Kraken Distractions

I have an above average amount of hobbies gardening, needlepointing, reading, writing, photography, and cooking. Gardening and cooking serve the larger preoccupation in my life (raising a family) and reading helps my career. Needlepoint and photography are just plain fun. Writing has it's own category---frustrating pipe dream.

I've felt guilty for letting blogging go because I do like it, I've made wonderful friends through BlogHer and it's fun sharing my life. One day it dawned on me, blogging can be my winter hobby!!!! I'm around November through April--May at the latest then I'm gone: to the gardens, the ball fields, the spring regattas and the beach!

Here's an update of my warm season activities!


2012 was the first year that I weighed and kept track of all of the produce that I grew. My garden is about 900 square feet and I grew almost 700 pounds of organic vegetables!!!!

Bean Pole and Cucs


Spring Lettuce is Finished and Tomatoes and Potatoes are Coming


First Potatoes
Pounds of Basil
Abundance of the Tomato Kind


Garden Pizza

I grew everything on that plate!(Not the flour or the cheese but I did make the dough)


Kids Sports

For someone who doesn't care for sports and is natural born klutz...I spend an awful lot of time in the bleachers, on the sidelines and on the docks watching them!

Local Collegiate Team


He's not related to us but we like going to the games it's a fun way to spend a summer evening.


My Son Swinging
Middle Daughter Accepting Outstanding Sportsmans Trophy

This was a proud moment for me! This award is given to the player who exemplifies and demonstrates an outstanding commitment to her team. She isn't the best player but she is the kindest. My older daughter won this award as well...mama can brag occasionally.

Older Daughter Coxswain for Novice Boys


This was the first race my daughter coxed (she drives the boat and yells at the boys) and it was as nerve racking as when my son pitches. Thankfully, my son has decided he likes fielding better than pitching but my daughter is a natural born coxswain so I will have to get used to it.


I finished some ornaments

Finished Ornaments


I started a belt for one of the girls

Plaid Belt


And made some progress on my Giant Needlepoint Project

Finished One Outside Border
Working on Middle Section Flowers


And started on next Christmas' ornaments

Santa Ornament for Next Year


A couple of good shots from our trip to NYC

Boat in Bay
Freedom Tower in the Mist
Gold Dome from Empire State Building

Summer shot

Day at the Beach


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