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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Winter at the Zoo

On Saturday, I made a solo trip to the zoo, with only my camera, to get some photos of the animals in the Winter. I heard the snow leopards and red pandas were more active in the cold weather, but they were feeling sleepy when I saw them. The buffalo offered a fun surprise, however.

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Love birds in the barn
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One of our zoo's gorgeous snow leopards, enjoying the sun
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Up close and personal
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Feed us!
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Here comes trouble
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Keeping warm inside the tropics exhibit
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I shall taunt you some more!
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The camels seemed to enjoy the snow
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As did these red-crowned cranes, who I would think would be too cold
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Cuteness overload
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The bald eagles seemed quite comfortable
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It was nap time for the red wolf... until he heard my camera click.
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The wetlands trail was a little more like the snow and ice trail
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Tracks on the pond
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Free entertainment
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Polar bear snow sculpture
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Snow fort!
I've never seen the buffalo so active at our zoo!

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Let It Snow

I realize it's no longer Wednesday, but my internet was down last night. I was pretty sure it was a sign for me to get some sleep, so I did. Here's my week in photos, a little late.

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We had some pretty large snowflakes last Saturday. When we got home from the store, I noticed how easy it was to see their details, so I grabbed my camera and went out to take a few shots. I love this one, but wish I could have gotten it a bit clearer. Still, it was a good find.
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We finally got to go sledding! Here's the view from the top of our sledding hill.
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Climbing back up that hill is hard work!
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Our quaint little town
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We have a lot of snow in RI, but MA really won the snow lottery. I took this on my way to hockey on Tuesday night. We had just gotten some more snow on Monday.
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I love the white stuff. It makes for some pretty scenery.
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More snow coming on Saturday, but you won't find me complaining. Well, maybe I would if I lived in MA and already had 79 inches of it. And I also don't have much to shovel, so that's a bonus.
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It will be cold, though. If you need me, I'll be joining Josh's owls for a nice cup of hot tea, ;)
Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

In my last post on this blog (a link-up called "Currently"), I was lamenting the lack of snow this winter. Well, apparently the Great Maker of Snow got the message, because we've had plenty of it since! First a blizzard, and then a couple of smaller storms. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, there's also been an abundance of germs around this home, so the little man and I haven't been able to go play out in it much. Our fingers are crossed that the most recent ailment (stomach virus) will be gone this weekend, so we can finally go sledding!

That said, I haven't been out much. There's been a lot of working from home. (It's a good thing I like this place.) When I did get out, it was to take a road trip to Long Island to see the Bruins play the Islanders with my friend, to build a snowman (and make a couple hundred snowballs) with Josh, and to watch the birds hanging out around my neighbors' feeders. Well, I guess that last one is also an inside activity. I made it to Zumba a couple of times, too, including the pre-Superbowl workout that I didn't really need because the aforementioned stomach virus kept me from eating too much. Go Pats!

Here are some of the images from the past couple of weeks.

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During the blizzard

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Digging out

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Joshua and Nana made an igloo while I was working one day

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View of NYC from the Whitestone bridge

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Serious snowball making

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Peaceful trees, happy birds

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This was my favorite bird. And I'm hoping for a bonus at work this year so I can get a better lens for my camera. I can't set the aperture low enough when I zoom, to get a nice blurred background. Camera / First World probs.

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Our snowman, Snowbi Wan Kanobi

Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Friday, January 23, 2015

Currently: Oh, Snap

Linking up with Lindsey and Randalin again this week, sharing what is currently going on around here. This week's theme words are: starting, looking, listening, snapping, making.

I'm finally starting to get into the groove of things again. I took a bit of time off from blogging, photography, and TV during the holiday week and into January so I could get more rest and just take care of myself for a while. I'm doing some personal journaling and trying to get some clarity on where I am and where I want to be. Good, good stuff. I did not take a break from social media, however, so I probably spent a few too many hours surfing Facebook (and definitely Instagram). At least I still made some progress, so it's all good.

While I was looking around Jo-Ann's last night (getting crafty), the Spring decor was actually making me feel depressed. I think there's something wrong with me. I am sad about the lack of snow this winter, and was actually really happy when the temps were below 20F. I think it's time I moved to the South Pole. I love penguins, so that could work.

I'm currently listening to a few new albums I purchased recently by Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, and Little Big Town. They are all great, but I especially like the one by LBT. They are just amazing, and if you ever have a chance to see them live -- do it! Speaking of seeing people live, my friends and I have plans to see NKOTB, Nelly and TLC this Spring. Hollerrr! (Yeah, I'll never grow up.)

If you hear the sound of snapping, that would be me, putting together the millions of pieces to the Playmobil sets Joshua got for Christmas and his birthday. Don't get me wrong, the toys are amazing and have already gotten several hours of play, but holy smokes, it took me an hour just to put together the camper. I guess that means I get to play with it, too!



All this bickering between Republicans and Democrats is making me crazy. I keep getting emails from one party asking for money to fight back against the other. Seriously? I pay enough taxes for you people to get things done. I'd rather donate my money to people who are actually going to help other people. As the Patriots football team would say (their post-season motto): "DO YOUR JOB!"

And that's all the soap box I have in me for today. Have a great week, everyone!

Writer's Workshop: Heart, Melted

Following the prompt: 1. The last time my heart melted was because…

My son is a total sweetheart. He's always telling me how much he loves me and worries about me when we are not together. With pride, he helps me around the house and at the store. He's a mama's boy, and my right-hand man.

(Well, left-hand, I suppose. He has to stay on that side because he's a lefty; otherwise we'd be bumping each other's arms all the time.)

I love to see how he treats others. He held open the door, unprompted, for a woman in a wheelchair when we were in Disneyworld. In addition, he struck up a conversation with her, smiling that great big smile he has, and made her smile, too. A card from one of his teachers included the line, "Thank you for always being so polite." He gets along with nearly everyone. He truly views everyone as his friend, and is very kind and outgoing.

(Well, most of the time.)

I love age six because he can do so much, and is getting old enough to have really interesting conversations with me. We're reading and doing math problems together, and it's a really exciting time in his life. He was a great baby, but in all honesty, I don't miss the infant stage at all. However, I do have a confession to make.

I was looking through some of his toddler photos recently, and my heart completely melted. Like mini marshmallows in a cup of hot cocoa.

Cases in point, from age 2:

Joshua - Sept 2010

Joshua - Sept 2010

Joshua - Sept 2010

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There was a video, too, which was the real kicker, but I can't find it now. Anyway, he's still a cutie, but ermahgerd. Can't he go back to being that little like, once a month or something?

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