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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.

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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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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Flew In for a snack of song birds

Flew In for a snack of song birds

I don’t think so

Back on the roof I went

It snowed and snowed and snowed some more. It was a day of pushing snow around the landscape, that had looked so warm the day before. The sun was supposed to show up yesterday and warm up all that wet snow and I knew what that meant. Yes back up onto the roof I would go. He put the heavy ladder up against the lowest roof line and held the ladder while I went up with cameras wrapped up in plastic bags and placed into a canvas bag, I also brought up the electrical wire draped over my good shoulder and prayed I made it to the top of the ladder with no slip ups. Once upon the roof I found out rather quickly how slippery it was and fell hard on my bad knee. Is that not the way when you have an injury?  Now I had to get real close to the edge as he handed me up not one but two shovels, our Christmas gift from Mom the electric Snow Shovel. I plugged the electric cord into the machine still not thinking it was right to run an electrical appliance in heavy wet snow, I dropped the other end down to him and prayed the wiring was safe and that some of my cheap boots had a little rubber in them.  Now with trashed knee and bad thumb on left hand and bad left shoulder I set out to see if I could do this alone while he used the roof rake on the front of the house, as reaching up hurts me more. When he had the whole roof over the kitchen and spare bedroom completed he passed me up this rake as well so I could do the loft bedroom across the way,  while I stood on the flat roof covered by rubber and 8″ of snow. No one wants us up there mostly us but when you have snow build up then rain or more snow is predicted it must come off or fear of a roof collapse is a certainty and insurance may not pay if they say you were negligent in not caring for your home.  Being poor and injured is no excuse. I pay over $400.00 a year to them,  to protect my home from things I can not but a roof and new batteries for fire alarms can be done so far by us. While I was clearing roof with electric machine it went so much faster than with a shovel, that is for sure. I had been dreading this after shoveling heavy wet snow the whole day before as he  cleared the rest of this place with the gas snow thrower.  We were so tired we went to bed early with our achy bodies. Today I had a game to watch so I went up early but it ended up taking me just one hour using this new tool and a shovel and roof rake,  I was surprised. I ended up falling two more time both down on that left knee. I have been walking on ice for two weeks ever so careful with no falls and today there were three. I was praying I would be able to climb the ladder down. Yes I am too old for this so is he but we have no other choice. So as I caught my breath and let my heart slow down I unwrapped the cameras and began to take in the beauty of our winter landscape. It really was pretty with all the snow-covered trees and almost 30 F. No sun was visible for which I was thankful.
Time to share a few shots with you. Enjoy our chilly landscape if you are having terrible heat where you live and I am so sorry for all of you living with horrible floods or draught. I am not alone when it comes to a winter landscape so many are looking out their windows at scenes such as these.

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The side of the home along the river we can not reach to clear it off but this is also where the sun will do its work and melt it over time.  One good thing about clearing the roof is we no longer will have horrible icicles or ice damming  occurring and causing water damage.

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The wild birds flit to and from the forest to the feeders some scared by me up above them.
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Many run to the Apple tree as I move about trying to capture the yard below.
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The row of bushes I keep all along the southern edge of the upper yard is for the backyard birds to run into for cover as well.  Hawks have to usually throw themselves into my plantings to get one of my pretty little birds they usually leave hungry and have to go in search elsewhere for easy pickings.  You know me by now I shall never take a photo of death by any means.  I am just about the beauty and joy playing out around me.
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We sure wish the yard was not so flooded, as this week all of this water will freeze solid, as a new cold front slips south and over our area.  Did I forget to tell you another 3 or 4 inches of snow is coming on Tuesday night and into Wednesday as the cold arrives.  We will not do the roof if that is all we get we need to rest our bones.

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Looking out from the windows I sit in front of when I make pretty things no wonder I work in such BOLD COLORS!

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Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate all of your visits  as you can we pretty much have the dog and cat and wild birds and each other to keep from going stir crazy on snowy days!

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!!!!!

 

 

JANUARY THAW MAKES ME HAPPY!

On the second weekend in New England, the January Thaw really kicked in.  Be still my heart.  I could not believe how cold it has been, really since Thanksgiving into the New Year.  We have been spoiled it seems.  Many recent winters we have had a little cold them warmth then cold again, see I really like that, I think.  This winter we had a vortex and it brought me back to my youth and really big snowstorms and cold weather.  We still have January to get through then February and March will follow. bringing with it who knows what.  We did not get the worst of the horrid stretch of weather, the poor folks in our countries mid section got hammered, so I can not complain just our backs and coastline took a beating so far, oh wait the heating bills have been crazy made even worse by a fixed income.  It is why I am trying to sell some photography here and there just for extra cash to make life easier.  My sweetheart will be making some things for me using his welding expertise for the upcoming craft fairs and yard sales and when we have some finished I will show you.

So what do we here in New England do when we get our January Thaw?  We get outside!  We spend time out in the warmth of a winter’s day, with sunshine on our faces. We so not ski but he used and we do not skate but we could, as the yard has so much ice all over where  we cleared of snow.  See we have had over 1 1/2 feet of snow then 4 inches or more of rain then freezing and thawing going on and finally he resorted to getting us some cheap cleats for the bottom of our boots.  Mine are still in the package his are worn in.

I take JT through the snow as I can not afford another injury like a broken arm or hip or for her to get hurt as vets and doctors charge too much. Wait can I get Obama care for her?  So steady as we go is our plan.  Chopping ice each mid day only for it to re-freeze over night.  You have to be tough to live above the Mason Dixon Line, where the north and south meet.  Yes the south suffers terribly too, with drought and heat and wicked storms that blow homes away and ruin lives.  What an amazing place this Earth of ours is, really we are all at its mercy aren’t we.  We either roll with the punches or give up.  So far what ever has been thrown in my direction I have been able to recover from, some sadly never will and I find that so unfair.  Ok enough depressing weather stuff, want to see our world yesterday?
After chopping  with the one  arm I have left of any use, I grabbed the camera and that cute JT and went off into the woods behind our barn to see what was going on, hoping to run into a deer or two.
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We found his tracks right away, just steps away from the rear of the barn.
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Some pretty interesting trees like this pretty Paper Birch peeling out in the winter landscape.
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This tree just a little older and stronger with the start of some curling  bark. I adore trees but you already know that :)
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This one has some company along its trunk
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You can see JT was all about this decaying tree who knows what had stopped here before us.
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Well beaten down deer trails could be found along with bear, coyote and fox  prints as well all leading to the stream and away from it.  Everyone needs fresh water.

