Summer is really here at least on the calendar. It has been a sad but perfect spring as I push myself to finish my projects, shopping, digging, planting and then as if timed perfectly the rains arrive and do the watering for me.
I tore the pretty patio out last year man even with a machine it was hard with a machine and this fat old age lady at the helm and filled bucket after bucket with bricks and concrete and dumped them out of the way. Along came spring this year and the thought of snakes entered my mind as I looked at that heap, nope don’t like snakes so time to do something.
I saw a piece on Permaculture on Facebook yes that damn time sapping thing many are now lost without. Well I use it for the right things for me anyway. Photos, Art and keeping in touch with our other garden clubs and all their happenings. I keep in touch with friends near and far as well as a few family members and some I met on there how exciting just as I was running out of loved ones in come new.
So back to this garden above, it is called a Herb Spiral that I made in 4 hours with that pile and my Deere. I then filled it with super soil and organic compost and let it sit for just about a month to let it settle as the directions I read said to. Then came the plant sales by other garden clubs and I went in search of some lovely items to grow for my kitchen needs. As you can see in a photo I took a week ago they are healthy now to get me back in the mode of eating right. I lost 20 pounds that month I worked the gardens and seem to have found half of it back as sadness I never thought would feel like this really kicked me hard.
Raised beds new and old now are filled with all kind of yummy veggies just needing SUNSHINE
My life is so not what it has been the last 12+ years with JT now gone but I can not think about raising any more animals so the wildlife and Watercolors will have to someday fill the void though I swear this is so hard and those of you who have shared a life of constant companionship with a pet know all too well, others who haven’t will never get it.
Signing off for now I should go pick some greens and peas and begin my diet in earnest once again.
July started with a new way of eating, actually a 28 day plan that ended today. For a scale that had stopped moving long ago I was tired of the madness and told the right person, a new friend who had an idea and ordered me a book titled “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy
I have never been a reader of self help books though with the world wide web I could seek out anything I wanted to know more about.
Well I read this book, as I shopped for the essentials I would need for the first week and began. First two days I went to bed early so I did not have to eat anymore food, yes this is the truth it may have been 3 days. On this third day a funny thing happened I actually heard my stomach growl for the first time in 20 years.
You see I would wake at 5 am have 2 cups of coffee no sugar and not eat anything until maybe noon then dinner at 6 or 7 pm then bed by 10 or 11. On occasion I would snack before bed or have a dessert. I was so out of whack not drinking water, burning the candle at both ends never giving my body the nutrients it needed to function properly.
When I was trucking I ate better, I guess it was when I got hurt and could not afford lots of different foods and depression took hold from it and being poor for really the first time that I began this journey. It was time to live again!
So the deal is you must give up white flower that many have already as well as pasta, rice and rolls as well as baked goods. I also gave up all sugar and quit drinking coffee after 45+years it was not even hard to do so.
I began to drink my water all day long, eat within 30 minutes of waking and having a snack then lunch then later a snack then finally supper. Most meals consisted of 3 or 4 cups of salad which is easy as this time of the year I grow my own.
Well I must say I was shocked to see the scale move when I felt I like was eating like a pig 🙂 Imagine that! Inches more noticeable, skin better and sleep was wonderful which I am grateful for because in this period of time I was under so much stress as you see a person I trusted with my art, a neighbor with a consignment store, had closed up shop and took all the vendors goods and never told us.
I searched and searched for her and finally she popped up 2 towns away. I showed up after having my boyfriend go in as a shopper first and when he got back to the car he said “None of your art is in there.” I was sick and mad and headed inside by myself.
She told me for 14 min. she had nothing of mine so I reminded her when I sell items I get 60% as I put out my hand. Then she remembered something she had and went out back and came in with 5 pieces of my work really? I asked her if this was really how she wanted to start a new business then asked where this painting was
She said “I do not have it and I reminded her it was $180 and told her to give me cash for it and the check she bounced back in May. Long story short I did what I could to help others get what they could, as she stole theirs and wrote more bad checks to boot. It will be hard for me to trust another but all I can say is I stayed on my plan even with all this stress and continued to lose.
