Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Anyway, she went scuba diving everyday, & saw enough lizards to open up her own pet store. Iguanas, geckos, and anoles, I guess. The good thing is, the lizards eat the bugs. (Except iguanas eat leaves). I say eat away, reptiles! I would have freaked to see a gigantic millipede or cockroach.
Under the sea she saw an old sea turtle, a stingray, a puffer fish, a parrot fish, a tarpon, & a needlefish. Cool.
Can you see me now? A needlefish & a six foot tarpon.
By the way, Happy Birthday J.A.T.!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Melissa's family was present (Mom, Dad, Brother Chris, Aunt Elizabeth, Great Uncle Larry), as was her faithful friends the Baron (me) and Jonathan (a.k.a. Johnnie Darko). I do not have a camera these days, so I have no live pictures. (Lame, I know) But included is a postcard of one of her major works (and my favorite). To check out Melissa's work further, go to her blog: http://www.mixedmediamaven.blogspot.com/
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I've never really been a fan of 'pop' anything. I never owned a Michael Jackson album, glittery glove, or had a poster in my room. But I'm still very saddened, because I realize that Michael Jackson's music has been there my whole life. From his 'ABC' 'I'll Be There' Jackson 5 days, through the 80's and 90's, his music paralleled the milestones and 'eras' of my own life. From the late 60's through the early 90's, those were my growing up years too. It makes me nostalgic.
I didn't like all Michael Jackson's music, but there are a few songs that stand out in concert with events in my life. I remember "Rock With You" at a junior high school dance, and "Beat it" and "Billie Jean" in my second year of college. The 'Thriller" video was my favorite of his, (it's hard to imagine it was made in 1983) & I recall watching it on MTV with my sister. Here's Michael Jackson at his best. One of my favorite songs is "Human Nature."
Michael with Diana Ross
Monday, June 22, 2009
We weren't quite sure what the cigar holder was at first. It's clearly marked, "Sheffield, England," and it has a nifty Celtic design on the outer shell. After some research, I determined it's probably made of pewter, and the flask is made for a nip of brandy. In the other compartment you put your jumbo cigar. In comparison to others I saw on EBay and other auction sites, my friend's cigar holder might be worth about 165.00. Many of the cigar holders featured did not have the flask, or the Celtic design.
The Cordomatic Clothesline is certainly something Steph will use everyday, as she will the cigar holder.
Seriously, what I loved about the clothesline was its pristine condition, and its quality. It is made of very solid materials, something you'd never see for a similar item today. It's also this retro turquoise, very 50's.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Phase I Walk/Run Month 1 Mostly Walking (Times in minutes per day)
Grand total: 313/42
Phase - II Walk/Run Month 2 Mostly Walking (Times in minutes per day)
Grand Total: 210/150
Phase - III Walk/Run Month 3 Mostly Running (Times in minutes per day)
Grand Total: 102/258
Phase - IV Run Month 4 All Running (Times in minutes per day)
Grand Total: 260
Some later visitors included a male & female Northern Cardinal.....
Also, a Common Grackle....
Friday, June 12, 2009
Do a parachute jump Completed
Plant a tree Completed
Wear a tux Completed
Complete a bookmaking/scrapbooking project Completed
Take a fiddle class or lessons Completed
Buy a condo or townhouse Completed
Visit Kripalu Completed
To complete a second cartoon zine Completed
To go square or contra dancing Completed
To meditate everyday for 21 days Completed
To try Tai Chi Completed
To take a fencing class Completed
Play golf one time Completed
Send mother flowers Completed
get a motorcycle license Completed
put some potted plants on porch Completed
see Grand Canyon Completed
shoot a gun on a shooting range Completed
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Of course there are many other choices for natural places in New England. There are also many places I haven't been. Still, here are my consistent favorites, and some of the places I've visited many times.
1. The White Mountains, NH
(atop Mt. Carter with my sisters & brother-in-law)
2. Walden Pond, Concord, MA
3. Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, MA
4. Baxter State Park, ME
5. Crane's Beach, Ipswich, MA