at home painting Roses he had Rose Art to sell and neither of us planned any of it I just decided to chill before surgery with a few hours of painting with a Artist from Russia that lives here locally in NH  her name is Marina Forbes.

So all is well just been doing nothing much at all really

Today the plan is to ride down into the city and meet one of the Bloggers I met when I first started mine here.  Maybe a quick lunch somewhere and my man can hunt the coastline and JT can meet one of her admirers :)
I will stop by my Moms on way out of Boston as she just had a procedure the same day I did.

Love to all of you

Eunice
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:(  too much rain and snow melt and a bum arm to pull a beaver damn out with

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What I did before surgery they did not turn out looking like the Rose in my course  but  I relaxed and that was my only mission in all that pain

 

I know I know what kind of TITLE is that!  lol

My world actually want to see?

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Yard is taking a beating, as well as the road

Let’s have some hot sun

We will need it to dry out this mess!

 

So many others much worse off but this is not what I want on my mind as they put me under.

Have a safe week everyone!

Earth shaking, Creeks rising, Snow falling, Storms blowing through,  if you see Noah send him my way!

 

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Daily Prompt: Que Sera Sera

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Do you believe in fate or do you believe you can control your own destiny?

 

 

I always thought I was in charge of who  I would become or where life would take me but in the end,  as those who have followed me from the start know,  in my case,   it was to be.

Yes life was fun and I had a blast then it was hard so very hard but I made it.

I ran from evil and got strong enough to be blessed with a life that was in the cards for me.

I am so happy  with what fate had in store for me :) though everyone would be better off with less pain in their lives I think. 

Hope you are like me and find yourself just where you are meant to be.  We all deserve to BE HAPPY!
 

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The best day for me to linger would be the day the horrid winter,  truly gives up it’s strong hold and allows spring to arrive with all of it’s beauty. 

You know the kind of day, snow banks filthy from too many months of winters cold,  when the earth lets out a sigh and you witness it  begin to drink up the moisture that once would only allow more ice to form. When the frost beneath the yard was just too thick to allow for drainage of any kind to begin.  It is the kind of day I wait so long for.  I hear about it coming on the news and I get ready.  I bring out the table and chair from the barn,  yes we are tough here up in the northeast.

  As the morning arrives I will be ready.  The sun will come up and greet me at the kitchen window, beside the coffee maker where I will stand and wait for it to finish all the while I will soak in the first rays of this special day.  By the second cup JT and I will make our way to the table and chair lying in wait for me to sit and linger.

The birds will be signing their absolute prettiest tunes and the Apple tree will have swollen buds as will the Forsythia.  This is how I will spend each morning after that first day of warmth, lingering in the yard with my girl,  soaking in the suns warmth only from now on with sunscreen.

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Having got to the age I am,  there are many things others can not make me believe for I have found the truth in living.

That the words our country rises and stands for,  All Men Are Created Equal  is a lie. All you have to do is step out onto the streets of where you live and it is there for you to see,  if you open your eyes.

I believe in my heart there are without a doubt just plain evil people who walk among us, as I found myself married to such a person of ill intent, mostly towards himself as a man but sadly it spilled over onto all he said he loved.

The final one of these things I believe in my heart  to be false is believing it is what it is.  It is not!.  We can change for the better and  for the better of all mankind,  yes it is not easy but life isn’t but one thing for sure is that you can change yourself, the place you call home and little by little the world we share.

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As I wake to this world I am apart of each day I am struck by it’s beauty.  Now you know I hate the snow and the extra work we need to do in order to clear it from our path but you know I adore the land.

So first off without a doubt I believe in God.  I know without a doubt as it is hard to at times when we look out at all the evil that abounds.
It pains me to see hurt and destruction and so much loss but I believe in God.

I also believe that if man continues to destroy this earth at the rate it has been we won’t exist as a planet for thousands of years to come.

Now they ask for three things we believe in on this challenge and for me I will end on a lighter note.

I know without a doubt each animal I have shared my life with has loved me as much as I loved them.

Be kind to one another and to God’s animals as surly all you need to do is look at a full bird feeder to see so many others can get along with each other.

Peace

Daily Prompt: Time After Time
Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?

You made me think this morning Daily Prompt
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I grew up with so many Family Traditions. 
We used to go to both sides of our family, for holidays.  They would split them up so we would know our Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles as well as our Cousins.
Many miles were laid down. Traveling from our state to theirs.  Even with family scattered our parents made the effort for us to be together. I never knew there was any other way to live.

Flash forward fifty eight years from yesterday and really I have no real family. No closeness. Brothers, well two of them,  moved to the south and one lives 20 minutes from me but I may as well be on the other side of the world.  He is the baby, now 40+ years old but clearly in charge of our mom.  I was born first and always cared for the three of them but since dad passed away ten years ago I have been left to make my own traditions as each holiday comes around.

Traditions are a part of each of us,  be it currant or just a memory.

I now place a large turkey in the oven, stuffed with deliciousness, no longer getting dressed to see the family for holidays but getting dressed to head out the door.  I go for walks with the dog and my special guy.  We time it perfectly to arrive back home,  as a turkey really just needs one nice basting to crisp up the skin,  so it will look beautiful as I sit it at the table for two well the cat and dog will be allowed some on their plates when dinner is done.  I make all the traditional side dishes from my childhood and some he remembers as well,  see he has no family left at all.  We have each other.  We happily set out  making new traditions together.

 

Peace 

 

Fat Tuesday!

Here in the US IHOP is serving up FREE PANCAKES!

Tonight I will make a favorite from Bourbon Street

Jambalaya, I will pass on the King Cake as I am already

lucky indeed

:)

Sunday was my best friends birthday who I heard each year

growing up say “I’m 3 days older than you!  Well I would remind her

when she turned 50 I would still be 49
:)
Just keeping it real even back then.

Next week the skin cancer on my face will be removed and then I have to take my marriage certificate to the government agency in order to prove I am entitled to my ex-husband SS check.  I was told he passed away after Christmas.  So many things I could say but it is best to just pray he now rests in peace as now I finally can.

Not sure I will be any better off financially,  as I do not know what he has been doing for work if anything, since last seeing him in 1997.  Even $10.00 more each month will cover one month electricity each year.

I have been thinking I want to build a Coyote/Hawk proof chicken coop, on skis or wheels, so they can safely free range the property eating all the bugs from one spot to the next.  Eggs are a big part of my diet.  You see protein helps to keep you full and satisfied longer than empty carbs say like a bag of chips :)  I have a friend who is a Body Builder and has been a inspiration to get back into shape pain or no pain and she devourers a dozen a day!  I could also sell them for $3.50 a dozen for Organic Eggs and still have plenty for me and cover the cost of anything I would feed them over what they find in the yard. 

Can you just picture me outside with my Watercolors watching the chickens peck the ground and clucking all day while that cute little Border Collie begs for yet another toss of her FRISBEE,  yes friends life is good, well till I look outside and see RELAITY!  It is below 0 temps F and snow up to my head or higher in some piles but seeing where some gradual melt has occurred under trees up on the sunny hill, where there is DIRT!

Always hopeful that is me in a NUTSHELL!

Stay safe everyone
Eunice aka NUTS FOR TREASURE!

We have had a few days where it got warm,  well warm after what we have dealt with.  Then we had ice and I mean horrible stuff! We would chop and chop when the sun warmed it and then while we rested each evening,  it would freeze up all over again.

I know before long it will be just and ugly memory.   Soon we will  be seeing  joy spread across our country and gardens bloom once again.  It will fill us with hope and warmth,  which is where I am at today.

Some of you who  follow me on Facebook know the story,  as do most who have read my stories from long ago.  You know I got hurt bad but I survived.  I have loved and lost only to love again.  It really is just basic life isn’t it. Ups and downs,  give and take.

 

  Well the electric bill is so high and 100 gal. of propane cost over $440 and lasts but 3 weeks if we are lucky.  We live on a fixed income, as we are both retired and the checks we get each month are divided up for all of our bills.  Sometimes we can do something fun and other times we find fun close to home. We are better off than many but still poor when it comes to income brought in, so when they refused to bring me more propane on Friday or even to let me order another 100 gal.because we had a $160.00 balance and no income till 8 days later I had to ask the town for help and then I had to do what I tried not to do. I had to ask for fuel assistance.