The moral of this long story is eat to be healthy and drop weight give up the crap food that is no good for you and always I mean always really know who you are dealing with when you let things you love out of sight.
I will now just sell cards and prints locally as I do online and the originals will be here beside me safe and sound.
She should have named her new shop BAD KARMA after what she took from the 20 of us.
I am blessed to have lived the life I have lived, always full of lessons to be sure.
Partake in some sunshine if you are here in New England as tomorrow rain will once again fall.
With so many brush fires and even more warmth headed our way rain will be needed even after all the snow that fell this season.
I am about to partake in a bunch of planting as the compost arrives, yes totally organic
and I will add lettuce and peas to my NH garden. Soon the Baltimore Orioles and Hummingbirds will replace my Juncos and Snowy Owls.
Hope you all get the weather you so desire so you can also partake in what you enjoy doing.
Yes I finally signed up to learn how to draw again. Taking classes with a great artist at the same gallery where I try to enter the monthly Theme Shows.
I know my problem with a pen I hurry too much! I am excited to learn but scared at times to fail but really who am I actually failing as you already know I am screwy and unique lol trucking, photography, watercolor now drawing it is all who I am time to embrace me and let go.
You can laugh when you take a gander of these first attempts as I know I do but the journey to a better painting will keep me laughing, practicing and practicing some more.
These are done blind well the hand and binoculars and the other students I did fast and blind to start then we moved on to grid work now I can see the possibilities ahead.
Pen to paper look at object and draw never look down to see what you are doing.
My poor teacher done by me FAST SKETCHING and I mean fast! 30 seconds to get then down on paper or really their essence. They were all female but in mine they appeared to be men 😦 try and try again.
Another Blind Drawing I did here at home for homework
Worked on Bob Dylan using a grid but drawing it while it was upside down.
Just relentless it was and our almost 30″ was not the worst hit area the coast of Massachusetts has been destroyed storm after storm with protection gone the flood gates remain open. It was just before 2 storms ago I was shooting photos of buds and bulbs with a t shirt on no wonder I am sick tonight 🙂
It has been so crazy cold here. I am so sick of listening to the furnace and space heater run but grateful I have them and a roof over my head.
Since our last 10″ storm the cold set in, record breaking cold I need my January Thaw but nope we are going to be under a blizzard warning tomorrow and through the weekend. They say we may see 4″ to 20″ hello after 8 it is horrid unless you ski or snowboard which I can assure you I don’t 🙂
Today it will be in the 20’s F and will feel like spring this better not be my thaw but I will use it to buy more bird food and suet, dog and cat food and I will make a cabbage/veggie packed soup I can heat by lighting a match on my kitchen stove as power outages are always likely here even though it is 2018. All those beautiful and frozen trees just will not withstand the 40+ mph wind and wires will come down. Stay safe as as there will be ice from the deep south all the way to Canada.
When I am not shoveling and snow blowing it away I will paint. I will sit in the quiet and let my creator guide my heart and hand and see what shows up on my wet piece of paper. This is what my place looks like now before this coming storm and what I did to rest my aching back. I am so happy to have Watercolor in my life. I am in 2 new shows
though I will not sell mine, they will just be for show as I grow.
I forgot I am not supposed to paint boring scenes with everything the same height I will rectify that in the future. 🙂
Pats won again I am a happy lady.
It is now Christmas Eve here in NH and places are closing up early for workers to have time with their own families which is nice to see. Besides sending out cards I did nothing for this holiday since mom died last Thanksgiving I really just spend the holidays here at home with boyfriend and the dog and cat. I like having no extra stress as it is a sad time already. I did keep the wild birds fed during our ice storm and today before the snow begins to fall. They say we will have 4 to 8 inches I hope for 0 🙂
Less than 90 days left till spring I will keep reminding myself.
I will spend time cleaning out old paperwork, donating clothes/coats and giving away many items I no longer have the need for as it is a good time to purge and I have a whole week to make a dent it in before the New Year.
I am trying to decide if I should build a new home(without stairs) or redo this home so it flows better and a large storage room can replace where the bathroom now sits 4 stairs down. My knee is good but I know I will need replacements down the road so why not plan now. Also have to lose weight and remain focused so I can do more as I get older.
I will continue to paint and take photos and in January I also begin to teach watercolor basics. I can not wait to share the magic.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas can not wait to hear what you all did.
Just wanted to say hello. Sorry I have not been around but besides being busy I blew my knee. Finally surgery is now just a week away! It has been a long miserable month but I kept it full with a Scarecrow Contest, Plant Sale and not one but 3 craft fairs the last of which will be Saturday in Rye, NH.
I never put my garden truly to bed as it is now just getting cold at night with warm days and a gimpy gait lol I decided to just let it be I have to laugh as last night I asked him to see if he could get any of my carrots out of the ground as I made a cabbage soup for my week worth of meals. THEY WERE HUGE! I had a full warm belly last night.
I have been painting up a storm as I find myself resting a lot more and trying to stay out of pain. Having lost my mom a year ago the holidays no longer hold family importance. I know it maybe sadness from loss which is normal but I continue to paint as she asked me to. I will make some hats for men and women in the military and add to our towns tree.
I am also in search of an attorney to help me conserve my place for the arts when I am gone. Staying focused helps me continue on the path best for me.
Hope all is well in your world this is a new computer so unless you reply I will not find you again though I will see what the Reader comes up with.
Here are a few of my latest attempts of Watercolor. So many now available as cards.
With that last image let me wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season of fun get togethers with your family and friends. Travel safely as you shop and try to buy a few things from starving artists, as I am one who appreciates it greatly.
Fluidity is what I am going for in this my 3rd year of painting. Lay it down on a wet piece of paper and walk away. One on left is on it’s way to being a card for my fall displays and the one to its right I am not sure yet.
Hope you are all doing something you love if even just one hour a day. Happy September.
To those in TX and now all in the path of these hurricanes lining up one after another know we are praying for all of you.
Painting with the rest of them and doing my best to follow the prompt.
I am looking forward to trying my first Paintout coming up soon in Portsmouth NH
not sure anyone will see it never mind offer it for sale but I have to try Plein Air and keep trying to get it right, it is how I can grow as a painter.
I now have art hanging in Epping, Exeter and Portsmouth not mind blowing art mind you but putting myself out there to be judged even though this is my third year of painting if I push myself it is only then that I will excell.
I have met so many really nice people out there. A few so full of themselves which is good as they will end up keeping themselves company, just wish they could see what could be. I will stay open to possibilities and not close myself off to the world outside my door.
I will teach a group my love of Watercolor on Tuesday wish me luck as I thought I was teaching children 🙂 I have made up 60 blank bookmarks out of wc paper and even punched a hole for them to take home and add ribbons too. I will teach them about a wet into wet wash then add salt for texture and then when dry have them finish a scene from their own mind which we all know is limitless. I just hope I can make them happy for an hour and a half or two.
After I spend time in the library I pack up and go to my own class to make the next attempts on this one yes very blurry but was giving my Facebook followers a sneak peak 🙂 (Folsom Mill Studio) can not wait to drop in the next layer.
Thanks for stopping by I am trying to get back into my reader and blogging. Have a great week!
Held our plant sale (garden club) we had a few different types of plants for summer. I also went to 6 other garden club plant sales to show my support as well.
We were hired by 900 Degrees to complete their outside dining area.
I had placed Pansies there on Mother’s Day and in June hanging baskets and pots of fresh herbs of all types were added for scent and maybe their kitchen staff to use.
Such a pretty spot to watch the sun go down on a gorgeous evening in New Hampshire.
