Thursday, August 31, 2006

Fall is in the air!!!

I wondered what these weird nests were in my trees and then the local paper, (Bangor Daily News), gave me the answer.

Hairy caterpillars are appearing along Maine roads and in forests in significant numbers this year. They are known as fall webworms who construct unsightly silken nests in the branches of trees. Although unsightly, the insects aren't considered a threat to the health of the tree. It's turning out to be a busy year for fall webworms.

In other tree news: this is a picture of what I refer to as "The Jerry Tree." My parents planted a birch tree the year Jerry was born on the shores of Silver Lake. My Jerry birch tree is about the same size as the one at Silver Lake when she was about 30ish. I bet the Jerry birch tree at Silver Lake is alot bigger now. N0 offense Jerry.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Blogger help!

I learned from Angelo that you never blog about your place of employment. You can get fired for that stuff. I am frustrated because I can't reset my time of post. I posted tonight at 7:06 and my blog post time is 3:30. I could not have possibly left work at 4:30: drove home, walked and feed the dog, started laundry, blogged the "walk about" with Annie, and started dinner, by 3:30. I believe my one of my co-workers and my supervisor may occasionally read my ramblings. Help?!?

Walk Abouts with Annie.

Most evenings Annie and I go on a "walk about" around the farm just to shake the day. Well, that and she has to poop. If you say to her, "wanna go on a walk about," she wiggles almost as much as if you say, "wanna treat." Tonight we were home alone, not that there is anything wrong with that, and these are some pics of our walk about.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Virginia Creeper

Yo Dad, this is the Virginia Creeper from Lee, Me. It's growing great, but when does it blossom? Here are some pics of other plants growing in my yard.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Sunday, Sunday, so good to me!

Ann T. M., Ann T. M
I have a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Big exciting Friday night!

I picked tomatoes and am doing laundry. Oh the
adventures in vacationland!!!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Beer and roses.

Last year at Emily's college graduation Uncle Frank, Uncle Neil, and Aunt Susan snuck outside for a break. Somehow Frank and I ended up discussing our rose gardens. The conversation went something like this:
Frank: You know the best way to get roses to grow is to give them a beer once in awhile.
Me: No kiddin Frank, does it matter what kind of beer I give them?
Frank: Well, I wouldn't give them Heiniken or Corona because they will get used to it and want it all the time.
Frank, Neil, and I giggled like school children. I guess you had to be there. I gave my roses Milwaukee's Best this year, left over from a fishing trip, and they never looked better.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Master of all trades!

Amongst our closest circle of friends, Matt is known for his fishing and culinary skills. He is referred to as the "master baiter" when fishing. He will bait your hook with live bait, worms, an endless variety of flies, and untangle your line when needed. He is also known for his baked beans, and therefore referred to as "master bean maker. " Today our neighbor, who is a serious christian of the baptist kind, (not that there is anything wrong with that), brought us some baked beans. Myself, fresh out of the pool and with some spiced rum under my belt, thanked her for the beans, it being Saturday and all. However, I think when thanking her for the beans I might have said, "Matt will love these he is a master baiter," and I meant to say "master bean maker." Oops. I love him for both. Today he was a master mower.

That's my girl

Annie got a new soccor ball which she frequently trips over when trying to carry it in her mouth. She is not exactly poetry in motion.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Consider the turtle and other recent reads.

I just finished "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger. A very funny book and a great pool/beach read. I have started to re-read "Waldon" by Henry David Thoreau. Which I have not read since college under the gun of a test the next day. I liked him then and I like him even better now. He has a no nonsense approach to everything in life. Here is one of my favorite excerpts:

Consider the turtle. Perchance you have worried, despaired of the world, meditated the end of life, and things seem rushing to destruction; but nature has steadily and serenely advanced with the turtle's pace. The young turtle spends its infancy within its shell. It gets experience and learns the way of the world through that wall. While it rests warily on the edge of its hole, rash schemes are undertaken by men and fail. French empires rise or fall, but the turtle is developed only so fast. What's a summer? Time for a turtle's egg to hatch. So is the turtle developed, fitted to endure, for he outlives twenty French dynasties. One turtle knows several Napoleons.
They have no worries, have no cares, yet has not the great world existed for them as much as for you.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Pool Side

There's nothing like a refreshing swim after intense bocce competition!

Sometimes I let Matt use my lounge chair.

The Annual Penobscot Area Bocce Tournament

The winning team, "The Mighty Dolphons"
Linda, bocce official
The 2nd Annual Penobscot County Area Bocce competion in Hampden, ME. Butch and I were on the unified team that received a second place ribbon.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


10,500 gallons of water was delivered to our house today.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

It's the hottest day of the year.

The pool going to be finished by noon. Today they put the liner in and fill her up. These are pictures of yesterdays progress.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A Vacation Paradise

The brochure to our new pools reads, "come home to a vacation paradise." Since our paradise was still being built today, I made other vacation plans. I stayed on the couch until noon, ate left over potato salad and barbequed chicken for breakfast and watched "The Color Purple" for the 82nd time. If you have not watched this movie in the past year, you need to. My favorite line in the movie is when Shug Avery states, "it must piss God off when someone walks through a field of purple and doesn't appreciate it." Then I had "Chips Ahoy" for lunch. Life is good.


My sister is not at: they paved paraside, she is at www.

The whole Fam Damily!

Is now blogging! My sister is in Florida at , my Mom and Dad in South Carolina at and for a quick trip to Saipan visit Emily and Angelo at . I want to add these links to my blog but become easily distracted when trying to do so. Am waiting for a family member and fellow blogger to tell me how it is done?

Pool progress