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It was pretty bright and sunny and we were really enjoying the walk in the woods today I will hit the beach as it will be almost 50 degrees!
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Big and small deer living here on my property make me know I am doing something right.
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JT is loving all the smells nature has left behind in the woods and I am so thankful she never goes off on her own, she is definitely a Momma’s Girl.
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More tracks of forest dwellers.

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Scat left by one such animal. A deer has been here.
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It really was such a pretty walk in the woods with my girl even the trees looked joyful and no longer weighed down with snow and ice.

It was time to head back out to reality.  Time for some more chopping before supper was put on to cook.
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This is out in front of the barn, no wonder he is hunting for chains to fit his 1954 Dodge with dual wheels a lot of good all that beautiful welding of my plow being added to his truck did ,if it can’t move.   We SHOVEL and CHOP!
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Yes it is rather treacherous to say the least!  I must be grateful there is ICE and NOT MORE SNOW well not yet.  :)  Give it a minute we are in New England!
Have a great week and I hope everyone who was suffering in the awful cold is also getting a respite if even for a day or so and for those dealing with summer heat and drought I wish you cooling rains.  Gentle not flooding as we will soon know that world all too well.

Have a great week!

Peace

I am counting the days……….

I am counting the days till I see the sea, once again.

I am tired of this frozen and icy landscape,  though beauty can also be found here.

You see we have had but  just over thirty inches of the fluffy, white powder type snow.

Nothing to complain about as some received four feet in just over a day. The problem is

we had rain, lots and lots of rain, on top of that pretty powder covered landscape.  Now it is frozen

with temperatures still not as bad as some but when you are poor like many are -20 or -60 is COLD.

We are safe as he bought us some cleats to walk around this place on but you know there is one

really dry, perfect place, THE ROOF!

Not a drop of snow to be had up there!

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We have had our rest and it is a good thing as from what I hear come Saturday it will feel like

SPRING!  We will see the sun and she will do her thing.  She will melt the ice that covers this place

and before nightfall freeze up all over again.  We won’t really care as we will be over by the sea.

I will have that pretty little JT with me and her favorite toy.  We will look for treasure on the beach

and in the lens.  I fear we shall not have the place to ourselves,  as we do on a nasty day but to hear

joy coming from everyone there,  it will be all I need to get me through another month, wait will this

be our January Thaw?  OK I won’t get greedy,  I will just enjoy the day and you know when I come

home I will have many photos to look back on and pick ones to share with you.  So I hope you are up

for a beach day like us.  Usually our weather comes from the west so if we are going to be warm my

wish is that you all will be as well.  If you do see the sun go out and bask in it even if you think you

will look crazy as maybe we are by now,  have you heard of Cabin Fever?

Looking forward to pretty photos from you all as you get out side once again without fear of frostbite

if only for a day or two.  I know it is winter but seriously I heard something about global warming,

my body says they are NUTS!  I won’t even talk about that VORTEX!  Really?  This is winter as I

knew it, as a child.

OK here is some random photos from the yard maybe the next ones will show the snow GONE!

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JT in front yard before the freezing rains arrived

 

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My neighbors are truly buried and to make things worse the deer who are so hungry are looking for anything to nibble on. Tracks all over the beautiful old stones as they leave this area and head down to us and the river.

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Have a great night and a beautiful weekend.  Hope you get a little warmer.

 

 

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Animals get frostbite as well

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Frostbite in Dogs from VAC Animal Hospitals

What is frostbite?

frostbite_in_dogs_general_information-1_2009Frostbite or congelatio in medical terminology [next step] is the damage that is caused to skin and other tissues due to extreme cold. When the environmental temperature drops below 32°F (0°C), blood vessels close to the skin start to narrow or constrict. This constriction of the blood vessels helps to preserve core body temperature by diverting blood toward the core and away from the cooler parts of the body. In extreme cold or when the body is exposed to cold for long periods, this protective mechanism can reduce blood flow in some areas of the body, especially the extremities, to critically low levels. The combination of cold temperature and reduced blood flow can allow the tissues to freeze, causing severe tissue injury. Frostbite is most likely to happen in body parts farthest from the heart and in tissues with a…

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January Third In New England

I loaded the cameras charged batteries into each one and added them to the huge bag to keep them safe.

I put JT’s collar on her as I do each time we venture from the yard.

This time we climbed into the already warm truck as it was horrid out.

I needed to make a trip into Portsmouth area.  Newington actually was my first stop.

Have you heard about Habitat For Humanity I am sure you have, well they have a re-store there and as it goes to a good cause I thought I would start there for things I needed in the house.  Wow! I will be back and I hope enough people support them so it stays open for a very long time.  They had what I was looking for and even things I needed but had no idea till I got there so I did not come prepared with the measurements I would need.  See they sell windows and doors and lots of them for $5.00, $10 and $20 each!  I have a foggy plant/greenhouse type window beside my desk which is only good for light other than that it is useless after over 30+ years. It is time for a large window with screen or as my man suggested maybe we can make a door there and add a wooden porch just on the other side,  see I was not the only one who got excited here.  OH the possibilities!

He also found a small light weight snow thrower on wheels that we were promised worked great but to keep the receipt in case it didn’t. My Mom bought us one for the roof and though it is a Toro and it works nice to make paths for JT and the birds I would hate to leave it on the roof now this one he got is light and we can wrap in a small tarp and I bought a new Bright Green bungee cord to secure it to one of the 3 chimneys.  Actually 2 of them will never have smoke coming out of them and with coal stove still needing a plate before I use it safely you get the picture anywhere up there will work.  Yes there is snow up there again another 10 to 12 inches unless the wind blew it off.  It was 20 below last night and now at 9:30 AM it has climbed up top minus 5 F.

Now the one thing I went to this store to look for was a ceiling fan-light kit.  I figured as people remodel up here on the coast they would change those out too.  We found blades, and parts but not what I really wanted so as we headed out for him to by the snow tool he says “Look!”  There to my right was a shelf with eight complete fans.  Mine is 30 years old and seems to have been tightened as much as it can be and with these new bulbs we use when they get shaken they do not last long.  Well with so many to pick from I could not decide. So he did.  I paid for the fan and back out to the truck for JT who was waiting patiently and the truck was warm sitting in the sun. Now to gas up the truck as you see the prices were .08 cheaper per. gallon then 20 miles back home.

I was driving so I decided a detour of sorts would be nice after all I had not one camera but three!  We knew the beach had been battered at midnight and at noon as high tide arrived so I decided to take the scenic ride along the ocean so much for the savings at the gas pump.  JT loves the beach as much as us but I never told her we were going but her nose told her we were going someplace she loved. She was no longer laying across the rear seat she was sitting up and waiting!

