Friday, April 18, 2014

Almost Easter Already

Image by SnaggleTooth April 2014

A temporary setback to un-quiting freezing temps this week has me loafing inside to wait-out a cold virus recovery. There are now 4 mini-daffodils n a Hyacinth out in the side garden. Good thing I waited on seed planting. Maybe I'll do some indoors this week.

Much yard work is just waiting on me to feel better. Really I'm just exhausted heading into Easter week-end. Of course I'll have to work on the holiday. We have new Boston Strong products adding to crazy week-end orders.

Photo by SnaggleTooth April 2014
Following Easter, Patriots Day is Marathon Monday, n so many folks are determined to cross that finish-line this year, after last year's devastation. Hopefully better security prevents any harm to the runners n spectators this year.

I hope all the Fundraisers do way better this time. Have a fun holiday hunting down those good eggs...
I have cookies n creme n peanut butter ones. just hope I feel good enough to eat some.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

I Spotted One

Image by SnaggleTooth April 10, 2014

Image by SnaggleTooth April 10, 2014

Photo by SnaggleTooth April 10, 2014

A  tiny, Mini-Daffodil,  in my poor leaf-littered new garden where I wintered some spent  plants  from the house n deck  last summer. The pic isin't very good, but cam is always yellow-blossom challenged, n has no macro-setting.

So I raked n turned soil on the little spot. The Hyacinth is sprouting also... Wonder if the Bleeding heart will  appear this year too...

Friday, April 04, 2014

Frankly



In the land of "Where is Spring?" we finally had a non-rainy day over 40 F here, n I got the front yard raked after errands. TV said the ocean temp is still only 35 F, n the sea-breezes are making it cooler here than inland. It has been a very windy week-

But I'm eternally grateful to not have accumulating snow! It was spitting wet n melting snow during the past week's storm tho. And under the leaves in the front garden were sprouting green Tiger Lilies. Also I've noticed pretty nasty allergy head-aches which require double Benedryl to get pushed down.

Normally, I'd have started seeds indoors in mid-March, but the house is still too cool n heat too expensive. I'll be catching up on the heat bill all summer. Seeds for the deck maybe next week- Home Veggies will be eaten later on this year.

I have a few distractions vying for attention in the next few weeks. One is reading all the paper instructions to correctly fill out the State Tax form which usually takes 20 hours or so.

The other took me way by surprise- A visitor last week brought me "FrankenStein," an aggregate of old machine parts pieced together for a better way for me to be online! 

The stack's RAM n Hard-drive memory is way better on it, n tho I'll still be using dial-up service, it should be faster. I'm still working on installing programs n files from the old machine for my pics. I have to switch the one monitor back n forth, n have already eaten some dust bunnies cleaning up the old wire (cat in-accessible) area. 

The "re-animated" machine has a few limitations, but the biggest is me learning how to get it to do what I was on the old one. This will take more free time, meanwhile taxes are priority, n progress is slow, but steady here...

I actually spent a half-hour cleaning garbage from the woods across the road today, which I always try to do before foliage makes it difficult to avoid the thorns. Definitely a spring activity.

Now I just need to do everything at once- What else is new?  (Pic from last week's unfrozen beach walk)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Band Played Snow

Photo by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014

Yes folks, we're currently conducting Blizz IV here on the Cape. It's sounding very windy out there, n the view out the window by the streetlamp reveals choppy waters n billowing tiny white pellets flying sideways...

I've just been on one of those unexpected, involuntary vacations off the internet all week, so I'm way off the reading schedule.
That's okay, I needed more rest so I could get up way earlier for early work before this storm Wednesday a.m..
Winter wanted to toss in a "last  (Please) Harrah!" to remind us who is boss again.

N now, Back to the violin section before the next shoveling cadence...
(Pic taken days after the last storm)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's Hiding!

Image by SnaggleTooth 2014

"Where is Spring?" so many people asked me all day...

"We 're gonna shoot that Groundhog liar-" my stock answer.

We're due for a thimble drop of 50 F degrees unfrozen weather Thursday, n it's Day Off! I hope I get out to the Post Office n stroll the beach without wearing 7 layers of fabric.



