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Mystic CT Village Buoys (8.22.15)
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Mystic CT Whales Sculpture (8.22.15)
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Mystic CT Sailing and Dreaming
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Stage Fort Park, Gloucester MA - August 2015
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Outside our room at 'The Boathouse', Kennebunkport Maine, August 2015
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Kennebunkport Maine, August 2015
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Our First Stargazer Lillies, Norwood MA (7.24.15)
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Visiting Lawn on D - Intrude (Giant Bunnies) Boston MA (7.10.15)
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Fireworks at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA (7.3.15)
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Ringing the Carillon Bells, Norwood MA (7.4.15)
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'Swan Lake' - Somewhere near Canton? (6.6.15)
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Sea of Blue Irises (5.30.15)
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Fawn on Front Lawn
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Tending the Garden Waters
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Garden Path
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Zen Maze
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Through the Japanese Maple Tree
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Ramses the White Lion, Capron Zoo, Attleboro MA (5.17.15)
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Another Generation of Bunnies Visit the Garden (5.17.15)
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Yoga Tree Statue? Seaside Park, Bridgeport CT (5.10.15)
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Abandoned Lighthouse on FayerWeather Island Overlooking Long Island Sound (5.9.15)
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Brants Frollicking About Long Island Sound (5.9.15)
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P.T. Barnum, Seaside Park Bridgeport CT (5.9.15)
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Proud Peacock, Bridgeport CT (5.9.15)
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Black Tongue Sticking Out, Bridgeport CT (5.9.15)
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Barnum Poster Featuring Jumbo's Remains, Bridgeport CT (5.9.15)
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Along Nantasket Beach, Nantasket (5.3.15)
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Great Egret Sighting, Worlds' End (5.3.15)
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Jumbo LIVES Again! Tufts University, May 2015
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AcornHead, Tufts University, May 2015
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A Donkey in Dover? April, 2015
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Wild Turkey roaming, April 2015
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A Horse in Dover, MA (4.26.15)
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Hiking in Dartmouth MA (4.18.15)
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Muscovy Duck Sighting Wellesley (4.11.15)
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Shot from the Vail Estate, Morristown NJ (4.4.150
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Atop Fort Nonsense, Morristown NJ (4.4.15)
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Graves of Revolutionary Soldiers, Morristown NJ (4.4.15)
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Jamaica Pond Boathouse (3.29.15)
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Great Blue Heron sighting @ Jamaica Pond (3.29.15)
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

05:42 PM EST [Link] Plymouth MA Daytrip II [comments: 0]
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Went to Plymouth for the afternoon..more later...

I think I might want to get this portable turntable. It would make testing records so much easier before they get the honor of being placed in the jukebox.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

04:13 PM EST [Link] Can't resist the Mums [comments: 0]
Went to Volante Farms this afternoon and couldn't resist getting some fall things. Couple of huge mums (went with some orange and red this time instead of the usual purple or yellow) and some smaller flowers (miniature petunias and nemesia [babycakes little banana]). I also got some small ornamental purple peppers for the sole reason that I like to look at them. Also picked up some produce there for tonight's dinner to cook up. Really fresh corn, lettuce, baby spinach and shallots, and watermelon. We are really big on the roasted corn salad these days. On the way there we noticed someone put a nice wooden table out on the curb, so we grabbed it. Remains to be seen what it'll end up being used for but I think eventually we'll find a place for it.

salad82915 (57k image)And here's the salad we made! Feta watermelon salad with corn, tomatoes and peppers from the garden, lettuce, chicken, and salmon, with tortilla strips on top! And a balsamic drizzle!

Will probably replace the little picket fences that separate the lawn from the flower garden in the front of the house with small stones. More natural, cheaper, and will survive winter better.

Some of the windows on the back deck have been installed. The doors need to be special ordered though due to dimensioning and whatnot. It's really important that we get exactly what we want for that, because I think it'll make a difference in the final experience.

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Our next ride, a red ferrari, seen outside the garden center. Not much room to put plants in though.

Friday, August 28, 2015

06:06 PM EST [Link] More Progress [comments: 0]
Afternoon Update:
Lots of work on the deck today. Floors are in, frames for two walls are in, glass panes have arrived and will be put in soon by the looks of it. The doors are on special order though. Looks like a lot of progress was made today. Sweet! And ideas for the patio are now starting to form. Hmmm!

