Tag Archive: New England

Time To Say Goodbye Gets Closer

I have been with my mom a few days and my brother who live in the south came up to see her as well.  She mad it to see her 81st birthday yesterday surround by her family.

Try as she might the cancer has grown to such a size she can not swallow and keep it down.  How long can someone live this way?  I hope she speaks to hospice if not for herself but for those of us who feel so helpless.

This is so hard to watch and I know so many of you have been through this as well and bless you if tried with all your might to make your loved one comfortable.  I will be with her God willing next weekend and then the following one she will watch her granddaughter wed.  It is what has been keeping her going.

This will be moms last year so seeing summer end it will have at least left us with beautiful colors.Take care everyone.




Hi Everyone

Mom is off chemo as it was making her too sick.  My youngest brother and his wife are doing all they can to keep her safe.  We will get together on Sunday to watch Tom return to the football field and we will dine on lasagna, made fresh by my brother with hopes mom will eat like our last visit.  So hard as we age and no longer care or have the need for eating.  You find it hard to sit by, doing nothing.  There is nothing human about suffering when your body is under attack.  I continue to pray for her to feel no pain and to close her eyes one night and leave us peacefully but you all know the suffering most bodies are put through and I worry sick about her though I continue to put on a smile as she needs to be no sadder than she already is.

I had to go and unwind and that has always been on the road, so with dog water packed and batteries charged for all the cameras off we went across the lower half of NH and into VT.
Lots of pockets of amazing color kept my mind busy.  We are supposed to enjoy each of our four seasons  though all of you know winter is not my thing.

I am getting cards printed for 2 Holiday Craft Fairs I will set-up for. They will be of images that will make winter cards.  I will sell some original watercolors, I have sold 4 this month already.  I have a roof to re-shingle so I hope the sales continue.  I will also offer some baby items(crocheted) I will also try to make my table as pretty as I can for the holiday fair.  I did not want to do these shows but mom reminds me I need to live and get my name out there.  So for her I will keep plugging away.

Thanks for always being there.

The Season Will End Soon

The season will end soon enough for these beauties as the drought has been rough on the land and my well.

Mom started Chemo yesterday so far so good but I am just trying to keep the faith.

I was invited to show my Watercolors last Wednesday in Dover NH and will again this Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Myrtle Street Gallery on the sidewalk outside of the Chop House come by if you are in the area.  Mine is a starving artist sale very inexpensive art so I can continue to paint.

My town celebrated it’s 275th Birthday with a day long celebration so much fun after working on committee for almost 2 years.


We even ended the night with our very own Fireworks show.

I am joining a friend on Tuesday and we will paint our dogs well I should say attempt to results here if it looks something like JT.

Hope you are all doing OK I will see if I can find you on my WP Reader.

Good night

Kind of Lax


You would never know we are in a severe drought here in New England.  My garden is lush and producing easily 20 pounds a day of food perfect when you have no money for the finer things in life, others take for granted.

I have stayed at home to tend to me and the fruits of my labor.  This totally organic all non GMO and mostly heirloom garden of mine.  With so much sun damage, skin cancer I bought my very first pair of sunglasses and a floppy hat. I go into the garden early and late in the day with my girl and her toy.  She rests while I pick and after rinsing them it is her time to play.  Friends say she needs her own Facebook page🙂 I think a chapter in my memoir will be enough as you all know her.

I received really bad news last week, that after the 2 year battle to get mom back up and walking on her own she has been kicked down bad with hearing she has cancer.  She had the tests every 6 months on her esophagus but had always aced them.  This time the news was bad, it is elsewhere.  She now has it in her liver as well.  She is terminal.  She is trying to hold on to attend her granddaughter’s wedding in November  I say move the date up and let my mom go peacefully, but hey who am I.  I am angry after her fighting so hard to go back home with her cat that this is how the story will end, sad about her being scared but putting in another 6 to 9 rounds in this ring of life.  We made a big deal last Oct. on her 80th birthday as she made it, to now being doubtful for a 81st.  Life is not easy we all know this don’t we but not fair as well.  I will see her tonight and try to speak of old times, fun things and bring soft, yummy stuff, to eat.  Hope she loves Ratatouille and cheesecake.
I have some amazing tomatoes as they are her favorite and at this point there is no reason to avoid any food I want her to delight in their amazing flavor while she can still taste.

