Today is a travel day, when i return back to New Hampshire. I have a million and one things on my agenda. But you know what? The sun is shining and it is the second warm day in a row! I just took the dogs for a run in the deep, but slushy snow. At the end Fiyero dug a little hole in the snow to lie to cool down. Even though I’ve done a lot of work arounf both houses and a lot of driving, I’ve been outside a lot and will continue to be outside. Despite the snow, it feels like Spring! Continue reading
I’m ultra-busy, which is actually a good thing which I’ve written smiles about in the past, but today it means that this is going to be very short. There are so many little smiles this week, but I am going to chose the snow.
First, a little paragraph copied from my “Weekend Coffee Share” post: On Tuesday we received a little less than 5″/12 cm of snow with a coating of ice. It warmed up Wednesday, which cleared the roads and made life easier, but that was just to catch us off guard. The temperatures plunged Thursday, dropping all day, as was the snow. We got a little over a foot (13″/33 cm). It was relatively light and fluffy, but it still was a mess to shovel. This morning (Saturday) I woke to 3″/ 8 cm of new snow. Continue reading
(I want to reassure you before you read this that nothing bad has happened in my life, it is just that I have been thinking. As they say, thinking can be a dangerous thing :) )
I’ve often said that smiles come in many sizes and shapes. I often tell you big smiles of the week, but sometimes the small ones are more important. I also tell you to go out and smile. I get it that it is hard for some. I say, smile anyway. Smiling is living.
What is life really about, then? Is it possible to be happy when your stomach is growling from hunger? Can you find love when so many hate you for reasons beyond your control? Are there really silver linings in great disasters? Loss and sorry fill many lives. Who am I to say that you should smile? Continue reading
It’s been a weird week so far and I haven’t gotten half as much done as I wanted to. There are some large stones that I put into the jar first so at least I got a few things done (I don’t have room to talk about that time management paradigm). One of the large rocks I literally lifted was exercise. OK, that pun didn’t work as well as it should have, but still, I have been forcing myself to make time to run and to do weight exercises. The thing is, it makes me feel great! I never understand how “ungreat” I feel until I get back into the routine. It takes a week or two to get back into it, but once I do I can’t figure out why I stopped (this time I stopped because i fell of a cliff, but that’s another story ;) ) Continue reading
I was able to get out of work early on Friday to make up for the days I worked late. Not real early, but in winter having more daylight to play in is always a plus. I went out a tested the air. the wind had died down significantly and the air was a bit above freezing. Do you know what that means? I could kayak!
I got the kayak down to the landing an all ready to go when I ran into the first little difficulty. Although most of Swan Pond was ice free, there was about 20 or 30 yards (meters) of ice just off of the landing. It actually wasn’t too much of a problem. I’d strike the ice with a paddle and it sink in. Then I could push the paddle against the ice and crunch through the ice ahead. Continue reading
No matter how down things seem, there are always things to smile about. The world may be coming to an end, but isn’t that inch of new fallen snow on the ground pretty? Well, I’ll come back to the snow in a few minutes.
I’ve gone on and on about my broken computer. A week ago I finally received the new one. By Monday it was about 85% set up, enough to be useful. I turned on the music and found that the sound-card is better than my last and edited a few photos and was not at all surprised that the video card was better than my last computer. I spent a few hours Monday working on the new computer (work = art of any type) and it was great. Continue reading
It is the little things we smile about the most. We may remember the big, both good and bad, but in reality the little things make up our lives. You may smile about a song on the radio, in return to a smile from a stranger, about a stray tuft of hair on a child’s forehead or, as John Denver might have said, sunshine on your shoulders might make you smile (happy). It is the little things, something I sometimes forget when I do these weekly smile posts.
Yesterday morning I took my coffee out into the cold to enjoy nature. I didn’t have a jacket on, but my wooded backyard is protected from the wind yet gets a good morning sun. I was up the hill, just at the verge of the forest, looking out over the village and enjoying my coffee in the warm sunshine when I noticed a small noise. Looking almost straight out from me there was a tiny bird on a branch. Not just any bird, but a Downy Woodpecker. It looked at me, then continued to tap the tree. I watched for five minutes, sipping my coffee, before going. A little later I came back out, but this time I had a camera instead of a cup of coffee in my hand. I haven’t had time to look through the photos yet, but I did take one and crop it down for this post. Continue reading
This week I am once again joining Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday. Yep, I’m going to talk about three things I’m grateful for this week and I won’t even mention the xxxxxx, well, you know.
Some of you may know that I lost my computer a couple of weeks ago. I looked and looked and… sorry, I should have said the computer crashed, the motherboard is fried and I can’t get the hard drive to spin up in another computer (yet). So, yeah, no computer. A couple of years ago I bought a very low-end laptop to keep down at the cottage on Cape Cod. I went down and retrieved it right after the crash. Of course, without that laptop I wouldn’t have been able to publish my… ooops, I said I wasn’t going to mention it. So I’m thankful I had that. Also, in the last couple of days I discovered more backup files. Over all I lost a little less than one year of photos instead of three, as I had originally thought. I am very grateful for that. And yesterday the new baby, I mean computer, arrived! So after 15 days I can start to set up the new computer! I still have the laptop to work on until the new one is totally set up. So I am grateful for the new computer! Although that is three things, I’m going to count them as one, thankful about computer stuff. Continue reading
If you have been reading my blog at all over the last few days I’m sure you know what I am smiling about today. Any guesses? If You said my book you’d be right!
So I finally pulled the trigger and published the book, Seasons of Imagination! Of course that is where all the trouble starts ;) And the fun. I may do another post on that, with this post I just want to smile :) Continue reading
Having the cottage on Cape Cod that I talk about all of the time i sometimes “forget” that I spend most of my time in New Hampshire. I know that sounds silly, but let me explain. When I first moved here I spent every waking moment exploring this beautiful state. I was all over on my bicycle, in my car and on foot. But then I explored less and less. Part of it was the “been there, done that” attitude, but mostly it was just the time commitment. I had other things to do, other responsibilities. And so I almost forgot about some of these beautiful places.
My brother came to visit last November. Looking for things to do I brought up some of these places. Why haven’t I visited them in years? I don’t know, but I decided to start exploring again. Continue reading