I need to so some serious landscaping work this weekend, like, tomorrow. Maybe if I can get going early enough I can get it all done before late morning. I did mow the lawn today and did a bunch of weeding so far though, but the weed whacker battery needs to charge so I'll hit that tomorrow. Got a bunch of errands done today. Productive Friday!

Evening Update:
Unfortunately tonight I noticed the washing machine wasn't draining - seems like the drain pipe is clogged. I was able to drain it by starting and stopping it and using a bucket and dumping it out. Need to figure out how to unclog the PVC pipe in the back. I bet something is caught in the trap - I think that happened once before. Pain in the a**. Now I'm out back watching these little bats fly back and forth overhead, which is sort of cool and sort of weird, since I've never seen bats flying here before, and just a tad bit creepy. Most likely, it's the Little Brown Bat species.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

07:36 PM EST [Link] Rockin the Lollipop [comments: 0]
My phone finally updated itself to Android Lollipop. Been playing around with it. Not too different from the last version that I can see. My email does take a few seconds longer to load, but otherwise, seems pretty solid.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

03:59 PM EST [Link] Low Key Sunday [comments: 0]
Going to keep it low key today. Glad we got to do all we did yesterday because today the weather doesn't look as good, even though the weather people said Sunday would be the pick of the two days. Glad we didn't listen to them. If anybody did, they must be pissed.

Today is filled with grocery shopping, magazine reading, putting in some USB charging ports into the electrical outlets for convenience, trying to unclog a small sink upstairs, and getting prepped for next week. LD is going to be pretty busy as all the students start coming back, and I have a project that has to be totally completed and to the client by the end of the month, so I need to crank on that. I also have some ideas that I need to work out once the deck and patio are done regarding gardening and landscaping. The patio is the next stage after the deck, and we'd like to incorporate stone planters into it's design. I also have the idea of a "natural garden" along other surrounding areas to make best use of the space and to make the area more attractive in general, so this winter I've got a lot of reading and learning to do regarding the best choices.

We do have some fun things coming though, including a visit to NJ, having a guest and her kid over for the night in from out of town to see One Direction of all things, and of course, LD Appreciation Day 5.0.

Dinner tonight will also be low key, as we're cooking up some salmon, with a side of the roasted corn, romaine and spinach with baby tomatoes (which we grew ourselves) salad with out own vinaigrette that we are so experts at creating now.

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Buoys yesterday along a wall in Mystic

03:23 PM EST [Link] Mystic CT Daytrip [comments: 0]
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More info and pics later...
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Met LD's cousin for lunch who came in from Ohio and happened to be in Mystic CT. Her husband is into some Tarzan convention stuff but she's not interested in that so decided to meet for lunch instead. Ended up at a place we've been to before, the S&P Oyster House. The bar is on the 2nd floor so that's where we ended up, but at a table overlooking the river and facing the famous historic drawbridge. I'd have to say it was the best seat in the house. Very cool. I got a warm lobster roll, probably my last of the season since I'm lobstered out, especially from the Maine trip a couple weeks ago. Showed them (LD's cousin brought along her friend, a woman named Yoko from Japan whose husband was also at the convention) this photobook LD made for me, showing off some photos I'd taken and printed large, as a sort of portfolio of my work. They were impressed. Had some interesting conversations. On the way out we got a woman to take our picture together - come to find out she lives at Convent Station in Madison, NJ and works at Saint E's! Small world!

While there, took a side trip to Old Mystick Village. I bought a new welcome type mat but it has two cats on it that look like Angel and Oreo, except in pirate attire. Pretty cute, had to get it. Will probably put in the sun room deck when that gets completed. I also bought a stone elephant - not very practical and doesn't do anything, but I like to look at it. I was still hungry so I had a burger at the Mystic Diner, but that place won't win any awards.

12:26 PM EST [Link] The Kid Wasn't Done! [comments: 0]
Forgot to make mention of this last week. We were eating breakfast at this establishment that we like to go to. Apparently some kid went to the restroom and was taking a while, so his father goes in there to check on him. Then comes the screams, "I'm not done!" over and over by this kid, crying and screaming, and pretty darn loud. Eventually they just left, the child with tears down his eyes. I suspect the kid was wasting time in there for a while before actually doing what he was supposed to. But what if the kid really wasn't done?

