Friday, September 30, 2022

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. The cute ER doctor told me I couldn't get my thumb wet for a couple of days. I told him not to worry, I was going to milk this. No dishes for at least a week. He wrote a funny note on my exit instructions: CJ is not allowed to do the dishes for at least 1 to 2 weeks. She will let you know when she is ready." If I had known he was actually going to do that, I would have included all household chores. 😹

2.  Himself made roast chicken, carrots, and baked potatoes for Sunday dinner.

3. The Eldest texted to let us know she moved so she would be closer to her work. Where she was living her commute was over an hour. Now she has a 15 to 20 min. commute so much better especially working 2nd shift and getting out late at night or when the weather is bad.

4. Began part 2 of the online class Modern Storybook Script

5. Treated to a beautiful sunset.

How was your week?

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Nubble Light - York, Maine

On the way home, we  stopped in York again to visit one of the most iconic images of Maine. Cape Neddick Light Station better known at Nubble Light. The lighthouse is still a working lighthouse, but the light and horn has been automated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. 

The lighthouse and property of Sohier Park is owned and maintained by the town of York.

We had tried to stop on our way up, but as it was a Sunday the place was crowded and there was no parking.

This was another nostalgic spot in York for me. One year, Mary's parents had rented a small cottage up the road. In the evenings, Mary and I would walk down to the light house to sit on the rocks and to talk. I remembered a restaurant Mary and I ate at one time. Fox's Lobster House. The restaurant is still there, and so packed Teague and I couldn't find a parking space on the way up.

Teague spent Summer vacations with her family when she was a kid. A family photo of them taken on the rocks makes Nubble Light special for her.

Teague and CJ

Teague was trying to take a picture of the two us. Another visitor kindly offered to take a picture of us.

There's a gift shop as well as a comfort station. When I travel I like to buy a Christmas ornament or souvenir that I can hang on the Christmas tree. 

I also purchased

because the tin amused me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Whatcha Doin?


Where was Thumbkin? Where was Thumbkin?
In the Emergency Room.
What landed Thumbkin in?
Sliced on a mandolin
Boo hoo hoo, boo hoo hoo.

Where was Thumbkin? Where was Thumbkin?
In the Emergency Room.
Did Thumbkin get stitches?
Didn't need to, witches.
Thumbkin got glued.
No boo hoo hoo.

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

T Stands for Zucchini Waffles and a New Mug

One Sunday morning earlier in the month, I made Zucchini Bread Waffles. Included in the recipe is a recipe for a cream cheese syrup. I didn't have the cream cheese on hand. Besides, I prefer my waffles with a dusting of powdered sugar.

I also had tea in the souvenir mug I got when I visited the U.S.S. Albacore Museum when I went to Camp Ogunquit with my friend, Teague.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Marginal Way - Ogunquit, Maine

The Marginal Way is a 1.5 mile cliff walk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The path connects Ogunquit to Perkins Cove, a  small fishing village and artist colony with shops and restaurants.

There are lots of benches to sit, contemplate, or admire the view.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Clematis. I hope they survive the Winter.

Calli wants to play with her bunny friend

Mrs. K, can Calli come out to play?

Leaves starting to fall

and to turn color



still hanging


Blustery winds and rain didn't take the weathergram away

Another week for this garden flag

The Watcher

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022

The Friday Five Good Things.

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Awesome pancake leftovers for supper.

2. While cleaning the studio, I found the sleeping kitty rubber stamp I misplaced

3. Teague sent me a card with a nice note.

4. The pet door for the slider was delivered very early and the driver even put the box inside the front porch

5. Errands and breakfast at IHOP

How was your week?

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Weathergram for the Autumnal Equinox


For the insert for the Modern Storybook Script envelope exchange, I included a weathergram. A weathergram is a small work of art done on a 10" x 2 1/2" strip of Kraft paper or paper bag. It's meant to be hung outside from a solstice to equinox or equinox to solstice.  It's meant to weather, become one with nature, and ephemeral. Weathergrams were introduced to the US by Oregon calligrapher, Lloyd Reynolds back in the late 1970's. They are based on an Oriental tradition.

"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower" - Camus

I wish Autumn was a second Summer.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Whatcha Doin?

Today, I am answering a question. Last week,  Jinxxxygirl from Learning to Just Breathe asked:

You know every single time I travel I bring art supplies... just a sketchbook , colored pencils maybe but I have yet to ever do anything in it while on a trip.. If i were to take a trip again i would probably still bring it though.. silly.. How do you decide what to bring on a trip ?

Back in 2019, I was part of an exchange and I was partnered with longtime friend and colleague from Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Langley sent me a pencil case (it's really a cosmetic bag) to keep things tidy when taking a workshop. Besides workshops, it's perfect as a tote when traveling. Let's unzip the bag and see what's inside.

The items I like to take with me are, 

* a couple of envelope, ruling guides which also double as a straight edge
* some journaling stencils because they have fun shapes
* a 5.5 in. x 8 in. journal. This is a Strathmore Visual Watercolor Journal.
* a kneadable eraser
* water brush
* extra leads for my blue mechanical pencil
* 20 or so Prismacolor watercolor pencils since they can be used as regular colored pencils or add water for a watercolor effect. There are also a couple of other watercolor pencils (I like the colors) as well as a gold and silver metallic pencils. The watercolor pencils are corralled in a quart size zip bag
*a travel size lead-pointer for the mechanical pencil (blue thing to the right of the blue mechanical pencil)
*Sakura Gelly Roll pens in gold and white
*small scissors
*some black, permanent, waterproof, fine line markers. This brand is from Staedtler Mars because they came in a handy, plastic case
* blue magnifying visor (This doesn't fit into the bag which is probably why I forgot it)

It's tempting to take lots of stuff, but I find these are the items I use most. Most of the items just live in the bag in the supply closet until it's time to grab and go. 

When you travel, what art supplies do you take? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

T Stands for Anniversary Sundae

Since we had already planned on celebrating anniversaries with The Brother and his Wife at our favorite UXLocale Restaurant, Himself asked what I wanted to do for our anniversary. I'm not a big fan of ice cream. If I had to pick another dessert, I'd choose cake, pie, or cookies first, but during the Summer, I do enjoy ice cream, and I wanted a sundae to celebrate.

Most of the places around us are ice cream stands, and the Little Princess wanted to sit down and eat her sundae.  Inside with AC and no bugs. We ended up at one of the few Friendly's Restaurant and Ice Cream still open. Friendly's used to be known for their ice cream, hamburgers, and sandwiches. When a lot of the chain restaurants started opening up, Friendly's tried to compete and expanded their menu.  The restaurants didn't do too well, and many of them closed. Friendly's should have stayed with their original offerings

We had lunch. I had a vanilla Coke (Coke with a splash of vanilla syrup) and a Bacon Cheeseburger and since it was our anniversary, I splurged with waffle fries. I didn't bother taking a picture of lunch. 

I had a Forbidden Fudge Brownie Sundae

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

The best part of Camp Ogunquit  was going to the beach.

Check-in at the motel was late in the afternoon so we visited the beach after walking into town to grab a bite to eat. The orange light to the left of the picture is one of the lighthouses.

At night, the waves looked more like snow. The first night, the water was 69 oF. Quite warm for the Atlantic waters off the coast of Maine.

We had great beach weather. Teague has stayed in Ogunquit in late August before and was surprised how crowded the beach was. We figured it must have had to do with people not able to travel as freely during the pandemic.

Teague catching waves on her boogie board.

The waves on the beach looked like lace

I found a shell and one that looked like a shark 

Our first beach day, the tide was coming in. We were wondering if we would have to move. The water got very close to the umbrella, but Teague commanded the water not to come any closer. And it didn't

I'm ready for my close up.

Nope, changed my mind.

Seagulls congregated on the roof of the Norseman Resort. (Next time, we'll try to stay here)

 It looked just like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The seagulls were just as bold. Our second day on the beach, a seagull swooped in and grabbed part of sandwich from a lady's hand! Another gull followed and grabbed someone's snack sized bag of chips!

A small crab just floating with the tide. Maybe it was dead.

At night, the beach was pretty much deserted. We waded in the water and then sat  on the beach and talked, and talked, and talked. We found some constellations. Cassiopeia and the Great Square of Pegasus

Teague had an app on her phone that helped identify objects in the sky. This bright light was the planet Jupiter, but my iPhone camera didn't capture it very well.

Day 2. We parked ourselves a little further back so we wouldn't have to worry about the incoming tide.

My little friend was back

A storm was coming in. It was windy on the beach and the water was cold.

I took a selfie

It was perfect weather for sailing

Sailgulls on the water

Clouds that looked like a goose, duck, and a fish.

This was our home, The Aspinquid, a sister property to The Norseman. This was a nice central location. In the distance, you can see the beach. Probably 1/4 mile distance to walk. We drove to the beach and parked in the lot. $30 to park all day or $5 per hour). Behind me up the street was the center of town for dining and shopping.

We had a great time, and I hope we can do it again next year.