Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ABC Wednesday - X is for XX





X is for XX..........



a young man on a bench beside the water

 

I am really stretching it this week - after nine rounds, my "X" vocabulary has dwindled considerably.

My youngest will be turning twenty years old this year, leaving the teens behind to begin a new decade.

And to represent the number twenty in Roman Numerals, one uses the capital letter "X" two times.

Ten for each "X" equals twenty.

XX = 20.

Really stretching the X for this week, and I hope it qualifies!





 


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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Happiest of Holidays to All





Happy Holidays!



rocky shore along new england coast

 

However you celebrate this holiday season, here's wishing it is a happy one!

Season Greetings and Happy Holidays to our friends all over this big wide world.

Hope it is special for each of you in it's own way.






 



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ABC Wednesday - W is for Winter Solstice





W is for Winter Solstice..........



snow along the edge of the pond

 

Winter doesn't officially arrive until 12:30 am on 12/22/11.

On this Winter Solstice day, the Earth's northern axis, or North Pole, is pointing the farthest from the sun as it will get.

That makes it the shortest day of daylight in the year - the area above the Arctic Circle will have 24 hours of darkness.

Then, the next day, the day's light will start getting longer.

Granted, it is only by minutes, but I bet those who reside in the Arctic Circle region are awfully happy about that!





 


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Summer Ocean View - Our World



 
Summer Ocean View - Our World



view of the ocean and rocks in the summer
 

It is different in this spot each time we visit it at the ocean.


Different flowers for each season, and even though they are wild flowers, they change each year.


Which makes me think that someone must clear them out.


A couple of summers ago, it was overrun with milkweed and thistle.


There have been none of these plants there since.


I kind of miss the fluff and little Goldfinch birds that love the thistle seeds.


Glad we were able to see it when it was there!








MWT White








Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ABC Wednesday - V is for Verdant




V is for Verdant..........



a green field in the spring

 

So green and lush is this field in the spring.

Quite a contrast to the brown of the fall that has yet to be covered in snow.

The hope of the spring is what keeps those of us, who are not too fond of winter, going.

I will say, it has been nice to not be covered with that snow yet.

But it will come as it always does.





 


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Rocky Shore






Rocky Shore



rocky shore along new england coast

 

New England has some beautiful sandy beaches.

But this scene of rocky shoreline becomes more the norm as one travels further north up the coast.

Maine is known for it's rocky coast, and this is a typical view of a Maine beach.

Still quite beautiful.

Hopefully we will be able to retire to a spot such as this in the next few years.

Surely looking forward to it!







 



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Not the Same Old Slim-Fast

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I first tried it almost 25 years ago when all that was available was the powder that was added to milk to make a shake.

From what I remember, it was pleasantly tasting, and I did loose weight.

But like most people who are constantly fighting the weight issue, it didn't  stay off.

I have been up and down with the weight over the years, and at this point in my life, as long as I eat right and keep up with my exercise routine, I feel that is what is important.

But, sometimes, the urge to loose weight comes back around, especially at this time of the year when a few extra pounds are sure to find their way to my hips.

So when I received a coupon in the mail to try the new Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Plan, I thought I would give it a shot.

I purchased the Chocolate shake drink, and was surprised to see they were already premixed and ready to use.

That certainly makes it much easier than the powders I used to use.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Pile of Leaves




Pile of Leaves



leaves piled against a chain link fence

 

Mother Nature sure made someone's job pretty easy.

She blew all the leaves in the park right up against the fence.

Ready for the leaf vacuumer to come and get them - with little effort on their part.

They are all gathered around a cleat for large boat to tie up to.

I have not seen these cleats used in years, but I remember while growing up they always had a thick rope around them, keeping a large boat in place.

Not much has changed at this place since those days, but I suspect that someday, those boat cleats will be removed and sold for the heavy metal that they are .

.





 



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ABC Wednesday - U is for Unblinking





U is for Unblinking..........



a cat staring

 

He stares straight ahead.

Unblinking.

Totally ignoring the black clicking thing that sometimes gets too close for his liking.

 Not letting anything get to him, he held this pose as I closed in on him.

He could only stand it for so long though.

After the click, he just had to get up and leave.

I do appreciate the cooperation that he so sparingly bestows on me though.

Every once in a while I can get a decent photo of our feral cat, Rusty.





 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ABC Wednesday - T is for Tubes








T is for Tubes..........



white tubes along the river

 

We travel this back road each spring in our search for our delicious fiddleheads.

We pass several streams and several farms in this beautiful region.

But upon passing this farm beside a stream, we noticed these strange white tubes following alongside the river's edge.

We couldn't figure out what they could possible be, and decided to take a look inside of them.

Not wanting to be spotted by the landowner, we made it quick and were surprised with our find.

Inside each one was a tree seedling.

Not sure what kind of trees they were protecting, but each one was a single stick.

It's hard to see in the photo, but there are hundreds of these tubes all along the river.

It will be interesting when we go back this spring to see how they are doing.





 


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ABC Wednesday - S is for Snow





S is for Snow..........



a snow covered road in the morning light

 

Dawn was breaking on this slippery morning as we traveled along the back roads.

After a quick snow storm a few hours before, we caught the sun as the clouds began to part.

The road was a sheet of ice, but worth the trouble to stop and grab a shot.

Within a couple of hours, the snow was completely gone.

As if it was never there.

But we have the proof!




 


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Garden Helper

A Garden Helper




 

This past summer I had a helper in my pot of basil.


She hid under the leaves during the heat of the day, and in the evenings, she would appear on top of the leaves.


The spray from the watering hose would send her scurrying back under, but as soon as it stopped she reappeared.