As we got closer we saw the roads had been swamped with sea water as well as lots of rocks and boulders.  It had actually been closed for hours but now open I was still uncertain about continuing but with tide being now 3 hours before I forged onwards with a happy dog in the back seat with her head out the window.  Brrrr I did say it was horrid right.

I drove into the nasty slop as he cringed for his truck.  OH I heard him say “Now it will need to be washed.”  lol time to toughen up this Honda!

Now come the photos as you know I usually I try to add some eye candy to make up for the less than eloquent words.

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The clouds in the distance are from the storm that raged through leaving friends with 20+ inches of snow and us with 10 to 12.
You can see that the sea is still churning and whipping the surf into a frothy scene.  Nice for photos but not nice to be out here.  JT was in awe over the simplest of things.  Her beach was covered with frozen sea water which she spent the 5 min. while I shot these images smelling.

I swear I do not know how these gulls do this with fast food joints just across the marsh.

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Poor things left outside to bear the brunt of the most unbearable of weather.  I even saw some out riding on the waves and I thought my life was tough NOT!!!!

Here are a few more shots ,see if you can feel the cold day though one shot I added warmth too, can you tell which one?  All my shots are available now on cards and prints for your home and even on pillows and ties!

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Trying to shake off the cold poor thing lousy photo as I was walking up to the car I was trying to capture them and not fall.

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I was blustery and frigid but so worth the effort to make our way through the sloop of slushy sea water and rock that had come up and over onto our coastal route and washed more of our beautiful beaches away.

Now a photo of our place yesterday
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I hope she will always enjoy what ever way we spend our day with her.  She will be eight on Mother’s Day and I want to always do things to see her filled with as much joy as she gives us.

Have a great weekend!

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Just in time for New Year!

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File photo of a thermometer in cold weather. (Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

File photo of a thermometer in cold weather. (Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

 

 

PORTLAND, MAINE (AP) – It’s snowing in Maine.

 

The precipitation is from a fast moving storm expected to drop heavy, wet snow in parts of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

 

It comes a week after an ice storm left parts of northern New England in the dark.

 

Utility companies in Maine and Vermont are bracing for more outages, with forecasters predicting the band of snow could dump 10 or more inches in some northern areas.

 

A spokeswoman for Bangor Hydro Electric says the number of outages is around 600.

 

But with the snow falling he said the utility had not released the crews from New Jersey, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and other areas that had helped restore service in the state in case they are needed…

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CHRISTMAS FLEW BY

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So Fast Indeed……. sorry lousy FAST photo, pretty color though :)

It was windy and cold so we stayed home.  JT was tired of staying in so I slid my boots on and wrapped a warm scarf across my head and face lol I must be getting old :) and when I grabbed the camera she ran off to get her Frisbee.  She is too smart but I must have told you that before.  Most of us are now old friends. I still didn’t have my coat on and she was running back and forth from the door to me in the kitchen.  Going on 8 but some days more like a two year old.

I took her out to the area that was clear of snow and where the least ice was on the bare ground. Last thing either us needs is an emergency room on Christmas morning.
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As you can see by the shadows it was a sunny day but very cold, too cold to go to walk the beach in Maine as we had planned.  Besides between VT and Maine over 100,000 were having Christmas with no power. Most people up here in the northeast are smart about having two sources of fuel to heat their places with.  We have propane that almost ran out before he showed up Christmas Eve at almost 6 PM and back up is nut coal, I love coal heat. We use propane for cooking too and now we have an electric water heater I have never had one of them before but with gas stove I can light the burner with a match and boil water in a pinch.

I needed to rest my shoulder after I threw her toy over and over so I asked her if she wanted to go see if we could find some beaver.  She led the way!
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So down to the rivers edge we went all the while making sure we did not slide in!
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See the tracks?  He pulled a section of the dam to save our land  we knew they would come but we are never quick enough to catch him in the act!
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Maybe if we follow these tracks we can catch him being a busy beaver seems by the vegetation here where the tracks lead to that he has chewed off most of my beautiful Forsythias.  They are tough and will grow back but I did not want them PRUNED!

Want to see how he gets here when he forgets his ice skates at his Beaver Hut?
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Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!

I know your laughing right lol I am telling you I feel like Elmer Fudd and the rascally rabbit :)
They slip in from the water at my lower yards edge too
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And head right for my seriously “WEEPING WILLOW TREE ”  where JT is on it’s scent! she is such a good girl but she is a herder not a hunting dog.

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We hope you had a Wonderful Christmas.
We had our Christmas Ham with Baked Potato, Acorn Squash and Carrots to end the wonderful day spent together at home. No babies, no presents from a store but a warm home and hot meal what more could we ask for.  We have all we will ever need except for Peace On Earth so tonight after dessert, a simple brownie, when we close our eyes that is what we will hope the world can get as it’s gift from all of us.

With Love from me too you and a wish that you and your families travel safely so we can all await the New Year TOGETHER

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Back Up Onto The Roof

I hope this is not how my whole winter will go.  Snow removal seems to run days together.  Tonight we are getting rain maybe lots and lots of rain and then some will have major icy event.  Trees will be lost as well as homes and cars they fall onto.  Our state has called in help from the states south of us as they prepare for the worst one of which could be no power come Christmas morning.  So many states face this year after year and we do every 5 to 8 years  and it is so sad to see very few real old trees in the landscapes.

OK time for some photos so you can see where I spend time each day. 

Upon climbing up and across the roof I am met with this.  Heat Loss?  I would say by the looks of this, the job paid for to insulate the whole house, may not have been done as well as it could have been. The propane I heat with is selling for over $4.00 a gal. last I want it to do is exit the home .
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Wow I am getting quicker at this or there was less snow this time.  I did the whole roof in 2 hours first time and this time 1 1/2 hours.

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See the flat roof and the small pitch roof any snow on them and warm weather or rain like tonight would act like a sponge and cause the roof to collapse.  The insurance company would not pay to repair if I di not do my part.  I wish I had won some of that jackpot to raise the roof and cover it with metal.  OH well I will keep the shovel close by .

This is the way down!
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Since I blog I take the camera up with me in a bag all wrapped up soon I will need a structure up there to shoot from all year long.  I love the views from there just wish I was not on ice.

A Eagle flew over me but I had a shovel and not the camera in my hand so I missed that one but here are some of the views from the roof as I cleared it off.

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See 10:00 AM not a drop of water on my land by 2:00 PM they had opened the dam AGAIN and washed away more of my land.
Never ending battle I think.  Maybe I will sell this place in a few years and buy a one bedroom condo by the ocean where it is warm.