Friday, August 21, 2015

10:52 AM EST [Link] Happy Updates! [comments: 0]
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Progress on back deck. This is going to be sick! The floors for both the inner and outside part are almost done!
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My Complete Garden flowers book finally arrived! Told ya it was huge! As I mentioned before I saw this book up at an inn in Maine we stayed at a couple weeks ago (has it been that long already!?! - shizznit!) Not bad for 5 bucks! Can't wait to dive into this thing and maybe get some ideas!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

08:19 PM EST [Link] and Now...Four! [comments: 0]
Looking in the fish tank tonight and what do I see? ANOTHER baby fish - smaller than the last 3 - must be another batch came out, although I've only seen the one so far. That makes four, I shall name it Bingo. So now there's Bingo, Ringo, Minion...

...and Ted. LOL!

Monday, August 17, 2015

08:51 PM EST [Link] Another Book Talk [comments: 0]
This is getting to be a habit. Although I had no intentions, and didn't even know about this particular talk until after work when I got a ping in my mailbox, I saw that the authors tonight at PSB were talking about Market Basket and all the stuff that's been happening over the last 2 years. Glad I went, it was very interesting and fascinating to learn how that company runs! I can see why everybody wanted to save it and would risk their livelihoods over it.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

09:26 PM EST [Link] Swing Time [comments: 0]
Hanging out and swinging with the older generations tonight. Was kinda cool seing some old couples get up and dance to the tunes they danced to of their generation when they were young. Plus, it's a great summer night tonight.
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10:52 AM EST [Link] Getting Kinky [comments: 0]
Took LD and myself to see the broadway show Kinky Boots finally, which is currently on tour in Boston at the gorgeous Boston Opera House. Somehow I was able to score some sweet seats in the Orchestra section that weren't yet sold, which is kinda amazing since I looked so late on a whim. The show itself was awesome and the dancing and costuming are amazing! Def. check it out if you can, it's great!
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We all deserve to live out loud!

Friday, August 14, 2015

06:11 PM EST [Link] Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm No. 676 [comments: 0]
Why is it that flies seem to have no problem flying into a door of the house that was opened for a second, but can't seem to fly out of the house the same way? Maddening. These are the things that I think about.

01:30 PM EST [Link] SoundtracktomyTeenagedLive [comments: 0]
Hey, look what I found digging through an old stak of CDs I had lying around and finally decided to look through!
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It's only the best movie ever made. Soundtrack to my younger years. Made me laugh so hard the first time I saw it. Instant classic. Eighties. I want my two dollars.
Looks like today the deck boys are staring to do some of the framing for the floorboards! Sweet - seems like things are moving apace!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

02:30 PM EST [Link] Building Foundations [comments: 0]
Pouring in the concrete today for the deck footings! Too bad I couldn't be there to see it happen today due to other commitments with work and such and a bunch of stuff I need to catch up on at Earth-1, but progress is progressing. I'll check it tomorrow. This thing is going to be SICK when it's done! Then the next step is the patio area but one step at a time! (Also thinking of transforming a big part of the back lawn into some kind of garden area - but that's a ways off and will require some critical thinking on our parts, though I have some ideas).

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

10:12 AM EST [Link] Back to the Grind Again [comments: 0]
Yesterday was a low key day but today things are starting to get back to normal - back in Massachusetts now. The excavator is here and the footings are being drilled for the new back deck and 3 season room, even as I type! Very exciting! It's amazing what they've dug up so far from the underground (a deflated tire??? - WTF??) Might hit a farmer's market this afternoon, the town over is having one - see what we can haul. Oh! One of my birthday gifts from LD was a portfolio book - basically a large coffee table sized book of some of the photos i've taken - as kind of examples of some of my work, and I have to say when they are printed large they are definitely worthy of displaying and probably selling. It would be cool to display my work like this all framed and stuff. I need to look into this more.

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Me, the pool shark (not really)

Happy World Elephant Day!

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What kind of bird is this? It landed in the backyard briefly but I can't seem to identify it? Does anybody know?? (Guess it's a brown headed cowbird - just never saw markings on the side like that with one of those before).

Back from the market - fresh corn, yellow plums, blueberries, some wax beans, salad bowl lettuce. Also something new - salmon and shrimp - never bought fish at a farmer's market before - that'll be tonight's entree! Ended up being pretty good, salmon with a side of shrimp and salad over rice. Also popped on a couple of tix to see Kinky Boots this Saturday night at the Boston Opera House - sort of a treat for LD since she treated me there back in February to see Motown. Plus, for some reason I've been wanting to see this play.

