Monday, April 30, 2012

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I ran across the funniest thing today -
memes of Ryan Gosling getting in touch with his feminine side.
Thought I would share so my talented artistic friends can read
and dream along with me. :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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It's been a couple of weeks since I saw the geese on our pond and I had assumed their nest had failed
for some reason and they had moved on, so I was thrilled to see them again today swimming about near
our bench. The odd thing, though, is there were three adults. It's always been just a couple, so I'm not
sure what this means.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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I've had a cough for three months now.
It's go time.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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I own an Apple product.
I'm a full-fledged member of the 21st century.
Finally. :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Two days in a row of not taking a picture.
*sigh*

However, I took one on Friday at the
Osborn Finch Wilderness Sanctuary which I didn't post on Friday,
so up it goes today.
It's the Medomak River, which runs through the preserve.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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video

Today's post isn't a photograph; in fact, you can't see anything at all on the video since I filmed it tonight.
But the sound of a hundred spring peepers is worth more than all the photographs I'll take this year.

Be sure to get rid of the music so you can hear the peeps!
First, scroll down to the music player at the bottom of this screen
Then click on the very large button on the left with the two vertical dashes
Then come back up here to the video and click on the triangle at the bottom left

Friday, April 20, 2012

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Letterboxing at the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary

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The only thing worse than my photography skills are my cooking skills,
especially when it comes to experimentation.
My attempts at throwing things together have never been very successful...
until tonight!
This dish was actually not half bad. :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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This is the best picture I took today.
Actually, it's the only picture I took today.
Actually, I took it five minutes ago.
Which begs the question -
is a post with a bad picture better than no post at all?

It's a rhetorical question, of course. :)

And the sunset was as awesome as this picture is bad!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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My dad's hobby is bargain hunting.
There aren't too many bargains that can equal candy sales one day after the holiday.
So we get to celebrate holidays twice around here -
once for real, and the second time around a couple of weeks later,
courtesy of Grandpa.

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Another lovely gift from our friends in Paraguay!
Though the best gift would be to see their smiling faces.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Our first paddle of the year, searching for signs of spring.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

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Abstract art at the Atlantic.

Friday, April 13, 2012

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That's my son, the one in the middle.
He's a class act, all the way. :)















Speaking of class,
I taught a science class with our homeschool group today.
Jed was enjoying being the class clown,
trying to fake me out on one of the experiments.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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I'm doing some science experiments for our homeschool group tomorrow.
I'd rather be teaching grammar, but so far no one's asked me to do so. :D

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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We went to the coast today and saw these unusual birds swimming about in Penobscot Bay. I'm not sure what they are, but my best guess at this point is some type of merganser, either a common or a hooded. The hooded seem to have more of a crest, and the common don't seem to have as much of a crest as these do, so perhaps they're something totally different. Any ideas?




Here's a better shot of their crests.
click on the pic for a close-up

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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I feel a little guilty uploading pics I take of my computer screen.

I mean, Project 365 is supposed to be about taking a photograph every single day for a year, the combination of which will tell your life story. For that year at least.

But trust me when I tell you nothing I did today compares in the least to what I saw 86 year old Johanna Quaas doing on my computer screen today.

Monday, April 09, 2012

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I was so excited to see this beautiful bird hopping about in our forsythia bushes this morning. I was even more excited to find that I was correct in identifying it as a grackle. We've been glued to the binoculars most of the day, watching a pair of grackles and a bluejay finding shelter from the rain.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

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Nothing says "Happy Easter" quite like carnivorous plants. :)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

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I love Maine, but I had to admit to myself today that spring is a sad business in this part of the country. The overnight temps are still near freezing, and when the days are cloudy the daytime temps aren't much better. I like cold weather, but I like it a lot better when there's some snow to go with it. :)

Friday, April 06, 2012

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a little change of focus is a good thing

Thursday, April 05, 2012

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Over the years my internet surfing has slowly eroded the time I used to spend reading actual books. I determined to change that habit this year by reading at least one book a month. I'm ahead of schedule, having just completed my fifth book of the year. As pleased as I am with the progress of a worthwhile goal, I'm even more pleased to have rediscovered the pure pleasure that is a good book.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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I put off getting out the Easter eggs as long as I could.
Today was the day.
For the next month I'll be picking up eggs ad nauseam.
That is, when I'm not hiding them or looking for them. :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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We've been studying the eye recently in health. This is a topic near to my heart, since I have poor vision without corrective lenses. I've always thought being blind would be absolutely terrible, but it's been encouraging to learn all the things that are possible even without sight. For instance, we've been practicing with Braille, and today Jed was able to read a short message. What a huge blessing that must be to someone unable to read the written word!

PS - for the college basketball fans out there, you're not going to believe this - Jed filled out a bracket this year and picked Kentucky to win the championship! Too bad we didn't have money riding on that. :D

Monday, April 02, 2012

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It's hard to know how to say "thank you" to friends
who send this kind of gorgeousness in the mail
to your little boy!

Thanks, Lnd Crzr - we can't wait to get started on
this new adventure!

You, my friend, are an artistic genius!

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Jed's April Fool's joke:

opening up a normal looking piece of gum....









...still somewhat normal looking, except the color is a little dark and the edges are a little crooked...









...then when you turn it over and see it is a colored piece of paperboard, he yells, "April Fool's!" like it's the best joke in the world.



Priceless. :)