Monday, July 24, 2017

A Toast for T

More lazy summer days out in the boat for T today. 
If you stopped by my blog a couple of days ago you read the boating story and saw a few photos from last Saturday's boating adventure to the Isles of Shoals. If you missed the post and if you are curious about the Isles of Shoals you can read a little about them here:  A Day on the Water
Here we are looking out onto Star Island with some sailboat action to make it a more interesting photo.
We were anchored in the harbor  called Gosport and took the launch, a little shuttle, from our boat over to the island.
 The big white building is the Oceanic Hotel. It was built in the late 1800's when people came north from places like Boston and New York to escape the heat. The hotel is still very primitive and now a way to escape some of the trappings of modern life.
Thought you might find the hotel interesting. I do.

The outside has a huge wrap around porch filled with rocking chairs.

And fantastic views too.
You can see there's something going on on the dock. Since it was Saturday it was change over of guest day. I imagine almost all guests come by the Thomas Laighton, a large ferry. (photo below)
But there are other smaller boats that bring luggage and boxes of food and supplies, plus take away the trash.
The two islands you can see in the photo above are Smuttynose (on the right)  and Appledore (on the left).
In our ramble around the island, we went to the back of the hotel. Here they are unloading some luggage which gets carried up to the guest's room by the summer staff, known as Pelicans.
 It was really interesting to watch them, almost as if they were putting on a show.
 The first floor of the hotel has a couple of rooms they must use for meetings or maybe are quiet places for guests to be. They are very much old fashioned rooms.
 The bathrooms are on the upper floors, which even the day guests can use. None of the bedrooms have their own baths either. So when we went up to use the potty it gave us a little peak into the hotel rooms.
 A view out of a second floor window on the landing by the bathroom.
 The second floor hallway and below, a second floor bedroom.
When the Pelicans put in the luggage they don't close the doors and in fact, I  don't believe there are locks on any of the doors.
And a few more photos.
 The landing outside the bathroom
 Another view out the back of the hotel
 The huge line of departing guests waiting to board the ferry back to the mailand
The  hotel garden

Ok, so what does this have to do with T day?
So before we went ashore we sat in our little boat and had lunch and chatted. And for dessert we each had a little margarita in the tiny little red paper cups my daughter packed. (Not the big red party cups we thought she said she had.) Of course she didn't have a margarita because she doesn't like them. Instead she had a little can of sangria.
Cheers to a sunny Saturday afternoon on the water.
(And truth be told, the little cup was all I needed)
Stop by Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to join in to the T party. We all shared something we drank and often food too. Its a lot of fun and we'd love you to join us.
Thanks for visiting
and happy T day!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What the Summer is Meant for

The weekend has wound down. A new week of summer and the living is easy.
I have another journal spread for Elizabeth's summer love challenge at Art Journal Journey.
This spread is from my ocean journal. I started by using an ocean themed napkin. When we went to Maine at the end of June these napkins were in the cottage we rented, and I took one home with me. It worked perfect for a base in this page.
I then stamped these 2 ocean themes quotes several times and used white painted to form my big escape word. Once dry, I outlined it with a Stabilo pencil, which I then softened the edges with a wet paintbrush.
Finally I added one of these handmade postage stamps. I bought a package of some postage stamp paper awhile  back. I added paint, some stamped images and some die cuts and ended up making a whole cool sheet of postage stamps with an ocean theme.
Once I tore the stamp off the sheet I added the postage amount and then added some postmarks. I love the idea of making some customized stamps for a particular project.
That's all for me.  Almost time for Game of Thrones.
Happy new week, and thanks for visiting.

A Day On the Water

So yesterday was hot and kind of hazy here. The plan was the finally put our little boat onto Lake Winnipesaukee for a day on the lake. We live in an area that has many nice lakes and we also live within 40 minutes of the ocean where there is some interest boating too. My husband invited his sister and her daughter along.
Because the public boat ramp parking on Lake Winnipesaukee lot isn't large it fills up early on a weekend, so we went early, put the boat into the lake and then tried to start the motor. It didn't start after repeated tries.
So we went home and decided to go out on the ocean because we know our other boat works since we've been boating several times on it this summer.
( Yes we have 2 boats, but neither are very large. The "bigger" of the 2 is the one we use on the ocean. With 5 of us on it is pretty crowded. Believe me, it is not a big boat by any means on the ocean. We also have an even smaller boat that we keep in the driveway. We like to take that out on the lakes that we live around. This little boat is 30 years old and needed some work this year and so far it hasn't been ready for the water. We thought it was ready yesterday for its maiden voyage of the year but I guess it wasn't.)
Anyhow,back to the subject of our day on the water.
It was really calm yesterday so we decided to cruise out to the Isles of Shoals.
The Isles of Shoals are a group of small rocky islands 6 miles offshore. Some are in the state of New Hampshire and some are part of the state of Maine. If you're a history buff, they have an interesting background including at one point having their own dialect of the English language and a murder which occurred there in the 1800's and was also fictionalized in the book The Weight of Water. 
One of the islands, Star Island, is owned by the Unitarian Church. They have a hotel there as well as some other buildings and run summer programs. (It closes down in September.) It is rather primitive and the kind of place to get away from it all. The hotel rooms are bare bones and there is no television or computer service on the island (unless you use your phone). However, if you boat out and anchor in the harbor, there is a launch that will pick you up and take you onto the island where you can spend some time during the day. Its  pretty interesting place.  Some of you have seen some of my photos from other years, but here's a few I took yesterday when my sister-in-law and the each of our daughters went over to the island. The hubby decided to remain on the boat and relax.
Here's some view from last summer of the island itself, if you are curious:
And here's a few photos from yesterday. I took several more but since this post is already pretty long I will save those for another day.

