We had 6 - 8 inches of snow last night. Another storm is forecast for tomorrow. Welcome to the north country.
Monday, December 31, 2007
We had 6 - 8 inches of snow last night. Another storm is forecast for tomorrow. Welcome to the north country.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Then there are the squirrels. I put some seed out hoping to attract some birds. But of course the squirrels found it first. This very fat grey squirrel arrived first.
But the red squirrel chased him off and I imagine we'll be seeing a lot of him from now on.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I am looking forward to cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing at camp next week and signed up for a line-dancing class next month :)
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Some of the words are doozies. Did you know that pharisaic means self-righteous?
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
There is one caveat. When I was researching arthritis medication, I read somewhere that the following effect can come into play. Arthritis flare-ups tend to be cyclical. By the time the pain gets bad enough that the patient looks for some new type of medication, it is probably about time for the pain to subside on its own. So improvements that are attributed to the medication may actually have nothing to do with it. The timing in my case seems much too coincidental. But maybe I'll just take Aleve for the next couple of days and see what happens.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I found someone who has the same great grandparents that I have. I think that means we are third cousins. We are now sharing our findings about our ancestors.
I ordered photos of the headstones of ancestors buried in Indiana in the mid-1850's. You can do that at http://www.findagrave.com/. They have volunteers who take email requests and go out and take the photos.
I found out which cemetery they were in from a family tree on http://www.rootsweb.com/. On that same very extensive family tree I found ancestors way back to the 11th century in England. And they include King Henry I, one of whose large number of illegitimate children is supposedly an ancestor of mine. That particular ancestor has his own entry in Wickipedia. Who knows whether the data that far back is correct, but it is fun to look at all the same. I'm going to concentrate on tracking down those ancestors who immigrated to this country. There are lots of ships lists available on the web so I'll see how many I can find. Several of my ancestors were on the Mayflower and the ships that followed soon after.
Then there are the digital books. I ordered a county history on CD from Amazon. It includes digital versions of 4 books of Pennsylvania history and I found several good leads, including photos of some ancestors' homes.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/ led me to the Google book search. You can put in a name in the vital records website and it leads you to occurrences of the name in digital books through which you can search on books.google.com.
I also learned abut the GEDCOM file standard. I can export my data from Family Tree Maker to GEDCOM files and there is lots of free software on the web that can turn those files into HTML. My ultimate goal is to create a website with all the genealogical data hyperlinked together.
And best of all, I finally know how to spell "genealogy".
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
That was a surprise. I was very good at Thanksgiving dinner, which was yesterday since AAJ were at the in-laws on Thursday. I didn't even have any stuffing. But I also have greatly reduced my exercising since my arthritic hip is really bothering me.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
The water was so beautiful and calm when we got to the bay that we paddled along the shore a bit to the green spot on the satellite view. This is what it looked like on the ground.After our 9 mile round trip paddle we loaded the boat back on the car and drove to Ocean City for dinner. We had yummy wood-fired pizza at Piccini's, where we have eaten on many previous trips.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Today was also forecast to be calm(ish) so we loaded the kayak on the car and headed for Island Beach state park. We were going to paddle in Barnegat Bay, but it was very windy by the time we got there. So we gave up on paddling and took a long walk on the beach instead. The sand there is nice and firm once the tide has gone out a bit, so it was very comfortable walking. There were quite a few fishermen and their trucks on the beach, but that was better than all the buildings that we usually see on our shore walks, so it was a nice change.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Many double-crested cormorants
Several great blue herons
A pair of common loons in winter plumage
A pair of swans
Several common terns
And some small gulls that were probably Bonaparte's
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The article points to the Earth Observatory Web site where I could get lost for hours looking at the cool photos.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I've realized another reason that Weight Watchers works. You weigh in the same day every week. So no matter how bad you are during the week, as long as you get your weight down for that one day, you made it. But that means your weight is down going into the next week. My posting my weight every Saturday has the same effect. It's definitely an added incentive to have that goal every week.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
But yesterday, I forgot and put out a lot of seed late in the day. It was gone the next morning and at least part of the reason was raccoons. I know that because this evening three very bold raccoons appeared on the deck expecting a handout. I shooed them away 4 times and at that point it was quite dark so they may have come back yet again. The last time I spoke to them through the screen door (I didn't dare open it or they would have come right in the house) one was pushing on the door with his nose, so I poked his nose and told him to stop being so cute and to go away. I tried to get a picture but it was getting dark and I couldn't get a good shot through the screen or use the flash through the glass door. So this photo is very fuzzy but I just had to post it anyway.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
We put in on Floodwood Pond, went down the stream past Little Square Pond, into Copperas Pond, portaged into Whey Pond, portaged again into Rollins Pond, paddled the length of Rollins, and then had to get out and pull the boats through the stream back into Floodwood due to low water.
