Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 12, 2016

November 12, 2016

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I was up early today and at work a little after 7:00. I was opening up for folks working overtime. We have been very busy – job security. I snapped a photo of this chicken on our reception desk. I was waiting to let people in the building. I was the manager on site.

The thrill this morning was about 20 or so mini-rail cars getting ready for a weekend trip. They were starting from our building and heading north to Lincoln. I have always thought these rail cars look like great fun.

I let them use our restrooms so they were extra grateful. They clanged their bells and blew their whistles as they headed out. Below is a link to the video that I shot when they left.

Enjoy the ride!ūüôā

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016

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Happy Halloween!

Tomorrow is November 1st – but tonight – we can still glory in the orange glow of October! Above are my current Jack o’Lanterns. Concord folks are trick or treating tonight. They have a clear but chilly night. Last night (Gate Night) was warmer but there was rain! I was surprised that I had 66 trick or treaters! Last year, I had 39. There were many Jedi’s last night – out and about!

I have been having more Casper sightings too. The most recent – Saturday the 29th.

Enjoy your Halloween!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

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Jack o’lantern – Take 2

I carved my second jack o’lantern tonight. It rained most the day (we desperately need the rain. We are in a severe drought). We may get thunderstorms later. It is eerily warm tonight – in the low 60s right now. The colder weather is heading our way. It is supposed to be very windy this weekend too. The foliage is falling quickly.

It is a great night to sit and relax. I am going to pour myself a glass of wine and enjoy the evening! Have a great evening everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

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Fall is in Full Bloom – A Casper Sighting & More

Even though we had a dry summer and have been in a severe drought, the trees have been quite lovely this year. You really cannot beat New Hampshire in the autumn! ¬†I would never live anywhere else. ¬†I love our 4 seasons! ¬†I don’t even mind the snow as long as my power stays on, and I don’t need to shovel my car outūüôā My snow tires have helped a great deal.

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I have been seeing Casper the past few weeks – but I either am in a hurry and can’t stop or didn’t have my camera with me. ¬†Today – I had the Nikon and my new 18-300mm lens. ¬†It was drizzling and a bit dark; however, I did get a couple decent shots that I cropped.

Creepy story Рin honor of Halloween:  I was in a meeting last week, and we were talking about unusual graves in the area.  Someone spoke of a grave in Concord where the person was afraid of being buried alive so had pipes for air and a door on the grave.  Well, I went out in search of it and found it!  Creepy Рbut back not too far in history Рfolks were afraid of being buried alive because mistakes were made.  Medical science was not what it is today.  The grave had 2 pipes in the back. There was a door Рlatched and locked and two handles.  Creepy!!!

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I have carved my first jack o’lantern of the season – the New Moon white pumpkin. It was getting too ripe.

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Enjoy your week!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 1, 2016

October 1, 2016

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My Favorite Month is Here!

I LOVE October! I like the crispness in the air – the foliage – and Halloween. I went to Marshall’s Pumpkin Stand just down the road from me to buy some pumpkins.

We are in a bad drought so the foliage will most likely not be very good this year. The leaves are drying out quickly and falling to the ground before they have a chance to turn color. Today, we have had some rain. We need it! The water department has a sign out to “Please not water outside.”

I spend the afternoon – putting out some of my Halloween decorations. It is starting to look festive!

Have a great October!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | September 5, 2016

September 5, 2016

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Happy Labor Day!

Summer is NOT over! ¬†It just seems that way with all the campers and boats on the road – heading home! ¬†We have a bit more time before summer is officially over. ¬†I stayed close to home today. ¬†It was nice not to fight the traffic. ¬†I took mom to breakfast at the Newel Post. ¬†I had a slice of apple pie for lunch – yes – that was all. ¬†I did my laundry. ¬†Late afternoon – I picked up my mom, and we had ice cream at Richardson’s in Boscawen. ¬†In true yankee fashion – dessert was first. ¬†After – I picked us both up a 6 inch sub at Subway.

It was a nice relaxing day really!  I heard that 93 was a parking lot Рthe traffic was so bad.

It was a great long weekend.  The weather was beautiful.  We really could use quite a bit of rain.  It is bone dry here.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

 

 

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

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Smokey “the” Bear

I always like seeing Smokey “the” Bear at the Boscawen Old Home Day Parade. ¬†I wonder if kids today know his story or the song? ¬†I always say Smoke the Bear because of the song. Smokey Bear just sounds weird to me (like White Park in Concord that I – like many others- say White’s Park).

