After doing all the yardwork I sat down to take in the view as did my visiting Ruby Throated Hummingbird on the swing I put up for them.
I have so many objects in this yard that birds use as well as dragonflies as we all need a rest don’t we.
After doing all the yardwork I sat down to take in the view as did my visiting Ruby Throated Hummingbird on the swing I put up for them.
I have so many objects in this yard that birds use as well as dragonflies as we all need a rest don’t we.
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.
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.
So the action on screen and out my windows has kept me amused but the weather well it has just been nuts!
The cold is worsened by the winds that have been fierce here lately.
Every bird in the forest is here filling up on beef fat and Sunflower seeds and warm water I offer them in a heated birdbath.
I clean the house and take bird counts for Ebird do you do that? I list their numbers for a certain time period and some photos of my visiting species
some I can tell if they are males or females others I can’t.
I have been painting but not 5 a day anymore lol trying new things some are not what I wanted but I have fun anyway. This one I loved but then did not stop now to continue to play just for the sake of play. It is lighter but a bad photo.
I will be giving a free 2 hr class to students during February vacation I asked for the 9-15 year old range maybe I can turn them on to art and fun and keep them off the street 🙂
I took JT out for a half hour walk it was all we could stand.
Have a great weekend!
GO PATS! lol You know I love our team and Tom “The Goat” Brady
I have been plugging away at purging all that is no longer needed and no good to anyone else.
I have been making headway with packing up most of my art supplies that will not freeze out in the uninsulated barn that will soon enough be a artspace.
Today it is snowing and because I now own the tractor I am left with so much time to call my own. So today I will toss more things out, reorganize and pack containers for another trip to the barn once the temps clear the freezing mark.
Have you all done your end of the year cleaning and tried to begin with a clean slate?
Time to get back at it hope you have a wonderful day.
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.
So much to do as fall is upon us with the winter season fast on it’s heels, weather wise anyways.
My flock of visiting Juncos have arrived which is a sure sign of snow season getting closer and closer and our northern neighbors have already received theirs. Soon I will be able to hang up bird feeders without constant worry about the neighborhood bears wanting in on the action as well. We now have a resident Bobcat not sure if it is male or female but I will keep the camera charged and ready for its appearance.
I have been teaching Watercolor classes I know can you believe it 🙂 I have so much fun doing the classes as I take all I struggled with being mostly self taught and let the watercolor take center stage as it should. No bells and whistles just letting it mix and mingle until it speaks to each students heart. It is about fun and joy they can find enough to stress about as can you and I.
I had the first of my two craft fairs and it was very successful and the Boy Scout troop made some much needed cash. I sold signed and numbered Giclee prints and lots of cards mom must be watching over me as we come up to the second anniversary of her death. The holidays are hard having no family left to speak of but I know I am not alone.
I promised some photos of what I have been doing to get my property ready to open it up for Art Shows and Classes as well as Plein Air gatherings.
Here are a few before and after shots as I just rented a machine to cut down all the brush so I can begin to put down paths of wood chips for visitors to follow down to the river banks and out into the forest though flowers will also be available with all my new additions this past spring.
So though it looks messy I can finally walk around without being covered with ticks from all that brush and I now have more land to fix and make suitable for growing old and others enjoying one thing I am excited about is friends have offered to build me a ranch home 2 Bedrooms brand new so I can knockdown my old home I no longer want to climb up on the roof to clean 🙂 I am blessed.
I will also add a new roof to the barn/studio and a new front glass door to let the sunshine stream in to the work tables. Not sure where to go to find the perfect door that will sit behind the sliding barn door but so happy for GOOGLE 🙂 I will paint it in the spring I was hoping my son would put an artistic scene on it but not sure where he is and what he is up to these days just hope he is also happy.
Flooding continues to be a problem here but I have folks working on that as I update my blog first make them aware then demand change 🙂 stay tuned!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends and safe holidays to the rest of you from so far away.
Thanks to those who started this journey with me and to the followers who popped in along the way wow seven years.
Plant Sales and planting have been keeping me busy this spring and of course watching my forest grow.
Here is a Iris I dug up from our family home before mom passed isn’t it the prettiest color.
How mom loved her huge variety wish I had taken more but if the new owners like them maybe they will be loved there.
Here is a shot of my tiny forest as it begins, it is even taller now.
This is the area I am concentrating on.