Now if you know me you know that  it angers me to have to request help.  I am hit by someone doing something wrong and left unable to make the income I used to depend on and they go about their business,  still driving a bus and making good money.  I guess I go from angry to sad but on this day something changed.  I mentioned to the woman taking our application for help that maybe when I hit 60 I could get the Social Security I worked so hard for, as I was the surviving spouse. She looked at me and asked if they said those exact words to me and I answered yes.  She asked me to go home and call the government office as she believed it meant my ex-husband  had died and I was entitled to it now.  Well I did and they confirmed he had indeed passed away and I would now get his check if it was more than mine.  So I made an appointment  for after my birthday and in between surgeries to bring in my marriage certificate into them so they had proof we were married the required amount of years.  Now remember I drove a rig over three million miles and worked hard and missed out  on so many things others enjoyed,  because I LOVED trucking.  So once I go in with this certificate,  I will find out if I can come off State aid and really that is all I am praying for.  I want to be independent again.

While going through paperwork looking for a piece of paper I thought I had thrown away in 1995 I came across so many documents I would no longer need. So out came the paper shredder and I began to rid myself of all that really no longer mattered.  With each piece that got fed through the blades, the weight of it all was not only freeing but sad.  I guess after having a restraining order for over 15 years on him and holding on to all of our records just in case I would need them was 14 years too long.  I made a dent in the massive boxes of trucking paperwork we had amassed in our 15 years of marriage.  The first load was placed into the compost bin where it will sit and be covered by kitchen scraps and breakdown into something good.  It will become beautiful rich soil, for new life to grow  in.  I could not think of a better way to deal with all of this.

So with all of this on my plate I will wander in and out of my blog adding a new one here or there as time allows for and a few interesting blogs from those I follow.  I will do more of this purging and cleaning and letting go and spend my days feeling free from worry.  I will smile more I am sure.  I am sad he destroyed so much and in the end himself but I will pray for him to finally be able to rest in peace, as it is what I wish for each and every troubled soul.

I will continue to read your blogs in my readers,  WP and Feedly and try to keep up,  as I love you all and what you do is important.  You keep it real, you show us pretty places and you write so eloquently. I love the poetry and the stories you tell and I will forever be thankful for the kindness you have shown me.  I am not going anywhere just trying to get my act and home in order so I can have the procedures done and put my feet up in the sun with all of you and enjoy what life has in store.

Talk again soon

 

Looking At Myself

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Daily Prompt: Mirror, Mirror

Look in the mirror. Does the person you see match the person you feel like on the inside? How much stock do you put in appearances?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED.

Great question put forth by the Daily Prompt.  I would have to say most days as I get ready, in front of the mirror and I see myself in the harsh light of day,  I am exactly who I appear to be but once I step out of that bathroom and begin my day I am so much younger and still full of dreams yet to come.  I stay out of that room as much as I can so I guess I would say in the end I place no stock into who I see in the mirror of mine.
:)

Lunchtime

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The Sun showed its self
Around about noon.
As the birds came and fed
I scraped the softened snow from the sidewalk,
all the while kicking a ball, to my beautiful dog.

Sidewalk now safe..
Dog happy and content.

 

Yes pretty for those of you not having to SHOVELI IT!  So pretty just to sit and chill looking at folks like me stuck in New England when their hearts are missing the south!

Remember this view?

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This one too

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Welcome to my world today! Just 24 hours later.  The saying here goes “Don’t like the weather, wait a minute!”

Now once again a winter wonderland

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Shoveling for the dog and the birds once again. 
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Heavy wet stuff had the boughs weighed down badly
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It came down to beat the band!
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This was were the ducks swam yesterday in the pretty sunshine.
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Look what he got to move for it’s maiden voyage  :)

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Messing around while I had my feet up waiting to go out for round 3

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Yes they came to the feeders to fill up

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The Apple Tree had all kinds of birds on it as the truck or snow thrower or me with my camera spooked them

I am not lying when I say I want YESTERDAY BACK!

Then again I want tomorrow to come too as our very handsome New England Patriots Quarterback will be in Denver to play against Manning.  Sure hope they don’t stop to get high well any higher than the Mile High, at the stadium.  GO PATS!!!!!

 

 

New England

What do girls born and raised in New England do on a warm winter’s day?  Well if they own a home and dream of spring days in mid January they go outside!  It was in the forty’s yesterday and the sunshine felt good.  I dressed warm enough for a little exercise never knowing how much I would actually do as I began.

Now if you are a follower of Living and Lovin you know I love my wild birds.  Last year over 300 pounds of just the black oil  sunflower seeds were devoured.  That is enough for me to use them as dependents on my IRS Tax Form!  We the winter is in full swing and they are once again depending on me to help them through.  So on this gorgeous day it was time to clean up some of the mess they made as the snow was gone in most parts from where I hang their feeders and spread seed on the ground for all who do not fly up to the many feeders here.  What a mess there was of empty shells.  So here it was mid January and I had a rake one used for raking leaves in the fall and a snow shovel and a ice chopper.  Yes we need many tools when you own a home in New England.  I raked the piles up and then picked them up to shovel over the edge where the ducks and ground birds could pick out the corn and unopened shells.
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This is one of the piles I was able to shovel and scatter below in the Lilacs and other small bushes.

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Seasons here often get mixed up.  As you can see by two of the tools I used a lot.

Then it was time to chop ice and do I mean CHOP I hurt so bad after three hours but you see it was going to go back to winter so I had to do all I could.

The yard is so flooded by the beavers downstream my yard ruined once again by the release of a lake in a river that no longer flows downstream.  So I had ducks here, three pairs of Mallards.

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Snow and sun and no cropping of this shot but you see what I mean.  I came in and wrote the State of New Hampshire a note saying to clean the river out of my yard and added lots of pretty photos hope it works.

I grabbed a few wheat thins and a glass of water and some yummy humus for a snack then packed up the cameras and JT and went to the shore.  I figured a nice ride after all the work I did and a walk with my best girl at the beach would make me feel better well I hurt real bad on way home but had a beautiful early evening there as her and I walked.  I stopped going to Weight Watchers so it is important to stick with the plan and exercise to keep all I have lost OFF even if it KILLS ME :)  She found a nasty looking tennis ball for me to throw and I thankfully placed her stick I had been kicking into my back pocket.  She always finds treasures just like us.  We are a perfect family.
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How is that for a pretty way to end a backbreaking day.  There are huge seals out on those rocks enjoying the day just like us.

There were even surfers who wanted to get out and enjoy a warm January day
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It was nice but not that nice! :)

Now today it is snowing to beat the band as they say in these parts and no matter if I am ready to shovel or not I must.  I will try to remember the beautiful night along the shore and when the storm is but a memory head right back over there.
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Have a great Weekend

GO PATS!!!!!!

 

A pretty way to end a day

Hi Everyone!

Sorry so many posts lately, as I post too my Custom Pieces blog I also re-blog here and over on 20 Lines D Day.

Want to keep you up with what I am doing to get through the winter months.  Photography and Jewelry making and selling them as well.

I had to go see the skin doctor yesterday for my shot  and I really thought I would be in and out.  Stupidly I asked a question of her “What’s This?”  she precedes to tell me we will know for sure when the results come back on the procedure she is about to do. HUH ?  Me the SUN LOVIN GIRL?  I will not stress and I will start to behave.  I am just a few years from 60, YIKES did I say that!  I am so NOT 60 LIKE :) That used to be so OLD!!! !  Wait so many of you who I adore are also over 50 so maybe I AM, damn how did that happen  lol so yes I am going to continue to have FUN!

After we left we headed towards the sea I always feel better when I can walk and breath in the smells from the salty air.  I felt it was right to go there as it is where all the sun damage came from.

I hooked JT to her pretty leash and  put a camera into my pants pocket and one around my neck just incase.  I know, I am laughing too, when don’t I not put it up to my eye.

Her and I could not legally go onto the beach here with her Daddy,  you know the rule breaker I am,  well today I was not going to push that envelope.  Be good Eunice.  So off we went for our walk along the coastal route even though darkness was close I had light colors on so we should be safe though an awful lot of drunk drivers take this road so I was extra careful to keep a watchful eye on my little black pup.   I had said to him maybe I will see the sunset and he laughed and said it is already almost done,  you won’t see anything except maybe the moon if we stay late enough.  Doubting Thomas he is!  See I know this world I live in and yes had I been at my regular spot it may have been better in some way but again I was on a beach I spent every day on in my 20’s where sunburns, really bad ones, were this norm for this blonde, blue eyed girl.

