Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday pics - end of summer

I am always surprised by how quickly summer passes. Always. One minute it's summer, the next fall is rolling in. I can see it in the leaves changing their colors, the way the green is faded, and the back to school signs.  Pretty soon it will be pumpkinfest again and this year I hope to NOT be a slacker and get some pics. For today it's a mish-mash of everything I've noticed lately.

 This house is on my way to work. It was empty for a while, then someone started working on it. Fixed up the yard, and totally gutted the inside. I know this because at one point the entire front of the house was open.
They also built this little addition - a mudroom I presume.
This awesome sunflower is growing in the gravel driveway at the pawn shop where I work.
These adorn the front entrance.
Along with these cleomes (Aren't they pretty?!)
and these whatever they are
 Inside the shop, these two retro lamps which are kinda neat

And a little more progress made on the house (I don't know why I find this interesting but I do)
What's left of the wildflowers in our yard
A spiky black-eyed-susan
These pine cones are everywhere in the woods just beyond the house. I can hear them dropping through the branches from the porch.
Coming out of the woods. If you look you can see all those green pine cones hanging from the upper branches of the evergreens.
I believe this is Queen Anne's Lace before it pops
Chickens!
 And yes, we do have the lone rooster. He's rather handsome, no?
Plants on the porch, some of which will have to come inside soon
And a succulent

My week in pictures!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday Pics - Penny Lake

On Sundays I usually go walking with my son. Last weekend we went to Penny Lake Preserve in Boothbay. We parked across the street being unsure of its exact location but quickly found it behind the Carousel Music Theatre.

and so entered the preserve...

Nicely groomed path as you can see.

And then there was a field, which was probably much more colorful a few weeks ago

It was here on this little bridge crossing a marsh that my son's girlfriend and I waited for him to catch up. He was looking for birds. When  he did arrive at the bridge he startled a bird that couldn't have been more than a few feet from us.
courtesy of http://www.animalspot.net/american-bittern.html
Yeah, I didn't get that picture but that's who flew up and away before any of could snap a pic. We walked on through some of this
before coming to this mowed path
which led to my spotting the purple tree in the distance
and discovering the end of a development (disappointing, I was hoping for something more interesting). On the way back I found these

Most weren't ripe but I did find a few to eat as did my dog, Jonah. He loves blackberries. Also saw these pretty little pink flowers. No idea what they are...

and this stunner, also no clue

 We walked back via a different path and I saw this Mountain Ash, which some 5th graders planted.


Love the bright red.

In other news I'm working on something new which I hope will turn into a real WIP. I'm about 75% sure it will. Also read another book that I loved called The First Fifteen Lives of Henry August which I will talk about at the end of the month for the Cephalopod Coffeehouse.

Now. What have you been doing?

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse - The Lies of Locke Lamora

Welcome to another edition of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, brought to you by The Armchair Squid. The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.  Please join us:

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This month I'm going to talk about a book I mentioned before as being in the unfinished category for much too long: The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch.


  The problem was not with the writing or the characters or the plot. The problem was that the author had drawn me in so well and made me care so much about the main character, Locke Lamora, and his Gentlemen Bastards (translated, fellow thieves), that I was afraid for him and them because I had reached a point where I knew something terrible was going to happen. Things had been going far too well for Locke (if one can say such a thing about an orphan who is saved from death by a thief pretending to be a priest), and I happen to know that there is often a direct correlation between how well things are going to how bad they're going to get.

So. I had to stop reading for a bit. But after writing about the fact that the book remained unfinished I decided to pick it up again. And there I was, back in Camorr (a place drawn exquisitely, I might add) with Locke, who's about to pull off a very sweet and massive heist. I so wanted Locke and his mates to get what they were after.

I'm not going to tell you whether they do or don't or anything else except that I really loved this book and Locke, who's such a clever little bastard and yet so likeable. No mean trick.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes fantasy or just a good heist story.





Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Pics - The Pawn Shop

As you might expect, the pawn shop where I work is always changing. Stuff comes in...stuff goes out. Recently, we acquired this photo of the Statue of Liberty while she was being built in France, which is pretty cool.

And this...I'm not sure what to call her except that supposedly her name is Zelda.

This boat is pretty neat, but hard to clean, as I can attest to having been given the task of dusting her out.

One of my favorite things to do is to arrange things as illustrated by this display...

I especially like what I did with the top shelf.

But by far the best thing that's come into the shop lately has been this guy

His name is Skippy and he's a chug (chihuahua/pug) and the cutest damn thing ever. This is him with his bunny...






As you can imagine, work has been very difficult lately.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Pics - Tea Party

Because I forgot never got around to this on Saturday...

Here are pics of a tea party my sister and my niece had in the woods next to our house. As you can see, quite a bit of time and effort was put into this little party of two...






My sister and niece are the other two people who live in the house with me. A long time ago, my niece was just a tiny little person, my sister had these killer sunglasses, and I was nine years younger.





 My how time flies.