Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Don't be a turkey!
Monday, January 28, 2013
I think we've all lost important stuff we wished we had back. Mine would be a bag of silver dollars that I collected as a kid. From time to time, my grandfather would flip me one. I carried them in a tan, suede pouch that my aunt had sent to me when she was teaching at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It had a Southwest Indian motif on it, and I was so happy when I finally found a beneficial use for it, holding those special coins. There were about eight of them, and they just made a special, melodious clinking tone when I let them fall from one hand to the other. When we moved in high school, for some reason, I found an old loose floorboard in a third floor bathroom crawlspace and secured the coins there. I'd bring them out from time to time to check them out, but when we moved, I do believe I left them behind, sequestered away. Maybe in 200 years or so some kid will find them, and they'll be worth a lot of 'coin'. Until then, I'll just keep kicking myself.
Now, there is another possibility that involves a now deceased college best friend, who came to visit just after graduation. That possibility I don't even want to conjure up.
For me, the mystery of these missing coins lingers.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
And yes, even Elenka got branded too. She was Doris, because as he told me one afternoon waiting for the bus, "Cripes (no, he didn't use this word), you're gonna marry Doris Day someday!"
*Yes, he was invited to our wedding, but true to the mysterious gent, never showed.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Well, our 4-6 inches of snow predicted for this morning is nowhere in sight. Last evening as I headed out to the Jetport to pick up Elenka, I saw about 47 flakes straggling down. That was about it, I guess. It was on the radar last night, so at least I know those that make these prognostications are not completely crazy. This morning on my iPhone: nothing, nada, zilch, scratch, zero! We get a lot of different weather up here, and it can change quickly. What do they say about it? "Don't like the weather in Maine? Wait a minute." I guess it's true, so I'll cut them some slack this morning. We're going to be getting an Arctic freeze this week. Coldest temperatures so far, and MORE 'snow' is headed our way at the end of the week. Maybe being a snowbird and heading to warmer climes these frigid months is something to think about a little further.
Monday, January 21, 2013
It made ALL the difference!
So, no dog for me, but I have great dreams!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
All that remains is the sign, calling out a plaintiff plea, signifying nothing.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Dog Man... RIP.
Dog Girl... mush on!
Friday, January 18, 2013
By the way, did you like how I worked HK into this piece this morning?
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Ah... who am I kidding?!
I'll probably spend it vacuuming!
So let it snow!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
And by the way, I think he'll take good care of both of these books.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Upper Congress Street near the top of the Hill can be quite picturesque in winter. A couple of winters ago, we took a walk in a light snow one Saturday morning. I remember the morning, because I took a photograph of a bike stranded in a snowbank nearby. As a matter of fact, we took lots of pictures of a recent snowfall. Here is a little insight into what Elenka is working on at the moment. I enjoy watching her progress through a painting. These days, her French easel is set up in the kitchen near the woodstove and her computer usually has some recent movie, a favorite soap opera or Downton Abbey playing as she paints. You see, it's true, I'm not the only entertainment in her life.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Here we are in Deering Oaks again. This is another view of the stone bridge that was my first blog entry four years ago. I took a walk in the light snow last Sunday morning. I was alone in the entire park, just me and gently falling snow. It reminded me of late night walks and runs between Woodfords and Morrills Corners. Although we had moved to Coyle Street, I still had friends in the old neighborhood who I kept in touch with. It was a long trip in the cold night, but I liked it. I was forever timing myself, from point to point. I guess it was the only time in my life that I truly enjoyed running. Just running against myself. Ah... that reminds me, when I wanted anything in the house on Stevens, I just asked my little sister Joanne to go fetch it for me. I told her that I'd time her. It always worked. When she returned with my book, slippers, banana, I'd just shout out some obscure number. "40 seconds! Good job!" It always worked. They say life is all about timing: good and bad. For me, timing always got me what I wanted, either home on a cold January night fast or that tasty banana. Was I a bad brother? Sometimes, I wonder.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
I do this from time to time and wonder...
Some people live in the strangest of places. I've always thought these lofts above Exchange Street would be oh, so comfortable and offer such interesting views on the world going on below. I bet they are kind of small but with interesting nooks and crannies all about. Probably warm too. All that hot air, from lawyers' offices below, rises to the fourth floor, you know. I'm probably just dreamin'. At twilight, these inhabitants probably just stare off to the west and wonder what living in a nearly 200 year old farmhouse is all about. My nephew lives in a condo across the Hudson from NYC. He watches the city light up each night. I bet it gets passe after awhile though. Some people move a lot. Is it because they are never satisfied and just can't find that comfortable existence? Might it be the nomad spirit of adventure within? Others settle and don't move at all. What's that all about anyway. I guess it all comes down to finding your place, making it yours in your own unique way and enjoying the days as they go by. Live life! Don't cower!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Oh, I'll pay for that last comment.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Walking in an early morning snow, you can come across a surprise or two. Until Sunday morning, I don't think I had ever seen a car accident take place live. I've always come across them after the fact, when it seems everyone is 'rubber-necking' for a closer look. Whether on the highway or in the city, it slows traffic to a crawl and often the those traveling by are more upset by the lost time then the occupants of the cars worried about damage incurred. Sunday, I happened to be approaching Franklin Street Arterial and looking straight ahead, when I saw the Cooper run the stop sign. The driver had to be preoccupied with something, because they were the only vehicles in the vicinity. The sound of the impact wasn't too loud, but both cars suffered major damage and seemed to me undriveable. By the time I got to the intersection, one driver was out and about on her cell, and the other was moving around inside his car. Another walker nearby was already calling 911 to report the collision, so I kept walking. I don't think the light snow falling was a contributing factor at all. Just another case of driver inattention, I guess.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
*By the way, this ice tortoise looks to have suffered some sort of dental fatigue over the weekend. Me, I had a strange Friday afternoon, suffering a freak accident. I strained or sprained my left wrist lifting weights at the gym with my personal trainer. Believe it? No? Well, would you believed I was attempting to unscrew a thermos bottle top? Never felt a thing until 2 AM Saturday, when I awoke in agony with the feeling that my wrist had been run over by an 18 wheeler. It's not a lot better right now. Typing this has been no easy task. A little sympathy might be in order. Ha!
Monday, January 7, 2013
The masses have asked. I have responded. Here is our lantern lit last night. As you can see, the sun and warmth of the day took the frosty appearance away. Here, it shimmers in twilight. As it got darker, it became even more dynamic, but to tell you the truth, I think I prefer the frosty look of yesterday. Don't get me wrong, these days I'll take warmth over cold anytime, but I just like the aspect and feel of the previous image. Stay warm.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
In fact, I do believe the Press Herald's big headline that July day was BIRDMAN LIVES!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
'Sakes, it's only weather.'
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
1. Gain 20 pounds!
2. Smoke a pack of Camels a day!
3. Fire my personal trainer!
4. Get myself into more stressful situations!
5. Get in debt!
6. Drive myself to drink!
7. Leave my desk just the way it is!
8. Eat more fried foods!
9. Spend all my money!
10. Barricade myself in my fortress. See no one!
Can I keep them all? Stay tuned!