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Red Barn in Snow, Bolton MA (Feb. 2017)
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Long Beach/Beach Haven, NJ (December 2016)
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Supermoon November 2016
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Fall Cleanup (October, 2016)
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Somerville Bike Path (10.18.16)
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Natick Falls, Natick MA (10.16.16)
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Sunset at Ten Pound Light, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Rooftop Pool, Gloucester MA (9.24.16)
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Prospect Hill Tower, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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View of Boston from Prospect Hill, Somerville MA (9.20.16)
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Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetary (Sept. 2016)
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Winslow and Tiki (Sept. 2016)
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Pemaquid Point Shot, Maine August 2016
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Zen along Ocean Point, Maine (August 2016)
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Mystic Seaport Dusk, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Rocks and Roses along Penobscot Penisula (8/9/16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #3, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #2, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Atlantic Puffin Shot #1, Eastern Egg Rock Island, Maine (8.9.16)
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Rock Harbor, Orleans Cape Cod Sunset July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod MA July 2016
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Chatham Light Beach, Chatham MA July 2016
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Chatham Light, Chatham MA July 2016
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Highland Light, Truro MA July 2016
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Capr Cod Windmill, Easton MA July 2016
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Greyson the Alpaca, Hubburdston MA July 2016
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Mystic Seaport Sunset, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sea Lion, Mystic CT (7/3/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Sailing around Windmill Point, Hull, MA (7/2/16)
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Boston Light (7/1/16)
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Point Judith Light Area, Narragansett, RI (6.12.16)
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Lighthouse Mailbox, Somewhere in RI (6.12.16)
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Pemaquid Point Maine 2011 (re-issue 6.6.16) - I'm jonesing to get back there. I have a thing for lighthouses and puffins. Maybe this summer!
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Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)
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Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)
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Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)
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Iris from my Garden 2016 (6.1.16)
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

08:19 PM EST [Link] Tiring weekend [comments: 0]
Busy weekend, car shopping with LD (finally, a choice!), finally testing and using the grill, helping baby birds that fell out a nest (long story), planting a bunch of flowers and edibles in the raised boxes, shopping, cooking, etc etc..The towing company to take away my old car for donation was supposed to show up Friday but later that day told me they couldn't make it til Monday, which means I wont be able to see it off. Oh well...would've liked to see it be towed into the sunset but such is life...

Friday, May 19, 2017

12:08 PM EST [Link] Suburban Dad [comments: 0]
Doing lots of yard work today - mowing, weeding, planting, raking up clippings, hooking up hoses, etc etc etc. Working up a good sweat. Been a while since I got blisters on my hand from manual labor, but its worth it - place is shaping up nice. I'm actually feeling a little proud of myself regarding it!

Unnerving to hear your car say you have an email and then it reads it back to you, and that you can reply to it by using just your voice to craft the reply and tell it to send.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

09:00 AM EST [Link] Year of New Beginnings [comments: 0]
Well, things have been put into motion. I'm in the process of donating the old ride. The new ride is sweet - still takes a little getting used to - especially all the bluetooth connectivity stuff but it's growing on me. However, that didn't stop me from taking the bike in today (twice!) since when I got to work I realized I forgot some stuff so had to go all the way back and then back in again, so I'm counting this morning as 2 trips! After the old car is gone, I'm planning on getting the driveway re-seal coated so everything looks nice and fresh. Which has made me come to realize that so far this year has been loaded with a kind of new beginnings.

Friday, May 12, 2017

06:51 PM EST [Link] New Ride! [comments: 2]
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So here's my new car - picked it up today - very exciting, have to learn all these new computer panel things - ride feels real good though! Getting the old car ready for donation, although a part of me will miss it - been through a lot together in 14 years.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

09:13 AM EST [Link] Legs of Steel [comments: 0]
Still riding the bike in as much as I can, even though I'm still trying to figure out the gear problem. At least at this rate, I'll have legs of steel.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

10:37 AM EST [Link] Adjustments [comments: 0]
So, this is the first week in the open concept office. It's actually not too bad - definitely an adjustment but I'll make it work. One cool thing is the desks can move up and down with a push of a button, so you can raise it up if you want to stand, or lower it when you want to sit.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

07:34 PM EST [Link] Lilacs and Goats [comments: 0]
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Lilacs coming along great!

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Goat Session.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

04:35 PM EST [Link] New Car (Finally!) [comments: 0]
Goodbye old Chevy. I'm going to donate it.

I am now the owner of a 2016 Toyota Rav4 XLE!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

10:34 AM EST [Link] World's End [comments: 0]
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From a hike last year.

08:01 AM EST [Link] Go C's! [comments: 0]
Amazing Celtics game last nite at the Garden!!!!

How does IT keep doing it!?!?