My small local library opened up their walls for 55 pieces of my Original Watercolors and laid out a spread of yummy finger foods. I made some punch and dessert and added a few snacks like Salsa as it was Cinco de Mayo.
They told me I had had the highest attendance at the library for a show and it was so nasty out I thought no one would show. Grateful for friends and strangers that filled the space and had a good time relaxing and chatting with each other.
I painted some bookmarks and passed them out to those who would like one. Not masterpieces just simple washes that show the way pigments mingle and settle in with each other.
I may do a Photography show down the road here as it was fun to see what ones they gravitated to in this show. I also sold 14 originals yes I am very grateful for them coming and now as I am almost half way through my 3rd year I will learn even more about this medium I am fascinated with. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey.
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 added 2 framed pieces of Watercolor to the Theme Wall at Seacoast Artist Association. This month’s theme is Wild With Color. Now I could have framed some of my amazing Sunrises even Sunsets or Pink Peonies. Maybe my popular monster Sunflowers even but I chose two of my colorful landscapes filled with tree trunks with pretty bark 🙂
No longer laid out against my red countertops but are in pretty rich brown frames under glass. I will miss them if they sell but even looking at them here as I type I can see I have grown much like a tree 🙂 ever changing and it make me so happy.
Still not comfortable with others judging me or my artwork but I can not sell it if I do not put myself out there 🙂
My town is celebrating it’s 275th birthday and the committee group is trying to raise monies for a parade and fireworks so I donated one of my framed pieces as a raffle gift hope enough like it to raise $40 or $50 for my part of the cause. All starving artists have is what they create.
I did straighten out the title lol
Mom is doing great I have more good days and the pup my sweet little girl rests more and loves the pumpkin cookies I make for her 🙂 Going grain free myself and hoping her and I will be back at our fighting weight 🙂
Do you know I did not climb up once on the roof and only raked it once shhh it is only March and I will finally turn 60 I can not believe it myself lol there were many close calls and still not gray!
Here is what I did the other day thinking of taking my girl for a walk to go find some 🙂
Still wet as I posted it to Facebook and it sold 🙂 now I can do an oil change 🙂
Have a great March everyone soon I will share photos from the Boston Flower Show which opens in 2 weeks!
I just finished reading Monadnock, More than a Mountain by Craig Brandon. In it he tells of how, throughout history different artists have painted the mountain from different sides, and how a few had traveled around the mountain painting it from all sides. That sounded like a fine idea to me and, since I have never seen it done before, over the last few weeks I’ve traveled to several towns that surround the mountain to take photos from each one.
The unusual thing about 3,165 ft high Mount Monadnock is that it can be seen from each town in the area, which collectively make up what is known as the Monadnock Region. The purpose of this post is to show how much the mountain changes from town to town-sometimes after driving just a few miles down the road. I’ve lived here nearly my entire life and even I was surprised by how…
Well by now most of you know our JT (Jess-Tex) at least in photos. She is our Border Collie and no we do not have a farm.
I have shared my life with fourteen dogs five of which were part of a litter that went on to new homes where they were adored family members.
This dog above was born at a friend’s home, the male her father was from Texas and they drove from Vermont to pick him up. JT’s mother was a dog that was dropped off at their place in Vermont. Gorgeous lighter Gray with white. She was scared who knows the kind of life had she lead.
JT was like the runt with a not so perfect face marking and it was just her sister and her no one had chosen to be theirs.
Now I wanted no more dogs but here were the two prettiest faces begging to be loved. I said I wanted both, actually could not believe that came out of my mouth. The daughter said she was taking the tri color one. I was taking JT as long as they were both fixed, I didn’t care.
The day we found her in the horse stall with her sister, we had been camping with a three-year old great-niece so we went home to NH but when I got to my house I called them and said I would be back up for the pup I had fallen in love with. Her husband was going to be in NH on a welding job so he brought the pup with him so we did not have to go all the way back to northern Vermont.
We bought a leash and collar as well as bowl and water, as it would be a long ride for a puppy and headed north.