Wild flowers to the right of this mound as well as perennials that spread. This mound is a holding spot of rich organic soil to help them on their way and it runs 200 foot to the gate and on the other side of the drive as well as under the mature trees for shade loving beauties. One more weekend full of local plant sales supporting those who give their time volunteering for their towns garden club as I do here. I bring along a neighbor and boy do we find so many beauties for our places for $1 to $5 each trust me we are bargain shoppers and fill my tiny car to the gills 🙂 as a side note the horrific pain has let up 70% and with all that I push this body to do I am grateful 🙂
Have a wonderful day everyone.
We have so many 2 and 4 legged visitors to watch what is beginning to occur slowly but surely here. Arbor Day says my 17 specimens should arrive next week 🙂 and I am making the rest of my raised vegetable beds on Mother’s Day. I was going to ride down to Bourne MA where my parents were laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery on Cape Cod but I know both of them would prefer I continue with my vision and to smile, they liked to see me smile. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s. Miss you Mom xo
Follow me on Facebook(Folsom Mill Studio) for more adventure 🙂 till I learn to size these right as I do not know all there is about photography 🙂 just know it is a pure delight to interact with these wild ones daily.
Have a wonderful weekend HAPPY MOTHER’s Day
Boy am I getting some fresh air.
I bought bare root plants for my piece of property from the State of NH on Thursday yes it is only Monday, lol. I used my tractor bucket to haul them fresh water and saved my knees many hours of back and forth time. Then it rained a nice gentle rain all night I think.
These trees and bushes were ready to plant as many had their leaf buds all swollen I hope at least 1/2 take though my real hope is that each will thrive here on the seacoast of NH. The wildlife will love this place even more and there will be so much greenery and blossoms for painting inspiration.
I bought a Song Bird package with 25 plants, 5 each. Such as Elderberry, Hazelnut and Cranberry. The next package came with 10 Ninebark, then a bag full of 25 Dogwoods Red, Silky, Yellow, Gray as well as alternate leaf variety. Another has my Deciduous beauties Red and White Oak 5 each, Silver and Sugar Maples 5 each, Black Walnut and White Cedar too I also ordered 10 extra White Cedar for screening. I also got 10 Spiceberry Bushes. Then a Christmas Tree package of 5 different varieties for another 25 trees yes I know I should have paced myself doing some in spring and fall but you have to get them when available as most years they sell out. They ran out of White Birch which I wanted ten of for the rear of my piece of land I will hunt for babies in my yard 🙂
With the trees and bushes in place and my tractor and pile of compost and loom still large I will add shade loving perennials under my grown trees and sun lovers at the bases of others. I will hit all the local garden club plant sales as I always do being a member of our towns club it is good to support others making this state as pretty as they can.
I have just one more drawing class tomorrow and then I can get back to my watercolors as I sit outside with my girls(cat and dog)and take in all the new scenes this place will have to get inspiration from.
Have a wonderful week!
Live and Let Live Farm Rescue in Chichester NH can always use help to care for their place and animals.
Some local artists have come together and painted animals and scenes from the local area in a joint effort to raise money for them.
Wild Women’s Wellness Center donated a spot on the lower floor around back in their building on RTE 4 in Chichester NH as well to hang our artwork.
You can come meet the Artist’s Friday night the 23rd of March from 5-7 pm or come by Sat. from 10-4.
Take home an original piece of art or maybe a card to do your share to help this fundraising event make a difference in their lives that they get to live out at this farm.
Horses, goats, dogs, cats you name it they can be found here. You can also tour every Sunday at 2:30 pm
Here are the links:
Hope to see you there and thank you.
We sure will welcome it after #quinn
I have updated my About page with news of what is happening around here. This should keep me busy and smiling 🙂 Thanks everyone!
Time for a bit of an update I would say it has been awhile.
I began my blog as a way to connect to others as life for me was so different as the hustle and bustle of trucking was over after 3 million miles. Not bad for a female and I must say there was never a moment in the 30 years I held that commercial drivers licence that I was sexually harassed. I never had to lower myself to get work I am proud to say my work ethic was all anyone had to see to know I was up for the run.
I went from sharing lousy photos to then honing my skills to actually selling many each month on the different platforms out there. I then shared stories with you about life and it’s struggles and victories I must say what a ride it has been. I took a Watercolor class one night, 2 hours and my world changed. I once again shared with you all my early attempts and for those who stopped by to encourage me Thank You. I have just begun my 4th year of painting and learning all I could about play. Before my mom died last year she asked me to retire from trucking and to keep painting. Doors have begun to open and I no longer fear stepping through them. I enter shows and never worry about what others think of my pieces you see I love each one. They come from within and pour out onto that wet piece of white paper, each a piece of me and the life I have led.