Monday, August 10, 2015

04:58 PM EST [Link] Beach Bums [comments: 0]
Went to the beach today after watching the sun rise over the bass rocks of Gloucester. I think I've decided I'm really not much of a beach goer, with all the people, the sand, the hassle, etc. I used to think I was more of a beach bum but now I'm thinking...not really. LD is more a beachy type person than I am.

Here's a pic from the KPT getaway of another Wedding Cake House. I think this one is more famous than the one we stayed in. It certainly looks a lot cooler.

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Watching the sun rise behind Thacher Island, home of the twin island lights (two identical lighthouses on either end of the island).

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Thought this was cool. A famous church where the Madonna cradles a ship facing the ocean, blessing the sailors a safe trip. Don't think I've ever seen the Madonna depicted in this way ever.

Off to see another carillon concert!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

04:06 PM EST [Link] A Night in Gloucester [comments: 0]
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The birthday celebration continues! Here's a pic from Stage Fort Park - usually our first stop when coming to this town. Staying in Gloucester tonight at a place that overlooks the bass rocks section of town. Took a nice dip in the new pool and huge hot tub with LD. Yesterday after coming back from Bufflehead Cove of KPT (which was so serene and peaceful) she made me a nice dessert and got me some presents which I really adore. Anyways, back to today - we are staying in the Wedding Cake House (last time we were here, maybe 4 or 5 years ago, we stayed in a different section of the property which was more motel-ish - this rooms is a suite and pretty sweet). Nice shot of the twin lighthouses from here. A shot I took from this location in July 2012. More later...(i.e. firepit, billiards, dinner, romance...)

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Just outside Gloucester harbor

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The firepit, some good stories with fellow travellers and warm hypnotic flames. Talked with a couple from New York (Manhattan), they seemed pretty cool.

LD is quite the pool shark, I lost again. Also, the other day the inn we were at two days ago in KPT had this awesome reference tome called The Complete Garden Flower Book: Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, Shrubs, Climbers. It was like 800 pages and chock full of photos and data. I had to have it, so I went looking online and folks on Amazon are selling it for like 5 bucks! Had to pop on one - I'm sure it was easily an almost 100 dollar book when it was new but apparently it's been out for quite a few years and may actually be out of print now.

Friday, August 7, 2015

08:15 AM EST [Link] Convergence [comments: 0]
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Good morning from KPT!

Also today, Book Burrow and the lady who said 'night night' to the bunny (a finger puppet) as she was wrapping it up (oooohhhkayyy), a drive through Old Orchard Beach (but didn't stick around), and a quiet afternoon/tonight's stay at the Bufflehead Cove Inn at a part of the property called the Hideaway. So different from where we stayed last night (out of the way, in the woods, quiet) but just as awesome if not more so. Their deck along the river is amazing and we are out back in out own little bungalow. Very romantic, peaceful, and tranquil. Every now and then a paddleboarder will come down the river, or these four ducks who seem to frequent this area will squawk on by waddling (not sure what kind they are but darned cute), but otherwise so peaceful. I've enjoyed just hanging out there on the adirondack chairs facing the river and vegging out.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

06:43 PM EST [Link] Captain's Room at the Boathouse [comments: 0]
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Here's the view from one(!) of the decks at the room we are staying in in Kennebunkport, Maine so far. Amazing room views! What a great birthday surprise by LD for me! I love that lady! This afternoon we swam at a pool at another one of the company's properties, a place called the Inn at Old Fort. That place is pretty nice too, very quiet and secluded. The Boathouse is right in the center of town which is also kind of nice in a different way. Parking here is pretty tight but it's kinda nice that they reserve a parking spot with your name on it. We'll probably grab dinner at some place around here but this afternoon we ate lobstah rolls in Kittery.

More later...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

10:35 AM EST [Link] Sunflower Popped [comments: 0]
sunflower1s (108k image)As you can see from this picture, the sunflower plants we obtained from the former landlady and transplanted have finally popped open. Now, I'm not a big fan of sunflowers actually, but these little ones look okay to me. It's the really big floppy ones that I don't seem to care for.

Been working from home the last two days. It has plusses and minuses but the huge plus is a zero commute time, that can't be beat! One minus is you have to stay focused but that's not a huge problem for me, plus there are some things that just work better in the office, like connections to plotters or attending meetings, but the stuff I have on my plate this week can pretty much all be done remotely, so it's kind of nice. After today I'll be on vacation for about a week anyway.