Monday, May 1, 2017

04:03 PM EST [Link] Goodbye Calcomp 9500 [comments: 0]
We sold the large format digitizer today! Some dude from Bridgewater came and paid us and took it away. End of an era. Truth to tell, I hadn't used it in a few years but it was a nice tablet - automatic lift, tilt, backlighted by 4 tubes - good piece of equipment, (here's one) but it was time to move on (there's no room apparently in the new office for it, even though it folds up but whatevs). Least I got some cash out of it.

We should be moving into the open-concept space by the end of the week and will start from there on Monday going forward.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

06:16 PM EST [Link] Carolina Wren Visits [comments: 0]
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Noticed a new visitor to the feeder yesterday, a Carolina Wren! Finally got around to planting some rosemary and some firespinners (Delosperma) out on the back patio. Also, wasn't today supposed to be a pretty nice sunny day? It's cold raw and overcast for sucks sakes. Good job meteorologists...again.

One nice thing today is we went to Bertucci's for lunch and LD had some leftover to take home, but the waitress dropped it so they gave us a new pie for free (roasted eggplant - yum!) so dinner is set for tonight!

07:53 AM EST [Link] Earth and Water [comments: 0]
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Fallen tree by the shore in Plymouth, MA

Had a good time last night over dinner, maybe imbibed a little much but not too bad - like I said, very good time with M&M and LD. Today we hot a couple of dealerships - I'm leaning more and more toward a RAV4 between 2014-2016 year. LD's also looking!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

02:31 PM EST [Link] Car Shopping [comments: 0]
Or at least beginning to get ideas, going around the local dealerships and browsing - the old Cav is reaching the end of its life. Thinking something along a Rav4 or Sorento. I dislike car shopping. There's just something about it that makes me uneasy.

I've been noticing a red bellied woodpecker occupying a hole in a tree here - I think there may be eggs inside - I'll need to keep watching it to see if I can eventually get to see any babies.

Heading to Plymouth tonight to meet up with M&M - maybe grab some scenic shots while I'm there.

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Some English Daises at the back patio we planted last week. More planting to do as well.

09:08 AM EST [Link] Back Yard Bunny [comments: 0]
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Yesterday was a day of getting some more yard work done, having mowed the lawn, filling the feeders, etc.

In the late afternoon, got to see this little guy occupying himself. Interestingly enough, so far, as last year, they don't seem to be eating any of the crops in the raised beds.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

08:30 AM EST [Link] Boston Spring [comments: 0]
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Monday, April 24, 2017

10:19 AM EST [Link] Wont be Long Now [comments: 0]
Update!: Won't be moving so fast after all since the move may be delayed by as much as a week or more, depending on the timing of the inspections. Good job zeeks.

Oh boy, by this time next week, I'll e at my new desk in the open concept office move. Yipee! Been busy packing up boxes of what's coming with me. I did end up ordering that strainer after all and it should arrive midweek. I'll let you know if it was worth it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

09:33 PM EST [Link] Did a Lot today! [comments: 0]
Changed out the glass panes and put the screens in the doors, pulled out and set up the grill, went to Volante farms and got some lunch and plants, including planting some lettuce in the raised boxes. Also got some flowers that remind me of truffula trees and placed near the patio area along with some hanging strawberries, hanging from a new pole we got from a visit to OSJL along with a base for a future table umbrella. Cooked a bolognese in the instant pot, and baked some banana bread, went grocery shopping for some items, watched the Celtics and a special on Betty Broderick ('member her?), did three loads of laundry, vacummed, and performed some household duties. I'm ready to drop - my body feels like lead right now. But it feels good to make such good use of the day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

07:50 PM EST [Link] Just Strolling Around [comments: 0]
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While awaiting LD to get done with her appointment, I went walking around the neighborhood and came upon this place. General Sylvanus Thayer, known as the "Father of West Point," was born in this house in 1785 and resided there until 1793. There's history all around us.

Friday, April 21, 2017

10:27 AM EST [Link] When Doves Cry [comments: 0]
Ened up somehow watching some biography of the music star Prince on Reelz called When Doves Cry. Found it very interesting - delves into his childhood and everything - kinda makes sense now all the things he sang about and how the Purple Rain album was so autobiographical. Definitely worth a watch, I found I really didn't know hardly anything about the dude's upbringing or personal life - I found it very insightful and a little sad. Catch it if you can.

I was planning on spending the day in town today but the rain has put a damper on those plans, so I'll get to catching up on things around the local.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

07:33 AM EST [Link] Weather The Storm [comments: 0]
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Narragansett, RI

I feel I must buy this pasta strainer!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

08:54 AM EST [Link] Gears are turning [comments: 0]
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Castle Island Light, Newport RI

Going through some old pics lately.

Hmm, bike seems to be not gearing right. Most likely the cables are worn or some adjustments are sorely needed, not surprising since I've never really serviced the thing since I bought it back in the nineties. It's still rideable - just doesn't change gears properly if at all. Maybe I'll mess with it later - I have a feeling the issue is with the Shimano shifter mechanisms on the handlebars, probably should take it to a shop at some point.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11:10 AM EST [Link] Reading List Item Number 8 [comments: 0]
Next up on the reading list (#8 for the year): Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age - very pertinent to today, lost in our devices. Plus it's now in paperback.