As we started out JT found a stick for me to kick for her to scamper after and pick up and give for me to throw again and again or she would drop it up ahead and I would kick and she would chase on her long leash, yes I held it with my good side.  Left shoulder too trashed and painful to chance it.  So up along the Mansions we went, very few with signs of life in them as it is winter and if you are rich why would you stay.

Well since he said the sun had done it’s thing I was surprised to see how pretty it actually was here along the east coast where she rose less than 12 hours prior.  Let me show you!
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That box you see off in the distance on the right side of photo is not for birds it is an alarm in case the Nuclear Plant down the street fails then these alarms which are all over the area, will go off letting the residents run for their cars and make a run for a safer place not that I think it will really matter if a Nuke Plant has a failure.  None of us will ever be safe.

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These are out of order as you can see two different cameras as well this was the start of the walk with JT

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This was why he said I was too late and that is him heading out onto the beach.

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A view out to sea that we saw as we climbed the hill on our walk.
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So much better in person I really wish I had taken some classes on how to take pretty photos as the light disappears.

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Yes you can clearly see it is cold in New England.

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I loved the color this turned as the light from the setting sun set the scene.

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Just a stunning way to end a day or in my case as the sun comes up or hangs around all day or it sets I love this gorgeous Sun we have to make our life feel so much better, yes I swear  it is where I get my Sunny Outlook on LIFE!

 

Happy New Year To You All

I am going to try this challenge :  Zero to Hero 30-Day Blog Challenge  so for some of  you who already are  following I will bore you. since many of you have been with me since the start but for this challenge I have to introduce myself and blog to potential new followers.

My Blog  is called Living and Loving and my name when I set this up was NUTSFORTREASURE but now most of my followers know me as Eunice, from New Hampshire.  We are a very friendly bunch I only wish there was a way to meet up with everyone in one spot and have a beautiful visit and party.  It would surly be talked about for many years to come, I am sure of it.

When I started this journey within these pages,  now known as posts,  it was a long Memorial day weekend and I was needing to learn to Live and Love again,  hence the name.  See it was me getting ready to LIVE AGAIN and I am on my way thanks to so many others I have here to follow. They are so supportive even if they have only time to leave a Like. :)

I am supposed to tell you what my blog is about and all I can say is life.  Laughter, tears,  joy and sadness can all be found here interspersed with lots of photos  and re-blogs of others beautiful blogs and some pretty tasty recipes to try. I see me as a person who likes to share pretty things as the world has enough ugly stuff going on.

I share crafts I do as well as life with my beautiful Border Collie JT,  just the sweetest female dog who came into our lives at just the perfect time.

I will be changing some things on my blog  as this challenge  is supposed to do that.  So bear with me as I work it out.
My intention is to stay in touch with all who I adore here but I  love meeting new people too,  the hard part is keeping up with everyone so I will get a new computer by the end of April so I can continue to keep in touch.

Welcome to all new followers and thanks to those who have watched me grow, I am sure you know by now how much I love you all

HUGS

Eunice aka NUTSFORTREASURE

From Above The Yard

From Above The Yard

This is just the view to the west from my homes roof see all the snow cleared for dog and birds OUCH today was the roofs turn to get cleared. It took 2 hours of constant shoveling to rid all but the south side of the home from 12 Inches of the white stuff WHEN IS SPRING? It is snowing right now and they say maybe another 8″ which is why I was up here

Resting Up

Tonight I am resting up for what they say will be a doozy. Some say 5 inches and others say 12 inches of white fluffy snow will blanket our yard by morning now if you know me I will hope for the 5 inches.

Tonight I went and met up with two of the other members of our garden club for a decadent treat at a new place in town.  It was worth every penny!  It was funny to leave the house without my boyfriend and my little girl JT but to put my hair up and put a clean outfit on and take off into the snowy night felt like the old days.

I made more jewelry today as I got up each hour to throw out more seed for the Doves, Juncos, Cardinals, sparrows, nuthatches etc. as the little finches hogged the feeders all day hardly letting a seed get by them and dropping to the ground.  As I worked on my pieces and watched them frantically eat and eat I knew we going to get nailed by this storm.  squirrels’ had been here till 3 PM then they went to their nests.  Wonder where all my beautiful birds will spend the night I surly hope in the dense forest behind the house.  It was a balmy 16 degrees at 5 PM tonight and only getting colder from that point on.  When I woke this morning it was 0 degrees.  Sadly winter is upon us yes it will be pretty to look at and I promise you will see some photos as you know me. They will not be perfect but they will tell the REAL STORY.

My shoulder is feeling OK as I had yet another shot on Wednesday.  I have an appointment with surgeon to have bicep repaired when I call uncle or spring is on our doorstep you see winter is here and my home and yard require more than just one set of hands and legs to keep it clear and safe. I think I taught my doctor something I hope he remembers for many years to come that not everyone has the money to pay others to do all that needs to be done. I left in tears with him saying he would worry about me on the roof but that he now understood more about the kind of woman I was. I do not shirk responsibilities hurt or healthy.

Back to fun stuff want to see?

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I also took out a tree skirt I made as a teenager yes it is ancient and some ornaments I did back then.  Perfect night for it belly full of yummy cake snow falling an inch per hour or maybe a little more and the dog at my feet as I write this post.  When I come in from shoveling tomorrow morning I will upload some photos for you to see.

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Yes I was into sequins back in the 70’s

Have a wonderful night.

Peace.

Day By Day

Wanted to pop in and say Hello, to all those who still follow me.  I am trying to keep up as I slow down.

We are bracing for the winter onslaught to hit and till it does we are trying to prepare the best we can.  Order more propane so the truck won’t get stuck, while he is delivering it. Pulling beaver dams so we do not lose all I worked so hard for, THE HOUSE.  JT and Rhythm are good.  My sweetheart is still getting the old 54/55 Dodge buttoned up to help with snow removal, yesterday we ran 35 miles away to pick up a new heater fan, now to locate defroster hose, in the size needed, so we can keep windows in this old beast clear so he doesn’t destroy the yard.  I hate what the plow does to the land but I hate shoveling in pain even more, so we will do what we have to with light shovels on the roof, maybe find a used electric snow thrower for the roof,  as my Mom suggests.  We have a very old snow blower but I may scrap my Dodge truck with bad tranny to purchase a  new one, just in case we do not get enough snow for the plow now isn’t that a pleasant thought!  I am always thinking.

I do not see the surgeon till the 11th but some good news, I have started to unfreeze the frozen part of the shoulder, not a lot but I see a difference.  The horrible pain of tendon is there but if I use arm slowly it never rears its ugly head.  I hate that pain.  So depending on my options I will see if I can take one more shot to get through the worst of winter and maybe in March if it has not healed I will let him in to repair it,  as our weather will start to look up by then.  See always thinking.

I want to hit the gym every other day.  With only one car, his truck it is hard.  I only have to travel 3 miles each way so it is not bad maybe by spring I could ride a pedal bike that would be awesome.

I have also had a brilliant idea for a business and will apply to the Small Business Association for a loan.  I could get out of this way of life if all goes well so please cross your fingers for me maybe your toes too. Thanks!

Holidays are not the same in this life I live now so just a few pretty things placed around the home to remind me it even on its way.

No children, no close family fun times, I will just be celebrating the birth of Christ this year and buying a small gift for a local child who will need a gift to open on Christmas Day.  I look at what I used to be able to do for so many and now the new reality is charity begins at home.  Save all year for heat and food and an occasional trip to the sea or woods to keep my sanity and not miss my old life so badly which it why I need you to keep the fingers and toes crossed because if all the good thoughts go out maybe just maybe I will have a new path doing good for others in need and getting paid and it is something I can do with my injuries.

Let me leave you with a pretty photo or two to lighten the heaviness of this post I am happy just a realist and life is what it is and there are really millions so much worse off.  Which is why I always show you PRETTY THINGS there is enough ugly out there isn’t there.

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Have a great week everyone!

Daily Post: Release Me/Life

Looking backing over my time here on WordPress it is clearly been a journey.
I have laughed and cried. I have shared ugly pictures and ones a little better. I have grown in ways I never thought possible.  Who knew sitting down at the computer and choosing a name for my blog,  would be the start to such a change in who I would become.  At first hesitant till I learned my way around. Then meeting people from all walks of life who shared their world.  Some take pretty photos that helped inspire me to shoot better each day. Some wrote poetry and invited me to join them though I floundered sadly there but I did make attempts, pushing myself out of my comfort zone.  Others shared their lives. The day-to-day goings on. Farming, cooking, travel some I knew a little bit about others opened my eyes  through their words or photos.

