Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 4, 2020

July 4, 2020

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Happy Independence Day!

Last night, I came across a post on Facebook about a 4th of July “Not a Parade” of farmers and tractors that would be coming through downtown Penacook around “10:00 AM” on the 4th.

Just before 10:00, I went through town and saw small(socially distanced)groups starting to spread around the downtown and along Village Street along the cemetery wall (like days gone by when Penacook had its Fourth of July Parade. I picked up my mom, and we headed for Bonney Street (aka Church Hill) and faced downtown Penacook. It was about 10:20, when I was caught off guard by a rescue vehicle coming heading north. I thought they were heading on a mission, but they were really the head of the Not a Parade. I was thinking the parade would have been coming up through the downtown and heading south!

It was great fun and reminded me of all those years ago when Penacook had great parades, not only on the Fourth of July but on Memorial Day. Penacook is such a great place. I live right up the hill in Boscawen (also a great village and local Boscawen farmers, etc. also were in the Parade)!

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I have been told that Rob Morrill of Morrill’s Farm in Penacook organized the “not a parade” to celebrate not only Independence Day but the Farmers of America! Great job Rob! A huge THANK YOU for you and everyone who made up the parade as well as all the spectators who were safe and kept socially distant.

Happy 4th of July!

Debbie 🙂

Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

Let’s Start with a “Rabbit-Rabbit” – for Luck

There has been a lot going on in the country – much of it very concerning and scary. But this entry isn’t going to go into any of that. I want to post something positive! So let’s start the month with a lucky “Rabbit-Rabbit.” I called my mom early this morning to say “Rabbit-Rabbit.”  It is supposed to be good luck! We could use a change of luck. Here are a few relaxing and pleasant things to start off the second half of 2020:

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I came across a Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower.  I don’t see them very often.  They are so unique.

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Pink Lady Slipper

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Eaglet eating some of Parent’s food 🙂

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Great Blue Heron at Hot Hole Pond

I wish everyone one a better second half of the year.  I pray that you all will stay healthy and happy.  Please be safe out there too and wear a mask in public (And – keep washing those hands for 20 seconds often)! 🙂

Debbie 🙂

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020

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Yes – it was a miracle that I got a mask on Molly and lived to tell the tale!
Whahahahaha! I had to work quickly for the photo as she did not keep it on for long. Luckily, she was still for a few seconds. It must have been similar to covering the eyes of a crocodile and other wild animals and calmed her momentarily.

Last night, I went out and purchased a couple boxes of disposable paper masks (like the ones you get in doctor’s offices, etc.) from a Seven Eleven in Bow. I will be sharing with my mom and others.

I also went on to Shop Disney and pre-ordered two sets of four masks that will come in a few months. One is Star Wars/Mandalorian and the other Pixar. I will be stylin’ Hahaha. I also have some plain cloth ones. Sometimes masks even enter my dreams. My mom heard on tv that many people are having strange dreams. I can attest to that. I have been having weirder dreams than usual. I have a feeling that masks will be seen out in public for a very long time – especially where there are groups of people.

I hope this finds everyone safe, healthy, and happy! Keep washing those hands often and for at least 20 seconds!

Take care,
Debbie 🙂

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020

Sunday mornings, I usually bring my mom to 8:00 mass and then have a nice breakfast with her. We have been in Stay-at-Home mode for over a month so mass is watched on television on Sunday morning. Also – no yummy breakfast with my mother.

I decided to make myself a couple coddled eggs on toast this morning. It was a change from scrambled or fried eggs. I used the hand painted lizard plate that my sister-in-law made for me some years ago. (I love lizards.) To my surprise, when I cracked open the first egg – two eggs yolks appeared. I thought that was cool.

The eggs were yummy, and it is a bright sunny day. The sky is a crisp blue with no clouds in sight. It is supposed to be in the 60s today! Yesterday was snowing and gloomy. The snow did not stick around Boscawen area. What a difference a day makes. I will have to go out for a local drive today to see if there are any photo ops. I stay close to home and usually do not even get out of my car. Maybe it will be warm enough that the eaglet(s) in the local nest will make an appearance. I can’t wait to see if there is only one chic or multiple.

I try to amuse myself during these weird times. I Facetime friends and family which bring them closer together. I regularly check on my mom – but we keep our distance. I walk her dog so I get a bit of exercise too. I need to get on the exercycle more as well. Oddly enough – I have lost a little weight during this seclusion. Most likely due to the fact that I do not regularly go to stores and make unwise food choices. Goodies are very limited.

