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Gloucester Cruise (Easter, 2017) - Stacy Blvd. Shot
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Baby Bunny we called Cottonball, Norwood MA (backyard - Jun 18, 2017)
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Gloucester Boating (weird sky), Spring 2017
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Gloucester Cruise (Easter, 2017)
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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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Surf City, 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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Sunday, July 23, 2017

09:11 PM EST [Link] Sanctuary Sunday [comments: 0]
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"Dinner is better when we are eating together."

Spent a little bit of time at the Sanctuary on this beautiful afternoon.

10:00 AM EST [Link] Beach Day! [comments: 0]
Yesterday we finally got a chance to hang out at Duxbury Beach for the afternoon and soak up some waves and rays. It was great! For dinner we decided to hot some new place in Plymouth in the Manomet part of town (not near the harbor) that I saw on tv called 42 degrees North. The food there was amazing - highly recommend. I got the lobster ravioli at they were awesome tasting but every dish we saw come out of the kitchen looked spectacular.

Needless to say, it was quite a wonderful day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

09:49 AM EST [Link] Seal Sightings! [comments: 0]
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Monomoy Island, Chatham, MA

Thursday, July 20, 2017

10:27 AM EST [Link] No Way! [comments: 1]
Boston Fox 25 featured one of my Boston shots on their Instagram page and might be shown on their news broadcast! Cool!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10:25 AM EST [Link] Remembering First Encounter Beach [comments: 0]
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Here's a shot from the archives from a Cape stay this time last year. First Encounter Beach in Eastham, Mass. So called because in 1620 the Pilgrims and Native americans first met. It wasn't a happy meeting. The natives had previously had some bad experiences with Europeans. The Pilgrims who arrived on the ship "Mayflower" stole some corn and robbed some graves. At First Encounter Beach, the natives responded to the newcomers by firing a few arrows into their camp. The Pilgrims decided to move on to Plymouth...

I really like the way this shot came out but what you can't see is that as I was waiting for the right moment to take the shot, I was getting eaten alive by mosquitos. Still, looking back now, it was totally worth it!

08:29 AM EST [Link] Hot Dogs and Jukeboxes [comments: 1]
Today is National Hot Dog Day. Have at them! I actually rather enjoy a good hot dog from the grill on a summer day. Something about it just screams Summertime to me.

Who has the best jukebox in Cambridge? No one really. Call us old school but it makes me glad to say we have one of our own!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

09:43 AM EST [Link] More Plantings [comments: 0]
Hey, Spiderman was pretty good. Although it seems like the character gets younger and younger in every movie. I had a really good time with our newfound friends! Also, brought home a bunch of plants yesterday to do some more planting around the yard, some Balloon Flowers, purple Gomphrena, some red Pentas, Yarrow, Zinnia, Marigolds, and star gazer lilies (for some reason our usual supply did not appear this year.)
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

09:07 AM EST [Link] Change of Plans [comments: 0]
Latest M&M date was supposed to do a Paint-nite tonight but got cancelled - will have to us the voucher for another time. Kind of a bummer, have been looking forward to trying out one of those things for a while -
and also maybe the Plant-Nite events. Instead we're going to see dinner and a movie (most likely the new Spidey).

Some cool things coming up though: Going to see Fast Times at Ridgemont High on the big screen, speaking of movies, to celebrate its 35th anniversary! Possibly plan on seeing Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare in the Park Boston Common, and seeing a Sox game, among some other things.

Taking my mom into the hospital her colonoscopy appt on Monday - wish us luck!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

08:04 AM EST [Link] Cellar Flooding [comments: 0]
Update: It was so bad in some areas of town that this guy got around in a canoe!

Got some torrential rainfall last nite in Somerville for about a half hour or so and so the cellar flooded a bit. Luckily the sump pump was working perfectly and drained it all by and hour and a half later.

Could have been worse, but it's still such a pain when it does happen, although thankfully rarely.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

07:54 AM EST [Link] Improving My Mental Health [comments: 0]
Every day you rearrange atoms and electrons into hope, love, fear and desire, without even trying. Stop looking outside yourself for magic.
Jon Gomm

I haven't been watching much news these days - maybe just a couple of local stories now and again, a newspaper on Sundays, definitely no political stuff - my mental health is so much better for it I find.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

08:17 PM EST [Link] BBQ and Paintng [comments: 0]
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Grilling like a pro, scallop kabobs with zucchini, corn, and pepper. After the BBQ we painted Angel in acrylic to help to honor and remember her.

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Neither this bunny nor I are looking forward to going back to the grind tomorrow. Seen in backyard while grilling late this afternoon.

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10:25 AM EST [Link] Bagging Trees [comments: 0]
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Spent the early morning today bagging up the cut tree limbs that I worked on yesterday. Took me about an hour and half to finally clear it all. Being from the city, I never really had any chances to do things like this, I find it somewhat enjoyable working with nature and all, although it really is work. Planning on finishing mulching the front later this afternoon, and then that will be all done. Sucks to go back to the grind tomorrow. Feels like I've been away forever.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

04:52 PM EST [Link] Scituate Harbor Daytrip and Stroll [comments: 0]
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Let's go kayaking!

