This is Willard Beach, which provides a good vantage point for my upcoming swim (Peaks to Portland Swim to Benefit Kids: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!!)
Floating on the surfboard and paddling around in the Atlantic in the middle of winter, as one does in Maine. Especially when so glassy and calm. Not cold at all with the proper gear. (Air temp was about 25 and water somewhere between 35-40 in the above/below pictures). So peaceful, quiet and very refreshing.
Using an old phone to make informational videos about her plants. Mostly houseplants but also have started some herbs and greens.
You can’t really tell from these photos but this particular evening was VERY windy and the waves were choppy and huge.
This dog is ready to teach a yoga class. Hahha (Berenese Mountain dog; aren’t they the coolest? He looked like a bear!)
Above is the remnant of the famous ice disk!
Ice discs form on the outer bends in a river where the accelerating water creates a force called ‘rotational shear’, which breaks off a chunk of ice and twists it around. As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice — smoothing into a circle. A relatively uncommon phenomenon, one of the earliest recordings is of a slowly revolving disc spotted on the Mianus River and reported in an 1895 edition of Scientific American.
For the record I prefer the disk spelling to disc in the context of rotating ice circles. haha
Even though the Westbrook ice disk is on its way out, ice disks seem to be quite popular in Maine this winter…
One spotted in Baxter State Park:
Ice ice baby! Another ice disc found…A spokesperson for Baxter State Park says a Maine ranger saw another ice disc in the Nesowadnehunk Stream Thursday. (Source)
Nesowdnehunk (pronounced NAH- sod- naw- hunk) Stream flows into the Penobscot river just below Nesowdnehunk falls; an area we frequented in our raft guiding days. We would swim across the Penobscot river to where the stream entered; it is a great spot.
Another ice disk (at another familiar Millinocket location!):
The ice near Abol was within 50 yards of the bridge, spinning counter-clockwise very slowly.
Finally, a fourth? (I’m losing track haha) ice disk was noticed by a resident of Guilford sent who sent in a video of a small (~7′ diameter) one with…
…two names, she called it the “spinnah mini,” or ” “rivah spinner.”
Wicked nice winter up heeeyah.
A highlight is a very happy January birthday…
The two layers are actually homemade vanilla ice cream! The yellow color is from the egg yolks. We have been experimenting with our new ice cream maker and have come up with some excellent recipes that are very low to no sugar. I love making cakes but am not crazy about using sugar/flour/simple carbohydrates so this was a great solution! I did use powdered sugar to make it look like snow on top of the cake…
…but also debated letting it sit outside and let it literally get snowed on… haha). The cake topper (and a few other icicles) are pieces of ice I made in the freezer (a great alternative to solid hunks of sugar!).
Ice disks for party favors (naturally).
One year old!
He got cross country skiis for his birthday! Woohoo!
By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer. H.H. Jackson
I found some drawings that I enhanced with Adobe Photoshop years ago (I think 10 years ago!) And they are very apropos…
The mermaid is actually a photo of a (still unfinished) painting that I “finished” in Photoshop. Maybe this year I will finish the actual painting; definitely feeling inspired by the ocean! Two other variations of the mermaid: