Tuesday, July 31, 2012

half-moon beach

shady small lagoon 
local sand and sea setting
shape and name half moon

linked to outdoor wednesday
      and   NF Waters


Everyone is probably sick of seeing day lilies, but I think this star-centered beauty is a marvel.  Some of the surrounding plants have crisped up, but she goes on without a care - needing only sunshine.

linked to NF Bio-ma


Not only is Gloucester the oldest working seaport in America, but it is also home to the oldest working shipyard in America - the Gloucester Marine Railways Corp.  And I have the unique privilege of being a shareholder, and clerk on the Board of Directors.

This fishing vessel is 'hauled up on the rails' for servicing, which entails using a huge chain to pull ships up and onto a wooden dry dock. In this particular type of stern trawler, the net is lowered and raised up using the winches seen in the rear.   The 2 tall white 'spires' are then lowered out to the sides of the boat for stabilization.

Next to this boat is a wooden schooner on the second 'rail'. We are one of few remaining boatyards to maintain the skills to build and repair these older boats. In fact, one of the  three Boston Tea Party boat replicas was built here this past year, and is on display in Charlestown, Ma., near the USS Constitution.  The third will also be built here this coming year.

And here's another view from across the inner harbor....

linked to tinaspicstory; prompt: azure

holy isle

sacred atoll monks revered
near Scotland it lies
 spirits of ancients

venerable goats
horses sheep welcoming all
retreat of Buddhists

link to tackle it tuesday; prompt: holy isle

Monday, July 30, 2012

carry on

twists and turns of prayers
circular installations
we stand at crossroads
without direction

link to carry on tuesday; prompt: standing at the crossroads

Sunday, July 29, 2012

take me away

prototype cruise ship
designed to go the distance
book my voyage now
          and blue monday

my city

The oldest working seaport in America, my town is one of 'water, water, everywhere'...I am an unofficial ambassador of this beautiful place...

linked to sunday in my city
       and  blue monday

one single impression

cowboy strides along
rizzo lumping behind him
no direction home 

After her stroke, my mom said she felt like Ratso Rizzo, 'lumping behind' everyone......
linked to OSI

Saturday, July 28, 2012

haiku heights

given a bouquet
sating hunger for such things 
would you remember

linked to haiku heights; prompt: forget-me-not

6 word saturday

Thinking about snorkeling in the Caribbean....

Can we go on another cruise?

Or should we rent a condo!

camera critters-repost

life-long mates pausing
with their quacking entourage
graceful morning swim

linked with camera critters

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NF Wings

Although he's a common bird in the Northeast U.S., my backyard goldfinch has such vivid, tropical colors 
Seeing him and his wife always makes me happy!

linked to NF wings

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


hazardous gases
cause melting cut short winter 
endangering life

linked with 3WW; prompts:  cut, hazard, endanger

NF waters/share the joy

rocky atlantic coast
buffeted by wind and sea
home to my people

linked to Natures Footstep - Waters
       and  Share the Joy

haiku sensational/hump day

found glass and marbles 
middle of boulder collects
my attempt at art

linked with haiku sensational; prompt: middle
           and  hump day haiku

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

midweek blues

I am so fortunate to see some spectacular summer sunsets from my deck (you'll see more!)....There's a bit of reflection off the river below.

linked with midweek blues


bubbles of mushrooms
with lichen attached as glue
 wooded connections

linked with outdoor wednesday
           and  theme thursday; prompt: connections
           and  rural thursday

another mystery

I'd love to give a name to these plants in my garden.....A friend calls them 'California Roses'......The strange emanations from the mother plant are amazing......

linked with bio-ma;  prompt:  unknown


What a great idea - Unknown....so many unknowns in this life.....Like these! 
My sister took this photo on a cross country trip.....I know it's not macro, but still -what in the world are they??

linked with blo-ma;  prompt: unknown

Monday, July 23, 2012


 red dance of passion
   proud carriage intensity
stomping emotion

linked with tackle it tuesday; prompt: passion
           and ruby tuesday2

tina's picstory tuesday

Living on an island (connected to mainland by a bridge), I see 'Wet' at every turn....

linked with tina's picstory tuesday; prompt: wet

mellow yellow

This tiny bicycle-driven school bus in India must have held 12 kids or more!

linked with mellow yellow

magical monday/blue monday

I thought this was a so-so pic of the Rockport, Mass. icon, Motif #1.  After enlarging it, I decided it was  pretty darn good.  So, go on and enlarge my photo and see what you think.....

linked with magical monday
           and  blue monday

Sunday, July 22, 2012

one single impression/sunday scribblings

sunning warmth 
picture-windowed dog house
treasured winter niche

linked with one single impression; prompt: niche
        and  sunday scribblings; prompt: treasure