I have been inside on hot days crocheting with maybe only two days where I painted but not because I do not want to but because our town is celebrating our 257th birthday and I will be adding a table at the craft fair.  I will have a couple of  fused glass bracelets, some Watercolors and baby hats and booties for sale.  My heart was in it before mom’s news but now not so much.  Push forward and carry on as I gave my word I would take a spot of a now sold out show.  I have all kinds of hats and booties to complete and then package them for next Saturday.  After the 20th, everything the all volunteer committee I have been on for two years, will be behind us.  We will have a parade, craft fair, fun and games for the children and fireworks to complete the celebration.  I pray I am around to see what the younger folks do on her 300th.



I hope you are all doing ok.  I hope for those in the US you have not gone crazy over the presidential race.  We have to know by now what little difference will either make.  My wish is to kick everyone out of Congress/Senate, strip them of their monthly stipend for life and get new blood in, allow them 2 years at a time do something or they are gone.  No carrying the financial burden our country does for those who care so little for their country and those of us who reside here.  Yes I never speak of the crap out there but I am paying attention.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Please be kind to one another.

Another Day In The Garden


Another day in the garden with my friends helping me with bug patrol.  Who needs poison when you have gorgeous dragons patrolling for you.🙂

Here was yesterday’s  haul just before the glorious rains began to fall and man did it rain and blow, some are still without power and will not have trees cut and cleared or wires back up till maybe Monday afternoon when another batch will come through.  Growing up I do not remember violent weather but in 60 years my has the world changed.


I have been living on Ratatouille


even for breakfast with a poached egg on top. This was a supper for him he needs meat he said lol

We are still in a drought but not like other parts of the US or world. For now I get enough to eat though hardly any Apples, Pears, Peaches and Plums can be found since we had such a cold snap when they needed warmth and bees the most.

Hope you are all doing OK.  I will go through my reader and see if your posts show up.

Have a great week!
Goodnight from us all here in NH



The garden measures about 16′ X 24′ I have flowers mingled inside with all the veggies as well.  Bring the birds, bees, dragonflies and butterflies to eat the bugs and pollinate was my plan.

I forage for greens each morning with my coffee and JT she is never far from me.  I go back out again to get things for my dinner though I better start adding chicken or eggs to my salad or I will loose all my muscles, which I will need come the end of the season, to put this place to bed.


Radishes, Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas with Raspberries were my fixings that went in with my Rainbow Swiss Chard and Spinach Salad.  We are in a drought here but that soil I bought is amazing just the perfect amount of compost makes all the difference.  It is light and fluffy still.  I wish I had grown one of everything.  I have beets, carrots, string beans,corn and spaghetti squash yet to show up but they are growing like mad.


Always have extra help when I go inside the gate.

I have been painting a bit too, here is one of the last three I have been working on.


We got heavy rain for a bit tonight it was glorious and the earth soaked it right up.

Hope you are all having a wonderful and safe week, this world we live in is going crazy so glad  I have these things to keep me away from TV and more bad news.  Pray for Peace on our beautiful earth xo

Sorry I Forgot To Welcome Summer

Hi there how are you all?  I have been very busy with doing marketing for the local art gallery and putting in my wonderful garden.  JT and I play outside a lot as we watch it grow.  We are in a drought after really no winter or not compared the the one before and very few days of a good soaking rain.  So thankfully I have a well and lots of patience and faith.

My first cucumber and radishes are ready to eat as well as spinach and rainbow swiss chard.
Tomatoes are appearing and the corn is indeed knee high even before The 4th of July!

I entered my photo of a heart, as it appeared overhead maybe a year or 2 ago, to the Theme Show “Sky Images”  maybe here in New England the one of the great white one would have gone over better but seeing the world as a much crazy place these days I titled my heart “What the world needs now”  hope they GET IT.




From the BEFORE above to



To mid June growing nicely.

I had to get away from all the work here for a day so we took off in early afternoon for me to see how wild things grow.


Have a great summer!

It Must Be Spring!

Springtime Reflections

Lilac Reflections

The temps will soar today to 80 so getting out quickly to make the remaining boxes to be added to my garden so when I shop at Friday and Sat. plant sales I will have a place to add all my beauties.

Do you grow your own food?  I am so excited it has been three long years since we tilled the earth and dropped in a seed yes being organic is harder but what is the point of eating things not good for you.

I have spinach to go in as well as lettuce and swiss chard that are a month late along with peas due to all the frosts and freezes we had.  I will not complain about working out with black flies to get it in now as so many places right now have it so bad with our world’s weather.

