Friday, February 27, 2015

It has been forever





                           Old Bridge Street Bridge on the Middleboro/Lakeville town line.
                                                  I took this photo on New Year's Day.


Hello my friends, can you believe it? I'm actually writing a post on my blog. I know it has been a many, many months since I last posted. I don't know if anyone checks my blog anymore as so much time has gone by.
As time went by, I just didn't know where the heck to start up again. Guess I should have started in January to start off the new year. Anyway, that didn't happen. I haven't created any art in a very long time.

My mom remains in the nursing home with advanced Alzheimer's. Sad to say in the past couple of months she know longer knows my name or my brothers. At times mom will start to say something and then silence as she can't finish the sentence she started. Most of the time mom just sits and stares with a blank look on her face and doesn't make eye contact. So heartbreaking to watch.

My dad has now been gone for 8 months, and that just doesn't seem possible. At times, I catch myself going to pick up the phone to tell him something or see if he wants to go for a ride.
I am still doing everything for my 90 year old Aunt.

Below is a photo of a bracelet my son, Tommy gave me for Christmas. I cried when he told me about the beads. The beads were made from the red roses that were at my dad's funeral. There is a woman who makes jewelry from rose petals. Tommy had a white snowflake Christmas ornament made for himself  , a tie tack for his brotherand a heart necklace with a bead for his daughter, my oldest granddaughter, Katie. What thoughtful and touching gifts. I was blown away and it is so very special to me. This is the company that made the beads
angel rose beads




So...
I guess the only thing to do is just start. I I will get started.

Belated Happy New Years!!! I hope you all had a great January. I am going start my catch up.

On New Year's Eve day Tom and I  picked up my Aunt and we went to see my Mom at the nursing home. We celebrated with mom and the other residents at their New Years Eve party. We had a nice day.


Celebrating with my 91 year old mom


My 90 year old aunt Gert, my Dad's youngest sister


Tom and I having a champagne toast to the New Year 2015                                              

In January I took my sons Tommy and Steven and their families to Disney World.  9 of us in all. We had a great flight and everyone was so excited to go. We left early in the morning from  T.F. Green airport Warwick/Providence, RI. Unfortunately,  My husband has a bad back and couldn't do the walking so he stayed home and filled my bird feeders and took care of all of the cats..indoors and out.

We didn't need to rent a car as we stayed at the Disney Caribbean Resort and with our package we had transportation to and from the airport and all the parks. We went to all of the 4 Disney parks.        ( Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom)  I had never been to Animal Kingdom before, and I really enjoyed our day there.

Florida weather in January is always iffy...The morning we left home the wind was howling and the temperature was zero. Brrrr!!! So we were glad to be heading to Florida. We were in Florida from the 8th-13th and had temps in the 60's. It was windy , some warm days in the 70's, we had 2 rain showers but all in all the weather wasn't bad. Better than the freezing temperatures at home. It was the first time going to Disney for my youngest granddaughters, Sammi 20 months and Bella 4 1/2 . Both were so good the whole time especially during the flights and the long days in the parks.

                             We enjoyed many live shows, fireworks, the rides. I went on all of the roller                                                     coaster rides with Katie, my oldest, granddaughter.

                                  Bella, Sammi kissing Pooh and Paul. The kids loved the charecter                                                                              dinners as did the adults.

                                          
Katie and I love the Tower of Terror

Rocking Roller Coaster
Love the Mickey waffles. We had the food plan as it was easier and we enjoyed all of the restuarants that we ate in.

Katie, Sammi and Bella

nightly fireworks

Epcot


Tommy and Kelley. 
                                         
Steven, Sammi, Bella and Robin

Me and Pooh


Jake and Katie

Me and Katie



Sammi and Bella taking a break


Katie all excited on the bus ride from the resort to the Magic Kingdom


The only bad thing while in Disney my right foot turned black and blue, swollen as did my leg which also broke out into a rash. The leg swelled up and was very sore. I hobbled around the whole vacation and at night elevated my foot and leg. It didn't help much. When I got back home I went to see the doctor. Had xrays and ultrasound to rule out a blood clot. No clot, but they found a Baker's cyst in the back of the knee. 


I took a bazillion photos on our Disney trip, and these were just a few.



