Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Another long day today (left the house @ 9:15am, got home @ 8:45pm), but happy to be home now & in bed. On my way out of one of my museum towns after presenting an award at the high school's senior awards ceremony, I pulled off for this shot of the greenhouse at one of the local farms. This is the farm from whence our CSA comes and it starts next Wednesday! Super excited for fresh, local fruits & veggies again.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
. . . even though the Sox lost. We went to the game last night with a couple of my college friends and had a great time! We sat in the Coca-Cola Pavilion, which was a first for us. I've sat in the third base loge section, the bleachers, the right field roof box, the right field roof deck, and the homebase field box (that was amazing), but never the Coca-Cola pavilion. Next up, Monster seats?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A rare photo of me! Most of my photos are of scenery, the husband, or the pup, but I liked this shot Justin got of me before our bike ride this evening. That's my mom's vintage Phillips bike and it's probably around 45 years old. A little hard on the bum, but we enjoyed a nice 4¾ mile ride over to the national park, around some of the trails there, and then home. A nice way to spend a weeknight!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
So I went for a run when I got home from work. Then after a short walk with the dog to cool down, I plopped down in the hammock for some R&R. I took this shot and posted it to Instagram/Facebook with the caption, "Nothing like a swing in the hammock after an evening run." And it was true . . . up to a point.
About ten minutes later, a black ant leaped/fell down from the pine tree the hammock is tied to and down the back of my shirt. I was mid-sip from my water bottle at the time. I jumped up and spilled a large amount of water down the front of my shirt and all over the hammock. Sigh. After drying myself off, I lay down again for take two.
About twenty minutes after that, Justin called on his way home from class. While we were talking, a piece of a pine branch (nothing sharp, just green needles) fell out of the tree and onto my head. I shook it off and kept talking. Then, I felt something on my right knee and brushed what I thought was a bug away. Turns out it was a little bit of bird poo, almost like a little bird had pooed far above me and it made its gentle way down to my knee. Double sigh.
So, after I hung up with Justin, I pulled the sides of the hammock up over me to protect me and escaped the perils of nature with a short nap.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Check out this little guy, hopping around our shade garden tonight. I saw him when I went out to see how the recent rain has treated the new plants that we dug in on Sunday. They're doing well! I'll post a picture of them soon.
On our way back to the house, we startled this little toad, but (after running back to the house for the camera) I managed to get a picture of him in a little grass clearing. He made me think of Toad in The Wind in the Willows. And that made me think of Downton Abbey, when the Dowager Countess finds out Edith has learned to drive the family car and declares, "Edith, you're a lady, not Toad of Toad Hall!"
UPDATE: We've since seen this little guy a few more times and christened him "Edith."
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Sadie does not like the rain and was definitely having a hard time understanding why we wanted to have appetizers and later, dinner out on the porch. But, she loves us and needs attention ALL the time, so she was game to try it. She looked uncomfortable basically the whole time, though.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Bit of a busy day for us today - started with Justin up early to tutor a student, then we were off to Portsmouth to take care of a couple of work things for me. Back to our town to pick up some groceries & gifts for Mother's Day, then home.
A bit of a snack, then I was off to walk the pup while Justin mowed the lawn. When he was done, we shoveled all the old dirt out of our yard planters and found a snake underneath one, which was pretty exciting. Then, we de-sodded a 4' x 8' space for our new raised bed and dug four holes for the posts. We laid down weed blocking fabric, then plopped the bed into place.
And now we're enjoying a break - a cosmo, a dark and stormy, and some Black Adder.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Nothing major, but my last blog redesign was almost two years ago and I thought things needed some freshening up. So I've tweaked a few things - picked text boxes with rounder edges, changed the overall font from Trebuchet to Calibri, changed the title font to Homemade Apple, and removed the wedding photo in the header. I'm going to select a new image to go behind the title up there, but haven't picked the right one yet. What do you think of the updates?
Also - I'm in love with today's photo, shot quickly as I was leaving the side door of the museum to go get lunch. There are a ton of lily-of-the-valley plants in a garden bed by the door and I leaned down to get a quick snapshot. I love how the camera caught the water droplets on the leaves. I applied a "lo-fi" filter on Instagram and this hotness is the result! Just five more months to go in the project . . . I'm going to miss taking a daily photo, I think. Maybe I'll try it again another year, too.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Sunday, May 06, 2012
I'm having an unnatural amount of fun with it all - have posted 11 photos on Instagram since Friday (username is "roguestella" if you want to follow me). The only problem I have now is picking which image to use each day!
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Friday, May 04, 2012
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Since my new phone is scheduled to arrive by 7pm tomorrow, I wanted to post this lovely shot as a final farewell shot by my old phone. I took this at lunchtime, looking up into the nearly 200-year old copper beech at one of my museums, leafed out in new spring glory.
I think the old phone did an amazing job of capturing the light pouring down from the clearing sky, while still getting the exact details of the foreground leaves. Well done, old phone! You've served me well.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
This was my view from bed this morning - faint, gray light on a rainy morning. No wonder I didn't bound right up. However, as a new gardener, I know how much this rain means for the plants, so I'll have to suck it up. We set our potted tomato plant and blueberry shrubs out this morning as I left, so hopefully they're enjoying this weather!