A #BBQ Workaround for checking pit temps using a remote temp gauge and Alexa Show

Northeast BBQ

When I leave the house and have major anxiety about pit temps when doing a long cook I figured out this workaround to keep an eye out for temp spikes-

I place the Thermoworks Smoke remote display directly in front of the Alexa Show.  Using the Alexa App I drop in on the Alexa Show which displays the temp.  In this way I can ask the Mrs to adjust the vents if they need adjusting while I’m off picking up the kids or running an errand.


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Monarch Butterfly and Tithonia rotundifolia

You may have noticed that the late summer of 2019 has so far been a banner year for migrating Monarchs, as well as other species of butterflies. Not only are reports of good numbers of butterflies being shared all around Boston’s North Shore, but numbers are high across states east of the Rocky Mountains and the southern Canadian provinces. Let’s keep our hopes up that these current high counts will translate to strong numbers at the Monarch’s overwintering sites in Mexico.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) and Seaside Goldenrod

I am very often asked, “what is that small Monarch?” Actually, it’s not a small Monarch but a butterfly of an entirely different species, the Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui). Every year we see Painted Ladies migrating at the seam time of year as do the Monarchs. Additionally, we are currently in the midst of a Painted Lady irruption. An irruption is a word used to describe a burst in the population numbers of a species.

Keep your eyes open for the beautiful floaty Sulphurs, also on the wing during the Monarch and Painted Lady migrations.

Mourning Cloak, underside of wings

Here is a butterfly I don’t always see during the late summer migration, a Mourning Cloak. The generation that emerges at the end of the summer spends the winter not as a chrysalis or a caterpillar, but as an adult. They hibernate in the cracks and crevices of trees and buildings.

Mourning Cloaks are one of the first butterflies on the wing in earliest of spring and are a true harbinger of warmer days to come.

Mourning Cloak, upper, or dorsal side of wings showing

In the British Isles, the name for the Mourning Cloak is Camberwell Beauty. I much prefer that name, don’t you 🙂

Notice how when the Mourning Cloak’s wings are folded, the butterfly will be well camouflaged when hibernating in the cracks of tree bark.

Magnolia Landing

Please share to help spread the word.
These signs are going up today in Magnolia at the public landing. The amount of Kayaks and Skiffs left at the landing has got out of hand. 2 weeks ago residents and GFD members were wadding in the water fishing out kayaks and skiffs that were heading out to sea. When these boats are found unmanned and adrift it is automatically assumed that someone is in distress sparking a search and rescue mission for the USCG and local harbormasters. Starting spring of 2020 the Gloucester Harbormasters office will have modified kayak rack storage a Magnolia landing. If you are interested please go to the City of Gloucester’s website Departments>Harbormaster>Wait List> Apply> Magnolia Kayak Rack and follow the prompts. For more information please contact the Harbormaster Office.


Rates are like the waves, Down and Up

Cape Ann Home

Now that the meteorological season has turned to fall, its not only the weather that is changing, it’s also the economy.  With tropical storms and hurricanes forming in the Caribbean, it seems our interest rate market is forming their own cyclones.

At the beginning of last week, I was able to offer the lowest rates I have given on a 30 year fixed rate since 2013…..3.5%.  I contacted as many clients as I could to take advantage of rates plummeting like a rock.  It was also a good time to refinance because kids are back to school and I can get peoples attention.  That’s no easy feat from July 4th through Labor Day because people have vacations and kids prepare to go back to school.  That’s along with everything else we deal with on a daily basis.  So the timing was perfect for a period of extended low interest rates…

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Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line ~ This weeks host John Rockwell w/ Robert Brown 7pm 9.18.2019

Dinner Specials Each Week!

Wednesday, September 18… 7pm start

Your Guest Host: JOHN ROCKWELL!

Well… it’s Nashville, then Chicago for me this week.  Luckily, the talented John Rockwell is able to step in as guest host, bringing all his wonderful entertainment skills (and guest Robert Brown) along with him.  Thank you, John!  I’m sure it’ll be a blast for everyone as I look forward to seeing you all next week. ~ Fly

Dinner with great music!

*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…..features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!


Tony Frontiero

10/2 John Rockwell

10/9 Lynne Taylor

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/

Looking forward…..to seeing you there 🙂

Gloucester Harvest Music Festival September 14, 2019 An event for the Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund.

Alexandra and Josh


Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents



Hillary Klug



Jamie Lynn


The Big Takeover


Hayley Jane






This year’s music festival is in loving memory of Brian Tarr


People of interest

Tomorrow night! Invited Artist Claire Wyzenbeek kicks off September reception Cape Ann Reads Sawyer Free Library


Please join us for the September artists and writers Cape Ann Reads reception 6-8pm September 19th, 2019 on the main floor at Sawyer Free Library. The event will feature Claire Wyzenbeek, the Invited Artist for the Gloucester venue. Wyzenbeek will kick off the opening with a brief overview of her work, especially the beautiful and enigmatic Water and Lunar series on view for this exhibition.

