Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

An apple a day.......


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Every Day..........

Thanksgiving Every Day

The table is brimming with good things to eat;
We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.
The feelings that fill us today can’t be beat;
It’s Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.

But other days, sometimes things don’t seem so fine;
Those days are not polished and don’t seem to shine.
It's then in our minds, we forget all the good,
And think of the things we would get, if we could.

On days when our thinking causes us dread,
If we could remember, it’s all in our head,
And not let our minds take our gratitude away,
Then we'd make every day like Thanksgiving Day.

By Karl Fuchs

Enjoy - Coppertop

Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Green Thing

I have not been posting of late for lack of wildlife photos and just not getting out and about very much.  We are not seeing nearly as much for wildlife in our backyard not even the wild birds that use to frequent the feeders.  It is sad to be sitting outside in the fresh air and not see but maybe one woodpecker!  Next year has just got to better! 

In the meantime I do hope you enjoy this post today.  I copied this little story from a forwarded email I received this morning and wanted to share with you all.  Do you remember these things?

"The Green Thing

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were re cycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.  But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right.  We didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- n to a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.  Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right.  We didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a p plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?"  Author unknown
Enjoy your day - God Bless You!

Friday, August 12, 2011

From Rain to a Beautiful Double Rainbow!

Early last evening the sky over head became dark and in looking out the window it appeared like the clouds were going to come down and touch the ground!   As the dark clouds moved on by, the grey skies opened and it just down poured; the ground had a good inch of standing rain within just minutes.  Then it appeared, the most beautiful double rainbow revealing not only one end but both ends.

Unfortunately it was so close I was unable to get the whole rainbow in one photo.  I do so have to get a wide angle lens for such occasions!

As always clicking on photos will bring up a larger view.

 Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

WOW! A first for us!

We just had the neatest thing happen – it all a sudden started raining real hard.  We scurried to close windows but as fast as we both were, the floors were soaked on the east side of the house.  Then we saw it!  A beautiful rainbow that actually started at the base of our pear trees in the backyard.  Won’t you know I could not take picture through the window because they had rain streaming down them.  I tried to open the sliding doors to snap a photo but the rain was blowing in so hard it was impossible.  A few seconds later it seemed to let up enough so I tried opening a window and quickly snapped a picture.  Within a few more seconds the rainbow disappeared into the sky.  I wish I could have gotten this picture when the rainbow was at its brightest and before it moved on down the field some!  This is certainly a first for both my husband and I!
Here is a picture I took yesterday – I thought the clouds were unusual with the bright spot!

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Funny Ring-Billed Gulls

Another dreary day was the forecast today so my husband decided it would be a good time to take a ride up North to visit a friend who works in a Sporting Goods store.  After our visit we went into Greenville Junction and found Moosehead Lake pretty much covered with ice.  We sat at a wharf and watched some ring billed seagulls for a time.  I did not realize gulls could be so entertaining and funny.  They are very loud and noisy!  Someday hopefully I will remember my Nikon d90 is equipped with video, as a video clip with sound would have be more fun for you to watch then seeing just these pictures.

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!
Take care and enjoy your surroundings!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Crocheted Treasures

I would like to show you some of the cooler spring and summer hats that I recently crocheted. I usually crochet only during the cold winter months and I offer items for sale online, as well as donating warm hats to local charities. This year the colder weather in Maine seems to have expanded into spring and with the request of a repeat buyer, I decided to do some spring and summer hats.

I love crocheting hats for babies but I also enjoy making hats for all ages. I use patterns for my finished items but I often add my own flair to the patterns to update them or to add some "pizazz". My biggest problem is remembering to write down what I have changed so that I might repeat the design!

This post shows just a few of the new summer hats that I recently finished. A complete listing can be found at at my E-liz Treasures eCrater Store where purchases can be made with Paypal or Google checkout. If you are a fan of eBay, my eBay store is E-liz Treasures eBay Store. My eBay store carries many other items such as coasters, mugs, playing cards, wildlife themed gifts and craft pattern books to name a few. Be sure to check out all the items that I offer on that site.

 UPDATE: as of April 2016 I no longer sell items on eBay.

3-6 months
6-12 months

12-24 months
12-24 months 100% Cotton yarn


Thank you for taking a look and I hope you see something you like.
Spring is finally here. Enjoy it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Scouting Camera time again!

I finally got around to it and walked down to our wooded area to set up one of my scouting cameras two days ago.  Knowing some turkeys were in the area I decided to check it today.  As I got closer to the tree where it is strapped I could smell the after effects of a skunk and noticed quite a lot of skunk rooting activity.  I really expected to see at least one picture of a skunk on the camera card but there were none.  I did however get plenty of turkey pictures and a few with two coons.  Needless to say I only kept a couple of each.  In each of the two pictures I am posting here, the critters are looking up - now what do you suppose was up there?

Be sure to take time out for yourself and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Red Polls everywhere

Yesterday afternoon we were blessed with more snow!  Yes! I did say snow.  It has been a record season for snow fall.    Anyhow, I happened to look out and saw the backyard full of Red Poll's, they were in frenzy flying here and there, looking for food I would presume.  It was quite a sight even though short lived. 

 The picture below was taken on the morning of April 2nd.  April 1st we had a big storm and 14 inches of new snow blanketed the ground.
The picture below shows what our field looked like just days before the April 1st storm, we were looking like Spring, with brown and green grasses.  Robins were busy everywhere pulling worms from the wet ground.  Wildlife was being seen early mornings and before dark consuming all they could find of the new growth.
With 50 degree weather in the forecast we should be back to bare ground again soon.
Spring will come eventually!
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!
Stay warm and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Icy Days

Yesterday we woke to an awful sight of ice covered trees bent over touching the ground.  The day was gloomy, cold and windy.  We were without power for about 75% of the day and evening.  Good side, the power kept coming back allowing the house to re-heat, a meal to be cooked and able to have a hot cup of coffee/tea.  We were spared having to wrap in layers of clothing and bundle up in blankets to keep warm!

This morning and all day today looking outside has been special.  Although the poor trees in the picture above are still bent and all the trees are still ice covered, they have sparkled with the sun shining on them.  I've post pictures below but they don't seem to do justice to the beauty that was seen first hand.  Stepping outside, you can hear the ice shattering to the ground everywhere. 

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!
Stay warm and enjoy your surroundings!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Snowy Evening in Maine

Snowy evening in Maine - February 01, 2011

Tomorrow will be another shovel day - stay warm and remember to bend from the knees!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Geat day for Snow Shoes!

Today turned out not so bad, at least it wasn't -12 degrees like a couple days ago.  Even the sun popped out from behind the clouds for a short time.  I got out for a snow shoe walk, not as long as I planned whereas my body is not conditioned of late!  The above photo I took standing at the mouth of an old woods road that runs through our property and looking back at our home.  The photo below I just turned myself around and looked down the woods road.  I made a loop through the old apple orchard on our property and back to the house, huffing and puffing, I might add!

It is spitting snow now here and depends on the track of this next storm as to just how much snow we will get.  More than likely my tracks will be covered and I will have to do it again!

Enjoy and stay warm!

Monday, January 24, 2011

January Photos

A few January photos from our Maine backyard.

Stay warm and enjoy!