We took the pickup truck with a bench seat so she could lay between us. Funny as I look back six and a half years later at that ride home. She would lay her head on my leg then wander over to the passenger side for his leg. She was trying to settle in on that big seat but wanted to be close to both of us, her HERD.
We stopped often to walk her, and to let her have some water and then she was scooped up again and placed in the middle between us. It is where she has always ridden till he bought this new truck with the big back seat. All hersto be sure.
She had been born on Mother’s Day and in October she took her first really long ride down to Georgia. We went gold prospecting with a club he belonged to and she set about making many new friends that weekend. It was really rainy and nasty, creeks were swollen I was so glad this camping trip was in a cabin with a hot tub.
This pup has led a very interesting life to be sure. She could have a blog of her own.
We no sooner got back from our trip to Georgia when we set in motion an epic cross-country trip that would include sleeping out in the wild, in a tent for the month of December. Not too worry we would be in Arizona and it is still warm right?
We bought an old RV and he made it road worthy and we were looking forward to an amazing journey together. Then the gas prices soared so we scrapped the idea of taking the old beast back west where it had actually been made. I looked for a van cheaper on gas and room for all we would need to bring with us. I found a pretty cool looking Chevy van, a conversion van the kind with a bench seat that lays down and can be used as a bed. We bought it from a group of men who used it to go back and forth to New England Patriot football games. Yes tailgaters. It has a HUGE Patriots Loge on one whole window. I never thought about the fact we were going to be in the Super Bowl and the game would be in Arizona!
What a trip that was from the start. JT could feel the excitement. I rented a place for our cat to go where, she was to be treated like a Queen, for the money she better have been the center of attention. He made a rack for the hitch, the fact he was a welder for 30 years came in handy. On this rack we took the tool box off the pick-up and placed our clothes and tenting supplies as well has some dry goods like JT’s Food and dog bones. We would be on BLM land and there would be no stores, no street lights, no phones. JT would be the only one out of the three of us to do nothing but play as any pup will do. They said rattle snakes would have taken cover as well as the other critters who live under ground, I was hoping so.
So we loaded up and headed south, I had to say good-by and Merry Christmas to Mom on our way. We opened our gifts and had a beautiful meal then loaded back into the van and headed out of New England. Leaving what we thought of winter behind us as well.
As we headed south through Massachusetts we heard a lot of horn blowing and people giving me the THUMBS UP signs that was different for me having been in a big rig all those years and it was never a THUMB I got! People were excited, they saw the sign and our team was in the hunt for a ticket to the BIG GAME! When we hit NJ the looks changed, funny how that works.
I stopped on the NJ Turnpike to top off of the gas tank when a big dark-colored Suburban pulls on the other side of the pump. It had those really dark windows, looking kind of sinister. This is a place they pump for you, so as I am sitting and waiting I hear a horn beep then I see the black glass start to open and there were four huge black men smiling at me I was kind of confused then one pointed to the SIGN on our window and said GO PATS!!! They could have been players looking at the size of them! It was like that the whole trip out. Just random strangers stopping us to congratulate our team on the playoffs and wishing us well on our journey. They all petted JT. I swear more love was given to her that first year of her life. No wonder she chooses humans over animals to play with. She never new life as a dog.
more later on JT’s Adventures with us and her adoring fans
Well they say there will be another coastal storm brewing just off our shoreline, so it is time to walk the edge, as the tide turns and heads out and look and see what it has left behind for us. It will be sunny and in the 40’s what a perfect BEACH DAY JT likes to walk me into the water so maybe I will even be barefoot.
It has been a very long time since I looked at this photo. I used to miss this truck so much, then it was the girl I was, who had gone missing.
Let me tell you some background since a few have asked about the days I spent behind the wheel of an 18 Wheeler(this one has 22 ) .
So much happened before I became a trucker, guess you would surmise that, as young girls really did not drive tractor-trailer trucks in the mid to late 70’s, well not in New England especially.
So do I begin here with this time period in the photo or go from the start?
