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Monday, May 28, 2012

A Brownie

If you've known me for any length of time you probably know that I am no fisherman. I happen to be married to someone who can work a fly rod like a pianist strokes the keys. He has a deftness that I lack. Sometimes I try and pick up a rod and fish along side him, but usually I'm off taking photos, exploring, or falling into the river.

Really I am a very clumsy person.

But, that's unrelated to fishing. Sort of.

For years I've tried, haphazardly, to catch fish. Never ever have I succeeded. It was a running joke, my lack of fishing abilities. However, this Memorial Day weekend I decided to put in an honest effort with the rod.

This afternoon, on our final day of our mini-vacation to our old hometown, I finally...FINALLY... caught a fish. A brown trout! I baited, casted, hooked, and reeled in my own little fish!

Okay, so it's nothing great, but I am proud that deep down some sort of fishing ability exists. Not a very large amount, because it wasn't long before I was back to exploring the river and taking photos.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Post Card Winner and Such

Thank you to everyone who entered the Post Card contest!  The randomly chosen winner from the comments is....

Congratulations to Solomon's Porch!  You're the winner.  Send an email to vtcabinfever(at)hotmail(dot)com.  I will forward your email to Printrunner and you'll be contacted about the details of your prize. 

And I will update with lots of photos and stuff soon.  The weather has been so darn nice the last week and the sun out so late that I've been enjoying every bit that I can with Shawn and Emily when I am not working.  By the time I come home and plop down on the couch I'm exhausted and ready for bed so I can get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

Now, its Memorial Day weekend and my little family and I are trucking it northward for the next several days.  I am looking forward to lots of time outside, relaxing, and general enjoyment with friends and family.  Hope you all have a great weekend too!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Have Somone to Write? Here's a Postcard Giveaway!

I have always wanted to see my photos as a post card and now I will have the chance!  Actually, so will you.  PrintRunner has so kindly offered a giveaway a set of 100 5x7 post cards to not just myself for hosting the giveaway, but also to one lucky reader of my blog, too!  The post card will be of any image of your choice to one lucky person who reads my blog! 

Postcard Information
Postcard Size: Postcards 5x7
Quantity: 100
Colors: 4/0 Front Only Printing
Paper: 14 PT. UV Coating on Front,
Rounded Corners: Yes
Proof: None
Ready to Ship In: 4 Business Days

To enter simply leave a comment below.  

I will pick one random winner on Friday, May 25th and announce it here on my blog!  Please note that this Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above.

Now you'll be able to send that postcard to your long lost pen-pal from second grade or your great aunt who lives in Kansas.  Heck, you could jut have cool post cards to give away as gifts of one of your own awesome photos.  

If you'd like to see for yourself PrintRunner's postcard printing through their online printing services. You can also check them out on Twitter and Facebook

Friday, May 18, 2012

And We Have Forward Motion

One thing that I am learning is that changes and development with babies happen quickly.  Just as suddenly as she started moving backwards Emily is now moving forwards!  While she is no expert at getting where she is going she'd definitely figuring it out.  Her belly is legitimately off the floor and her knees are moving forward.  It makes me stop and think, though... in just a few weeks she will be walking.  Eeeeep!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Sudden and Unexpected Loss

Death is something that I have a lot of experience with.  As an EMT and nurse I've watched people pass away right in front of me.  Sometimes it was expected and sometimes it was the last thing in the world that was suppose to happen.  All those times, however, it was different.  It was my job.  I was suppose to either care for them or comfort them as they left this world.  This weekend I was touched by a different kind of death...   A familiar and tragic kind.  

In my nearly three decade stint on this Earth I have been blessed with very few deaths that have hit close to home.  In fact, every single one of those deaths were either expected, due to age/illness, or not on the same day I last spoke with that person.  For me, until this weekend, death wasn't close and cruel.  

Then I received a call from work.  A nurse didn't show up for her shift.  She was a young nurse, near my age, who never ever just blatantly didn't come in to work.  If she was ever sick she always gave plenty of notice.  No one had gotten a hold of her for a full day.  The other employees were asking me what to do since no one was answering her phone.I wasn't really sure how to react.

Then, out of curiosity and seeing if there were any leads to her whereabouts, I checked her facebook page.  That was where I discovered something utterly unexpected.

I literally gasped in horror aloud when I read what I saw.

"Rest in Peace"   "We will miss you"   "I can't believe you are gone"

Those messages were posted on her page by at least a half dozen people over the last couple of hours.  I simply couldn't digest what I was reading and what it meant.  She couldn't be dead, could she?  I just saw here and talked with her the morning before!   What on Earth could have happened?  

I pulled my emotions together and went into work.  Several of my coworkers wondered why I was there on the weekend so I tried to just concentrate on my task at hand and not directly answer their questions.  The last thing I wanted was to start a massive rumor before I had investigated or confirmed anything.  