Are you all done shopping and making your desserts for Christmas?  We will see my Mom on Monday and then on Christmas walk in the woods out back or a pretty winter beach.

 

What’s So Pretty About Winter

Ok so we made sure that we gassed up the truck, and snow thrower. I went out in the snow last night and out of 5 members in the garden club just 3 of us enjoyed something sinful.   It was so nice to travel a road alone in the quiet and then snow fell lightly.  I had my first Chi Latte LOVED IT and a piece of chocolate decadence cake. The chief said “I thought you were going to go sinful that is even gluten-free!” lol I just hope the plate was heavy she place it on or I will have to go shovel another 2 hours before weigh-in Tuesday!

OK I am hurting real bad from head to toes so let me add your EYE CANDY so I can go watch TOM BRADY,  man is he handsome and a nice guy, my EYE CANDY.

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Have to make my way out to add water for the birds it’s been so cold the river froze over.

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6 AM this yellow beast was in my hand making pathways for JT to use as well as places to spread cracked corn and black sunflower seeds for all the ground feeders.

Now as you can see we did not get buried but 12 inches more than I want ALL WINTER!

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Now the pretty abstract of ice and tree reflections upon the river are gone and replaced with snow.  When the sun comes out I will try to find a pretty spot for you till then watching boyfriend behind the machine and Tom on TV LIFE IS GOOD!

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.

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We have the snow thrower gassed up and the old truck fitted with my plow now to see if it works :)

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Snow falls in Sandy Creek, N.Y., Friday morning.

There’s a travel mess ahead from the Midwest to New England where some areas will see up to eight inches of snow. Meteorologist Janice Huff reports.

The Northeast braced Friday for a fierce winter storm that threatened to dump a foot of snow on some places and coat New York and Boston over the weekend with their biggest accumulations of the season.

Lake-effect snow whipped Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., and Erie, Pa., on Friday morning, and 5 to 8 inches of snow was expected to fall on parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio from Friday evening into Saturday. Indianapolis was expected to get as much as 5 inches.

Freezing rain and sleet were expected to cause problems Friday in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois, slickening bridges…

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COLD WEATHER HEADED THIS WAY TOO

COLD WEATHER HEADED THIS WAY TOO

Brrrrrrr

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So many things to be thankful for we just need eye to see them

Happy Thanksgiving EVERYONE

XO

Eunice aka nutsfortreasure

 

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Flash Flood Warning

Yes this is now my yard remember my blogs from winter or from the floods?
We are truly jungle like these days. Warm and humid and tropical rains and now we are under the gun for some serious Flash Flooding! It is when the river will rise up and over their banks and can destroy roads and yards.
Can you see this Green Growth?  Soon there will be blooms, dragonflies and butterflies all over this yard of ours.
I hope we still have bats in my bat box because this afternoon it was so hard to get these shots as I was constantly swatting mosquitoes!

I have grown Tiger Lilies along one section of this river that is the southern property line

Tiger Lilies

I am trying to find out what kind of green weed is on the front right that is taking over our yard. Do you know what it is called?

 

Taller than me!

These are growing so fast with easily 10+ inches of rain this spring plus the 100 inches or more of snow we had this winter plus the river as it comes us and goes back down.

Wildflower or Weed?

Wildflower or Weed who knows,  not me till it opens!

I have more that are open rain and all(sorry for all those who need the rains so bad parts of Canada and all of New England will truly give you some of ours)seems these things that call my yard home are LOVING IT!

Yellow Bloom with company

Tiny Yellow flowers so you know how tiny thins little bee was!  So tiny I never saw it till I went to share it with YOU I love nature in MACRO!

 

soaken wet beach rose blossom

So many blossoms are gone before their time hope there will be plenty for our honey bees if and when the sun shines again.

 

Before they open

 

Beach Roses before the buds open and in the background the Rose Hips wait to ripen.

Good and close bugs are too!

Happy Hour!  Free Drinks!

 

Time for a drink

 

Pretty male Finch just before he was ambushed by a Baltimore Oriole  bullies!

 

 

Baby Pears

Baby Pears are covering the tree we pruned in early spring yes we lost some possible fruit but I could not pick it that HIGH!  Rotten squished fruit attracts too many BEES and remember he is highly allergic.

 

Gotta go

Well gotta run my little girl wants me to play catch with her AGAIN!
My beautiful tree is loosing all her lovely blooms TOO MUCH RAIN!
Maybe I will sell MUSHROOMS!

See what I have been doing

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I changed my Hot Pink Peony to Sepia so more could hang it on a wall not many adore them as I do PINK

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Mowing like crazy to stop the encroaching forest

 

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Taking photos at Mom’s too as I am not the only one who has some beauties.

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I have to tear them apart but have been beading around some cabs
Trying out different combos of beads so the stone, glass, jade etc. as the centerpiece is the real focal point.
Hard time finding ultra suede though.

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Waiting for the Rain to STOP

 

So my flowers can shine and I can finish this house and enjoy SUMMER

 

More later a friend is bring over lunch for her and I to catch up and then tomorrow digging free plants from a kind donors yard for the Garden Club  Then MORE RAIN oh and wind too
Stay safe everyone it is CRAZY out there.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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On my head and everything else here in New England.

Not discouraging these Ants that are all about the sweetness within this Peony bud.

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Tons of Lilacs this year but all this rain weighs them down and turns than brown.

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Icelandic  Poppy also covered in raindrops

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We have a little water in the river lined by so much glorious GREEN it has been real low since they closed the dam to get the big lake ready for boating, camping and fishing.

Last one

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Can you see her above?

This is the view out my Kitchen window.  I want to put a huge umbrella up so she is not soaked all night poor creatures who have to deal with all that weather throws at them.

So let’s see I did a new thing with beads yesterday and was gone from home for almost 6 hours boy I have not done that since I went away.  Felt great!

Wait till I show you what I did!

One of the woman in the Gardening Club with me was home and we were given over 40 potted perennials and she came with me this morning to lad them into the truck.  Big help and they are gorgeous!

SEE

 

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I will grab some photos to show you the beading and a few other things I love the new reader I use can you add RSS feed to your blogs as it is how I add each one I follow some already are using it.

Take Care

 

Happy Memorial Day to all of you and ones who will be traveling,  please do be very careful.

 

Peace

Eunice

Yes Spring Has Sprung!

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Leaves have begun to unfurl and show their beauty to those who wait for any sign.

 

 

 

 

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Flowers in hanging baskets become all the rage

 

 

 

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Even the beautiful Forsythia that lines this property had visitors!  I love this beautiful, very tiny golden bug.   I do love Macro for what shows up that I never saw .