Last nite's dinner entree was low-key, in fact another version of a dish we made earlier in the week, the corn, arugula, etc salad. We find that making our own dressing is much tastier than any store bought brand. Threw in some chopped watermelon also, which gave it a cool summery feel.

Finally transplanted the Dahlia's late this afternoon from the pots they were living in on the side deck to the garden in front of the house. Hopefully they'll take and we can enjoy them next year. What can I say? Last year I was deep into birding, this year I've taken a deeper interest into gardening with flowers.

Tonight's cooking adventure - another rehash. Steaks with a side of broccoli, red peppers and rice. Maybe also use up the last of the mushroom pasta too.

Off to Maine tomorrow - kinda excited about it. Hoping to get some good pix but also just to relax and chill for a bit. Been going nonstop pretty much since early February.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

10:19 AM EST [Link] Mushrooms All Around [comments: 0]
Yesterday's cooking adventure was Summer Bean and Mushroom Pasta with Crispy Shallot Rings. The shallot rings basically became simple onion rings and the mushrooms consisted of three different kinds: Cremini, Shiitake, and Maitake. Basically just mixed in a pasta with some green and yellow wax beans. A pretty simple dish to prepare.

I'm not a big fan of mushrooms but this dish was actually pretty good!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

07:41 PM EST [Link] Chicken and Salad [comments: 0]
salad_8215 (77k image)Tonight's cooking exercise was Chicken Milanese with Summer Corn, Cherry Tomato, and Cucumber Salad. Here's a pic of the salad. I halved the tomatoes (supplemented with some from our garden), diced the cucumber, added the arugula, and threw in some basil (the recipe called for opal basil, but we didn't have any, so I used some thai basil instead) and some cooked corn kernels cut off from the cobs , and also made a light vinaigrette dressing by mixing some dijon mustard with some red wine vinegar. It was delicious! This one was a hit.

LD wasn't feeling too well last night and earlier so today I got a thermometer, the kind where you just put it to your temple and in 2 seconds you get a reading. Pretty rad technology - needed one to have on hand in the house anyway. LD is ok thankfully, just one of those pesky summer colds I think.

08:23 AM EST [Link] Getting Thai [comments: 0]
Yesterday's cooking adventure for me was some Cod & Miso Soba Noodles with Eggplant. I was never much into thai food but this dish actually wasn't too bad. I learned that I actually do like soba noodles now. As I was preparing the miso paste sauce I learned that I'm not a huge fan of ginger though.

I finished A Death in Belmont, a book about the Boston Strangler. Awesome read. Highly recommended. I've learned there's since been more information about the case since the book was written in 2006, and have been reading up on that as well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

08:18 PM EST [Link] The Three Fishy Amigos [comments: 0]
fishy3 (76k image)The 3 baby fish are doing just fine. I've noticed they've grown big enough now that they aren't scared to be in the middle of the water column of the tank now. I guess they feel confident now that they can venture out of the shadows and low lying areas, at least for a little bit, to grab some better shots at food. Their names are Minion, Ted, and Ringo, but I have no real way of telling them apart - they all look exactly the same. And they are pretty hard to photograph, but I tried! In this pic you can see the relative size of them now compared to the adults.

Nice to see one of the old maps I created for a client getting some publicity.

Monday, July 27, 2015

08:37 PM EST [Link] Pot Talk [comments: 0]
After a pretty busy day at work tonight, I then took a jaunt down to Porter Square to listen to another book talk, this one on marijuana. I was somewhat interested due to all the work I was involved in last year regarding it's medicinal properties. This talk was more about the science of it all, and a little bit of policy. Pretty good chat overall. Not a bad way to spend a Monday night for about an hour.

Also, my signed autographed copy of the book about Paterson NJ that I won in a contest arrived today! Lots of photos, and I'm sure the place is full of history, but I doubt I'll ever visit it!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

09:14 PM EST [Link] Sunday Dimensioning [comments: 0]
Spent the last two hours with a guy going over the dimensions for the new deck! Been a few years since I fired up and used CAD again but it felt kinda good to delve back into it a little bit. Plus it looks so professional now as opposed to a pencil drawing on a piece of paper. Hopefully, this will get things moving apace now.
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Also today, finished the mulching for the front of the house/garden area, did some grocery shopping, created a watermelon/cashew/feta/cherry tomato salad concoction, and did a bunch of little things around the house, and even getting ready for vacation coming soon. Looks to be in the great state of Maine. Can't wait, looks like it's going to be amazing!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

08:28 PM EST [Link] Sunset Park Respite [comments: 0]
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A shot I took while hanging down a place called Sunset Lake, taken during a respite of us doing all these garden maintenance / mulching today. I'd say we made excellent progress although we are hurting now feeling the burn. Went to Sky for a nice dinner tonight, I even ordered a Limoncello Cooler cocktail. Going to relax now in the tub, maybe do some reading/winding down, and crash.

