Summer Vacation and Movie Review

Last week I had a much needed stay-cation. My parents come up every July and I take the time off to spend with them every moment I can knowing I won’t see them again until December. Usually we have amazing weather but I guess we can’t get lucky every year. We had some good days and some not so good but still had a great time.

On one of those not so great days we decided to go bowling which none of us had done in years. I had not been bowling in over 10 year and it was a blast. Watching the kids bowl was a lot of fun, they didn’t care about the score just that they knocked some pins over and got to throw a ball around.

Ok, my Mom claimed she had not been bowling for 5 years but I have my suspicions …. she kicked butt and took names both of our games.


Nick has never really been bowling and he had more of a ball toss than roll but it worked for him.


On the other bad weather day we went to the movies. We wanted to pick a kid friendly movie so we chose to see Maleficent. I had not really thought about seeing it before but I am very glad we did. It wasn’t at all what I expected considering I was thinking of the animated Sleeping Beauty with actors. Boy was I wrong. The story is not the Disney animated Sleeping Beauty at all.

In Maleficent we see the story of how she came to be a spiteful and cruel “queen”. A love gone bad and powers to make him pay, she puts a curse on his daughter which can be broken by no one. The only thing that can possibly break it is true loves kiss. She is certain true love does not exist so the curse will be for eternity. What she does not realizes is true love need not be a man’s love for a woman.

Maleficent was beautifully filmed and the effects were great. We see a winged fairy Maleficent flying around her world full of amazing color and beauty. Angelina Jolie played Maleficent amazingly well as did her sidekick Diaval (Sam Riley). I definitely recommend this movie for a family movie night. I was worried some of it may be too scary for young kids but my seven year old enjoyed it very much and gave it two thumbs up as well.

Hope you are all enjoying summer.


Blanding’s Turtle

Today a turtle was saved from becoming road kill. This guy or gal was in the middle of the road as cars drove around or over it. I took some pictures and let it go on it’s way. Blanding’s turtles are endangered in New Hampshire. They are found in Southeastern NH in wetland habitats but lay their eggs in sandy areas during June. They are threatened mostly by road incidents and loss of their habitat. They are currently protected under state law.

You can distinguish the Blanding’s by the yellow of it’s throat and chin and the yellow speckles on the carapace.

It was awesome to be able to see this guy today. I like him and glad he was rescued to live another day.



Mason Jar Salads

I can’t remember where I first saw this idea but I absolutely love it and have been using this method for over a year now.

I love having salads at work for lunch but I also didn’t have a lot of room in my lunch bag for all the containers. Quick and easy fix – use a mason jar.

I start by pouring some salad dressing in the bottom of the jar. Be careful because it doesn’t look like much when you pour it in but a small amount goes a long way. (In this pic I had added the tomato already which is ok because the dressing won’t make the tomato soggy.)


Then I add the tomato, cucumber and carrot, and you can add any other vegetable that will not get soggy when sitting in dressing.


I added some feta cheese and bacon into this salad, super yummy.


I add the lettuce on last and fill as much as possible. It’s that easy and you have a delicious, not soggy, salad to take with you to work or the beach.


You can make so many different types of salads this way. I sometimes add chicken in on top of the lettuce. I will sometimes add in a hard boiled egg. I prepare the night before and it’s ready to pack in the morning.



Currently Reading – The Art of Leaving by Anna Stothard

My current read is The Art of Leaving by Anna Stothard.

On the back cover -
Leaving comes naturally to Eva Elliott: she spent her childhood abandoning schools and cities. Now she enjoys the thrill of saying goodbye much more than the butterflies of a first smile or kiss. There’s so much more potential in walking away, and Eva has a dangerously vivid imagination.

My first thoughts on this book -
I am enjoying it so far. It is taking me a while to read because it’s summer and it tends to get really busy around my house.

Eva is a quirky woman working in a publishing company where she is the editor of romance novels. She is currently dating Luke, and has been for 3 years, although she has tried leaving him more than once and always ends up back with him. They now live together but she finds herself dreaming of leaving him. She seems to have not escaped her childhood of moving from place to place, but instead of physical moves, she moves from people instead.

It will be interesting to see where Eva goes from here. Will she leave Luke for good?

Happy Reading.



Country Living

One of the great things about living in the country is this….

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You get to see lots of wildlife in your own backyard. This young guy decided to check out the dogs. Roux, in the pictures above, barked a few times, then just stood there and stared at him. I am sure she had no idea what he was and he seemed just as curious. He was small, relatively speaking, so he was probably last years calf and has now been forced to be on his own.

The day before I had seen a rabbit cross the driveway in front of my car. I stopped and watched it munch on some vegetation and then hop off. And just today I watched as a lone turkey walked across the lawn and out in to the woods. Being a photographer, this is a great place to be. Too bad I don’t always have my camera with me to get the shot. Luckily when the moose arrived I ran inside and grabbed my camera before he took off.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

Happy Weekend!


Summer Garden

Tomorrow is the official start to summer and the lettuce looks like it will be ready just in time. There is nothing like picking fresh lettuce from the garden. You will never get a better tasting more fresh salad.



The other vegetables will take a little longer – this corn is supposed to be knee high by the fourth of July. It looks like it will be right on schedule.


Happy First Day of Summer Everyone!