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Not Good At Being Selfish

No longer wanting to see JT, my beautiful border collie, living on pain pills as her only option we said goodbye just before supper Tuesday night.

I am trying so hard to remember the joy she brought us from the moment we laid eyes on her almost 13 years ago. The house is so quiet without her and she was a quiet dog but there were those times when she would bark when squirrels came or company. Her squeak toys now silent and she had over a 1000 toys knowing the name of each and every one we lovingly name for her.

You pet lovers have all been through this, as I have 16 times before her, but each one leaves me sobbing one minute and pushing through daily routines the next. I miss her so much my beautiful black and white shadow who loved me just as much. It would have been selfish had I filled the prescription again and kept her comfortable as I have been doing since the vet placed her on them in late Nov. Once I could finish her grave(had to wait for the ground to thaw) I called a vet I had for years, no longer being JT’s but knowing it was time he came to the house so she would not be scared.

Thank you all for following us through photos of our trips here there and everywhere.

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My little beach bum
RIP JT
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It Was 60 on Tuesday Not Today

What a weird winter this has been here in southern New Hampshire.
As you all saw on the new in the mid 60’s for our parade but then today just 2 days later we were covered in Ice.

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Ice covered White Pine in NH

The beauty still comes through but damage may follow tomorrow. Today I captured shots of some feathered friends and some natural food for the and a shot of JT from the warm day.


Rose Hips under ice.
Rose Hips
More ice.
Hanging from the weight of the ice.
Blue Jay
Pretty birds brightened this dreary day.
Border Collie
With a snowball her dad had tossed earlier after our walk she ate it all 🙂 She loves catching and eating snowballs but this one had sat there so she ate it.


Rose Hip
The birds and red squirrels love these in the dead of winter so now I leave them till early spring then cut them all back.
Cooper Hawk
Side View of a visiting Cooper's Hawk
Pretty birds and squirrels attract attention.

So the action on screen and out my windows has kept me amused but the weather well it has just been nuts!

frozen river
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So Hard To Stay Focused

It really is hard to focus after watching our teams send off rally it really is when you are a true fan as many are here in New England. Like our quarterback reminds us the world hates him except us ❤ and it brings him strength.

Now for a subject you all love to hear about SNOW yes more is promised but for us close to the coast our amounts will be so much less than northern areas of our region. Then cold air but not as cold as some of you will deal with I heard -50 F in the Dakotas now I remember those bone chilling temps from when I was trucking it was crazy and we had to keep our trucks running so the fuel would not gel. Brrrrrrr

Ok here are some shots from my yard which is mostly ice and small patches of snow after all the rain we have had.

I took JT for a stroll and will again today while we wait for snow she loves snowballs crazy girl she is 🙂


Our Border Collie
Waiting for me to put the camera down 🙂
Along a frozen river that borders my land in NH
Favorite location for troublesome Beavers 🙂
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Snow and ice but the river beneath it is flowing.

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Yes I am still painting 🙂

Bluebird in backyard here in NH
So many Gorgeous birds call this land home.

Thanks for stopping by it felt good to head out with the dog and my camera to see some of the things happening in the end of January this year.

GO PATRIOTS!!!!

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Art, Photography and Football oh wait and a SNOWSTORM!

Wow today was truly the calm before the storm with snow to begin soon this one just to aggravate the morning commute but then a day tobuy up all the milk and eggs at the store maybe water in case the power goes out on Sunday, when we will receive 1 to 2 FEET of SNOW!

We better not lose power with the call for high winds and so much snow forecast as the whole country, except for New England, praying for the Patriots to be knocked out of the playoffs but my money’s on the 5 time Superbowl Champs led by the GOAT, Tom Terrific I call him. 🙂

Male Bluebird in Epping NH
They love my heated bird bath these pretty Bluebirds

We walked around the yard looking for items that could potentially go through the snowblower and JT sniffed the ground to see who had been in her yard.


JT our Female Border Collie in NH

For those in the path of this storm stay safe out there have a plan set and stay warm.

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Off Into The Woods We Went

With my girl not doing well we had been sticking close to home for the last year but it was nice out yes in the mid 30’s F and I surprised her with “Do you want to go for a walk in the woods? To which her reply was a wagging tale as she ran to the door to wait for us.