I have set up a website here at https://uni356.wixsite.com/folsom-mill-studio with all the links for getting a print or card of anything be it photography or watercolor. I have joined Instagram as well under Folsommill where I will post videos, works in progress and shots from here in New England. I am bad about putting down the brush and adding to stores never mind blogging to you all I am sorry, I am caught up in creating more than sharing I will try harder because I love connecting with you. If you see me post something that speaks to you send me an email and tell me which store you want me to add it to. Zazzle has items FAA doesn’t sell I make a $1 or $2 for most items some just 10 cents it all helps to keep me in paint and paper.
This link above has a drop down menu so you can find me. I appreciate each and every one of you who has bought something I have made, you have helped me greatly.
Now for some better news I am trying to conserve my property here in NH for the Arts and will in time look for Artists to hold workshops here where their followers can come and learn. First I conserve and do all the legal things and then I build a place for the teacher to stay and there will be a motel minutes from here for the students to book their rooms. I will cook for the teachers and provide lunches for the workshop attendees and a ride to and from the motel if they do not want to rent cars though most will as New England is such an amazing part of the United States they will want to take it all in and maybe even setup trips for Plein Air excursions. It is an exciting time for me and I will blog as changes begin here on the property and I start booking their stays. Do you create? Do you have favorite teachers you want to learn from? Yes it is hard work but nothing like trucking 🙂 Stay tuned!
You can find it here with a drop down menu of all the places you can find me at I am also giving lessons on the magic aspect of wet into wet watercolor here in the seacoast area of NH.
I will try harder to BLOG here on WP and update my website with new artwork I will be offering for sale.
Here on Living and Lovin I will share photos and art but not bombard my posts with them as I create too much. I am having so much fun, FINALLY I hear some of you saying 🙂
Have a wonderful day.
Playing before bed with Phthalo and Water helped me sleep like a baby 🙂
From up here in Patriots Nation GO PATS! 🙂
Feb. 1st’s Splash of Color
It has been hot and very humid but not like our poor west has been enduring.
I have lots of dragonflies here in the yard all posing for me and watching my every move. Maybe I am blessed with so many beautiful things wild included, because I spend time watching out for them. I pick up and move turtles from roadways I also throw on my hazards(4 way flashes) when a mother bird is walking her babies across a roadway yes I do it for humans too 🙂 even in my rig for endless mile after mile I tried to always look out for others. Being aware is all I know are you that way do you really see?
Cooler temps. are on their way they say for 2 days with periods of rain so I will continue to work at the pile of dirt with my hoe and shovel and yes a wheelbarrow we need muscles bad. I get so out of shape painting but making new friends in the art world now and have even said I will join in on a local “Wet Paint Out” this month and yesterday I taught 17 others at my local library a few things about Watercolor, all fun but I need to put my yard first 4 days a week. My hope is to offer a place for visiting artists to come and teach. We have a motel 10 miles away for the students and the instructor could stay here and I would provide meals and bed and bath. It is early in the process but it is my desire to leave my place for the arts. I will need an attorney and a business plan to set it in motion but it is the way I intend to leave this space if I can. So time to continue planting pretty spots for them to find inspiration while visiting.
Growing these in a pot. Cardinal Flowers grow along my river here now they will have new ones in a place where they will make an impact on my lower yard.
My Yucca blooms each year around the 4th of July
I always have loads of Annuals for splashes of bold color close to the house with my veggies.
Have a wonderful day. After I am done outside I shall paint after all it is #WorldWatercolorMonth #watercolorchallenge
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
I have been asked by our Watercolor teacher Doris Rice, along with her other students, to hang a piece of Watercolor with a winter theme so I shall enter my piece titled “Wolf Moon” which will also be for sale.
On the other wall in the Gallery at Seacoast Art Association in Exeter NH there will be a Theme Show also for anyone to enter any kind of work that is “Black and White”. Mine is Titled “It’s Black and White”
I am new at this part too.
I hope I become more comfortable sharing what I do with strangers Facebook friends are one thing, the public judging is another story.
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.
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
I found a spot I could see the sea 🙂
Boy he or she must be hungry with storm after storm 😦
Just driving and shooting so photos could be so much better
Now for a few from Massachusetts
Storm battered summer homes
Much work for us hearty souls who call New England home 🙂
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!
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.