Spent the early afternoon taking a daytrip down to Scituate for lunch and to catch some breezy air down by the harbor. Later on, came upon some conservation land and explored some trails there.

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09:24 AM EST [Link] Axe-man Cometh [comments: 0]
I finally got a hold of a chainsaw and went to town this morning cutting down the huge tree limbs that fell in the back yard over the last couple of months. Had it for a while but needed to run into Home Depot to get a proper extension cord to plug into the thing. (It's an electric one - small but perfect for this type of work). Now I just need to tie/bag them branches up and get them out of here. I must say I was a little scared handling the thing since I'd never run one before but it's pretty easy once you get going and don't do anything stupid.

Oh, here's a pic of some Mr. Potato Heads from last weekend.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

05:37 PM EST [Link] Angel's Home [comments: 0]
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Asiatic Lilies in the patio garden.

Picked up Angel's remains in Northborough this afternoon. While there we met a friendly Maine Coon Cat named Vinny who drools. Anyway, Angel's home now.

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Is this heart shaped hydrangea in the front garden area of the house a message from Angel? We'd like to think that it is.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

09:43 PM EST [Link] A Very Animal Centric Week So Far [comments: 0]
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Zebra at the zoo

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This giraffe has cataracts but still is getting it done.

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Peddling around the lake in a swan boat - very fun!

Spent the majority of yesterday afternoon at the Sanctuary, and then after that over at our friend's house who hosted an amazing barbeque. LD finally actually got a goat to stand on her head - no lie. You'll need to ask her to see those pictures though. Place was amazing though. Not everything was ideal though, in the evening tried out the hotel pool but it was disgustingly warm, the water felt like 108 degrees, so didn't stay long there. Also missed out on firework but NBD, by this point we're pretty much running on fumes.

The last bit of this mini trip was to hang for the day in Mystic Connecticut at the aquarium and then part ways. LD and I went on a little jaun afterwards in getting some lobsters down in Noank. Cute little part of Groton near the shore, pretty much residential, but all the streets are very tight - almost villagey if that's a word.

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Cichlid Heaven.

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Waiting for lobster rolls in Noank, CT. A nice tiny little area but a traffic nightmare. Very coastal New England!

09:03 PM EST [Link] Feeding Giraffes [comments: 0]
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Monday, July 3, 2017

07:05 AM EST [Link] Feeding Giraffes [comments: 0]
We went down to RI today for a meetup with some fam and LD and I ended up getting to feed a giraffe - pretty cool. Actually really amazing animals up close - almost alien like, and they have these really cool eyelashes. Anyway, as the creature was eating the leaves out of my hand it's tongue licked on me - quite a slimy feeling. Pics forthcoming. I also tagged along and did a paddle boat ride inside a swan boat down on Polo Lake inside Roger Williams Park. I would highly recommended this experience, although maybe on a bit of a cooler day. Late in the afternoon we all came back to base and played the various games in the mancave/basement (foosball, air hockey, arcade pacman), rocked to some jukebox tunes, and I even grilled some grub up for everyone. I'm becoming quite the grill-master apparently. Today we're planning to see some sanctuary animals before heading over to a friend's who was kind enough to see her baby goats and get some pool time, then in the evening, perhaps some fireworks.

Yeah, we are dog-assed tired, but it's good for us at this time.

Friday, June 30, 2017

02:22 PM EST [Link] Angel Marie [comments: 2]
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R.I.P. Angel.
Thank you for being my friend and touching my life so deeply. I was blessed to know you. Our hearts are broken but thankful for all the love you've given us.
2000 (?) - June 30, 2017. #foreverinourhearts

Thursday, June 29, 2017

10:56 AM EST [Link] Fire Lily Blooms 2017 [comments: 0]
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The fire lilies out front have finally started to pop!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

04:50 PM EST [Link] Guts [comments: 0]
Next up on the reading list: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ. This will be book #11 for the year thus far.

Prayers for Angel - she hasn't been feeling too well lately. Been pretty trying on us the last few days....

Monday, June 26, 2017

07:25 AM EST [Link] Green Thumbs Paying Off [comments: 0]
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Greenthumb goodness just off the patio. Things are starting to come together!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

05:06 PM EST [Link] Strawberry Delight [comments: 0]
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We made Homemade Strawberry Dessert Cannoli's since we were having company over today and I grilled some stuff for a BBQ (partly in the rain, but thankfully that ended pretty soon and it was smooth sailing afterward) - cored strawberries filled with ricotta cheese and milk chocolate chips. Yum!

Currently Reading: Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered. That's book #10 so far this year. It's also way more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

08:31 AM EST [Link] Goat Yoga Soon [comments: 3]
Yes, in August, we will be participating in the latest craze, goat yoga. Stay tuned, should be an interesting fun time!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

04:55 PM EST [Link] Celebrity Sighting? [comments: 0]
We pulled up next to Ernie Boch Jr. in a convertible at a red light today coming back from the Home Depot/Stop & Shop.

