Wednesday, December 31


NO, its not your eyes.
Just an attempt of capturing this really cool decorated tree. It is about 25 feet tall and each year it is donned with red lights. I just couldn't hold still long enough for the exposure and forgot to bring the tripod.
Here is to a great 2009!!!!

Mother Nature leaves her heart in plain sight.

Do you see it there on the dark side of the tree?
In Every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
~John Muir

Tuesday, December 30

Ruby Tuesday

Japanese Barberry
Beautiful as it may be it is considered invasive.
  • Beautiful berries and orange-purple foliage in the fall.
  • Folk medicine uses for its antibacterial properties & the treatment of intestinal symptoms.
  • Birds nest in the shrubs, protected by its thorny branches.
  • Hedges make natural fences.
  • Roots and stem make a deep yellow natural dye.
  • Displacing native plant species.
  • This in turn reduces the variety of wildlife habitat and forage.
  • Extremely difficult to eradicate due to its long tap root.
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Friday, December 26

Christmas Eve recounted.

"This bow is in the way, I need to get a good spot to view the package opening"
After a bit of fussing with the bow Jack found a good spot to watch everyone open gifts.
We have a gathering every year at our house with my in-laws and my mom and this year my brother came in from Utah for 2 weeks. We have appetizers and fondue (meat, cheese and chocolate). Then we open gifts and have cookies and coffee. Our kids (18 and 21) will not let us do anything other than the fondue on Christmas Eve. One of those traditions that I believe started with my husband's family and their aunt in the 1960's.

Wednesday, December 24

Craftmas Tree

Crafted by my mom.

Tuesday, December 23

Winter in New England

Some folks love the snow and others don't like it at all.
It's lovely and fun but also means extra work to do.
Shoveling, plowing or snow blowing the driveway takes time or money.
Roads are often slippery and people worry about getting where they are going safely.
We received about 12 inches on Friday and another 12 on Sunday.
The temperature has been hanging right around 4 - 5 degrees and below zero at night.

Friday, December 19

Blue sky breaking through

Blue sky breaking through the clouds raised everyone's mood.
The power has now been restored. Yeah!
5 days in the dark was very depressing.
I am very thankful for the return to normal.
It has been a good reminder of just how fortunate we are.

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Cedar Waxwings

Cedar waxwings are very social birds. They are non-territorial and will often groom each other. They travel in flocks of 40 or more birds. They often will appear in a spot with a good crop of berries. When they have eaten all the berries, they move on!

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Monday, December 15

ICE, ICE Baby!!!!

We are recovering from Friday's Ice Storm. The ice is terribly beautiful and mighty destructive. These ice covered trees and more farther up the hill hang over our 450 foot driveway. Luckily none of the white pines fell into the driveway, just in the woods. We have been without power since Saturday at 3am. We have a coal stove that heats the house and a brook to gather water for flushing. All the stores are currently sold out of batteries, candles and lamp oil.

Wednesday, December 10


Look how nature decorated the river.
Prettiful jewels.
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to find them.

Tuesday, December 9

Monday, December 8

Sunday, December 7

Frozen in time.

The earth is chill. Simple beauty
is showing up every where.

Saturday, December 6

Taking notice of the little things.

On the surface things don't always seem to be as they really are.
When you take a moment and stop and look close
you might see what you've been missing.

Wednesday, December 3

Early December Snow

Early December Snow, originally uploaded by addvt2nh.

“Nature has no mercy at all.
Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."”
Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928)

December Sunset

December Sunset, originally uploaded by addvt2nh.