So back to the point of this challenge, Release Me. and it would have to be this post
Sharing the story of my decision  so long ago.

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I am glad I wrote it and even more so for living it.  I am blessed for all I had and have and just over a month after that post I was clearly on my way to heal and let go at the retreat he had suggested.

So opening up and sharing this blog with the ones who would ultimately  decide in their own minds if I was awful or kind  was very hard but on the other hand I  always knew in my heart I made the decision for him and I could handle anything,  like sharing it with you.

Trucking

My Last Rig

I started out early one morning yes before the sun came up, as do most truckers.  I had delivered one load of water, with my tanker,  a few hours south of Boston.  I stopped for coffee,  for the ride back up to the mountains for my second load of the day.  I walked around my rig kicking each tire as I do after hauling a load for few hours, all was good they were all still up and lights all were working properly so I made my way back into the driver’s seat.

I made the trip up into the mountains of New Hampshire for another tanker full of Spring Water.  I took three or four loads a day,  six to seven days a week into the bottling plants as we prepared for Y2K, do you remember that in 1999,  as the world worried about life as the calendar turned to the year 2000?  Well I  had hauled rubbish, household waste for years then switched to hauling a nice clean load, one I never got my hands dirty or truck for that matter.

It was a gorgeous day out on the highways and back roads of New England.  I reached the top of the mountain where the water came from the spring and backed up to test the water and load the tanker, all 8100 gallons.  When it was over flowing I shut off the pump and closed the hatch on the top climbed down and went  around to get back in the truck for load number two.  I was grossing out at 103,000 pounds. Yes I had a reducible load permit, I was a Heavy Hauler.

I was always tense as I maneuvered my rig off the mountain, overlooking the Big Lake.  See there was a stop sign at the bottom, silly engineers, and I don’t SWIM!

The ride through New Hampshire was once again beautiful and then I entered the highway where my speed increased and I was hammer down to get the load of water to the plant before they ran out yes that is how fast they were filling one gallon jugs.

As I made it to the tolls on Route 95 South I went through with my easy pass soon I would be in Massachusetts.  This is where things went bad real bad and in a hurry.  I had just gone over the nasty metal bridge in Newburyport when I saw a  tire,  yes a huge semi tire ready to cut in front of me. I had never felt anything at the moment it came off but now I looked to my left in the mirror and saw a school bus I blew the air horn very loudly turned on my emergency flashes  to get everyone’s attention praying for myself to not hit this large tire and lose control of my rig and it’s load on board.  I already had my foot off the accelerator trying to let it slow down so I could start dropping gears and make my way to the breakdown lane.  Holding tightly to the wheel not knowing how this would play out I held my breath for what seemed like forever.  This tire crossed in front of me and the bus and then headed for the median strip never loosing speed or falling over to stop the nightmare and then popped up beside a Black Saab, yes it has been 13 years plus and I remember vividly.  The car thankfully was being driven by someone not texting or talking on their phone and they yanked the wheel to miss my tire it then went off the highway. totally.

Now as this was happening another tire came up beside me as I was trying to move over one lane at a time scared to death wondering if I could hold onto her as this had never happened to me not even in a car. This tire ran straight up beside me and then off to the right and over the embankment.  You see I had 22 wheels on my rig and  except for the two steering axle tires the rest of them were paired up.

I made it over to the breakdown lane and was happy my boyfriend was in the passenger seat for this trip not that he could do anything to stop the nightmare but I was shaking when I stopped and as he hugged me he said “I swear I do not know how you stay THAT COOL as you are at highway speeds and loose two tires and could have killed someone.”  Who was COOL?

Now out of the truck and not wanting her to be destroyed by the weight and airbags and springs taking a beating I had him crank the landing gears on the tanker down and we unhooked the airlines and electrical plug and I pulled ahead.  I then got out of the truck and I was so angry you see I had spent over $1,000.00 for two tires and new rims and all new wheel studs that weekend, I called my tire man from the side of the road and I can not say here what I said to him but I had him send a tow truck at HIS EXPENSE to come get me.  I called the plant up in the  mountains to send another driver for my tanker of water.

I then climbed back in the truck  and  then and only then did I EXHALE.

 

Life on the road is tough on drivers of rigs for they get no respect from other drivers but that day I earned their respect,  for had I been a yahoo with no common sense they would not be here and you never would have lived a few moments in the rig with me.  Yes I am a female trucker but a damn good one!    Do you know the whole time this took place and then the wait that ensued I never saw one State Trooper you see they know me and I am responsible and courteous  though at times going over the speed limit back in my trucking days, which is why I always put money back into my business equipment, my RIG, as I asked a lot of her.  Now for the rest of the story some day I will finish it and title it THE TIRE MAN,  as it is a good one!

A woman was just killed by a tire coming off a rig here in NH and I re-lived this event all over again bet you everyone on the road with me that day just over 13 years ago did too.

PAY ATTENTION not all things are within our power to PREVENT as I sadly learned.

 

Keep On Trucking!

Peace

 

While Reading Your Blogs

 

While reading your blogs I realized how much I missed mine. Each day I want to write and share but usually nothing comes. Since April it has been very hard. Seems before it was easy to express myself and now being cleared of all the CLUTTER within me leaves me wondering if I really have much to say.
I am so happy poor but very, very happy. I am at peace and seems I had posts so full of sadness and despair oh yes Joy as well if you looked deeper within it was there but really I was just not whole.

I still see things others will never get and it is OK maybe they are not meant to.

Ok on with today’s RARE BLOG really from me NOT A RE-BLOG he he READY?

So I have not seen much of my Mom since my return from retreat and she has not ben well so I made it a point when I got my check this month to take the $30 in gas right out and go spend sometime with her after I was done with Shoulder PT appointment. Ron and JT came with me as even she is feeling more like herself never will something from China be consumed in my home by ANY OF US!

So I get to Mom’s and she is doubled over unable to stand up straight I tell her to use the cane more to hold herself up though her hands are bad and I understand why she doesn’t. She has had RA for 40 years or better been crippled then better now her spine is worsening as she has lost so much of her height. She now has 2 cracked or broken vertebrae she will never tell me as too many years I was broken so she tries to toughen it out. She actually said she was ready to go. What the hell does that mean? Ready to go she is healthy as an ox except for the pain and she refuses anything but Tylenol and we all know the dangers of that drug.

So I had gone down with the full intent to scrub floors, clean refrigerator, scrub the stove things you ought to stand to do and need to do for more than a minute. I went around the property of this home I grew up in and admired all the flowers she grew. She had some beauties. I went out to the front yard and saw a section of the garden beds I had done so much work on my whole adult life now looking so pitiful. I asked what she wanted to do about it as she insists she loves her home and doesn’t want to sell and move in with one of us or her own apartment with little she would have to do but care for herself. She says “I can’t do it anymore”. I have known this for a long time hell I can not do what I used to and I am 20 years younger. So I get her garden cart, shovel, rake and a bucket with soil and proceed to dig every last Iris and Lily mixed in with weeds and grass out of the front bed. I took each one and trimmed back the green growth and cleaned the roots and set them aside. I worked for 2 hours on them alone I did that sitting on the same front stairs as I had when I was a little girl all the while watching Mom insisting on sitting outside with me and JT she sat in a plastic lawn chair. Same kind I did my retreat in not that comfortable.

After I had them done I moved on to trim a bush them I really trimmed it pretty much till it was just above the soil as there was so much dead branches soon she would lose them anyway. As I worked on my feet she tried to play a little with JT. It was warm so the dog did not mind resting a lot.

I got to this beautiful bush and knew if it was up to me to add a fresh coat of paint to the front of this house I could not have shrubbery against it so again I began a hard prune taking out many dead branches. Well This is usually covered in bees and yes it was a beauty but so out of control. I came across something that saddened me. Seems our world is so full of filth and debris and so many slobs our little birds have learned to cope the best they can. See?

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So much plastic trash was a part of this poor Mother Bird’s nest

 

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I swear it looked as if it were a home in the projects it made me very sad.

 

 

Now wait till you see what her front yard looks like now.

 

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We had not seen that last window for years she will have to pull the blinds down now till she decides if she wants to let it grow back  or if we can make this place pretty with something easy to care for.  I am not getting any younger either and with injuries even worse.  Ron is in no better health he has lost so much weight and muscle and he is diabetic to boot.

