Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lowell Folk Festival 2013

I spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon at the 27th Annual Lowell Folk Festival. As I was going to be sitting most of the afternoon to listen to the music as I traveled around the world, I parked in the garage by the Lowell train station and walked in to Boarding House Park. An easy jaunt with sidewalks among what is left of the city along the railroad tracks. I'll have some photos up later of the walk and the performers.

One the photos I did share via Twitter was picked up by the editor of the Lowell Sun for his Storify post which you can find here

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Exploring the ghazal

Some purists will shudder at combining sherku (what the heck is that?) with a recurring theme or phrase into a ghazal but I think it is worthwhile. It took me a while to get to it but after being off the grid for a few days this past weekend, I was able to find some time to write. Now I need to keep finding some time to develop the rhythm.

You can find the first one "a good experience" over at quiet poet

Thanks for the inspiration from my 'hero' and favorite poet, Robert Bly

Sunday, July 21, 2013

weikert run

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Running from Lincoln to Froyo

and more as we try to stay cool in the heat. A good long run (5 miles) today. Before the sun got too high and too strong. It was still warm and the humidity is what does me in.

partly shady on Jefferson Road
partly shady on Jefferson Road

I chose my route to provide me as much shade as the roads would allow. Jefferson Road in Franklin is a nice development. The sidewalk has a nice grassy stretch so I can alternate between the grass and the blacktop sidewalk. Both of which are softer than the concrete sidewalks on King and Washington Sts.

I finally caught up to viewing "Lincoln". As much as the promos touted battle scenes, I was a little surprised that the time period covered in the movie was only a few months early in 1865. Critical months for the 14th amendment to get passed. Clearly politics hasn't changed too much since then. There appear to be as many fools among the Congress now as there was then no matter what side of the aisle you favor.

We also managed to stop by FroyoWorld here in Franklin for the first time. It has already been open a year and we hadn't found our way there before. The concept is simple. Self serve frozen yogurt, you chose the flavors, fill the cup as much as you like and pay by the weight. The Dutch Chocolate was quite good. The NY Style cheese cake is better as a real cheese cake.

The cicadas are in full force outside. It is going to be a warm one. Stay cool where ever you are!

Friday, July 12, 2013

reflections upon morning bird songs

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

where does time go?

really, a week ago!

Yes, it has been busy. A little travel last week to visit some friends in Flemington, NJ for the 4th. Then to Philly for nephew Mark's wedding with Jessie on Saturday. The drive home on Sunday was uneventful. All the major traffic was going the other way.

Washington's Crossing
Washington's Crossing
Along the way, I ran a 5K race on the morning of the 4th in Washington's Crossing Park in PA. It was a warm day but the race went off at 8:30 in the morning so it was not bad at all.

Where does your time go?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Deja Brew: 6 kettles

Just in time for the holiday weekend, the Band of Brewers bottled our most recent 6 kettles.

Deja Brew - on premise brewing
12 x 22 oz bottles, 1/3 share

The cap codes and beers are as follows:

B = Blueberry Ale; A delicious ale. It smells good, tastes good and finishes clean
G = German Dry;  A medium bodied German lager. Well hopped for a clean finish
L = Lawnmower Lager; A great summer beer, easy to quaff whilst using power tools
M = McTartan’s Scotch Ale;  McEwan’s Clone – Amber and slightly sweet, some smoke
T = Tim’s Dim Wit Bier; Spicy and flavorful. Similar to Blue Moon Belgian White
(blank) = Howling Honey Ale; Good honey flavor, not overbearing


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Karen's Kitchen

Dolores and I took her parents to breakfast at Karen's Kitchen finally. This was one of the places that Jerry liked to frequent and it was my first time back without him.

Being there on a Monday, it was quieter than it normally is for Sunday. It was quite pleasant. We were able to park right in front of door to make it easy for Dad Proulx to get out and make the few steps in nice and easy.

I had the famous Wiener Omelet. It can be a meal or two for some folks. As it was truly a brunch (combined breakfast and lunch) for me, I managed to finish it and not need to eat until dinner time!

wiener omelet
wiener omelet
It is a three egg omelet, with three wieners cut up and rolled inside, topped with the wiener sauce and onions.it is also served with hash brown potatoes and a side of toast. Yes, a full meal!

If you are in RI and looking for a good breakfast, find Karen's Kitchen. It is open from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and serves a number of classic breakfast meals.The portions are all hearty!

You can search for the location or go directly here

Monday, July 01, 2013

Waiting your turn

Are you hanging around waiting for your turn?

waiting for your turn

Does your turn never seem to arrive?

waiting for your turn 2

What are you going to do about that?

taking your turn