Tuesday, July 31, 2007


I made this necklace a couple days ago and finally got around to taking some pictures. It's braided leather with antiqued silver buttons used as beads. I love it.

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Monday, July 30, 2007


No pictures from today- rather boring day. My mom requested pictures of the graffiti at the abandoned trainstation in Rocky Hill. So here we go, two colorful graffiti pictures. The place is mostly overgrown with various rusty items, a very inviting place for teenagers with spraypaint and matches.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007


Scorpion Bowl for 2. A very delicious, alcoholic and expensive drink. The waitress let us know not to drink the fire. Uh-huh.
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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sun -

- burn. This is the resulting burn from the bike ride and swimming sessions yesterday. Feels nice and toasty. I don't consider it a bad burn but it sure makes its presence known.

- set. I stepped outside and discovered the evening sun lighting up the clouds in a wonderful pink. So pretty.
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Friday, July 27, 2007


Dave and I went to Hammonasset beach today. We ate sandwiches at Meig's Point, went for a bike ride, went for a swim in the Sound, laid in the sun, ate some ice cream and headed to Dave's parents' house. At their place we went for a swim in their pool. I'm a bit rosey from the sun and very tired from all the activity.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I'm thinking about getting a 3rd cat. I'm still working on getting Dave convinced but he's a softy, he just doesn't know it. I went to check out two cats at a foster home. One was so shy I didn't even get a pet out of him. The other is Marmalade, the orange tabby. He was quite the lover boy giving me all sorts of snuggles. I was at the woman's house for 2 hours.
After petting about 15 cats I managed to get close to Tony the Tiger, the handsome white/tabby long hair. The woman was very impressed and told me that her granddaughter lives with her and can't even get close. So it seems Tony and I have a connection. He's a big kitty and he does like to get brushed which is important with all that hair. It was great to be trusted by a cat who is usually weary of strangers.
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My friends and I went for a hike in Rocky Hill today. April guided us to the Rock God on an old forgotten trail area along some train tracks. We also enjoyed exploring the old train station which is heavily graffitied. On the way back April took us to some blackberry bushes and we had a good munch. Tastes like summer.
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Monday, July 23, 2007

House Warming

We had lots of friends & family over for our house warming party this weekend. ((My camera batteries are completely dead- no pictures today)) The first photo is during the dessert hour in the blue kitchen from Uglyville.
We got Dave's grandfather's ping pong table and we also had a dart board out. Lots of fun to be had.
The older folks spent their time on the deck. It was quite cozy and fun to host a successful party where people mingled and separated into their own little groups.
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Sunday, July 22, 2007


I went to my first Ren Fair today. I'm no longer a fair virgin. Oi! The highlight was watching kids get knighted by the king. Kids took their knighting seriously. I desperately wanted to be 10 and get made a lady of the court.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Blast from the past

I took pictures today but I'm too tired to get them off my camera. So here is a blast from the past; January 9th, came across this dumpster during my snowy drive.
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Thursday, July 19, 2007


Apparently Kes & Onyx have the same idea about this nap spot. Onyx is the first one I photographed sleeping on the radiator cover since it's her favorite hang out. I was a bit surprised to find Kes sleeping in the same spot and practically the same position. Dejavu!
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Onyx was hunting for a beetle. She managed to catch it and chomp on it when I was in hearing range. Ew.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kid vs adult

Since I missed a couple days posting I am doing a couple posts with 2 pictures. Anywho, back to the photos. First, we have kid mode. Janet & I were walking in the grass at Saint Clement's and I saw these little hopping critters. At closer inspection turns out they were mini toads. We each grabbed our own toads and then tried to get the good picture. Hard work.
Second, we had adult mode. We were checking Saint Clement's out for a possible wedding sight. It was beautiful. We were gasping at every view- including the price; anywhere from $80 to $105 per head. Yikes. I would have a blast trying to catch those little toads though, hehe.
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Monday, July 16, 2007


*Ding dong* A lady at the door offers me a free carpet cleaning or floor buff. She comes in the check it out and then says her folks will be over in 20 minutes. I ask, "You're going to do it free today?" She says yup and suggests that I start moving some stuff out of the office so they can clean the carpet in there. I figure hey why not? It's free! I had two Kirby sales men in the house for 3 hours. They super vacuumed my carpet & shampooed it. They even vacuumed our guest bedroom matress to show me the crap that's in there. Ew. So the photo is of all the crap in my carpet and bed. The white filters are from the vacuuming. The black ones in the middleground are from the matress, and the black ones in the background are baking soda that they rubbed into the carpet to do a comparison between my Bissel vac versus the Kirby. I was almost sold on it till I heard the price *drum roll* $2008.70!
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Severe weather warning

I was outside taking pictures and video of an approaching storm. When the rain hit I was still taking pictures. Little did I realize that all the west facing windows were open in the house. The storms always come from the west which means the wind blows the rain right into the house. The first picture is the soaked tp, radiator, curtains and window sill. The second picture was the rain that didn't fit in the gutters which just fell off into the front yard. The shiney plastic thing covers a basement window and all that sudden heavy rain beat its way right into the basement. I shop-vac'd about 12 gallons of water out of the basement.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007


I finally found Future acrylic floor polish to use as a clear coat on my polymer clay stamp pendants. I made this snowflake stamp on Friday and then dipped it in Future a couple times over the last day. My plan is to do more of this stamp jewelry in my etsy shop versus just beaded jewelry. The second photo is a sand dollar charm I bought at a garage sale today for $1. I took it off it's cheap chain and threaded the faux suede through the side holes. This is the first piece I've tried to do with 4 strings on each side. I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
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Friday, July 13, 2007


I went to a flea market today hosted by the Soroptimists in Bethlehem, CT. There I found this silver thistle pendant for $2. I bought it to make something of it and sell it although I've fallen in love with it a bit. I searched Google images for thistle pendants and found out it is a $60 pendant designed and crafted in Scotland's Orkney Islands from the Hamilton House. Click on the Hamilton House link and scroll down about a quarter of the page.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Janet and I drove around the wilderness of Wolcott today looking for Lily Lake Inn. We found this turkey lady strutting her stuff across the road. Here she is actually taking a stroll in someone's side yard so it wasn't really wilderness.
While dinner was on the grill we let the cats out and I saw this 2" beetle hanging out on the fence. Dave asked if Onyx had spotted it yet and I commented that she wouldn't notice it till it moved. Well, it decided to fly away later and Onyx made quick work of it for a good 5 to 10 minutes.
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Monday, July 9, 2007


I installed this tp dispenser in our half bath myself. I got to use the drill and level. Yay! The half bath is a pretty sorry looking bathroom- more of a 1/3rd bath if you ask anyone who's used it. Adding the dispenser is one step toward improvement.
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