 

All was not worrisome at Mom’s some  of the day was delightful which is how I will end this post UPBEAT! :)

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Mom painted this rock years ago and we thought the bees thought her artwork was real but then a guy I went to school with thought maybe they were just wanting to grab hold so they could get a drink.  I told her to place a shallow dish with rock in it so birds could have their baths again :)

 

Remember she loves flowers like me so here are a few I took after I did all the work so they are not that good but still pretty

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Thanks for coming to Mom’s with me.

 

She would love all of you.  Each one is so very special to me XO

Daily Prompt: On the Edge/BALANCE

I spent years really living on the edge but a very slippery edge, indeed.

I was a trucker who worked and worked, never getting enough rest. I was young and fearless.

After a divorce and a bad wreck( no not of my doing, lol )thankfully, life for me was so very different.

I lost my balance. I fell. I fell into deep sadness. Yes I mucked about pretending all was well but clearly everyone could see how I had changed. I lost ME.

Well things are back on an even keel.

I have a blessed life.

I see that now.

I blog with people all over the world who have had such deep sadness in their lives. I also have some followers so full of joy, it is contagious.

You see I had stopped caring. I stopped LIVING.

When I found WordPress I was in search of who I was.

I had to pick a name for my new blog and it came easy, Living and Lovin, as that is really all I searched for.

I am here to tell you that I found it and then some.

I eat right now and actually exercise in the amounts I need. Balance it is a good thing.

I wake daily and with coffee see what blogging buddies are up too.

I eat breakfast and do the housework. For years I really had stopped caring.

I now work in my garden.

Play with the dog.

Have conversations with the love of my life.

I thought I had it all till sadly it was gone. My edge may have been different from yours but clearly living on the edge is hard for anyone eventually. It will catch up to you.

It has been a long winding road but finally no longer do I stand on a slippery slope of sadness and despair. No longer a part of the rat race of life. I have taken back who I really am. I wake each day thankful for all I have. I do stop to smell the ROSES, well all the flowers. How could I have gotten so far out of whack? Are others as well and still not knowing it?

For me it is about BALANCE.

Doing what needs to be done and making time for play.

I play usually with a camera in tow so now they can all see the change. Pretty dramatic even when I look back.

My wish for all of you is to find your balance. With work, love, life and play. When you are out of whack that is truly living on the edge.

PEACE

Been sad and hurt for too long.

Was told by a child I had placed for adoption,  to go away,  as he had done to find peace and love within again.

I had never meditated before and yes I was worried but I also knew deep inside something had to change.

It was time for me to finally be whole.  So I booked by 10 day stay and in the following months while I waited for my day to

come to take the first step,  there were so many days I thought I would cancel but I did not.

I went away from home for the first time all alone.

I took an oath of silence.

I learned how to meditate.

I learned that I was really strong not broken as I had thought.

Over those ten days away I meditated in silence,  for 100 hours.  Yes it was hard.  Was it worth it,  hell yes. A million times YES.

 

This trip into the unknown world of Meditation was scary but amazing as well.

I will never be lost again.

I will go within and see all is well.

Life can be so very hard and so many could use this outlet to find peace and happiness.

My son and I agree after having both learned to go within,  that so many could benefit from learning how to meditate

starting with small children.  When I went to school in 1963 there was a time each day we laid our heads on our desk to take

a rest from the stress of learning,  had we been taught the simple act of Meditation in the first grade maybe just maybe

we would could have had a world full of PEACE or a lot less pain.

Namate

So Busy Doing Nothing At All

Do you have times in your life where you seem to be very busy but are really doing nothing at all.

How did my life get so simple?

I used to blog everyday.

I made Jewelry every week.

I walked the beaches all winter long and early summer mornings and captured the Sunrises along the Atlantic.

I went away in March and came back profoundly changed and at peace. So much so I don’t do much of anything really.

Yes I wake after 4 or 5 hours of sleep and have two cups of coffee, fresh ground. I eat a simple good for me breakfast as I answer emails play a game of words on Facebook all the while tossing a toy to JT. Then I wash up the few dishes sweep the floors and make the bed. I shower and get dressed and grab my camera JT grabs her Frisbee and off we go to walk the property. Playing catch and snapping photos. Not much plant wise happening here. so much rain, nutrient’s washed away and plants are stalled. I have yet to have the Monarchs show up good thing end of July and Butterfly Bush has yet to open as a way to welcome them here.

My food garden is sad. I have had two cucumbers, one tomato lots of basil and some lettuce. Tonight I snipped Dill for our Tuna fish sandwiches.
Corn is only just over my knee and I am short.

All those pretty shots you saw the last year have either rotted or refused to bloom so I have been busy with Dragonflies. They have been so willing too. I have them all on My Portfolio blog and re-blogged to 20 Lines or Living and Lovin. I am sure I will lose the bloggers I have on my list of followers but truly what should I write about. I have changed so much I hardly even know me.

I joined a Gym can you imagine. I am also in PT for left shoulder. I am still going to Weight Watchers though I do want to quit as I think I can save the $40 a week and do it on my own but then I think I need to get out of the house as winter will soon be arriving and all that damn shoveling once again so I need to be healthy.

With Meditation I have learned to relax but sadly I LIKE that A LOT!!!

So I will try to add some color and interest to this unexciting post the best I can.

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This is one of the Garden Club Lilies in Bloom with a pretty insect .  That’s right when it is not raining I spend an hour with a water can watering all the clubs plants.

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After I pick fresh berries with the pup and her toy and my camera I make a plate with Greek Yogurt and delish berries.
Yes my kitchen had red counters hard to bounce the flash properly when hungry and tired and no tripod set up.

 

 

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He kept telling me to come get photos of the last clutch for the year, her third.  He then found a baby dead on the stairs below this nest.  Lousy photo as I did not want another to be lost and the next day the nest day was empty.

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As he worked in the back yard all spring and summer he got to watch them grow then fly away and she sat on more.  This is right over the entrance into the beautiful barn I have  in the back yard.  As someone would approach the Mom would bolt to the trees beside the barn and then he would make sure he always closed the door so she did not fly in and die inside while her little ones went without and would die as well.  He is learning to live as one with nature here for which I am very happy.

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Black-eyed Susan just before opening.

 

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Yes above is Dill I have begun to mess with my shots out of boredom :)

 

More later.  Tomorrow rain maybe I will play with my Polymer since the floors are clean, dishes done and I will not be WEEDING

Have a great night everyone

I need some SUNSHINE waiting on Sat.

Daily Prompt: Your Life, the Book

I do have a few books in the works.

They are scribbled on papers,  tucked away for another day.

Some seem important to share,  others I see no need for them anymore but others may.

I am surrounded by incredible writers/bloggers on my follower list,  here on WordPress but if I could have anyone and I mean anyone to write what I want said,  I would choose a local man.  You all know his work.  He is just the most amazing writer of horror here in the Northeast,  yes I am picking Stephen King to write my story.  Yes it had lots of  dark points but I think he needs a happy ending too.

 

 

It was 1976 and I was given money for an abortion. I chose adoption.
Had I kept my child how my life would have been so much better but clearly so different.
Had I kept him with me as I had really wanted,  I would have smiled every day.
I never would have shed tears for 32 years.   I never would have married the evil man I did.   I never would live  where I do now.  I never would have learned all the things in life I needed to learn,  about people and how they really are.

It would have been hard yes. I would have been an awesome Mommy to him.  See I was not that strong back then I had no idea that giving him to a family who would adore him showed really how strong I was.  I just never thought I could do it on my own and give him everything a child deserved.

So had I taken that road I would have done great.  I never would have known you all and be able to share him all with you.  Thirty two years after kissing him goodbye I was saying hello to him and starting a different journey,  in fact down yet another road.  Who knows where this one will take us but he is just like me so I think it will be FUN.

I love this potion!
Now I can rest,  no longer having to race around to see and do it all.
I am tired from trying to take it all in.
What a beautiful life I can now have,  sitting back and enjoying all of what life has to offer.
No more wondering how many days I will have left to smile and capture that perfect moment with my camera.
 My  only wish is that there would be enough to share with those I love,  so they could sit beside me forever and soak in all this beauty that surrounds us if only we open our eyes to see.

Our Garden Club Work Continues

I really thought when I joined just two years back this gardening thing around our little town would be so easy.  You all see I know how to grow some real beauties so what’s the problem?

Well wanting something really badly,  sadly will not make it happen.  It takes members.  Men woman and children if need be!  You need a town who actually cares how they present themselves to the world. Sadly we were on a very slippery slope on that part.  Four sickening murders in just the time I have been here, 27 years.  All hitting the papers here and abroad.

