Wednesday, August 30, 2017


SEABREEZES

MARK ISLAND LIGHT
AND BOATS

LOBSTER BOAT
FOG

PUMPKIN ISLAND LIGHT



AND SUMMER IN MAINE


STONINGTON HARBOR

Hi there! I know that most of you have given up on me since it's been months since I visited with you. I do hope that you stop in to see if I by chance have returned to blogland. 

It's been a long summer for me. I have spent the most of it on the Island I grew up on taking care of my aged parents. To make a long story short, my dad passed away in July in the Island Nursing home after a stay there of almost 2 years. He was 90 yrs old and had been failing ever since he had a bad fall back in the winter of 2015. 
During his lifetime he had worn many hats and pairs of hip boots. He was a clam digger, a scallop fisherman, a lobster fisherman and businessman. He spent 7 yrs in the Navy before marrying his sweetheart and they raised 3 children, 2 boys and me. But the occupation that he will be most remembered for is the owner and operator of Eaton's Lobster Pool Restaurant situated on the shore of Blastow's Cove on Little Deer Isle, Maine. He wore that hat for over 45 years. He was a very congenial and happy go lucky person. He loved to laugh and talk with his patrons. He loved to read, play golf and always willing to challenge anyone willing to a game of cribbage. He was also very generous to all in need and we used to say he would give away the shirt off his back if my mother would have allowed it. She was the frugal one. 
He and my mother were married 71 years! She is devastated by his death but has a will of steel so will get through it somehow. She is adamant, no nursing home for her. So, I will still be traveling back and forth from here in Bethlehem, PA to Deer Isle, Maine just as often as I have been for the past 20 months. It just seems the right thing to do. And, I love her. 

I took a bunch of random photos while on the Island this summer and realized when uploading to my computer that most of them are of boats! I hope you like boats, fog and the ocean. 

SCHOONER GOING UNDER THE BRIDGE TO THE ISLAND

  
Hot, hazy day.


STONINGTON, THE LOBSTER CAPITAL OF MAINE



Lupine Time



Look who's coming to visit.

Ever watchful, even while chowing down on sunflower seeds.


Hubbly came to visit me after Dad died. 
He made me a granite garden.

Lobster boat.



Roger is always the last one eating when we have a lobster feast! He eats everything but the shells.
That's all for now. Have a great day! 

xx

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.



XX