Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Relaxing


A relaxing and tasty end to a beautiful and productive Saturday with Trixie-dog!

Welcome Home!

Look what found it's way back to the Frye family!!

My mother's chair.


Fortunately, a family friend took this chair when we downsized.  She was kind enough to offer it back to us and I accepted.

Wish I had the other fancy chair of my mothers too but sadly I don't know where that one ended up.

Tidbits


Interesting idea, "Stall Street Journal".

This one page bulletin was a fixed above the urinal at a Cisco event I attended last week. Looks like they're monthly bulletin. 

Bachelor Pad

Jack 2.0


Now that the chickens are gone Jack is all by his lonesome.

Would love to find him a new loving home before the frigid temps arrive.

Hibernation Time



Vegetable gardens and flower beds have all been put to bed for the Winter.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Break Time, Perhaps


Our last egg.

With mixed emotions I'm out of the chicken business.  First time in 16 years that we won't have chickens in the backyard or daily fresh eggs.

It was time for a break...

Nipponanthemum Nipponicum, Common Names "Nippon Daisy"

Our Montauk Daisies are about to burst!

Planted in early Spring and faithfully watered them all Summer long.




It's nice to have beautiful late blooming flowers around.

Closed For The Season


Our pool is officially closed for the season.

It's always nice when this gruesome task is behind me.

We'll see you in the Spring...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sea Urchin Finds


Here's just several of the unique sand dollars found at the sandbar while beaching it on Marco Island.

Sea Hawk

Can you say Osprey!

This dude was enjoying the sunshine at the beach on Marco Island.

Resting atop a marked off sea turtle egg nest, he was not too worried about our approach, and contently perched there as if all alone.

An impressive bird of prey for sure.



No More Alvino's Pizza...

Our hopes, and taste buds, were running high and excited at the thought of Alvino's pizza.


But alas it was not to be.  Upon arrival we learned the disappointing news, via a sign on the door, that Alvino's went out of business...

Ouchie Bite


While visiting Florida earlier this month Emilie was bitten by a red ant just below her ankle.

The is a picture of the bite, which she said was painful.

She's lucky it was only one bite and not a gazillion!

Fall Bears

This is the time of year that you come across the Wooly Bear and Yellow Bear caterpillars when out and about.


This dude was trying to hide.

Uniqueness At It's Best

A couple Mullein plants growing among and up past our Harlequin Glorybower plant.


Mullein is wild herb with fuzzy leaves and a member of the Snapdragon family.  They popup throughout our yard from year to year.  I find them unusual and the bees love em, so I let them do their thing.

The Harlequin Glorybower bush, also known as the peanut butter bush, is awesome too.  It fills in and out very nicely creating a nice privacy fence.  The aroma, when in bloom, is fantastic.  Typically covered in bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Lincoln Street Vole Massacre


Walked into the kitchen to witness the vole crime scene.

Oliver's first confirmed kill!

I'm guessing he was so proud of himself that he wanted to share it with the rest of the family and the kitchen floor, which is a mess in and of itself...

Good boy!!

Taking In Some Rays

This awesome Tree Frog was basking in the morning sun atop our back fence gate.  I'm thinking he thought he was well hidden and camouflaged, as he never moved.  Stayed there a good part of the day.  I'd stop and chat with him each time I passed by. 



Then he was gone.  Off to catch some pesky insects I hope.

Zonal and Variegated Geraniums

These are a couple clippings from a variegated geranium that we've had for several years now.  Given to us by our farmer friend Tim and over wintered in the basement.  Once pulled outside in the Spring to the sun they come back to life!  Clippings are easily rooted and take right off, as these two did.

I'm partial to variegated-type flowers, but also tired of lumping dozens of plants indoors for the long winter.  Just might change things up some this winter...

Contemptible Person...

Two months ago -

Came home to my recently installed mailbox looking like this...


What I believe happened is that some asshat was turning around in the neighbors driveway (directly across the street from the mailbox), which people do ALL the time and backed right into the pole.

Of course the inconsiderate asswad didn't have the common courtesy to own up to it.  Nope, the assclown simply drove off with not a care in the world.  I hope that karma pays this asswipe a visit and evens the score, only wish I could be there.

Here's Your Sign

Still Better Than A Good Day At The Office!

Blue Gill fishing with Emilie.

Boy, these dudes really go for the grubs!


We spent about a half hour and caught about 13.

Yawn or Growl?!


Well, not a ground hog but I'll still consider it a victory!

Chicken Identity Crisis

In our flock of five chickens we have this Brown Sex-link hen who's about 3 years old now. She has always been the friendliest (to me, definitely NOT Emilie) but yet the most aggressive of the bunch.  She also behaves and acts much like a rooster.

When food is made available to the group, she'll always cluck-cluck like a rooster does essentially calling over the other hens and even goes so far as to offer up whatever it is she's fawning over at the time.  Something you typically see a rooster doing.  She's also on the ready to come to the aide of the other hens when\if they're threatened.  Just ask Emilie

She doesn't crow like a rooster and I've never seen her even try.


However, she posses a single spur on her right leg.  Spurs are a rooster trait, not a hen.  Yet, as you can see below she has one and it's BIG!  Perhaps, you can understand Emile's apprehension when needing to go in the coop to collect eggs.


She still lays eggs.