After the work is complete today I will try to scrub my filthy hands and pop into the Seacoast Artist Association for a class Doris Rice is having on spring blossoms as the sit on branches.  I will take a Forsythia branch as well as a branch section with just opening Apple Blossoms on it and maybe a Lilac too, it should be fun last week it was beach with small shoreline birds.  I do love Watercolor and I will sleep like a baby after working hard all day with my boyfriend and then painting always drains me but in a good way.

Stay safe out there and find something you love doing and make time for YOU I love this new me🙂

Happy Mother’s Day


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

Thankful For This Unusual Winter

Wow what a difference a year makes and in so many ways!

There is very little snow on the ground yes I know it can still just be a tad late but I personally am through the worst part of winter, with spring arriving in what, just 4 weeks!  I am dancing even with sore knees.  lol Not so sore I took a shot in each and it helped a lot and will give me time to get my pup cared for and guess what Mom’s surgery on left knee was such a success she is being allowed back home early!  Wow see what I mean about being thankful.  So many prayers said and great thoughts and energy how could she suffer again.  Thanks so much.

Our garden club will attend the Boston Flower Show next month so heads up there maybe flower photos soon lol  We are now taking orders for Pansy Bowls at just $15 for a full 12/14″ bowl brimming with pretty little flower faces I can not wait for mine to greet me each day as I arrive home.  Maybe I will try to paint them🙂

Having Mom be in a better place my man doing OK with his pacemaker and my knees not hurting so bad now to get my pup feeling better all will be right in my small world.

Not sure about my reader so many I left a like on today I had not seen forever and ones I usually see were missing😦  I will keep searching till I find you🙂

I am going to try to add this video here not sure if the video will work🙂

Just a moment in my world lol

I made an attempt at getting comfortable at a gallery I belong to and attended a Feb. 14 Art Party where I had a Black and White Pen and Ink / Watercolor hanging as well as Wolf Moon on a special wall our local Watercolor teacher invited her students to show thire piece of winter watercolor.  I actually unwound and had fun🙂

before it got crowded🙂

I have even been crocheting again


This is for my son’s old girlfriend who got married and is having her first baby.  I had so much fun as I had never done any of this type of crocheting before🙂  yes indeed learning so much than I ever thought I could.

Have a Great Day you can see I have every intent too🙂

I want to wish all of you who celebrate the birth of Christ at this time each year, a very Merry Christmas.  To all those who follow another religion may you find Peace On Earth in your daily travels.

Here is what I painted for my Mom, now today in between all the cooking I will try to mat it as well as frame it for her.

What are you doing to celebrate?
Can you believe here in New England we will be enjoying spring and even close to summertime temps.  You know each day winter stays away I am a happy lady not having to shovel the roof but reality shall arrive soon I am sure as you have all had some horrible weather to deal with.  Stay safe as you gather with loved ones and I will see you in the New Year!

Peace to all of you
Eunicecardinals in winter

Watching for her returning fisherman

Looking out to sea I feel her pain on a day like this

A point where the waves splashed over and took some of this back out with it.

North Beach

A popular section of NH along the ocean “what ocean”you say lol we said the same thing we go to the beach all winter you know that as followers but this day in order to take a ride along the sea and actually see the horizon or waves you would have to climb these snow banks and I was wanting to see it bad enough to try but there was no place to park.  This is where hundreds of surfers begin to park on days when the storm surge is crazy see they love crazy lol

looking towards Hampton Beach

I found a spot I could see the sea🙂

Hungry Gull

Boy he or she must be hungry with storm after storm😦


Just driving and shooting so photos could be so much better

Shot from above

Now for a few from Massachusetts


Toothpick Salisbury MA

Just months from summer visitors

Storm battered summer homes

FOUND and Marked lol

Much work for us hearty souls who call New England home🙂

Anyone can watch what we are dealing with on this link for the beach camera as #NEPTUNE is blowing hard and dropping lots of snow to add insult to injury


You can also type in http://www.hamptonbeach.org then click on live webcam and watch the scene unfold along with us.

Here is a link for Maine that is also taking a really bad hit

http://rocklandharborlights.org then click on webcam

And one from Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts though right snow the south camera is the only one free from snow

Just copy and paste into your search bar to watch the storm #NEPTUNE live but stay warm!

See you in spring🙂

Roses And Another Blizzard

Hi Everyone.  We have been flat out getting snow removed from roof on the house and the RV and the very old truck, my Dodge broken, sits under a very heavy load.  I was looking to have it towed by a local junk yard for cash but the place burnt down.  So I will wait.

