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!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | September 18, 2021

September 18, 2021

Yes, I still play with my food and beverages 🙂

Happy almost Fall/Autumn! September and October are my most favorite months. I love the crispness of the air and the foliage. The tips of the trees have started to be touched by color, but it will be a while before things really start to pop. I will not rush the season. I like to enjoy every moment of my favorite months. The coffee above is what I am savoring as I write this post. I enjoy a great cup of coffee! I don’t usually go for flavors; however, this one (butterscotch/caramel) is tasty. The skeletons also get me thinking of Halloween. For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE Halloween.

I have been getting out a bit more to snap photos. I have been in search of a praying mantis to photograph, but I have been striking out. With the raptors migrating, I was fortunate to capture some photos of a juvenile female Northern Harrier. A rare sight for me. It was hunting over the fields by Horseshoe Pond in Concord, NH.

Juvenile Female Northern Harrier

I hope this post finds you all safe and well. Take care, everyone! Enjoy the Fal!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

Season of the Corn

Where has the time gone? It is corn season already! I love fresh corn on the cob. When we were at Newfound Lake on vacation, we picked up some fresh corn at Walker Farm. It was so sweet and tender! Yummy!

I took this photo of some “cow corn” off river road in Boscawen this past weekend. When I was going through the photos, I noticed that this ear of corn had a face in it! Do you see it? One of my friends also noticed a weird blurred doll’s face in another area of the photo. Can you see it? It is almost like looking at clouds and seeing various animals and things.

Have a great rest of August! It has been so raining here. It has also been very humid! I look forward to September and the start of fall – my favorite season!

Take care and stay safe!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

S is for Snapping Turtle

June! Ahhhh! Summer is on the horizon and Covid numbers are declining as the number of vaccinations increase. I don’t know if we will ever go completely back to what used to be “normal;” but things are looking up.

I saw this mama snapping turtle crossing a country road about a week ago. She was heading back to the marsh. Most likely, she had been out to lay her eggs.

At lunch today, I went to the local eagle’s nest, and the one eaglet is now as large as its parents. It has started flapping its wings and jumping in the nest. It is on schedule to start branching later this week. It will most likely be soaring by the 20th or so. How fast eagles grow!

I hope this finds you all well. Take care everyone!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

May the 4th Be With You – Always 🙂
Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021

Signs of Spring

Ahh! The signs of spring are all around us. Here is central NH – the snow has been gone for a while. We are in a drought (as we were going into the winter). It was not a big snow year (I wasn’t crying over that 🙂 at all.) We had quite a bit of much needed rain last week and the spring colors are starting to pop. The grass is green and the spring flowers and flowering trees are blossoming. The pollen has been very high the past couple days. I have been wearing a mask outside to lessen my allergies. I am fully vaccinated – so I don’t need to wear the mask when I am not in public, but I have been on high pollen count days.

Speaking of COVID. I had not been grocery shopping at a large super market since last July and months before that. Two weeks ago around 7:00 pm – my mom and I went grocery shopping at the Market Basket in Concord. We went again this past Friday night. Folks were wearing masks and being good about social distancing and the store was not crowded since they closed at 8:00. This morning was the first time my mom and I went to Sunday mass for the first time in over a year. We have been watching mass on tv Sunday mornings. There were only about 40 people there and all were wearing masks and socially distant. Slowly things are getting a little more normal with the vaccines. New Hampshire has been very good at getting the vaccines out. There is still a way to go before there is herd immunity but in a month – we should be over 60% vaccinated (over 16 populations since no one younger can currently get a vaccine).

Spring and signs of Hope. A good thing! I pray you are all well!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021

Apricot Kolaches – My Grammy LaValley’s Recipe
My mom copied the recipe from my Grammy. My mom recently made them – OMG – AWESOME!

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