Tag Archives: Cape Cod

If We Were Having Coffee on 10-10-2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or some other beverage. It is relatively warm out, though super windy. Back here, behind the house, next to the barn, is protected and not too bad. Where are we? Some may recognize that Edward Gorey mug as being from Cape Cod.

I drove down here to “The Cape” on Wednesday evening. I had to work Thursday, but that got me up in time to walk to one of the landings and watch the sun rise.

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Photos from Cape Cod, August 30, 2020 (Mostly Osprey)

On the 30th of August I did a long paddle on my kayak. I went up Bass River from close to Rt. 28 to Follins Pond with a few small detours both coming and going. The best detour was into Dinahs Pond, which can be seen from the highway, Rt. 6. About half of the shots on this post were taken there. Including the osprey with the needlefish, the osprey hitting the water and the cormorants.

Yes, I saw a lot of osprey that day! I took about 300 photos of osprey on that one paddle! I’m not sure if these are the best, but I do like most of them.

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The Weekly Smile for the 31st of August, 2020 #weeklysmile

Hi!  I hope you had a good week with plenty tyo smile about.  This week my smile is something completely new and different – time at Cape Cod.  Wait, I’ve done that before?.. ;)  Oh well, perhaps part 2 will be a little different.

Late last week and over the weekend I did a long kayak paddle, taking photos of osprey.  One had caught a needlefish that was almost 3 feet long (1 meter).  I took a long walk on a beautiful, deserted beach.  I took a long walk in the woods.  I swam in the ocean.  I did a lot of shorter walks.  I talked to neighbors.  It was good. Continue reading

Photos of Cape Cod May – July, 2020

Yesterday I took a couple of hours and zipped through the hundreds of photos I have taken in the last few months.  I didn’t look at every photo – I barely even glanced at the photos of flying osprey, of which there were hundreds, but grabbed one from this weekend: Continue reading

The Weekly Smile for the 27th of April, 2020 #weeklysmile

This week I am going to give you three, yes, three smiles for the price of one!  And that’s not all!  If you act now by reading, you may get a bonus smile out of this silly introduction!

Back in February of 2019 I did a smile post about a “new” house I bought on Cape Cod, one that will eventually be my retirement home.  If you were observant, you may have noticed that I never had a post about selling my “old” house on Cape Cod.  Well, over a year later, and after several false starts, including a deal falling through on the day it was supposed to close, my other house finally sold!  I am no longer the proud owner of three houses that I can’t afford ;)  Yes, a huge relief and giant smile :)

So I am down here on Cape Cod.  Saturday was a beautiful day, so I decided to do my first kayak paddle of the year (in the “old place” I paddled all winter – I may explain the difference in another post). It was great!  i saw few people but a lot of wildlife.  Despite being the first of the year, it was a very long paddle.  Yeah, I’m ready to go back out again :)

Something else I used to do all of the time but haven’t much in the last year is go to Chapin Beach early in the morning when I am not working.  So Sunday morning I took a very long walk.  The tide was very far out, and so I was able to walk on the sand flats far from the shore.  This beach is gorgeous, and I had a great time.  As to social distancing, yes, there were other  people on the beach, but I am sure I stayed about 2 km from everyone ;)  Yes, that is about a thousand times farther than that recommended 2 m ;)

So, over the weekend I saw snow egrets, great egrets, osprey, falcons (!), hawks, several species of woodpeckers, cormorants, loons, several species of ducks, geese, swans, plovers, sandpipers, etc., etc.  Plus things like crabs and jelleyfish.

So my triple smile had to do with the big releif of being out of a financial burden on Cape Cod, and still experiencing the natural beauty of the Cape.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)

If We Were Having Coffee on the 18th of January, 2020

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large mug of super-strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a bit chilly out, but feels balmy after the screeching winds and bitter cold of yesterday.  Quite a change from last week’s weather report, no? ;)  And were are we?  Some of you may know that Edward Gorey mug as being just a few miles from the Edward Gorey House on Cape Cod.

Wow, quite the week.  I spent pretty much all of last weekend outside enjoying the weather.  I even went running in shorts and t-shirt! I did the typical long walks, exercizing, other runs and a massage on Wednesday (hi Dottie ;) ).  Wednesday evening I drove down here to The Cape.

I did a few walks in the strong wind on Thursday and hit the beach for the sunset. The entire sky was all sorts of cool (actually warm ;) ) colors that would be impossible to capture – you had to be there in the full 360 degree glory of it all.  Here it is starting to dip down. Continue reading

Too Many Photos, Too Little Time ;)

Osprey at Sunset

I take so many photos and rarely take the time to go through them.  I just downloaded about 250 more photos to my computer.  Sigh.  Some of them are nice, like the ones form the seal watch tour.  Oh well, perhaps I will have time to look at them later.  But here is a teaser – the photo at the top is of an osprey flying at sunset, the one below is a seal form pretty close up.


Photos from Late June and Early July, 2019

Immature red Tail Hawk flying over

I used to do a lot of photo posts, but haven’t put many up recently.  I have literally thousands of photos from 2018 and early 2019 that I have not even looked at let alone sorted and edited!  over the last week I broke down and looked at the last few.

I spent the last week of June on Cape Cod.  I worked half of the week and entertain guests, so I didn’t take a lot of photos that I can post, but there are a few, like this photo of my nephew fishing. Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 2nd of February, 2019

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in.  It is still a little chilly out there, but much warmer than it was earlier today!  It was down right frigid. So I can get you a mug of strong coffee, a cuppa tea or other warm beverage. It is sunny, windy and still just a bit below freezing.  And where are we?  Some of you may know that the Beatles’ mug collection is on Cape Cod.

A few quick things – yes, we had a bit of “Polar Vortex” here, but it wasn’t as bad as in New Hampshire, which wasn’t as bad as Chicago.  Frigid, but livable. First thing Thursday, when it was just a smidge above 0 F, I took this photo, asking if i should go kayaking (too windy ;) ) Continue reading

The Weekly Smile 11/26/2018 #weeklysmile


There was a lot to smile about this last week!  Talking to friends and family.  Good times.  Good food.  Playing with puppies.  Walks in the woods.  Getting my next book, Embers, loaded into KDP.  The list goes on.  But I will talk about something odd instead.  Maybe some other Introverts out there will understand ;)

I was doing my typical (for when I am on Cape Cod) morning walk on Chapin’s Beach on Saturday.  Even though it had warmed up significantly and the wind had died down, I had it to myself.  (Note – the best time for walks on the beach are early mornings in the winter.)  The tide was coming in and I enjoyed watching the water gobble up the sand flats.  The photo below is part of the flats that were gone 5 minutes after the photo was taken. Continue reading