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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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Cape 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!


Approaching Infinity, Scituate, MA (6.4.16)


Visiting Cohasset (6.4.16)


Approaching Minot Light off Cohasset coast (5.29.16)




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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

01:27 PM EST [Link] Juke It Up! [comments: 0]
Happy National Jukebox Day! It's easy for us to celebrate, because we actually have a real one!

Monday, November 19, 2018

01:47 PM EST [Link] Throwback to Nicer Days [comments: 0]
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Rockport, MA sunrise back in September 2018. Might make this one available as a print.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

02:59 PM EST [Link] Goodbye Sean [comments: 0]
Today I cut up Sean Connery the Pumpkin, as he was starting to rot. However, we saved some of his seeds and hopefully, if we are lucky, his progeny will live up to his greatness. Best time to plant the seeds are in late May so we will store them someplace dry until the time comes.

I finished that book I mentioned a few days ago. I highly recommend it - it had me sobbing by the end. For some reason I've felt very emotional this weekend, something that doesn't usually happen to me in that way. (sarcasm) I heard Mercury is in retrograde, that must be why.

Oh! LD found some wacko channel that actually plays old "Cold Case" reruns. Great show!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

09:30 AM EST [Link] How's This for Home Decor? [comments: 0]
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New additions to the jukebox in rotation (the records we got in NH are pristine -sweet!) are Journey's "I'll Be Alright Without You", Prince's "Kiss", and Guns n' Roses "Sweet Child Of Mine." Out of rotation this round are the Doors, and two Buddy Holly singles.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

09:17 AM EST [Link] Ax Throwing and New Read [comments: 0]
There's a bar opening up in town soon where you can throw axes. We're thinking of going someday. Anybody in? Heh! Could be a good stress reliever.

Next up on my reading list (It's been a while): The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, a tale translated from the Japanese. I read a review of the book in Time magazine waiting in a doctor's office and it sounded pretty good, so I'm going to give it a shot.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

05:20 PM EST [Link] Baby Goat Yoga II [comments: 0]

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Baby Goat Yoga is the best! Click for a higher resolution version.

Afterwards we had breakfast at a place about 1/2 away, got some new records for the juke at an Antique store where we'd had good luck in the past, and hit Wegman's for some groceries.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

08:24 PM EST [Link] Freddie [comments: 0]
Went, out of spontaneity, the see Bohemian Rhapsody - the story of Freddie Mercury, with our couple friends this afternoon. Movie gets two thumbs up from me!

Got to get up early tomorrow for a special trip!


09:16 AM EST [Link] A Night Out [comments: 0]
Headed into town last night to catch up with some of LD's friends from her High School days and who have two kids looking at colleges now. I had a really fun time, but the kids are so talented! The son wants to go into theatre and the daughter is this amazing artist as they were kind enough to show us some of their work. Truly impressive! I wish them all the best of luck! Think we ended up being there for 3 hours or so! (which was a slight bummer since our validated parking ticket didn't cover that long a time - missed it by 2 minutes!) so had to pay the full price. But it was worth it, the food was excellent, the talk interesting, and as the garage was connected to the restaurant we didn't have to get soaked in the torrential downpours last night! It was all a spur of the moment kind of thing, we're glad we met up!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

08:33 AM EST [Link] Powderhouse Square [comments: 0]
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Powderhouse Square, Somerville, in autumn. I grew up in this neighborhood right down the street. I can remember climbing over those rocks in the foreground on the way back from CCD.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

01:36 PM EST [Link] Superlines [comments: 0]
If you liked Mr. Line from a week or so ago (I finally did beat the regular levels - the challenge ones I could never solve), you might like Superlines which is similar and made by the sme folks! Good brain teasers!

08:33 AM EST [Link] October 2018 Highlights [comments: 0]
Just some highlights of some things/places I can remember. We do so many things and visit so many places in a month I can't possibly list them all, but here are some that left an impression on me and make me happy:

Long Valley NJ picking pumpkins and gourds/ Chester NJ
Venom movie with Mike (after the aborted free screening downtown)
Trip through Johnny Appleseed country (after Alpaca Yoga)
Sanctuary visits (found a new diner Kelly's Place)
Apple Grader visit at the the Big Apple Farm / Purple Rooster visit
Red Sox World Series winners/celebration
Sean Connery the Pumpkin (under vicious attack by squirrels but standing strong!)
Little Library visits
Hooksett (impressive rest area!) / Laconia (Lake Winnipesaukee) / Center Harbor / Gilford (breakfast @ the local airstrip) NH overnight
Funspot arcade plays / dinner from Hart's Turkey Farm
Halloween candy give outs
Halloween House Party 2018 with homemade treats and dancing to the juke w/ friends!


