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.  












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. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016




Deer Isle Sedgwick Bridge

One side of the Deer Isle Village. If you blink you miss it. 

If you are wondering why most of my pictures have ocean scenes, it is because I live (2 weeks of every month) on an island connected to the mainland by a bridge. The group of islands; Little Deer Isle, Deer Isle, and Stonington, are about 10 miles in length and five miles at it's widest. I estimate about 5000 natives live on the islands year round. In the Summer there are many more as it's a very popular tourist destination. The Summers are beautiful but the winters can be harsh. 
I am a native, I was born and raised there but left for college after graduating high school, left college after 2 years to get married and raise a family. We ultimately ended up in Pennsylvania in 1980 after living in Canada and moving back to the Island long enough for my husband to realized that he was very allergic to even the smell of shellfish. My parents had a seafood restaurant and he worked on the wharves for my father, buying the lobsters and crabs, clams, etc that the fishermen brought in. My dad then shipped everything he didn't need in the restaurant via his trucks to Boston, Mass and New York. So, we decided to move on to somewhere that he could live without asthma attacks. The move was not easy. He went on ahead and found a job. I stayed behind with the little ones and a bunch of dogs to fend for myself. One of the ways was by making wreaths in the Fall for the Maine Christmas trade. My survival doing those 8 months is a story in itself!

We raised 2 children in Allentown, PA. Both graduated from local colleges and have settled in the area within an hour of where I live now. My first husband died in 2000 of cancer. We had been married for 35 years and it was tough adjusting. God is good. He brought another person into my life who had lost his spouse also. We married and settled into his house in Saucon Valley, near Bethlehem. It was a hard row to hoe, as they say. We were both set in our ways and are very stubborn. I am told that I am strong willed....maybe a little. We have been married 11 years.  He is retired army and post office. I had worked for many years at Good Shepherd Home and Rehabilitation Hospital. Since I really didn't have to work anymore I retired at the age of 55. In retrospect I should have stayed working. My Good Shepherd pension didn't kick in until I turned 65 which meant I didn't have access to money of my own until then. But, life was good. Health issues have  reared their ugly heads and hubby has had a bout of cancer that he won. I have had this and that but nothing life threatening. 
Now we come to why I live part of my life in Maine. My parents have a house on Little Deer Isle, the same house I grew up in. They just assumed that their life would go on until they died at home or the local hospital on the Mainland. They made no plans for their later years despite my brothers and myself tried to get them to do so. To make a long story short-this past December my dad fell, ended up in the hospital for a month and then had to go into the Island Nursing Home when he no longer had mobility in his legs. Mom was devastated and said she couldn't live in a nursing nor could she live by herself. (I get my strong will and stubborness from her.)  So,  I drive from PA to Maine every month to stay with her for 2 weeks or more and return to my life here for 2 weeks. I have macular degeneration in one eye and have monthly injections. I also fell and injured my shoulder and rotator cuff so have  PT appointments when I am at home in PA to unfreeze the shoulder. We have access here to wonderful medical facilities and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate them compared to what is available on the mainland close to Deer Isle. Truth be told if you have something seriously wrong with you, you are out of luck or you will have to travel a long distance to get any help. The waiting list is long, needless to say, at those places. 
I do love the beauty of the Island and I have always loved to take pictures. I earned my first camera when I was a little child. I sold the most magazines for a school function and my prize was a little browny type camera. 
Today I don't have an expensive camera. I had one I loved and it took excellent pictures but it was dropped in the water and from then on I just buy point and shoots. I hope that you enjoy what I do post in this blog from the many photos that I take. I have my camera handy most of the time but don't always have the time or energy to stop and do what it takes to get the perfect angle. 
If you've kept reading this ramble, I thank you and hope that you will visit again. 

One of the many little shops in the Stonington Village. You can see a reflection in the window of my favorite place to eat there...the HARBOR CAFE.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lazy hazy days of Summer

Hi there, It's been awhile since I dropped by but a lot has been going on with my health and my mother's. I have been spending more and more time away from home and on the Island with Mom. I am back in PA for 10 days and have been trying to play catch up. So, it has been 3 months since my fall and the injury to my shoulder and I am just now having therapy for it. I have about 2 weeks of it under my belt.

The Island is very beautiful this time of year.... buzzing with "summer people" at their cottages and driving up and down the road from the bridge onto the Island and down route 15 to the Lobster Capital of Maine, Stonington. 

I pretty much like to stay put and away from the rubber neckers. I haven't really used my camera much lately but will show you a few that I took rather hastily one day. The top picture is the view from our hill looking off over the roof top of our neighbor and out towards Eaton and Pickering Islands. 

We call the ledge in front of the sailboat, Slipper ledge. From a distance it looks similar to a man's slipper, if you have an imagination, lol. 

Next up is about a mile away. I drive out of our cove and down a hill we call Pine Hill, make a left onto Eggemoggin Rd, drive to the end and there is a very pretty light house on an island just off the coast there. It's privately owned now. I used my zoom lens but it was a cloudy day.

Behind the light house and off to the side you can see Brooksville, on the mainland. And behind that the Camden Hills. Camden, Maine, a very pretty place. I must go there soon to browse and snap some shots. 

And, lastly, off to the side of the little turnout where I parked the car to take the pictures of the lighthouse, is a lane with summer cottages all in a row. What lovely views they have there! If you look closely you will see that in the spirit of ingenuity someone has applied wheels to the bottom of their skiff. All the better to get it from one place to another. I wonder if they are taken off before it goes into the water?! 

So, that covers my trip up to Pumpkin Island Lighthouse. Not a long trip, less than 2 miles from my mother's. 

Speaking of Mom's....We have an old clothes line that we don't use but we do hang bird feeders from it so that we can watch the wild life in our side yard from our kitchen window. We not only have birds but raccoons and foxes, and deer. So far, the foxes and deer and most of the raccoons run away when I attempt to sneak a picture. However, we have a hug mama coon who now brings her 4 babies to eat the seeds on the ground. Before she brought them she would come alone and didn't seem to mind me standing on the deck snapping away.

Mom's house is a typical old house a stone's throw from the ocean. They've added on here and there. I am trying to add some color to it by adding some potted plants. There's a huge Roddy in the front of the house and truth be told I wish it were elsewhere. It blocks my view of the shore when I am sitting at my sewing machine. I'd much rather be looking at the ocean then at the roddy tree. 

Enjoy Your Summer!