Friday, July 24, 2015

07:07 PM EST [Link] Napkin Shortage? [comments: 0]
So I'm at a McDonald's for lunch today and the patron in front of me wanted some napkins, but noticed that there were not any were they usually are. He asked for some and the manager gave him a couple and he went off. The manager said they don't keep the napkins out where they used to be anymore. So where are they? Behind the counter. Later I heard the manager say to the employees that each customer is only supposed to get two napkins. What McDonald's limits napkin consumption?! The part that gets my mind thinking is why? Do people come by and take loads full of napkins? Is there a shortage of napkin supply? Is it an economic reason? Hmmm..the minutiae! Perhaps it was the minions!

Table got delivered today - next to jukebox - looks great, and finally have a place to put that Bread vinyl record bowl. Also got in touch with the deck guy, I have to CAD up a plan this weekend for the back deck now (dimensioning), something for the permit. Haven't touched CAD in ages - hopefully when I work with the dude it'll come back to me. LD car in the shop, let her take mine into Boston for the day, when she came back the front directional light was hanging out the side. WTF!? Granted it's not really her fault - it was kinda weird since the accident a few years back, but I'd never seen the whole casing hanging outside the front of the car before, hanging by the wires!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

04:55 PM EST [Link] A Better Look [comments: 0]
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A better look at the opening Stargazers this week!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

02:02 PM EST [Link] Mouthful [comments: 0]
sg2015 (74k image)Just got back from my walk out back, and I saw my pal the blue heron as I was approaching, take off from being hidden in the reeds with what looked like a fish hanging out of it's beak. If I'd gotten there a little earlier I might have been able to somehow capture the moment, but I was in a meeting with the company CEO who decided to visit the office today. Also, my fitbit band is starting to break apart - apparently a common problem with many users as I can read on the forums. I like the Flex, but I find it true that the strap band is totally on the dinky side. Well, at least I have another one over at Earth-2.

LD was kind enough to snap a pic of the satrgazers. Worth the wait I'd say! Took forever for them to open! And what seemed like forever for them to actually grow!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

07:02 AM EST [Link] Stargazing in the garden [comments: 0]
Something new in the garden! Looks like the stargazer lilies are starting to open up! I had planted the bulbs a long time ago and had forgotten they were there. Never had much luck in planting them before but these seem to have taken!
Here's a picture of a Red Admiral butterfly I saw on my walk this afternoon.

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Currently Reading (picked these up bargain priced tonight): 30-Second Psychology: The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Psychology Theories, Each Explained in Half a Minute edited by Christian Jarrett and A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm.

When one helps create a reading nook, one needs to read there!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

07:47 PM EST [Link] A Somewhat Typical Sunday [comments: 0]
Duxbury Beach visit AM - perfect beach day, not too hot by the ocean, pretty relaxing but there were a lot of folks there with the same idea.
Put together new bookshelf for reading nook - I knew it wouldn't be difficult to put it together so I got some tools and got to building it - had it all complete within the half hour. The area is really starting to look good now.
Bought new table for positioning next to jukebox. Had seen this the day before but didn't pop on it. Upon further reflection, I decided we needed it. It has some nice inlaid stonework on the top, it's a small side table that I think will complement the jukebox.
Watched reruns of the ridiculous Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars. This show is totally over the top and I doubt it would ever save a marraige but like a car wreck, I can't turn away. What does that say about me?
Cooked 2 dishes: Salmon Caesar Salad, and Chicken&Basil Fettuccine Pasta w/Mascarpone and plum tomatoes. Since we went out the night before, we needed to cook the two dishes so as not to waste anything. Good thing they were rather simple this time around.
Hanging new pictures around the house. Again, place is starting to shape up nicely. Becoming more homey.