Monday, November 5, 2018

01:44 PM EST [Link] Gabrielle the Llama [comments: 0]
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Oh, you know, just a Llama resting by a riverbed. No big deal.


09:08 AM EST [Link] Daylight Savings Time Ends [comments: 0]
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Autumn Scene along a river

Kept waking up a bunch of times this morning before I really had to. Body has to get used to the new time settings I guess. Spent a bit of yesterday at the sanctuary as it was such a nice day and the animals seemed to be really affectionate.

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Spinach the Cat looks out.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

04:09 PM EST [Link] Halloween House Party 2018 [comments: 0]
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2-Headed Skeleton Man, Mac and Cheese Pepper Pumpkins, and Rat Loafs

Good time last night at our Halloween House party. Above you can see some of the items that we spent all day making. Not shown are the Spider Peanut Butter cookies and the Mummy-wrapped meatballs. Below is one of the drinks that were being made of which I had quite a few and made getting up this morning a bit difficult.

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One of the drinks provided, Zombie Screwdriver

Also jammed and danced all night with the Jukebox! Most play we think it ever got! Glad to say the party was a smashing success, and I think our guests were thoroughly impressed!


Friday, November 2, 2018

02:07 PM EST [Link] Productive Friday Morning [comments: 0]
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Motif No.1 Approaching Sunset, Rockport MA

Getting things around here today and it feels good, all before the early afternoon. Got a much-needed haircut, got some gas for my car, replaced the screens in the door with the glass panes for winterizing, pulled some dead plants (mostly the wild tomatoes and whatever was in the raised beds), did grocery shopping for tomorrow's festivities, went to the pet store to stock on some supplies, did some work/emails, finished a load of laundry, watched an episode of one of my favorite shows on the DVR, ate lunch at BK, checked up on some other items for LD, and it's not even 2:30 yet! Awesome sauce!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

09:45 AM EST [Link] Handing out Treats for Halloween [comments: 2]
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Not to many kids this time, but some of the cool costumes I saw were this kid dressed up as a dinosaur which was so big on him he could hardly walk, a female Deadpool, an Angel, the Moon with stars, and a parent dressed up as a nun. Very diverse group this year actually. We thought we might not have enough candy but it turns out that we did. I actually ended up eating some of it over the course of the night and then felt a little ill after, and that never happens. Then of course I woke up late this morning to get into work, but I eventually did make it in. Bunch of meeting today too -- blah. Not feeling it.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

06:34 PM EST [Link] Back in Bizness [comments: 0]
I actually was able to find a WiFi router I liked and installed tonight and I'm back to printing pictures wirelessly! It took me a little while to figure out why I couldn't get it working and wired up properly until I realized it's a Modem/Router combo instead of just a router like I had last time. Once I figured that out the rest was super easy. Other than that, busy working and getting psyched for the weekend - planning on having our couple friends over for some Halloween snacks and libations.

Red Sox parade tomorrow! I had planned on attending but my schedule doesn't really line up for it. Oh well, definitely going to the Celtics one if they win.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

04:40 PM EST [Link] Down the Lake [comments: 0]
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Things I forgot to mention: There was snow up in NH while we were there which made getting around a little treacherous but we managed. Eventually it turned to rain but travelling home in it still sucked. Kudos to LD for persevering. After getting home we also watched the Sox take game 4. Nice comeback in that one although generally baseball is just too long. Full on food prep mode for the week right now.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

06:31 PM EST [Link] New Hampshire Overnight [comments: 0]
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Chief Chocorua, Meredith NH

We got an invite the stay Friday night over in the Lake Winnipesaukee area up in New Hampshire so we took them up on it. nhtopo18 (62k image)Headed up Friday and came home late this afternoon. On the way up we stopped at this rest stop in Hooksett where I noticed this pretty cool huge topographic map of the state that was done in the 40s under FDR and then forgotten in storage for decades. Which they then restored and have on display - it's pretty impressive in person.

Last night we had a nice dinner at a place called Canoe, and then today, even though the weather was horrible, spent some time getting breakfast by the Gilford airport (great little place called Kitchen Cravings) and then wrapped it up with some arcade game playing at Funspot - the largest arcade in the world by their admission, they have every game ever made there just about. I played Ladybug, Zookeeper, Mr. Do, Venture, and some pinball - all my old favorites.