This dream of mine to join was long overdue.   I wanted our small little town to care for one another.  Be a community.  Like the one I grew up in.  Sadly day in and day out I see the world around me not as it used to be.  Have people changed that much?  Do they no longer want what is best for their children.  Are they so busy working to see there are more important things in life than 3 cars, a  boat, 4 wheelers, motorcycles?  Toys all toys with no substance.  No family dinners as both parents work outside their home to pay for all the trips to the mall,  no one sews  clothes for their children anymore and if they do they are looked down upon and bullied.

So who was I to dream so big for my little town?  Well Eunice of course and you know what a wise woman told me if I wanted to do something do it myself for I was the only one I could count on boy was she right in the beginning  I placed my cell phone number up on a billboard in front of our town haul and waited for the phone to ring off the hook!   I had the town place an Ad on TV(towns private station)looking for members again adding my private number.  There were just three of us.  President of club walked out in a huff her best friend stayed as did I and the treasurer.  Now of us three I am the only one home and was nominated to be the secretary oh joy I wanted to get my hands dirty not make phone calls!

Another lady who works nights joined and made it a point to come to our once a month meetings on a Monday night the others came as well.  We made plans for plant sales, yard sales too!  You need money to make a town such as ours pretty and not ugly as was portrayed over and over in the news, in books and around the world in the papers.

Well We still have those who stayed in club from a year ago and just recently welcomed another woman.  She is a stay at home Mom and we love that she is young, loves to garden  and can do more than us older crippled members.

I ordered business cards and gave each of us 50 to start with.  Pass them around to local businesses they do business with.  I went knocking on doors as I am home all day.  I had a few positive meetings for things we can do down the road.

I received a wonderful email from our AD on TV who asked if he could donate some plants for our upcoming plant sales.  I told him we would love to accept his gracious gift and made plans for another member to help me.  The first load Ron and JT came with me as this was a stranger and wanted to make sure everything was on the level him not me I am too trusting.  We went and filled the whole bed of the pickup truck and there were many we could not get that trip.  I had one of the full-time workers go with me and filled the truck again!  Now we were a real garden club!  At the next meeting we set a plan in motion.  We would all meet on a Sunday morning at 8 AM and tear out a whole intersection with our hand tools what were we thinking!

We showed up with rakes, shovels trash bags and water.  Plants too,  a whole pickup truck load,  poor Ron no one else has a truck and you know me I am on a mission!

We pulled out the plants we could save and then we tore out grass, and bagged it to compost.  It was now noon and time to take a break three of us said we would meet back there at 6 PM to start placing the plants back into the rotten soil after we added some sphagnum to lighten it up with.  A friend of mine from town stopped to ask when I had gotten such a green thumb he knew me as only a female who owned and drover her own rig.  He had his own excavating company.  He asked if I needed anything and I said “Are you sure?”  yes he was sure so I asked for some nice rich organic soil.  Dream big I say!  He came back with his own dump truck and dropped us off a nice pile of loam.  We wanted a raised bed to keep plants protected from drivers and plows wait you know about the snow we get.

So here is when I will share with you a project done by first 4 then three woman from 8 AM till 8 PM with a few hour break in between for a cold drink and something to eat.
Hope you can see how it evolved into what it is now.

A mess

A mess

We had moved the pretty Urn here but sadly it was doing nothing for this corner downtown.  Before the grass came up it looked pretty for a few days.

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Nice soil

When the two ladies met back at 6 PM they were happy to see Paul’s gift of rich soil.

We raked it down and shaped it.  Two of them lifted this heavy Urn up into the middle of the planting then we laid fabric down to keep weds in check.

We unloaded the truck and placed plants in a design the best we could and set about knocking them from their pots and cutting holes in the fabric where they would go into the new soil.  This is back-breaking work when you have a wrecked back to start with!

Till Dark

Two of us stayed till dark as you can see the lights across the way have come on.
We were tired both of us in our mid 50’s.  She with a desk job me with no job.

I came by the next day to check on our work

Needing Mulch Badly

 

 

We needed to mulch this area to complete the look, hold down the weeds and fabric as well.  Thankfully as we wrapped up the night before the rains began to fall gently upon our  new planting.

JT and I took 3 half pick up truck loads of mulch I had saved in my yard all winter  and added it to this space.  The parade would be days away and I wanted it to be complete for Memorial Day.

Done till Fall

Now some of you have seen these photos before others have not

Now I will show you some shots of what we have been up to all this summer no wonder I hurt so bad!

 

I scored FREE BARK MULCH FOR ALL OUR PROJECTS!

I went to a business the next town over who makes bark mulch, I used to love hauling mulch with my rig to all the local garden centers I miss my truck.  Well back to the story I asked if we could get the wholesale price as we were a tiny garden club next town over and really needed to find the best deal.  She says to me IS FREE GOOD?  You already know by this post   Thank You!   Only deal was they gave me a sign to promote their business well I was all alone to I said yes the deal was made and each and every corner will look the same and only cost Ron gas money to truck it back and forth!

 

Flower Boex for the downtown granite bridge

One of the members bought two 40 in long cedar window boxes we filled and put on our granite bridge downtown   so our color draws you through town.

 

 

Ok the last photo in my story is of a corner Lowe’s gifted us plants for last year but needed to fit in with the rest of what we had recently done so Ron dropped of 21 bags I think he said it was and I spread it to finish off the intersection closest to my home.

It really makes a difference

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So yes a group of driven residents can make a difference little by little one corner at a time our little town is feeling more loved.

So what do you think is it worth our effort?

I hope with each planting we do there will be another member joining our team and another business climbing on board with us as you know I am not afraid to ask help from one out-of-town!

Thanks for reading this very long post had I known I would have done it in many segments
XO
Peace and Love to ALL of YOU

 

 

I Always Seem To FIGHT

The Daily Post Prompt Fight or Flight!

Looking back at my adult years for some reason I always rush in.

I never stop and take the time to see if there will be any danger in doing so.

Maybe it started in my home as a child and Dad pulling over to help stranded motorists or maybe all the years I was a Girl Scout.

I have met some wonderful people by stopping and asking “Can I help you?”

Some I didn’t have to ask because if I had not done something they would have died.   I could do with out worry and drama but it is who I am,  I recuse animals or people and yes there have been times I wish I had put more thought into it.

THE SUN CAME BACK!

It rained and rained I mean it really rained.  We went weeks without one drop of rain and in one week we more than made up for it.  I had a river here, you all know the one I am talking about, it had maybe two to three feet in it, after the snow melt then no precipitation.  I was not complaining but the fire marshals were. I have used that time wisely getting more of the home painted and yard ready to sit back and enjoy this summer.

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Mowed for the 2nd time.  It smells so heavenly here after it is mowed, not sure of all the different kinds of grasses that are in the lower yard.   There are all kinds of  Violets, white and purple, Buttercups(do not know the real names)clover lots of clover and grasses are all mixed in, down here along the river.  There is always frogs and snakes Chilin here as well as snapping turtles and sun turtles.  I heard our Raccoon chattering along the stream as well.  I had not one but two Red Tailed Hawks here yesterday afternoon,  which meant most of my backyard birds spent some time hiding.  I wonder if they were in their flight drying their beautiful feathers and enjoying the gorgeous day as were the three of us.  We did not do a BBQ’s and saw no one it was such  a very nice day in the yard after all the rain.    I did a weeks worth of Laundry and hung them all on the line to dry in the sun and breeze they were done in no time and folded and put away.

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Looks different from all the snowy ones you have seen.  Spring and fall are my favorite times to be here in New Hampshire.

 

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Soon I will have roses in full bloom all over this yard, with smells that are just as pretty as the Lilacs,  which have been  gorgeous but are now fading.

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Doing something different above with a shot of a spent Dandelion seed head  just learning to play again.

 

It has been so nice to get back in touch with you and more and more will be added as I find you trust me I am looking !

Have a beautiful week in your yards.

 

 

 

 

 

Cecilia over at thekitchensgarden put up a challenge which goes like this:

What I see from my back porch.

So before the rain started again I grabbed the camera to get you a few views of what is out there.

I see lots of gorgeous greens right out back and getting green with each rainy day we have. We did not have rain for weeks.

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We have yet to put the roof on as we could still get feet of snow and 60 mph winds.
The garden is behind this seating area and not too far from the door and the kitchen inside.  I only have corn, squash, Cosmos, Sugar Snap peas in at the moment and those went in a week too soon our last frost is this long weekend.