Image by SnaggleTooth March 2011
There's so much clean-up to tackle here, I just want to forget about... Tho the laundry has to get done, the rest may wait a bit.

I hope the little peek of Spring becomes braver n sticks around more, instead of teasing me n going icy again.


I don't know how it happened.... How the price of the traditional, large Irish family feast for St Pattie's Day ended up costing so much. What used to be the cheapest winter cut of salt-preserved beef has become more expensive than Thanksgiving Turkey, almost $5 per pound! Of course all the store here had were over $15 for a corned beef, which priced me out of the boiled dinner meal I wanted this week. Well, at least cabbage finally went down to .59 cents per pound, so I have that.

Image by SnaggleTooth 2014
I saw the group, "Well Strung" on a late night re-run of "Today" early this am. They integrated a classical Mozart score with a Kelly Clarkson song, n sing harmony in the "mash-up." The video is Here if you're interested. I like the different styles together.  I always enjoy violins, violas, n cellos. I should practice mine more, wonder if the hands are up to it yet...
(Pic from March 2011, altered recently)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ides of March

Image by SnaggleTooth May 2011

What to blog, what to blog,
Keying in some creamy fog.

If only fun stuff would spring to mind, 
Instead of heavy bummers I'm blind...

Weather, news- not good to choose,
Ice, blown buildings, Malaysia Air lose-

I'll read blogs, find peace of mind,
Many Blog buddies so good n kind-


Photo by SnaggleTooth May 2011

Try not to dwell on the horrible things,
But the good that life in this world still brings...

.......................................
-Rhyme 
by SnaggleTooth Thursday
Pic plus Altered image from May 2011

Between the icy weather n an allergic reaction in my eyes from work, it's amazing i'm doing anything. Had a freeze-up trying to do this post yesterday-
Finally here it is!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Sun Fun


Image by SnaggleTooth 2014

Calm Ogre holding lamb's head, in a
thought-cloud over a short, beaver-toothed, cool Jamaican in a field... Maybe-
So silly!



Photo by SnaggleTooth July 2011

A moored motor-boat with the glare of the setting sun behind it, setting over the M-cove seen thru the road-side, summer vegetation...
Serene, never used, newly altered.
Image by SnaggleTooth 2014

Bull,
Frog!

So cute-

(Altered from boat pic too)




Photo by SnaggleTooth 2014
So peaceful, spacious, n warm to behold. Taken just before a pic inspiring one of ESR's favorite poems, "Where the Water Meets the Sky". also good cold day, mood improving therapy to revisit. 
There, I feel better now...

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

See Bird

Image by SnaggleTooth 2014


What a weird looking thing this came out to be! I see an angry sea gull facing forward, submerged to the neck. When we refer to "Seagulls" in this neck of the Cape, folks here are talking about tourists, usually. Travel to the tropics is up, what a surprise- The Bahamas are looking real good from New England about now.

I'll need alot more sunset therapy to get thru this week of polar doldrums... it is SO COLD yet again.


Photo by SnaggleTooth 2011There's so much I have to get done, but feel so little motivation under these conditions. I'm very itching to jack up the heat, but can't run up the electric bill which is already sky high. So here I am in my customary 3-layers of house clothes while cooking n washing laundry to keep warm. 

Maybe next week will be better for walking. I decided to skip the Post Office until it's above 25F. Guess movies n book reading are on the docket until I can build up more Day Off steam... I boiled chicken soup for hours which did warm me up n tasted really good.

Guess it's not such a big waste to rest up before really getting into projects, I'm so run down. Lately I've been feeling more like the seagull I found than the peaceful reflections. I need to recharge-
Back to more hot water bottles, tea, n blankets.
(Pic Aug 30 2011, after Hurricane Irene)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hopefully


Image by SnaggleTooth 2014

A Search Keyword Entry appearing on my stat page jumped out at me today. Underneath the ever popular "Spongebob" party idea input was "sunset without hope"...

Sunsets shown on ESR have always given me hope. Hope to witness another marvel of creative composition visible only from here, that seems to be happening just for my entertainment. N I always have hope I'll get a decent pic of it to share.