I think I will do this blog from just before the time I bought her till I said goodbye, as there really is an awful lot for this story.
I was divorced in 1995 and as part of the settlement of OUR THINGS I had a choice to make. Let’s see he had already just got rid of the truck he drove, he actually gave it back to the bank with less than a year to pay on it. He was drinking so heavy daily and I could not drive TWO TRUCKS so he did what he did. I insisted we split the days up with him driving my rig(not this one) Monday,Wednesday and Friday which would leave me Tuesday and Thursday and most Saturdays. At the time I was hauling rubbish back and forth from Roxbury, MA to different landfills and trash to energy plants here in New England.
Things were getting worse living with him. I never thought they could get any worse and there came a point when I had the police remove him from the home. I had finally had too much. Lost so much. I signed a restraining order and told them he could come for the rig, with police.
It took a year before the final day in front of the judge. All I wanted was the house, 4 dogs and my 68 Camaro and my Ford Pickup Truck. He could take EVERYTHING ELSE!
In the time I sent him away, I found a job driving for a local company. I was now driving a Dump Truck. Worked 10 hours a day and finally had a life but not much money compared to owning my own rig but I was happy, really happy. I actually looked forward to doing my hair and climbing into that Orange Mack daily.
When the judges final decree was sent he gave me everything I wanted. The house, dogs and vehicles. Now how could I pay the house payment on a weekly paycheck, as an employee, I really couldn’t.
My Dad knew I worked for a seasonal company so he gave me an old 1974 Mack to drive. He paid for the registration and fuel and insurance and I paid him back weekly. I worked that truck for probably 9 months and even put some cash away. The Mack had a lot of issues being so old and finally she just could not go on the road anymore so if I was to truck I had to go shopping and quick!
I had a job to haul containers of beer from the pier in Boston or trailers from the rail yards in Alston. I poured through books and found a place in CT that sold used trucks. I saw the tractor in the photo above and thought she would be a good enough rig for me to begin again. The man who owned the place was impressed with my knowledge of trucks see he threw questions at me to check, I was a female. I had to prove to him I owed nobody anything after the divorce except my mortgage company and that the home was mine and not the ex-husbands. So he put a paper plate on it and told me to take it up to NH and drive it haul a few loads and show it to my Dad to make sure it would be a good choice for me, and then bring him the decree so he could see what the judge had written.
I went straight to my parents home from CT which was just under 2 hours away and showed them what it looked like and then Dad hopped into the driver’s seat and off we went for a test drive just as I had when I was 18 in a car he brought home for me. He liked it and then we switched seats and I drove. It was the first time I had ever taken my Dad with me in a rig, Mom had been several times but now it was time to show my Dad how over 2 mil. miles had made me into an awesome though fearless driver. He loved the ride! He said it looked like a solid truck for what I was hauling and that I drove it like a professional. I could not be happier. He asked if I needed any money and I told him no you see it was $1,000.00 down and a payment each month for 2 years and she would be mine. That was 1996, late in the year.
I hauled the beer and goods for maybe a year then I got antsy I wanted to haul the heavy loads again. This truck did not have a double frame or a wet system. I traded my Camaro for a Wet System which consisted of a pump and a tank which held Hydraulic fluid and hoses and fittings. This poor truck with her big Cummings Motor was going to set out to do the impossible, just as it owner.
I hooked up with old friends and started hauling Bark Mulch from a place in Maine all the way to Cape Cod and places in between. I loved the work and the places they sent me as so many others would hit everything but the lottery in the customers yards that they started to request the Blonde Girl who was a great driver! Everywhere I went I got smiles and waves from people. See I was an oddity still and we were now in the late 90’s.
Bark Mulch was seasonal so I had to find steady work I had not only a home to pay for but a truck. I hooked up with another friend in the rubbish business and started to haul four loads a day for him 6 days a week. I now had Sunday’s to play with the dogs in the yard while the truck was washed and oiled changed for the next week of work.