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Cape Ann Reads Invited Artist

Selections from Lunar and Water series

New paintings 2018-19

“Water is the wellspring of life. Living near the sea in Gloucester, where the moon calls the tides to rise and fall, where my garden is parched or flooded by the rain, I feel the water is everywhere around and within me.

Our bodies and feelings are fluid. The elation of floating in a calm bay, the release of tears flowing in grief, the vaporous clouds pregnant with rain all appear in my work as symbols of multiple experiences. Rising Tides and Beneath are about climate change, but also about emotions and relationships.  The Rain paintings were responses to the sorrows of loss. My figures and landscapes reflect life’s juxtapositions of love and suffering, awe and anguish, that flow through our internal and external worlds.”- Claire Wyzenbeek

Claire Wyzenbeek is the invited artist for the Gloucester venue of the “Once Upon a Contest” travel exhibition presented by the four libraries of Cape Ann. Wyzenbeek wrote and illustrated an original children’s picture book, Henrietta’s Moon Egg, a distinguished Cape Ann Reads Gulliver book. Wyzenbeek works in a variety of media with a current focus on building up layers of acrylic wash.  She maintains two studios; one at her residence in Gloucester and a second in Beverly where she teaches art classes.

Story time

Next week at the library, Wyznebeek will bring her award-winning children’s book Henrietta’s Moon Egg to a special Story time with Christy, Director of Children’s Services,  September 25, 2019.

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Her fall classes begin next week: Continue reading “Tomorrow night! Invited Artist Claire Wyzenbeek kicks off September reception Cape Ann Reads Sawyer Free Library”

On This Day

James Merry met his maker 127 years ago today. I had the whole story authenticated, who owned the bull, who owned the land, why he was up there. Then the old stories wipe out the memory banks.

A few years ago this was highlighted in red paint. Black is more somber.

THE WRITER’S BLOCK with John J. Ronan Season Premier of 30th Anniversary Year October 3 and 10, 2019

1623 Studios and Gloucester resident John J. Ronan have announced the 30th season of the television series, The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan. The award-winning production is one of the oldest, continuously-running public access shows in New England and a winner of First Prize for an Educational Program at the New England Cable Television Association.

The anniversary season starts with a celebration of the student-poet winners of this spring’s Poetry Without Paper contest, sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum! Students from elementary, middle, and high school read and discuss their poems. The program airs Thursday, October 43, 2018, at 8:00 p.m., channel 12, and will be repeated week later. The entire year will feature a special line up and finish in spring, 2020, with a live program.

John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer’s Block, is a former Gloucester Poet Laureate and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in poetry. His most recent book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown, appeared in 2017. (theRonan.org)

“1623 Studios is a dynamic force for culture on the Cape and we are proud of The Writer’s Block record,” Ronan declares. “This 30th year is a real milestone, a long run in any market, at any level. This will be a year to remember!”

For more information, send an S.A.S.E. to: The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan

Box 5524, Gloucester, MA 01930

Beauport’s Fall Bucket List


As the leaves begin to fall and the beach days dwindle here on Cape Ann, there are still plenty of activities to do, and sites to see, as we remain seaside this autumn. Check out our bucket list of things to do on, and around, Cape Ann this fall!

screen-shot-2019-09-12-at-11.09.05-am.jpegFarmers Markets

Farmers Markets are the best way to get an idea of the seasonal, local culture, and a taste of the bites and brews here on Cape Ann. Lucky for us, there are multiple Farmers Markets in our neighborhood. Be sure to check out the Cape Ann Farmers Market at Stage Fort Park onThursdays 3:00pm-6:30pmuntil October 10th (walking distance), and theRockport Farmers MarketonSaturdays 9:00am-1:00pmuntil October 19th! As the harvest arrives on Cape Ann, popular autumn crops include; apples, squash, turnips, pears, sweet potatoes, beets, sunflowers, pumpkins along with those mouth-watering apple and pumpkin…

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Fall is Vata Season ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Fall is Vata season…think dry, cold, light, rough, sharp and mobil. Similar to the weather and it is a time when many show signs of Vata aggravation keeping us busy at Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC!

Signs of Imbalance include:
Anxiety, nervousness, loneliness, fear, restlessness, giddiness and confusion. The excess vata in the mind can also leave you feeling like you can’t calm down or on edge. Your mind may race, have interrupted sleep, forgetfulness and lack of grounding. It left unchecked, it can lead to insomnia and depression to name a few.

Physical signs include:
Twitches, tics, tremors, spasms, dry skin, constipation, bloating, gas, dry hard stools. You may dislike wind and cold and not tolerate loud noise.

A few tips:
Warm, whole, freshly cooked foods.
Add a generous amount of high-quality oils or ghee when cooking.

Dry and light foods (popcorn, crackers)
Raw food


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Artists – The Festival Is This Weekend 9/21

Cape Ann Community

Its almost here, the 6th Annual Arts Festival in the Shipyard, get your art submissions in soon! The forecast is looking good for a picture perfect day at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Lots to see and do along with the art show and sale.

Find more details here : https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/details-of-next-events

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