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Here's another shot from the cruise last weekend - the historic property known as the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory. Look it up!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

07:10 PM EST [Link] Boating the Gloucester Harbor [comments: 0]
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Shot from the boat during the Easter Brunch Cruise around Gloucester Harbor of Stacy Blvd, with the Gloucester Fisherman Memorial in the foreground.

Had a lot of fun trolling around the harbor and seeing various sights from angles that I have not usually seen them, such as Hammond Castle and Stage Fort Point, Ten Pound Light, and some private homes. The meal was actually very good, and the ride itself was pretty calm. For some weird reason the drummer in the jazz band playing kept making googly eyes at me. Like I said, strange, but all in all, a very enjoyable way to spend a great sunny, warm afternoon. Lovely time to spend with LD. Arriving home, we ended up sitting out on the back deck and three bunnies were playing in the yard - perfect for Easter, right?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

04:09 PM EST [Link] Spring Saturday [comments: 1]
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Working on a lot of yard work today - clearing raised boxes, getting rid of leaves and brush, pulling out the chairs and maybe the grill later, getting ready for planting, hoeing some weeds, all good...

Busy day all around. Grocery shopping, cleaning out the car, cooking and prepping meals, using the insta pot twice, making our signature corn salad, all good...

Friday, April 14, 2017

09:11 AM EST [Link] Boston Harbor Nights [comments: 0]
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I'm a little bummed that last week I lost my Fitbit in my travels. It's gone for good now. I suppose I could hook up to the Flex I won a couple months ago and still sits unopened but I was digging the Alta. Actually, truth to tell, I was starting to get a little tired of the tracking. I pretty much know what I average by now. Also starting to do a little spring cleanup out in the backyard around here - spring bug has hit, as the first flowers are also starting to bud and bloom!

Currently reading: Book #7: The Legacy of a Sow's Ear: The Rise and Fall of Arthur D. Little - I wasn't there for the Rise, but I was there for the Fall, spending 12 years of my budding career there, up until the end - still miss the place, in many ways, such a unique place to work and I pretty much owe all I have today to them for giving me the chance. Lucky to have been a part of it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

11:14 AM EST [Link] Spring is here! [comments: 0]
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Spring in Boston!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

03:52 PM EST [Link] A Different View of Nubble [comments: 0]
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Going through some old shots.

10:28 AM EST [Link] Lion in the Sun [comments: 0]
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Scene from the Boston Public Library. In unrelated news, signed up for a brunch cruise soon around Gloucester Harbor! And I'm back to riding the bike back/forth to work almost daily!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

07:26 PM EST [Link] Back from Boomtown [comments: 0]
2828_web (122k image)Actually Boonton, NJ which is pronounced Boot-In but I always say it like Boomtown. Had a photoshoot with goats and lambs - should be ready by Tuesday - see if there's anything good there. Overall feeling is they can't be as good as last year - knew that going into it because last years were so amazing. This year there was the placement of the sun, the demeanor of the animals, the skill of the photographer etc. Plus last year we actually chose names for the babies and they were selected. Can't really top that.

Cooking turkey and pasta in the Insta-Pot - another new recipe. Also, an old associate of mine had a bunch of 45s lying around in his basement and was kind enough to send them along to us for the jukebox. Looks like there might be a few gems in there. Also musically related, seeing Air Supply live in the late summer this year.

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Happy as a clam lamb!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

10:51 AM EST [Link] My Everyday [comments: 1]

Happy 9th Anniversary, Ladydoc!!
You're every minute of my everyday!

10:39 AM EST [Link] Happy Spring! [comments: 0]
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

10:48 AM EST [Link] Finally, a Spring Day [comments: 0]
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"Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast,
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Saturday, April 1, 2017

02:17 PM EST [Link] Saturday Nite Date [comments: 0]
Off to dinner and a movie tonight with our double date pals!

Ended up seeing Beauty and the Beast - not normally a movie I would go see, I'm more of a Ghost in the Shell type, but I did enjoy it. And the Italian Dinner after was great too.

I've been feeling a little sentimental lately, not sure why though...just thoughts, probably will pass in a bit.

Friday, March 31, 2017

05:37 PM EST [Link] Slushy Friday Afternoon [comments: 0]
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The cat has the right idea about what to do today. And so we are. After getting some needs at Trader Joe's and some other places, going to hunker down and chill. Thankfully I'm starting to feel better myself now having almost got this cold beat.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

08:26 AM EST [Link] Blah week [comments: 0]
Fighting off a cold - rainy - feel a little crappy lately. It will pass.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

09:30 PM EST [Link] Woolapalooza 2017 [comments: 0]
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Honored that igersmass featured my Woolapalooza photo from yesterday's activities.

Proud of us - LD and I made our first recipe using the Instant Pot I bought over xmas.

Felt a little under the weather today - hopefully better by tomorrow.


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