Video-Never Been More Enthusiastic About A Hot/Cold Tumbler Than The One I Got

Forgot my tumbler at work again last night. I got an iced coffee at 10 yesterday morning. Just checked it at 11:10AM over 24 hours later and it still had cold liquid and ice in it!!!

I LOVE the fact that it’s 30 oz and can hold a lot of coffee or water.

I LOVE the fact that it doesn’t leave ringlets of condensation because it doesn’t sweat and ruin my furniture or leave nasty water in my cupholders.

I LOOOOOVE the fact that I can use a minimal amout of ice and not have to replenish it all day long!

If you haven’t got one I feel sorry for you because your life is not complete without one, LOL.

Here’s the link to get one with two different style lids, one open and one with a locking lid- Buy it on Amazon by clicking this link $16.95

They are just like the YETI ones that sell for three times as much and only give you the one non-locking lid. $16.95 is like stealing this 30 oz tumbler!


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GloucesterCast 193 With Ringo and Emily Tarr, Cat Ryan, @kimSmithdesigns and @Joey_C taped 7/24/17



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Fred Bodin’s Birthday Today

Fred was someone you will never forget and even though you didn’t know it was his birthday today I bet you thought of him in the past week. His voice I can hear like it was yesterday, why Shaggy was Shaggy, Cape Ann Tool chimney, and stuff.

I did a google for Fred and it is amazing how many hits and images. But when we both convinced ourselves, “if you do it, I’ll do it”, and we showed up for Felicia’s party in Tuxedos, is my favorite. Shaggy front and center.



Cecropia caterpillar on the move ūüĆĽ

A video posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

Beautiful caterpillar of the beautiful Cecropia moth, North America's largest species of Lepidoptera

A photo posted by Kim Smith (@kimsmithdesigns) on

Don’t you love the colors of the third stage, or instar, of the Cecropia Moth caterpillar?¬†Only about an inch and a half long in the photo, in the final fifth¬†instar, before it pupates into a cocoon, the caterpillar¬†will be as large¬†as¬†a large man’s thumb.

Cecropia moth Caterpilla mid instar. copyright Kim SmithIn its second instar in the above photo, the caterpillar resembles the developing birch flower catkins. This is an evolutionary form of mimicry against predation by birds. Cecropia Moth caterpillars eat not only the foliage of American White Birch trees, but also other species of birch trees, apple, ash, beech, elm, lilac, maple, poplar, Prunus and Ribes species, white oak, and willow.

Cecropia Moth caterpillar early instar copyright Kim SmithFirst instar Cecropia Moth Caterpillars

Thank you so much again to my friend Christine for the gift of the Cecropia moth eggs. 

One Hour at a Time Gang Clean Up

Good beautiful afternoon all:


Hope everyone is enjoying this gift of a summer.


When:                  Saturday, July 30, 2016

Time:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 8:00 ‚Äď 9:00

Where:                 Magnolia Avenue, we can park at the end of Klondelin Road


I have bags..


Thanks all



Are North Shore bird sightings published in the Boston Globe? If so Gloucester horseshoe crab, plover sandpiper somethings, red knots

I saw the BIRD SIGHTINGS call out in the Sunday Boston Globe and noted the Plum Island list. (Under ‘Miscellaneous’ there is one bird listed from Gloucester.) I have no idea if that is the MassAudubon customary geographic¬†selection, randomly culled, or all that’s available at the time of publication. I suppose I was looking for a ¬†‘Gloucester’, ‘North Shore’, ¬†or ‘Cape Ann’ heading. I am confident the region is represented because folks like Chris Leahy,¬†Dave Rimmer,¬†Essex Greenbelt, other experts, citizen scientists, and fans report from our communities.

*This just in update: Dave Rimmer reports that the piping plover fencing at Good Harbor came down today.

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GMG features many bird photographs, from FOBs and contributors especially¬†Kim Smith and Donna Ardizzoni.¬†¬†Here’s an unofficial appreciator’s list with a few Gloucester sightings: ‘sandpipers’¬†on Long Beach last week. Piping plover (heard/saw),’plovers’ and ‘sandpipers’ on Good Harbor beach on July 25. One¬†(dead) horseshoe crab and 1 sand dollar (alive) off Wingaersheek on July 26. Piping Plover (heard/saw) on Good Harbor this morning. What have you seen?



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Nichole’s Picks 7/30 + 7/31

Pick #1:  Gloucester Country Fest


Gloucester Country Fest
Stage Fort Park
Gloucester, MA

Cassadee Pope, The Houston Bernard Band, and Southern City Band!

