Tuesday, August 15, 2017


The moose population in Vermont is being decimated.  The reason -- my nightmare: the tick.  Well, lots of blood sucking ticks actually.  Moose have been found with tens of thousands of ticks on them.
Tens of thousands!

How icky:

I had a couple of my friends over for lunch today,  The brought me this:

I am hoping I never have to use it, but I fear that will not be the case.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Relaxing Week

I am home from my stay at the pond in southern New Hampshire.  I had a really great time.

It was a very relaxing five days with my friend.  We met quite a few years ago on a trip to St. Martin.
She and her husband were middle school teachers and her husband and mine had many interests in common.  We had many good times as couples.  Now we are both widows having good times together, tinged with some nostalgia.

We walked around the pond, avoiding ticks.  We kayaked in the pond.  We drove to Peterborough Playhouse to see "The Producers" (which was absolutely spectacular, maybe the best summer stock theater production I have ever seen).  We played games and read.  We ate and drank a little wine.
We binged on "Land Girls." a Netflix series I can recommend.  And we talked and laughed and talked some more.

I didn't take my computer and I had no cell reception and the time flew by.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Off for a Visit

I am packed and ready to go visit my friend Diane.  She has a home on a small pond in southern New Hampshire.  We arranged this visit when Diane was visiting me in Florida and I have been looking forward to it . . . Until I had Lyme disease.

I am still looking forward to seeing my friend of course.  But she lives in the woods and we have always hiked there.  Now I have images of ticks lurking on all vegetation.

We shall see.  Will neuroticism take over and strand me in the cabin for the week?  Will I be braver than that?  Will any lingering effects (Although I feel fine now.) prevent me from keeping up with my most energetic friend?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Baby Boom

There has been a bit of a baby boom.  My nephew and his wife had a baby girl in July.  Mike's oldest grandson and his wife had a baby boy.

This prompted me to get out knitting needles and yarn to make booties and baby hats.

I also started working on a crib quilt.  The fun part is done, now on to sandwiching and quilting.
I am not a very advanced quilter -- stitch in the ditch is may speed.

I know it is cliche to pick pink for a baby girl, but I love pink and I can't help myself.