It was a beautiful weekend.  It was a tad warm Рbut at least not humid.  Sunday РKerry and Jean La Valley hosted their annual BBQ.  There was a lot of people and a lot of food!  It is always good to see everyone.

We are in a drought.  We are currently having the second warmest August on record and may reach #1 by the end of the month.

Most schools have started or will be starting this week.  It is hard to believe.  I am holding on to summer for awhile Рthough I love the fall.  It is my favorite season, and it goes by too quickly.

Enjoy your day and remember “Only You Can Prevent Wild Fires.”

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016

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August 16th! Ahhhhh!

Where has the summer gone? I cannot believe it is already the middle of August. Back to School commercials are on and many kids start school next week! I am glad we weren’t cheated a week or so of our summers! We never started until after Labor Day!

It has been a very hot and dry summer! We are still in a drought. It did rain a bit today – but not enough to help! We may get some thunder storms tonight – but I am not getting excited. We have pretty much been cheated with them too. I like a good thunder storm as long as it isn’t dangerous or takes out the power.

This weekend the weather is supposed to be fairly decent (read not a Hazy Hot and Humid Hell Hole). I think we have only had 2 fire pits at my mom’s this summer. We are planning on having one Saturday night. There will be s’mores!ūüôā

August 10th was Happy S’mores Day, and I came across a photo on line that looked similar to my above recreation (except it was done inside by the looks in a studio). I loved it and just had to try to do a similar shot outside – so this past Saturday – I made the little S’more man and the little campfire (tiny campfires are NOT easy to make). It was a fun shot to create.

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Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 5, 2016

August 5, 2016

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Ahhhh, Summer!

We are having a lovely summer – though we really could use some rain. ¬†We are in a moderate drought here in Boscawen area – southern NH is in a severe drought. ¬†The last two weeks in July – my mom, Aunt MaryJane and I were at Newfound Lake again. ¬†What a glorious lake. ¬†I love it there. ¬†It doesn’t get much better than being lakeside! ¬†I read 5 books! ¬†We had only about a minute of rain during the entire two weeks – though the first Wednesday we had a severe and scary wind storm. ¬†We had never seen anything like it! ¬†Branches down everywhere and the water looked like the ocean during a storm!

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The photo does not do it justice.

The Summer Olympics in Rio have started.  Tonight, I am watching the opening ceremony.  It is always so interesting to watch the festivities and the events!

It may be August Рbut hopefully plenty of great weather for a while.  Michael, Rachel, and baby Clara come for a visit next week!  We cannot wait to see them!

Have a great summer everyone!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016

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The River Lady

I can’t believe that it is almost the 4th of July! What happened to June! Today is absolutely gorgeous! A nice breeze – it isn’t too hot and the air is dry. Perfection! ¬†The above photo is the fist time that I saw the River Lady. ¬†She was all decked out for the 4th of July!

I came across the River Lady last weekend. She was moored at the dock. I have heard that Harold and Wendy will be taking her through the Great Lakes and go through the Erie Canal.

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I am hoping they post photos on Facebook! I have been lucky enough to have 2 rides on the River Lady – up and down the Contoocook River. She is such a unique and lovely ship – built by Harold and Wendy from an old Popular Mechanics blueprint with some of their own touches. A Subaru engine powers the wheel. I was lucky enough to pilot her for a few minutes one very warm evening.

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At the helm of the River Lady Riverboat

Since summer is now in full swing – I figured I would share a favorite summer recipe.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July holiday!

Summer Squash Casserole (given to my mom from Helene Watts years ago)

1 1/2 lbs. diced (sliced) summer squash (salt optional)
1 large carrot grated (or thinly sliced)
1 small onion cut up
1 can cream of chicken soup (or can substitute cream of mushroom, etc.)
1/2 pint sour cream
1 stick oleo (aka margarine/butter)
1 pkg. Pepperidge Farm Dressing

Stew squash, onion, and carrot until tender. Drain off water. Add sour cream, soup, and mix. Melt oleo and mix with dressing. Put 1/2 in bottom of greased dish then squash. Then put other 1/2 on top.

Bake 350 for 35-40 minutes.

(You can vary – use zucchini and summer squash, etc.)

I like this even cold!

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