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Feb. 18th, 2013 10:22 am
lizziebelle: (ganesha)
I put out a plea on Facebook the other day for someone to take me car shopping, and my friend Pam answered the call. We went to a place I found on the BBB website (natch) that is nearby.

At the dealership )

Then we stopped at Five Guys because I promised to buy lunch, and by then we were starving. It was my first time there, and I give it a thumbs-up. Tasty burger, and the small fries were too much for the two of us to finish. Go there with an appetite!

We stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up a few things afterward, and as I was checking out, the cashier handed me a bunch of roses and said, "Happy Valentine's Day!" They were giving out all the leftovers. What a nice surprise!

At Pam's, I did a couple loads of laundry while her dog repeatedly tried to climb on top of me and kiss me. We potted up a few plant cuttings she had for me, so now I have green growing things in my apartment! And I have clean laundry, and fresh food, and the prospect of a new(er) car. So huge thanks to Pam.

It was a very long day, and I actually was still asleep when my mom called me at about 8:30 this morning, which is highly unusual. I'm usually up at the crack of dawn, or before. I guess I needed it!

It's beautifully sunny out this morning, and not so windy, so I'll get out and have a nice walk sometime today.

Musings on rambling. )
lizziebelle: (crow)

cards for Ozzie, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was so nice out today, I walked down to the park and the woods. Alas, everyone else had the same idea, and the woods were full of riff-raff. It was not a pleasant stroll through the trees, what with loud little kids, packs of teenagers, and yippy dogs everywhere. The water was high again, so I couldn't escape over to the river path, either.

I walked back up through the park, and took pictures of the handmade cards some kids left for Ozzie, the muscovy duck. They have made an arrest in his death, so people are relieved that his killer will come to justice. I also hope he (and his cohorts) get some counseling for their obvious anger issues and lack of respect for life.

Someone kindly donated a stone to place on Ozzie's grave, too. It's amazing how the community has come together over this strange little duck. Who knew he was so beloved? It's really sweet.

My mom said this was big news in Boston, too. She knew this was the park near me when she saw the story on the news.

The geese were enjoying the nice day, too.

geese by the mill

lizziebelle: (crow)

cards for Ozzie, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It was so nice out today, I walked down to the park and the woods. Alas, everyone else had the same idea, and the woods were full of riff-raff. It was not a pleasant stroll through the trees, what with loud little kids, packs of teenagers, and yippy dogs everywhere. The water was high again, so I couldn't escape over to the river path, either.

I walked back up through the park, and took pictures of the handmade cards some kids left for Ozzie, the muscovy duck. They have made an arrest in his death, so people are relieved that his killer will come to justice. I also hope he (and his cohorts) get some counseling for their obvious anger issues and lack of respect for life.

Someone kindly donated a stone to place on Ozzie's grave, too. It's amazing how the community has come together over this strange little duck. Who knew he was so beloved? It's really sweet.

My mom said this was big news in Boston, too. She knew this was the park near me when she saw the story on the news.

The geese were enjoying the nice day, too.

geese by the mill

lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

R.I.P. Ozzie, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Some of you may remember me posting pictures of this muscovy duck, whose name, as it turns out, was Ozzie. The other day, some teenagers killed Ozzie at the park. This is very upsetting, for many reasons. First, it's just cruel and stupid. Second, kids who harm animals often go on to harm humans. I hope they catch these kids, punish them, and that they learn from their awful behavior that this is wrong.

I will miss Ozzie. He was friendly (I was sitting right next to him when I took this picture) and unusual. It's so sad that the place where he took refuge turned out to not be safe after all. :(

lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

R.I.P. Ozzie, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Some of you may remember me posting pictures of this muscovy duck, whose name, as it turns out, was Ozzie. The other day, some teenagers killed Ozzie at the park. This is very upsetting, for many reasons. First, it's just cruel and stupid. Second, kids who harm animals often go on to harm humans. I hope they catch these kids, punish them, and that they learn from their awful behavior that this is wrong.

I will miss Ozzie. He was friendly (I was sitting right next to him when I took this picture) and unusual. It's so sad that the place where he took refuge turned out to not be safe after all. :(

lizziebelle: (camera)
DSCN9488

The day started out with rain, but by midmorning it had stopped and the sun came out, so I threw on some clothes and headed out to work on my Picture Westfield contribution. I headed up Western Ave. to catch some of the great houses up there. I turned down Tekoa and was surprised to find a pair of turkey vultures on the chimney of the first house I took pictures of.

DSCN9324

That was pretty cool.

I ended up at Stanley Park, and even though I know others will be taking pictures there, I have a few favorite spots they may miss so I took a few pix there.

I took some more house pix on the way back, then took a break for lunch and to upload what I took this morning.

I headed back out this afternoon, wandering around side streets in my neighborhood. I made friends with a few friendly cats, and spoke with a couple people whose houses I was taking pictures of. They thought the project was cool, and seemed happy I was including their homes in my picks for "cool houses in Westfield."

