walk on BY

Last week we celebrated my mother in laws 91st birthday.

We went to The Mercer Kitchen a Jean-George Restaurant located on Prince Street in The Mercer Hotel.  When I walked toward our table I heard a thumping above my head.  I realized it was people walking by us, overhead.  Lucky I had my camera with me.

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(click on The Mercer Kitchen link, scroll down to the second from the bottom pictures, you’ll what I am talking about)

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suffolk DOWNS

Yesterday was a spectacular day here in Boston, 86° and bright sun all day.  My husband and I decided to make a trip to Suffolk Downs, the local race track, located near Logan Airport.

In 2011, the state passed a law that would allow for 3 resort style casinos and 1 slot machine parlor to open in Massachusetts. One of the coveted spots, would be in the greater Boston area.

Suffolk Downs (backed by the Mohegan Sun group) was one of the locations being considered.  But, lost out to a Wynn Resort which will be built in nearby Everett.

Because of this, Suffolk Downs will be shutting down forever on October 4th. He thought yesterday would be a perfect day for us to go.

I don’t remember the last time I went to Suffolk Downs. I think I was part of a big group, and the excitement in the air was palpable. Today the crowd was just there. I felt no excitement around me.  The track wasn’t crowded, and had no life to it. People were watching races from other parks on TV’s set up near the betting windows.  I remember listening to the people around you strategizing about what horse they were going to pick.  Not today, just a bunch a lackadaisical people mulling around.  I wondered if I was missing something.

We stayed for 5 races, the last being the 7th race, the most exciting for us.  The number 1 horse was Everyday Dave, how could I not bet him, my husbands NAME.  I always bet on Number 7 in the 7th race.  I went to the window placed my bet. $5.00 on 7 across the board, $5.00 on 1 across the board and a $1.00 box on 7 & 1.  We got the tickets and went outside to watch the race. We picked our spot right in front of the finish line, so we wouldn’t miss anything.  The bugle sounded and they were off, our horses were in the top 3 while they were coming towards the finish line.  It was hard to make out who the winners were.  A photo finished was needed. My horses came in first and second, I won $71.00. The excitement was back.

Even if I ended down a couple bucks.

All the pictures were taken with my iPhone 6!

new VISITOR

Today we had a new visitor in our backyard, Mr. Woodpecker.

My husband called me into the kitchen to get a peek.  I have never seen any woodpeckers in our backyard.   I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures.  Our bird feeder is attracting lots of visitors.  Here are a few that stopped by.

You can click on any image to see it full size 🙂

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Woody stylized

how do they do THAT?

I have passed by these sneakers at least 10 times in the last couple of weeks.  I wonder how many times they had to throw their sneakers up to get them to land on the telephone wire.

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Picture taken with my iPhone on the fly while driving…don’t try this at home!!!