Miss you all

We had our Garden Club plant sale yesterday wish it had been a sell out.

 

Painted almost the whole front side of our house today,  ouch too much.

 

It has  been so gorgeous here like a present for what we had to deal with this past winter.

 

I hope you are seeing better weather.  We go to Boston tomorrow and for the first time I am uneasy about traveling to the city I adore.  Mom has doctor appointment at one of the hospitals the wounded were taken to.

 

I am hoping to write a few stories and share some more photos I already have the photos in camera now to download them onto laptop and WRITE

 

 

Miss you all

 

 

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.

 

Another Storm Brewing

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I took this photo yesterday along the river but facing out to sea.  It was beautiful over here, less wind then when JT and I tried to join her daddy on the ocean side, man was it cold and a very brisk wind.  Cold we can take but that constant wind is not good and I am bundled up, well  all but my weather-beaten face and to protect her from the harsh elements I have gone through my whole life,  we walked over here to take shelter from the storm that was brewing.

What a deceiving day.  It was so pretty to look at.  Made me what to shower and get dressed and head out with him.  I was down another two pounds on Tuesday weigh-in so I wanted to keep up the hard work.  Funny you see something working even if it causes pain I am the type that has always been tough and just pushed through it.  I am not saying it is smart , just saying more about who I am.

I have one month left before I leave and want to take in all my world has to offer.  I want to walk and spend time with them.  I will miss the three of them,  who share this home with me.  My son said he missed his pup but knowing she was with friends allowed him to take on the challenge himself so I will let go and trust.  JT loves me as much as Mike’s dog adores him but Mike does spend time during the day without his girl and JT is always beside me lol I am her person.  She watches over me and protects me even when I am not in danger so maybe after she gets over missing me for first few days she will become a dog again.   Something tells me we will be like that commercial that runs here,  of the lady coming back from war with her huge dog greeting her on the ground covering her with kisses, will also be played out here,  hell being on the floor meditating for 10 days 14 hours a day will have the ground being normal for me.  Wish me luck!  lol

 

OK back to the REAL STORM BREWING this morning I woke to a weather report saying maybe we would miss a big snowstorm Thank You for listening to my prayers this time now they say just three to four inches but wet snow this time.  JT loves catching snowballs she will be so happy.  Now I will show you a few photos from the river as the sea.  They are not my best and I am sorry I was freezing and will blame them on the wind!

Now look at the next pictures don’t them make it seem like it is just a beautiful day to SUNTAN

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Not a care in the world.

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A Loner lol no room for anyone else on this ones beach.

 

OK want to see some more again sorry shaking too much for really pretty ones but I am sure you will love them.

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Now the mighty Atlantic Ocean was really churning and so frothy.  The storm was still a twelve-hour ride away down in Virginia.   So I really thought we would be getting another NEMO like storm.  Looks can be deceiving right beautiful blue sky pretty colorful sea. BRRRRRRR

 

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Wind blown JT waits for me to throw a hefty stick to her.  No FRISBEE in these winds.

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Well you can see she is tiring of me and my photos time to go for a walk

 

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Have a nice weekend
 

 

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BOSTON — We doubt anything like this will be needed in Oklahoma, but the city of Boston announced the creation of a “snow removal strike team” Monday. Several city agencies are now working together, their goal: to get the snow, ice and debris left after the weekend’s devastating blizzard off the streets.

A parade of bulldozers, plows and salt trucks rolled out of the city’s public works headquarters as officials announced the start of a massive snow removal effort.

“It’s an arduous process and I don’t think we can get it all done in one shot, but we’re going to do our damn best to get as much done as possible,” said Joanne Massaro, Boston Public Works commissioner.

As of Monday afternoon, Boston crews plowed 810 miles of roads since the storm dumped 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. And city tow trucks yanked about 430 cars off the…

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CLOSED

We drove my mother to her doctor appointment last week.  I used to go to the hospital many years ago to see a doctor who practiced there so I knew right where I was going or so I thought.  Mom had been born on that property in the old wooden hospital over by Spot Pond.

Our day started early we woke at 5:00 and left NH at 6:00 to miss rush hour traffic.  We had a wonderful ride on a very cold day.  Mom could have driven there but being 77 she worried about the morning traffic as they had given her a 9:00AM appointment for her stress test, I knew she did not need the stress of that bumper to bumper traffic on top of her test.

We took our truck as it was already warm inside this day in New England saw temps. below zero and with gusty winds it felt even colder.

After I made sure mom was all checked in and was all set,  I made my way back to the truck.  I grabbed my gloves and grabbed JT and her leash,  the camera too thinking if I walked fast and kicked a stick we could do the loop around the old hospital, you see the place we had all thought we were going was CLOSED, boarded up with construction equipment throughout the beautiful property.   As we walked the old paved walkway close to the buildings it really was tolerable weather wise but when we came around the corner and the winds welcomed us I knew I had to turn around for not only me but JT.  Last thing I need is frostbite on my nose!

Here are a few photos I took,  last week of a beautiful but rather frigid New England day in Massachusetts.

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A very cold New Hampshire afternoon with the river doing her best to stay open and flowing but sadly it was loosing its battle with old man winter.

Now yesterday as the furnace cranked out the heat to keep us warm it did nothing to stop our bathroom pipes from freezing, have I told you I HATE WINTER!

I boiled tea kettle after tea kettle of water and poured down the drains in sink and tub.  Who ever designed this home was nuts putting the bathroom on an outside wall!  Then again when this camp was built they used and outhouse.   Yes that was my world yesterday, me doing all I could from inside and him outside in below  0 F,  with and extension cord and a hairdryer warming a vent pipe.  I tried to remind him that the hot water I had been doing all day was working and that my hair dryer was NOT FOR OUTSIDE USE,  in SNOW!   I swear he will make me get my first Gray hairs!

 

 

I know I added the photos to the post but others never showed up!

Powder Coated Day

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I woke to a pretty powder coat look happening on all the trees just outside my home today.

Yes it meant we had to shovel but not the roof today.   It snowed from the early morning hours and at 4:00 PM I was still moving snow to scatter seed for the ground feeding birds.  I looked up into all of these large pines for that nasty hawk who snatched on of my pretty birds yesterday.  All that was seen was a burst of feathers.  Insert    SAD FACE HERE.

JT hung out with me while I shoveled and he used the snow blower in the back yard.