Photo by SnaggleTooth June 2010

I've really been missing the sunsets this winter. Cloudy horizons moving in to spit out snow showers seem to obscure good colors lately when I'm free. Or something else needs attention at sunset time. Also, I'm out of sd card memory again, except for just a few frames deleted, n so I feel the snaps have to really count.

Photo by SnaggleTooth  Sept 2010
Then it hit me I could really use some old sunset pic therapy to brighten me up on this 18 F degree am of yet another "Polar Vortex" week here. Maybe you do too...

Photo by SnaggleTooth Sept 2010

I hope pics found by the searcher on ESR inspired Hope, n not the lack of it!
(Just a few old pics from 2010, One newly altered)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Flakey


Spoiled having Olympics to watch in the early am the past few weeks- Soon it'll be back to dodging infomercials after work. I think that Snow-board Cross was a crazy sport! First time I ever saw it this round- after hearing it's been there 15 years now.

Photo by SnaggleTooth Blizzard 3 Winter 2014

 I had to grab a pic of MapleBeard's snow-plastered face before shoveling during the last blizzard. The flash reflected circles off the moving snowflakes. The yellow one is a streetlamp. I do most of my shoveling after dark, usually about 3 am.
I finally finished shoveling the side path n sawing off the broken tree branch leaning on the house just today, because it was still light out after walking to the post office- Yay!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blizz Take III

Photo by SnaggleTooth winter 2014

Just what we needed here this winter, another Blizzard! Early work after working late, Heading home in the height of the storm, more worry, more heavy shoveling after work, n before work again the following day, n that night too...

About 1.5 feet of water-heavy, then refrozen snow, n huge snow-boulders from the plow to remove from the driveway. I still haven't done the second pass at the side stairs deck door. I hope it'll melt in forecast rain tomorrow.

Think it's the first time I've ever had a winter season having three blizzards...

Photo by SnaggleTooth winter 2014

A Huckleberry tree branch I'm used to picking berries from at a window every July broke halfway off at the trunk, slid down n stuck itself with ice to the side of my house. It's still stuck there, with the thin top twigs frozen against  the window glass.

I'm depressed I'll have to saw it off n will get no more easy to reach berries. I'll miss them in my plain yogurt...

Valentine's products production was crazy. Alot of folks I know call it a Hallmark Holiday, undeserving of observation. All it does is ruin the day's shopping for everyday folks- with the long lines of guys here, pathetically waiting until the last minute to get their girl n Mother something acceptable. So I never go into a store that day-
I do like the day after sales for my goodies at least- Dark chocolate truffles preferred.

I should have more time for normal stuff this week, as long as it rains n not snows this Day Off, n I get fewer shovel hours to put in. Another major slow-down on the keyboard now are my two mashed fingertips, one on each hand with acute pain at the touch- No, that doesn't keep me out of work either! But I'm depressed about not having the option to play instruments this week- Got a few new song lines to work on n feel stifled. I'd dreamt that I  was playing my violin the day before the left hand ring finger got nailed too...
Now onto a massive chore list, eating, n sleeping- (It better rain!)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bbrrhh Beachy

Image by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014
Hopefully I don't have to keep thinking of all the chilly headings too much longer... Didn't the Groundhog say there would be an early spring? - I mean the Temp here now is 9 F n there's yet another storm heading in , for the 4th consecutive week!

This altered pic gets my mind doing back-flips. Wish my body could do those too... but I'm  way too sore.
Another frigid week to get thru, n another holiday soon messing with my schedule. Only 1 Day Off this week, full up of doing taxing taxes, errands, n laundry. I just so want to say Nevermind n sleep thru the whole day- but that is just a pipe-dream.

Photo by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014

The B-cove opposite the ramp beach was frozen over n then snowed on last week. It was really cold when I walked over to the D-bridge for this shot, so I didn't linger, n rushed back to the house.



Image by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014

I'm not sure I why I like this altered pic the best in this post.

I've been having machine problems here all week, n have been unable to get around reading. I apologize for the constipated computer behavior. I have to keep purging cookies n temp files. Think I may have picked up a bug somewhere- well I did go to the IRS to read some instructions- A good place to fall asleep n get tracking cookies to drag you down.