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Racking up a high score on Mr.&Mrs. Pacman Pinball

At the end got some turkey dinner's from Hart's Turkey Farm, which has great meals involving, you guessed it, turkey. New Hampshire, in general though, is a little strange.

Driving around I noticed this pretty cool statue of an Indian out on the lake. Naturally, I had to learn more about it.


Friday, October 26, 2018

11:27 AM EST [Link] Cabin the the Woods [comments: 0]
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Visiting friends up in NH for the weekend. Updates when I get back!


Thursday, October 25, 2018

01:08 PM EST [Link] Gametime - Mr. Line [comments: 0]
Pretty good little puzzle game - Mister Line. I currently appear to be stuck on Level 59.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

08:39 AM EST [Link] Autumn Breezes [comments: 0]
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Full fall effect here now. Watched the Sox last night win Game 1 - that was pretty sweet. Ordered a new wifi router - hopeful to set that up sometime next week. Also, I did not end up a billionaire.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10:27 AM EST [Link] LayingLow [comments: 0]
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Been spending the last couple of days trying to get over a cold. Thankfully feeling better now - basically just needed to lay low for a bit.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

09:22 AM EST [Link] Good Mystery Book [comments: 0]
Just finished reading Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which I found in a Little Library last week. Have to say it was really good - I had never read any of her stuff before. Easy read - read it in less than a day, also it pretty much grips you to want to follow through to the end. It's considered to be the best book of hers ever.

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Had a pretty good time last night. The movie was OK and all. Sony couldn't really follow the actual storyline since Disney owns most of the Marvel properties now, so they had to change things around a bit. Seemed to me to end up being much like a Godzilla type movie in the end. Afterwards however, I was able to bring home a big pumpkin that our friends grew and nicknamed Sean Connery. Why the name? It's a long story from the last time they visited us. Kind of an inside joke that others wouldn't understand.


Friday, October 19, 2018

10:07 AM EST [Link] Chicken? [comments: 0]
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Woke up this morning to the next door neighbor's kid screaming about something, don't know what exactly as I was too sleepy to actually raise my head to look out the window and see. Thankfully it was over in a couple of seconds, whatever it was. The project that they are making that I couldn't figure out what the hell it was at first is beginning to take the shape of some sort of patio with possibly a trellis overhang type of design. Not sure how great that'll be since I never saw them use any cement or mortar for anything. Just sand?

Going to see Venom tonight with a pal. Boyz night out. I also need to play some Mega Millions tickets just because and run to CVS to pick up some stuff for the Ladydoc.

Red Sox are going to the World Series again!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

08:17 AM EST [Link] Starting to get chilly [comments: 0]
Still riding my bike into work these days whenever I can like yesterday and today, although the mornings are starting to get a bit rough. Also, the bike is slowly getting worse and worse as the gear shift is pretty much toast and at one point started to skip every second. Still, I'm just too lazy and don't feel like putting it in the shop just yet.

Spent last night watching the Celtics season opener and boy was I impressed. If they can all stay healthy this might just be the year! (Hopefully). Was nice to see Hayward also getting back into it after that horrendous injury last year.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

08:21 AM EST [Link] Wireless Woes [comments: 0]
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Heron sighting, 10/14/18 - Foxboro, Ma

Well, it seems my wireless router finally crapped the bed. Everything seems to still work except for the fact that it doesn't send out wireless signals anymore. It is pretty old, probably is time for a new one. I'll try wiring it up tonight sometime if I have some time, but I'm probably just going to by a newer/better one soon. Worse case scenario I can always just use my cell as a mobile hotspot. It's my wireless printer that I use to print my photos on that I mostly use it for nowadays.

Update: I was able to connect to the net using a wired connection but the wireless isn't working for anything. SSID and Channel look fine. Guess it really did crap the bed. Weird how only that part would fail.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

09:07 PM EST [Link] October Sights [comments: 0]
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Started the day off with a sanctuary vist , think I was able to get some pretty good shots of some of the animals this time, afterwards did a little driving around to try to get some fall looking shots, and came across a place called the Big Apple to get some more apples. Cool thing about this place was that they actually had an apple conveyor belt thing (The Apple Grader) that you could watch to see how they sort all the apples after picking them all in the fields. Pretty big operation. We also had lunch at a place called the Purple Rooster which is this eclectic cafe that has vegan, vegetarian and gf options of everything. Also stopped along the road someplace for some shots and then out of the brush came a flying blue heron which was pretty cool. The rest of the day was basically just getting ready for the week doing food prep, mowing the lawn, reading the paper, etc.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

08:44 AM EST [Link] Splash of Color / Lobster Martinis [comments: 0]
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I was watching this show on cable and the host visited this place in Salem Mass that serves, get this, a lobster martini. I'm thinking I'm going to need to plan a trip up there soon (although October is probably the real busy season there - witches and all) but I really want to try this out sometime. It showed this martini with this big lobster claw attached to the side - needless to say it looked rather different and yet cool.