My Girl JT soon to be 13

So with camera in hand and a happy dog the two of us old folks set off for a trail that runs off behind my barn(future studio) to begin our walk.

It is a mixed forest with so many varieties of trees and plants.

There were places where snow was still visible as well as patches of icy areas we had to be careful of none us needed another injury.


All the rain and cold temperatures made for a pretty landscape.

I spotted something round up in a tree a little further ahead and pointed and asked “You know what that is to Ron?” he had no clue I did but used my zoom to make sure.

not with my zoom

This one is though

Porcupine in NH Forest
Ever get that feeling you are being watched well we were.

We kept walking and did for just about an hour as she is not well and it had been a while it is all about my girl these days




Border Collie in the woods
On the scent she tends to get a bit to far ahead so I call her back you never know if hunters have set traps out here.

I think I needed to get out here more than she did. Just so pretty in these woods I have called home for 30 years.


NH Forests
Round rocks remind me here in the Granite State of possible floods as we all know I deal with constantly do to a lake further back being released.




Vernal Pool in NH
Vernal Pools dotted today’s walk in the woods. Don’t let the ice fool you it was so beautiful out.



Tree Tops
Trees, what can I say you all know I dig trees.

Thanks for joining me.

Merry Christmas
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Thanksgiving

My dog and I were single ladies for this special day but between cooking and cleaning we took the time for some walks outside and though the temps were setting records and the winds were howling we were warm and stuffed just like the turkey I prepared for future meals.


My Girl JT on Thanksgiving 2018
So very cold I scattered food all day for the wildlife.
Yes snow fell before Thanksgiving and the temps dropped to below zero with wind chills but we had fun.


My bareroots from spring are growing nicely which reminds me I have much to be thankful for each and every day.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Happy Mother’s Day

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Our area went from warm and wonderful to rainy and raw day after day but with Alberta CA sections burning up as well as other places here and abroad I have very little really to complain about.

This is my Bleeding Heart that sits facing the east in my yard wonder if she would like just a tad more light. 🙂  I know I would

I have still been at it with Watercolors but not at such a breakneck speed now I think and mix color with clear intent and try to catch a couple of lessons a month but with art gallery having their grand opening and a few shows I entered in their Theme Show format I am doing a little more photography infact joined a meetup group right above studio to join in on some challenges as it is a low key group that seems willing to share ideas on sharing your shot in a better light as well as places to meet up and shoot like they just had a meetup at a Steampunk gathering.  I have not done any of that yet but just entered my 3 shots for this month “Body Parts”  I will not bore you with photos but will tell you I had one of my bare foot in the freshly tilled soil of my organic garden yes my feet were clean but frozen by the time I was done working, JT my Border Collie most of you know from photos and stories of course had a spot this time a close of her beautiful eye how I love this dog now turning a year older today I swear I do not know where the time went.  The third shot I took was of my boyfriends 1950’s truck then I did some wild processing on photo just so they would be all different and not boring like my Birthday ride oceans scenes I shared with them last month for “Power”  has the sea has a hold on me, that lighthouse will be above where my ashes are spread and the force of a wave is anything but weak but you know where my head is at most days.

I will try to get more photography printed and hung in local shows and online they sell well enough to pay for my painting supplies so others must like the plain simple beauty of what is.

Hope you are all doing OK I am off to read some of your blogs have a wonderful week!

OH I forgot I took a night with a friend and tried Acrylic photo latter

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My Black and White Beauty

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Winds were blowing around 25 mph maybe stronger gusts.  We had been in the thick woods here.  She and I  were walking to lose weight and spend a beautiful December day at the lake.   I am trying to throw a Frisbee while I take a photo as well.

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I am not sure if she caught scent of a wild animal or if she was giving her Father “Dirty Looks” lol

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We walked on and off slowly as I took photos here and there then a round of Frisbee along the shore of the lake while he metal detected in the water yes he was in a suit so as to not freeze.

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I asked her if she had FUN today and this was her answer a pretty face then a kiss

I know you probably heard this before but I swear

I do adore her.

Peace and Love

Eunice