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Our First Stargazer Lillies, Norwood MA (7.24.15)
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

10:38 AM EST [Link] Deers and Two Dishes [comments: 0]
Last night made some homemade Cavatappi Mac and Cheese with Purple top turnip (another vegetable I've finally eaten for the first time) and Kale. Kale is usually nasty but when you saute and it wilts down to little pieces it's actually pretty good. We threw in some parmesan and cheddar cheese to make it delicious.

Also went to the movies yesterday afternoon to see that Julia Robert's new flick. It was pretty good. It was a rainy day so it was good to go see a movie. I generally don't go to movies all that often but when the weather isn't great, I find it's a good thing to do.

I also shut down the water lines to the two outside the house and disconnected the outside hoses and stored them for the winter. Tightened some doorknobs, various other little things here and there to prepare for winterization. Might try to put those lighted deer out front this afternoon if I can motivate myself enough to do it.

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Well, as you can see, tried setting up the deers today. For some reason, one of them isn't lighting up properly but I guess I'll look into that later, but they all do move their heads properly so I got that going correctly - also, may end up rearranging them a bit, the placement doesn't seem exactly right - part of the problem is their cables are very short so you need to be creative to get everything spaced right - something I'm not good at. Made a roasted cornish game hen tonight with stuffing made out of rosemary, celery, carrots and baguette bread. LD is baking a pumpkin pie as well. We also made a side salad with mandarins to go with.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

10:33 AM EST [Link] Recuperating [comments: 0]
Yesterday's cooking adventure was Spiced Salmon and Cranberry Chutney with Parsnip, Sweet Potato and Clementine Saute. Everything came out great except I didn't much care for the chutney. It's also the first time I ever ate a parsnip. I find sauteing the vegetables is the way to go - they seem to taste better to me that way in general. I generally don't care for food that's too spicy - I'm kinda boring that way. Also yesterday was a pretty lax day in general - trying to recuperate from all the events of the last week. Did start putting some holiday decorations though and plan to do more as the days roll ahead. Got to get those reindeers out there again soon!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

05:40 PM EST [Link] Happy Thanksgiving 2015! [comments: 0]

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here's a pic I took from 2013!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

08:41 AM EST [Link] A quick visit to Great Falls [comments: 0]

A quick little side trip in between services to the Great Falls of Paterson. Since the funeral wasn't too far away from this particular location, decided to check it out. If we had more time, I might have got some other shots and figured out how to get to that walkover bridge, but it was getting late and it's not in the best part of town unfortunately.

You can see the skyline of New York City from a castle built by some silk magnate back in the day just 5 minutes away from the Falls.

The concert last Saturday was pretty good. The woman Steven Tyler impersonator had all his moves down to a tee. They mostly, if not all, played 70s era Aerosmith. I have to say the best band though was the Foreigner tribute, and I don't even care for Foreigner all that much, but they were spot on and rocked it. Other fun things we saw there was a woman who was bombed before the show even started (and apparently was puking in the bathroom for a while - lovely - like, who does that, at our ages?)

All these services the last couple of days has had me thinking of my own mortality and what will it be like at a service of my own. Well, it's time to try to move on for now and not dwell too deeply - going to spend some time with loved ones to be thankful for what we still have left.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

08:51 AM EST [Link] Hair Chicks [comments: 0]
Tried a new barbershop yesterday because my mop of a head was getting way out of control. I picked a place that was similar to a place I usually go to nowadays except this time I just happened to get a buxom blonde woman to work on me. First time I ever had a woman cut my hair at a barbershop - and it was a barbershop, not a saloon, of course they all do the hip-look thing now - not like the barbershops I remember growing up. She did a nice job!

