Monday, July 30, 2012

Wells Beach Bike Ride 7/30/12

Woke up to a spectacular day!  We had talked earlier in the week about going for a bike ride and today's weather made it a necessity.  After stopping at Tully's to purchase a bottle of Riesling for our visit with Lori tomorrow night, we headed down the Mile Road toward Wells Beach.  I had forgotten how much traffic there is during the summer and on more than one occasion had to ask myself "Who's idea was this anyway?"  Since it was mine, I couldn't complain to anyone.  haha  At the end of Mile Road, we took a left and rode to the parking lot where we stopped to use the restroom and have a small snack.
Parking is now handled by a "Pay Here" booth where you put in your life savings and get a ticket to park.  If you buy your ticket between 8am and 11:59, it's $16.00 freaking dollars to park until 5pm.  If you buy your ticket between noon and 2:59, it's $8.00 until 5pm.  Between 3 and 5 it's $2.50/hour.  That is exactly why we don't go to the beach in Maine.  In the winter, we pay between $.75/hour and FREE!  It's a total ripoff and there is absolutely no benefit if you are a Maine resident and pay taxes. 

From there we rode back to Mile Road, crossed over and rode along the sea wall, where we stopped again to enjoy a few minutes of sun and the smell of the beach.
The perfect beach day! (although not a perfect picture)
Since it was close to low tide, there was lots of beach to be enjoyed.  We rode a little further, then headed back to Mile Road and back to the car.  Since the tide was out there was a lot of grass to be seen and I think this is one of my favorite views.
I fell in love with the different hues of green and the grass looked like it was having a bad hair day, some going this way and some going that way.  It looks soft and silky and was waving in the breeze.  Really an awesome scene.

Our trip lasted about 1 1/2 hours and was just enough peddling, considering I still had Zumba to look forward to.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Lost and Found

Ever since I moved to Bill's (3 years ago) I have not been able to find my two favorite coffee mugs.  Hooray for me, today I did!  I moved some boxes out of the shed in order to prepare for a yard sale.  I asked Bill if we could start using my drinking glasses because his are looking a little worn.  Lo and behold, there in the box of glasses were my two mugs.
The firefighter mug was given to me by my ex-husband as a Christmas or birthday gift at some point during my firefighting career.  It says "firefighter" in several different languages and I always felt it was a very thoughtful gift.  The iris mug was given to me by my daughter, Wendy, when I graduated from the firefighter academy in 1988.  It was always very special! 

Welcome home my friends, I missed you!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Wishing you a Happy 4th of July

Hope you are enjoying the celebration of this country's freedom.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Googled It

Not long ago, Google wasn't even a word and now it can be used as a verb.  Go figure.  For the past few years, Wendy has given me a beautiful fuchsia plant, loaded with blossoms.  Unfortunately, after a few weeks, the flowers are gone and it's really droopy.  Too much water?  Not enough water?  I never know.  I do know that fuchsias like shade and we have plenty of that.  

So, what's a woman to do?  GOOGLE, of course.  Come to find out, fuchsias LOVE to have a steady supply of fertilizer.  So, three weeks ago I started mixing a weak solution of Miracle-gro and watering my plant once a week.  The instructions suggested watering until the water SLOWLY dripped from the hole in the bottom of the pot and advised that the water SHOULD NOT run out of the hole. The first week I mixed 4 cups of water with 1/4 teaspoon of fertilizer and the water dripped slowly, just the way it was supposed to.  The next week I used the same proportions and the water POURED out the hole.  What.The.Heck?  This week I slowly watered with the mixture and waited for the water.  Apparently I am a very impatient person because I just kept watering until the water POURED out the hole, rather than water...wait...water...wait.  Oops ;o)  Next week I'm only going to use 2 cups and 1/8 teaspoon and wait patiently to see if that's enough water.  If not, I'll add another cup.  

The good news is, there are a ton of blossoms on the plant and its looking really good.
Thanks Wendy  xoxoxo
I learned so much about the Fuchsia, I decided to find out how to take care of my Christmas Cactus because they were looking as poorly as the Fuchsia.  Dan's parents gave us the cactus plant when they sold their house and bought a 5th Wheel Trailer a few years ago.  At some point, I split it into two separate pots but they never did very well.  To my surprise, the Christmas Cactus is a TROPICAL cactus, not a DESERT cactus.  They don't like to be dry (the dirt was so dry it was pulling away from the pot, kind of like when a cake or brownies are done).  I repotted them into plastic pots with holes in the bottom because I learned they don't like to be watered from the top.  They also don't like to be in full sun, so I moved them to a shadier spot.  Along with the Fuschia plant, they are looking much healthier! 
The plant looks great!  The pot...not so much ;o(
WooHoo, everything's looking better, thanks to Google!

The astilbe in the shade garden is blooming, too.
I love my little rock bird!
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