Category Archives: Outdoors

Point A to Point B

Packed!

St. Louis Souvenirs

Goodbye Silky’s

Goodbye Bestie!

Goodbye Garden!

Moving reveals many lessons most involving humility (oh yeah? You think you are organized?) and realizations that you have too many belongings. When it was all said and done (and canoe, houseplants, bikes, rabbits, chickens, etc.) given away to the neighbors, all our earthly possessions fit onto a 26′ truck which Smoochie and the Spy drove across the country towing a car. Baby, Zilla and I flew and our flight was conveniently cancelled the morning of our journey. Fortunately we were comfortable at Zilla’s best friend’s house when informed of this cancellation and decided to take a flight to Boston later in the day.

Uncle Kenny picked us up in Boston

From there just a short drive (less than 2 hours) to our new [rental] home in Maine!

While we were unpacking we spotted this little gardener snake and I thought, YOU have got to be kidding me with the snakes! We are the reptile whisperers, even in Maine! Our first full day we unpacked the truck and went straight to the beach…

50 something degree water; so refreshing!

It is very exciting to be exploring a whole new place!!

Look! An arch!

Pretty great first week in Maine!

Fall Potpourri

Another very fall tomato

Halloween Chickens!

And the behind-the-scenes of the chicken photo shoot:

Radish eyeballs

Fibers show at my school’s art gallery

This was my favorite piece

In school news, I recently gained approval from my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for my doctoral research project. It was a very rigorous process that involved fun steps such as writing a 45 page paper, completing a 37 page IRB application and making multiple revisions over several months; all of that while keeping up with regular coursework, clinical hours and my regular day job. Like I said, fun! My project is going to be very simple; seeing if the addition of exercise (walking 20 minutes, 5 times a week) helps to improve symptoms of depression. I will begin collecting data soon, just as soon as I get final approval from my hospital (where I work). The actual approval should be no problem, it just involves scheduling/assembling like every member of the senior management team and several physicians in one place at one time; which as it turns out, is also a very fun process. I usually don’t share tedious details of my life like this, but am asking for a few prayers for me in the final stages of this process; they would be much appreciated!

Back to the potpourri of pics from the past month or so!

Halloween!

Someone with a giant camera took these 2 photos

Sports photography isn’t my strong suit but I did get this one amazing shot (of another kid on the team; not the Spy):

Practicing our selfies in the stands #footballfans

Cheerleading fan may be more accurate for ‘Zilla!

She got a big haircut!

We got our first frost

And not too much longer until we will really have to stop calling Babyzilla “baby!”

Due February 2nd :)

Thanks for visiting and have a happy thanksgiving!!

Late September/Early October in Spy Garden

Moonflower

Asters

Little pink globes

Some type of eggshell found in the woods with a little snail

Spy Garden

Late September!! The fall weather has been slow to arrive!

A few tomatoes have managed to survive our extreme neglect

At the library we noticed this painting with monarchs:

“Monarch” (get it?)

Well executed trompe l’oeil

Trompe l’oeil means trick of the eye and is a painting technique that makes a painting appear three dimensional. It was used in all the paintings being shown (they aren’t collages); these are all watercolor paintings. The artist is Kent Addison.

Pointing out a tear in the paper that is really trompe l’oeil

Reading in the library

12 years old!

Homecoming Parade

Llama (and alpaca) refusing to participate in the parade haha

Getting to meet some “Silkies”