I have that male wild turkey here and as I watched him get spooked by the wind he tried to fly over the barn but his judgment was off really off and he came down hard onto the snow packed roof of my barn/art studio.  It was not until I ran out to see if he was OK that I saw how much snow was still on the roof of the barn.  Here I had taken thousands of pounds of snow off the house but had thought the barn was Ok with it’s much steeper pitch.  I was wrong. There was over 3 feet deep snow on both sides of my barn.  Buildings were collapsing all over New England and if we did nothing I could loose everything.  Our roof rake was not long enough to do much here so I searched the local shops and found a $50 model 12 miles up the road so off we went.

I found a Blue Jay in the drive way when I came off the roof and set up an old Parakeet cage for it to get it warm and give it food and water
He watched me paint all day but sadly he either was so hurt inside or just to old to fight and I lost him.  Even though I was so sad having not gotten to see him fly off with the others, just outside the door, I am glad he had a peaceful day with us.


He was so pretty

This winter is hard, see it came all at once, usually we get a system pass through drop some snow and leave us to clean up but this one all we do is remove, snow day in and day out even the wildlife are finding it hard to get by or get around in 3 to 4 foot deep snow.

I cleaned off the home with this newest tool and then him and I headed to the barn with JT coming along with her stick but she saw little action as we had so much snow to drop to the ground and then to move it all before it sat and became ice.


The snow is very high up on most of our windows


Seriously we have had more than our share of snow and now a foot of more and then another storm on this weekend’s heals.  If you live on the other side of the Atlantic please let me know what happens to these fronts as they head out across our ocean and head for England, etc.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day

We will go see my mom in the hospital her knee surgery went great but during rehab her ACL let go, praying she will heal up and get her other knee done so she can be whole again.

I am so tired I have to sign off for now here is the art I was working on while caring for the wild bird.

Yes more trees and paying homage to nature and the love of my wild birds red or blue,  grey or black,  I adore them all


The photo above is where a Tom Turkey Face Planted on my barn roof because he could not judge the depth anymore


JT Listening to something


My driveway is cleared now to clean the roof come morning before the sun makes it too slippery we are delirious hearing the sun will come out


I placed two beautiful out door dining chairs seat to seat for the Junco’s to have shelter from the weather and local Hawks now they dine in an igloo


The moral of the story is to never let your plow truck die here in New England

What a game #SB49 was,  well if you were a New England Patriots fan anyway.

Our team played hard all season.
Then we were called cheaters once again,  I am sure you have heard all about #Deflategate  no matter where on this planet you reside.  Sad for an accuser to run their mouths and ruin what the team did all season, which was show up and play 60 minutes each game. Good bad or ugly they won their way into the biggest game of the year!  Super Bowl 49!

Our Quarterback #TomBrady  terrific as he is,  threw not one but two interceptions which ended up putting us behind the Seattle Seahawks on the scoreboard.  Our team never gave up and continued to play the game they loved.  The game was close but Seattle had the ball and made the dumbest call I personally have ever seen.  When they could have hit the ground and run in for a touchdown someone told their quarterback to throw the ball,  maybe it is all on him if he is that good,  I am sure he made the call dumb as it was.  The ball ended up in the hands of our rookie Butler and who was quickly overcome by the emotions in his heart.  He had just come to play the game he loved,  for a team that asked him to step up and play when no others had wanted him.  Now that is one cool cat from a” who is that to YOU ARE THE MAN! “.  Tom got the MVP though many say Butler or a few others deserved it but Tom always says it is a Team Effort!  We love our sports teams here in New England and they love us the fans.

We will soon find out what went down with the balls in the Indy game but so far it was 12 soft footballs in first half of that game when we were behind🙂 to now one of 24 being too soft for regulation. #NFL shined a bad light on our team which was uncalled for and wore our teams sprits down and our team started to get sick real sick and not only unable to get sleep due to coughing and fevers but the fire alarms that were pulled on purpose to further beat them down.  Shame on the #NFL for not coming out and saying there was no cheating on the Pats parts, Let’s Play Football.  I say Karma has a way of righting wrong and today we have another Super Bowl Ring and soon Boston will throw a party for the team and fans Duck Boats and all.

See you next season Super Bowl Champs!
Tom we love how hard you work and how much fun you have too!


