Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Maine Lighthouses


Coastal Ripples

Hello There! 

Portland Head Light
Portland, Maine
Maine's most popular and most photographed lighthouse in the country. It was commissioned  by George Washington.

My sister-in-law, Jean, has a wonderful hobby: Photography. She is SO good 👍 at it! Through the years She has perfected both her skill and her knowledge of cameras, lens, etc.  A little while ago I asked her if she had any pictures of lighthouses in the Portland area. She was kind enough to allow me to use some of her images.

Ram Light
Off Portland head. It has a 72 foot granite tower.

Spring Ledge Light
Easily accessible by the granite  breakwater and
visited by people from all over the World. It, like Portland Head, is a working
Light House.

Bug Light

Cape Elizabeth Twin Lights

I do have a favorite working lighthouse. It's located a little further down the coast from Portland close to the New Hampshire border. I have visited there many times through the years and photographed it in all seasons.

 Nubble Light
Cape Neddick, Maine

And, of course, we have our own lighthouse here off Little Deer Isle:

Pumpkin Island Light

It's privately owned now so not a working light.  There are other lighthouses on islands surrounding us but they are obscure to someone like myself who doesn't have a boat ⛵ to explore the Penobscot bay. 

Breakwater in Rockland, Maine

I gaze with envy during the Summer months at all the water crafts, mostly sailboats and lobster boats that use the bay. AND, I do a lot of day dreaming...of long ago.

A Memory

 When I was a child my dad was a lobster fisherman.

We would often, on the weekends, go out in his boat for rides. It was SO exciting! To an island kid there wasn't a whole lot going on. I loved going up on the bow with the spray flying over me, ever on the lookout for seals, ducks, lighthouses, and other boats. We'd stop over on an island
after dad  had pulled a few lobster pots/traps so that we could cook lobsters and crabs ("our catch") on the beach. It took awhile to find and haul the traps and do a little sight-seeing but finally we were  ready to choose an  island ("that one Dad, no that one"). What a feast! Fresh lobster, crabs and sometimes we would dig a few clams to steam. Dad loved mussels but the rest of us would would go "ewww" .
  While the adults did all the work and then dozed off us kids had the Island to ourselves. Some of our islands are quite large but I don't ever remember getting lost. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable time for the whole family-my parents, grandparents, 2 brothers and myself. I wish my parents/grandparents had had a camera and the desire to record those memories..and many others throughout the growing up years.
I definitely did not inherit my love of photography from them!:-) 

Since in Maine it's still Winter, I have one more pretty lighthouse to show you. This is West Quoddy Head in Lubec.

That's all for now.🏡

Tuesday, January 30, 2018



It's been so long since I've chatted with you! One big reason is because I have been spending a lot of weeks and months in Maine, on Little Deer Isle, with my 90 year old mother. She really should be in an assisted living facility but refuses to budge out of her house, leave her cat or move here (with Bebe the cat) to Pennsylvania with me. She insists she's fine on her own, a manifestation of New England stubbornness..however I've been told that the 🍎doesn't fall far from the tree. :-)  She's had several falls so I'm reluctant to leave her on her own for any great length of time. I spent the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's with her. We had one major nor'easter blizzard and several smaller storms not to mention days of COLD, face numbing temps made even colder with the wind chill. Mom's house is almost within a stone's throw from the ocean. In Summer it's lovely to be so close, not so in Winter. 

I treated myself after 2 years of not having internet service at Mom's and had install one of their satellite dishes on the house. It's larger than I imagined, Mom hasn't seen it on the roof yet. I'm thinking she's not going to be to happy to see it up there but it's heavenly to finally have cyber wings again.  She's enjoying it also because when she has a question about anyone on her TV programs I Google and give her juicy tidbits about them. Hopefully this will help my cause when she finally sees the monstrosity on her roof. 



I am so happy to be home here in Bethlehem. I went to my hairdresser/stylist first thing and the next day headed up to the Poconos to spend the day with my daughter and grandsons. She and I headed into Stroudsburg and had lunch at the Olive Garden then to BonTons to shop the sales. I like shopping there and I think it's growing a bit on Judi as she gets older. I got home just before dark so it was a long but enjoyable day.




Here, at home, I was content to be lazy...until the guilt demon landed on my shoulder. I then raced around the house and tried to get as much done in as little time possible; cleaning, sorting, cooking until I collapsed into a blob of exhaustion. That out of the way I returned to "me- time"...the state of happy, contented laziness. 


So,  I am working on crocheting a Mandala to use on the coffee table come Spring.


