Sunday, March 18, 2018

What Was I Thinking?!

Care to take a wild guess at what's pictured below?!

This is Oliver's attempt at making his way to the pool house.

He made his way down the 3 steps leading to the concrete pool deck and even began his trek, however, looks like he quickly realized he was going nowhere fast.  The snow was about 20" deep and as you can see he was sinking in as he walked.

A+ for the effort, and a wise choice to turn around.


A lone leaf atop one of our Red Oaks.

All others have long since fallen, however, this one is hanging on for dear life...

Very Conspicuous, Yeah

He sure sticks out like a sore thumb, especially during the winter when there's no bright colors to be found.

Suet Love

A Downy Woodpecker, a female I believe, filling up on suet during the early stages of our last nor'easter last week -

A week later she's back, and what a difference a week makes -

Black Masked

A flock of Cedar Waxwings from back in early February.  The trees were filled with these social birds.  Most were perched taking the sun on a chilly day, however, others were foraging for berries from the Bittersweet vines, which had long been stripped clean.

They sure are an attractive bird!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nor'easter #3

IT'S OFFICIAL:  Blizzard confirmed in Boston!

Whiteout conditions at times!

Today's nor'easter could be all March snow records for our area!

Here's a little taste from Franklin -

Snow drifts piled high against our rear slider -

The snow has been blowing and gusting that most of the windows are covered making it difficult to get clean, clear pictures -

Trees and shrubs, already reeling from the last storm, are facing another round testing their flexibilities - 

Pools closed today -

The poor Dogwood tree looks more like a weeping cherry.  Hoping it bends and not breaks -

Initial snow falls sure a pretty -

Wreck-it Ralph coming to plow our driveway -

The snow pile at the end of the driveway can't get much taller -

Ok, I'm off to change and fire up the ole snowblower and clear the areas the plow couldn't reach.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Back Support Perhaps

This is the weight lifting belt that my dad was often seen wearing when out working in the yard.

This is one of so many memories of my dad that keep flooding in - good memories!

Oops, We Sprung A Leak!

It was SO windy during the storm we had last week that a new leak appeared over and on our new bay window.  The rain was blowing sideways at times.  However, it's clear that the installers failed to take all the necessary precautions when installing.

Fortunately, it wasn't too bad in terms of the leak, a slower drip drip drip.  What concerns me more is the damage done in the ceiling of the window and the abutting wall and sheet-rock.

The wood, where the water had been pooling, is slightly damaged too -

If this is the extent of our damage we're lucky.

Icy Roads, Careful...

A there's the cause of the 6:30AM traffic jam on Rt. 495 south.

I don't know the cause of this but can only assume this dipstick was driving way too fast for the icy conditions that morning, and texting too.

I hope the driver didn't cause anyone else to crash or get hurt themselves.  However, it would be great to know that the driver shit their pants (literally)!

Secret Best Buddies

Take a gander at these two loads!

A w@h day for me and these two spent most of the morning cuddling and snoozing, as these pictures prove.


Remember these machines?

Came across this antique machine if Key Largo of all places.  I wonder how the establishment ensures that only adults are making purchases.  After all this would be idle way for underage punks to get their smokes without being questioned or carded.

Of course if they can afford them!  Actually, I don't understand how anyone can afford a pack of smokes anymore.  Sure seems like an awful expensive way to slowly kill oneself.

Big Red!

 My Amaryllis is finally in FULL outstanding bloom!

Sure took it's sweet time too.  I planted the bulb back at the end of December, about 3-months ago, but sure worth the wait.  A nice way to welcome the arrival of Spring. 

"Best Wishes Always"...

Came across this autographed picture to my aunt Ralou from Nancy Kerrigan circa 1994.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Happy SWEET 16 Birthday!!

Time is flying that's for sure!

It's easily put in perspective when you realize that both my daughter and my niece are now turning 16!

Where has the time gone?  I swear they were just toddlers.  Wasn't it just the other day they needed to be changed...Oops strike that.  I wasn't supposed to mention that, hehehe.  Now they're hitting a big milestone, sweet 16, and before you know it they'll be 21 and wanting to learn how to drive.  Fortunately, dating is off the table!  I'm not sure I could handle all these milestones occurring around the same time.

Wishing the best daughter in the world and the best niece in the word a great big Happy SWEET 16 Birthday!!

I love you both!

Friday, February 02, 2018

It's A Murder I Tell Yeah...

...a murder of crows!

We've had oodles and oodles of crows hanging around this winter.  They seem to tolerate the frigid temperatures well and not bothered by single digits.  They're a skittish bird and typically take off when startled AND they're a God awful noise bird too.  However, it's nice to see some activity outside during these cold, drab winter days.

Mass Migration or Stampede, You Decide!

It looked like an animal mass migration, one you might typically see on the Animal Planet or the National Geographic channel, but right outside our window, CRIKEY!

The young'ns were leading the charge and headed for the busy street but you could see their apprehension as cars passed by.  One of the moms finally took charge and instead of crossing the street she lead them through the neighbors front yard and eventually into the wooded area and out of harms way, PHEW.

There were a total of six deer.  I believe two trios - a mom and twin does.

Save The Bees!

Speaks for itself

Find The Critter

Can you find the critter in the below picture?!

She's a stalker...

Get Off The Furniture...

Meet Tanner!

Tanner is my daughters dog, a rescue, and a resident of Chicago.

They were home for Christmas and spent a day with us - to Trixies dismay.

Blue Screen of Death

Computer issues - blue screen of death, fatal errors, system crashes.  Doesn't matter what they call it, they're generally not a good thing...

Fortunately for me a simple reboot, of both machines, and I was back on the air.  For now anyway. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Think Spring!!

Mid-January and our faithful Gerber Daisy is rewarding us with sign of things to come...

Slow But Steady

 My anniversary Amaryllis, which I planted on 12-22-2017, is sure in no hurry to make it's appearance.

It took about one month before there were any signs of life.  There's about 1" of growth poking through.  Perhaps, now that it's started we'll see better results.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Diner Time At The Holly Bushes

Here are a handful of pics showing the Robins and Waxwings gorging themselves on Holly berries -