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I finally got around the replacing the lightbulbs in the front of house outside - I had noticed they weren't lighting anymore - just needed the bulbs replaced - looks good now! Felt there should be light there on the front steps since the kiddos trick or treating will be appearing no doubt in a few weeks.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10:56 AM EST [Link] Penny Pincher [comments: 0]
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Taken 9/22/18 in Kennebunk, Maine

I must admit, whenever I'm at some place I try to get a penny memento so I can have a little memory of it. Somehow or other I came across a website that list where all these machines actually are. Pretty cool!

PennyCollector. Here's a listing of all the ones in Massachusetts which sadly, I haven't been to many apparently! The last time I did this was a few weeks ago in Johnny Appleseed Country just before Alpaca Yoga! Heh!

I think I'm going to make a list of one's I'll need to get to and increase my paltry collection! Actually most of the ones I have are from other states.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

10:40 AM EST [Link] All the Fall Things [comments: 0]
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Got some exciting fall trips to New Hampshire planned. Details to follow as it happens! Looking forward to them! Planted another butterfly bush in the back - hope it takes.

September 2018 recap highlights: Hosted BBQ, Schooner Festival Gloucester, Newport RI visit, Tree guys, new washer&dryer installation, Winslow visit, Rockport overnight stay, Cliff House Maine overnight stay, GLX Meeting #2, name printed in Chinese on display, and finally doing yoga with Alpacas.


Monday, October 8, 2018

05:03 PM EST [Link] Meet the Gourdons! [comments: 0]
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Meet Gourdon who I picked in a Jersey pumpkin patch on Saturday, and Lil' Gourdon, an almost exact lookalike but smaller, who was found at a Trader Joe's in Foxboro this afternoon! I had to get them together. Made an awesome apple sauce using the Instant Pot this afternoon with a bunch of apples we've gotten over in Appleseed Country and Jersey over the weekend. Really simple recipe and the Pot is really suited to this type of meal preparation. Two thumbs up, try it!


Sunday, October 7, 2018

06:57 PM EST [Link] Pumpkins in the Mist [comments: 0]
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Long Valley, NJ 10/6/18

Back from a 24 hour jaunt through Jersey. Here's a shot of the pumpkin patch that we go to yearly to get some pumpkins off the vine. Actually, I got a gourd, whom I have named Gourdon. Also, if you're in the area I'm going to plug a deli called The Great Wazu - great sandwiches there that never disappoints.

Also, new book I just got to read: Hidden History of Boston by Dina Vargo. Looks really good - the stories you never hear about.


Friday, October 5, 2018

02:05 PM EST [Link] Light and Shadow [comments: 0]
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One of the late summer stragglers still blooming in the back yard.


09:52 AM EST [Link] Let's Go Rowing on Fort Point [comments: 0]
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Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

08:25 AM EST [Link] Wasn't Meant to Be [comments: 0]
I hopped on the train to work yesterday since in the early evening I'd be meeting up with LD to use the pre-screening Venom passes. However, what we didn't realize is that they overbook these things and it's first come first served and your entire group has to be ready to go in together. Not normally a problem except that LD really couldn't leave her job until later and by that time they had been letting folks in since a little after 6, so even if we could get there seating probably wouldn't be ideal. It looked like all college kids were there and the place (actually the whole city) smelled of skunkweed (what's up with that, why does it smell like skunk, and how is that attractive to anyone? - just being in the vicinity of it gives me a headache), so we said screw it and maybe try to catch it some other time. We ended up having dinner at the S&S in Cambridge afterwards. It was worth a try though, LD ended up giving the passes to some kid who could go earlier than us - hopefully he got in!

Been a busy week for me, lots of meetings, plus for some reason my shoulder has been absolutely killing me. It was kinda messed up to begin with and then I must have slept on it wrong. The joys of growing older.


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