July 30, 2016
Gates open at 11:00
Show starts at 12:00
Tickets go on sale
May 13 at 10:00am
Tickets purchased in advance
$30.00  at Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
Tickets purchased at gate

Pick #2:  B. Good Festival at the Farm


Festival at the Farm is about connecting a community around great live music and delicious, local food and drink. And then giving back all the proceeds to our community together.

There’s no better time to do it than on a Summer afternoon. No better place than on a beautiful farm with a picturesque hill as the backdrop.

The farm provides natural good vibes with plenty of elbow room, a huge dance floor, and sprawling lawn for picnics, games, and booths where you can meet our farmers and charity partners. It’s about creating a community event that’s good for all — music lovers who want to jam, foodies who want to eat delicious food and drink craft beer, and kids who want to run free.

We’re out to do some good by delivering good times for everyone on the farm.¬†


Pick #3:  See The Whales

One of my very best friend’s husbands, whom I adore, told me the other day that he has never seen a whale! ¬†Wait, what!? ¬† Hailing from Connecticut and having lived on Cape Ann for well over a decade….how is that possible!! ¬†Sorry, T!

So, if you’re like him…. it is time. ¬†Even if you’ve seen 1,000 whales, it could never be enough!


Cape Ann Whale Watch

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch

Seven Seas Whale Watch

Yankee Fleet


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Hey Joey C GMG every Wednesday Homey comes sits on the movie screen and keeps us company. Thank you sponsors.

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The Fiesta Hat Ladies Are Headed To Lowell‚Äôs 30th Anninversary Folk Art Festival This Weekend To Represent Awesome Gloucester…Viva!¬†

Sisters Robyn Clayton McNair and Amy Clayton Invite all to join them this weekend at the the Lowell Folk Festival! 

Robyn and Amy write~

My sister and I are heading out to the Lowell Folk Festival, the largest folk festival in the U.S.A. This coming weekend! Saturday July 30th & Sunday July 31st 12:00-5:00pm @ the Larcom Park near Merrimack St . We will be representing our fine community with our “crazy hats”. Our booth will be located at Lucy Larcom Park near the Lowell High School. Our booth with be adored with our families handmade replica of the St. Peter‚Äôs statue and festive decorations collected over the years from our Annual Fiesta Hat Ladies Backyard Celebration hosted before Fiesta Saturday Races! This year the city of Lowell have plans to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary with lots of cultural food, music and entertainment throughout the city all weekend! We are honored to be invited to represent Gloucester and our communities celebration of the St. Peter’s Fiesta With our Handcrafted Fiesta Hats in the folk craft artists section of this year’s 30th Folk Festival event. We will be handing out Discover Gloucester travel Brochures and Fiesta Pins to promote our awesome communities cultural event hosted in late June and information about what our beautiful seaside landscape has to offer year round. All are welcome! Please stop by our our booth and say hi! 

July 30th & 31st 12-5 pm 

Festival Address; North Billerica, Massachusetts 01824

Stop By their booth for a photo with the St. Petet’s Fiesta Crazy Hat Ladies & their Incredible Handcrafted 2016 Fiesta Hats! They are truly works of art & should be on display year round at Cape Ann museum ! Robyn and Amy began their Fiesta Hat Tradition several years ago. Thier had crafted hats change each year highlightng a special event, landmark, or a tribute/memorial hononning a  past Fiesta legend. Their hat creations take months to design and craft, and  that have become a highlight of our communities Fiesta  Celebration each year! MA CHE SIAMO TUTTI MUTTI



Two more days and Stage Fort Park becomes Gloucester’s shoreline amphitheater for Country Fest. @cassadeepope headlining, also Houston Bernard Band and Southern City Band


Apparently and not surprisingly Ringo helps Boston Fence set in the fences at Stage Fort for Gloucester’s first country fest,¬†¬†coming this Saturday noon -5 (gates open 11¬†AM). I didn’t stop to chat or take more photographs because we were in the middle of a Gloucester beaches challenge. What an unforgettable venue to¬†listen to Cassadee Pope¬†(big single out right now and Voice Season 3 winner. Who was her coach?)¬†and Boston bands¬†Houston Bernard Band¬†and¬†Southern City Band¬†!¬†Cassadee Pope’s twitter photograph features beach/dune background. Wonder where it was taken? Everyone will¬†have some good photos from Stage Fort. You can listen to Ringo¬†and Emily talk to Joey about the Country fest on the podcast.





