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July 30, 2014

Cape Cod Days

Filed under: 66 Days of Summer — Karma @ 10:13 am
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For days 38, 39, and 40 of summer, my girls and I visited my mom on Cape Cod. We were hoping the weather forecast would improve, but it remained overcast with occasional showers until the day we needed to come home. But we made our own fun.

We started on Sunday with a lunch that definitely doesn’t fit into my fitness plans, lol:
Dog House lunch
That’s a split dog with bacon and cheese from the The Dog House in Dennisport.

I spotted some beautiful lilies across the street while we ate our lunch.
lilies 2

lilies 1

Visits to the Christmas Tree Shops are always a part of our trips to the Cape. Sarah has a tradition of finding the silliest hats she can while we are there and trying them on.
Christmas Tree shops hat

Another hat

Of course we never miss a visit to the candy store either!
Candy sand sculpture

The Yarmouth Sand Sculptures were back again this year, although they did not seem as expansive as I’ve seen in the past.
sand sculpture 2

sand sculpture 1

We found a unique window box at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans, where we stopped for afternoon treats.
Funky window box

An afternoon walk along a small boardwalk at Grey’s Beach in Yarmouth turned up a personalized board that I had to take a photo of –
boardwalk boardWe
I hope Daphne does not take offense!

A little visitor stopped by at my mother’s house when we had returned from our day’s adventures.
bunny face

bunny & hydrangea

In an attempt to enjoy a little warm, sunny beach time before we had to head home, we enjoyed a treat from Dunkin Donuts Tuesday morning.
Dunkin at the beach

I’m very appreciative of this time I got to spend with my family. Excellent treats, excellent times!

June 30, 2014

Weekend Fun for 8, 9, &10

Summer days 8, 9, and 10 were spent on our annual group camping trip. If you are curious about this tradition of ours, you can read a couple different posts I’ve done about it using this link.

We returned to Shawme Crowell State Forest on Cape Cod for this year’s trip. We arrived on Friday afternoon with relatively few traffic hassles, which is always a nice bonus.
Bourne Bridge

We set up our tent in the sunshine and enjoyed a beautiful, rain-free weekend.
Sleeping spot

At the campsite

A short exploration of one of many trails in the state park started our day on Saturday.
walk in the forest

That was followed with lunch at a local seafood place and an afternoon at the beach by the canal.
Beach by the canal

boats in the canal

Cape Cod Canal

My group of forever-friends posed for a shot by the canal (that’s me on the far right):
Our crew

It was a beautiful, relaxing weekend spent with great people.

Our dogs even came home from the doggie-spa (kennel) fresh and clean!
clean dogs

October 6, 2013

Busy Days

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Good things have been happening around here! The project that I began back on Labor Day weekend has finally come to its fruition. My dining room floor has been sanded and polyurethaned, and we purchased area rugs, as well as some new outlet covers and heat registers. My drapes have been dry-cleaned of their dingy-dustiness.

Dining room before:
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Dining room after I ripped out the nasty old carpet:
dining room floor - before
I spent an entire afternoon sitting on sore buttocks ripping those carpeting tacks out, by the way!

Dining room after the floor guy came (if anyone local would like a recommendation, be sure to let me know! Fabulous job, reasonable price):
dining room floor - after
Some of the stains were just too deeply embedded in the floor to remove without replacing floor boards, but it is a huge improvement!

And not overly noticeable, I think, now that the room has been put back in shape:
dining room - after 1

dining room - after 2

Next project, kitchen floor. Hoping to have someone here for an estimate in the next week or so.