I even got a couple of cats on porches to add to my set.

I quit when I got the dreaded "Batteries exhausted" message, and the spares I had grabbed were dead. Oops. I got quite a few today though, so I'm off to a good start. I put the pix I'll be contributing into a new set on Flickr; you can watch my progress there. I want to make some mosaics from them, too.

Cross your fingers we get some good picture-taking weather on Tuesday!
lizziebelle: (camera)
DSCN9488

The day started out with rain, but by midmorning it had stopped and the sun came out, so I threw on some clothes and headed out to work on my Picture Westfield contribution. I headed up Western Ave. to catch some of the great houses up there. I turned down Tekoa and was surprised to find a pair of turkey vultures on the chimney of the first house I took pictures of.

DSCN9324

That was pretty cool.

I ended up at Stanley Park, and even though I know others will be taking pictures there, I have a few favorite spots they may miss so I took a few pix there.

I took some more house pix on the way back, then took a break for lunch and to upload what I took this morning.

I headed back out this afternoon, wandering around side streets in my neighborhood. I made friends with a few friendly cats, and spoke with a couple people whose houses I was taking pictures of. They thought the project was cool, and seemed happy I was including their homes in my picks for "cool houses in Westfield."

I even got a couple of cats on porches to add to my set.

I quit when I got the dreaded "Batteries exhausted" message, and the spares I had grabbed were dead. Oops. I got quite a few today though, so I'm off to a good start. I put the pix I'll be contributing into a new set on Flickr; you can watch my progress there. I want to make some mosaics from them, too.

Cross your fingers we get some good picture-taking weather on Tuesday!
lizziebelle: (sneakers)

inside/outside, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I really like how this shot turned out. I was trying to take a picture through the window of the old meetinghouse at Stanley Park, and caught the reflection of the outside as well. Something I couldn't have done on purpose. *g*

It was a lovely, cool weekend. Perfect for walking in the park and the woods. The water is still pretty high; I still wasn't able to cross the usually dry streambeds to walk along the river - they still have raging streams running through them. That plus the bridge having been damaged by the storm means I can't get to the river path at all. I miss it.

I don't feel like this weekend was long enough to recover from my week. *sigh*

lizziebelle: (sneakers)

inside/outside, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I really like how this shot turned out. I was trying to take a picture through the window of the old meetinghouse at Stanley Park, and caught the reflection of the outside as well. Something I couldn't have done on purpose. *g*

It was a lovely, cool weekend. Perfect for walking in the park and the woods. The water is still pretty high; I still wasn't able to cross the usually dry streambeds to walk along the river - they still have raging streams running through them. That plus the bridge having been damaged by the storm means I can't get to the river path at all. I miss it.

I don't feel like this weekend was long enough to recover from my week. *sigh*

lizziebelle: (Default)

gaggle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I did something silly this morning. I went to work. Turns out, the town where I work still has no power (it went out about quarter to five yesterday). My boss sent out a text, but she didn't have my cell number. Well, she does now!

So I went down to Heritage Park and took pix of the goslings. They looked so cute in the morning sunshine.

My boss eventually called, and there was no sign we'd have power soon, so I went home. I got a text later that said they're trucking in a generator, but it'd be a few hours yet, so I went for a walk down to Stanley Park.

A nice day )



My boss then called again, and said the generator wasn't enough for everything, so just the graphics staff was going in. So I took a nap. Oh yes, I did.

If the power's not back on tomorrow, we may be in trouble. As in, we will probably have to work Saturday. We might have to, anyway.

But, you know what? My house didn't get hit by a tornado. So I'm not complaining. I'll deal.

lizziebelle: (Default)

gaggle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I did something silly this morning. I went to work. Turns out, the town where I work still has no power (it went out about quarter to five yesterday). My boss sent out a text, but she didn't have my cell number. Well, she does now!

So I went down to Heritage Park and took pix of the goslings. They looked so cute in the morning sunshine.

My boss eventually called, and there was no sign we'd have power soon, so I went home. I got a text later that said they're trucking in a generator, but it'd be a few hours yet, so I went for a walk down to Stanley Park.

A nice day )



My boss then called again, and said the generator wasn't enough for everything, so just the graphics staff was going in. So I took a nap. Oh yes, I did.

If the power's not back on tomorrow, we may be in trouble. As in, we will probably have to work Saturday. We might have to, anyway.

But, you know what? My house didn't get hit by a tornado. So I'm not complaining. I'll deal.

lizziebelle: (Default)

hawthorn blossoms, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went on a lovely picnic and ramble through Stanley Park and the wildlife sanctuary today with [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine and [livejournal.com profile] justjanus this afternoon. It was not as hot as yesterday, and there was a pleasant breeze. Everything was green green green, and lots of things were flowering, including the hawthorn tree. It has tons of blossoms this year! Much more than the past few seasons.

