Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Update to yesterday's pre-Memorial Day parade post

If you look in the center of the photo you'll see Allegra wearing a costume from 1790 in Monday's parade as she walked with a group from the Derby Historical Society. Wish I had a better camera and a telephoto lens.

This is near the end of the parade route ~ everyone must have been tired!

Then a few steps closer  to where we were situated, she paused for a quick pose.

Here she is with Ralph watching the rest of the parade, all smiles because her job was done! It had gotten quite warm and summery and I'm sure that costume was hot.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ready for a parade

Darling daughter just left to march with other docents from the Derby Historical Society at the Derby-Shelton Memorial Day Parade. She is wearing a circa 1790 dress.
It's much different than the Colonial garb she wears when she is one of the teachers in the "Day in 1762" program for fifth graders at the General David Humphreys House.

I'm happy she enjoys American history as much as she does! 

Ralph and I will be stationed near the end of the parade route to see her marching and then bring her back to the car. I just hope she doesn't get blisters..

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday

Spotted this golden mushroom glinting in the sun outside of my mother's condo. I've never seen such a shiny mushroom.

I wouldn't eat this, would you?

Join the fun and see lots more shadowy pix from around the world at ShadowShotSunday2.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

These two women are on a mission

Yesterday I had a story in the paper about two 20-year olds who want to help other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The young ladies, who are both serving in the military, are training to walk 60 miles in three days to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

I am truly impressed with their determination. Walking 20 miles a day sounds overwhelming.

I know I could never complete such a walk. I was just happy to complete the 3.1-mile walk last October for the Griffin Hospital Center for Cancer Care in Derby, Ct.

I wear a pedometer now, so I suppose I really should start training now for the 4th annual walk, which will be here before we know it!

{This is another in a continuing series of posts about my breast cancer journey. Thanks for reading.} 

Monday, May 21, 2012

A good luck sign

This lovely ladybug struck a pose on a plant in the front yard this morning. It was just starting to rain a bit when I snapped the photo.

This is the third insect photo I've posted lately. I'm on a roll: a butterfly, a bee, and now a ladybug. Woo hoo!

To eventually buy a better camera is on my bucket list..or is a bucket list only for travel? I'm not sure.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Spring evening captures

Took the camera outside after dinner last night to see if I could get a few shots of the azaleas before the blossoms all fall away.

I've always loved pink!


  The sun was starting to set...

And I even caught a bee doing his thing. I like how he is just diving right in there.


Happy spring Friday to all ~

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Story sparks imagination

I've been having fun writing posts for my blog for the newspaper.
That's one reason I've neglected my Late Bloomer Boomer postings. The other reasons are laziness and Facebook, specifically FarmVille.

Yesterday I interviewed an interesting fellow. He plans to escape from being burned at the stake for a publicity stunt next month. It is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. June 23...just as it's getting dark out.

He's a magician, a fire eater, and general manager of a Renaissance fair to be held for three consecutive weekends at a park that's about a mile from our home.

To each their own, as they say! 

Please give the link a click. Thanks in advance ~

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cat makes her way back home

Kiki is back home.

Yesterday I wrote a post about a cat named Kiki that had been missing for more than two years. Her family searched for her to no avail.
Around the time Kiki got lost, a neighbor told them that a dog in the area had attacked a cat.
The family was sure Kiki was the victim, and that she had died.

Happily, that wasn't the case!
Kiki reappeared seemingly out of nowhere at the family's house Saturday. And she seems to be doing OK, despite a physical problem. 

You can read it here. It will only take a minute, and it will make you smile.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ruby Tuesday ~ celebration

I usually order a glass of wine with dinner, but since it was our 26th anniversary celebration Saturday night I ordered a Cosmo. It's the second one I've ever had.
It was quite good.

See lots more photos featuring a little or a lot of red at RubyTuesday2. I do believe I could use this photo for ShadowShotSunday2 as well!

Ah, motherhood

I hope all the moms I know had a wonderful day yesterday!

I enjoyed my day. Ralph and children made a delicious dinner for me and my mother.  ;-)

I think every day should be Mothers Day.  (or is that Mother's Day?) We deserve it.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday

Yesterday I was looking out the window and saw this butterfly sitting on the ramp in front of our house.

I ran to get my point and shoot. He/she waited until I returned, and "posed" for me. Lucky me!

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart, as they say.

Join in the fun and see lots more shadow shots from around the world at ShadowShotSunday2.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ memories

I've dropped the blogging ball the past few Saturdays and have not posted shadow photos, but last week I had an excuse: I was busy covering two live events for the newspaper.

Ralph accompanied me to both, so it wasn't a total loss. We were hanging out together and that's what counts. :-)
He wrote about our trip to the new Ansonia (Ct.) Fire Museum and posted photos of it today. 

Our second stop that morning was to the Woodbridge Avenue Honor Roll and War Memorial, also in Ansonia.Two bronze plaques were stolen from the site in December.

Below is yours truly taking a photo at the memorial in December after the two bronze plaques had been stolen.

See lots more shadowy photos from around the world at ShadowShotSunday2.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Life is busy, but that's good

It's good because there is less time to dwell on that danged diagnosis of breast cancer I got last year.

My latest news is I'm going to be part of a new cancer survivorship program at the hospital. And it sounds like it's all free of charge.
I'm looking forward to participating, and of course writing about my experiences. 

I have been doing a lot of bloggin', but not here. I've been working on the View from the Valley blog for my job at the New Haven Register.
This morning I wrote a post about love and romance and all the stuff that makes life worth living.

My latest thing is checking the blog stats several times a day. The page views have been increasing! Yay!

Page views equal job security, I think.

If you get a chance, could you please give me a click?  

Thanks in advance.