Getting All My Ducks in a Row for Trip to Santa Monica

Niles Pond Ducks in a Row ©Kim Smith 2015Niles Pond Ducks 

This week, with the exception of Thursday, I have pre-scheduled my posts with a series of photos from last Sunday’s early morning walk as I am not sure how easy it will be to post from California. I am hoping to fill my time with additional posts from LA, if doable. Liv reports it may be in the seventies this week!

Time to Reconnect

With a rare unscheduled morning suddenly before me and the boys off for a game of pond hockey, I put Marlin on his leash, grabbed a cup of coffee, and took off for a brisk walk around town.

It has been way too long since I’ve been able to find time to do that and it was exactly the dose of medicine that I needed yesterday.  I don’t often forget why I love living in Rockport, but this is the time of year that I don’t necessarily find the time to actually enjoy it….or appreciate it.  Early yesterday, for 90 fantastic minutes, Marlin and I played Who are the People in Your Neighborhood while walking past Old Garden Beach, down Atlantic, through town, up and down Bearskin Neck, to Front Beach, into Mill Pond Park, past the frozen pond, by the cemetery, down Hale Street, through town again, and back home….seeing friends and familiar faces along the way.

Along the way, Marlin was kind enough to let me wrestle my phone out of my pocket once in a while to snap a photo.  He isn’t keen on slowing down much…but, tolerated my pitstops.  He was most appreciative of the stops that allowed him to stalk birds.  He, unlike me, doesn’t have an affinity for front doors…but would take those opportunities for a quick pee.

There’s something magical about this town…no matter how cliche that sounds… and I’m so happy to have had the chance to reconnect.


Medical Monday

9.30am: CATA Dial-a-Ride bus picks me up at home to go to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
10:00am: Have an echocardiogram made, to check for heart valve abnormalities.
11:00am: In oncology clinic, get injection for my bones, and have a teaching session about upcoming chemotherapy treatment.
12:30pm: Eat lunch in hospital cafeteria, read, and people watch. The food is good there and inexpensive.
2:15pm: Walk down to the AGH sports medicine and rehab department for specific exercises for gait and balance.
3:00pm: Call Dial-a-Ride for ride home to Rockport.
3:30pm: Hit the couch and watch CNN.
Don’t let anyone tell you that being sick is like a vacation. I’m busier that when I was healthy!

Monday January 12th , 2015 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Mon SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt in the morning. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Snow…rain and sleet. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Mon Night NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of snow. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 1/12/14

Dear Joey:
GHS Girls Basketball will be hosting a Restaurant Fundraiser this month at Jalapenos.  The flyer is attached.  Would you be willing to post this on “Good Morning Gloucester” so we can invite the whole community to join us?  

Thank you!

GHS Girls Basketball Boosters


New Nature Preschool Opens for Area Residents

Only 10 minutes from Grant Circle, the new Ipswich River Nature Preschool located at Mass Audubon’s Endicott Wildlife Sanctuary on Grapevine Road in Wenham is accepting applications for September 2015 and we are encouraging families on Cape Ann to participate.

This preschool will provide a nurturing learning environment that fosters development of the whole child and a lifelong relationship with nature. Through multi-sensory explorations and cooperative play, our nature-based programs will nurture each child’s curiosity while providing a safe, supportive learning environment that encourages inquiry, exploration and discovery.

To learn more about this new, innovative preschool, or to download an application, please visit online then click Nature Preschool, or call Kim at 978/887.9264 EXT 7706 and start building your child’s lifelong love of nature!

Sue Ann Pearson
Development Assistant
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Hi Joey, could you include this announcement on your Good Morning Gloucester page?  It’s a wonderful opportunity for people in the community!

Community Announcement

The Adult Learning Center of North Shore Community College is looking for students for its FREE Adult Career Pathways program on both the Beverly and Lynn campus. Classes meet in the afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. Students with or without a High School diploma can apply. Math, English and Science topics are taught, with particular focus on Health Care and Construction Trade careers. For more information, contact Kellie Barker at or 978-236-1228.