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3 Apr

I ❤ springtime.  I ❤ it lots.  I love feeling the warm sun on my face and hearing the birds chirping around me.  I really just love being outdoors after such a long winter kept inside.  Today was particularly beautiful out, so Scott and I decided to do some outdoor wandering.

Around this time last year, hubby dearest and I stumbled upon one of the many hidden gems on this miserable island of mine.  Between the barrier beaches and the canals that shape the south shore of Long Island is a long stretch of marshland.  Or at least is would have been a long stretch if people hadn’t built houses, shopping plazas, golf courses, etc.  Anyway, in the middle of all this suburban chaos lies a beautiful piece of preserved marsh known as the Marine Nature Study Area.  There is a long boardwalk that takes you through the marsh where you can see all different kinds of wildlife.  They have nesting ospreys you can watch through an “osprey cam” and herons and plovers and all kinds of critters whose names I don’t know.  It’s really an amazing place if you enjoy that sort of thing.  I, of course, do.

So down to the marsh we went on this bright sunny day.

The blowing grass and bird calls made a beautiful music.

The water was teeming with life.

What's the difference between an egret and a heron anyway?

Little did we know that it’s mating season for our friends from the north, the Canadian geese.

This little guy is watching out for his girlfriend in the grass.


Needless to say, he DID NOT LIKE being disturbed.

I see you....

Whenever we tried to walk past, he started freaking out…running and hissing and stuff.


This sucker meant business!


We managed to get past him alright, but seriously folks…..If you are near any nesting areas this springtime, BEWARE THE GEESE!

I will leave you with one last picture of the Marine Nature Study Area.  The following picture definitely made me smile…

Can you find the hidden Mickey?


Day 66: Dear Pen-pal…

14 Mar

I’m a bit disappointed in myself right now.  I’ve had a lot going on, and blogging had to take the back burner these past 2 days.  I just couldn’t get around to doing it, and when I did have the time, my brain hurt too much to type.  Even though I didn’t blog it, I did make a giggle each day.  Let me catch you up.

It’s been a long time since I wrote a letter.  I don’t mean email or a quick note to a colleague.  I’m referring to pen and paper, stamps and envelope, sit down at the table kind of letter.  Snail-mail, as they call it, has kinda gone the way of the dodo.  Gone are the days of chain letters that had to be copied by hand and mailed with stamps.  Gone are the days of watching the mailbox for a response from your friend far away.  Gone are the days of pretty stationary sets and fountain pens and writing desks.  None of it really exists anymore.

It’s funny how the older I get, the more nostalgic I become for these kinds of things.  I never thought I would be the type of person who resists technology, but I find myself in that situation now.  I have a cell phone, but never use it.  I have an e-reader only to save space on my bookshelf.  Hell, I still have a “boom box” with a cassette deck in my classroom (which finally bit the dust today…)!  Don’t get me wrong, I like toys and gadgets.  I just have a hard time letting go of what I’m used to.

Today (Monday), I wrote my first physical letter in I don’t know how long.  It’s addressed to my swap partner. Unfortunately, once I saw my atrocious handwriting I had to settle for a typed and printed letter.  I just couldn’t leave it like that could I?

Pretty stationary!

Here’s my letter all blurred out.  I can’t tell you what I had to go through to get stationary.  Nobody around here carries regular paper and envelope sets anymore.  I had to settle for fancy printer paper.  I wanted to make it special, so I researched different kinds of letterfolds and came up with this:

very secret letter....

I tried dozens of folds, but this one was the only one where I fully understood the instructions.  I’m a visual person, but sheesh!  Come on people!  If you’re posting a tutorial, please include a few written direction in with all the pictures!!!

Then, I got my package together and got it ready to mail.

all the goodies

I hope she  likes it!!!

Day 55: Tulips are better than no lips

3 Mar

I enjoyed my origami adventures so much yesterday that I continued them today.  I learned how to make super pretty tulips!


side view

Pretty, right?  It was super easy too.  I got the instructions here.  This website has a million different origami instructions and is soooooo well illustrated.  I liked these so much that I made 3!  I tried to make a vase to put them in but…Holy unpretty, Batman!  It just wasn’t working for me.  I have no idea what I’ll do with these flimsy little things now, but I had a good laugh making them.

Day 54: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…

3 Mar

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
–   Robert Herrick

For some reason I recall this poem every time I see a bouquet of flowers.  I don’t know where I learned it or when, but I apparently memorized it somewhere down the line.  It’s kinda miserable when you think about it.  Enjoy your life now, because you’ll be dead pretty darn soon!  Lovely.

This type of poem is very characteristic of who I have been most of my adult life.  It’s dark, dreary, seems all nice and pretty, but it’s really freakin’ miserable.  I’ve lived my life this way for as long as I can remember.  What can I say?  I’m kinda dark and moody.  However, I have noticed a definite shift in my way of thinking over the past few years.  Don’t get me wrong…I still have plenty of doom and gloom Daria-style moments, they’re just fewer and far between.  I’ve been making a conscious effort to change thought patterns and the way I cope with things for a while now, and I think it might be finally working.  After all, the only thing in life one can really change is oneself.

Today, I decided to make a flower that won’t die.  And I experimented with origami.  Go me!

It's a daylily!

And the side

How pretty is that?  I think I may have to make a whole bouquet of these…  You can find instructions here.