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.

“Trick 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 🙂

Posted by: Debra LaValley | September 7, 2020

September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day – Everyone! Stay Safe!
Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 15, 2020

August 15, 2020

A Socially Distant Vacation


My Mom, Aunt Mary Jane, and I rented the cabin on Newfound Lake again this year. Mary Beth rented the one behind us for one week. We rented for two weeks. In this COVID world – we did not know if we would be going. Luckily, we were able to go. We were able to socially distance from others and had our own private beach. The cabins were cleaned with special spray etc. Other precautions also taken.

It was a bit warm the first two days – especially with no AC in the cabin. It was 90 on the inside – UGH! The rest of the time was much better. The lake was 79-80 decrees which is pretty much unheard of most of the time. It is known for being cool.

A tropical storm came through which gave us a lot of wind one night and a little rain – but we luckily did not lose power.

It was a relaxing vacation and good to see something different than the four walls of our houses, etc. We don’t go out much because of the pandemic. We were glad to see a lot of mask wearing and social distancing in Bristol.

We saw a very faint Comet Neowise, and we loved having a campfire right on our private beach most nights too. FYI – the French Minion in the top photo was found standing on our fire pit when we arrived. I placed him on the lighthouse on the beach. He was our private lookout 🙂

I hope you have all had a healthy and happy summer. Keep Safe and Well!


Sunrise at Newfound Lake

Debbie 🙂



Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 4, 2020

July 4, 2020


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)!


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:


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


Pink Lady Slipper


Eaglet eating some of Parent’s food 🙂


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


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


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 🙂


Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020

Signs of New Life


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!

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