No - this is not my house . . .

This photo was part of a creativity exercise I did a while ago which was a study of light, shadow and textures. This is one of a group of rental cottages in Truro, MA which is here on Cape Cod. Check out the slide show for more pics.







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30 October 2011

My Cape Cod Beagle


Last Sunday, October 23, 2011, my faithful Cape Cod born beagle - Chauncey "Bananahead" Rockwell crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to go take long walks with my Dad.  He was rescued from an early life of neglect when he was about 3 or 4 years old. Chauncey grew up in my neighborhood but no one could remember how old he was - going by his puppyhood friend's age, Chauncey was 15 or 16 years old when he left us last Sunday.  He came to live with my Dad and me on a bitterly cold day in January 2000, having spent several days outside in sub-zero temperatures until my neighbor stepped in.

Chauncey and Dad were almost inseparable for years and were often seen driving around town with Chauncey sticking his head out the back window of the car barking non-stop.  My Dad always said it saved wear and tear on the car horn.  When my Dad passed two years ago, Chauncey was already of mature years, so I kept telling him he had to stay with me a few more years.  I realized yesterday, when I went to pick up his ashes that Chauncey stayed 2 years and 2 months to the day from when my Dad passed away - there was only about 2 hours difference in time and both of them crossed on a Sunday.

Chauncey (known by some friends as "Shawnie Boy") was a constant source of amusement and companionship.  He loved to play keep-away with tennis balls until his arthritis made it too hard, but he continued to love to chase his red kong ball with treats jammed in the side openings around the living room right up to last Saturday night.



His greatest fun (besides chasing squirrels and chipmunks) was running through the snow and tearing apart stuffed toys.  The stuffed toys would last less than 30 mins - but he had such fun doing it.



This video makes me smile every time I see it.  He took such joy from this destruction, yet except for an occasional pair of shoes or my patio door blinds when he was left home alone, he was not a destructive doggie.

Chauncey was my very first dog and he was a gem and a joy.  I miss him every day but it was a blessing that he was active to almost the last hours, that the decision to let him go was clear cut, that I got to say a loving goodbye which, while he was on pain medication, he was still alert enough to hear, respond to and give love back, and that his passing was the most peaceful I could hope for when letting my beloved "little boy, little boy" go be with Dad.

I know you are playing with your buddy Max and having Dad spend hours petting you, going for long walks with him (and my Mom), and running all over chasing "sniffs".  Run my boy, run!  Go get that squirrel!

10 October 2011

We love to hear your comments but . . .

We love, love, love comments but I will not publish comments that have links to non-stamping, or non-paper craft blogs or businesses, or are not Cape Cod businesses.  I have recently had two very nice comments from people that because I cannot edit what they wrote, I have had to reject their comments as they had links on their comments to businesses that have nothing to do with anything this blog is about and appeared to be third-party businesses.

Please, continue to post comments but do not add links to your comments that are not related to the theme and interest of my blog followers and readers.

Thanks!

16 September 2011

Mid Cape's Turkey Clan

I was leaving the development where I live and had to turn around to photograph these guys in my neighbor's yard.  This rafter of turkeys have been wandering around the mid-Cape area - mostly Barnstable - for a few years now.



This group of turkeys contains the rogue turkey who made national news back in January attacking a mail truck.  Someone tried to claim it was some lost turkey that belong to the late Sen. Kennedy, but those of us who have seened these guys walk around knew better.  Maybe this Tom knew the mail carrier had a turkey sandwich in his lunch bag!




Here are a couple of additional photos I took of our friends.   They are huge!  One of my errands I was going off to do brought me to the local feed and grain who have a male and female free-range turkeys and these wild guys were just as big.

Whose idea was it to make him the leader in "Follow the leader?"  He has no imagination.


Hey let's go see if they got anything to eat at that blue house.
Nah - let's go attack a mail truck


16 August 2011

Amazing!


This was on my neighbor's back patio screen earlier this summer.  Its a Giant Silkworm Luna Moth, but she had no idea what it was.  It's about 4 inches or more long and looked like a small bird when it was flying around.  How cool is this?  If I had a moment to create right now I can picture some pretty cool cards inspired by this.

09 August 2011

Cape Cod - One of the Most Beautiful Places in America!

Good Morning America has listed Cape Cod as one of the top 10 most beautiful places in America and you can help make it #1!  Go to http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/best_places_USA/ and vote!

12 February 2011

The rest of the scrapebook pages

. . . finally.  Did ya' miss me?

So here are the other scrapbook pages for my goddaughters that I managed to get pictures of - I was on such a mission to get these books finished for Christmas that some nights I just forgot to get the pics.

This is a close up of the ski pages for Kate.  She had some great action shots.  The title was a free download from SVGcuts for cricut using SCAL. 


Here is the 2 page spread (sorry about the glare but I did not remember to take the picture until the pages were loaded and I did no want to risk screwing up the pages by unloading them).


This is the 2 page spread for Jen's violin page including some of her blue grass "fiddling" which she LOVES).  The title is really just all different computer generated words related to the violin.  The DP on the left bottom is cool close ups of a violin - I forget whose paper it is but I knew I had to buy it when I saw it.

I found this great soccer field svg on SVGcuts and knew I had to use it on one for the pages.  I also found a fun soccer paper doll (I believe these were from Denise's Scrapbooking Room) and I added hair to match Jen's curls and some half pearls for her earrings (as the image looked a little too boyish).

Blog Candy Update:
As we have not gotten enough new followers for the blog candy give-away as it stands right now I am going to redo the "rules" because I so want to give away the fun stuff.  I will redo the ribbon a bit too and remove the Christmas ribbon to add in spring stuff.  Stay tune . . .

05 January 2011

Happy New Year - rested and recovered

So I think I have recovered from my New Year's Day (Hogmanany) Open House and I figured it was time to show off some more of the pages from the scrapbooks I made for Jen and Kate (goddaughters).  I was so focused on making them that I often forgot to take pictures or didn't remember until they were already loaded into the page holder.  Any way here they are in no particular order:


Ski page for Jennifer.  Title is a free SVG file using my cricut and the popped up snow flakes are MS punch with half pearls

Kate's page for chorus and piano - went with a general music theme.

Kate's Christening (Jen's page was posted earlier)


The intro - title page for Jen's book.  Love this DP - its all sparkly.  I believe its DCWV.  The frame and flower was from freesvgfiles.  They showed it with the flower flat but I decided to 3D it.
There are more pages to show and I'll do that in the next posting (I believe unless something else comes along that I want to show).