WordPress on the Go!

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I thought I’d give the mobile app a test drive to see how it works. The photo above was taken last year when I visited The Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in Medford, MA. It’s a wonderful place open to anyone to visit or attend a class. I went to see the beautiful sand mandala created by monks visiting from India. I will write more about that and share photos soon.

Until then, be well friends!

I’m Baaaaack!

Hello Blog! Long time no see!

Shortly after my last post my computer died, and it died in a big, big way. So sad. I did get used to it though. It was occasionally a little inconvenient but the thing I missed the most was being able to use my camera. Sure, I have a camera on my phone and it takes ok pictures but it just wasn’t the same.  I’ve also had some exciting changes over the last two years, made some great new friends, and have come to become utterly grateful for all the wonderful people and  things in my life.

So, as soon as I figure out how to use Windows 8.1 (I just got this new computer yesterday) and I get my photo software set up and running, I hope to be posting more regularly. What’s in store? Photos for sure but I also want to share information about some of the local small businesses and little hidden gems I find when I’m out and about here in Southeastern New England. After the winter we had….which isn’t quite over yet….many businesses both big and small have taken a hit. I heard on the news yesterday that in Massachusetts alone, over a billion dollars has been lost so far due to closings and people not being able to get out and about. So, get out there and shop local!🙂

Until we meet again, thanks for reading!

Snapshots: Act 1

I take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. I’ve had some sort of camera since I was a little kid. Remember the Polaroid Land Camera? How about the Disc Camera? Then there’s the disposables…anyway, I’ve had or used many cameras over the years. My first SLR was great until I dropped it on a rock while hiking in New Hampshire. We were still using film back then, there were no digital cameras, no cell phone cameras, actually, cell phones were still in their infancy back when I busted the lens on that SLR. Yeah, I’m old, lol! Anyway, now I have a DSLR, a point and shoot digicam, and the camera on my Droid. At least one of them is with me at all time so yeah, lots and lots of pictures.
I’m thinking maybe I’ll start a series. Snapshots. Just the photos with captions and maybe a little description when warranted, because you know, sometimes you just want to look at pictures. So, without further adieu, I bring to you Snapshots!

The Train Bridge which crosses the Cape Cod Canal.

A Busy Bee in CT.

Behind the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham, MA. It’s a nice place to stop as you travel along the Cape.


Helium Tanks on the helipad at the abandoned Air Force Station, North Truro, MA. I’ll be writing a separate post about this very interesting location.


Cruising around Newport Harbor, Newport, RI.

Pinecone! Cape Cod, MA.

May 25, 2012 at 5:14 am, standing on the jetty in Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth, MA. An early morning Blue Hour photo.

A foggy June morning in Provincetown, MA. I went looking for the Cape Cod Bear. I didn’t find him but animal control did a day or two later. He was relocated to western MA.


I hope you enjoyed these. Thanks for reading!

Not So Aimless Wandering

Last Saturday as I was sitting in front of my computer drinking my morning coffee I was gazing out the window thinking about how nice a day it was and thought to myself; “I really need to GO OUTSIDE!!” I guzzled down the rest of my cup, packed my bag with my camera and some cookies, and sped out the door for a hike in Borderland State Park.

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Welcome to Borderland!


I was hoping to find some good foliage but there was still less than 50% color. There were some very pretty splashes to be found though.

The trees are so pretty when they’re changing color!


Borderland is well known for hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, dog walkers, trail runners, picnic spots, and the Ames Mansion which can be toured and also rented for weddings. There was a wedding going on when I was there.

Folks tying the knot at the Ames Mansion


I was looking for a little solitude so I headed off to the trail head.

All the trails are well marked and pretty easy to follow.


The Friends of Borderland host many events throughout the year. Guided hikes, nature talks, Astronomy night, and art exhibits just to name a few. If you saw the movie Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio, you might recognize this little building from the cabin scene! There was a photo shoot going on in the front so I took this picture from the back.

The Lodge. In the winter they keep a fire burning inside so you can warm up after snowshoeing or cross country skiing.