And now the Ta-Da!


 I have a blanket that I work on here and there but I'm getting to the point I always reach about three quarters of the way through when I get tired of the project. I have several WIP stashed away that haven't made it to the finish line yet. 


 Another enjoyable pass time is the many hours I spend reading crochet blogs, browsing for patterns and thinking and dreaming about yarn, crochet cotton, color combinations and about what I want to cast on next. Since being home I found 2 lovely patterns, sent all the way to England for them. I thought it would take  weeks  for them to get here but they arrived yesterday. Woohoo! I love getting anything HOOKY in the mail! 

In other news this little one was groomed ...

Beautiful Sunsets

Deer are getting fat that we feed at Mom's and a Fox comes once in awhile to eat seeds under the feeders. 

I saw this hawk in a distant tree...

And some WINTER images taken at Mom's, inside looking out. 


Thursday, October 5, 2017


"Until we have loved an animal, a part of our soul remains  unawakened." Anatoly France

In the past several years we have lost some precious furry children to cancer and other ailments... Despite valiant efforts by our very capable vet.



And another to kidney failur

and her son, Tucker

And today we lost another to old age:


Lately I feel like my cup runneth over with heartbreak.
I know that we all experience losses in our lives, especially those of us who are animal lovers and we have to just accept and move on. Knowing that doesn't always ease the pain as we go through our daily routines not seeing them, hearing them and feeling them. I have always tried to cope with my losses by getting another pet, or two, to love anew and it does help but they take up a new space in our hearts while the old spaces are still  filled with sadness until time eases the ache and we are able to move on. I know a lot of you know what I am talking about. 

 WE are forever indebted to these precious souls for the warmth, affection and devotion they have lavished upon us every single day. I really do hope there will be pets in heaven. 

Monday, October 2, 2017


The Lake Roger likes to take his boat to. 

Colors, they are achanging around here. A time to clean up and close up. I am at home in PA  and  looking around me I can see lots of work ahead of me (Roger). It's a pretty day out there. A coolness in the air that is most welcome after the heat and humidity of last week.  Hubby is working with my son for most of this month in his Pool business to get over a hundred swimming pools winterized. Yesterday we took some time to enjoy the changes in the Poconos. We took the dogs with us and gave them a walk around the lake. 

Before I let go of Summer here on the blog I want to include some pictures taken in Maine when my daughter and grandson visited with Mom and I on the Island. (I like to record the high lights of my "Ordinary Life" here since it's easier then looking back through a thousand photos in my web albums.) They stayed in "the camper" or what I used to call my nest back when my dad was still alive. I would visit them off and on and "glamped" beside their house hooked up to all their facilities. I do miss those days. Every sound was so up close and personal, especially the sea breezes coming through the open windows and the squawking of the gulls as they woke me each morning carrying on a conversation  above my head on the roof. 

We headed out for Bar Harbor one fine day and visited Acadia National Park. It was hot, up over 90, and windy. The surf was up and it was so exhilarating! Josh, age 9, loved it. He did have one mishap though. At Sand Beach the waves were rolling in, he tried to run backwards to get away from it, stumbled and it washed over him. I wish I could have caught all that on camera. He was startled but took it all in stride and dried out eventually. 

Thanks to the far reaching effects of hurricane Irma, Thunder Hole was awesome!  Those of you who go to or have gone to the Park you will appreciate this photo of it. The conditions of wind and surf and tide have to be just right. We weren't allowed to go down to the end of the fenced in area but still managed to feel the anticipation of a good wave (will this be the one??) and hear the roar as it smashed into the opening between the rocks. Wow!

Before heading home our last stop in the Park was Cadillac Mountain. Such a lovely view up there. You can see the town of Bar Harbor down below. When we arrived in the Park there were three cruise ships down below but all but one had left with the third heading out while we were on the mountain. Josh wanted to see the ships and I said we would go down into B.H. before we left but the sun was getting low in the sky so it didn't happen. With my eye problems (Macular Degeneration) I don't like to drive after dark if I can help it. However, I did keep another promise and that was to stop at Mikey D's in Ellsworth on the way home so he could have a Big Mac. 

Josh loving his new jacket his mom bought him at the gift shop on the mountain. It was windy but not cold.


I love lighthouses and this one was way, way out there but I zoomed it in as far as I could. 

We are back at home in PA now trying to get back into a routine. I am working on hand quilting a pumpkin wall hanging and today I really must wash some outside windows.....after I try to get the chipmunk out of the house that Neffie, our cat, just brought in through the cat door.  Have a great day!