Early this morning ( 3:15 am. to be exact) the power
went out, second time in several weeks. This time it was due to high winds. Fortunately, the outside temperature reached 40 degrees and the sun was shining in the windows so the inside temperature only dropped 58 degrees before the power returned at 10:30 this morning. I was so happy to be able to cook! Today was a quiet day spent with D and the kitties, cooking, eating, watching the birds, preparing to draw and taking an afternoon walk on the beach. The lack of power really makes me appreciate the simple things.
A ladybug suddenly appeared on one of my shells in my window this morning.
While walking on the beach this afternoon, I came upon a sand dollar blending into the sand.
... a great sense of humor, gentle, generous, loving, caring, kind, helpful, wise, energetic, brave ~ my Dad ~
My Dad raised white mice when he was a young boy. He had a bird cage into which he put 3 mice, a small, medium and large. He got the idea to sell them, 2 cents for the small, 5 cents for the medium and 10 cents for the large mouse. There was a 3 family house next door so he knocked on the first floor door of an elderly woman named Mrs. Parent, who was the mother of one of his friends. She said, "Hello Benny, what do you have in the bird cage?" He replied, "I'm selling the small ones for 2 cents, the medium for 5 cents and the large for 10 cents. " Then she said, "What are they?" My Dad replied, "They are white mice." Then she slammed the door in his face! That was the end of his sale, he didn't go anywhere else and went home. In fact, that ended that career!
A Nor'easter swept through New England while we were away visiting family on Sunday. We returned home to Maine about 6 pm. tonight (Mon.) and we couldn't get into our driveway for there was a mountain of snow up to my waist. D had a little shovel in the car and made a narrow path so we could walk down the driveway to reach the walkway that leads to the front steps. We trudged through the knee-deep snowy path to discover the front steps had vanished, buried under snow all the way up to the door. Once inside, we were greeted by Polly and Brody, two of our cats who were very concerned and happy that we were home! Ellie May, my studio cat, watched from a darkened window as the path to the studio was shoveled next. Oh, it's good to be home and in a warm house!
Though the storm ended on Friday, the icy effects continued.
Having the power restored on Saturday afternoon, December 13th, I discovered the moon was going to rise around 5 pm. Bundled up, we drove over to the ocean just in time to see it rise, so brilliant!
Sunday morning, bright and early, we rushed over to the Nonantum Hotel, to set up a display for the "Breakfast with an Artist". Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to warmly greet all of the children who stopped by to see them. Some of the folks there still had not had their power returned...some were from Kennebunk Beach, Old Orchard Beach and Saco and it was nice for all of us to be in a warm hotel.
After leaving the Nonantum, we paused where the river meets the sea, as a gull found a perch. Saw loons in the river.
Cape Porpoise was still without power on Sunday, even Goat Island Lighthouse seemed to be without light!
Late Thursday night an ice storm hit Maine and other New England states causing massive power outages. It's Saturday afternoon and our power just returned at 1:15 pm. Last night the outdoor temperature dropped to 16 degrees and the house temperature was 44 degrees this morning. Have been wearing tons of layers to keep warm. Am thankful to have the heat back and lights! The full moon helped last night. Here are some photos...
Woke up to this sight through the upstairs window on Friday morning. Ellie May was bundled up in jackets and a scarf to keep warm as the temperature dropped in the studio.
The sun actually came back in the afternoon but the power didn't! D found the old portable kerosene heater that hadn't been used in many years and managed to get it started ( it is fine for outdoor or very drafty places). He actually heated up some leftover potatoes on it!
This time of year I end up trying to do too many things at the same time, resulting in chaos in my studio. I can barely find a space to walk through. I tend to think that I work better under pressure. Someone shared this quote, " If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done." That sure does seem to apply to me. Well, I must focus on my work and will be back a little later. How do you handle this time of year and I hope your life is not as hectic!
Upon returning home from a visit to my parents, I've been concentrating on preparations for one of the many Prelude Craft Fairs in our town comingup this weekend. The Christmas Prelude is a very big event, there's a tree lighting ceremony, shops are opened at night, the whole town is decorated, there's a parade of hats, Santa arrives on a Lobster Boat and more! Mrs. Claus will be having breakfast at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, on Sunday, December 7th, and I will be the guest artist.
If you can't make it to Maine this season, my Gift Gallery is always openedon my website, just e-mail me ( email@example.com) if you have anyrequests or questions for a special gift.
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In the early afternoon, D and I thought we'd just take a quick look at the beach. The tide was high and the surf was pounding against the sea wall then up and over it onto the road. The sky had the shades of blue that I so love. A very invigorating sight to behold!
I'm an artist/illustrator specializing in ink and watercolors and photography. My little studio in Maine is nestled in our garden by a babbling brook. Everyday I draw inspiration from the pets who have touched my life, our garden, birds and wildlife critters, quaint old houses, children, shells, scenes of the seaside and more.
Hope to share my art and observations with you and don't forget to take a moment to notice the precious little things around you.
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