I hauled garbage till it just became too expensive to keep tires on it with going in and out of a landfills and hooked up with a Spring Water company. It was now 1998 winter again and this would be my first experience hauling a tanker down off the top of a mountain with snow and ice. I was scared, very scared about stopping at that stop sin at the bottom, why do they do that anyway!
I worked that whole winter of 1998 and then in 1999 the real fun began. I never got sleep I just napped in between loads. I hauled 3 to 4 loads of water, weighing out at 103,000 pounds back and forth to bottling companies, you see the country was getting ready for Y2K, which would happen in the year 2000, when the world would change as we knew it. We hauled thousands of gallons of water, as there were 10 other drivers doing the same thing for the company I worked for. Stock piled water filled these places with fear about what would come of the computers of our world and all the machines run by them.
As we all know we were really fine, doom and gloom never came to be. They would have a slow down in production so it was time for a much-needed vacation!
I parked this rig, tanker attached and locked up safe and sound and headed to FL where else would a girl go who loves the sea. I took 3 dogs as one had passed away and the cat and boyfriend at the time and headed to his Aunts place for a little rest. It was while I was there we decided it was where I wanted to be. Get rid of the house go back home and get my rig and start a new life where things were no so hard on me or the equipment. I could find work anywhere. So we left the dogs and cat there with his Aunt and I was heartbroken as I headed north but I would be back in 2 weeks with everything I wanted to start all over again with.
We made it back as planned I left the house for mortgage company to deal with as they refused to take the ex’s name off and set about finding my own place to call home.
So I spent most days in the beginning when we got down to Florida getting caught up on sleep and sun tanning and playing with my dogs, who were now 10. I finally got the bug to really drive again so I hooked up with a company to haul empty cans to bottling companies along the east coast of Florida, you see I loved the Gulf Coast . My rig was getting a much deserved rest as well, loads were so light I had to keep checking in the review mirrors to make sure I still had the trailer hooked to it. Life was GOOD, it really was the best. I was so very happy, finally, the year was 2000.
Well around August I received mail from the company holding the loan on my home. It seems they didn’t want it either and had given it to me free and clear only stipulation was I had to live in it. I was shocked to say the least. They asked me to go back to the home I loved so much in the woods of NH and lock the doors as I had left it cleaned out and spotless with doors unlocked for potential buyers. Now what go back, start again I didn’t want to. I liked it here in Florida but some of my dogs were buried there, it was home. At this point I was tired of making decisions really on my own as the boyfriend at the time was younger than me and OK with me doing it all. Yes I am now sadly aware that was who I was and nothing to do with him.
I decided I would go home alone with him and the pets but no rig. It was an old truck now, pretty and in great shape but not for another season of hard, nasty weather. I placed a For Sale sign in the back window and within days a man approached me and asked if he could check it out which he did and bought it with CASH. I had lots of money to pay his Aunt’s bills up to date, pay my brother cash I owed him and fuel for the van and enough to live on upon getting back to NH where I would also have to put electric on, fill the propane and hook up TV and internet.
We packed everything back into a U Haul, kissed everyone good-bye.
We were coming home.
I miss that truck and the freedom she gave me out on the roads but you see I finally get that there is more than one chapter in this woman’s life.
Time to LIVE IT!
the beginning and the middle will come with time STAY Tuned
It was a beautiful morning when we woke cold and frosty as you would think NH would be on Thanksgiving morning but roads were clear up through our White Mountains. As we reached the border area of VT where Moore Dam sits the fog stated to rise as the sun warmed the air over the lake so pretty wish I was not on a mission and could have stayed to watch it to completion as it was the most beautiful of days with friends in their kitchen and yard talking and sharing a meal while giving thanks for what we have.