After Shovelling The Roof

Plenty of room to put it

Man Is She Going To Blow

I am sure if you live in the United States you are hearing all about our plight.  Yes it is winter and yes I live in New England but really a BLIZZARD come on two feet plus of snow in one dump and to top it off where I am to add insult to injury 60 to 70 mph winds.  It will be crazy in these parts so I cried uncle and hired a young guy with a new truck to plow here he will be worth his weight in gold.  I will still need to go up onto the roof but that will not be while those winds are around  though with high snow banks I won’t fall far🙂.I will say a prayer for all of those in her path forget it’s name what’s with all these foolish named storms this could out do our famous Blizzard of 78.  Mom goes into surgery on Thursday so I hope the Gov. of MA doesn’t shut the roads down for too long.  That is it for now from me as I will go back to painting and staying safe as can be.  I have water set aside for us, the pets, the toilets and to paint with and we have heat, batteries and candles as well as canned goods, we are well versed in this winter thing🙂

Stay safe everyone!

Man We Had Been So Spoiled

The 60F Christmas is long past.  The frigid air of January blew in and on some days took my actual breath away.  Use the inhaler and breath into a scarf or a gloved hand BRRRRRR damn it is cold.

I had a wonderful Christmas with family after 9 years I saw a true miracle.  Feeling so blessed.

As I sit on this Sat. morning looking through your blog posts I am so cold and yes I have to coal stove going but it is doing little in this room where my desk sets time for a new window and take out that 30 year old plant window and place her into the barn on the east side.  I have it covered with plastic still to cold.  I paint in the room with heat source or my watercolors would freeze lol before they dry.  I could turn on the furnace run by propane but we paid almost $5 per gal. for it so I am trying to make it last.🙂 Wonder how they feel screwing us all for so many years now that our market has dropped lol you know what they say about pay back!

So how is everyone?  You cold or warm or just right🙂

I actually took a ride to the coast I must have been out of my mind.  It was -16F here and maybe 7F when I stepped out that afternoon at the beach.  I actually got to see Smoke On The Water as the warmth of the Atlantic Ocean met those nasty cold temps.  I was too cold to jump out for a photo at that moment though.  So here is a few from our day we got out of the house as all I seem to do these days is cook, clean and paint.

Cold Day Everywhere

Cold Day Everywhere

Tall Grasses blowing on a still breeze

Tall Grasses blowing on a still breeze

Sitting still for the photo she clearly is not wanting to be taken lol

Sitting still for the photo she clearly is not wanting to be taken lol

When The Sea Freezes You Know It Is Cold

When The Sea Freezes You Know It Is Cold

Here is a piece I am working on in my studio(where it is warm)

So many have seen this and thought it was other than what I did I LOVE THAT! :)

So many have seen this and thought it was other than what I did I LOVE THAT!🙂

Hope you are all OK

The Snow Fell And There Went The Feast

My last post sounded so nice right lol well I cooked and prepared for our family feast but so did the weather.
On Wednesday as the last of my cooking was complete the snow began to fall.  I even went out with another Garden Club member to hang 30 swags we had made on Sunday throughout the downtown.  We were wet and cold but please with the holiday color in town taking shape.  We swung in for a cup of hot chocolate to warm us on the ride home.  Tomorrow we have 84 tropical Poinsettias arriving for delivery OH BOY!  You see Wednesday night we lost all power due to the heavy wet snow and just our first of this soon to be winter season wait it is still fall right.

Today is Sat. and this morning we got the power back  It was 32 degrees F. brrr  we did have one warm spot in the house the 4 us cuddled up in and lots of veggies as we never did get together with family down the road as they too had no party and moved it 50 miles south so we stayed home and off the nasty roads.  Maybe we will get another chance at Christmas.

I painted during daylight with melted snow :)  over on Folsom Mill Studio blog I will post the results this is a shot of Spicy Cranberry Sauce I made and second shot of our world today🙂



Filling The Gray Space With Color

Hi Everyone!

Surgery went OK and the patient came home the next day but has had a horrible headache since so we will see the doctor in a few hours to find out why.  Seeing the doctor 6 days before his appointment is not really a great sign but I would rather be safe then sorry.  OH wait it is HIM lol but he makes ME🙂

As you can see by my re-blogs here from my art blog I have stayed busy and upbeat since the last of the colored leaves are falling with this horrid wind.  I swear I will not complain too much with what I see just 6 hours west of me.

Trying to catch up little by little on all of your spots here in the blogosphere nice seeing what you are up to.

Will being having a Thanksgiving with Mom and my brother which has not been done for 10 years so you know I am happily planning on what goodies I can bring to the table to celebrate together seems just good enough for me.  Can we kiss and make up I pray that is in the cards.  The day for me will be all about giving thanks as it should be.

