by Valynne | Nov 30, 2010 | Friends of Caretaking Couple, Travel |
Today I would like to sincerely thank you all for following us over from the old blog addy to this new one. There is much to learn here in Blogsville and I would be in trouble without my trusty WordPress for Dummies book along with the expertise of E. Webscapes) so BIG thanks to Lisa Sabin-Wilson and staff as well!
Please feel free to click on the new social media links above (cool, eh?) and subscribe and all of that good stuff, so we can keep in touch from wherever the road takes us. I do love WordPress…
West End Driveway Art
Our time in P-town seems so far away now, yet it was only last month. Obviously we like the place as this is my fourth post dedicated to it. I want to share with you a few more pictures, some of the West End (which was at one time where most of the fishermen and sailors lived), and a couple from Halloween (I will keep them PG, promise : )
Lunchtime on the Breakwall (Wood End Lighthouse in the Distance)
Paul on the Breakwall - Pilgrim Monument in the Distance
The Pilgrims landed in Provincetown (before Plymouth Rock) in 1620
Classic Cape Cod
More Classic Cape Cod
West End Dahlias
These were all taken on the West End; beautiful, isn’t it? I’ve got so many more to share, but I think that is what Flickr is for. I think that is 4 or 5 down on my project list. If anyone has a favorite photo sharing site, please share.
Right. Now I am going to take you back to Commercial Street, where (mostly) all the excitement is…
Spooky Spiders Climbing the Bowersock Gallery
Adorable Doggie in the Window - Commercial Street
The Hulk (aka our favorite bartender Cesar at Ross' Grill)
Uhh...was laughing so hard I forgot to ask. Maybe that's a good thing?
Work those tips, ladies!
OK, I think I’d better leave it at that. What a fun and funky town! I know, I know – we’ve been in Tennessee for weeks now…time to move on, as they say. I will be posting some Signal Mountain pics in the next couple of days, along with announcing some new goals for the month (yikes!) and announcing the latest prize winner (leave a comment before December 1 to enter) so do stay tuned, won’t you?
by Valynne | Nov 15, 2010 | Music, Travel, Writers and Readers |
Paul and I had the month of October off (between sits), so we decided to spend more time in P-town before heading south. We found a perfect little apartment across from Carpe Diem on Johnson Street and rented it without thinking twice.
My October Office
I loved this spot because to me, it felt like I had stepped back into the land of Anne of Green Gables, but with the Atlantic down the stairs and to the left. Not to mention Commercial Street. Thank you, David, for a wonderful month in your home sweet home!
One thing Paul and I both wanted to do was spend more time exploring the Cape Cod National Seashore. I fell in love with the Seashore while reading Joan Anderson’s books, and then the book Master of the Sweet Trade by Elizabeth Moisan, after meeting her at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
The Cape Cod National Seashore was established as a National Park almost fifty years ago. It is the most pristine stretch of shoreline either of us have ever seen.
"A man can stand here and put all of America behind him." Henry David Thoreau
Cape Cod National Seashore
There are eighteen remaining dune shacks along the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is a bit of a hike to get to them. I suggest you leave your shoes at the beginning of the trail (which is all sand) and bring plenty of drinking water. There is a vehicle tour available if you prefer, but to be fair to all of your senses I say hike it.
Province Lands Dune Shacks
The dune shacks started out as homes for rescuers employed by the U.S. Life-saving Service in the 19th century. If you are fortunate enough to spend some time here (temporary tenants are chosen by lottery), you will be joining the likes of Eugene O’Neil, Jack Kerouac, e.e. cummings, Norman Mailer and Jackson Pollack.
Afternoon on the Dunes
Wild Cranberry Bog, Cape Cod National Seashore
Of course, I would love to spend more time here. There is a bit of controversy surrounding the shacks and their (in my opinion) rightful owners…thankfully they are on the National Register of Historic Places. If I understand this correctly, this means they cannot be bulldozed. Dear Powers That Be, please don’t bulldoze any more shacks. And please don’t take this magical place away from those who have owned and loved these shacks for decades, if not generations. Thanks.
Sophie B Hawkins at the Post Office Cafe & Cabaret
Meanwhile, back on Commercial Street…would you believe I had the luck to be in P-town during Women’s Week? No, I am not a lesbian, but nobody seemed to mind. There were tons of events going on.
