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Percy No!

Does this cat look remorseful to you? Well, he better be remorseful. He's on the timeout bench for the second time in a week. Yes, Mr. Percy has been very naughty. He is like a bull in a china shop, full speed ahead all the time and wrecking anything in his path.

Yesterday he knocked a table and the cable box on it to the floor. Crash, bang. Luckily he was ok but the cable box not so much.

The cable is out now. I chatted with Verizon twice and I spent a long time trying to figure out the problem. The first time it took the guy 20 minutes to look up my account. He had my name, address, phone number and back up number and still could not find my account. Eventually the online chat timed out and I got disconnected.

The second time the guy was competent. He found my account right away and we ran a series of tests on the system. Still no signal. I am going to have find my original remote for my TV. I only use the Verizon one so I am sure it is going to take me a while to find the orig…

The Amazing ACRO-CATS

When my friends said they were going to an Acro-Cats show and they asked me to join them I was not sure about it.  I don't even go to the circus. I don't like to see animals perform but I know my friends are such animal lovers that chances are they checked it out and it would be fine. I knew we were in for a fun night when I saw the Acro-Cat mobile. I had my friends pose with the vehicle.  We were pumped to see the cats. Well the cats did not disappoint. The white kitty, Tuna, was the star of the show and he had quite the catitude. He was multi talented and he loved to hear his name shouted out from the audience. We were encouraged to yell Tuna, Tuna throughout the show.
The trainer, Samantha, was amazing. She even trained a groundhog to play a gong.


Samantha was quite a star herself. She has trained many animals and she also said she has found homes for 162 cats. All the cats in the show live with her and she explained that is why she is still single. I can relate!


As I said…

Photography for the Foodie- A South End workshop

Back in June, I took a food photography workshop in Boston's South End. The training was given by the same women that did the edible flower workshop I attended. Betty and Meg are fantastic teachers and just fun people to be around.

I took this photo at the end of the class. We had breakfast and some instruction then a trip to SOWA, a vintage market in Boston, lunch with ingredients purchased from the farmer's market at SOWA and more instruction.


Look at this adorable place setting. It was quite the swag bag. Very impressive!


Meg spoke about props in food photography. She usually uses white plates rather than patterned ones so the plate will not draw attention from the food. Flatware and cutlery are a different story. Sometimes they can add to the interest in a photo.


Our class was held at Farm and Fable in Boston. Such a cute shop and we received a discount if we shopped the day of the workshop.

These are some of the props we would use in our photo shoots.


Betty set the stage…

An illuminating night- Rockport Illumination and Fireworks

If you are a follower of my blog you know I am infatuated with illumination nights. I have been to several. My favorite is the Grand Illumination Night on Martha's Vineyard. It is spectacular and not to be missed. The Ocean Park Illumination Night in Maine is quite nice too. That one spills over onto the beach.


This Summer, my illumination night was in Rockport. We started the night with dinner at Brackett's Oceanview. Someone had lobster. Not me, I went for the clams.


I don't eat lobster this way. I much prefer a lobster roll.

The weather was perfect. It was not too hot and there was a nice breeze. Many people dined outside.


We sat on the deck of Helmut's Strudel Shop as the sun set. My sister asked me to take a photo of this scene as it would make a lovely painting reference. I could have stared at it all night while I ate my strudel.

We walked to the end of Bearskin Neck. This scene at the restaurant My Place By The Sea made me think of a painting. Now that would h…

Shipping out of Boston- a quick weekend visit from L'Hermione

This post is a little late as are most of my posts lately. Still, I wanted to share some of my favorite Summer memories with you.

In July, my sister and I went to Boston to see the Hermione, the exact replica of the frigate that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. This fantastic ship took 28 million dollars and 17 years to build.


Not only was the ship impressive but the crew and officers were looking mighty fine in their period attire.


I wished we had arrived a bit earlier for the event to see the ship under sail. The Mayor of Boston officially greeted our guests to our city and the bells were pealing at the Old North Church .


I felt sorry for everyone who wore wool on a hot Summer day. I was glad we did not stand in line for 4 hours to tour the ship. We did not need to get that up close and personal. Besides, I have a trusty zoom lens.



I enjoyed looking at all the period clothing. I love military jackets even in modern day dress.


The ship was spectacular and to th…