She wasn't afraid of me, and I didn't bother her.


She worked at keeping the pesky bugs away.


My basil grew beautifully, and she had her family in the hosta plants below the basil pot.


We both lived peacefully with each other - being that she stayed outside.


If she had been inside, well, I can't say she would have raised a family.


Everything works well when we all respect each other's space!














Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ABC Wednesday - R is for Rust











R is for Rust..........



rusty construction materials

 

Driving by a large construction site for a bridge over the bay, I saw this pile of pointed metal pipes.

They had been sitting there long enough to get a layer of rust built up on them.

We stopped to grab a quick photo, and ended up talking with one of the workers about the project.

Never did find out what theses are used for, but I thought the coloring was interesting.





 


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Q is for Quest








Q is for Quest..........



brick path through the prescott park

 

We are going to my most favorite place to be - the Ocean.

And you had better believe I will be on a quest.

A quest to fill the memory card in my camera will lots of photos.

And my husband will also be on a quest.

The bait is extra smelly and ready to be used on the fishing pole.

Hopefully he will catch the "big one" and I will have the photo to prove it!







 


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Something Different

Something Different



a crack in the ice

 

I use Twitter to help promote my site and occasionally do some tweets that I get paid for.


I am picky, so I choose things that I think are interesting, and hopefully my readers do too.


I use a service called Sponsored Tweets to do this.


They are having a deal now, and this post contains a link to that deal.







I have also posted this widget at the bottom of the blog, so once this post gets buried, it will still be available.

Just trying something different to see how it works out.

If you're in the market for some sponsored tweets - the deal doesn't get any better than this!











Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ABC Wednesday - P is for Path





P is for Path..........



brick path through the prescott park

 

This is a popular garden in my home town of Portsmouth.

Set in the historical district of the city, along the water's edge, the beautiful Prescott Park has brick walkways and bubbling fountains.

Gnarled old trees drape gracefully over the colorful flower beds.

The old brick paths meander between the gardens.

A relaxing spot to sit and think a bit - especially in the early morning when there is no one else around.








 


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Yellow Maple Leaf - Our World Tuesday







 
Yellow Maple Leaf - Our World



yellow maple leaf on the forest floor
 

We are now completely covered in snow - 23 inches on Saturday evening.

It broke a 145 year old record of three inches.

I don't see it leaving any time soon either.

Good thing some of the leaves had already fallen from the trees.

The weight that they held with the snow had them breaking branches and coming down all over the region.

This was one record breaking storm we could have done without!!







 





MWT White








Friday, October 28, 2011

New Feature for Facebook

New Feature for Facebook



red leaves against the water in the autumn

 

I host my images for sale on a site called Smugmug.

They just introduced a new feature that allows me to post my images to Facebook with a link to them on my website.

That was a great addition that makes it really easy to post.

I have to manually go onto the site to do this, but it only takes a second to set it up for a selected image.

And it includes a link that allows one to purchase the image in any size they want.

It makes it really easy for the customers, and easy for me too.

Don't hesitate to check it out - I post a couple of images a day to my Facebook.














Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ABC Wednesday - O is for Ocean







O is for Ocean..........



blue ocean water on a summer day

 

It's my most favorite place to be - the Ocean.

And this shot was taken on a hot summer day.

The tide was coming in, and by the time we left, none of the dark rocks were showing.

I have never seen these Maine waters look so green as they did that day.

Usually they are dark blue like the waters further out in the background.

A gorgeous day, a beautiful photo, and a great memory!





 


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ABC Wednesday - N is for Nimble

N is for Nimble..........



exercise mat and weights

 

Nothing like a good round of exercise to make one feel nimble.

The beginning is rough though - nothing nimble or even remotely feeling good about it.

But once it becomes routine, when a day gets missed, you feel it in another way.

You miss the ease of movement it gives you.

You miss the feeling of well-being it gives you.

And it really can lift a mood.

Mother Nature's own medicine - try it - you'll like it!











 


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ABC Wednesday - M is for Munchies

M is for Munchies..........



chocolate candy kisses

 

Come about three o'clock in the afternoon, they set in.

The munchies.

And my snack of choice - why chocolate, of course.

Most go for the salt, or perhaps the fatty snacks, but a sweet piece of chocolate is just right for me.

And it doesn't matter the form - semi-sweet, milk, with nuts, caramel, or simply plain.

They are all so delicious, especially when you let it melt in mouth to keep it around as long as possible.

I think it is time to go search for some, even the chocolate chips will do at this point!








 


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Red Maple Leaves - Our World Tuesday









 
Red Maple Leaves - Our World



autumn trees and bushes against the ocean rocks
 

The peak leaves are beginning to arrive in our corner of the world.
 
These brilliant red-orange leaves are set off against the water background of the lake.
 
Try as it might the camera cannot capture the rich glowing hues of the colors.
 
They will only be here such a short time, but autumn's colors are the best!







 





MWT White








Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ABC Wednesday - L is for Ladder

L is for Ladder..........



a metal step ladder with icicles

 

The ladder - covered with tiny icicles after an ice storm last season.
Had to go out quickly with the camera after it stopped icing from the sky.
Those little ices didn't last long when the sun hit them.
Won't be long before this scene is here again.








 


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Layers of Autumn - Our World Tuesday








 
Layers of Autumn - Our World



autumn trees and bushes against the ocean rocks
 

Layers of autumn colors at the ocean.

There were bright bushes along the edge of the rocks that lead to the water.

The wispy clouds and the blue sky complete the perfect fall display.

The beauty of Autumn in New England is hard to beat!








 





MWT White








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