I was thankful for the fact there was NO SNOW there
I will share more photos as the day go on you know me I always take too many and ADD TOO MANY to a post
Home you all had a wonderful time in the States over a nice meal with family and friends
Brrr it was so cold this morning but my other half asked me to wake him by 5:00 AM so he could head over this way. He wanted to metal detect during low tide. I know I should have gone, if for no other reason than to watch the sunrise and get a few photos to share. I was warm and toasty and looking forward to some coffee, which I would have to pass on since there are no public bathrooms open in this area at this time of the year. Silly really when you see the amounts of residents and tourists that walk our shores each and every day. Snow, rain or sleet looks the same as a warm spring day. They flock here by the droves. Rye is loved by dog owners as well as surfers. See both are allowed here.
I see where the Northwest will get snow and rains, CA too. Wy and ID will receive snow, just what they are looking forward to in Jackson Hole as their mountains are getting ready to open up their lifts. We have mountains open for snowboarding and skiing over here in the Northeast as it has been so cold they have been putting down a nice base. They say by Thursday, Thanksgiving, it will be BEAUTIFUL! At our home it will be in the 50’s, though we will share our meals where our pup JT was born, so it may be only in the 40’s there but that is still OK by me, any day I do not have to shovel my way out the door is a Good Day! Texas will enjoy temps in the 80’s oh how I wish I was in the BIG D! I really must get into this winter mindset or I will never leave the house. When JT and I went out to fill the feeders, for our feathered friends, she must have loved the icy frost on the pads of her paws as she ran to her basketball and wanted us to have a game! I was just in slippers and a nice warm robe so you know I said “Latter JT” and headed to the door! We have a huge basket of nice clean as well as warm toys just inside the door for her to play with.
I couldn’t wait to share this beautiful day with each of you, as it is mid November and days such as this one will be far and few between.
I took it last week as we went to walk and metal detect the local beach, this time north of us. We have only 18 miles of coastline in NH and for the most part we do have access to our shore.
We have rocky areas but here and there we have sandy beaches to walk, suntan on, even fly kites.
In this stretch we have an Ice Cream stand, boatyard and a state park or two. It is not built up with lots of businesses or homes though some of the homes along 1A are gorgeous there are still some built very modestly. They are down to earth people who enjoy the shore on a bright warm summer day or in the middle of a nor’easter. We really are hardy souls up this way.
This was November, Veterans Day and it was 70 degrees F. Wow what a gift for those who are not looking forward to many months of cold and snow, me being one of them. I will walk the beach this winter but I will bundle up and not stay out there too long, as JT doesn’t wear boats.
I will always have the camera with me but you knew that. I will try to show you another season of NH life. You have seen all my pretty spring flowers, summer beach scenes and of course the fall color we are known for but winter in NH you will just have to see .
We are here for the FOUR SEASONS after all, me on the other hand wish I headed south with my Hummingbirds.
Let me take you along my favorite stretch of roadway and you will see NH all decked out in her finest!
One section is 32 miles with NO GAS. It’s OK, I promise not to run out.
Look at those COLORS just up ahead.
I want to show you something that makes NH special
We are spoiled by so many of these bridges, throughout our state.
Let’s check out the river, I did tell you before that there is GOLD here.
OK Jump back in let’s check out a few more spots of color.
Let’s keep our eyes open, MOOSE ARE HUGE!
Let’s pull off and check out the lake
Isn’t it Beautiful here?
OK time to grab a coffee and sit by the river. I hope you liked the ride. This year has
been spectacular to say the least and we still have 1/2 the state yet to hit PEAK COLOR.
Thanks again for coming along on and should you ever decide to visit NH at this beautiful time of the year always check the State of NH website for update on where and when the fall color should be at her best. Make sure your camera has fresh batteries.
One of our local Moose on the Loose you have to be very careful when you travel where they live. Hundreds of collisions each year in NH with these HUGE Animals. Not a lot of people survive a crash with a moose of this size as lots of times they come right through the windshield where you are sitting just inside. Travel safely ALWAYS leave your phone off and keep your hands on the wheel it may save your life as well as a wild animals life if you are paying attention.
These were taken at dusk with a camera that was really out matched by the lighting available but you can tell how big they are if you are in a place where they are not seen.