For all of you in the States and great sides you think maybe different but perfect for my first foray into the family fold again🙂
I will make my spicy Cranberry sauce for sure as we love a little heat as does my baby brother.

I have been a painting fool to say the least and add a few now and then into my online stores to be used as a print of phone skins and even baby clothes :)  you can follow my Facebook page at Folsom Mill Studio if you need to be flooded by color.

As the days get gray in color here and we wait for the first big dump of snow I will just add water and mix my colors well and fill the days with COLOR and good will for mankind.

Please take care of yourselves and those you adore.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I get busy and can not pop in before next week.


Happy November!

Hi Everyone!  Our first snow is due to fall between tonight and Monday and they say the winds will be fierce at times🙂 maybe it will blow it off the roof!  Yes tis the season once again one day raking the next shoveling never a dull moment in New England.

We put the yard to bed.  Ran the mower out of gas and brought the snow blower up to shed closer to the house and stored the rakes for the garden hoes too and brought up snow shovels and ordered coal to keep us warm.  We use propane but they charge an arm and leg and it never keeps this place warm.

I cook and clean and seldom leave the house these days.  You know I love making things be it beaded pieces or glass items crocheting even but with painting it is sheer happiness.  Not a care or stress just wet and let it go🙂

Today I completed two pieces I had in different stages of completion and then whipped up a bunch of Abstract Watercolors I will sell for others to mat and frame and cheer up a spot on their wall or table or maybe even a piano!

I will share with you then add to my blog My Portfolio with sizes and prices.  It was a stress free first day of November here in NH as I hope it was with each of you.

Take care and thanks for looking I love feed back you know.
Yellow, Blue, Green and Purple Abstract

Purple Abstract

Yellow and Blues and Green too Abstract

Random Blooms By Me

Badly cropped piece :(

Son and Art in NYC Was Perfect

My son had his show in NYC  Curated by Peter Doig,  who by the way was so nice.  He likes Mike’s work with spray paint and that speaks volumes.  He is an Artist first so he gets what one puts into what they do,  you know the true passion for the medium in which you choose to create with.

Some other things happened yesterday about suppertime.  I walked in before even seeing Mike and introduced myself to his Mom you know the one I chose from the Couple Bio’s at the adoption agency.  To say she had no clue as to who I was is a understatement but as I said her name and reached my hand out and said my name the question on her face became a smile.

Two Mom’s meet for first time(he is 37 lol).  She then introduced me to her friend also an artist in her own right as well as a  dear family friend of theirs and then her husband,  Mike’s Dad and then came a chance to meet the daughter she had after adopting my son.  Then her son in law and two precious grandchildren.  She asked if Mike knew I was there and I assured her no,  that was the best part after not seeing him in five years and him being so close to us I had to come see him and his show.

Mike was down a hallway and as her and I began to walk towards him he looked up and was floored first by the fact I was there in person and second because both he and his Mom were side by side laughing.  We hugged and I leaned down to pat his sweet dog, who had also made the trip east while my little girl(JT) and her daddy were just steps away from all the action in our truck.  I had sent him in to let me know if my son had arrived yet and he came out and said boy had he changed since he had come to the house that day we first met,  he no longer looked like the man who had fathered him but now more like one of my brothers:) yes life is good!  So after we were done hugging I told him I was going outside so Ron could come in as JT was in the truck to which he replied “Let’s go!”  Now I felt bad as people were streaming in to look at Art and meet the Artist’s  and here he was looking to bail.  He hates shows,  he hates the spotlight on him though when asked questions I would swear he is at ease or maybe last night was different maybe by 2 worlds colliding because I was once enough brave enough to do what was right,  it helped him to smile.  I hope so and anything one can do for their child no matter how old they are you do right?  We talked and hugged and I met some of his friends as well.

We left home at 11 am and stopped in CT to see friends and let JT walk around and do her thing as we stretched out legs for the last leg of the trip.  The show was from 6 to 8 pm and we made it to the gallery at 5 and found a spot in the shade of the cities huge skyscrapers.  It was warm just 4+ hours from NH but nice.  I walked JT along the NYC streets for a change of pace as we had time to spare I hate being late to anything.

I would say the show was a success. As I said my goodbyes at 7:45 the place was packed.  People pumped on Art within the walls of White Columns Art Gallery on Horatio Street not far from the 9-11 Memorial, which many of you may have seen all over the TV the day before.  I had hoped to see the lights shining upward but they were not on when we got there even though night had fallen over this beautiful city, yes Boston is my home but NYC is a close second and even more special now.