Saturday, July 21, 2012

haiku heights

been meaning to say
you talk too much my pretty
 now keep your beak closed 

linked with haiku heights; prompt: meaning

my critter friend

Overlooking my gardens, I am privileged to be able to watch not only a myriad of birds (which you'll get to see, too, in future posts), but also 2 separate groups of chipmunks.  My bird seed isn't just for the birds!

linked with camera critters 

Friday, July 20, 2012

pink saturday

Indian pipe mushrooms
a woodland phenomenon
 music of pink tubes 
linked with pink saturday

6 word saturday

I wanna live in a tree!

linked with 6WS

haiku my heart/green day

ripples spread wider
green shoots connect with shower
waterhole rising 

linked with haiku my heart - summer rain
           and green friday

Thursday, July 19, 2012

joyful flowers

The flowers in my yard, blooming from spring to fall, are one of my great joys.

linked with share the joy and floral friday

rural thursday

Annisquam:  A tiny village enclave, which is a lovely part of my town....I love the water reflections

linked with rural thursday

theme thursday

driving distraction
prioritize your needs
better to crash looking good

linked with theme thursday; prompt: distraction

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I am so very flattered to be nominated for this prestigious award by a fellow blogger, Melissa, at dreamweaverswife.

here are the rules to receiving this blog recognition award. 

1. Post 11 random facts about yourself

2. Choose 11 deserving other bloggers

3. Let them know they have been chosen

4. Answer the 11 questions the nominator has asked

5. Now give 11 questions to the ones you have chosen. 



Time to share..About me....

1. I can sit in the house for days on end without leaving. I read, play games, blog, watch (quality) TV, connect with friends.

2. As a teen I wrote poetry, expressing angst and depression. 

3.  I have been in recovery for 20 years, and glad of it.  Had a bad run for too many years.

4. I am still grieving over the loss of my mom and sister to cancer, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. I still talk to them. 

5. I love foreign foods, but only in restaurants.  

6. I have become a lazy housekeeper; actually, I am no housekeeper at all.  Prefer not to even cook, and wouldn't if it wasn't for my guilt about not working while hubby does.

7. I love all animals, espec. my pup, and I cry at homeless dog commercials. But some reptiles, like snakes or crocs, have no good reason to live, in my book.

8. I am a true Libra - indecisive, but can always see both sides. Some may call me wishy-washy.

9. I love to travel - hubby hates to fly but will do it, with 
medication! We've been on about 10 cruises, too.

10. I hate getting older (60 in October). Why did we all want to be older when we were teens?

11. I am truly stunned at man's cruelty. The news has me shaking  my head in disbelief, but I can't keep my head in the sand. No one should.  


Now here are the 11 question I was asked:

1. Did you enjoy your childhood?
I have some amazing and fun memories of my youth, and some less so....I was very shy, and felt only my family loved me unconditionally. We were very close and traveled a lot.

2. Where would you like to live if you had your choice?
I love where I live - a beautiful coastal town in Mass....However, I would love to snowbird somewhere else in winter.

3. Would you rather have all the money in the world or be right where you are? (its okay to tell the truth :-))

I'm ok where I am, but becoming a jet setter wouldn't be so bad.

4. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

An English teacher....I loved to play school, although I was usually both the teacher and the student! 

5. Whats the biggest mistake you have ever made?

Can't pick just one...But all the mistakes I may have made have brought me here, and that's a good place.

6. What is the best thing you have ever done?

I loved and cared for my mom, dad, and sister, when they were well, and when they were sick.  They are all gone now.

7. Do you ever feel like you just don't like your kids or spouse?

I have no children. That takes care of that. But since I am on hubby #2, I guess I didn't like a lot about #1! I have become so much more accepting of behaviors that bug me.

8. What is your favorite color?

Caribbean blues...all shades.

9. Do you have an obsession?
Yes, obsessed with happiness and joy. Sometimes it's not so easy.

10. Do you have a confession?
I confess to being lazy and unmotivated. 

11. What is your thoughts on this liebster blog award?
At first I was leery. Then I polled more experienced bloggers who, just like Nike, said, "just do it".

Here are the 11 blogs that I believe deserve this, because they are my favorites.  Please check them out and show them some love.

I have so many more to add, but am limited to only 11, I guess.
And now, the moment we've been waiting for - 11 (nosey, prying) questions for my chosen to answer:

1.  How many hours a day are you on your computer?
2.  Given a choice, would you rather travel to Afghanistan or India?
3.  What was the worst moment of your life?
4. What was the best moment of your life?
5.  Do you really read the blogs you visit, and do you make thoughtful comments, or just B.S.?
6.  What is you best hopes for the future?  
7.  Do you think it's too late to save what's left of our planet?  If not, what's the plan?
8.  How would you describe your siblings?
9.  Where would your ideal place to live be?
10. If you won lots of money, name the first  5 things you would do?
11.  Can you believe how involved it is to receive this Liebster Blog Award?