Off to a possibly cheesy concert tonight down by Gillette Stadium to see some tribute bands impersonate Foreigner, Bon Jovi, and Aerosmith (actually an all women band). I got the tickets a while ago and it'd be a waste to not use them. We're going with another fun couple so hopefully it'll be a good distraction for a few hours. It's always interesting to see the other people in the crowd at these types of shows - especially down here. Then it's off to out-of-state to deal with a death in the family and pay due respects. Which ties into the Thanksgiving holiday so it's kind of a mixed bag of feelings. Bad timing, but then, timing on these things is never good. And to top it off, a beloved pet was put to sleep this weekend too.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

08:43 PM EST [Link] Winslow Animal Refuge Visit [comments: 0]

This place was amazing and found just kind of on a whim! It's a working animal reserve but the best part about the place is that the animals roam around freely along the grounds for the most part. So you could be hanging next to a mule, pig, alpacas and llamas , goats, or a bunch of birds and cats. It's so rustic and scenic there too - all the buildings made out of wood and such - very country esque. All the animals are there for one reason or another, mostly that they were unwanted, abused, or ailing, but here they are brought back to a wonderful life for themselves. They are so curious and affectionate, it really is a gift to be hanging with them in such an inviting and natural environment. We're definitely going back to this place! I have a bunch of pictures but these are just some quickies of some of the better ones I think for now. (The swan picture isn't actually from the place but on the way back along a road - was too good an opportunity to grab a shot to pass up).

Another highlight for today was for dinner tonight we actually cooked up two dishes, and in record time - hadn't actually done any cooking in a while. The first was a tortilla soup, and the second was a vegetarian version of a bolognese. There were also trips today to a 50s breakfast place, Trader Joe's, and the pet store, so all in all, a pretty busy day!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

04:39 PM EST [Link] Scituate Harbor Daytrip [comments: 0]

Just wanted to get out of those house and enjoy some weather and decompress out by the ocean someplace (LD really needed it after the crazybusy week she had!) Ended up in Scituate, the usual places, the lighthouse, etc. Stopped off at the Satiut River and among the various other waterfowl discovered there such as gulls and ducks, was my first sighting of a bufflehead! Very exciting! (for me anyway as I hadn't had a chance to see one in the wild until now). Then it was to lunch at a place that the locals go to and it was pretty good as well! I have a bunch of pictures but these are just some quickies for now. A most excellent day!

Friday, November 13, 2015

02:46 PM EST [Link] Concerts! [comments: 0]
Next weekend: Off to see some (possibly) cheesy tribute rock bands which is also tied into some record show, and then towards Xmas - a visit to the historic Count Basie Theatre, third row!!

Funny, I was just commenting to myself a few days ago that I haven't been to any concerts in a while.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

10:59 AM EST [Link] Image of the day [comments: 0]
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Monday, November 9, 2015

09:20 AM EST [Link] Getting Some Sun [comments: 0]
Someone's enjoying the new deck early...
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Of course this morning getting out to the car it was all frosted over. Back to that crap again!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

04:24 PM EST [Link] Leaves Be Turning [comments: 0]
waveport (22k image)I was able this morning to pare down the other rose bush on the other side of the house so I was feeling pretty good about that - could probably go even a little lower but don't want to make it look too bare.

Went to to Lowe's this afternoon to look at ceiling fans for the 3 season room/deck. Decided to go with something a little bit different as I though the leaves motif would be kinda cool out there - we'll see how it works - if it ends up being totally hideous we'll return it for something more traditional but I thought it was cool at first glance.

Also been trying to get things ready for the winter - cleaning up leaves, debris, getting things ready for storage, etc. Typical suburban stuff.

Friday, November 6, 2015

12:57 PM EST [Link] Beating Around the Bush [comments: 1]
For lunchtime this afternoon I decided to tackle pruning down one of the rosebushes in front of the house, in between doing various work around the house and for my job (trying to get a head start on a file I've been working on for next week that's coming due). Not sure if it's really the proper time of year to do it but it's those hardy apothecaries rose bushes so nothing can seemingly kill it. Definitely need to wear gloves because it's thorns are prickly bastards. I think I got it down pretty good - tomorrow weather permitting I may attempt to tackle the other one of the other side. Apparently you can use the little bulbs it leaves behind the flowers in recipes and for certain homemade medications but I'm not that granola-crunchy.