Image by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014

When I went to try loading Grannie Annie's this week, Chrome blocked access saying there was Malware installed there! Ugh! So with this even more slowness (an hour to load my own blog) going on here, I began the paranoid thought that maybe that was this machines problem now. I have been trying to get THIS post up all week, n the machine has been too slow to get it done- n I keep falling asleep waiting for it.  Well, I do need sleep, n sitting down is Yay! (Bird, Fish, evil Troll?)

Photo by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014

These are some beached ice floes at low tide. Yep, still frozen here,,, Hope this week goes better for page loading so I get to read before I'm out for the count!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Go with the Ice Floe

Image by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014

 Another snowstorm day!
TG it's Day Off!
But work messed with my ability to feel rested again by waiting until "My Friday" (not a regular work-week for most folks), to get everyone to come in much earlier to avoid having delivery issues in the storm.

Photo by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014
It would've helped if work didn't run late the night before, plus snow 4 wet-heavy inches. I finished shoveling after 3 am. Then had a repeat of not getting enough sleep to get back out to stressful work again.

No errands to run today- just shoveling slush again. Most importantly the drain so the road doesn't flood n freeze in the driveway. I'll be happy to have bread for sandwiches n milk in my tea this week, if I can manage a store trip tomorrow.

Image by SnaggleTooth Winter 2014
I should be catching up on sleep now, but my brain is on overdrive with too much backlogged to relax. The plows are making quite a racket out there too- 

At least I have blog catch-up time.
Pic is last week's ice flows by the ramp beach, B-cove. Think I see a Polar Bear...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter Beach

Image by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

Life can be a Winter Beach...

The past week I've taken a few quick walks to the nearby frozen coves. More snow, more sub-z s, Many layers n double-thick hats.

Photo by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

Nice n quiet outdoors, no one else venturing about for fun, n I wouldn't bother except attempts to take more snow at the beach n ice pics to play with. Winter finds us doing strange things to entertain ourselves....

I haven't had much free time this winter really.

Image by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

My house chores are piling up again. I don't feel motivated to do the dusty spots having been feeling semi-sick n over-tired all week. Alot of work n store folks around me are sick with colds n flu lately- Hope I'm not next-

Much anxiety figuring out how to get taxes done - Need some publications read first, n then do all those fun worksheets n calculations. Taxes always stress me out, so much dry reading for so little return funds, n so time consuming.

Photo by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

These scenes are normal winter fare here in the NorthEast USA- I feel bad for the Southern states which got nailed with surprise ice n snow disruptions the past few days. I hope the situation clears up for the affected folks soon. Seems we're all taking turns getting a weather-time-out with odd climate conditions these days.

Me, I'll be glad to have 20 F degrees back for later today. (It's 7 F now). Pics are the M-cove after the deep snow storm last week  Had a few more inches n took more ice pics of the other cove today to upload. Now time to reload the hot water bottles n catch a nap before another busy day...

Hope you're staying warm...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Today's Snow

Image by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

Today's snow was quite a show-
About 18 inches n drifted higher in my driveway as usual. TG I didn't have to hurry to get somewhere. So I puttered about in the 20 F cold about 2.5 hours this afternoon, n the Sun even made an appearance.
Photo by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014
All needed shoveling got done, because it was easy to move, n will get heavier with time. I even took a little walk down near the Boat Ramp Beach I can see from the kitchen window. I like it pretty n pristine without tracks messing it up yet.

The half-buried dinghy looks very sleepy, I think...
I still am sleepy too.

 Image by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

I think I see a big Yellow Cat with an open mouth here...
holding up some kind of canopy with ears sticking thru.

I did sleep about 10 hours, n am right back to my old up all night schedule. Hopefully I can get in some errands tomorrow to be ready for another workweek. Everything was closed today anyhow, so I didn't bother
 Image by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

Sometimes ir's tough getting snow pics to alter into good color combos, but I like these.  My imagination always feels a boost from seeing the strange combinations.

I've had some ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, n an onion in the slow cooker all night. Almost time to go eat some finally- I think I earned chocolate for desert today too.

Photo by SnaggleTooth Jan 2014

Here's the path I made to take that first photo....

More deep snow pics I took today will likely appear here soon...