Monday, July 14, 2014

A Very Capey Weekend

It was a very

Capey weekend .

Fourth of July weekend we took Jeff's Mom to the Cape and spent a few days with Jeff's family, leaving our Homey behind in Lexington.

We had our misty morning walks..


The Smoots clammed while I roamed around…



I looked for things…


P1040625And at the scenery..


P1040621It was muggy…

P1040632A thin fog slowly lifting..

This boat below has been here for years…

finally starting to fall apart.


Rosa Rugosa lines the street…

P1040637It Smells so sweet..


I call it beach rose…

Its invasive and not native.

I love it and happy it made it to these coastal areas..though, the large stands impede the growth of native plants.

P1040649There were many people out digging for clams this busy fourth of July weekend..


The Smoots looked like they did well…


P1040652Clam Dinner!


We also went to the very popular Fourth of July Parade in Chatham..


Fun and festive..


P1040676Our Daughters Husbands brother is the owner and driver of the Candy Cane Car…he is quite the comedian.

Pogo Dave



Check out his website..


We have since moved Homey to my parents driveway in CT…

see you there!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Walkin the hood…

We have been in Lexington, Massachusetts for about a month now. We are parked in a family members driveway, easy access to Jeff's side of the family and our daughter.

Most mornings Jeff and I go for a four mile walk in the neighborhoods of Lexington.

This particular day was still damp from the previous nights rain.

This is an amazing Chinese Dogwood..

I have always loved Chinese Dogwood..

It flowers later than American dogwood and its blooms reach out on arms of the tree.

P1040583This particular tree is gorgeous..

P1040584thick with blooms..

P1040585These beautiful blooms will give way to pretty red fruits..

Edible fruits….I have eaten the fruits in the past but have never made anything out of them.

P1040586Hosta with droplets..

P1040594On our walk…I spied a mushroom..

It was in someones yard..

P1040587Or I would have snatched it up!

P1040588In retrospect…I should have snatched it up..

P1040591 A beautiful fresh, edible gem of a mushroom..

Chicken of the Woods


On our walk the following day..the mushroom wasn’t there..

They had mowed the lawn and heaved the mushroom into the nearby pond.

Next time..I will not hesitate.

Grab it before it goes…

Monday, June 30, 2014

a few weeks ago in New Hampshire

I have had a month or so of blogging funk.

These photos are almost a month old..

I better get myself in gear and put them up here on the interwebs..

This is my online diary, travelogue and it sure has skidded to a halt lately.

So lets get on with it!

I took these photos when we went on a trip to New Hampshire with our daughter, her hubbie and our granddaughter.

Jeff and I took a morning walk on the bike path.


We happened upon a man who had just moved this Luna moth to the side of the path so it wouldn’t get run over.

It was alive but not moving much.

P1040470I took a few photos of the “eyes” on the back of its wings..

P1040473One lone Lady slipper..

P1040491I think this snapping turtle was laying eggs..


It didn’t move much..


Most of our New Hampshire get away was spent hanging out with our precious little granddaughter..

Here is her cute little finger touching this Eastern Tiger swallowtail butterfly I found.

Sadly it was dead.


Jeff and I hope to teach our granddaughter to love and appreciate nature.

  Her first birthday is coming up and I purchased a few books, one on bugs and two on birds.

Do you have any suggestions on books to help her develop an appreciation of nature?

If you do just let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Snow on a hot day in June

We didn’t expect to see snow in June…..

and yet, there it was…

P1040509A light dusting of white fluff….


Seeds of snow….

P1040504lining the walkway…






We think this is the large tree that made it snow..




Thanks Barb and Holly for your ID help.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

No blogging Mojo

Yes my mojo has been gone for a while…but I am pulling together as much energy and motivation I can to show you that..
I am still here…
and I have been having a wonderful time!
We left North Carolina the end of April and headed quickly to Connecticut for my nephews wedding and a big family reunion.
I knew it would be a busy, crazy whirlwind for a few weeks..and it was.
First my nephews wedding..which was wonderful and family filled.
Patrick and Nidya
The night of Patrick and Nydia's wedding we re-created
this photo which was taken in 1989
Simmons Family~1989
1989 family
Simmons Family 2014
family 2014
Our family have not been together as a whole in 10 years…there was always someone missing in one of our get togethers.
So it was wonderful that everyone was together again.
The following day we celebrated my birthday at my Sisters rental on Masons Island.
What a special day I had.
More photos Here
We had a few more days together before the Montana clan headed back home.
Since their departure I have been busy helping Muther and Dad in the garden, weeding and planting.
I also have my  little garden planted…
I recently purchased the Cat statue in honor of my Balliecat who is buried here.
I have a new toy.. A Fitbit.
I have been trying to walk at least seven miles a day.
Most days Jeff and I walk and bird Bluff Point.
When we first arrived there were no leaves on the trees.
What a difference a few weeks make..
Jeff and I also have taken a few walks with Sicksta Tink and Joe into downtown Mystic.
This particular day Jeff stayed home and rested. Apparently, since getting the Fitbit I have been a walking fiend and have tired him out.
Well …that’s all for now my friends…
I am still searching for my Blogging Mojo. If you happen to find it…please send it back to me.