Here is a piece I am working on in my studio(where it is warm)
Hope you are all OK
I told you about our little battle with a CEO the board put in charge and the beloved ousting of a true leader that all loved working for in https://nutsfortreasure.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/the-end-maybe-near/ here is the rest of the story……….
The walkout/boycott lasted 6 long weeks. Speaking personally for me I just used almost all I had up in the cupboards. I made just a few trips to Wal-Mart for canned dog and cat food, coffee and Half and Half, toilet tissue, I shopped the farmers markets for veggies and one steakhouse 3 miles away has a butcher shop and they had a mega sale on hamburger at just $1.99 per pound. On that day I picked up 10 pounds, there goes the diet :). I will use it for pasta, meatloaf, tacos as well as a couple of days for burgers on the grill after all it is Labor Day here in the US were we celebrate the American Worker.
Now you see we do have a story for us to look up to. Our area of the US known as New England is full of very determined people and after 6 long fought weeks we did what businesses here never thought could happen. We by standing together as one workers and customers alike we brought this family run grocery chain to their knees and made them yell uncle lol no not really but they did indeed see our resolve growing stronger and not weaker as they had hoped and finally in the 11th hour approved the sale of the whole business to the ousted CEO Artie T DeMoulas. of Market Basket fame. The only leader the workers and customers would come back into the stores to shop for. Have you heard the news where you live? Give a Thumbs Up for the little guy WE WON! We have Unions scratching their heads and other companies realizing the same could indeed happen to them if they don’t play nice. Be fair. Be kind to people and not always make it about the billions you will earn. Here is a link to a real writer’s story though I bet his cabinets were not empty when he sat down to compose his.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-market-basket-ceo-arthur-t-demoulas-20140828-story.html The motto here has been NEVER GIVE UP, Never ever think there is nothing you can say or do! Stand up for what is right.
In the end he bought his cousin out for over 1.5 billion dollars US while his cousin also an Arthur was over in Greece getting married. I love my brand new Market Basket store and will shop tonight for the upcoming week and set about filling at least 2 cabinets with canned goods 🙂 you just never know when an emergency will arise when you must live off them. Grandma always canned and I would have but with all the injuries and surgeries this year a full garden just was not in the cards for us.
I will end this by saying POWER TO THE PEOPLE WE DID WHAT THEY SAID COULD NOT BE DONE, we stuck together to right a wrong and I am so proud of each and every worker and more so for the customers of Market Basket you joined in to have your voice heard and indeed they were! Happy Labor Day to you all.
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.
The lawn gets mowed when it reaches 6 inches and is tamed back to 4″ high lol so I can spot SNAKES!
but it has been wet enough down here to grow these and many other different varieties.
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.
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.
Hoping you all had a wonderful Easter. We went to Mom’s for a nice meal and a great visit.
On Friday having gone nowhere besides physical therapy of late we packed up the car for a nice long leisurely ride up into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I knew with all the flooding he should find some easy Gold and me a photo or two 🙂 you know me better than that and JT would have a stick, found on the journey to play with.
We took Route 16 North and our first pit stop was beside a lake I captured often in amazing fall colors but Friday this is how it looked on the 18th of April
Yes ice covers many of our lakes still.
We then travelled up through Glen where my intent had been to capture many of our Covered Bridges but with snow covered ground I decided I would wait on those.
The post of NH Covered Bridges I hope to do in Fall.
We stopped in Bretton Woods a well-known spot for skiing and fun.
We found a spot to pull over where he could metal detect and JT and I could take a slow stroll and take in the beauty of the mountains and waterway teeming with water fowl where I saw my first group of gorgeous loons they are far away in photos as I did not have a lens to capture them I should have shot a video of just their beautiful song.
We travelled further north to take in more sights before we turned south to head for home as the sun would set in our mirrors.
Mount Washington sits in the distant landscape.
Romantic views of the forest from the rails where this iron trestle over a gold laden stream runs below. He found 50 gold flakes in 20 minutes. Water was frigid and roaring from spring thaw taking place slow but surly. The sign state CAUTION You Have Entered BEAR COUNTRY lol really BEAR ARE EVERYWHERE! I was hoping to see some Moose and Dear and other wildlife but the only thing I saw was an Eagle in the distance doing it’s thing.
JT taking a rare break from play with her mommy.
We got home and rested up for the next days trip which would take up towards VT.
We stopped at a man-made lake to exercise JT before stopping at a friend of ours who is a painter.
Is this not just the perfect kind of day.
A stiff breeze but sunny and 60 perfect to keep the bugs away.