That is all for now. Stay Safe and Stay Well!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 11, 2020

April 11, 2020

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Easter is tomorrow! It is going to be strange not getting together with family and having an Easter meal together. Some of my siblings and my mom and I are going to do a Zoom video call together later in the day. I will be watching Easter Service on television in the morning. Today – I had some Facetime calls with relatives who live across the country. At least during this time of “seclusion” we can easily keep in contact via the internet with family members.

Happy Easter everyone – may God bless you and your families and keep you healthy, happy, and safe!

Debbie 🙂

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020

Signs of New Life

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I stopped by the local eagle’s nest yesterday. There are signs that babies (or baby) have hatched. It will most likely be awhile before they are big enough to peek over the edge of the nest.

New Life … a good sign in these stress-filled days. “Stay at Home” is assisting me on my diet and housecleaning. I even do my dishes more often. It is hard not visiting folks – but at least the internet can bring folks closer. Last night – I had a long chat with my cousin Kathy who currently lives in Japan. They were scheduled to return to the states this month – but that has been delayed due to the virus. She and Doug both sent their best wishes and love to all of us here.

Stay Well and Safe! Also – try and stay connected – a phone call or video call, etc.

God bless everyone! Take care!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020

What can I say ? ? ?

Life has certainly changed significantly since my last post. The world is fighting the COVID-19 virus. I have been working at home for a week for who knows how long (at least May 4th). We are under a Stay at Home Order. Non-essential businesses have shut down. Quite unsettling. I hope and pray that the social distancing and self-quarantines start having a positive affect. We certainly need some smiles . . . so I am including some smiles. I hope that this finds you all Safe & Well. Remember to Wash Wash Wash your hands, etc.

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | February 9, 2020

2/9/2020

Brrrrrrr!

I don’t have much to say – so will keep this short 🙂  This morning, it was below zero.  One of the coldest mornings we have had.  Actually – we have been pretty lucky.  It has been a mild winter.  Tomorrow is going to be 40 degrees.  I am not complaining about the weather.

Hope all is well with everyone!  I need to get out and take photos – but not today!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Wow! 2020 – already!  It seems as if 2000 was just a moment ago.  Well, maybe not a moment – but it certainly seems as if time moves quicker as the years go by.  “They” say that animals (our cats and dogs) have no concept of time.  How do “they” know?  Seems as if my cat Molly knows exactly when I should be feeding her!  LOL – but I digress.

I have not made any resolutions for the year.  It seems when I do – I like most – leave them behind in about 2 weeks.  🙂  I will just do my best in all that I do.

January is a busy month – family birthdays – end of year reports at work and writing performance appraisals.

On the 11th – I have the yearly NH Audubon Winter Eagle Count.  I always enjoy participating and seeing how many eagles that I come across on my route.  I already have spotted the male (Orange A/4) of the local pair.  I hope to see his mate soon.

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It is always fun watching the activity at the nest.

I am looking forward to 2020 – such a nice ring to it 2020. There are all kinds of “perfect sight” type of puns etc. going on. Hopefully – there will be more smiles in everyone’s lives. My wish for all – A very Happy & Healthy 2020 (and don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t keep your resolutions).

Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 23, 2019

November 23, 2019

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Walt Disney World – Such a Magical Place

It had been 6 years since I visited Walt Disney World. I love the Animal Kingdom for all the wonderful animals that you can see roaming during the safari ride and in special exhibits that really mimic the wild in most cases. I managed some decent photos this time since I brought a dSLR with me.

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It truly is a place where even someone at 61 years old can be a kid. I loved the new Star Wars Park – Black Spire Outpost. I have been a Star Wars fan since the beginning.  I also enjoyed riding some of the classic rides again.  I went with my friends Tim & Dianne.  We had a great time and the weather was fairly decent – not too hot or humid!

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We were there November 9 – 15.  We stayed the first night at the All Star Movies which had been renovated and are pretty nice!  The rest of the trip we stayed at the Beach Club Resort.  That is a great resort – really close (walking distance) to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.  The Food & Wine  Festival was at EPCOT so there was very little Christmas Decorations up yet.  Hollywood Studios and The Magic Kingdom had the most decorations up.  On our last day at the Beach Club – the resort had been decorated through the night was filled with Christmas decorations when we were leaving.  Disney does a great job decorating.

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It was such a great time. I won’t wait 6 years next time.

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this coming week!  I hope everyone has a safe and happy Tbanksgiving Holiday!

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