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After having 70+ wild turkey and now just this one hangs out and looks in the window for me to scatter some Black oil Sunflower Seeds and some cracked corn in exchange it promises to eat all the nasty ticks it can find before they get us and the pets.  We have Lyme Disease really bad here in New England.  Sad to see just one lone bird but it will be safe here with us.

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I have been taking care not to let these get cold at night but come Monday they will be added to hanging pots or large containers so they can grow into real beauties!

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Tons of Lilacs all over the yard it smells wonderful too.

 

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Off it goes to roost for the night only to return in the AM and come to the door and look for me and the dog and cat.

Now that Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us we can really go to town getting the garden going, pots planted, and yard set up for warm summer nights by the fire.

Stay safe everyone

Happy Memorial Day

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Peace
Eunice

aka nutsfortreasure

Life Is Good

Here it is Saturday in the US and I was up at 3 AM seems normal for me of late and I find I stay up all day till crashing about 10 PM boy those were my hours most days as a trucker lol maybe I am just getting ready no not for this girl though with the lottery tonight and a jackpot of over 500 million I could buy a new rig and take trips when I wanted too! I have one ticket out of the millions sold so not a chance of it being me. I just hope a prize such as this goes to those who really could do some good with it. Ron says I would have family and friends coming out of the woodwork looking for handouts I remind him that if they didn’t enjoy me when I was poor they would hate me when I was RICH!

Well so much of my home is now painted still not done but well on its way and then it is time to add some color, the same, to the barn! Now lottery money would go to things like new barn shingles on the roof and a team to paint barn in one day not a year like I do it in. I would have a new lawn tractor with implements to remove snow, till the land and get rid of brush. A new chainsaw oh wait I would hire a man for that!

I have yet to place one plant into my space for an English Garden just been moving Ruggosa  Roses to different areas of the yard as a living fence, Lilac shoots added onto berm area Forsythia too. I want to dig up my Wisteria for the third time hoping it will be the charm to get it to thrive and bloom once again. The lawn is now coming in as are the wildflowers and last night he started mower for me and I did the upper yard and moved down by the river and the chain came off so there the mower sits in the lower yard now you know why I need a real TRACTOR.

Here are my beautiful but very tall Lilacs. When they are all done blooming and they have gone by out will come the small chainsaw and I will cut them back to maybe 5 feet tall.

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They are huge.  Reaching so far up I can no longer get many flowers for the home.

 

We trimmed that Pear tree too.   Yes it was full of blooms I showed you the Northern Flicker sitting in it on my other blog Folsom Mill Studio, we took 10 foot tall branches from the top half off they say to never do that to a Pear tree but what good it is if I have no ladder long enough to pick the fruit before they ripen on the tree and smash to the ground for yellow jacket bees to swarm.  I will make some yummy things this year with the fruit I will now be able to reach.   The Pear tree actually looks like a weeping fruit tree but the soil here is so rich I am sure it will be a monster needing attention next year too.

Well for the good stuff now.

This was the BEST MOTHER’S DAY for me.  Only 2 have been special the one the year Mike and I connected and this year as we reach a new level of understanding.  He is hoping to be heading this way soon as he fishes up his painting jobs and Artwork he has going on.  Yes Life Is Good!

So it is important for me to have it all done around this place should he come by to say hello I want it to be warm and inviting lol nesting 37 years later you got to LOVE IT!!

Missed most of you but with new reader working awesome I can once again get New Posts!

 

Hugs

Eunice

Not Funny On So Many Levels

I know this is not FUNNY on so many levels but I have to tell you it not only made me take a Double Take

but sent me up the road to turn around to snap a few photos to share with you all.

Now these Guinea Hens do no LIVE here

They FLEW IN

They could not help themselves honest they couldn’t lol

 

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They are so pretty aren’t they.

Wonder why they are not fed enough at home that they have to hunt  the local neighborhood for food.

Can one be sued for a crop that NEVER comes UP?

Boy the man who worked hard to make his place pretty is not going to see the humor in this act!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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see the tape clearly they didn’t

 

 

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They didn’t see that money was laid out for a NEW LAWN either

How many ingredients in this future lawn had been added to the seed

I will let you know if they going missing.

I will have to watch this place like the hawk that is always above us doing hunting of his own as I will add clover seed throughout the property  to sweeten the soil and add clover for all the local bees who hang out here before heading down the street to the local hives.

 

I did laugh then I worried about the birds then came home and saw a Bunny, Groundhog and birds lurking close to MY GARDEN not all my Peas came up so either they were duds or someone is hunting my SPACE too!

See you soon

Yes you can chuckle

 

AWARDS

I have had so many awards here on WordPress bestowed upon me and I feel so blessed to have each and everyone of you followers liking and leaving comments and finding each other through some of my posts.  Bless you all

The Very inspiring Blogger Award rules are as follows:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

 

To accept the award, the rules are: -Link back to the person who nominated you : Thank you again Cristi !! Also I would recommend to check out her awesome blog (http://traveltimetalk.com/)

-Post the award image to your page – Done

- Answer the questions.  This is designed to help people get to know you better. – here they are

1. Favorite color:

2. Favorite animal:

3. Favorite number:

4. Favorite Non-Alcoholic drink:

5. Favorite Alcoholic drink

6. Favorite a   Facebook or twitter:

7. My Passions:

8. Giving or receiving gifts:

9.Favorite City

10. Favorite TV Show

-Nominate 10 other blogs and let them know they are nominated : Although I would love to mention a lot more may be few hundred but as per the rules here are some of the blogs that are very interesting and lovely to read.

sunshine-award

 

Best Moment Award

Awarding the people who live in the moment, The noble who write and capture the best in life, The bold who reminded us what really mattered – savoring the experience of quality time. (Please check out MomentMatters.com).

RULES: Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardee’s! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~Buddha

I wish to express my sincerest thanks to Moment Matters in selecting my blog for this prestigious honour. It is my privilege to receive this wonderful recognition of my work, an award which I am very honoured to accept and will proudly display on my blog. I am very grateful to my friends on WordPress from whom I have found inspiration and encouragement when life has thrown some “slings and arrows” my way – they have given me much-needed strength – Thank You My Friends! 

This award is so important as it reminds one to appreciate when a special moment presents itself, to savour it, not to let it pass without fully embracing it – life’s too short, isn’t it? I know that in the past I’ve been guilty of letting a special moment go unrecognised because I was so preoccupied with the problems life can throw at one. This sincere recognition of one’s work and the reminder to embrace that which is magical in life helps one to see the other side, to find love and beauty in something worthwhile and wholesome, to have belief in oneself and to pass this belief on to others so they may also have an added chance to see what life’s golden treasures are.

A special moment may be a random occurrence, it may be an exciting event long-awaited with many people becoming an important part of the experience. For me personally, I regard the best moments to be the ones shared with other people! Live in the Moment and remember -

“Never do anything that you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics”

It is my pleasure and great honor to present this award to my super friends who live in the Moment, congratulations to you all!

 

Moment Award

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I want to thank you all for nominating me for so many many beautiful awards I really appreciate them but mostly you.

I know I have been blogging less but trying to sell prints, cards, IPod skins is hard work and if I was not so poor I would just give up lol

I am doing awesome honest I am that 100 hours of Mediation really was just what my heart needed.

I am busy with gardens, painting the rest of this house, taking rides with my honey and pup and she will turn 7 on Mother’s Day where has the time gone!

I want you all to know these awards are being passed out to all of you I can not follow rules lol so if there is one you do not have already follow the direction not like I did and enjoy the limelight!

 

Life is so beautiful for me these days I do not want to bore you so I will look to post some blogs on the adventures of my past liking trucking, motorcycles, travel and pets and try to find a place here again amongst all you wonderful writers and poets and photographers and storytellers too!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi or leaving me a LIKE my reader #@%&s so I miss so much learning to dump COOKIES lol

Have a wonderful day!

HUGS

 

 

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING EVERYONE

Well spring has arrived here in NH and that means added joy and hope for better days ahead, not just for me but for all living things who need this planet to survive themselves. I hope the weather in your spot here on earth is not under water.  I want my old planet back when you could count on normal weather but sadly we have done so many things wrong and usually it is not the super wealthy who get hurt the most.  Not fair that I can say.

