Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Retreating

There are times when its good to retreat. When its time to relax and regenerate, when its time to contemplate the big and small in your life.  When you are ready to retreat, its nice to have someplace beautiful and peaceful.

When I took my friend to Cape Cod, it was because she was a retreat leader for a group of women in recovery.  It was a lovely weekend!  The retreat house was pretty, old and well cared for. Of course I didn't take any picture of it.  Its right on Buzzards Bay in Cape Cod and has its own beach. I didn't wander there because the path to the beach was buried FEET of snow.

Saturday morning, we started our day in the Chapel.  Plenty of quiet and calm and pretty scenery for meditation and contemplation.

The view from the Chapel window
So much snow

There is a group of deer the staff of the retreat house have fed through the winter.
They decided that they wanted to join morning prayers

Pretty

They come right up to the window


Mornings started with this view and blessing from nature is a wonderful way to start!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Recalculating, Recalculating....

I went for a lovely weekend trip to Cape Cod recently. I drove my Favorite Nun to a retreat there.  While she was giving the retreat on Saturday, I braved the old and newly fallen snow to explore the area.
I've never been there so this was a prime opportunity to check things out. As soon as Sister Anne asked me to go with her I started exploring the area on Google Maps so I had an idea of places and things I wanted to see.

Unfortunately,  Mother Nature tried to spoil my fun.

There was lots of snow left from the winter storms
When I left the retreat house it was snowing. Nothing that seemed to hinder traffic or visibility. Just enough to get me wet and cold when I left the car.  So I cleaned off my car and headed out.

The Sagamore Bridge, the gateway to the Cape.

My final destination was to be Provincetown,  all the way over on the inside arm of Cape Cod. And that's what I plugged into the GPS. Nothing specific just get me to the center of town and I'll go from there.
Welcome

I knew I wanted to travel over Route 6 cause it was the scenic ride to Provincetown and I would be able to access the National and State parks along the way.   But GPS had other ideas. She tried to take me over route 25. Hmm.  Not the way I want to go.  I saw a sign directing me to Route 6 and jumped on it.  That was the first "recalculating"  from the GPS.  But she went with it this time.

Driving on Route 6 makes you hungry

Driving on Route 6 was lovely, even with the snow.



I took many detours on my way to Provincetown. I  stopped at the Cape Cod National Seashore Park.  GPS yelled "recalculating" at me again.

The Ocean at Cape Cod National Seashore Park

And of course, I needed to put my toes in the water. I am a polar bear, after all..

Just the toes though..

The Lighthouse at National Seashore Park

I made my way back to Route 6 which made GPS happier.  All along Route 6 there were places to explore, different accesses to the beach through the National Park.  There are clusters of cabins for vacationers, and just plenty of beautiful scenery.  I do wish I'd been able to be there once the snow is gone but I can always go back in the summer.

Getting closer to Provincetown and I was pretty sure I wouldn't be doing any more detours.  But low and behold, there is the exit for the Marconi Beach!  This is was Marconi sent the first wireless message across the ocean to England. Time for one more detour; "recalculating" from the shrieking GPS.  This was the "outer most" point of the Cape.

From this spot....

Finally, the destination:

I made it!
BUT I still decided that I wanted to go into the town from a different direction.  So more "recalculating" from the GPS.  I made my way over to the center of town where there was free parking and easy access to everything I wanted to see.

Pictures anyone?
The fishing fleet
Home on the water
Town Hall
Beach Entertainment
After wandering the narrow streets and seeing the sites, I don't think Provincetown in the "on season" is some where I'd want to visit.  It just seemed to crowded and closed in for my tastes. I was slightly claustrophobic in the "off season" for me.

I left Provincetown, with the destination of the Retreat Center plugged into the GPS.  But of course, there were more detours on my way back.  I tripped off Route 6 to see Hyannis.  I put the Kennedy Library as a pass through destination so she didn't scream "recalculating" at me the entire time.  BUT she didn't tell me WHEN we were at the library so I missed it. I  need to work on that with the GPS.  Its got to be a setting or something.

So back on Route 6 for the uneventful drive home. It was lovely.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pot Holes

Winter is hard on the roads, especially for areas that get snow and ice that requires treatment with salt and sand. And let's not mention the snow plows scrapping the snow and ice off the roads.

So now that Winter has appeared in my neck of the woods with a vengeance, there are POT HOLES every where.  So much fun to dodge car-eating holes in the road!  There is one that I manage to hit EVERY day on the way to work.

So I am all for the state, county and township representatives coming around and filling them.  BUT, I think they should check the weather forecast before they go around and fix them.  

This week, the state was around fixing my morning pot hole but my problem is that there was more snow predicted for Thursday following morning.  Enough snow that the plows would be out again.  So really, was there a reason for filling the pot holes just to have them reopened the next day??

So while I was sitting in traffic watching them fill the pot holes, I was also fuming about my tax dollars at work.  And wondering if I would get stuck behind them again next week.

Did I mention I hit my favorite pot hole again this morning?

Spring is coming.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jaxon Loves Balls

I've posted before how much Jaxon loves tennis balls.  Then I  saw this and if Jax could text me, this would be him......






See?  The Dog loves his Balls.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Garden Planning

Spring is coming, right?  I have to be thankful that we haven't been pummeled by the storms like New England.  Sorry, my New England friends - Chin Up - spring is coming.

Local stores are putting out their spring and summer supplies and it makes me want to get my garden started.  Or at least planned.

Last years stuff

Pallet gardening last year

So I have been making plans for what I want to plant this year.  I also have added to my Pots and am planning to plant some asparagus  in one of the new pots.  It will be some time before I get any crop from it but will be worth it in the long run.  And since they will be in the pot, if I move it will be easy to take them with me.

So, I'm drooling over seeds for beans, peas, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and peppers.  YUM!  OH!  Butternut Squash!  Maybe I'll do something different and start some onions in a pot as well.

I can't wait for spring and summer to come so I can have yummy veggies.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Polar Bear Plunge 2015

I did it again. And it was So much fun!
Running for the fun!
Yes, I am actually IN the water in February.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dreams, Plan and Goals

For a long time I've lived without any dreams for the future.  Ok, the standard I will work and pay into a retirement account and eventually retire to some place warm and cheap.  But no specific dreams to work toward.

I think its time I start dreaming so that I have a goal to work toward.  Something to look forward to in the future. Its always going to be a work in progress cause a better idea or desire may strike.

I imagine you should have short term and long term plans and goals.  Right now, I'm working on the long term dreams.  Once they are some what established, I can work out the short term goals in order to get to the big dream at the end of the rainbow.

I want to travel and see the country and maybe even the world.  There is so much to explore and see. So much that I haven't seen cause I've lived in one place all my life.

After experiencing RV life with my parents, I think that would be a really neat way to travel around.  It would be like taking my apartment with me.  I don't know if I want to choose between an RV or a trailer.  With the RV, you park it, hook up and your there.  Unless you trail a vehicle behind the RV.  But I do have a vision of me riding around towns on a little pink and purple scooter that rides the back of the RV.

Cute, Right?
This is not me...YET
Of course, then there would be the trailer option.  Yes, you park and hook up but you also detach the truck and have the freedom to explore outside the camp grounds. But it might not be as cute as me on the scooter.
                                                  
Its feels good to have a dream.  Something to work toward.