So, I'll name her Caitlyn!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Fluffy Looking Moth


This handsome male Large Tolype Moth blends in nicely with our seasoned lamppost.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Hunting We Will Go...

I pulled out Emilie's metal detector yesterday afternoon to see if I could locate the metal property maker that's since been buried, and I found it!

This got Emilie thinking, so off to Beaver Pond we went, a local fresh water swimming hole here in Franklin, for our first real attempt at treasure hunting.


After about 30-minutes here are our spoils -


Powerball, who needs a Powerball jackpot?!  We're well on our way to riches beyond belief...

Here's Your Sign, DAH!

We took a car ride to the Quabbin Reservoir on Monday.  We brought lunch and had a nice picnic overlooking the water.  We climbed the tower for an endless view is all directions, then made our way to the Windsor Dam and Quabbin visitor center, which also houses station C-7 of the Massachusetts State Police.


We made numerous stops within the Quabbin along our way.  Each location appeared to have picnic tables available for the visitors to use.  Ironically, the only picnic tables that were chained under lock and key were those at the state police station. You'd think that the other locations would be locked versus at the station where the state police are seem coming and going and milling around.  Weird right?!

I took the picture below at the same state police center.  I took it simply because I was in awe at what I was seeing.  Do you see it too?!?!  Look again.  See it now?!


So, the heavy ~12' long metal bike rack is chained and locked to a rotted wooden post.  Not to mention that if you removed the top fence rail you'd be able to lift the chain over the top of the post.  What are they trying to prevent from being stolen the post, the bike rack or both?!  At least put the effort in and slide the chain through the hole in the post before padlocking.  Make it appear that someone tried and was thinking versus just doing what they're told.  Let's hope that the decision maker here doesn't carry a firearm...

I See You. Oh, Where'd You Go?!


Is it an oxymoron that a motorcycle rider wears camo and then also a reflective vest?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

RIBBIT!


We came across this Tree Frog leaving the neighbors house this past Friday evening.

He blended in nicely with the grass.  Almost invisible.

Nice to come across these little dudes and see there are some still around.

Aqua Coleus...

Yes sir that's a potted Coleus plant sitting at the bottom of our pool.

The pot and plant stands about 2' tall and is perfectly situated.


This is what I get for adorning the pool area with flowers. Although, not too close to the pool edge in terms of location, it was windy enough to topple the pot which then rolled into the pool.  Thank goodness it ended up in the shallow end.  It would still be sitting at the bottom had it slipped into the deep end.

And yeah, it made a mess, as you can image.

We've had a number of things, items, critters in our pool but this potted plant was a first!

Hosta Damage

Thank goodness that Hosta are a very hardy plant otherwise we wouldn't have a one. They're one of my bestest favorites too with so many varieties to choose from.  I'd guess we have over 15 different kinds throughout or yard.

The hostas we have along the back yard are prime targets of the deer, who appear to love them as much as I do but in a dinner kinda way. They do a number on them year after year eating them to the ground.  The ones in the deer 'safe' zones, and the ones that proudly display their leaves, are victims to another pest, the slug UGG!

The slugs eat the leaves, same as the deer, just at a slower pace.

Here's an example of deer damage -

 More deer damage -

 Slug damage -

More slug damage -

They've both worn their welcome out at the ole homestead!

I've Got Storage!


Hung my new leather bag.

A perfect fit too.

Although, it's not big enough to store anything large, i.e. a sweatshirt, it's big enough to carry the essentials which is equally as important.

P.S. Not my legs and feet...

My "Eclipse" Black-eyed Susans

What a unique looking Black-eyed Susan.



Admittedly, I do not know the variety or name of this beauty.  There are so many types and varieties available with many hybrids it's hard to tell.  Maybe I'll start referring to them as "Eclipse" echinacea.  So, I'll simply enjoy them while they last.

Once Upon A Time

A time capsule of sorts...


The (3) disposable cameras were packed among my dads "stuff" in one of the boxes in my garage.  The roll came from my old Canon AE1 camera.  All tucked away with unknown pictures of a time gone by.  I dropped them off for development and anxiously waiting for their return to see what they hold.

Walker Stalker Con Boston 2017

Emilie and I attended Walker Stalker Con last Saturday, which was held at the Westin hotel on Bostons Waterfront in the Seaport district.   It was our second year in a row attending - our newly established tradition.

We had a good time but unfortunately it wasn't as good as last years.  There weren't as many celebrity guests this year, alas. Seemed like there were more tweens this year too, and weird looking people.  Present company excluded of course...

The other aspect of this event that I dislike and disagree with is how this organization uses the fame and notoriety of the show to take advantage of it's viewers.  This includes the celebrity guests too.  The show pushes meet-and-greets with celebrities, picture taking including selfies, after parties, etc. all with exorbitant prices and all cash only.  The layout and organization of the event could also use an overhaul, with event staff more aware of their roles and responsibilities.

However, all that being said my daughter is a Walking Dead fan and we've begun a tradition that, I guess we'll see through.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Blue Screen of Death


When was the last time you saw one of there Microsoft "problems", the "blue screen of death"?!

Well, that's my work computer after a reboot, UGH.

Fortunately, after a power off and a bit of rest, it came back up with no problems.  However, clearly there's something going on here and if Murphy has anything to do with it, the next time I won't be so lucky.