Eat Your Vegetables, But Take Care ‘Fiddling’ With Fiddleheads

More Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-

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Fiddlehead Ferns ‚ÄstConsidered a gourmet, wild food found locally from April ‚Äď July.

I was first introduced to fiddleheads in the 1980’s. A side dish sautéed by my friend Michael Claudio was a delicious accompaniment to one of his many amazing, gourmet meals.

Fiddlehead¬†Nutrition Facts ‚Äď Low in calories ‚Äď 34. High in vitamin A (72%) and Vitamin C (44%) (per 100 grams.)

Shop Local. ‚ÄėFresh is Best. Fiber is Filling.‚Äô¬†Though I occasionally had seen fiddleheads at local farm¬†stands¬†and produce stores since I first had them, I had never¬†ventured to cook them myself.¬†This spring I began¬†seeing and enjoying fiddleheads on the menus of some higher end Cape Ann restaurants. Delicious! So when I saw them at a local farm stand (not on Cape Ann and whose name will remain anonymous!) ¬† ¬† ¬†I decided to add them to a meal¬†I was preparing‚Ķ

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Pro Tip: If you need a quick yes or no answer to a question,  text the person instead of calling them 

Chances go up exponentially that you will get a succinct answer in a more timely manner and if that person is unable to answer a phone call immediately,  they can text you back as soon as they can. 



At the Bookstore of Gloucester -“Leaving Lucy Pear” is a real page turner –¬†Sharon Bo Abrams can’t put her copy down!

Chosen as a must-read book for summer 2016 by TIME Magazine, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, The Millions, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune

One night in 1917,¬†Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, Bea plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-WWI America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea’s hopes for her future remain unfulfilled. She returns to her uncle‚Äôs house, seeking a refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising Bea’s abandoned child‚ÄĒnow a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.

In mesmerizing prose, award-winning author Anna Solomon weaves together an unforgettable group of characters as their lives collide on the New England coast. Set against one of America’s most turbulent decades, Leaving Lucy Pear delves into questions of class, freedom, and the meaning of family, establishing Anna Solomon as one of our most captivating storytellers.

For more information visit Anna Solomon’s website here. Anna has three upcoming Cape Ann events. In addition to the two posted below, she is also having a reading at the Rockport Library on August 24th.



Praise for Leaving Lucy Pear

From the first page, I was under the spell of Anna Solomon’s emotionally engaging narrative about the devastating choices we make and the unexpected consequences they bring. This is a fine literary tapestry woven with beautiful language, complex characters, and a precise probing of human desires and demons.

SUE MONK KIDD, New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Wings

Anna Solomon writes with a poet’s reverence for language and a novelist’s ability to keep us turning the page. Leaving Lucy Pear is a gorgeous and engrossing meditation on motherhood, womanhood, and the sacrifices we make for love.

J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN, New York Times bestselling author ofMaine and The Engagements

Leaving Lucy Pear is that rare combination of stunning language, raw emotion, and profound wisdom that catches you up and wrings you out and yet somehow leaves you fuller than when you began. In this tender new novel, Anna Solomon looks at our most fundamental relationships‚ÄĒbetween mothers, children, and lovers‚ÄĒwith more compassion and grace that seems humanly possible.

CELESTE NG, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You

In Anna Solomon’s marvelously textured new novel, Cape Ann in the late 1920’s thrums with the issues of the day, prohibition and the vote, the immigrant problem and labor strikes, Sacco and Vanzetti and Mother Jones. When two seemingly dissimilar women, Emma and Bea, become bound to the same child, we’re given a piercing and often profound look at motherhood, what it is and isn’t, as well as the ways suffering makes and unmakes us all, sometimes many times over. Solomon is an enormously gifted writer, and her penetrating tale will linger in your mind long after the last page has turned.

PAULA MCLAIN, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun

Leaving Lucy Pear is a mosaic of longing: a cast of characters wrestling with lives they might have led, keeping secrets that could free them, and building uncertain futures. With great empathy, Solomon transports us to an evocative and overlooked time and place in this morally complex and deeply satisfying story.

CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI, author of All this Talk of Love

A marvel of a novel, bursting with intelligence, insight, compassion, and truth. It reminds me of books I read when young, the ones made me want to write, the sort that keep you reading through the night, unable to close the covers. Anna Solomon is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller and we are the lucky beneficiaries of her gift.

ROBIN BLACK, author of Life Drawing

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