 An yours truly in the mirror. :)

 All you artsy folks should know what this is.
 Ssshhhhh. Don't tell the hubby but we had an ice cream at the snack bar. He'd be jealous if he knew.
And here we are:
See the little boat on the right with the guy in the bright blue shirt. That's my husband.We are in the launch and the driver was nice enough to snap a photo with him included. He reminds me of Captain Kirk in the blue. Maybe we should call our boat the Enterprise. :)
More another day. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Out on the Savanna

Wow, this week flew right by for me. I can't believe its Friday already and another week is in wind down mode already. Its been hot and humid here. That's a good reason to stay in and finish some art. Here's a page I finished the other morning for the latest challenge at Moo Mania, Africa.

The background on my page is made from me cleaning my paint brushes over a couple of weeks of art making. The paper ended up with all these warm colors and they reminded me of the colors you'd find in an African savanna.  So I painted the giraffe  and the tree. Then I stamped the tribal looking image and used a white pen to highlight parts of them. And I guess I spelled savanna wrong since it doesn't have an H at the end.
Oh well. Spelling has never been strong suit.
And yesterday I took the dogs up to my mother-in-laws house. She lives on this pond, and it was a quiet summer afternoon. Good for a little swim and lots of dog play.

After my swim, I  settled down for some reading time when the sky started to darken.
 And then it started to rain. First sprinkles and then it got heavy.
I think the universe was telling me it was time to go home and take a nap. :)
So I did.
Happy weekend everyone.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Days

Its been a beautiful summer so far. I am lost in summer vacation mode-morning walks, hanging out with friends, swimming in the lake, boating, reading in the afternoon in my hammock. 
I just finished reading .
Its my latest book club book (took me away from reading my cozy mysteries) and was a thought provoking true story about a man who disappeared and lived alone in the Maine woods for over 20 years. He had no human contact and got what he needed by breaking into weekend cabins. Then he got arrested breaking into the kitchen of a kids summer camp, and that ended his years as a hermit in the woods. ( He ended up in jail and all that goes with that.) The book explores why he wanted to live alone in the forest and how he did that in the harsh Maine wilderness. It also deals a little bit with the people who lived in those cabins he broke into. I wish it dealt with them a little more.  I've still got a bunch of questions after reading this, and it should be a great discussion at book club.

And I've started reading this book. This is the second book about Julia Child by Alex Prud'homme, her great nephew. The first book (My Life in France) was excellent so I am excited to read this. The first book was co-authored by both Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme.  So far I am enjoying this, and then maybe I'll get back to some more cozy mystery books.
And I bought 2  new teas to make ice tea. They taste less like tea and more like flavored water. One pouch makes a lot of tea, a whole big pitcher not once but three time. I can drink tea all day for 2 days per bag. :)

I'm enjoying them while I read. And while I make art.
And yesterday I made some strawberry rhubarb jam.
I had some left over strawberry puree from my July 4th cake and decided before it went bad to use it as a base for some jam. I added some strawberries and some rhubarb I had in the freezer.
Just having fun and keeping busy.
Here's another page in my night journal I am making. I did this spread last week and then I found out that the latest Try It on Tuesday challenge is let it shine.
The right hand page is from an old calendar page. I'm not sure if I will leave it as is or do something to it. Here's a closer view of the quote.

And I have another page in my ocean journal too.

I'm going to link this page up to Elizabeth's great challenge, Summer Love, over at Art Journal Journey.
Summer is good. Life is good.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shining Their Lights

I made this page for Elizabeth's Summer Love challenge at Art Journal Journey after sitting outside one evening watching some fireflies flashing. Fireflies are one of those little things that make summer special for me
Did you know that each type of firefly has its own light flashing pattern?
So I doodled my jar and I think it looks more like a drinking glass with aluminum foil over the top than a lidded jar, so use a little imagination when you look at it. I stamped the insects and turned them into fireflies with a dab of yellow paint. 
I also scribbled this poem by Robert Frost on the page. Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets, and he was  a native of New Hampshire where I live. This was a new poem for me, but it was perfect for my page.

Fireflies in the Garden

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, 
And here on earth come emulating flies, 
That though they never equal stars in size, 
(And they were never really stars at heart) 
Achieve at times a very star-like start. 
Only, of course, they can't sustain the part.

When I was a kid I had a book called Sam  and the Firefly. Sam is an owl who has Gus the firefly write words in the sky for him. Of course writing words in the sky at night isn't always a smart thing.
Anyone else remember this book? I need to see if I can find mine, though it may be long gone. There is a box of kids books in the attic and it might be in there.
So the newest challenge at Try It On Tuesday just happens to be Let It Shine, and I think my page works, so I am linking up. 
I'm finally home today after a couple of days out playing with friends. I should clean  my house a little bit, but there's lots of other things I can think of doing other than that. I am really in summer mode. Oh boy.
Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Celebrate with Cake

Hi everyone. I've got another post for today because I've wanted to join in on the Tag Tuesday for a few days right now and just haven't had an extra moment to write this post.
Right now the theme over at Tag Tuesday is CAKE!  This fun challenge is hosted by Wilma.  I think its a good one:)
So I made a tag using some fun colorful paper as my background. Then I painted the cake and the candle, because every celebration cake needs a candle. And finally I added the die cut word celebrate. 
And I'm celebrating all the beautiful flowers in the gardens right now. Must be the warm days, cool nights and all the rain showers making them so happy.