Saturday, April 29, 2017



SPRING IS HERE!

What a long Winter it was, so much snow both here and in Maine. 


 So much beauty surrounding our house, if you can look past the leaves that didn't get completely cleaned up last Fall. 


















Even inside the house.

So, what's happening? As for me, I am trying to recover from a back injury and also some pelvic pain. Not doing much to be active, not that I am an active person in the best of health. I have hobbies that are conducive to weight gain. Reading, crocheting, watching my beloved murder mysteries on dvd, and playing around with my notebook computer. I also like to bird watch, which forces me to walk around with my binnos and a camera. Even if it is just around the house here and in Maine. I shot this picture of an oriole looking in the window at our budgies, Billy and Peggy. 

I thought I would look back through my photo files and post a few from last year.


Billy and Peggy.




These lovely roses are from a bush beside our dog yard. They are just starting to get buds on them now but last May they looked like this.




This guy, my oldest grandson, was 12 last April. This is what he looks like this year....


A teenager.


A Lazy Cat.


This past Winter, about a month ago, we said goodbye to our beloved cat, Tucker. He was a sweet and affectionate fellow and he brought us a lot of joy. He is missed. I dedicate this blog posting to him. His personality could certainly be compared to the beauty of Spring. 











Monday, March 13, 2017


Hi there! It's been a long time since we chatted! Hope all is well with you and yours.  I am still spending time on the Island with my Mom. She is not dealing very well with my Dad being in the Island Nursing Home-even though it has been well over a year now. Since I live in PA and she lives in ME it's not easy being her POA and Caregiver. Oh, well, it is what it is, right?

There are definately perks to living this life style. One being the terrrific sunsets we have on Little Deer Isle nearly every day that we see the sun. Some are more spectacular then others.  This one was taken about 2 weeks ago. Here is another view of it. On a different day. 



About a month ago we had three snow storms in the course of one week in Maine.  I did get a few pictures before the last one was over, from inside the house. The winds were fierce! 





You can see that the snow was piling up in front of my little camper that I used to stay in during the summer before my Dad got ill. The winds blustered the snow around and the plow had a very hard time getting through it all after the storm was over about 12 hours after this picture was taken!! ( I didn't get an end picture. I was so sick of the snow by that time I had no inclination to document it any further.) 

Strangely but happily two weeks after the storms and a very mild spell plus lots of rain we had hardly any of it left. So, I was more inclined to go out with my camera and I took these on my way home to PA a week ago. 

 Bucksport, Maine. Those are ice cakes floating down the river and that's the Narrows Bridge in the background. To the right is Fort Knox..  Yes, those ARE ice cakes  floating down the Bagaduce River. It was an overcast day and I ran into rain as the day progressed and the temps became warmer the further south I got. 

This interesting house was across the street from where I was standing to take the previous picture. A very lovely restored Victorian by the looks of it.

I arrived home to lovely temps (70s) especially considering that it was in the low 20s  when I left the Island 12 hours earlier. However, I brought the cold and snow with me because 2 days later we had snow all day and it was also in the 20s.

These Cardinals are waiting their turn at our bird feeders in the backyard. We have about 15 feeds here and there around the house. Roger fills them not me. 




Lucy, my lovable mutt, was so happy to see me that she hasn't left my side.  

PHOTO-TALKING 



OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME

HARVEST MOON TAKEN ON THE CAUSEWAY FROM LITTLE DEER ISLE, ME TO DEER ISLE, ON MY WAY TO THE NURSING HOME TO VISIT DAD. 


BRIDGE FROM LITTLE DEER ISLE TO MAINLAND. 

MY YOUNGEST GRANDSON'S 8TH BIRTHDAY.


DAD CELEBRATED HIS 90TH AT THE NURSING HOME.

SCALLOP FISHERMEN DOING THEIR THING OFF FROM MOM'S. I TOOK THIS FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE, SO NOT THE BEST. 

OQUNQUIT BEACH ON A COLD WINTER'S DAY.

BEAUTIFUL SUNSET FROM BLASTOW'S COVE ON ISLAND.

VIEW ACROSS FROM HARBOR CAFE IN STONINGTON, A FAVORITE PLACE OF MINE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH FRIENDS.



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Monday, October 31, 2016

FALL 2016



Hi there! Happy Fall! I know that I have  not been around much these past 2 months. The summer just flew by and spending so much time traveling between Pennsylvania and Maine takes a lot out of me. I need time to recuperate from taking care of my parents, mostly my mom, dad's in a nursing home, which  I find exhausting so when I get back to PA I don't do much of anything for about a week. The second and last week I'm home I visit family, do shopping, and spend time with my fur babies and then catch up with social media. I have no internet service on the Island.  We have had lots of wind and rain both here and in Maine. I didn't take a lot of pictures but will show you what I did take on Little Deer Isle because I love our ocean views. Not a lot of excitement here in Bethlehem, looking very drab. 

The causeway from Deer Isle to Little Deer Isle. 

I stopped in the middle of the causeway to capture some of the Fall colors.


Pumpkin Island Lighthouse on Little Deer Isle.

Cottages around the shore looking out towards the lighthouse.

A beautiful Day!


Views seen from our house on a windy day.

A windy and foggy day. I took this on the shore with a zoom lens. It is the ledge connected to Sheep Island that has an osprey nest on it. 

A shack on the shore that got a face lift this past summer. I remember staying nights in this house when it was owned by Lois Smith, one of our neighbors, when I was just a wee girl. She had a stuffed snowy owl on my dresser that scared the dickens out of me when I looked at it by lamp light. (no electricity). But "Aunt LO" would wake me in the night for me to see the "Northern Lights". What a spectacular sight!

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Strange looking tree along the shore line. 
Well, that about does it for me. Not a whole lot going on. Mom had 2 cataract surgeries and then a flu shot that gave her the flu! She was very sick and didn't get to celebrate in the nursing home with Dad. We had planned a family and friend celebration there but it was not to be. Dad asked me to order a dozen red roses for her and I brought them home thinking they  might cheer her up and they did. When she was well enough to go to the nursing home again he sang "Let me Call you Sweetheart" to her. He still has his good voice, even at 89! She cried as did those of us who witnessed it. They have been married 70 years. 


Have a lovely day.