First Snowstorm of the Season

Although we have had some dustings of snow, yesterday marked the first storm that could be measured in inches. Although it made my morning commute very slow (I think I averaged 25mph for a 30 mile commute…) it made the outside world look all festive and white and left enough snow for me to play in. 


I got out of work early to enjoy the snow and take the dog for our first snowshoe of the season. She adores snow (as long as it’s not too cold) and ran a million miles an hour in excitement. It makes me so happy to be outside with her- she’s my faithful companion in outside adventures. 

We finished just as the sun was setting and stopped for just a minute to appreciate the view and the moon. I’m so lucky to live in New England and a small town where I can see sunsets and stars every day.


Here’s hoping there are many more snowy adventures coming this winter!

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Foraging for Holiday Decorations


November and December can be a bit grey in New England, but some festive fairy lights and bright colors can make a world of difference to my mood. I think that’s one reason I like decorating for the holidays!

Since my budget isn’t big, I like to go outside and scavenge bits to bring inside. Even though it might seem like all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey (name that song!), you can still find red berries and evergreen branches in the woods around here.

I took the dog for a hike on Sunday and came back with some branches and a vine with red berries. The pinecones were picked up on a previous walk. 

When I got home I just arranged the berries and branches in a vase, added some water and ribbon, and voila- I had a pretty centerpiece that cost me nothing at all.

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A New Englander in Maryland: Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay

I haven’t gone fishing since I was maybe twelve years old, but while in Maryland for Thanksgiving the opportunity to go fishing on a friend’s boat presented itself and I just went for it. I figured if worst came to worst, I like boats, early mornings, and friends so it would still be a good day even if I was a horrible fisherwoman. 


The sun was just starting to come up when we arrived at the dock. We loaded up the boat and headed out onto the water.


The sunrise was gorgeous as we made out way to the fishing spot.


We set up near Holland Island, which used to be inhabited but erosion has left only some shrubs and old house frames. It turned out to be the perfect spot, and I caught the first fish (rockfish- a kind of bass) of the day! It was too small to keep, but I got the ball rolling for everyone else as well. 


Over the course of the day I got so much better at casting, which made me happy! 


We stayed out until around noon then headed back to shore with some fish for dinner. It was a pretty great day on the Bay, even if it was a bit grey.

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Hunting Season

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November marks the start of rifle season here, which means staying out of the woods where hunting is allowed. In my state, everything that isn’t posted “No Hunting” means you can hunt there. Even if it is posted, you have to be careful- I have run into hunters in the woods in posted areas in the past. So for the month of November and the beginning of December, the dog and I are pretty much always dressed in Day-Glo colors. It makes us look ridiculous, but we definitely don’t look like deer!

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Vote!

This election year (years?) has been particularly awful. I had to stop listening to the radio and reading about polls a couple of weeks ago because it was stressing me out too much. It’s good to be informed, but not when it made me unable to sleep!

All that said, I feel really strongly that it’s important to vote this year, especially for women. Less than 100 years ago, women weren’t allowed to vote and it took a lot of protesting, being called names, being locked in jail, and even women dying to secure the right to vote. Even if you can’t bring yourself to vote for either of the presidential candidates, there should be at least one candidate on the ballot you can get behind. In my state, we are voting for governor, US Congress, US Senate, plus state positions, all the way down to district commissioners.

So please, exercise your right to vote! Even if you are busy, you can fit it in. I have to vote right when the polls open because I work all day then have First Aid training until 9:30pm, but I’m going to make it happen.

 

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