On January 20th,, Tom and I also celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. We didn't do anything special because of the weather and we were going to be leaving for Florida in a couple of weeks.

January was a cold month and we didn't get snow until the end of the month. I spend a lot of time in Plymouth visiting with my mom at the nursing home. I love taking photos and birding. Both are  such a great stress reliever for me and being outside in the fresh air getting excercise from all he walking is a good thing. I usually go bird watching after every visit with my mom. 

My son, Tommy made me this large, covered bird feeder before Christmas.
The covered feeder replaced the old one that had fallen apart that my Uncle Rei had made for me many years ago. The birds love the heated bird bath on my back deck. During one of the January snowstorms I counted 27 different species of birds at my feeders.


Brown Creeper..such a quick little bird that doesn't stay still very often so it is hard to get a good photo

Pine Warbler.. I had never had this bird in the yard before

red bellied woodpecker

The bird photos below were taken in Plymouth

                                                                coot..look at it's large feet

hooded mergansers

juvenile black crowned night heron

wood duck


I thought this old piece of farm equipment that I came across while out taking photos. I thought it was pretty neat

spent a lot of time in Manomet on the cold and windy cliff at low tide watching the numerous 
                                                              harbor seals sunning on the rocks

peek a boo

Well, that is about does it for January. Next time I will do a catch up of February.
Elaine

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It must be fall

                         ripe cranberries on the bog waiting to be harvested

I don't know where our summer went. Summer just seems a blur since my Dad passed away in July, but here we are and the leaves are now turning color and falling from the trees, the nights temperatures have turned nippy, pumpkins and scarecrows are everywhere.

My last ruby throated hummingbird left sometime Monday to start on it's migration. I am already missing these feisty little birds.

                                                                                             
                                           juvenile male just starting to get red on it's throat

it was almost dusk so the lighting wasn't the best the wings feathers look blue but true color is black. Ruby Throated hummingbird captured with it's tongue out


Last Saturday, September 20,2014 was the Alzheimer's Walk in Plymouth, MA (02360) and it was a gorgeous, sunny, warm fall day. The walk starts on the waterfront near the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. This the 2nd year that I participated in the walk. My cousin, Cheryl, sister in law, Terry, daughter in law, Robin and niece, Julie and I walked for our team -Love of family and friends. My grandmother died from Alzheimer's and my mother has advanced Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is such a devastating disease. It isn't to late to still make a donation to sponsor me. http://www.alz.org/   If you make a donation thank you so very, very much.


front..Terry, back row left to right Cheryl, Me, Robin, Julie
   Before the walk with the Mayflower boat in the background


  We went to visit my mother in the nursing home after we walked and brought her                   2 of the Promise Garden Flowers that we had personalized..



With fall comes the start of our cranberry harvest and this year it just seems so strange that my Dad isn't here with all of us.
my son Steven, ME, son Tommy and my Dad

The video below is one I took yesterday at one of our cranberry bogs. The bog is flooded for a wet harvest, and the machines with big reels knock the berries off of the vines and then the berries float to the surface where they are corralled, and then with a suction tube takes the berries off the bog into a truck where the berries are then brought to the Ocean Spray plant.
                                                        

click on the link below to view more cranberry photos on my picture trail site cranberry photos

Elaine

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Milk Glass finds

I especially love the hens on a nest 2 piece candy dishes

Westmoreland Patriotic Milk Glass Plate

Do you like milk glass? I happen to love milk glass and have collected it since I got married in the late 60's. I know many think it's old fashioned, but not to me. Anyway, for quite sometime time now I have been going to Salvation Army, Savers, thrift, yard sales, flea markets looking for inexpensive pieces of milk glass. On my most wanted list to find is a pedestal cake plate.  

Several times a week I stop at a Savers store to see if any new milk glass pieces have come in. Most visits I find 1 or 2 pieces that are very reasonably priced.

Here are a some other pieces that I have found this summer. I have more but haven't taken the pieces of the boxes yet.
                                                   







large drink pitcher
candlesticks and cream pitcher
another grape design vase

basket  weave large vase


                           Below are some pieces that I bought earlier this year and I still haven't unpacked a lot more.

plates
  

night light base


















What do you collect? Has your collection gotten out of hand, as you can see mine has. :-)  How do you display the pieces in your collection/collections?
                                                                     Elaine