Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Any fishes down there?

My husband went north to Brant Lake a few weekends ago to do a little (observation of) ice fishing. He has never done it before but now that he has had a quick run through, I am sure he will be trying his hand at it next year. He enjoyed it very much and the wind chill of zero degree(s?)and blowing snow didn't bother him a bit. (I stayed at my friend's house a bit south where it was nice and toasty inside with blue skies and sunshine)They did not catch any fish but a good time was had by all! His new adventure is great news for me; now I have yet another hobby for which to buy a Christmas present!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

My Book's New Home!

My book, "The Adirondacks that are the Other Half of Me" has a newly designed, wonderfully colorful, interactive, and easily accessible, new home...

My website, has been given a complete and well needed update! I am thrilled with its appearance and cannot be happier in the timeframe in which it was done. Being a bit of a stickler when it comes to what I want as the representation of my work I am extremely particular; the young man that designed it did a great job. Thanks, Aaron (of Branded Designs Inc)!

Available for viewing on the site is my portfolio, which has many samples of Adirondack-inspired watercolors, murals, and giftware. Many of the watercolors have prints that are available for purchase there.

I hope you will take a moment to check it out; drop me a note, I love to get mail and will assuredly respond! The writer in me cannot refrain plus...I love to hear from fellow "Adirondackers"!!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's a brand new day

...and that means it is one day closer to my trek northward. May is our H-E double hockey sticks month! We have the spring cleaning of the house-in and out, the yard and the camp in the ADKS. We have opening the pool, opening the camp, opening our minds- yet keeping in them that we have all this prep stuff to do before we can become totally oblivious to our "real life". May is our daur's birthday month as well. When she was little it was a humungous deal and that really added pressure to our month but as she has gotten older she prefers we stifle it a bit. (Why does a 24th birthday with a party on our deck and pool get the response "No, that's okay. Thanks, but we'll probably go out." ? She may however let us take her to the Hibachi place north of here...Anyway, I digress-)

Soon it will be time to hit the concrete thoroughfare northward to our beloved Brant Lake. The time can never get here soon enough. I must admit thought that the time is rolling around a bit more quickly! As the years pass I dislike the trip itself more and more but, as the years go by I realize I, one day, will be an Adirondack year-round Wanna B!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Mountain Lake PBS Interview

Recently, I was interviewed by Paul Larsen of Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh. The day was cold, damp and dismal. One of those ADK days that makes it hard to believe you are in a place that you enjoy more than any place you've lived! (Granted, I think I could give Hawaii a try and enjoy that, perhaps just a little...) The ride from Brant Lake seemed a bit longer than usual, and the roads a little less comfortable than usual, but I was excited and looking forward to it.

The interview went well. Paul was very nice as were his producers, and every one on staff. One, was originally, from a town near my winter home in PA; Centralia. What a small world it is in which we live, it is more evident each day! Centralia is long gone now; there is a mine fire that is burning underground and has been for decades. The town was moved(not evacuated-moved)and many left the area for good.

I was glad to have the opportunity to share my feelings about my book. It has been a passion of mine for many years and to have it -finally- "out there" for the world to read is a great feeling! I have, in a few of my presentations, said that now...I can die happy. Not that I want to do that any time soon- I've still got a few more books in me! But I am happy to be able to share the stories with others for many years to come. Stories about one of the most wonderful places on earth...The Adirondacks.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here it is; the cover of my book and I must say I am thrilled!

The cover shot was taken by my husband from Stevens Mountain, overlooking Brant Lake. It is an eyecatcher and I absolutely love it!

It is views like this that keep me coming back to the Adirondacks. I LOVE the place and can't get enough of it! There is no place I would rather be than right on that lake, which is the water that quenches my soul.

The book should be out in a few weeks (finally!) so please watch for it. I will keep you posted on its actual release date.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Book Signing Updates!

My book signing appearance list is growing so I wanted to update you with the locations, times, etc.
There are quite a few that have not been confirmed yet but these are the 'definites'!

10th-Bookstore Plus 4pm-6pm; Lake Placid, NY
19th-Adirondack Reader 11am-1pm; Inlet, NY
4th- Horicon Historical Society 7(?)pm; Brant Lake, NY
12th-Author’s Fair, ADK Reader 1pm-4pm; Inlet, NY
1st-Chronicle Book Fair 11am-4pm; Glens Falls, NY

I hope you are able to stop by and see me at one of the events...
I would love to meet you!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Prep Time!

The time is coming...thank you God!

Won't be terribly long before I head north to Brant Lake- well if you can count 1 month and 11 days not terribly long!

My husband is up there now putting a new roof on our camp and told me that last night was a bit chilly. It was 45 degrees...he was there (in our 3 season camp) when it was 12 degrees in December!!! Chilly last night?!!??! Must be the sun reflecting from the new roof into his eyes that is dulling his senses.

We are in our 50s so we figure this new (metal) roof will last the rest of our natural lives- the next one will be someone elses decision. Last time he put on a new one was 15 years ago and it was tarpaper and shingles. Not too bad of a lifespan in North country weather. Also last time my husband had heat stroke- maybe that's why his senses are off!

Anyway, I am getting really itchy to hit the road. Anxious to see old friends- human and elemental!

Did my gardens around my home here in PA and while at the farm market getting my flowers I kept thinking about my color scheme for my pots at the lake this year. Begonias are always a winner as are Impatiens and, although I LOVE Petunias, I have no luck with them so I've passed them by; Geraniums are a good choice too. So I think this year it will be pink, white and red for the lake. Perhaps a pretty purple Sweet William that I saw today; never saw that particular color but they were gorgeous and they winter over in pots if protected. Better yet they smell great!

So in the mean time I will prepare and wait patiently. My book should be released (fingers crossed) by the time I head north so it will all be worth the wait!