Saturday, November 29, 2008


Thursday's pies (apple and pumpkin) were collaborative efforts: Luke and Bridget peeled apples; Dennis made the fillings; I created the crusts. The results were delicious.

Photo taken 11/27/08

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful for ....

Many, many blessings, but especially these seven:

Photo taken 11/23/08

Photo taken 11/22/08

Photo taken 10/2/08

Photo taken by Dennis on 8/9/08

Photo taken 9/10/08

Photo taken 9/20/08

Expected arrival 7/03/09

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guitar Lessons

With all the interest Jack takes in Dennis's many guitars (and Luke's bass -- "Black. Bass. Luke. Up."), Jack may be destined to play. Jack's sitting in my lap as I type this, and when he saw the photo, he said, "Blue." Well, even if he's not destined for musical greatness, he, at least, knows his colors.

Photo taken 11/23/08

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thoughtful Stint on the Scooter Board

The kids racing around the house on their scooter boards generally drives Dennis batty, but it didn't bother him today. From this photo, it looks like Sam may use his time on the board for a little introspection. That's probably not true; he must have been gearing up for the next great burst of energy.

Did you notice that I used the word "batty" in the above paragraph? There was a reason for that: this morning, I went down to the basement to check on the laundry and discovered a bat sleeping on the ledge behind the dryer. The little guy was not a welcome sight; I had too many encounters with bats last year during our renovation. (Remember the one in the shower? If not, check out Bat photos included.) Just like last year, Dennis, my own personal batman, captured the critter and released it elsewhere. He then boarded up its possible points of entry.

Photo taken 111/23/08

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A New Do Too

Sort of: Bridget's haircut by Bette is really just a variation on the theme, with perhaps a few more long layers.

Photo taken 11/22/08

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Luke has done it. He gave up on the mullet, at least for now.

First photo taken 10/24/08
Second photo taken 11/22/08

Friday, November 21, 2008

More Blues

Henry's baby blues look amazing in this photo of him taken while we were trick-or-treating.

Photo taken 10/31/08

Moving Up in the World

This is our growth chart for all of the kids. We record their height increases on a sash of the sliding door that leads from the kitchen to the back porch. I measured most of them today. In the past two years (more or less), Luke has grown 4.5 inches; Bridget has grown 5 inches; Henry has grown 5 inches; Sam has grown 6 inches; and Jack has grown 8 inches.

Photo taken 10/21/08

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


These stairs, railings and shadows belong to one of the buildings in the Farnsworth Art Museum complex in Rockland.

Photo taken 10/24/08

Sunday, November 16, 2008


The original photo of Mt. Katahdin was not spectacular. I shot it in sepia, but decided to have a little fun in Photoshop. I added film grain and blue spotlight lighting effects. The results are sort of fun.

Photo taken 8/9/08

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Colorful Memories

Believe it or not, Bridget and I are wishing for snow. The very wet, dreary and relatively warm weather we've been experiencing for the last week or so wreaks havoc on us, because mold spores are lovin' life and partying all around us. All of the fallen leaves and warmish weather are also signs of the good life for ticks. After an hour or so outside, the kids came in with four deer ticks that we saw. Who knows how many actually made it into the house on their clothes? Since we're stuck with this yucky weather for now, though, I figured a photo of this gorgeous tree from my friend Sharon's front yard would provide a distraction.

Photo taken 10/19/08

Friday, November 14, 2008

This is Fun

Jack found this rope in Rockland. He neither knows nor cares why it was put there. It's there, and that's reason enough for Jack to climb on it.

Photo taken 10/24/08

Thursday, November 13, 2008


This tree has a lot of personality. I took this picture last year. The tree is located a mile or two from here, near the intersection of Scribner Hill Road and Gorden Road. I don't go by there often, but when I do, I look to this anthropomorphic trunk and think, "There he is; there's Treebeard."

Photo taken 9/23/07

Monday, November 10, 2008

Woman's Work

Here's Bridget, hard at work at my desk. With that cup of tea in front of her, she looks like she's starting her day at the office. Maybe she's checking the status of her company's stocks.

Photo taken 10/30/08

Friday, November 7, 2008

Jack: the Mild Version

A little more than a year ago, when Jack was about 1.5 years old, he was busy. After living with 2.5-year-old Jack, though, the younger version seems so much tamer. I'm sure we thought he was a handful, but, in hindsight, perhaps we should have reveled in his precociousness. Now, "precocious" seems like too mild an adjective for the boy. Today, for instance, Jack broke the up-arrow key on my computer while racing the mouse back and forth over the keyboard; stood on the dog until she cried; got trapped in the basement behind piles of stuff while trying to climb the unused bunk bed ladder down there; stuck a broom in the dryer; hit Sam with a curtain rod. I could go on, but I'll stop now, before I start crying.

Photo taken 9/28/07

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Cure? Not Yet!

The Christmas cactus I inherited from my mother has already started to bloom. I chose to post this photo today in the hopes that its simple beauty will somehow offset the cynicism that has plagued me since Tuesday.

Photo taken 10/30/08

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I was able to get a few shots of Jack asleep in Dennis's arms during one of the football games on Sunday. I love it when Jack cooperates; it's such a rare treat.

Photo taken 11/2/08