Also, )



I got to introduce my friends to the geese and swan, and show them some of my favorite places. Our friend the muscovy duck seems to be MIA, though; I haven't seen him for a couple of weeks.

They've torn down the cool pavilion at the park, which bums me out. My favorite fountain is still not turned on. But the park looks great otherwise, and it was a nice day to spend there with good friends.

Anyone else who'd like the guided tour, just let me know! Come on out to Westfield, it's not as far as you think. Well, if you live in Massachusetts, anyway. *g*

lizziebelle: (Default)

hawthorn blossoms, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went on a lovely picnic and ramble through Stanley Park and the wildlife sanctuary today with [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine and [livejournal.com profile] justjanus this afternoon. It was not as hot as yesterday, and there was a pleasant breeze. Everything was green green green, and lots of things were flowering, including the hawthorn tree. It has tons of blossoms this year! Much more than the past few seasons.

Also, )



I got to introduce my friends to the geese and swan, and show them some of my favorite places. Our friend the muscovy duck seems to be MIA, though; I haven't seen him for a couple of weeks.

They've torn down the cool pavilion at the park, which bums me out. My favorite fountain is still not turned on. But the park looks great otherwise, and it was a nice day to spend there with good friends.

Anyone else who'd like the guided tour, just let me know! Come on out to Westfield, it's not as far as you think. Well, if you live in Massachusetts, anyway. *g*

lizziebelle: (Default)

daffy, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today turned out much nicer than was forecast, so I had another pleasant walk through the park and woods. And look: daffodils!

pleasant )



It's just now starting to cloud over. I'm so glad it waited to do that!

lizziebelle: (Default)

daffy, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today turned out much nicer than was forecast, so I had another pleasant walk through the park and woods. And look: daffodils!

pleasant )



It's just now starting to cloud over. I'm so glad it waited to do that!

snowdrops!

Mar. 17th, 2011 06:55 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

snowdrops!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I stopped at Stanley Park on the way home this evening to see if the snowdrops were blooming yet. They were! Yay, snowdrops!

It was a gorgeous day today. I walked down to Heritage Park at lunch and tromped through the woods, listening to the birds sing. It was lovely. We had the doors and windows open at the office, and the fresh air felt so good.

Three days until the spring equinox!

snowdrops!

Mar. 17th, 2011 06:55 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)

snowdrops!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I stopped at Stanley Park on the way home this evening to see if the snowdrops were blooming yet. They were! Yay, snowdrops!

It was a gorgeous day today. I walked down to Heritage Park at lunch and tromped through the woods, listening to the birds sing. It was lovely. We had the doors and windows open at the office, and the fresh air felt so good.

Three days until the spring equinox!

thaw

Feb. 6th, 2011 04:19 pm
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

delicate, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was just glorious. A few more like this, and I'd be happy indeed. It won't last, though.

Yesterday's ice coats the sidewalks, with liquid water beneath, bubbling up as I walk over it.

pocked )



I made it all the way down to the park, despite the tricky footing. The sunshine and almost-warm breeze beckoned me forward.

birds of a feather )

The bars of ice outside my window have all fallen off, and more of the ice has melted. I even saw grass today, although it was due to shoveling rather than melting. Still, grass! A welcome sight.

grass!

More snow is forecast for this week, but somehow it feels as though we have turned the corner, passed the summit, and are coasting toward spring. Slowly, but surely. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

thaw

Feb. 6th, 2011 04:19 pm
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

delicate, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was just glorious. A few more like this, and I'd be happy indeed. It won't last, though.

Yesterday's ice coats the sidewalks, with liquid water beneath, bubbling up as I walk over it.

pocked )



I made it all the way down to the park, despite the tricky footing. The sunshine and almost-warm breeze beckoned me forward.

birds of a feather )

The bars of ice outside my window have all fallen off, and more of the ice has melted. I even saw grass today, although it was due to shoveling rather than melting. Still, grass! A welcome sight.

grass!

More snow is forecast for this week, but somehow it feels as though we have turned the corner, passed the summit, and are coasting toward spring. Slowly, but surely. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

lizziebelle: (Default)

duck nap, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The threatened promised snow did not materialize, and the sun even came out a time or two, so I walked down to Stanley Park. Amazingly, the sidewalks had been cleared all the way there. Thank you, neighbors!

It was so good to be back there. It felt like ages, even though it probably hasn't been more than a couple of weeks.

snowy park )



The feathered beasties seemed happy to see me. I think they're lonely; I'm sure not a lot of people have been down to visit them lately.

I made it all the way to the edge of the wildlife sanctuary, but by then my back was complaining (probably from all that walking through the snow). I decided that I could walk into the woods or walk home, but not both, so I walked home. I might drive down there tomorrow and tackle the woods.

It was a lot less cold today, too; I was able to go out in my leather jacket and fingerless gloves. Amazing how a few days of 'teens and single digits will make 20's and 30's seem warm.

The new YakTrax performed admirably. Not a single slip!

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