Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022

OMG, what happened to April and most of May?

Time certainly seemed to fly by! April 1st was my last post. I could have sworn that I posted since then! So, what has been happening all these weeks? The weather has been strange, which is pretty typical for New Hampshire. We freeze then we have very warm days! Today is supposed to hit 90. It is very humid. I don’t know if we will hit 90. It will be close. It was foggy this morning and it took a while to burn off. We didn’t have bright sun until about 1:00. Tomorrow is supposed to be very hazy, hot, and humid! I do not like that at all! I recently had a week’s vacation and managed to capture a photo of a lovely Green Heron. I do not see one of these little guys very often.

The local eagle’s nest and family are doing well. It appears there is only one eaglet, and it is about 8 weeks old today. I was able to snap some shots of it today. The tree below the nest has grown a lot and is obscuring the nest. The eaglet likes the back of the nest. I got luckily today and it moved to the front of the nest.

It is almost Memorial Day Weekend! Take care and Hope everyone is Well!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 1, 2022

April 1, 2022

No April Fool’s jokes to offer for the day. It may have been different, if I was still working on site. I have been working remotely for 2 years. It is feeling second nature. At first, I missed going in to the office. I do miss the daily live interaction with coworkers – but am now used to interacting virtually. It is really nice to stay at home during the cold winter months. Today, has been cloudy off and on with rain showers. Maisey came over to my work area to check out the view from the window. I don’t know what captured her attention. It was raining at the time. I couldn’t see any birds around. She looked so cute standing. Luckily, I had my iPhone on my desk, and I was able to get some shots. There were a lot of water droplets on the top window, perhaps she was intrigued by them. I love being able to capture her antics during the day. She is such a character. Toward the end of the year, I may return on site a day or two a week depending on how the COVID situation is – if for no other reason than to slowly start cleaning out my stuff in my work area. In June, it will be 37 years working for NEDD. It is my plan to retire – effective January 1, 2023 🙂 I am looking forward to the new chapter. Many of my friends are already retired and love it! I am envious! I am planning on being more active on my blog as well. Happy Spring!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 31, 2022

January 31, 2022

We Soldiered on Through a Very Cold Month

I am not sorry to see January come to an end. It has been a very frigid and windy month! This past weekend, we had a nasty nor’easter. Cold is one thing but high winds driving the temps subzero is not fun. (Still better than 90 degrees and humid LOL!) It has been too cold to do too much outside of the house, so I have taken to playing with my food. I saw Arthur (above) on line and had to buy him. I have always wanted to try a soft boiled egg in an egg cup and dip toast soldiers into the runny yolk. It was quite fun! I love to play with my food – especially after being cooped up. Between the Omicron variant of Covid everywhere and the cold, I don’t get out much. I have been creating my own entertainment.


Another treat is to dip toast soldiers into hot cocoa. This is an old favorite that we used to have growing up – especially after playing outside on a cold winter’s day. I limit myself to a couple pieces of toast. I could go through quite a few more pieces. There is something about toast with lots of butter dipped into hot cocoa. Try it! (FYI – I have put on a few pounds . . . I am back on the exercycle!)

Today, I decided to make myself some homemade Vegetarian Vegetable soup. It was a perfect lunch for another freezing day. The Nessie ladle was a present from my niece Sydney a few years ago. It was a set of two. She knows her aunt well. It was delicious, and I have enough for a couple more meals.

It is always nice to have a snuggly cat too during these cold days. Maisey is such a sweet kitty! Cats surely have a knack for getting comfy.

I hope this finds you happy and well. Stay warm!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

My First Sighting of the Local Pair January 4th

A new year is here. The local eagle pair is back. I was thrilled to see the female (right) sitting in the tree. She called out and the male flew from out of the blue to be by her side. She scooted down the branch to make room for him. They perched there for a couple minutes and then headed off together. It will be interesting to see if they use last year’s nest. There is a lot of construction in the area. They may not care. They may use the nest from a few years ago or build another. I wish they would build one in this tree; but that would be too much to ask for! I have to take a spin by last year’s nest and see if they are fixing it up.

I hope you all have a great January! Take care out there! It is still a crazy world!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 19, 2021

December 19, 2021

Moon with Halo – Snow is Coming

… And the Snow Came!

The snow started falling yesterday and enveloped the land in white through the night. I am sure that there will be many a snowman/woman/puppies, etc. made in yards today. The snow is sticky and the sun is now shining. New Hampshire is definitely aglow! It is also the week before Christmas. It will be a busy week for sure. I only have a few more things to wrap. (I do not enjoy wrapping. I know, I could use gift bags; however, I don’t want the receiver to cheat and look inside before Christmas – LOL). That brings to mind a story my mom told me. Christmas 1958, was my first Christmas. There were many gifts given to her for me that were put in a closet (or somewhere). She was so excited to see what I got, she unwrapped all of them before Christmas and then rewrapped them! Hahahaha! I always was amused that she did that. Christmas certainly brings up a lot of memories. I hope you all focus on all the Happy Christmas Memories and try to watch less news broadcasts, that are far from uplifting – especially of late. I am trying to limit my self to one news broadcast a day. Please be safe and take care!

