Friday, December 28, 2012

Our Precious Dog, Rafe--RIP

Yesterday we put our wonderful dog, Rafe to sleep.  He's been sick for some time--having diabetes, lyme disease and a host of other problems.  Over the last month he has steadily gone down hill & this week he couldn't get up the 3 stairs to get in the house--and then couldn't get to the back door.  Mind you he weighed just over 100 pounds so it's not like we could pick him up.
Alan & I are heartbroken--he was  definitely a mamma's boy and by my side whenever I was home!  He always greeted Alan when he got home from work like it as the best thing to happen to him all day!
I don't think a week went by without me taking photos of him--I even had taken some yesterday morning before we had decided to put him down.  This  one of him with his best bud, Squeak was one of my all time favorites!  I hope that Squeak was waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge!
If you'd like to see more photos from over the 10+ years of his life, just put "Rafe" in the search box in the upper left hand corner of the page--I didn't realize how many posts I had done about him!
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

This is a photo of Alan & I in younger days with our dog, Tessa ( Zep's Contessa Magnolia)--taken in our solar room.  I'm going to guess & say the photo was taken in the late 80's--the room was added onto the house in 1987.  Did you notice Alan doesn't have a mustache ?  He shaved it off for just a short time.
I think this is the last family picture we have with both my parents & Aunt in it.  My dad passed away in 1991, 6 weeks after my brother's wedding so I know it was taken between 1987-1990.  My sister passed away in 1996 and my Mom & Aunt last year.
 back row:  Tom ( my brother), Judie ( my sister), Alan & me.
Front : my Mom, Aunt Kay and my Dad.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Another old Christmas photo!  This was taken in the early 50's and as I recall it was taken for the family holiday card & then tinted---don't you just love the yellow tinged hair!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Snow showers?

It's been snowing steadily since I got up a few hours ago!  Just called for snow showers today--we'll see!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Macro Monday

Found this cute ornament at Pottery barn over the weekend...can't wait to be using the real one!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sock Monkeys!

This was my favorite window display that we saw in Hudson!   Very imaginative!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday decorations

Yesterday after Deb & I went to Vasilow's --AKA Candy Heaven-- we decided to walk around downtown Hudson ( NY) and look at the decorations.  Lots of the stores are closed on Mon & Tues ( Kate told us that before we walked over) but the weather was nice so we decided to look around.

Warren Street is the main shopping area & there are quite a few antique shops, restaurants ( last year Sandia & I went to a great restaurant called Mexican Radio) and various boutiques--even a store that sold just items from Turkey--it had beautiful handbags made from Kilim rugs and pottery!  This is the window of a salon.

The reindeer in this shop window was cute & I love how the garland in the window looks like it's draped on the buildings across the street.

There are many beautiful old brick buildings in the downtown area & many have or are being rehabbed.  I should have gotten closer, but this church was pretty.  Photos of one special window tomorrow!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Howlin' Cat

Our 20 yr old cat, Tuck loves to "catch" catnip mice! But when he does, he walks around the house howling--basically saying "look what I caught" happens at different times--not bad during the day, but when he does it in the middle of the night it usually wakes us out of a sound sleep!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Macro Monday--Bobble heads & Sea Urchins

I found a few new bobble heads at the flea market a couple of weeks ago & I thought they'd look good with the sea urchins!  Here's one of them!
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

1954 at Plymouth Rock!   

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

In a Baking Mood!

 Going up to my brothers for Thanksgiving & I decided to take some cookies & bars.  So yesterday I made a family favorite--peanut butter swirl bars and tried out a new recipe.
 These cookies are called Cream Cheese Cake Mix cookies--I saw the recipe on the Just a Pinch recipe site & it sounded interesting.  You use any kind of cake mix you want, cream cheese & any other add-ins you want!  I used a spice cake mix & chocolate chips.
I should have read all the comments after the recipe before I made them.  I didn't do anything to flatten the mound of dough--they taste great, but I think would be better if they were flatter.
Live & learn--I will do that the next time I make them!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Travel Tuesday

These pelicans are a fixture near the boats & restaurants along the shore on Isla Mujeres.    Photo taken by Velasquez restaurant--note a party boat from Cancun is the background.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank You For Your Service

My Dad, Allen B. Copeland ( 1919-1991)

My Mom, Frances E. ( Betsey) Copeland ( 1921-2011)

Love this photo of the 2 of them!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today would have been my Mom's 91st birthday.  This is a tough week with my Mom's birthday today & the anniversary of my sisters death  2 days ago ( it's been 16 years since Judie died--where has the time gone ? ).  I love this photo of Mom with Julia & Dylan!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Ok, so we had snow yesterday into last night--not as early as last year, but still too early for me!
It's very pretty today, but cold; the wind is blowing & the snow is trying to melt--just not fast enough for me.  But the waether forecasters are predicting temps in the 60's over the weekend!  Yay!
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Showing Off!

Had a flock of turkeys out behind the house yesterday--the toms were showing off for a few hens--spreading their tail feathers!
I think the  hens were surrounded!

And then they got bored & walked away!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Travel Tuesday

One of the hardworking beach vendors on Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres Mexico.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

We're Getting New Neighbors!

The field up above our house  is having new fence posts put in for more pens for more bison!  if we don't have on the TV or music we can hear the machinery going " thunk, thunk"  Pounding the posts into the ground.

I took these this morning --out of an upstairs window--it seemed like most of the time the posts were going in right behind a tree so it cut off my line of sight!

Some of the machinery being used!--Good use for my telephoto lens!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pretty Hillside

I pass by this beautiful site every time I drive to & from Torrington...There's nowhere to stop so I took this while I was driving --just aimed the camera & hoped it would come out!  the photo doesn't do it justice!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012