It was such a pleasure to see Sophie B. Hawkins live. After the show, I was lucky enough to chat with her a bit, buy a CD, and take pics of others with her. Yes, I wish I had asked Paul to take a pic of me with her…don’t normally care about that kind of thing but I do LOVE her and now wish I had a pic!
Bold Strokes Authors
Every day during Women’s Week, there were readings and Q&A sessions at Vixen Night Club, followed by book signings at Now Voyager Bookstore and Gallery. What a great group of women authors! I purchased a couple of books and look forward to reading them now that we have settled in for the winter here on Signal Mountain (TN). Thank you, Bold Strokes for putting on this great event!
Well. Here I am, once more realizing that I am going on and on. Apparently one isn’t to go on and on here in Blogsville…something about the waning attention span of the average reader. That’s fine, because it is just about dinnertime.
Thank you for hanging out with me….I blog for comments, so feel free to leave one. As an added bonus, each comment you leave between now and December 1, 2010 enters you into my latest prize drawing : )
by Valynne | Nov 12, 2010 | CC Contests!, Heath and Wellness, Simple Living |
Here we are in Tennessee, on our third official sit as a couple (and my fiftieth or so as an individual). It has been a whirlwind of a fall and we are both looking forward to hunkering down for the winter up on Signal Mountain.
Now that I am finally and fully embracing the wonders of blogging and social media in general, I find that I can be more distracted than ever if I am not careful. In the past I have had specific job duties, like mixing drinks or selling soaps or entering data…now I am mainly accountable to…me. Yikes.
Time to retrain my brain. Time to walk down a different street! If I want to make a living online, I need to be super organized and results-driven. I need goals, and I need to accomplish them. I can’t simply wait for someone else to tell me what to do, whether it be work related or otherwise.
So, each month I am going to hold myself accountable to not just me, but to all of you as well. Each month I am going to post a goal (or four). I know we are almost halfway into November, but I have been working hard on the following and feel the need share now, so here goes:
Blogsville: I am currently working with Lisa Sabin-Wilson (author of WordPress for Dummies) on this blog. It is being completely restructured in order to be more user friendly and interactive. You will see the new look this month (can’t wait to show you)!
Other Social Media: You can now find either myself or Caretaking Couple on twitter and Linked In as well as facebook. I am not sure if I will be adding to or subtracting from this list – I am just going to have fun with each and see where my time is best spent. Do you have a favorite? If so, please share.
My Writing: Most of you know that I am taking writing classes and working on a book. I have eight chapters outlined and three written. I will finish Chapter Four by the end of the month. How many rough drafts does one woman need to write, anyway?
Health and Fitness: I am looking into becoming a Beachbody Coach. There is still a bit of research to do with regards to this. I am considering Beachbody because I have seen the results in people who are consistent with it, and it is something I can do from anywhere in the US. And it will hold me accountable!
The goals above are more challenging than I thought they would be but there is nothing else I would rather be doing right now. Except for maybe going for a bike ride and getting to know the new neighborhood…another benefit of working from “home”.
Thank you for reading this, our 100th blog post here at Caretaking Couple! As always, I would love to hear from you. Enlighten me ; ) Just leave a comment on any of my 100 posts between now and December 1 and I will enter your name into a drawing for a special CC gift from Tennessee!
by Valynne | Nov 4, 2010 | Heath and Wellness, Simple Living |
I have been going through all of my business and personal paperwork in order to get Paula (the new owner of Mountain Girl Organics) whatever I think she may want or need, as well as to continue the process of whittling down in preparation for our next sit (i.e. how will we fit all of it into the 4Runner?).
While whittling, I found a wrinkled photocopy of a photocopy tucked away in my “Important Papers” file. It was given to me several years ago by someone who knew me well. I am glad I kept it…
A Journey Into Enlightenment * In Five Short Chapters
Chapter 1: I walk down a street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in – I am lost – I am hopeless – it isn’t my fault – it takes forever to find my way out.
Chapter 2: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again – I can’t believe I’m in the same place. It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in – it is a habit. My eyes are open – I know where I am – it is my fault – I get out immediately.
Chapter 4: I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter 5: I walk down a different street.
I have made a lot of progress in the few years since I read this last…even still it is a relevant read, a simple yet effective reminder. It is time again to make some changes. Time to walk down a different street.
OK, we are almost at our next sit (Tennessee)…more about my changes soon!
Would love to hear from any of you that can relate to this little story – perhaps we can support each other in our changes for the better…