Saturday, November 3, 2012

Oh, what a night

From the Waterfront Part to Railroad Street Bangor Maine Nov 2 2012 - click
Photo by Linda Grant
  Some of the "yellows" are hanging on, even with the wind and rain.  The geezer used to work, for a short time, on the other side of the building on the far left.
  I've been up since midnight.  I didn't want to get up, but I woke up choking and a thrush.  The thrush is what got me up.  I was a pretty bright red and tingly too, impossible to sleep through.  It was an unusual time for that, usually it's when I first get up.  Oh well, I watched the last half of the Lakers game with the Clippers; lots of fouls in that one.  Now, it's 2:00AM and I'm hungry, I'll have breakfast soon.
  Linda was out taking photos yesterday, the first sunny day for a while, and it didn't last long.  She was at the waterfront in Bangor and over by the Kenduskeag Stream too.
Kenduskeag Stream, Bangor Maine Nov 2 2012 swollen with rain - click to enlarge
Photo by Linda Grant

Friday, November 2, 2012

Some things work better than others

Antique tractors all in a row - click to enlarge
Linda Grant photo
  What still works, my brain, on occasion and what doesn't work, my whole body, on occasion; presents some challenges as I grow older.  I was going to add...and older, but I won't.
  That row of tractors was photographed at least 3 years ago and I've made a painting of only one.
Why?  Well my brain wants to do more, but the body resists.  My butt hurts from sitting too much, the table is too low, the arms can't hold out with a half shaky hand to hold a brush.
  Or maybe, just maybe, my brain is making that stuff up and I really could to it but I don't want to.
One of those is correct, now to figure out which one.
Begging to be a painting - click to enlarge
Photo by Linda Grant

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Now. That's better.

Wesley, growing up Tigger
  That's our new grandson up there, growing fast, he'll be in school next week or so it will seem.  He probably won't remember being dressed as Tigger the tiger, nor will the wee little girl in the skunk costume I save on the local TV station last night - that was cute.
  The doctors appointment went well, she says I need to walk more - that was encouraging.  I felt much better yesterday than the day before, and right nice this morning, but I haven't moved around too much either.
  The lower photo is Hollie, or Tom Brady - you decide.  She still like to get in costume as long as there is no mask and it's regular clothes.  She does try, notice the fingernails are in Patriot colors.
  So today I'll walk a little further and more often and maybe I'll be in better shape tomorrow.
Tom Brady or Hollie - one or the other
Photo by Cindy Smith

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

A frame "house" lit up with several thousand jack-o-lanterns
to raise money for Camp Sunshine-click
  Well there you are, one of several of these pumpkin events held each year in Maine.  Camp Sunshine is a summer camp for seriously ill children.  In Bangor lanterns are lit to raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy, others take place in a couple of other towns.
  Maine still has several thousand homes without power (22,000) but we got off easy compared to states to our south.  Yes, we had flooding, high winds and coastal damage but in the grand scheme of things 'easy' is the word that fits.
York, Maine during Sandy - click to enlarge

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's Raining

It was a windy day in New York Harbor, wet too.
  We were all ready for the high winds but really didn't see much of that, some rain right now but nothing abnormal with that either.  Water in the well before the ground freezes, is good.
  Not to make light of anything because some people south of Maine have really gotten hit hard, very hard.  An eighteen foot high surge of water in the NY, NJ area, that's a heck of a lot of water all at once, it flooded quite a few areas too.
  My back is on the mend, not so sure about the left hip, or that could be nerve damage who knows.  I have an appointment tomorrow with the doc, she'll tell me what's next, if anything.
  Here are a couple of photos Linda took a couple of years ago, they're too good to throw away.
2009 The forest floor, North Road, Dixmont Maine. - click to enlarge
2009 View from Ward Hill Road, Troy, Maine - click to enlarge
Sugarloaf (Center top) and other mountains out there

Monday, October 29, 2012

They did it in ten!

  I woke up a couple of minutes after the fact, but with an RBI single in the tenth inning the San Francisco Giants have won the 2012 World Series.  With a four game sweep of the Detroit Tigers no less.  There are a couple of us who are happy this morning, am I right Wilbur?
  I did sleep through much of the game, I saw it start, I woke up once during the sixth inning when the Giants took a brief lead, and as I said after the winning run.  I would loved to have been able to watch, but night games and the geezer don't go together; one of these things is not like the other.
  I know this doesn't mean a lot to some people but Wilbur has been my buddy since 1960 and that's a long time.  He has followed my blog(s) from the very start, which doesn't say a lot about how he spends his time I guess.  We are Bay Area fans by having absorbed it while stationed at NAS Alameda lo those many years ago.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On a roll

Good morning sunshine
  The trip out for coffee yesterday worked out fine, it was foggy though.  Oh well, I'm a geezer and drive slow anyway.  So..I'll try it again today and go to Walmart too.
  My back is slowly improving, and I walked to the post office yesterday too, about a half mile total.  I watched the baseball game until I went to sleep some time during the second inning, woke up during the seventh and next time it was over, so I switched over to the MLB Network to find the final score.  A win for the Giants, now they lead 3-0 in a best of 7 series, so one more win and they're the Champs.  We have our fingers crossed, Wilbur and I, or we would if it wasn't painful :).