Also cleared some fallen tree debris out back. About a week ago a huge limb portion of a tree out there broke off and came crashing to the ground. Luckily it didn't hit anything. Looking at the pieces and what was left at the top of tree I could see what I think are various woodpecker holes since they are all so round and dug out from the bark. Perhaps that coupled with the storm winds were enough to weaken the limb structure. Animals.

Also, this getting dark early crap really sucks. I like the morning light, but darkness by 5 o'clock? C'mon!

I need a haircut bad. I look like some mad scientist. I keep telling LD I need to get back to the lab to work on my experiments!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

05:45 PM EST [Link] Throwback Thursday Pic [comments: 0]

One of my favorite shots that I took at Castle Hill in Rhode Island a couple of years ago.

Monday, November 2, 2015

09:48 AM EST [Link] Crossy Road! Halloween! [comments: 0]
Yep, I've been sucked up into the Crossy Road mobile game frenzy. It's a mix between flappy bird and frogger, but with an isometric view. Pretty fun diversion but can be frustrating when you get mad at yourself for clicking at just the wrong time, but that's the point!

Didn't have too many kids at the door this year for Halloween (which is fine with me since getting up and answering the door every time is a bit of a PITA, but whatevs), but one cool thing I saw was a family dressed up from the Wizard of Oz - Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion. Another kinda cool one was some little kid dressed up as I think Axl Rose back in the GnR heyday - tattoos and all!

There was some kid dressed up as a Star Wars character I thought was Boba Fett, but when I said that he got annoyed and said he was Jango Fett. Who? I haven't seen a Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi was new!

And as you can see we dressed up too.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

09:12 AM EST [Link] Country Ride [comments: 0]
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Took a ride in the country yesterday afternoon and happened upon this bridge across a river. Couldn't figure how to get to it though since it seemed to be on private property, but if that was the case, who has their own private bridge across a river? There was also this statue facing the river not far away, what could it all mean? This has me intrigued!

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Update:I knew someone in my net travels would know something about this. Apparently it's a statue of the Virgin Mary that was placed there in 1929 by the land owner at the time Professor Daniel Sargent of Harvard College.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

09:20 PM EST [Link] Happy Halloween 2015! [comments: 0]

Happy Halloween from The Bat Man and The Diva Witch!

Friday, October 30, 2015

10:37 AM EST [Link] Flash Back Friday Halloween [comments: 0]

Here's a rerun of a pic I took a couple years ago. Figured it was appropriate for Halloween.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

06:52 PM EST [Link] Local police log thoughts [comments: 0]
Love the local police log. "Caller reports alligator in pond on Endicott. Animal control officer checks it out and reports it is fake." My take: Probably meant croc and ended pulling out a pair of ugly plastic shoes!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

07:52 PM EST [Link] Squantum Sights [comments: 0]

Boston skyline in the background

07:46 PM EST [Link] Spying Herons in Braintree [comments: 0]

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Just a pic I took doodling around this afternoon and noticed a blue heron hanging with some ducks.

07:32 PM EST [Link] Fall at Sunset Lake Braintree [comments: 0]

10:08 AM EST [Link] A Fine Autumn Day [comments: 0]

Back Deck progress under the autumn leaves

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

11:09 AM EST [Link] Back to the Future Day! [comments: 0]

Today's Back to the Future Day, which I'm sure you've all heard. It's even on the White House's' web site! Great series of films. For the uninitiated, October 21, 2015 is the date Marty McFly (Fox's character in the sequel) travels to when he goes into the future with Doc Brown to save his son from being arrested.