Time for some lousy photos taken with phone inside the gallery should you fall in love with a piece and want to call it yours you can contact the gallery for details as I never thought to ask what the prices were.  He also does custom work so if you want to have something done by a Graffiti Artist and not on the side of your building, lol here is his email tierneypaints@yahoo.com.  Sorry for bragging but I do adore him and want him to be even more successful than even he can dream for himself.

Tetons Jackson Hole  WY

Jackson Hole WY

Mike's Work

Graffiti Artist Mike Tierney's Work

Stunning work yes even if he was not my  son :)

Stunning work,  yes even if he was not my son🙂

He loves adding flair to everyday objects :)

He loves adding flair to everyday objects🙂

Hoped you loved the sample of his latest work,  I know we all did.


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


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.

Delightful Day Lilies

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.

Mid July

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

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

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

Enjoy the rest of July


Bet he never saw his pretty face before :)

Bet he never saw his pretty face before🙂


They say deer eat these mine are all still healthy

They say deer eat these mine are all still healthy


The perfect pair in my lower yard browsing on fresh greens

The perfect pair in my lower yard browsing on fresh greens


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

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


OH if only I had all this wisdom them :)

OH if only I had all this wisdom then🙂

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



Everyday Is Saturday For Us

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Some flowers in bloom here today




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



Trout Stream ?

Trout Stream ?

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

My world actually want to see?




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!




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

On The Rocks

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.


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.


The wild birds flit to and from the forest to the feeders some scared by me up above them.

Many run to the Apple tree as I move about trying to capture the yard below.

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.

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.


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


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!

A pretty way to end a day

Hi Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well since he said the sun had done it’s thing I was surprised to see how pretty it actually was here along the east coast where she rose less than 12 hours prior.  Let me show you!


That box you see off in the distance on the right side of photo is not for birds it is an alarm in case the Nuclear Plant down the street fails then these alarms which are all over the area, will go off letting the residents run for their cars and make a run for a safer place not that I think it will really matter if a Nuke Plant has a failure.  None of us will ever be safe.

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

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

A view out to sea that we saw as we climbed the hill on our walk.

So much better in person I really wish I had taken some classes on how to take pretty photos as the light disappears.


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

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


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


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Snowy Owl as it flew in front of me and settled in to a spot of frozen snow/ice and turned to look at all of us looking it him/her🙂

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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.

We found his tracks right away, just steps away from the rear of the barn.

Some pretty interesting trees like this pretty Paper Birch peeling out in the winter landscape.

This tree just a little older and stronger with the start of some curling  bark. I adore trees but you already know that🙂

This one has some company along its trunk

You can see JT was all about this decaying tree who knows what had stopped here before us.

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.


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!

Big and small deer living here on my property make me know I am doing something right.

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.

More tracks of forest dwellers.


Scat left by one such animal. A deer has been here.

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.

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!

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!



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!


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!

JT in front yard before the freezing rains arrived



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.


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



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.


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.


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!






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.





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

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!

Just in time for New Year!



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.

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!

So down to the rivers edge we went all the while making sure we did not slide in!

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!

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?

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

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.

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


I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and for those who do not celebrate the birth of our Christ  a very Happy Holiday Season to you as well. 

I remember the days of our family home on Christmas morning.  We, the three of us children,  were so very lucky to have what was waiting under our tree, be it real or the metal one with that colorful wheel.  We never knew of the struggle or the monies spent for months to follow, to pay for it all. Life is simple through the eyes of a child or that is how it seemed when I was a kid. I was blessed with a Mom and Dad. A roof over our heads and a wonderful feast laid out on the kitchen table. 

For many years Thanksgiving was spent up here in New Hampshire with my Mother’s side of the family where all would come together as one and give thanks for what we had.  Back then I never gave thought of what others went through to pull it off.  They worked hard each and every day and lived within their means.  We had mini Christmas  that weekend as well because usually Dad would take us to his parents house for Christmas school break.

Dad worked all day and then worked on the car he would load up with presents which we never knew were ours, see what I mean about simple times. We were children who spent the days outside playing after school never giving a thought as too what the parents had going on.  No wonder they were stressed, I see that now. The car was packed with gifts for grandparents and us then in went all the clothes we would all need for a road trip to Nana and Grandpa’s.  You see I have since learned by trucking it was 660 miles each way.  With three rambunctious children and our dog Teddy. We made this journey from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania most Christmas holidays. Maybe that is where I found the love for the road.  Staying awake with Daddy driving in the middle of what I now know was blizzards, helping him keep track of the white line on the edge of the road.  He had his whole family with him in our old car with a piece of plywood on the folded down seat for us all to sleep.  Daddy never did and I am sure Mom tried to always stay awake so Daddy could as she was his company, on this journey.  So today with the saved tree from the dump with no gifts under it, I remain thankful for all I have ever had for it is more than many others never did. 