In the meantime, my sister, Sarah and I travelled to the Cape for a visit with my mom. (our first visit there without Meghan – she was unable to join us 😦 )

The last weekend of September was warm and pleasant. It allowed us sunny time visiting the beach…
Corporation beach

Smuggler's beach

…and one last chance for toes in the sand for 2013.
toes in the sand

Sad to know that my beach days are done for this year, but at least I have October baseball to enjoy this year! My Red Sox are one win away from eliminating the Tampa Bay Rays from the ALDS.
sox

Now if I could just figure out a way to watch them win it all from here:
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😉

May 22, 2013

A Plethora of Photographic Passion

Contrary to how it may seem, I really have been thinking about Scott Thomas’s current photography assignment “Your Photography Passion”. Scott posted some interesting articles concerning the subject and mentioned that there are really two ways interpret this idea: what you are passionate about photographing or representing your passions with photography. Two really different ideas, that I think could also overlap. Hmmm, a challenge if I ever heard one.

I believe the first interpretation of the idea is the simpler one for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you have probably noticed that I love photographing the details of nature. Flowers are usually a very congenial photography subject, and I love taking their pictures, and if at all possible, taking the pictures to a different level either literally or figuratively. Let me try to show you what I mean with some of my favorite photos from the past.
Fuschia
crazy poppy
sunny sunflowers (2)
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More recently, I’ve become more passionate about improving my bird photography. Last year, I started attempting to keep a “life list” of the birds I’ve seen, and I’m always trying to identify the birds I may not know or get a picture of one I’ve never photographed before. I’ve been especially passionate about getting pictures of the tiniest and largest birds in my area: hummingbirds and hawks.
hummingbird edit
hawk1
And I sure spend a lot of time taking bird photos on vacation too:
Blue Heron 4
snowy plover
But what if “passion” is defined as those things that we choose to find or make the time in our lives for? Of course I am passionate about my family, but I believe that is natural and not necessarily definable as a “passion” in this instance. So what else do I make the time for in my life because it is important to me?
In this sense of the word, I think dance would qualify.
Picture Fall, Day 12
I make the time for those few hours a week of exercise and socialization and learning and fun.
My garden would qualify too, I think, since it certainly isn’t a necessity in today’s world and why the heck would we gardeners go to all this trouble if we weren’t passionate about it?
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I am perhaps most passionate about one of the more elusive facets of my life:
Hills Beach Mosiac
The beach and the ocean are the place where I find myself most at peace. Breathing the air and feeling the sand and the salt and the sun bring me to a special place within myself, in all likelihood, the closest I will ever find myself to a zen-like place if I am using that term correctly.

Thank you, Scott, for a very thought-provoking photo assignment!

July 6, 2012

Cape Cod Sand Sculpting

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On our visit to Cape Cod last week, we were lucky to witness the professional sand sculpting going on during the town of Yarmouth’s Summer Celebration Kick-Off.  There were three professional sculptors working over a few days in a roped-off area of Bass River or Smugglers Beach.

One creation was a breaching whale:

whale in sand

Another was slightly open to interpretation.  My daughters and I thought this one showed perhaps a Chinese Junk:

Whimsical ship

The reverse of this one did not offer more definition:
reverse of ship

We puzzled over whether this was a stone wall with cracks or maybe storm clouds with lightning; either choice seems to threaten the small sail boats below.  This sculptor went on to add a mermaid at the base:
Mermaid in sand

Perhaps this sculptor wanted to leave some thoughts to the imagination?  Or maybe there is a myth or story that is being portrayed here.

By far the most impressive of the three was the London Tower Bridge, bedecked for the Summer Olympics:
London Tower Bridge

Olympic Rings

The reverse side of the bridge harkens back to the town bringing us the fun sculptures to enjoy:
Yarmouth, Cape Cod

While these three sculptures were created by professional sand sculptors (can you believe there is such a job?  Must be nice!), it appeared that other folks with some sand talent were invited to get in on the fun.  I didn’t see these being worked on, and they didn’t have the staying power of the professional works, but these adorable smaller sculptures were also on display:

Snoopy
Everyone’s favorite beagle

Yoda with broken ear
“Broken my ear is!”

Fireman's hat
Yarmouth F.D.

Shark
Fish are friends, not food!

Lizard

Crabby

I remember the days when my favorite little sculptors used make their creations on the beach:

 sandcastle1

Sandcastle

Do you have memories of these temporary works of art?