There are many easy trails is you just want to take a leisurely stroll. This one goes around one of the many ponds on the property.

It’s called the “Pond Walk” Trail and goes all the way around Leach Pond.


I wanted to hit some of the rockier trails so I went in the other direction toward The French Trail and Split Rock Trail. These as well as some of the others are littered with boulders that were left behind when the glaciers receded at the end of the last Ice Age. Some are really big that you can climb up on if you’re so inclined. I like to climb the rocks, it’s always fun for me.

This erratic is not the biggest one there but it’s much bigger than me!


This is a nice rocky trail.

Watch your step! It’s a good idea to wear sturdy shoes out here. I always wear my hiking boots.

I was likin’ the lichen!


I took a little break, sat down on a big rock, had a healthy snack, and enjoyed the nice weather.

Mmmmm cookies!

It was getting a little late in the afternoon so I started making my way back to the visitor center. There are many boardwalks like this one for crossing wetland areas. It was relatively dry out there on this day.

I like the way the late afternoon sun is streaming through the trees here.

It’s always a good idea to pay attention to the time when you’re out in the woods. It gets dark faster than you think under the trees.

Lengthening shadows…

I ran into a number of dogs along the way. This is Coco, she lives in Sharon, MA. Her owners were as friendly as she was.

Coco the Dog!

There are all kinds of different trees but I always like how Sassafras leaves look like hands. Back at the visitor center I spotted this little sign.

The Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway

Borderland is part of the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway which is a system of 200 miles of trails and open space around the Greater Boston area called a “greenbelt.” Borderland is a great place to visit any time of the year. There’s plenty to do no matter what your age or physical condition. There’s always plenty of parking even on a busy Saturday so if you’re in the area stop by and see what Borderland has to offer.

The main public parking area. It’s only $2 per car.

All trails are healthy for your heart🙂

Cucumber Kale Salad with Cashew Pesto

Greetings and Salutations!
This evening I thought it would be a good idea to use up some of the things I had leftover in my fridge. There was some kale, a cuke, yellow pepper, some roasted red pepper, and a bit of cashew cheez. With those items I whipped up this bright and delicious dinner salad.
With my handy dandy Spirooli I spiralized the cucumber, tossed it with a bit of salt, and set it aside. I like to make veggie “pasta” for a low carb raw dinner.

Cucumber Spaghetti!


I tore the kale from it’s stems into little peices and massaged it with a bit of salt, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and walnut oil. Before adding the cuke spaghetti, I squeezed the excess water from it and placed it in a pile in the center of the kale. I added diced yellow pepper and roasted red pepper. To make the cashew pesto, all I did was mix some basil whizzed with olive oil to the cashew cheez (recipe here) and blend it together. I plopped a nice big dollop of it on top of my salad so it looked like this. Oh, and I also sprinkled hemp hearts all over it.
I like the bright and pretty colors!
Then I dove right in and enjoyed my big yummy salad!

Yummy-licious!


It was a pretty filling meal and I was glad to have such an easy dinner on a Saturday night. Of course when I was finished I made some cookies for dessert! Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading!🙂

Oatmeal Raisin Craisin Pecan Cookies ~ Vegan!

Ahhh cookies…who doesn’t like cookies? I know I sure do, probably a little too much which is why I was happy to stumble upon this recipe on VegNews TV I liked that they have no added sugar, no added fat, and they didn’t require any artificial sweeteners, which I really, really dislike. I believe in eating whole organic foods as much as possible and this recipe fit that requirement nicely.
The only changes I made were to add a handful of pecans that I chopped to death and a mix of raisins, golden raisins, and dried cranberries, hence the title above🙂
These were so good I just made another batch! They are super easy to make, taste yummy, and travel well. I took a few on a hike yesterday. Energy and wholesome nutrition in a cookie! What more could you ask for?

It looks good even before it’s baked!

The finished product! Awesome with a glass of Almond milk!

One for me, one for you!


So if you’re looking for a healthy alternative, click the link above and give these a try. They’re even good for breakfast!
Enjoy!