With Daddy gone and grandparents too as well as all but two Aunts and 2 Uncles my family now three brothers and my Mom, we no longer have those times together.  That is what I miss the most as this holiday nears FAMILY. 

Today I am thankful and grateful for all of you I follow and to those who follow me, for we are a family of sorts.  Sharing joy and happiness. Wonderful things to bake and make. We are there as well when sadness hurts so bad.  Thanks everyone for yet another year spent with you.

Peace On Earth Good Will To Men




From Above The Yard

From Above The Yard

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

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.


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


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!


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!

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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Just About An Inch

Just About An Inch

Snow Covered Lower Yard Flooded too

December 11 early morning as the sun appears

Yes cold and I suppose pretty lol

The day started rainy and socked in with think fog here in New England yesterday,  while so many suffered in horrible cold and snowy conditions.  We will take what we can left of this year, before we too must huddle together and keep ourselves warm.

A few years ago I took a class with Mom on fusing glass with a wonderful teacher who has since passed away.  She had told us about a woman in Maine who taught wire wrapping,  so we could make our pieces we did,  look even nicer and go from glass into jewelry pieces. Well that winter we went out to Arizona  to hunt for Gold and I met a woman there who took the time to show me a simple wrap that as I got more proficient I could add my own flair to.  Well yesterday the woman in Maine, who I follow through Facebook, had an Open House for her jewelry pieces.  So that was my plan for the day,  a nice quiet ride up into Maine to meet her in person and see if I could find something pretty for a gift as well as to support another starving artist.

The ride was quiet but boyfriend and pup decided to join me as I always find the neatest things when I take the time to venture out from the house.  With winter on our heels I knew days upon days of me being inside would soon arrive. So I packed the dog’s fresh water, my camera bag and off we went.

I made it to her place with no trouble and told them I would be awhile and  for them to go find some fun without me.

So nice to meet Mig.  Her pieces are beautiful.  Such pretty stones and Sea Glass all wrapped in Silver.  We talked and talked and then it was time for me to find the sea.  It was just two miles east maybe less.  The two had gone in search of a place to play but saw the no parking signs everywhere and decided to wait for me.  Well right away I found a beach access road and plenty on empty parking spots, lol it is winter so all rules and regulations go by the way side here.  Dogs could run free!  JT was so excited I have to tell you.  We go walking at the beach but of late we stroll beside the sea on pathways and not on the sandy beaches, see if I take her to the waters edge she wants to do one thing and one thing only CATCH A FRISBEE.  I have a bad shoulder so with loosing weight we take the harder surfaces and walk and walk,  all the while me kicking her stick.  She is OK with anything I am able to do,  she is such a good girl.  She will be eight on Mother’s Day and I want her as healthy as can be so I can have her beside me for as long as I can.  Just check this happy photo out


See what I mean. Happy dog!

Now look what happens when she has to wait for me to stop taking pretty photos of the beach and sea.


You would think I had put her in the down command but actually she really has the need for just one COME.  She is too smart to do anything DUMB.  Yes I am blessed and very proud of my pup.  She is such a good girl.  A elderly couple was out for a walk on the beach and asked if they could give here a dog bone.  I never allow it but they were nice and JT sat pretty and stole their hearts in an instant,  she even took the cookie and ATE IT, she never does.  She must have worked up an appetite from all that running on the beach.  She was one happy dog, I swear I caught a smile or two yesterday.  She does love the beach but hurts too bad in her joints if we play for hours so the half hour worked out perfect.

We took the long way home, back roads all the way back to NH.  I have really seen that section of highway enough in a rig.

As we made our way along the coastline the towns had decked the streets with holiday lights and wreaths, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas, well all except for the snow that was gladly missing. 

I had timed the day near perfect.  Soon it would be dark enough to see some lights and I headed for the most famous Maine Lighthouse to see them.  It was just a tad too light so I let JT out where she made new friends while I waited with not one but two cameras to catch some action beside the Atlantic.  I took too many photos, wait could that happen ?  Let me show you a couple to end this post.  I even added some to my online gallery for Holiday Cards!  Who doesn’t love the sea and these gorgeous lighthouses that keep the sailors safe.



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