Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where Did Summer Go

It seems like everyone has been asking the same question. Where has summer gone? When we returned to New England we had the plan to camp on Campobello Island part of each month and to visit our children, grandchildren, family and friends in between camping trip. We have been able to keep to our plan but it seems like it has gone by in a flash!  

It is now early September and we can report several important "moments" of our summer.

Torrey has started college! She is now a first-year student at University of Maine and loves her classes, and being on the campus. She is living in Bangor with her mom, but has her own vehicle to get back and forth to class.  We are so proud of her. We can remember each "first day of school" and being with her when the school bus would arrive to pick her up. Mom and Dad and Meme and Nannie would all wave, and wipe out the tears as we watched her take another step in life! We are still waving, and cheering her on. And of course wiping a few tears from our eyes!
                                          


We also had many medical appointments to deal with issues like bone density, breast health, thyroid function, blood levels, and a pain issue that has reoccurred for Latona.  Several years ago she developed Trigeminal Neuralgia, but with meds it finally went away.  This winter in reappeared and our doctor has been helping us. The medication has been effective but it has not completely disappeared so we will see a neurologist in the next month before heading south.

At the end of August, we had a family reunion with Latona's brother and wife and their children at their camp on Ward Pond. It was a wonderful time and everyone brought food to share.  We finally got some nice family pictures. We missed her sister and husband, but we're so glad to be with the rest of the family.

Corey, Holly and Elsie (almost two)
                                

Kyle, Addison, Connor and Jen

And Roy, Julie with Latona and I

Our visits with Carrie and the family have been fun too.  We shared a camping time in a New Hampshire State Park with her and the girls and had a wonderful time.  Our special visitor was a Barred Owl who hung around our campsite.
                                

Sari slept in her hammock and Lyla kept the fire going!


Over the her birthday weekend, she found two baby goats to add to the cats, dog and chickens.

They are named Bambi and Sammy,  I wonder who loves the animals more - mommy or the girls!

Our friends Joan and Lucille had to have their dog Toby put to sleep. We all miss him. They still have their cal Callie and all the deer the hang out with them.



Of course, we can still report a wonderful time at Campobello as well, during our two week camping trip!

Seining in Herring Cove harvesting herring.

Along the edge, note the peeps. All part of the migrantion that is building. This group included Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Killdeer and Sanderlings.

Two half-grown Racoons we saw up a tree.  Can you see number two?

Gray Seal - a very large seal. Huge head.

Red Squirrel getting ready for winter. Adding more insulation to the nest.

Black Scoters Pair

A beautiful inlet on a very foggy hike.

Our friend Susan. A special person who works at Herring Cove Provincial Parc. 

Pictures of berries that we enjoyed ...  blueberries, red raspberries and blackberries all on this hiking day!



We continue to be blessed in our life with all the riches we receive. We still find the heart everywhere we go.
 
And I am blessed to always have the joy of my heart with me wherever we go!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Campobello Summer

Several years ago, we found a sweet camping spot on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.
This island was the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their children. He named it the "beloved island." We returned for a camping week each of several summers until this year. We decided that we would come to Campobello, and Herring Cove Park, for two weeks each month of the summer of 2017. In between, we made plans to visit our children and friends. 

June was a cold and wet month, but we reacquainted ourselves with the island with hikes and visits to the beach. We also anticipated a visit with Carrie and the girls. They came to camp with us for four days and to learn a little bit about the island. 

                             
    
              We had some wonderful experiences exploring the beach and camping together. 



                                           
    
The visit was too short and soon they had to pull out and head home.

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This place is full of wild flowers like Indian Pipes.

Pitcher Plants in the bog.

                                  Grass Pinks - orchids now blooming in the Eagle Hill Bog.
                                       

Wild White Roses

Fireweed

End of the Lupine Blooms

Unusual (to me) Pink Bunchberry.

Harebells

Wood Sorrel

Sheep Laurel

Daisies

Orange Hawkweed

Wild Roses

And other gifts of nature...
The evidence of the busy beaver chewings.

White Admiral

Common Yellowthroat

Common Whitetail  Dragonfly

Hiking the beach along the Bold Coast



End of a large beaver pond. You can almost see the foot prints of their work.

Orange Lichen on the rocks like a gold crown.

American Toad

Gibraltar Rock

A hiking trail in the tall Spruce and Fir forest.

One end of the mile long Herring Cove Beach.

We are enjoying this special place. We are having fun. We have a Fitbit and try to walk 10,000 steps each day. The quiet, peaceful nature of the island is working a restful calm.  It is July of our happy Campobello summer with much more to come for August and September!

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Today is my mother's 96th birthday and I am so grateful for her life and the role model she is to her children, grandchildren and the whole family. When I talked with her today she said she was a little stiff because she had been exercising. Go Mom!!!!!