After 2 hours we had the yard done for the first round,  then we had to take a ride for more bird seed. The roads had been nuts  around here for getting just a little amount of this light, powdery  snow.  I drove the three of us the 10 miles to the feed store and was pleasantly surprised to hear I had purchased the required 10 bags of bird seed so I got a 50 pound bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seed for FREE.  The men loaded the truck up and we headed back down the road,  for home.   The roads were empty, the speeds had been lowered to 45 mph  kind of crazy for so little snow.  I have to tell you in case it did not hit your local news  NH had a 40 mile bumper to bumper traffic jam.  Can you imagine crawling along stuff in traffic hardly moving for FORTY MILES for 2 INCHES of snow.  Today I was happy to play in the snow with him and JT and the pretty birds.  I am grateful I was not in a BIG RIG, I am seeing how blessed I actually am .

How is your weather?  Do you have crazy drivers where you live?  I wonder who  never made it to work today I know if I found myself in a 40 mile back-up I would take the next exit and go for breakfast then home to play in the snow.

It doesn’t hurt to know I have a place that looks so pretty to come home to,  no matter how much snow  has piled up.

 

 

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My little shadow is always  waiting to play no matter the weather.

We Will Be Back!

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While in Boston take a spin over here and take a stroll you will love this place of quiet and serene beauty

Peace

 

Snow Still Here

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Brrrrr it was cold here the last two days in New Hampshire.  Below Zero!  Warming up they say we may hit 30 maybe time to hit the BEACH.

 

Peace& Love

Snowstorm Here

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Down along the rivers edge here at home.

 

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Looking down from bedroom window.  Wildlife is hanging close by for breakfast

 

 

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This gray Squirrel finally ventured out of the Willow good thing we did not cut it down  and stopped the beaver from doing so.

 

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Here he comes over to the bad door to eat and torment JT lol

 

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This is the other end of the lower yard.

 

We had 12″ of fully snow then the rains fell and it  got real heavy so we had to move it before the temps dropped and it turned to ice.   We are do a few more inches tomorrow and there is a full COLD MOON.  Stay warm

 

IS IT SPRING YET?

 

 

 

Wish We Had Headed West

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Well after shoveling and snow blowing all day I am missing the west. The Southwest actually.  The desert of AZ.Today where we live in NH, we got our first snowstorm,  for a total of just over a foot of snow.  So I am really missing the sunny, dry conditions of the desert southwest.

 

I know I would miss my birds,  what would they do without me?  One year when I took off for the west I cut open a 50 lb. bag of sunflower seeds and spread them out under my truck,  someone or something had some good meals for the few weeks we were gone.  Summer trips we take there are plenty of bugs to eat but in the dead of winter and them being used to having their meals here,  it was the least I could do for them , what was $25.

Strong Surf

 

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We got there the other day and when we saw the waves and this heavy stone thrown up on the beach it was more than he could stand.  It was too rough to wade into  so we went up the road two beach areas away where he found THE  Newest Piece of BLING :) and tons of money, coins but money is money isn’t it.

Dozer On The Beach

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They are back at it.
Digging sand up out of an inlet and pushing it back up onto the main beach.
You would think we could find some really neat treasure here but we think they have a screen that it passes through so they can KEEP IT ALL!

Winters wrath will play out as always

What they place back up on top will surly get sucked back out to sea

I just wish they would remove their SCREENS

lol

It is Tuesday here in NH and we had snow and not it is pouring out.

Rain in December,  a week from Christmas,  yes this is a much warmer world than it was when I was young.

No degree needed here to see plainly that things have certainly changed in my world.

Stay safe out there where you are and hug your loved ones a little tighter and tell them you love them.

Heavy snow and a heavy mind

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The cats sit on the windowsills and watch the dancing snowflakes outside. I watch the snowflakes too. We are safe and warm here in our comfortable home at the edge of a beautiful, mysterious forest.

How privileged we are.

In my imagination the snowflakes often turn into something else, as the powerless and useless words in my head come together and one by one form powerful and useful thoughts.

Sometimes the dancing snowflakes turn into the little souls of the countless animals who stopped living because humans destroyed their homes and made life unbearable for them. The little souls have floated in heaven for some time but they are tired now and they slowly descend down to earth to rest there in peace eternally.

Sometimes the dancing snowflakes turn into pieces of paper. They turn into advertising leaflets, flyers, brochures of plans that were never realized or political promises that…

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Damn Dam

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This has been here hiding in the woods since the 50’s

When you get close to the actual dam , it is posted  KEEP OUT

The woods before it were not

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Now there is an old part and then another concrete structure that is very long and very tall, all it’s for is to hold water in the lake so they can boat and they drain it over and over into this small tiny stream each year so they do not have to pull their docks up and out of the way.

This stream is the one that makes my southern boundary, which is being destroyed .  Year after year so then can keep their stationary DOCKS.

I never knew that this was 3 miles out in the woods behind my property and if it failed it would be catastrophic, we would all die down stream in minutes.

Such a pretty place but they do not want to follow regulations the state wants them to.  I thought I had problems.  Well next I will  find out how often it is checked,  as our state is cutting budgets and bridges are crumbling  what about DAMS?

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This section is about 200 yards downstream

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Yes,  I worked my way around to a place where I could get a different view of a dam,  that could truly wipe us out downstream.  I am now scared as we have had a few earthquakes, a couple of tornadoes and many hurricanes and this sits 3 miles behind me

No Matter The Weather

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I throw shoes on to feed the birds first thing in the morning if it is really cold barefoot the rest of the time.

So bird feeders full but JT has other things on her mind a little kick ball yes in snow while wearing Flip Flops that were a  gift  from Maryland,  lol100_2748

She is Black and White  and the Snow is White so  WHY NOT

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Another shot of JT playing on the icy mix in backyard with me kicking it and her pushing it back !

I love watching her play no matter how cold or warm it may be.

Very Cold Jay

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Low quality photos shot early morning through a window that faces the west.

I was cleaning the living room and watching the birds of all types flying to the ground grabbing a sunflower seed  I had spread out for them when I noticed this very cold, puffed up Blue Jay sitting in the Pear Tree.  I knew if I stepped outside they would all fly away and I know all about reflections from glass but he looked so pretty  I had to try to capture him.

I had been a horrible night icy branches and roads snow too.  I  went and filled the feeders really early so when they woke their high energy seeds would be waiting.  This one was conserving his energy even though there was food everywhere, it must have been a rough night.

Storm Blowing Out To Sea

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After Storm Blows Out To Sea

After Storm Blows Out To Sea

 

When we have a Wild Storm blow through this part of The United States we seem to always be blessed with just the prettiest of days afterwards.  So blessed to call this area home.  Picturesque to be certain don’t you think?