Other news: My fitbit flex seems to have bit the dust. I've gone through the forums and other folks have had similar problems. When I do get it to charge it only stays for a little bit and then dead again. Probably it's internal battery I am thinking but there's no way to change it so kinda stuck in the suck. In hindsight, it's not a very good product. Kind of sucks because I was being really diligent about keeping the stats but that's life (I was able to walk the length of New Zealand over time). But in more exciting news Boston.com started following me (little old me!?) on Instagram! They must have dug some of photos. Would be cool if they actually highlighted one sometime!

Monday, October 19, 2015

04:41 PM EST [Link] Mixed Results [comments: 0]
Had my 1st Wegman's experience on Saturday. Not too bad but I'm not sure what the big deal is. The place is pretty big and they do have some good deals but how is it different than any other place really? Maybe with all the prepared stuff perhaps. Also did a little browsing around at new cars with LD. (Shopping for cars pretty much sucks). Sunday I participated in taking photos of a couple's 25th wedding anniversary. I wasn't really into it as I don't feel my strength is in photographing people, plus I just felt kinda weird doing it. Hopefully I got some good shots for them (they seemed to be pleased with the result so that's good), but I think I'll be sticking to landscape photography generally.

Friday, October 16, 2015

08:58 PM EST [Link] Onstage at the Wang! [comments: 0]

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Went to the Wang Theatre in Boston today to check out their open house! It was pretty awesome - self guided tour and you could pretty much go anywhere. I checked out the different tiers, various lobbies, backstage, special rooms where stars stay, even the boiler room, but the high point for me was actually being onstage! The theatre itself is incredibly ornate. A true gem! It's actually called the CitiCenter now but to me it'll always be the Wang. Previous to that it was called The Metropolitan and The Music Hall.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

10:12 AM EST [Link] Soul of the Elephant [comments: 0]
I was lucky enough to be able to catch the showing of a PBS show called Soul of the Elephant last night. If you get a chance you should check it out. Amazing photography as to how close they were able to get and to get an insight into these amazing creatures.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

09:35 AM EST [Link] Here Last Week, Gone Today [comments: 0]
I haven't seen any of the little fish anymore. Seems like only yesterday that I first noticed them. They had seemed to be doing well for so long, but I don't see them anymore. I suspect they have finally succumbed to other inhabitants. Sadness.

Monday, October 12, 2015

05:45 PM EST [Link] The Recorder [comments: 0]
Safely back in Boston!

So, over the last couple week's the next door neighbor's kid likes to play her recorder. Only problem is that 1) the kid can't play a lick of any semblance of a tune and 2) she starts playing it (if that's what you call it) and like 6 am in the morning! what the effin' eff! It's like really bad - screeching just about. Try to learn Hot Cross Buns for Gawd's sake. Speaking of which, I happened to hear another kid playing that tune on some electronic device while watching the kids play soccer down in Jersey. What are the odds of that!? Also I found the tune to be somewhat sexist with the lines saying that if you don't have any daughters, give them to your sons. Uhmmm..what if you only have daughters? They don't get any? Plus, it doesn't really make any sense. "One a penny, two a penny." So what, it costs a penny for one, but also costs a penny for two? Doesn't make economical sense. Perhaps I'm reading too much into this tune.

The new Wegman's opened up this weekend down the street. Going to have to check it out maybe next weekend, just to see what it's all about.

The 3 season room/back deck is 99.9% done! Very exciting! It was finished up over the long weekend. Of course now we have to decor the thing, and get a new ceiling fan. I suggested that LD get this cool looking one where the blades are carved into leaves but I don't think she's going for it.

Here I am holding the gourd that I chose while picking pumpkins in Chester, NJ this last weekend.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

09:00 PM EST [Link] Visiting the Morris Canal [comments: 0]

Cool autumnal shot I took of along the historic Morris Canal in Boonton. Other activities today were catching a soccer game (being a "soccer uncle" as it were), and pumpkin picking in Washington Township.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

07:02 PM EST [Link] Tonight's Entree [comments: 1]
For tonight's entree, I'm attempting to cook up some Pan-Seared Steaks with Creamed Spinach and Lemon-Butter Purple Potatoes. Hopefully I won't mess it up too badly!

