Monday, May 31, 2010

My mail order garden

I got most of these plants from Blue Stone perrenials last year, this year everything is twice as big as it was last year. I just ordered 17 more plants on Friday which came to $46, most everything was 50% off. I have no idea where I am going to plant them yet but I just couldn't help myself!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Loon at our lake

Finally! I was able to get a picture, everytime I see a loon, we drive the boat over and they go under and pop up 50 feet away from us, this one didn't do that, he just swam around and made the erie call that they make, amazing!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hartland made the news....

Thomas Fatone's 12-year-journey ended Thursday in a photo finish in Hartford with Gov. M. Jodi Rell there to help and cheer him on.
To Fatone it wasn't a race or crusade to end some pressing social problem. Just the seemingly simple task to photograph all 169 Connecticut towns' historical signs.
Before Thursday, Fatone's quest remained incomplete. He had photographed 168 of the 169 signs, but delayed snapping the final one until he could get Rell to join him for the occasion.
The 41-year-old Shelton resident has made it his mission to photograph every one of the blue signs. He traveled the state snapping photos, learning something about the towns he visited.
Fatone said he's planning to compile his pictures and stories about the state's signs into a book. He thought it would be fitting if the final image included him and Rell standing by the Hartford history sign. Until a couple of weeks ago, his efforts were unsuccessful until he sent a mass e-mail to everyone in Rell's office.
It worked. On Thursday at 10 a.m., Fatone met with the governor by the sign, located on a church's grounds and had a friend take a picture. Fatone said the photo opp lasted about 10 minutes. He said Rell "seemed intrigued about my hobby. I chatted with her and explained it to her. She seemed very receptive and interested."
The Hartford picture was the grand finish of a project that Fatone started when he was 27. He said he's always had a curious mind, and that is what drove him to embark on such a journey.
"I've always been an explorer ... and I love Connecticut ... and I love maps," said Fatone. "The first picture I took was the Trumbull sign on White Plains Road. I was just driving along one day, taking pictures, and it just developed into something I had to finish."
Though he has a "real" job in the state Department of Transportation's traffic management sector, based out of State Police Troop G barracks in Bridgeport, Fatone has been serious about his unique hobby. His quest has taken a great deal of commitment, sometimes requiring him to visit as many as four or five towns in a single day. But, he said, he's gotten as much out of the effort as he's put into it. "I've gotten to see what the entire state is like," he said.
The signs are located in every Connecticut municipality, usually on the green or at the city or town hall. Out of all the places he's visited, Fatone said Washington was his favorite. "It's very quaint, quiet, and has some of the coolest restaurants and shops," Fatone explained. Other memorable pit stops include a maple syrup festival in Hartland, the abundant antiques and collectibles in Putnam and the Frog Bridge in Willimantic.
Throughout the course of his travels, Fatone became something of a celebrity. He said, over time, people began to recognize him, and one elderly man even called him the "sign guy." People have also asked for his advice on the best places to go in the state. "Everyone is always asking me where to go for dinner, or vacation, or where to find the best sites. It's amazing," said Fatone.
In a written statement, Rell expressed admiration and appreciation for Fatone's efforts. "I think that what Tom is doing is really great, and I was thrilled to be asked to play a small role in his project," the statement reads. "Especially this year, when we are celebrating Connecticut's 375th anniversary, we want to shine a bright spotlight on every one of our cities and towns. Tom is doing just that. Every one of our towns is special. Each has its own history and its own story to tell, and Tom is helping to tell those stories. He's become an ambassador of sorts, and I look forward to reading his book when it is released."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I can't believe it's Wednesday already

Any one have a clue what this is? Must have been a seed dropped by a bird in my garden

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Off to DC my boy goes

I had to get him up to the school at 6 am to get loaded up with his 25 classmates. They are going today to Washington DC until Friday for the 8th grade trip. He wasn't awake here and not happy mom was snapping pictures so I only got this one picture

Monday, May 24, 2010

More Martha's Vineyard

Anybody have a clue what this is?

I think these are red wing black bird babies

Swan pond


Fancy Place

I think he was 8 weeks old, named Jonesy

Gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Alpaca Farm

This is my Favorite picture.

Doesn't he look like those ewoks from Starwars movie??

This baby was born today at 10:30 am

my favorite, she is the spunky one of the bunch

more of the new baby

They have 1 llama, she looks more like a camel which they are related to

Martha's Vineyard

Black Dog is a well known item on The Vineyard

This is the Norton Anti Virus 's guys house

Gay Head light house. Town Name changed to Aquinnah no longer Gay head, something to do with the Indians

Lee-Ann, Elaine and Karen, my co-workers. Karen owns the house we stayed in

We had a great time, the weather couldn't have been any better. We went to the beach to pick up rocks, shopping, ate a LOT, hiked in the woods to a beach, saw Swans swimming, rode bikes around town and had an all around nice weekend

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Here's whats blooming Thursday afternoon

Biddie, these are the smelly yellow flowers I was talking about



Another Columbine. I have 4 different colors now. Of course my camera batteries went dead so I couldn't get the other colors. Maybe tomorrow if I have a little time so spare

Does this fur make me look fat?

Most everyone that comes over calls him Fat Cat. As you can see, his belly almost drags on the ground and it sways back and forth when he runs

Whats blooming Thursday

I'm a day late for Blooming Wednesday because it was raining most of this week, today I didn't have much time before I left for work and I used my cheap Nikon Coolpix camera so the quality is not so great.
I am off to the Vineyard tomorrow. Martha's Vineyard that is. We leave after work and will be back Sunday night. My Boss' wife invited us to their house for the weekend and the weather is supposed to be fabulous.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I started another punch rug last night

I took a pattern from the magazine, Create and Decorate that was designed for something else. Hopefully this week I can get it finished. We have a flea market coming in September that I need to get some stuff ready for and hope I can sell some things for some extra money in my pocket

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Motocross 338 Southwick, MA

Tyler taking off in one of his races

Dad watching. My sister Lois' husband

Tyler spitting up some dirt

for you Cheryl

COrey waiting for his race to take off

he had a full gate

Lots of riders to try and beat

Corey and my nephew Tyler raced yesterday. It was a nice day to be outside and they both did really well. Corey is #58 and Tyler is #103

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