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Snow Is Falling

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a old photo of our yard when snow dumps here today we shall get some they say but tomorrow it will MELT AWAY :)

AN old photo of our yard when snow dumps.   Here today we shall get some they say but tomorrow it will MELT AWAY :)

 

 

For here today they are calling for some snow.  You know it won’t make me happy as I adore my sunshine filled days.  I do however loves running out to grab a shot before one foot prints or paw print disturbs the scene.
Only wish the Deer and Moose had been having their morning drink from our stream when I ran out to snap the photo.

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No not really a competition for photographers,  this day was all about the dogs but him with his BIG CAMERA, didn’t capture THIS FACE!  I was far away using zoom on a day it was pouring out too boot.  While waiting for my little girl to compete, in her very first Toss and Catch competition I filled in hours of waiting with taking photos of  the most expert of dogs doing their thing but JT won 1st and 4th on her two tries,  yes we were so proud of her and the patience she showed that day was amazing! She laid and watched all that went before her.  What a special dog she is but have you ever heard of a Border Collie who sits still,  lol we still smile at the very thought of that rainy day.

Take your dog out sun or rain they don’t mind honest,  they just want to play with you.

 

 

FROSTY

Frosted Holly

Frosted Holly

 

 

Cardinal on a frosty NH  morning

Cardinal on a frosty NH morning

 

 

 

 

NH Blue Jay

NH Blue Jay

 

 

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Will the world get it together on climate change?

Global warming crisis must be met with resolve and collaboration

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — With Arctic ice on the brink of near-total meltdown, super storms brewing in the oceans and after a summer of heatwaves and drought, about 17,000 delegates start meeting this week in Doha, Qatar to try and make some progress on the UN’s annual climate talks.

The backdrop for this year’s talks are continued dire warnings from scientists, who are saying that, if we can’t cap emissions by 2020, the world could be headed for runaway warming, with temperatures not seen on Earth for millions of years and almost unimaginable consequences for all life on Earth.

This is not a joke or some sort of purely academic debate. It could literally be a matter of life and death, but even though there’s a lot at stake…

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Cold Along the Coast Today

Newcastle NH

Cold November Day

 

 

 

 

Newcastle NH

Cold but Pretty

 

 

New England Lighthouses

2 Lighthouses in 1 Stop!

 

Well I had to go into the city of Portsmouth, that is NH,  today for supplies to finish all the earrings I finished making yesterday.  I asked him to grab his detector and I got the dogs water thermos filled and her Frisbee and leash into the truck.  Portsmouth sits along a river that empties into the sea.  So we were all off to have a nice day.

 

My boyfriend had his coat on and JT she did too but I had two shirts on and a very light jacket and I have to say I froze.  JT on the other hand was in the water before I knew she would do it,  she is so smart I forget she is still a DOG !  So I moved our game of catch far enough from the edge so she would not sneak back in.

 

We met a nice man with a 8 month old  puppy who wanted to play with JT but if you can’t throw something to her she doesn’t want anything to do with you,  yes spoiled for sure.  We also met a woman who was there to walk around the parking lot over and over till she had 3 miles under her belt.  She loved JT.

 

Now it was cold and raw and yes I had her off leash to play catch and had bags to pick up after her , should I need to.   I did not think there would be a problem ,well as we placed her into the truck a really nice, local police officer, told us she could be there but on leash only and that he could detect the beach but only from high tide mark to the sea.  I love this place and will come again till May when she is no longer allowed but I will bring a stick and her leash  and walk around and around till her and I have 2 or more miles done.  The other beaches we go to allow her to play,  as she is better behaved than most children.

No tickets thankfully, just letting us know as we do not live near there.

All in all still a nice but COLD DAY…..brrrr

 

 

Another View of Rye Harbor

Lobster Boats

 

Brrr it was so cold this morning but my other half asked me to wake him by 5:00 AM so he could head over this way.  He wanted to metal detect during low tide.  I know I should have gone, if for no other reason than to watch the sunrise and get a few photos to share.  I was warm and toasty and looking forward to some coffee, which I would have to pass on since there are no public bathrooms open in this area at this time of the year.  Silly really when you see the amounts of residents and tourists that walk our shores each and every day. Snow, rain or sleet looks the same as a warm spring day. They flock here by the droves.  Rye is loved by dog owners as well as surfers.  See both are allowed here.

 

I see where the Northwest will get snow and rains, CA too.  Wy and ID will receive snow, just what they are looking forward to in Jackson Hole as their mountains are getting ready to open up their lifts.  We have mountains open for snowboarding and skiing over here in the Northeast as it has been so cold they have been putting down a nice base.  They say by Thursday, Thanksgiving, it will be BEAUTIFUL!  At our home it will be in the 50’s,  though we will share our meals where our pup JT was born, so it may be only in the 40’s there but that is still OK by me,  any day I do not have to shovel my way out the door is a Good Day!  Texas will enjoy temps in the 80’s oh how I wish I was in the BIG D!  I really must get into this winter mindset or I will never leave the house.  When JT and I went out to fill the feeders,  for our feathered friends,  she must have loved the icy frost on the pads of her paws  as she ran to her basketball and wanted us to have a game!  I was just in slippers and a nice warm robe so you know I said “Latter JT” and headed to the door!  We have a huge basket of nice clean as well as warm toys just inside the door for her to play with.

 

 

Have a great day or night everyone

Eunice

Sandy

Here is a story posted on Yahoo about what is possible for us here on our side of the US and also on the west coast of CA they just had a 7.7 Earthquake.  Just say a little prayer for our world today would you.

 

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. – Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don’t get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

“We’re looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people,” said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As Hurricane Sandy barrelled north from the Caribbean — where it left nearly five dozen dead — to meet two other powerful winter storms, experts said it didn’t matter how strong the storm was when it hit land: The rare hybrid storm that follows will cause havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.

“This is not a coastal threat alone,” said Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “This is a very large area.”

President Barack Obama was monitoring the storm and working with state and locals governments to make sure they get the resources needed to prepare, administration officials said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Saturday as hundreds of coastal residents started moving inland and the state was set to close its casinos. New York’s governor was considering shutting down the subways to avoid flooding and half a dozen states warned residents to prepare for several days of lost power.

Sandy weakened briefly to a tropical storm Saturday but was soon back up to Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds. It was about 275 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving northeast at 14 mph as of 2 a.m. Sunday. Forecasters said the storm was spreading tropical stormconditions across the coastline of North Carolina, and they were expected to move up the mid-Atlantic coastline late Sunday. Experts said the storm was most likely to hit the southern New Jersey coastline by late Monday or early Tuesday.