Thanks for coming along! I will have some photos for My Portfolio blog I am sure.
Have a wonderful week.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
More tracks of forest dwellers.
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.
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!
New England Gull on a frozen granite wall along the Atlantic Ocean in New Hampshire.
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.
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!
You already know that if you are a friend and follower. I wanted to do a post as this year comes to an end. Yes not a Re-Blog though I love sharing cool stuff others spend the time to add to WordPress.
So this one will be of a Happy Dog. You see when the weather is warm you will never see her do this the flying disc will get all the play time but let a few inches of snow fall and you knows right where she has tucked her winter toy away. I have told you she is smart a time or two right.
Here is a series I shot of her and her winter toy. I kick then snap photo, this time with a bulky Nikon not as easy to capture her as I did with my Kodak so excuse the faults in the photos and just try to see the Joy as I witnessed.
Quit taking photos and kick my ball!
She hates when I say last one. She will play till she drops in this kind of weather. As she ages the summer heat takes it’s toll on her but winter no way. She watches the squirrels play and eat in the yard as I do my beading and every now and then she will turn her head and look at me with those beautiful eyes begging to go back out. You see she knows me after almost 8 years Last One really are just for a minute or two. I get dressed again and open the door and off she goes to where she left her ball. No wonder the heating bill is so high in and out like your children see she is my little girl.
Happy New Year from our home up here in New Hampshire to yours. May this year coming be a beautiful one with peace and harmony for all mankind.
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.
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.
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!
Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!
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 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 .
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Snow Covered Lower Yard Flooded too
Yes cold and I suppose pretty lol
Garden Club Fundraising really is hard.
There are now four of us in the club and they work full time.
So I try to do too much. Then I get overwhelmed and it is no longer FUN.
See FUN and making a difference was all I was after.
Guess all the shoulder pain has been getting me down as well but saw the surgeon the other night he is letting me have 6 more weeks of home exercises to see if I can free up the left one. I may take another shot and get through a winter of nasty snow shoveling then let him go in and clean out the junk it is somewhat odd though as I am a righty!
So back to the club and all I have been able to do of late.
I wrote a few press releases for local publications one came off the press this past week the next hopefully will be in Thursday’s edition. I have an Ad running on our local cable channel I have satellite so I can not see how it looks. One of the woman who works in our town hall office made me up flyers and offered to add some to the desk where people who stopped in would see them and hopefully support our efforts.
You see we are taking orders for gorgeous Poinsettia. Three sizes. From ones that would be pretty decorating a staircase in your home for the holidays or huge beauties for atop a piano or in a foyer. Then a medium size as well for hostess gifts or does everyone just expect wine these days. I am not a drinker but pretty, live plants, now that is a different story! We are only offering traditional RED ones. They can go to Wal-Mart or a local garden shop for all the other varieties they will need to finish off their home or businesses. The plants will sell for $5.00, $10.00, 18.00. Under $20.00 for a gift of true beauty I thought would be easy to sell.
Maybe it is just not easy for one or four to get the word out. No matter how many times I post the photos and the prices the question is always HOW MUCH? Did I say I am so glad it is the season to REST! Well gardening outside will be placed on hold till spring in these parts.
We have a Facebook Page maybe you can LIKE it for me Epping Garden Club. I need feedback and you are all so terrific at that maybe I am doing it all wrong.
I have also been making items for the Holiday Fair I signed up to do. Funny I swore them off. Wish me LUCK!
So with selling photos, making things and finding home for stunning plants will be keeping me busy and freeing up the frozen shoulder to avoid surgery. After seeing the doctor I stopped into Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford New Hampshire to see how the plants were coming along. Here is the fun part sharing with you.
This last one I took is also being offered in all my stores as a Holiday Card, as it is very cheerful. Maybe I should go get my plants now and fill up the house with color as all I have now are those SPIDER PLANTS!
We had a light frost here yesterday morning, so there probably won’t be too many more wildflower posts for this year. I’m going to miss them!
I found a few of these native field milkwort (Polygala sanguinea) flowers in an old pasture, growing in very sandy soil. One way to identify this plant is by its taproot, which smells like wintergreen. Another way is by its leaves, which should be alternate as the photo shows, and not whorled. The sepals on this flower shade from purple at the top to white at the base in this case, but its flowers can also be white or green. The “poly” part of the scientific name means much in Greek and “gala” means milk. It was once thought that cows eating this plant would produce more milk, and that’s how the plant got its common name.
Beech drops (Epifagus virginiana
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