Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scenes from going to a friend's house

I went to visit a friend who loves in a part of the county I don't normally go, even though it's only three miles from my place. But it's the other direction and I never have cause to drive out that way. It's the usual beautiful scenes of farms, rural beauty, and cows, lol. We have rain today, thank the Lord, but last Wed. when I went out there we were in the throes of a looooong dry spell, and everything was just cracked and brown. But the haying must go on.
On the right, across from the hay rolls, was a pond and the cows drinking at dusk. I loved the white faced cow, who stared intently at me from the distance away I was shooting photos. The others are oblivious-
In cropping the photo off the cows, I noticed that there is a chair at the pond's bank, on the right side, where likely the owner does a bit of fishing. Or perhaps contemplating...either way, it looks nice. And the white faced cow is still standing guard.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As a former newspaper editor, I feel their pain

"The president of a company called "the Blue Waters Group" told WSBT-TV the mistake was not made by the city or the schools. He said the ad was proofed by 4 people and the typo got by all of them." source

I never made that mistake but it was only by the Grace of is a most common print typo. It is easy to do and hard to catch.

Here is a story about two guys who went on the great typo hunt, scouring public signage across America to find the most common typos. Good story.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A scene from my life

Scene: hot playground, red dust stirring in the air, sweaty kids running around. Two Kindergarten kids sitting at a picnic table, back to it, and heads resting on the table, legs swinging, looking up to the blue sky and clouds. I sit down.

How are you?
Girl: I'm tired and sleepy.
What ya doing?
Girl: "Looking at clouds. See, that one's a mouse!"
"No," says the boy, "It's a camel with one hump."

They went on, admiring the dragon, the cat, and the eagle as the cumulus marched across the sky. Just in case you thought kids didn't do that anymore.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Never forget

Never forget that evil is in the world, and that evil is the world. Never forget the author of evil, satan, is the destroyer. Never forget that Jesus is the Creator. He is Life and the Light. May God rest those souls who died on September 11, 2001.


Monday, September 06, 2010

Labor Day without labor

I have today off. It's Labor Day and I celebrate all the people who work at dirty jobs, menial jobs, and unfulfilling jobs. I am blessed.. I have a demanding job as a kindergarten para-professional (always on the GO) but it is fulfilling to work with kids. I have worked at unfulfilling jobs before and it is mentally and emotionally draining to spend a third of your day or more rented out to The Man doing work you hate.

So, loving my time off, I woke up extra early, 5:45am. Ironically this is earlier than I usually get up on weekdays. I can't claim any extra motivation or special diligence...I have a wicked cold (Maine-ism there, "wicked") and I simply could not breathe.

But I put the time to good use. I cleaned the bathroom, did the dishes, vacuumed, and completed 2 loads of laundry before 8am. With the rest of the day 'free' I sat at my lovely computer, since it is my favorite place in the world (aside from Italy) and I started writing.

There is so much end time news happening, I got three blog entries done! The news keeps popping. But though I was diligently busy searching out scriptures, writing the news, and intently focused on the laptop screen, my cats were driving me crazy. They sleep next to me, they sleep ON me, they kiss and lick my fingers or toes all night, tromp on me in pursuit of moths or invisible lint, in effect, have total command of the bed all night long, they STILL want to cuddle next to me after I get up. ("She's UP, she's UP go see her, go get her..."). It takes a while to get them calmed down so I can write in peace.

It is the 4th week of school and I didn't think I would escape the mucus and germ factory that is the Kindergarten wing of Danielsville Elementary School, I was hoping I wouldn't kick in with a cold quite so early. No such luck. I am sure the germs see me coming from a long way off. ("She's UP, she's UP go see her, go get her...") So I am sniffling my way through Labor Day. Thus this is the scene here at tiny apartment on Clover Avenue:. To my left, we have...


To my right we have...

Behind me we have one of the day's two labors cooling. One was a great pan of roasted veggies. I'll steam up some rice later and those will be my lunches for the week. I also tried my hand at pear bread.  My pear bread...oy. I had to cut back from baking 7 loaves to baking 2 because I ran out of vanilla. Even then, I forgot the wet ingredients in one of the loaves, put them both in the oven, realized the bowl of wet ingredients was sitting there, but already forgot which loaf was the dry one. I guessed. Either they'll come out even, or one will be a swamp and the other will be a brick.

So  I took them out and one looked normal and the other looked...lumpy. Like a choppy sea after Hurricane Earl. I cut into the normal one and it was pretty crumbly but tasty, so maybe it'll be OK, I probably just cut it too soon. I hope. Because the other one is frankly, scaring me a little.

So that's my day, and the kitties' day and the waning of the lovely time at home I treasure so much. Back to the workweek tomorrow.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Maine photos

New Gloucester Maine

New Gloucester Maine

Gray Maine

Gray Maine

 Campobello Park, New Brunswick Canada the carnivorous pitcher plant

Of all the photos to pick...

I've taken lots of photos. Lighthouses, oceans, flowers, rural scenes, art shots. I haven't done much promotion, but I do get contacted from time to time to use one or two. A major magazine emailed today. Yay! Visions of beautiful layouts danced through my head. Which one do they like? The Poppies? Beach sunset? Lupines By The River? No. It's for a story called "Most Painful Insect Bites" and they want the fire ants. LOL!