29 October 2010

13 for Halloween.

to get you
in the mood
for Halloween.

25 October 2010

Misty Monday photos.

My Sweet Hubby took these the other morning.
I think they are lovely.
I will let them speak for themselves.

Have a nice Monday,

22 October 2010

Salem Ma.

We visited Salem and Boston on the same trip,
I saved this post till it got closer to Halloween.
Can you see why?
 This shop is called "Salem's 13 ghosts".
This one is "New England Magic".
Are you seeing a theme here?
 Salem is quite proud of it's historical connection to witches,
although, I think they would prefer live ones now.
 I am quite pleased with this photo,
Love the way the color in the reflection hints at autumn leaves to come.
This statue is in honor of Roger Conant.
He was the first settler in Salem.
He lived here by himself for many years.
Very atmospheric statue.
Salem also has a long connection with ships and sailing.
This collection of ships figure heads is on display at the Peabody and Essex Museum.
I like the fine example down in front the best, does he look familiar?
Good thing he has such a great sense of fun.
 This is a "moon bed" brought over from China,
Wouldn't you love to wake up in that?
 Of course, I managed to find some cats!
This one kind of reminds me of Spontaneous, (OK, only a little).
It is an old Chinese incense burner.
 A pair of lovely old tigers,
also residing in the Peabody and Essex.
This is the back of the Yin Yu Tang house.
It housed several generations of the same family,
then it was disassembled, and brought from a rural village in southeastern china to Salem.
It was reassembled as part of the Peabody and Essex.
No photography allowed inside so you will have to
look here Yin Yu Tang .
The museum has an exhibition
We were in the first group on the first day it opened!
No photos in there either, so see the link.
Yes, another cat.
I saw a Zen Cat calender, and I laughed,
all cats are Zen Masters.
This is THE House of Seven Gables.
It belonged to Nathaniel Hawthorne's cousin and inspired the novel that is named for it.
It even has a hidden stair case.
Sailing Ship.
September is a great time to visit Salem.

15 October 2010

Local excitement, our new library!

At last, it is open!
Greenwood has a brand new library.
Our new library opened up early this month in a brand new building.
Yes, it is big!
That is my Sweet Husband standing outside the main entrance.
Step inside, to the right, see the information desk?
Back farther and to the left, the main desk.
Come on, you know you want to go up those stairs.
The building was built to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
They even have reserved parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles and carpools.
To the top, lots of light.
They have a new teen center with glass on two sides.
It is meant to provide a place where teens can be comfortable.
Adults are not supposed to hang out,
The only problem is, all the books by Charles DeLint and Dyanna Wynn Jones are in there!
We will have to work something out, the librarians are great.
Lots of light,
Lots of books,
Comfy chairs,
What more could you ask for?
The periodical section is in a round tower with windows almost all the way around.
I think this will be one of my Sweet Husbands favorite places.
Big comfy tables and chairs and Wi Fi!
That means I can do homework from there if I need to.
(Yes, I am back in school, I am working on a Masters in Nursing Education).
OK, so maybe we don't have murals by Sargent or marble lions,
we do have some of the best librarians I have ever dealt with.
Did I mention, lots of books, and lots of room for more books?
I am happy.

09 October 2010


Did you ever have one of those mornings,
where you have something that really needs to be done,
and you keep getting distracted?
Spontaneous says there is a patch of sunshine in the computer chair, she thinks that makes it hers.
How can I disturb anything so cute?
 Then, there are these buttons I have been meaning to do something with,
they would make great embellishments for digital scrap booking,
Oh yeah, I need to decide what I am going to embroider on that other project...
I can do that later.
I really need to get to work on that paper.
Then, My Sweet Husband, is making cookies,
he says he needs someone to help him eat them.
 OK, I finally got to the computer (Spontaneous decided to go play somewhere else).
Oh, but wait, I need to run some stuff down to the mailbox,
I still haven't done the blog post about Swan Boats and Ducks...
It sure is a nice day for a walk....
all right already, I will get to work. I have my research done, it is just a matter of writing now.
(I actually like the writing part)
That is it, I really am motivated now......
Although, I still need to work a bit on my Christmas Card idea. For some reason or other,
the family has voted against this version.
Oh well...
Have a great weekend,
I really am getting to work on that paper now,
(It is actually about procrastination).

05 October 2010

Last little bit of summer.

It is starting to cool down a bit here at Kat's Corner.
The temp got down to 55 F last night (about 13 C) and a few of our leaves are starting to change.
I have been looking forward to this for a while, but before I settle down and enjoy it, I wanted to post one last tribute to Glorious Summer.
Yet another post about our trip to Boston. Sure seems like a crowd is starting to form, I wonder where they are all headed on a Summer's eve? Check out the pretty sky.
There is a lot of excitement in the air. If feels like a festival.
Everyone is in a great mood.
 Fenway park! When the Red Socks started to outgrow their lovely old stadium, they got creative. They rearranged under utilized areas for more seating and found a way to preserve their home.
From what I understand, they did not ask for any tax payer money to do it either.
I took this photo but you can bet I am smiling just as much as my Sweet Hubby here.
I can't believe he managed to get us tickets!
I am most certainly not a big sports fan, but Baseball, I can enjoy.
Especially a live game. I can remember playing the game when with Pete, Paula, Tammy and Terry when we were kids (when we could talk Pete into playing). Did you know you can play baseball with only four players? You can if you are kids and you are determined.
 See I told you I was smiling. Excitement before the game started. These seats did not stay empty.  At one point in the game, they put the number of fans present in the stadium as over 37,000. That is a lot of peanuts and beer. 
 Isn't this a pretty picture? Love my camera!
We had great seats. The Boston Red Socks played the Tampa Bay Rays.
We rooted for the Socks of course.
 Peanuts! Popcorn! Cotton Candy!
This guy was loving his job.
David Ortiz just got through hitting a good one here. The game started out badly and the Rays quickly pulled ahead. Mr. Ortiz here is one of the reasons the Rays did not get to stay ahead. He is good.
I told you I used to play, I wasn't any good. Quite seriously, I am not coordinated enough. We broke one window at Tammy and Terry's house and one at my house playing ball. I did have a lot of fun.
Never tried out for any teams, but of course I played in gym class growing up.
Scott Atchinson is the pitcher in this shot. Can you feel the excitement?
I got to watch a lot of live games while I was in the Air Force. My favorite was the Annual
"Chief's vs Eagles" game at Charleston Air Force Base.
The Chiefs (Highest enlisted rank) played the Colonels (their rank insignia is an eagle).
Some of those old guys could really play.
I always rooted for the Chiefs of course.
This is Fenway's "Green Monster". Fenway Park will celebrate it's 100th birthday in 2012. They still post the score by hand on this board. Their is a big screen up high and to the side that shows player's stats and other things during the game, but the score is right here.
The Red Socks won of course, 11 - 5.
I was a kid again that night. I yelled and screamed so much my throat hurt.
We even sang "Take me out to the ball game" and participated in the wave.
I would strongly recommend that kind of medicine.
I am smiling again just thinking about it.
We don't have a major league team locally, but we went to one Charleston "River Dog" game a few years back. Augusta does have the "Green Jackets" I wonder when their next game is? 
p.s. Go Socks!

01 October 2010


It is finally getting a little cooler around here,
so I decided to decorate for Halloween.
What do you think?
(The photo was taken on our vacation.)


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