Small world.

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Saw this baby bunny in the grass while grilling this afternoon. Also finally finished mulching the back area. Now to do the front next weekend! (LD is adamant about it!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

09:58 AM EST [Link] The Acrobatic Chipmunk [comments: 0]
We saw a very strange and annoying yet somewhat cute sight this morning while looking out the back yard picture window. We have a strawberry plant that is producing quite nicely but it's hung up on a planter hanging by a hook type setup. Lo and behold, a chipmunk had somehow gone up the stairs and took a flying leap into the container and was gorging himself on the ripened strawberries thus far - a veritable fruit buffet of such delights that I don't think a creature could ever be so happy as that chipmunk. We purposely did this and placed the setup as so as to make it difficult for this to happen. We tried to get a picture of the crime but the little bugger would hide underneath the canopy of strawberry leaves. And then, without missing a step, it fell right out of the pot (looked upside down to me) and into the waiting arms of the buffeting hosta leaves, and then was gone, no doubt to relish in the spoils of its labor. It was kinda cute though seeing the head pop out from under the leaves, and did I see a smile on its lips?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

02:55 PM EST [Link] Swan Boat Lovin' [comments: 0]
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One from the archives.

08:23 AM EST [Link] Me 1 - Microbursts 0 [comments: 0]
Luckily I was able to get home by bike yesterday before the microbursts hit. Nice and dry, although the city is littered with tree limbs and branches everywhere. Good thing the whole thing only lasted a few minutes!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

11:31 AM EST [Link] Steaks on Fire [comments: 0]
Spending the weekend in Jersey and went to a function in Clark at a place called Bistro 1051. Doesn't look like much from the outside but the food ended up being incredible. The high light is the Steak on a Stone where they light the steak on fire in front of you as they serve it. Great presentation!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

10:01 AM EST [Link] Free Pizza Tastes GOOD [comments: 0]
So Yesterday I had the pizzas I won delivered and they were quite delicious! ( I calculated that to buy would probably come out to around spending 50 bucks! - Upper Crust is on the expensive side IMO) One new one that I never had before was a white pizza with BBQ sauce on it and it was actually very tasty!

Anyways, it's nice to win some free stuff again.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

04:42 PM EST [Link] Updates [comments: 0]
Lets see. Bunch of yard work, mowing, neatening, mulching the new area - almost done, saw some goats yesterday for a bit, going to see Wonder Woman tomorrow with LD and M&M. I asked the ladies to dress up as WW but was shot down. Hey guys, at least I tried.

Finally heard back from the car donation - 500 bucks value, actually a little more than I thought it would get, so that's good - that money will go straight to the kids and I'll get a little tax break.

Currently reading, book #9 on the list for the year: Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels by Laura Everett. I'm not going to give up my car seeing as I just bought one, but I like cycling around too. Best of both worlds as they say. I also ordered a back pillow and a headphone stand.

Lately I've been watching a channel that we discovered a while ago, Reelz, and more specifically a program called Autopsy. Basically the station is like iD except dealing with celebrities.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

09:37 AM EST [Link] Finally, Umbrella [comments: 0]
Remember back in 2015 when I was jonesin' for a new umbrella? Well, today I finally ordered one. A 62" behemoth with double ribbing so any wind won't ruin it and waterproof layers so the water will bead off it. I know you were all dying to know - hopefully when it arrives I will find that it was a good purchase and may give it a recommendation and review. We've had so many gray days lately.

Oh, and for the record, that pasta strainer I got a while back works awesome!

Also I learned later today that I won a catered event from Upper Crust Pizzeria, I remember dropping in my business card months ago - guess I finally got picked, so free lunch on me sometime next week at work! Whoop!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

08:35 AM EST [Link] Bike Commuting Count [comments: 0]
Thought it would be interesting to see how many times I've commuting by bicycle thus far (at least since I was keeping track but I earnestly did begin doing this in spring of last year). Below are the results:

2016: May - 5; June - 12; July - 6; Aug - 8; Sept - 10; Oct - 11; Nov - 7; Dec - 0; 2017: Jan - 0; Feb - 3 (!); Mar - 5; Apr - 7; May - 12.

These are counted as round trips.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

01:43 PM EST [Link] More Egrets [comments: 0]
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Here's some more egrets taken from last weekend.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

06:17 PM EST [Link] Gloucester Day Trip 2017 [comments: 0]
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

06:47 PM EST [Link] Garden Daze [comments: 0]
Planted a bunch of Speedwell and Ivy in an area of the back yard that seems a bit spartan today. Hopefully they will take and provide a lot of ground cover. Everything in the raised boxes are doing well, as well as all the container gardening and various flowers out front. Place is looking sweet!

Picked up LD's new car yesterday, dealing with those things takes all day it seems. Glad we are both done with that stuff now.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

01:14 PM EST [Link] In Case You Wondering [comments: 0]
Because I have, now we have the answer! How Did That Star Market End Up Over The Massachusetts Turnpike?

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...


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