Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

S is for Snapping Turtle

June! Ahhhh! Summer is on the horizon and Covid numbers are declining as the number of vaccinations increase. I don’t know if we will ever go completely back to what used to be “normal;” but things are looking up.

I saw this mama snapping turtle crossing a country road about a week ago. She was heading back to the marsh. Most likely, she had been out to lay her eggs.

At lunch today, I went to the local eagle’s nest, and the one eaglet is now as large as its parents. It has started flapping its wings and jumping in the nest. It is on schedule to start branching later this week. It will most likely be soaring by the 20th or so. How fast eagles grow!

I hope this finds you all well. Take care everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

May the 4th Be With You – Always πŸ™‚
Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021

Signs of Spring

Ahh! The signs of spring are all around us. Here is central NH – the snow has been gone for a while. We are in a drought (as we were going into the winter). It was not a big snow year (I wasn’t crying over that πŸ™‚ at all.) We had quite a bit of much needed rain last week and the spring colors are starting to pop. The grass is green and the spring flowers and flowering trees are blossoming. The pollen has been very high the past couple days. I have been wearing a mask outside to lessen my allergies. I am fully vaccinated – so I don’t need to wear the mask when I am not in public, but I have been on high pollen count days.

Speaking of COVID. I had not been grocery shopping at a large super market since last July and months before that. Two weeks ago around 7:00 pm – my mom and I went grocery shopping at the Market Basket in Concord. We went again this past Friday night. Folks were wearing masks and being good about social distancing and the store was not crowded since they closed at 8:00. This morning was the first time my mom and I went to Sunday mass for the first time in over a year. We have been watching mass on tv Sunday mornings. There were only about 40 people there and all were wearing masks and socially distant. Slowly things are getting a little more normal with the vaccines. New Hampshire has been very good at getting the vaccines out. There is still a way to go before there is herd immunity but in a month – we should be over 60% vaccinated (over 16 populations since no one younger can currently get a vaccine).

Spring and signs of Hope. A good thing! I pray you are all well!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021

Apricot Kolaches – My Grammy LaValley’s Recipe
My mom copied the recipe from my Grammy. My mom recently made them – OMG – AWESOME!
Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

We have a hatch! Yesterday at lunch, I took a drive to the nest to see if I could tell if there had been a hatch since it was due around 3/28. I was thrilled to see an adult bald eagle standing in the nest, and it appeared to be feeding “something.” πŸ™‚ I let the NH Audubon biologist, and he said it was the first reported hatch in the state. Yeah! I can’t wait until I see a chick or two or three. πŸ™‚ Happy Spring!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

Maisey Getting Comfortable

Introducing – Maisey! I newly adopted her from the local SPCA. My Molly had cancer and “went to college” on January 26th. She was a good kitty and greatly missed. The apartment was so quiet. I was missing the pitter-patter of little fur feet. I have always wanted a Calico. Yesterday, I received and email with “Jessi’s” photo and giving me information about her personality, (loves to give and get affection – likes to be picked up and that she was a year old), etc. I emailed back immediately and had her home in about 2 hours. She is so sweet. I renamed her Maisey. She didn’t know the name Jessi since the SPCA just gave her the name recently. I am very happy! She has been exploring the apartment. She is a climber πŸ™‚ More to come.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 16, 2020

December 16, 2020

Buckets and Bows

2020 is winding down. What a year it has been. I am hoping that 2021 will become more normal. The Covid vaccines are now starting to be distributed. Hopefully, by summer the virus will be more under control everywhere in the world. 2020 has resembled a bad sci-fi movie! A year ago, we would have never thought 2020 would have become such a challenging year.

One good thing about 2020, people have really decorated for the holidays – all of the holidays and especially Christmas. You can drive around almost any neighborhood and see so many decoration and stunning light displays. Elm Street in Penacook is exceptional this year. I took the above photo on Elm Street.

This is the first year, in many years, that I have not put together a desk calendar to give out to family and friends. I would have 150 printed professionally and most were distributed in person; but with Covid that just would not be wise – so I decided to pass on the calendars this year. Maybe next year, or I may come up with something else.

Also people are being creative on how to connect with friends and family. Love finds a way.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Take care everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 1, 2020

November 1, 2020

Orange A/4 Eagle

On this All Souls Day, I have to mention that my most favorite eagle, Orange A/4 passed away October 1st. He was found in bad shape at the end of September and died in care. I have been watching this eagle for several years. He and his mate, Orange C/K have a local nest that I have also monitored for years. Orange A/4 was always a good boy – making sure I could get a good photo of his bands every year. He was 14+. I will miss you!

I have been seeing a new adult eagle in the area (not-banded). I am hoping it is a new male and that Orange C/K will hook up with him and continue at at the local nest. Time will tell. It won’t be the same without Orange A/4 – but life goes on and the local nest has produced several new bald eagles to the population.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020


A giant phantom
floats across the sky,
its round-white heart
shines from the inside out.
Its breath tears the leaves
off the trees and sends them
scurrying across the road
like rats.
The spirit world awakens
and sends a wave of murmurs
through the empty streets
cresting toward my door,
shaking it from its hinges.
A shudder and a distant bell
echoes across the eerie night.
Voices are heard –
muffled behind creaking trees,
a chill enters the room –
the sound of footsteps
shuffle across the grass and crisp leaves.
No one is in sight.
Only shadows reaching out across the lawn
and up my front steps.
There is a knock at the door.

β€œTrick or Treat!”

by Debra LaValley

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

October – my favorite month! I love the the burst of colors! Peak came about two weeks early this year. We are in an extreme drought – perhaps that had something to do with it.

I took my lens ball (glass sphere) out yesterday and took a few shots. The above was my favorite. I have been decorating for Halloween which is going to be very strange this year with the Covid. It is still such a weird and unsettling time! I would have never guessed we would still be in the midst of a pandemic here! There seems to still be a long way to go. I am trying to be safe and make fun where I can. Jackie and I decorated my mom’s house too.

Mom’s House

I treated myself to 2 new Vermont Teddy Bears! They are Halloween special editions – a Black Cat (I named Salem) and a Bearwolf (I named Wolfy).

I was going to forgo giving out treats on Gate Night (10/30) this year – but decided I will (weather permitting). I will put a card table at the bottom of the steps and place the treats on the table. This way, social distancing can be maintained. This is as long as Boscawen is still having Trick or Treat. So far, I believe they are.

Stay safe and well everyone!

Debbie πŸ™‚

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