Wednesday Wanderings:A Colder Cold, Become Mentally Strong, Tomatillo Fossil, and Winter Photo Slideshow

And you thought Winter in New England got cold!: Scientists Make Colder Cold We can all use some mental strength now and again. Here are four ideas based on the philosophy of Stoicism that may help: Mentally Strong Do you think they had chili verde competitions, too?: Tomatillo Fossil This is how I like to … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings:A Colder Cold, Become Mentally Strong, Tomatillo Fossil, and Winter Photo Slideshow

Monday Musings: Uh, Mother Nature? WTF?

We got hammered with snow at the end of the week, as did many. The overnight stuff was heavy and wet, and then turned somewhat drier as Friday went on. And, of course, we had some business that HAD to be taken care of on Friday. So, out we went into the teeth of it. … Continue reading Monday Musings: Uh, Mother Nature? WTF?

Monday Musings: Easter Dinner (Early Bird Style), The End of the Syrup Season, Spring?, and A New Bread Book

We had our family Easter dinner on Friday this year. It was the only day everyone could get together. We were at Krysta and Kleber's, and Steph, Jill, John, and Carter were all there. It was nice to have everyone in one place. It's been harder and harder to find times for these holiday get-togethers … Continue reading Monday Musings: Easter Dinner (Early Bird Style), The End of the Syrup Season, Spring?, and A New Bread Book

Monday Musings: On the IR List, Winter Is Still Here, and Maple Syrup Time

Somewhere, somehow in the last couple of weeks, I either badly sprained or tore a deep muscle in my back. I actually had to go to the doctor with it. I was on a course of prednisone, and am on clyclobenzprine (Flexeril), which is a muscle relaxant. I had a few not very pleasant days … Continue reading Monday Musings: On the IR List, Winter Is Still Here, and Maple Syrup Time

Monday Musings: The Sap is Running!

For those wondering if Spring is ever coming, I can now say: Yes! Not only are some of the birds beginning to sing their Spring songs, the sparrows have been revisiting their nesting sites under our air conditioning units. One more sign: the sap is running in the trees. We have sugar maples on our … Continue reading Monday Musings: The Sap is Running!

Winter Pond: Revisiting an Old Essay

I wrote this piece in 2003. It placed second in a contest on a pond blog I followed. Since we are having a rather cold, snowy Winter this year, I thought I'd repost it here today. Yes, I wrote the piece in November, but it seems somehow appropriate for February.     A Pond In … Continue reading Winter Pond: Revisiting an Old Essay

Monday Musings: Enough, Already!

The snow continues. I think I am going to just go ahead and call this whole winter Snowmageddopacalypzilla! It is like a huge, white, frozen monster that just keeps attacking and swallowing everything. I can just barely see the tops of a few of the corner post finials on the garden fence. When I walk … Continue reading Monday Musings: Enough, Already!

Monday Musings: Finished? Now, What?, Even More Snow, and Books

I called The End on the novel revision about a week ago. It's a tough thing, at least for me. I mean, you can always make it better, right? Up to a point, yes. And, then, you have to realize that you have done all that you can, at least at that point. When I … Continue reading Monday Musings: Finished? Now, What?, Even More Snow, and Books

Wednesday Wanderings: Snow!, US States Trivia, Futuristic Piano, and Foxes

In case you missed it, we got a little bit of snow this week. Our yard measures about two feet. Here are some pictures from up here in NH of Snowmageddopocalypzilla: Blizzard Pictures One weird fact about every state in the Union. Some are, well, interesting: State Trivia Pianist Gergely Boganyi and a team of … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Snow!, US States Trivia, Futuristic Piano, and Foxes

Wednesday Wanderings: Super Bowl Trivia, Winter Wonderlands, Ice Sculpture, and Frosty Flowers

Since the Super Bowl is nearly upon us, let's see how well you do on this Super Bowl trivia game. (For the record, I stunk!): Super Bowl Trivia It seems winter is truly here. Let's give the old man his due and look at some of the top winter wonderlands around the world: Winter Wonderlands … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Super Bowl Trivia, Winter Wonderlands, Ice Sculpture, and Frosty Flowers