When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Next season, please!

I should have known there was a Full Moon today, the monkey has been incredibly uncontrollable, unruly and wild. He is seriously impacted by the moon - trust me (and my mother just rolled her eyes, I know it). Anyway, he hopped in bed with me at 4:00 this morning wide awake. Some of you may think "Good Lord, make that kid go back to sleep or go play or something" but you have to remember, I'm a single mother and it's a small house and it's a Full Moon. There is no sleeping when that kid isn't sleeping. I couldn't wait to start the coffee.

A glance outside showed another coating of white, not more than an inch or so but enough to hide the landscape flaws. It wasn't long until the back yard was abuzz with feathered friends, mostly consisting of the flock of Goldfinches that have overtaken my lot. I'm not complaining, I love to hear them twerdling their whimsicle songs from the treetops. There are about 30 of them, and they're getting friendlier every day.

Monkey was a little on the trying side, so I piled him into the car to look for signs of Spring. They are out there and not hard to find, with tomorrow being March first they had better kick into overdrive! Forecast is for 6 - 8" of snow overnight then for the temps to climb to 45 this week. At least I have my Burpee catalog to remind me of warmer days ahead.

Sebago Lake is wide open at our 'fishing spot'

Sebago Lake ~ Standish boat launch. Good luck getting that shack off the ice now!

One of my Goldie babies

The color is really starting to pick up on the males

Crocus sprouts

Hard to see, but the Tulips are trying too

What we woke up to this morning

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Weird weather and new toys

Oh my - has it been a week already? I have a TON of new news to tell you - it's been a busy week.

I got my tax returns and paid off bills - check. Then I finally went back to work and jumped in with both feet (holy crap, I'm a busy person and I'm not sure how I do that!) - check. I ordered a Canon 50D with the 28-135mm IS lens (more on that later) - check. I ordered all my spring catalogs for fishing, outdoors, seeds, bulbs and trees - check. My life seemed pretty much back in order, good times - check. 

Then I realized, my birding was going downhill! I need the time change so I have more time in the evenings to watch my birdies! I have no time to write my blogs either! Gah! My thoughts turned to winning the lottery. Then suddenly, the monkey turned a fever of 101..... just what I needed to do some soul searching and get everything back in check! I could do all this before I got so sick, I was adjusted to balancing everything. It will come back to me. So, with a sick child I got Thursday off from work and then with that crazy weather system that charged in they cancelled school on Friday so we got a 'Get out of Jail Free' card.

During the storm Thursday we were pounded with around 10" of rain and some seriously high winds, but the big White Pines out back survived and we only lost the power a couple of times and only for a short period of time each. I was more put out when the lost cable and internet Friday night while Time Warner was probably out making repairs. As I love to remind my mother, 1 inch of rain equals approximately 1 foot of snow. It was sad to watch the poor drenched birdies fighting against the gusts of wind to get to the feeders for something to eat, but they survived too.

Then we woke this morning to about 1 1/2" of new snowfall. Jeez - I was just checking out my Tulips and Crocuses that were popping up through the ground yesterday! Almost March - not long now.

So - enough small talk, on to my new toy! I currently own a Canon 10D - a Digital SLR - that was bought around 2002 after merciless pleading on my part to the Ex. It was a hard sell, but I won out in the end. It's taken literally hundreds of thousands of photographs over the years, everything from Senior Portraits to brides throwing flowers to wildlife and landscapes. And a gazillion photographs of my son. With that kind of a sell, why deviate to another brand? The only downfall with the 10D was the DPI and Pixel range, which are grossly out of date. The solution? I picked me up the 50D with a lens included with the extra money from Uncle Sam. So now, I have all these lenses and flashes that are interchangable and two Digis to play with. My next purchase will be a big fat lens to pop on the end - my 80 - 300mm is a cheap-o but works pretty good for the money. I'm fancying a 100 - 400 mm, but the price tag is pretty big. Time to start pinching pennies! I can just imagine the close-ups I could get with that! Sa-weet!

Cropped and enlarged three times and it still looks great!

I need a UV filter though!

There she is! All big and bad and stuff

Peeka wanted to use it too, but I said no

Haircap Moss

Ronald ain't got nothin' on me!

The sunrise this morning, and my car's antenna

Right after I yelled at him for writing on the car

The self-portrait of a monkey

Proud of his new book

Friday, February 19, 2010

How do you know when a Chickadee's feathers are ruffled?

When he looks like THIS


Whadder you lookin' at?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mackworth Island in February

It's been on my to-do list, and I can now check it off. We hiked around Mackworth Island in Falmouth today and it was fantastic!

Mackworth Island is probably more known for being the home to the Baxter School for the Deaf, but it also has a deeper history than that. The trail, maintained by the State, is a mile and a 1/4 long and should take about an hour to travel - unless you're with three boys. Then you have to multiply the amount of food an average 8-11 year old can eat by the amount of times they need to throw rocks or sticks, then divide by how many times they leave the trail to get a final estimate of time. For us it averaged 2.5 hours.

Bubster and his big brother came along with us - great kids, but they don't get out on adventures like this very often. It was fun to see their faces as we looked out across the channel at Fort Gorges and the city, complete with Lighthouses and barges. I taught them how to look for the birds they could see from the binoculars in my field book, then they helped me write them into my list. I found a Horned Grebe - there's a new one for my list! I have to admit, the trip was really fun and I can't wait to go back at a lower tide or this spring/summer when it's green - I bet it's gorgeous! As usual, I'll let the pics do the talking then I'm adding this to our Places we like to be Adventurous page:

The beach next to the parking area

Getting the hairy eyeball from the locals

Yes, there are rules

Our first pitstop

Overlooking the Portland Waterfront

Checking out the landscape

Massive trees

Heading down to the beach

Squirrel prints!

Hey! I found something!


Fort Gorges

He looks stumped

Common Eiders


Yes, the trail was that steep

Skipping stones

Heart-shaped Rock

Such HUGE trees!

They were fascinated by a fire hydrant on an island.

A Horned Grebe with it's winter plumage

Portland Headlight


Making "Fairy houses"

Taking a Break


The way home


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