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Day Three Filming the Ducklings

Mallard Duck Family ©Kim Smith 2015I’m a bit sad to write that all but one of the ducklings that I have been filming has survived. He stays very close to Mama Mallard and Pa is never too far away. Today I filmed two different Mallard families, one with three ducklings and the other with five. I hope they have a better survival rate.

Mallard Duckling ©Kim Smith 2015Mallard Duckling Grooming ©Kim  Smith 2015Sleeping Mallard Duckling ©Kim Smith 2015Nap Time

Precious Visitor


I saw this little creature running up Freemont Street on Rocky Neck, all alone and scared.  I (with the help of Wanye from Sailor Stan’s) chased him down and caught him.  I knew he would be a cat or other critter’s meal in no time if left to his own devices.  After a bit of research, I found that he is an eider duckling, probably about a week old.  He has an incredible appetite, once I discovered that he loves Mary’s Gone Crackers organic, gluten free crackers crushed up and made into a watery porridge.  He also likes shredded lettuce, and loves being in his water bowl and food dish.  I don’t know what to do with him/her, as he is too tiny to put back in the cold water by himself and I don’t know what eider he belong to.  Their mother’s apparently preen them putting oil onto their down so they can withstand the cold water, so he gets cold and needs to snuggle in my hands or under my armpit after being in the water to warm up.  A precious visitor to Hobbit House who loves being held and is very chatty.  I make the mother eider’s ruck, ruck, ruck, ruck call to him, and he gets so excited.  So great to be back on Rocky Neck, where anything can happen, and the most amazing things do.

E.J. Lefavour

Hobbit House Studio

Grilling Chicken Wings On the Smokey Joe Weber Grill

Grilling Tools-

Weber Smokey Joe Grill –$29.99

Weber RapidFire Chimney Charcoal Starter $14.99

Cowboy Lump Charcoal Hometown Ace Hardware $15.99 20Lb bag

Other Joey C Recommended Grill Accessories Here



To prep for the grill: 

Fill 2/3 of your Weber Rapid Fire Chimney  with charcoal and put two sheets of newspaper crumpled up in the bottom of the chimney. Light the paper on fire and sit back for about 15 minutes to let the charcoal to get partly white.

Once your charcoal is ready dump the coals and arrange them on one half of the bottom of the grill to set up for indirect heat.


To prep the chicken wings:

Cut the little tiny wing tip of and then separate the drumette from the large part of the wing using either a large kitchen knife or a good set of kitchen shears.  Lightly coat with your favorite chicken rub.  I put my chicken parts into a tupperware like container, drizzled the rub over the chicken and gave it a light shake to coat them.

At this point they are ready for the grill.  Arrange the drummettes with the thickest part on the half of the grill without coals under them but closest to the half of the grill that has the hot coals so they will get the most heat.then continue to arrange the chicken with the thinnest pieces placed further away from the side of the grill with the hot coals.

Place the grill cover on and choke down the top vent so that it is a little less than half way open to be sure to cook the chicken at a slow pace.  After 20 minutes flip your chicken over, add a little seasoning if you’d like and cover it for another 20 minutes

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Place the grill cover on and choke down the top vent so that it is a little less than half way open to be sure to cook the chicken at a slow pace.  After 20 minutes flip your chicken over, add a little seasoning if you’d like and cover it for another 20 minutes.

This is after 20 minutes and just before the first flip-

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After the second flip take the cover off and cook the wings on direct heat over the coals watching for flare-ups and crisping up the outside.  This should be about 2 minutes on each side, directly over the coals.

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The wings with  nice little char marks and ready to come off the grill.

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Plated and ready to eat

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Check out my recommended grills and accessories here

Gloucester Area Astronomy Club is holding their annual “Welcome to Amateur Astronomy” night on Friday night June 12

Friday June 12 @8:00 is our annual
Welcome to Amateur Astronomy Night
at GAAC!

The Lanesville Community Center is at 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville.

We’ll have telescopes of every size and description set up inside the LCC for you to inspect and ask the owners about. What are the benefits of that particular scope? What can you see? How much did it cost? And that’s not all:

At this meeting we’ll have six quick ten-minute visual presentations on different Astronomy topics for you to enjoy, and of course the usual goodies and wonderful conversation you’ve come to enjoy from GAAC.

Don’t miss this annual overview of everything you need to know in order to enjoy exploring the cosmos in the company of very nice people.

“What’s in a name?”

“What’s in a name?”

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

“I was adopted on Friday 06/05/2015”

Check out my Dog and Feline friends at


“Picking out my new name”
“I think I’ve got it!!”
“IZZY and Walnuts”



“Thanks to Darlene Tait for my new name!”

Lye a New Friend

I ran into Lye on the breakwater, he was fishing and enjoying a day off from work. We exchanged our immigration stories of why we came to the USA. His was far more dramatic than my own. I also found that as a Vietnamese Interpreter, I found that his English was far better than my Vietnamese.  Lye a naturalized US citizen, like myself, passes on the benefits to his children, for his hard work.  We cherish our heritage, but Love America. 




Ever since we visited Virginia Beach and rollerbladed alongside skateboarders on the boardwalk each morning, my boys have been asking for skateboards. While totally clueless when it comes to the skateboarding scene, my guess was that the cheap ones that we kept seeing in each gift shop that we happened upon, weren’t going to be smooth or easy to ride.

The boys also wanted new helmets for their birthdays…which happen to fall just 3 weeks apart. In addition to the helmets, they wanted cool stickers to decorate their helmets with.  Stumped. So, I took to social media and shouted out to my Facebook friends.  Loaded with tons of awesome suggestions, I took to the mall (shudder) and went to a store I had never even noticed before.

Not going to lie….I felt a wee bit like a fish out of water in the too-hip-for-the-43-frumpy-school-teacher-mom-of-two that I am.  I found the stickers in the display case (just as I was told that I would) and started chatting with a couple of the employees. They couldn’t have been nicer…or more tolerant of my ridiculous lack of knowledge.  With a pretty excellent pile of stickers in hand, one of the kids offered to show me some skateboards….boards, that is.  I’m guessing it is fairly uncool to use the full name.

Turns out that I was right to have not pulled the trigger and bought a gift shop board.  Not smooth.  Harder to ride.  Wear easily.  Boys will lose interest.

I was schooled on the parts of a true board and the different ways to customize them.  I was also taught what to look for when buying starter boards for the boys to help set them up for success.

Turns out, for $99 the boys could go into the store, customize their own boards, help assemble them, and not only get a sweet board, but also have a pretty cool hands-on learning experience….while chatting with some pretty cool employees. I got such a kick out of my own experience that I couldn’t wait to go back with them.  By “customize” I mean, pick out their own deck (board), wheels, grip tape, wheel bearings, and wheel mounts.  Pretty cool.  They got to use the vice to assemble the wheels, help sand the grip tape into place, and screw it all together. Pretty cool again.

The boys were absolutely beaming as they walked out of the store with their new boards and have been working hard to get the hang of it. Have you been on a skateboard lately?  Holy crap…not easy.  Thatcher got the hang of it pretty easily.  Finn is having some trouble figuring out if he’s left-footed or right-footed, but is doing pretty great for his age.

With such short, little wish lists for their birthdays, I’m feeling pretty psyched that they are so happy! Total score for mom…maybe I’m just a little bit cool after all (this week anyway).

Check out Zumiez website HERE….and their store at the North Shore Shopping Center.