So I wanted to let you know I am so happy, no not just because of the flowers starting to bloom or the heat being turned of for most of the day but REALLY HAPPY, filled with joy from letting go of STUFF,  physically and mentally purging is good for one’s soul,  house too!    Have you started spring cleaning yet?

My son and I are back to being able to speak to one another and for that all the pain I went through for 10 days was worth it.  LOL  He is happy and putting tons of ART out there  and having fun isn’t that what we all want for our children.

I have been getting more of my prints out there for sale and soon will step back into my studio to melt some glass and see what this new joy will look like in beads and fused objects.  I will do some more Zentangle as well but all of that will wait till gardens are in and house is painted 1/2 a house painted has to end!

Beading with tiny seed beads has taken a backseat for now I just have actually been to busy and too happy to sit still and ouch the body feels it!  I may do a piece for special people or myself but not for sale anymore as they want them for free  see you can teach an old dog new tricks!

So let me add a photo for you all let me know if you LIKE IT lol

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Pear Tree!

Blossom/leaf from Pear tree

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Have a great day!

Well here in New Hampshire some at higher elevations got a few inches of snow we had temps. in the 20’s F.

I came home sick from the 10 days of meditation then got better and poked around the yard with JT.  I sent him out detecting as he had her for 12 days.  They went on walks and hikes which was so nice for them but he missed his treasure.  So JT would grab a Frisbee or a stick depending upon her mood and me my camera, rake and shovel.  It was spring and things had to be done before the Black Flies arrived.  So I took a stool into the garden and set about digging out more rocks that had surfaced from the fall tilling he had done for me and threw something for the dog to chase.  She will be seven on Mother’s Day do Border Collies ever slow down?

Now I took the larger stones out and the peas are in now to add some peat moss and compost and move that into the soil then I will lay a tarp over whole garden bed to kill all weed seeds but not the Peas!

I have some time to get crops in as we can have frost up until May 30.  Yes a short season compared to the south.  I decided I will grow tomatoes in Pots and 5 gal. buckets with the mix I whip up.  I will grow peppers, herbs, lettuce the same way.  In the garden I will grow sweet corn, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, kale, spinach and lots of Zinnias, Sunflowers and Cosmos.

I have yet to dig up my Ruggosa Roses(Beach Plum) and move them I also have Forsythia just starting to bloom so when they are done I will move some to the berm area.  I am trying to get my plants picked out for Cottage Garden area and today I went to a yard sale with boyfriend and JT and bought two trellises from a man who came down from Maine to Massachusetts and had almost sold out by the time I chose mine.  They are made from cedar but I want to coat with sealer so they will give me many years of use.

I tried to pressure wash front of home but could not start my machine shoulder killing me from FRISBEE lol He will get her started so I can spray with bleach mixture and get the green to wash off the paint on east side of home under the pines.  Must take one tree down but with willow having to come down I hate to lose another tree so I will hold off but not too long as a new roof I can not afford it is just 3 years old now.  I have cedar shingles I need to replace so I watched a You Tube video on how it is done now to look for that tool they used.
I have ben pulling dirt away from exposed wood were it rots it away and will add plants far from foundation so it doesn’t happen again.

Well this week I will be busy getting plants ready for our Garden Club yard and plant sale first Sat. in  May but it will be over by noon so I can run to local racetrack to get my pick for the Kentucky Derby in and get home for watching the Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports!  We will offer lilies, annuals and perennials.  Can’t wait to see how much we make as we already added some color to our town but want to have plants done by us in downtown along the bridge and at major intersection as you come through town.  We only have 5 older woman in our group so we do the best we can.

Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately.  I will go through the reader and try to catch up with you all though most of you never seem to show up on it even though I am one of your followers.

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Forsythia (above)

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Lilac(above in bud)

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Ruggosa Rose Bushes (above in bud)

 

The grass is green

I went through over 400 pounds of bird seed this winter yes it was a bad winter.

Looking forward to getting all the yard and home done by Memorial Day so I can sit back and reap all I get back in return for the 6 months that will follow.  I will make more jewelry and take different kinds of photos I will even use the tripod more.

So nice to sit and share life with you once again.  Can’t wait to see what you all have been up too!

Here is one of the more recent birds to visit here in flocks along with the small cow birds or black with orange and yellow stripes on their wings.  Boy they love the seed but they come and Cardinals leave and I miss them though they call to me each morning from where they have been busy building their nests.

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Pretty right

Hungry too!

Oh I placed my half full hummingbird feeders out last night just incase they arrive early and the Apple Tree has yet to open.
Can’t wait till they come back home.

Have a great week everyone!

Stay safe.

 

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beautiful

Originally posted on Jeff Sinon Photography - Nature Through The Lens:

Some of the most dramatic “Changes” take place in nature. Here’s one.

From the striped, almost clumsy appearance of the caterpillar, to the fluttering gossamer wings of the Monarch butterfly. 

 

The black, yellow, and pale green striped monarch butterfly caterpillar feeding on milkweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a blur of black trimmed orange wings, the monarch butterfly gently flutters away

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Peas Are In

Sugar Snap Organic of course

Sugar Snap
Organic of course

I am almost over the cold I caught while being away  and the snow is gone and the rains have started so I put a coat on and finally  the Peas Are In. I can not wait till they are small and tender ones like above to use in my salads and stir-fry’s.    Do you like fresh peas?  I love Pea Soup as did my Dad and love them right off the plant.   I walked around with JT and checked out the plants I will offer on our Plant sale,  for the Garden Club  May 4.   I have some new Lilac shoots Forsythia too.  I have some Beach Plum type Rugosa  Roses popping up I could divide as well.  I have some perennials left in pots from last year a man in town donated from his yard for our fundraising efforts.  I called a few garden centers and will be picking up some annuals and perennials to round out our selection.  I really hope our town comes out and supports the 5 of us woman trying to make a difference in our towns appearance.  Please remember to support your locals be it a Garden Club or a local farmer and his farm stand.

So with the snow gone hopefully till this winter(I know it is New England and so many storms have laid over my Lilacs in full bloom)I will set about getting the yard ready for another EPIC Spring, Summer and Fall.    New focus and intentions fill my thoughts this year more than others. My honey has gone and accused me of being a HOMEBODY lol like that’s a BAD THING!  I worked all those years on the road and missed my home and he worked his whole life at a 15 hour a day job and came home drank beers and lived his life with his family,  now he wants FUN Filled days and NO BEER lol boy we have grown older.   I love travel don’t get me wrong but with so much I want done around here I will do it even if I am by myself  a lot I am OK with that.  I asked him to get the snow blower in the barn for the season and to take out the rider and get it ready for the lawn.  Sharpen blades, change oil and spark plug so she will get me through another season.  He likes mowing so if I am not too picky about when I want it done he will gladly do it but it is not a real lawn you know the kind with lots of chemicals thrown on top but if it is green and grows 3 to 4 inches tall and hold the soil  and keeps the dust down I am happy.  I only cut the lawn when rain is on its way look so pretty after and healthier.

While meditating I come up with some awesome thoughts.  Some random out of left field others I can use.  You all saw I started the house painting and I want to finish it this year but I had a thought I know scary if you know me I have a lot of ruined shingles where wet soil over 30 years up against the front of the house shingles so now I want to take those off and replace with new Cedar shingles only seal them after they age some like the ones along the coast here in New England.  So as I look at the front of the house to the left of the entrance way it will be dark Oxford brown as in the back but from area around the front door to the outer right edge where so man are nasty I thought about making it  pop with light new shingles.  Just my mind going crazy with thoughts of warmer weather to come and getting this place so she is good for another 15 years and doesn’t disintegrate.  I will show you as I tackle this he will do the hanging of the new ones for me and LESS PAINTING there actually is a method to my madness.  I also thought of painting the front and adding garden graphics on it who will see it besides you and me I live in the woods.

I have soil to get,  mulch too,  as I will remove my plants from the area of my berm and get them into an English Cottage type configuration away from grass and weeds with lots of sun, can you imagine the shots I can get of flowers and insects then.  I will plant some Forsythia, Roses and Lilacs and small Evergreens on the berm and it will act as a living fence along the edge of roadway and the property line,  between the two gates.  I am excited I can not wait I just pray this body will hold up since all work will be done with my hands  but with weight off and heart that is so happy now,  I want to show this place some love after all the years I suffered quietly in pain living here with the ex.  Time to LIVE and BE HAPPY!

Can’t wait to read what your places look like and what your plans this year hold you know I will have lots of posts doing more or less Show and Tell I garden with abandon not to show up in Better Homes and Gardens

Peace & Love

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