Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Roadtrips and stuff

Road trip...
ARE WE THERE YET???

YOU SMELL LIKE GOAT!!


NO THANKS...YOOOUUUUU PICK 'EM FOR ME!

So Saturday afternoon, after it stopped raining, me and Rusty took a mini road trip to Londonderry to Macks for some apples. For those of you not familiar with Londonderry, it is just south of Manchester and has many large apple orchards. Much of what you buy for apples in your grocery stores in this region most likely grew in Londonderry. I used to live there and loved driving through the orchards year round. Spring when they are in blossom is uplifting. Fall when the aroma of the apples is in the air and the "pickers" come to town equally delightful. Now in the past I have never welcomed fall so early. Oh usually by the first week in October I am into it and over being grumpy that summer is over. But this year I am already into the fall thing. And I haven't even put my shorts away yet. Not to mention being hopeful for a few hours at the beach this weekend. But I digress. By the time I had purchased my apples (Jonamacs - my fav, along with a few Paula Reds and Gingergolds for pie) the sun was out, so me and Rusty took a walk in the orchards and visited with many ducks, geese, and swan, and of course, with the goats. Came home and then on Sunday, produced these:

PAH!

Now, being that I reside alone, I needed to pass on one of these pies. So, in a neighborly gesture, I brought the pie over the the crackhouse. Now, those of you who know me in person, know I am talking about the house across the street from me. I don't like to blog about people and their problems, so let's just say that the family over there has their issues, and I have suspected that some drug dealing is going on over there. Friday night things got a little heated over there, as they sometimes do, and I went over to talk to them. Makes me appreciate my own life very much. Anyway, I present to you...

The Crackhouse

The crackhouse is actually only the left side of the house. I wanted to zoom in on the front porch so you could see the remaining items out there from roommates moving in on Friday night. It's now Tuesday afternoon and all that stuff is still out there. And today was trash day. So anyway, when I brought the pie over it was hilarious. The little girl who lives there peeks through the blinds on the door window, then opens the door a crack. I hand her the pie and a bag of apples, and there is the mother in the background yelling thank you. And the door closes. Now, I had no expectations, it just struck me funny.
The Tenement on the Corner

this is where the loud people who yell at their kids all day, and at each other live. They also set fire to the porch of the house across the street this past summer in the middle of the night because a convicted sex offender lives on the 3rd floor. Yeah, if you check the registry, she was convicted 10 years ago and it was a one time thing. Not condoning that by any means, but I do believe in second chances. Someone from the Tenement did get charged. This house is just disgusting. I cross the street when I walk by, that's how bad it is over there...

Other than that, I had a nice relaxing weekend. Did all my shopping and errands on Friday and the rest of the time was mine, all mine!! I did squeeze in some knitting, 'specially watching 3 Red Sox games and a Nascar Race! I also spent some time working on a little art project, inspired by something I read about on Ray's website. I have *never* enjoyed drawing or art stuff very much, but after having it come up in conversation with a couple of different people, and Ray's site and some internet research, I went out and bought a nice set of colored pencils and some drawing paper, and I spent a few days making this:


It's called a mandala. It's weird, because prior to deciding to try making one, for the past few months I have been dreaming about them. And even seeing them in my head, only I don't possess the artistic skills to be able to draw some of the things I see. But, perhaps I can learn? Anyone out there wanna teach me? Or I suppose I could take a course...anyway, I really enjoyed this process. I mainly worked on it in the morning when I would get back from my walks with Rusty. It was kind of a meditation and I can't wait to start another one!

So a few random things...

These are the S + P shakers that Cindi brought me back from France!!


This is Zuni, who hopefully will come home this weekend!



I found this on the beach when I was on vacation. Anyone know what it is? I think it is the leg bone of a small animal, like racoon, but someone else said maybe it was seal?


and there is something very wrong with a Charmin TP commercial being choreographed to the Halleluia Chorus...

20 comments:

Julie said...

Oh my goodness, look at that kitty! Is he/she going to be Rusty's new pet?

Anytime you make an extra pie, feel free to bring one my way - I'll even open the door and invite you in :)

yarnophiliac said...

ok -- here we go! lol...
Mandala is awesome! love it. Kitty -- CUTE! Pie -- why couldn't I e your neighbor? Seriously, tho -- very nice of you. Something like that can make all the difference in a person's day. And your socks? I'll have them tomorrow!

Mel said...

Definitely not raccoon. Initially I thought it might be part of a seal pelvis, but the two fused bones on the left side look more like they could be either ulna/radius (front leg) or tibia/fibula (hind leg). I'll see if I can track down some anatomy references and figure it out.

Lora said...

(singing) Won't you please, Won't you please...Please won't you be, my neighbor (and bring me a pie!!) LOL Oh they look good!! I took Mom and Dad to Mac's when they were here. I need to go back. Those were the BEST apples. LOL Smells like goat..that just cracked me up!

MsJamie said...

I LOVE the pic of Rusty in the car!! I love to watch dogs ride in cars LOL. The pie looks yummy.

And your mandala is so beautiful!! One Spirit has some mandala stuff - one is a book where you color them. I would love to design them but I don't now how. I don't think I have that ability. LOL

LMardenNH said...

Babycakes, that pic of Rust-man with his earbobs flying in the breezles is Cute-Overload worthy. I mean it!!!

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