Governors from North Carolina, where heavy rain was expected Sunday, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Christie, who was widely criticized for not interrupting a family vacation in Florida while a snowstorm pummeled the state in 2010, broke off campaigning for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in North Carolina on Friday to return home.

“I can be as cynical as anyone,” Christie said in a bit of understatement Saturday. “But when the storm comes, if it’s as bad as they’re predicting, you’re going to wish you weren’t as cynical as you otherwise might have been.”

The storm forced the presidential campaign to juggle schedules. Romney scrapped plans to campaign Sunday in the swing state of Virginia and switched his schedule for the day to Ohio. First lady Michelle Obama cancelled an appearance in New Hampshire for Tuesday, and Obama moved a planned Monday departure for Florida to Sunday night to beat the storm. He cancelled appearances in Northern Virginia on Monday and Colorado on Tuesday.

In Ship Bottom, just north of Atlantic City, Alice and Giovanni Stockton-Rossini spent Saturday packing clothing in the backyard of their home, a few hundred yards from the ocean on Long Beach Island. Their neighbourhood was under a voluntary evacuation order, but they didn’t need to be forced.

“It’s really frightening,” Alice Stockton-Rossi said. “But you know how many times they tell you, ‘This is it, it’s really coming and it’s really the big one’ and then it turns out not to be? I’m afraid people will tune it out because of all the false alarms before … (but) this one might be the one.”

A few blocks away, Russ Linke was taking no chances. He and his wife secured the patio furniture, packed the bicycles into the pickup truck, and headed off the island.

What makes the storm so dangerous and unusual is that it is coming at the tail end of hurricane season and the beginning of winter storm season, “so it’s kind of taking something from both,” said Jeff Masters, director of the private service Weather Underground.

Masters said the storm could be bigger than the worst East Coast storm on record — the 1938 New England hurricane known as the Long Island Express, which killed nearly 800 people. “Part hurricane, part nor’easter — all trouble,” he said. Experts said to expect high winds over 800 miles and up to 2 feet of snow as far inland as West Virginia.

And the storm was so big, and the convergence of the three storms so rare, that “we just can’t pinpoint who is going to get the worst of it,” said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Officials are particularly worried about the possibility of subway flooding in New York City, said Uccellini.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prepare to shut the city’s subways, buses and suburban trains by Sunday, but delayed making a final decision. The city shut the subways down before last year’s Hurricane Irene, and a Columbia University study predicted that an Irene surge just 1 foot higher would have paralyzed lower Manhattan.

Up and down the Eastern Seaboard and far inland, officials urged residents and businesses to prepare in big ways and little.

On Saturday evening, Amtrak began cancelling train service to parts of the East Coast, including between Washington, D.C., and New York. Airlines started moving planes out of East Coast airports to avoid damage and adding flights out of New York and Washington on Sunday in preparation for flight cancellations on Monday.

The Virginia National Guard was authorized to call up to 500 troops to active duty for debris removal and road-clearing, while homeowners stacked sandbags at their front doors in coastal towns. At a Home Depot in Virginia Beach, employee Dave Jusino said the store was swamped with customers.

“We have organized chaos, is what I call it,” Jusino said. “We organize a group of 10 associates, give them certain responsibilities and we just separate the lines, organize four customers at a time, load up their cars and get them out the door and then take the next customers.”

Utility officials warned rains could saturate the ground, causing trees to topple into power lines, and told residents to prepare for several days at home without power. “We’re facing a very real possibility of widespread, prolonged power outages,” said Ruth Miller, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Warren Ellis, who was on an annual fishing pilgrimage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, didn’t act fast enough to get home. Ellis’ 73-year-old father managed to get off uninhabited Portsmouth Island near Cape Hatteras by ferry Friday. But the son and his camper got stranded when high winds and surf forced the ferry service to suspend operations Saturday.

“We might not get off here until Tuesday or Wednesday, which doesn’t hurt my feelings that much,” said Ellis, 44, of Amissville, Va. “Because the fishing’s going to be really good after this storm.”

Last year, Hurricane Irene poked a new inlet through the island, cutting the only road off Hatteras Island for about 4,000.

In Connecticut, the Naval Submarine Base in Groton prepared to install flood gates and pile up sandbags to protect against flooding while its five submarines remain in port through the storm.

Lobsterman Greg Griffen in Maine wasn’t taking any chances; he moved 100 of his traps to deep water, where they are less vulnerable to shifting and damage in a storm.

“Some of my competitors have been pulling their traps and taking them right home,” said Griffen. The dire forecast “sort of encouraged them to pull the plug on the season.”

In Muncy Valley in northern Pennsylvania, Rich Fry learned his lesson from last year, when Tropical Storm Lee inundated his Katie’s Country Store.

In between helping customers picking up necessities Saturday, Fry was moving materials above the flood line. Fry said he was still trying to recover from the losses of last year’s storm, when he estimates he lost $35,000 in merchandise.

“It will take a lot of years to cover that,” he said.

Christie’s emergency declaration will force the shutdown of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos for only the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling here. The approach of Hurricane Irene shut down the casinos for three days last August.

Atlantic City officials said they would begin evacuating the gambling hub’s 30,000 residents at noon Sunday, busing them to mainland shelters and schools.

Tom Foley, Atlantic City’s emergency management director, recalled the March 1962 storm when the ocean and the bay met in the centre of the city.

“This is predicted to get that bad,” he said.

Eighty-five-year-old former sailor Ray Leonard said if he had loved ones living in the projected landfall area, he would tell them to leave. Leonard knows to heed the warnings.

He and two crewmates in his 32-foot sailboat, Satori, rode out 1991’s infamous “perfect storm,” made famous by the Sebastian Junger bestseller of the same name, before being plucked from the Atlantic off Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., by a Coast Guard helicopter.

“Don’t be rash,” Leonard said in a telephone interview Saturday from his home in Fort Myers, Fla. “Because if this does hit, you’re going to lose all those little things you’ve spent the last 20 years feeling good about.”

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Wind Blown

Wind Blown

JT

 

 

 

Windy

Running with the wind

 

 

Watching

Watching

 

 

 

Wet and Tired

JT done for the day

 

Well we will be on the beach as soon as the storms rolls out to sea.

They say it could really be bad in these parts or barely not much at all.

We want the treasure to get tossed up onto the beach.

What we do not want to happen is for it to stall.

As the rain falls from Sandy you know our stream will rise .

He is getting a boat repaired that will haul all he will need to clear the way.

I do not know about you but I will be keeping my eyes to the sky.

The last thing I want to worry about should it be bad is where we will stay.

 

Stay safe!   I know many of  also live along the east coast and I will be thinking of you all as this heads northward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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