Saturday, July 28, 2012

Seven Swans A-Swimming

Here you see only one because...
Ozzie the swan

I didn't have my camera with me when A and I went for a walk this morning.

We walked along Front Beach and watched as seven swans made their way single file down the Mill Brook to where it enters the sea.  It was Ozzie and Harriet with their five children.  They have moved north for the summer. (From Henry's Pond in the south end of town). Then they all went a-swimming.

And no camera.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Some Saturday Stuff

I've been trying to take most weekends off - no work allowed.  Mostly.  I have cheated and gotten moving earlier in the day to get some work done so that I have had the rest of the day free.  Yesterday, late morning, R wanted to go back to the White Elephant 'reject' shop in Essex.  We had been there the Saturday before and he thought he might have missed picking up a record.  Yes, as in LP, vinyl, 33.3.  The reject shop is the stuff that's too beat up or whatever for the White Elephant Antique Shop just down the road a mile.

I browsed with my camera.

The Saturday before, mentioned in the previous paragraph, was devoted to the Mega Cruise Car Show at Skip's.  We drove up for lunch and to wait for the show gates to open to the cars at 2 p.m.  And there were LOTS of cars.  Hundreds. They were lining up all along Rte. 110 in Merrimac...beyond as far as the eye could see.  We stood in the 90°+ heat and watched the majority file in two by two.  Then we walked around out in the field where they were parked, stopping to shoot pictures of some favorites.  Since I don't have much use for a bunch of photos of cars, I tend to go for the artsy approach or look for other interesting (to me) stuff. 

Not that I have use for those shots, either. 

Oh well.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Scary from Saturday

The arrow on this Google map...
Grant Circle on Route 128 in Gloucester

shows where some crazy person missed their exit from the rotary (Grant Circle) and decided to Back Up!

In the rotary! 

It's a rotary...go around again!


I still can't believe that someone backed up in a rotary.

Friday, July 06, 2012

A Few from the Fourth

And then it'll be on to a new topic in future posts.
The Pink Elephant waits in line
And the parade starts!
Rockport conducts a combo of the school and Legion bands with a plunger
Doc walking along side the new Thacher Island boat.  Yes, he is our town doctor.  Yes, he normally looks just like that.
Yay for the Statue of Liberty(ies)!
The parade is followed by a band concert in front of the American Legion Post.
Private fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts (uh huh).
After the concert there is a bonfire near the bandstand and just above Back Beach.  Here the firemen keep Beach Street from melting.
Frosty atop the York's barn in remembrance of the best bonfire in recent history.  (I might have blogged about that.  I'll check and update, if so.)
Of course there were many more floats and bands, including two bagpipe bands.  I'm hoping the R will post some of his July 4th pictures, too.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Red, White and Blue-ish

Independence Day - Rockport

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Weekend Work

So...I wanted to take the weekend off.

So...4 sets of keys arrived on Friday.

Of course they did!

Saturday I worked on keys after A and I went for a morning walk in town.  We are trying to walk together at least once each week.  The other days she uses her treadmill and I...well...I don't.  I work and work and work.  I just can't get caught up with everything.

Today was Try To Catch Up Day.  Did the third of three loads of laundry this weekend, with R's help I put the AC unit in the window, I sorted and reorganized and cleaned the workshop, and yes, I worked on keys.  I've finished two of the four sets and I'm well on the way to completion of set three.  Set four has been started but will still take some time to finish.

Still to do today...stop to think.  Which reminds me...yesterday, on our walk, we stopped at a shop on Bearskin Neck.  It has a very limited inventory relating to the Babson Boulders.  I bought a T-shirt with a drawing of a boulder that says "Use Your Head".  Anyway, after I finish writing this I'll jump in the shower.  Cleaning the workshop gets a person rather grimy.  Then there will be dinner to prepare...a cold macaroni salad that R likes...and maybe a short walk.  A gets out of work at 8 tonight, then I'll come home and collapse.

In case you have been waiting to find out what the picture has to do with the post, you can stop wondering.