Sunday morning snow
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
All but the last of these pictures were taken just after our recent ice storm. The last was after the following snow storm.
|Standing in the street you can glimpse our house through the trees.|
|A closer view from our driveway.|
|Everything got coated in ice.|
|A very thick coating of ice.|
|These tracks prove neither ice nor snow will keep the squirrels away from the bird feeders.|
click on any ice cube to enlarge the photo
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We had power out for almost 24 hours. Now it is back and we are feeling it might be a happy christmas after all. We just watched Arthur Christmas and I've got a bunch of old seasonal cartoons to play and our heat is back on.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
How did you celebrate?
Did you go to your favorite bookstore wearing their cool logo on your shirt to celebrate with the store proprietress?
Did you go to a neighboring museum to join Santa and his helpers celebrate the day?
View some of our past celebrations.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
|cold but sunny day|
|ice doilies around the rocks|
Snow and rain at the beginning of the week cleared things out for the holiday, but in spite of the bright sun, it is bitterly cold out.
Keith, Carrie and Kemmer all got Thursday off and we went out to a local restaurant where Carrie loved her scallops but Kemmer and Keith were less impressed with their turkey.
Friday, Carrie worked, so Keith took Kemmer out for a drive, stopping at Sabattus Pond, Lisbon Falls, and then pulling in to Miller Park in Lisbon. Turns out there is a walking/biking trail along the Androscoggin River here that we never knew about before this.
We braved the cold and walked along the trail for a while, encountering a few other hardy souls determined to avoid Black Friday shopping. We'll have to bring Carrie to see it soon.
|ice agate pattern|
click on an ice crystal to enlarge any picture
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Having lived an active outdoor life in spite of my fair and delicate skin's tendency to get sunburn, it was no real surprise that after a few years of living in Arizona a doctor pointed out some pre-cancerous lesions forming on my face and arms. Further examinations showed a bit of basil cell melanoma on one arm as well, which had to be cut out.
Yearly checks and yearly applications of liquid nitrogen kept things at bay, though a bit more was used every year and I did have a second basil cell removed.
20 years lived in Arizona with doctors well acquainted with these things, then I moved to Maine. A bit of searching for work before getting a job with health benefits and my own tendency to procrastinate made for a gap of years before I got myself checked again. The dermatologist did a bit of freezing, but also had to burn out two spots of basil cell.
2 more years before I get another check (shame on me!) Different dermatologist who says I have so many lesions (legions of lesions?) that he would rather try a different approach. Using a special ointment that would be, as the pharmacist put it "chemotherapy in a tube." Four weeks on my arms and two weeks on my face. It would attack both the seen and the unseen lesions. It would also look horrible as it attacked and destroyed them.
I did my arms first and showed my coworkers what was happening so as to prepare them when my face started looking like I'd escaped from the Zombie Apocalypse.
click a spot to enlarge the lot
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Stone Mountain in the Burnt Meadow Mountain Range|
A long weekend usually means a road trip for us. I thought it might be nice to get pictures of a covered bridge with fall foliage and we both wanted to take advantage of Maine Open Creamery Day.
|Still in use, though not a lot of color in the surrounding trees.|
|Both bridges use the Paddleford Truss system.|
|Parsonsfield-Porter Bridge had more color around it|
|the goats liked to be scratched|
We checked the maps for covered bridges and the map for participating farms in Open Creamery Day and figured out a possible combination. Going west and then south would allow us to get two bridges and at least one creamery, depending on the timing.
Of course, in the glacial carved landscape of Maine, there is no such thing as a straight line. Lakes and mountains keep you zig-zagging all over the place.
The entire day was heavily overcast in spite of the weather report of clearing skies. But the lack of good light didn't stop us from enjoying our meandering drive through the spectacular fall foliage.
We got to both bridges, and through luck, got to Flying Goat Farm just half an hour before official close of the open house. We also stopped at some yard sales and a bookstore.
Overall, a very pleasant day.
|Carrie has an eager fan|
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