Also want to check out this meteor shower that's supposed to be passing by overhead tonight.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

08:15 PM EST [Link] Halloween Decoration [comments: 0]
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It's that time of year again!

08:07 PM EST [Link] Which L&O Character Am I? [comments: 0]
I got Lenny Briscoe, which is awesome because he's my favorite character on this classic television show. Which character are you most like? Take the quiz and find out, and share with me your results in the comments if you so choose!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

05:10 PM EST [Link] Benson and Hatchets [comments: 0]
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Started today off by seeing a part of HubWeek, a talk on mind-body meditation featuring Dr. Herb Benson and John Henry from the Boston Red Sox, over at the Yawkey Building at Massachusetts General Hospital. We did a number of exercises and I have to admit, these techniques do seem to be pretty good. Check out the squishy stress brain things they were handing out. Ladydoc got a picture with Herb. I maybe should have tried to get a picture with Henry but he didn't stay too long.

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After the talk (didn't stay for the tai chi) we headed over to a place I've been meaning to check out for the longest time - Carrie Nation Cocktail Lounge over up on Beacon Hill. Carry A Nation was the inspiration for the name of this blog you know. What could be scarier than an old woman all dressed in black smashing everything with a hatchet? We had the burger - I have to say it was rather delicious! Pretty cool looking place - very Prohibition Era feel to it.

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Here are the Fire Lilies opening again. Apparently nobody told them it as October. Not as flashy as when they first popped in late July but still impressive that they bloomed again at all!

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A guy was over here all day today putting the siding on the back deck 3-season part of the house. He did an amazing job! It looks great!

For supper tonight we cooked up some Cajun Catfish. I especially liked the remoulade we made although LD wasn't having any of it.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

04:34 PM EST [Link] Upcoming Events and Back Deck Progress [comments: 0]
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Part 4 - back deck status thus far

Upcoming: Topsfield Fair - weather not cooperating. Kind of a bummer but this was always kind of iffy that we'd go to begin with.
Mindfulness at MGH with Herb Benson - this sounds interesting, it's part of Boston's HubWeek festivities - a bunch of talks and presentations on different things regarding health, art, or technology.
Pumpkin tripping(?) - It's around this time of year that we do something with pumpkins. I don't get Columbus Day off but I think I might take a PTO day for it this year depending on schedule.
Wang Theatre Open House - it's free plus it's cool - might check this out just to see all the various areas.
Photoging a couple's 25th wedding anniversary - I don't feel I'm great at photographing people but it was requested that I do this so I'll give it a shot.

The lilys out front finally opened, perhaps I'll upload a pc later but the last few days have been a little on the raw rainy side. Deck is coming along, still need to pick out a ceiling fan, proper flooring, and getting the outer siding done. However, this weather makes for a rather lazy just-want-to-sit-under-the-covers-on-the-couch-and-binge-watch-tv kind of day and not do anything, having to watch awful old Sex in the City reruns.

For supper, we made Spiced Turkey and Chickpea Chili with Chermoula, Labneh & Pita croutons. Overall it came out pretty good, except for the Labneh which came out too runny, but I thought the Chermoula came out well, basically a lemon zest. I'm not usually one to eat North African spicy dishes but I figure it was worth a try. Probably wouldn't make it again though, but it wasn't bad.

Friday, October 2, 2015

10:55 AM EST [Link] One More Pop? [comments: 0]
lilybloom2 (69k image)Here is the Fire Lily out front that doesn't want to believe just yet that sumer is over. In truth, I don't want to believe it either.

But then I'd only be fooling myself, right?

I've been feeling a little down today, maybe it's the weather. Hopefully it'll pass.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

08:16 PM EST [Link] Tracks Tracks Tracks [comments: 0]
htracks (70k image)I can't take credit for this image, but boy, with all the talk you hear you might as well think this was real.


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