So, for the next two hours I worked my way through various phone calls to 911 and state troopers.  Simultaneously I stumbled on a news article about a fiery crash where two people in their 20's were killed the night before.  While the two people in the crash were not identified my heart still sank.  I knew it was her. 

The article was horrible.  My eyes welled up with tears reading it.  It described the care going off the road at interstate speeds, hitting a tree without so much as attempting to touch the breaks, and then bursting into flames.  The fire chief in that town described it as the worst accident he had seen in his 33 year career while speculating that the driver must have been asleep.   

It was too much.

Over and over in my mind all I could do was replay an image of the crash in my head and then remember how earlier that morning her and I had been talking and joking around.  She was talking about a lot of things in the future and when she left I said "see you later!" as she walked out the door at the end of her shift.  Never ever in my mind would I have imagined that would be the last time I'd talk with her, that the very next day she would be gone. 

While we weren't best friends and we didn't hang out together outside of work she was still someone I regarded as a friend and good nurse.  Something like this shouldn't happen to her... or anyone.  Despite it all... life does move on.  One must keep up the pace. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Mother's Day

This is the first year I've been the mother of someone and not only the reason for someone else to celebrate Mother's Day. I never gave much thought to what I'd like for "my day" before either. When Shawn asked me what I'd like to do all I could think of was "something exciting".

You see, I am not exactly a go to brunch and give a potted plant to kind of mom.

So, what kind of mom am I?

I am the kind of mom who gets excited about long drives, four wheelers, mud, and the woods! And fortunately I married a man who knows that I'd rather be on the trails than eating cantaloupe while sipping mimosas. Those of you who prefer brunch can have a mimosa for me.

Here's my Happy Mother's Day:

Thursday, May 10, 2012


It's been happening quietly. We haven't talked much about it, except one post a while back. But, tomorrow Shawn and I are leaving work early, dropping Emily off at her aunt's house, and then heading off to sign papers on a little piece of land.

We will own part of a mountain tomorrow afternoon! It's really happening. While we don't own the geographical peak both Shawn and I think we own the best part of the mountain. There is a pond, magnificent ATV trails, nice sloped pasture land, and gorgeous views from west to east.

Thanks Emily for your birth, because the tax return we received enabled us to do this. You're going to have one heck of a playground! And I feel better knowing that you'll get to grow up with part of you in the wilderness of the North East Kingdom!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Necklace Winner!

So, I randomly selected a winner out of the comments from my last post to receive a handmade necklace from me!  I'm glad so many of you were interested in a necklace.  I've been selling them to friends for $10 and it always makes me happy to see my friends wear them occasionally. 

Anyway, without further delay, the winner of the necklace is...

Fran is comment #5.  Congratulations and please email me your mailing address to vtcabinfever(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thanks everyone who entered.  I'll give another one away in the future  :)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Little Something for You

I said a while ago that I would have a giveaway of one of my necklaces. By a while I think I more accurately mean two months ago... but I didn't forget! Finally I am giving away one of my handmade ribbon necklaces.

To enter just leave a comment below. You can have an extra entry if you tweet about it or post it on Facebook! (just provide a link in a separate comment as proof)

I'll pick a winner at random and announce who it is Wednesday evening!

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Bright dandelions
With time, turn to silken fluff
Little children’s friend
~ By Young Naturalist C 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My X Chromosome Won

Everyone wonders who their child looks like more.  Both my parents and Shawn's parents coo over how Emily looks just like myself or Shawn when he was little.  I smile and think how endearing it is to find a glimpse of your own family's genetic legacy in future generations.  Often over the last several months I have wondered who Emily looks like and who she will grow up to resemble.  Its especially intrigued me since I can't really pinpoint which parent I myself resemble and seem to be a genetic mesh-mash.

Then the other day I happened to come across one of my baby photos where I was near the same age as Emily is now and realized something striking.  We look pretty darn identical, at least in our infancy.   See for yourself...

Isn't it uncanny?  Except for my birthmark (which is gone now) we are almost the same baby.  Now to be fair I don't have a photo on hand of Shawn in his infancy to share, but he doesn't really resemble her in the least in her baby photos.  Still, now when I hear people compare her to Shawn I just smile.  Its definitely my X chromosome that won with Emily. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cover Photo

The other day I received an email that was very unexpected.  The subject line read "Photo Chosen for Directory Cover".  I wasn't sure what in the world it was referring to and when I opened it I was pleasantly surprised.  

It turns out that one of the photos I took last fall was chosen to be on the phone book cover for Northern Vermont and New Hampshire!  What's even cooler was that they were offering to pay me a good price to utilize the photo.  Neither of which had I sought or solicited for.  Turns out that the woman stumbled across my photo, selected it (along with others since the image example I received was labeled choice #3), and then chose my photo as the best fit.  

How cool is that?

What's even cooler is that I get two phone books for free with my photo on it even though I actually don't live in the phone book area anymore.  

Hey, it may not be a coffee table book of photographs, but its at least my photo printed on somthing!  That counts, in my book.