Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

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First Measurable Snow of the Year

The Concord area had about 2.2 inches of snow today. I don’t mind snow in reasonable amounts, and 2.2 inches is a reasonable amount. I detest snow removal – so if it comes down in a reasonable amount – I can deal with it.

It certainly is welcome around Christmas. The snow really makes the Christmas lights pop.

Tonight – after work – I put my boots on and packed up my camera and tripod and snapped some different angles of beautiful downtown Penacook. Here are a couple more angles for your enjoyment.  Also, check out the new gazebo!

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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!🙂

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 out🙂 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 – in 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 – but back not too far in history – folks 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 – latched 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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Summer Fun

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 – the 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 – but at least not humid.  Sunday – Kerry 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 – though 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!🙂

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 – but 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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