07:58 AM EST [Link] Doubles Strike! [comments: 0]
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Had a great evening last night with K&K. Ended up at a place called Splitsville, which is a place that bills itself as luxury bowling lanes (10 pin) and inside the place is also a restaurant/bar called Howl at the Moon. Must be related somehow to the one in Boston. I got all dressed up for the occasion too! The food was surprisingly good, once you got past the fact that the cheese they use on nachos was cheeze whiz. However, the entrees actually were really good, and I even ended up purchasing a souvenir drinking vessel that's in the shape of a bowling pin that's about 12" tall and says Roll In and Rock Out over it. Although we didn't actually bowl (I prefer candlepin, and I wasn't sure it would be best for my back at this time), K&K did and it was really fun to watch them. They are really fun people to hang out with. I got to saying we should hang out more like that with peeps. I know it's hard with everyone wrapped up in the own things, including us, but every once in a while, I think it'd be nice. I'm have a list of things I'd like to check out and maybe we'll invite others if there's any interest!

Howl at the Moon was interesting, in that the musicians every so often switch instruments and they actually sounded really good. Definitely a younger crowd in there though - I'd say mostly young twenties. Toward the end of the night, looked at Gillette Stadium for a while and chatted, as more young people were getting carded going in, including one young woman wearing a bridal veil and holding what appeared to be a dildo bubble gun - since none of us realized there was a Revolution Soccer game going on that night, so we waited for the traffic getting out to disperse - it didn't actually take too long, but it did take a while to find a parking space originally. I suppose that's one of the problems having a marketplace/night scene like that right next to a major sporting arena.

Certainly a fun, entertaining evening out on "the town!" And on top of that, a couple more wins, as I was notified that I won a contest I entered, a signed copy of Marcia Dente's Paterson Through Time from the History Girl website of NJ, and I seem to have eradicated successfully the infestation on the rosebushes as all the leaves coming in look healthy and green again!

As for today, going to try to get some beach time in today this morning. Been jonesin.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

04:33 PM EST [Link] Hello Ladies? [comments: 0]
How come of lot of times when I'm with LD and we are in a checkout line at a store or supermarket, the clerk always greets with a "Hello Ladies?"

Uhmmm, I don't think I look like a woman! I have a beard for christsake! Very strange. What makes it really strange is this isn;t the first time it's happened - it's happened quite a few times!

No cooking exercise tonight as we're doing a double date thing. Possibly at a Splitsville/Howl at the Moon type thing?

Friday, July 17, 2015

03:51 PM EST [Link] Busy Friday [comments: 0]
Things are getting done around here today! Between my back starting the feel a little better, finally getting the reading nook chair delivered, to a visit to the doctor's office waiting for LD, and getting her car serviced for the usual maintenance, and getting some housewares stuff in Needham, and finally work on the back deck starting apace, things are getting done around here! Unfortunately it appears the deck is going to need more work than originally anticipated (but not a total surprise to us). At least when it's done it'll be rocking.

Dinner tonight that we cooked and prepared was sirloin steaks with mashed purple potatoes and summer vegetables sauteed in a cherry tomato and tarragon-butter sauce. I've never had purple potatoes before, I like them!

Tomorrow possible beach visit errands and whatnot and then a double date in the evening with another couple!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

07:53 PM EST [Link] Ouch! [comments: 0]
Don't know what the heck I did last night, but my back has been killing me all day - enough so that I've been hobbling around and now I'm laying in bed trying to stay still because it kinda hurts to move. It does get this way every once in a great while, guess this is a time - hopefully be better tomorrow. Feel like I'm in traction or something. Think I'll just turn in early, doing crosswords, and watching old Law&Order reruns.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

08:22 PM EST [Link] Quick Study [comments: 0]
Spent this evening listening to the author of Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, tonight at a local bookstore. Very entertaining, insightful, and empathetic speaker/writer and thoroughly enjoyable discussing his new book, Love May Fail, which Sony has already picked up the rights for. He talked about his years as a High School teacher and the process of creativity and how it has influenced his work and life, and the joys but also the trials of publishing one's work. Check him out if you get a chance, you'll love him!

09:36 AM EST [Link] U2 noshows [comments: 0]
There was a line outside the Burren in Davis Square last night, where U2 was supposed to be doing a little show on their night off tonight. As of 10:00 p.m., there were no sign of them.At 11:45 p.m. The band itself tweeted: "Hope you're enjoying the Guinness @burrenmusic in Somerville, but don't fall for tall stories about a certain band from Dublin showing up..."


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