A very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year – to all!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 4, 2021

December 4, 2021

Maisey Enjoying Her First Christmas Tree
Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 26, 2021

November 26, 2021

Let the Holiday Season Begin!

Let the Holiday Season Begin!

Thanksgiving is over (and yes, I decorate for Thanksgiving)! We had a great Thanksgiving. My mother hosted a small group (all vaccinated and all but one even boosted) of seven. My sister Jackie worked so she came over later. My mom ordered the meal from Market Basket and it was great!

Today, I am taking down my Thanksgiving decorations and slowly getting out my Christmas decorations. I have already put out my lights on the porch and decorated my doors. My Christmas/Winter bedspread and pillow shams are on the bed. My coffee table has a Christmas table cloth on it and my Advent Wreath is out. I have begun writing Christmas cards. I have mailed the first 12 (mostly to folks who live the furthest away).

It is currently raining (better than snowing); however, after sunset we may be getting a little snow. I don’t care as long as it stays a few inches or less.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays to All!

(Photo – My new Bones Coffee Christmas mug and Eggnog Coffee scene I put together. I love the hand thrown mugs they have – made in Florida and the coffee.)

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 30, 2021

Gate Night

Not the best Gate Night – but better than 2020! I went to my mom’s to help her. She gave out the candy, and I kept her puggle Toby quiet. He does not like people on his street! I also brought along my jacko’lantern Smilin’ Jack.

Penacook goes Trick or Treating on Gate Night in stead of Halloween Night. Tomorrow, is going to be clear so this year Penacook got the bad weather. Last year because of Covid not many at all trick or treated. We left goodies on a table and watched from inside. Even in the pouring rain – more kids this year. We had 17 trick or treaters – not bad for a dead end road on a very rainy night! Technically 15 kids and two of my friends (Tim & Dianne) who stopped by to bring us homemade cream of broccoli soup – so they deserved a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup each.

Happy Halloween, Everyone! Take care!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

Madame Sharri Forest

I am posting this on 10/18/2021 – but my adventure to Madame Sharri Forest was on 10/16/2021. I have wanted to visit this interesting place and ruins for years. This year, part of the stairway and one of the arches collapsed. I was very disappointed. I saw that there were still a good part of the structure still standing and worth the trip. My Uncle Richard and Aunt Martha are here from Michigan for a visit. I asked if they would like to go to a trip to the Keene area of New Hampshire and go to Madame Sharri’s Forest with me. They were up for the adventure as was my Aunt Mary Jane. We had a great day and the weather was very mild for the day. It was in the 60s when we were are the Forest; but it was 75 by the mid afternoon. We have had a very warm fall in New Hampshire. We still haven’t had a frost yet! Weird! We also went to Washington, East Washington, Stoddard, and Bradford. The foliage was pretty good (not fantastic – but we saw some color. Below is a link to my Flickr photo stream album for the Madame Sharri Forest photos. Not the shots of family – just what I have on my Flickr. I have reached my limit for photos right now on this blog server – so I either have to upgrade or delete photos I have. I hope you enjoy the ones that I have on my photostream on Flickr.

Have a great day!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021

Happy Autumn! My Favorite Season

Bear & June – Scottish Highland Cows, Miles Smith Farm in Loudon

I have been wanting to check out the Miles Smith Farm for years. They sell fresh meat and eggs, etc.; but I wanted to go to see the Highland “Coos!” For decades, September was the month that my family, friends, and I attended the NH Highland Games at Loon Mountain. Terrific memories. It has been a few years since the last time I went. I will go again. It was always good fun. Covid still has me staying close to home. The farm is easy to find (off 106 – take Peck Road (dirt road) and on to Whitehouse Road in Loudon, NH). It is at the top of a hill and has a nice view.

Today, was a “typical” Scottish Highland day – cloudy and drizzling. It was the perfect day to head out to check out the farm. I had scheduled the day off a couple weeks ago. I am glad that I thought to go to the farm. The girl in the store gave me two big carrots to feed the two cows in the Holding Barn. Bear ended up eating them both since June turned her nose up at them. The girl in the shop said that June is picky and likes them broken up and fed in pieces. I took a bunch of photos before it started raining too much. I bought honey (in a plastic bear bottle) made in NH. I will definitely go there again this fall. I will bring my mom and sister Jackie. Jackie adores Scottish Highland Coos (I am partial to them as well). She will love to pat them, etc.


Stay safe and enjoy the Fall!

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