I tried using our wheels on the portage from Copperas into Whey and they were a complete failure. At the first root I hit, the wheels just slid back and off the end of the boat. My single kayak does not have a section with parallel sides like our double on which to attach the wheels. I let a salesman talk me out of the type of wheels I need, which just slip over the end of the boat and attach into the cockpit area to prevent the wheels from sliding off. I'll definitely get some of those before coming back next year.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
We ogled all the neat great camps on the lake. We were surprised that every one of them has the same Adirondack camp color scheme - dark brown siding and green roof. Just like our color scheme, which we chose after seeing yet another great camp on Tupper Lake that our builder took us to.
We were surprised at how little water was coming over Bog River falls. We landed near the bottom of the falls and walked under the road on the rocks, most of which are normally under water.
As we headed north up the western shore, the wind began to pick up. By the time we decided to head back to the car, it was really blowing. So we had a hard paddle through the whitecaps, wearing our kayak skirts to keep most of the water out of the boat. We got soaking wet but the temperature was in the 80's so we didn't mind and it was great exercise.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
We discovered that our theory on why the leaves are changing so fast was correct - it is definitely because it is so dry. One reason we chose that portion of the Raquette River is that it is lined with swamp maples, which we expected to be bright red. Instead, they haven't even started changing color yet. They are right on the banks of the river, so they are still getting plenty of water.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I really need to lose weight - for all sorts of reasons, topmost of which have to do with general good health and getting weight off my arthritic hips, knees, and ankles.
I had success many years ago with Weight Watchers, but it is expensive and difficult to do from my two homes. I know what I need to do to lose weight, I just need the will power. So instead of paying a group of unknowns to watch my weight at Weight Watchers, I decided to employ those of you who read my blog, which is mainly close family members.
So I'll try to remember to post my weight every week, and if you don't see it going down, please fill free to post all sorts of insulting comments.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The wildlife had already decided we were gone for the season, as indicated by the deer browsing right next to the house while we were eating lunch.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
In the afternoon we cruised Johnstone Strait looking for killer whales. We found some at a distance in the preserve set aside for them. You can tell this is a male orca from the size of the dorsal fin. A couple "floating Hyatts" passed us while we were there so it is understandable that the preserve was created to project the whales from passing ships. There is a "rubbing beach" within the preserve where the whales rub against the rocks on the beach and no one is sure why they do it. The cetacean expert on board was ecstatic to witness the behavior in person.
Monday, September 10, 2007
After lunch we continued south through British Columbia’s inside passage and had a great view of Dall's porpoises riding the bow wave of the ship.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
We took a bus trip to Mendenhall Glacier, and to the national museum, and then had an opportunity to go shopping. We stopped in a bookstore and I found a quilt shop where I got another quilting fabric. Now I won’t be able to travel anywhere without searching out the nearest quilting store. I wonder if there is one in Corvallis.
In the afternoon we got underway and didn’t do much wildlife or scenery viewing. But one of our great naturalists gave a neat talk on cetaceans, so they are always finding ways to keep us occupied.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Krill?? One of the naturalists scooped some water from Glacier Bay, put it under the microscope, and projected the image on a screen. We saw krill, very young clams, and other cool stuff.
We woke this morning in Glacier Bay National Park, right next to Johns Hopkins Glacier. We had wonderful views of several glaciers and saw and heard some calving.
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But we also saw some great wildlife. There were lots of harbor seals hauled out on the icebergs in front of the glaciers. We watched a couple of brown bears in a salmon stream, one of which was a master fisherman. I saw her (according to the park naturalist who came on board for this part of the trip it was a female) scoop up and eat two salmon within a short period of time. Then we watched several mountain goats climbing around on Gloomy Knob; Stellar sea lions hauled out on the rocks;and a group of tufted puffins in the water below. Then we moved on and in two different spots saw a black wolf which we were able to watch for quite a while. What a treat. And just about everywhere we stopped we saw bald eagles. There were other birds as well such as parasitic jaegers, scoters, pelagic cormorants, and various gulls.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
After lunch we took a zodiac ride around the Inian Islands as the tide was coming in from the Pacific bringing more salmon. We had great fun with the Stellar sea lions who came to investigate the boat. We also saw more sea otters and interesting birds.
Another great day in southeast Alaska.
Monday, September 3, 2007
But what a great day. It started before breakfast with several humpback whales sighted near the ship. Then a group of about 6 humpback whales using bubble nets to feed was sighted. The ship changed course and followed them for quite a while. While watching the whales we also saw a brown bear with two cubs walking along a salmon spawning stream and bald eagles also at that stream.
After breakfast we loaded into the zodiacs to go ashore for hiking and kayaking. Here is the ship as seen from the zodiac.The landing spot was near a salmon stream and there were two brown bears fishing at the mouth of the stream. We saw them from the kayak and then W saw them again when he took a hike.
The kayaking was nice, but we really missed our own boat and equipment. We got back to the ship in time for a late lunch; then the ship went back into Chatham Strait for more whale watching. There was an even bigger group of whales bubble net feeding (about a dozen) and young ones breeching and generally trying to get their mothers’ attention. We heard trumpet blowing for the first time. The more common blows are eerie enough – a very primordial sound. The trumpet blows are even more so.
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In addition, the weather was wonderful – warm and sunny. By late afternoon I actually left the whale watching and went back to the cabin because I’d had too much sun, which is not a problem you usually have in southeast Alaska.