This blog started out as a journal, moved to a place to post my photographs, and is now becoming a bit of both plus some. As I was talking about renaming this blog I starting thinking about what I really love to do. I love to ramble about Maine, make photographs of what I see, stop at Farmers Markets and roadside stands and pick up edibles that I can bring home and prepare for my family, share what books I’ve found at the library, what television shows I’m watching, share what knitting projects I’m working on, and I love to ramble on about what has me fired up. Since I live on the rocky coast of Maine, Rocky Coast Ramblings made perfect sense.
Let’s start with the fact that I love Maine. I have lived here in Mid-coast Maine for most of my life, though I was born in Texas. I’m not considered a native but rather a local. There are very specific rules as to whether or not you can be considered a native Mainer… the natives are very particular about this. When I’m in Maine my Texan family considered me a Texan, but when I visit Texas, I’m a Yankee. Go figure. The way I look at it is there’s enough room in my heart to be both.
I am a mother to one, lover of life and enjoy each and every moment I have been blessed with. During the day I am the Operations Manager for one of the famed Maine Windjammers. It’s one of those jobs that you hate to call work because you love it.
I have many interests and couldn’t possibly narrow it down to one thing I love to do most. I love just about any outdoor activity such as camping, sailing, gardening, beach combing, exploring around the state of Maine, swimming, blogging etc. I love to craft but mostly stick to cross-stitch and knitting!
I love to capture moments and make photographs. Most of my photography is nautical, food, nature related. I am just starting to make photographs of people. My photographs have appeared in the Portland Press Herald, Maine Discovery Coast Magazine, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Magazine, Women’s Day, Boston Globe, Experience Life Magazine, Maritime Heritage, and local newspapers. In 2012 my photographs (food and otherwise) were featured in Chef Annie Mahle’s newest cookbook Sugar & Salt. In October 2012 a few of my botanical photos were hung in The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in Austin Texas as part of the Mobile Art Chandelier.
I enjoy both the small (non-reality programming) & big screen. I especially enjoy NCIS, The Blacklist, New Girl, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Revenge, Big Bang Theory, How It’s Made, and Brain Games. I enjoy movies as well – mostly comedies, legal, action and historical thrillers. Some of my favorites are any James Bond, Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Lewis movies, Pride & Prejudice, The Italian Job, What About Bob, My Fair Lady, The Negotiator, Now You See Me and so many more.
I love music, and believe that music really could unite the world if everyone gave it a chance. I enjoy anything from classic rock to blues, dance music, doo wop/oldies, soundtracks and contemporary Christian (love Air1). In my car radio right now you’ll find Alabama Shakes.
To read? I love legal thrillers, historical books and cookbooks mostly. Favorite authors include Kathy Reichs, John Grisham, Tess Gerritsen, and Nicholas Sparks – I’ll read anything they write. Right now I’m reading Focus On Food Photography for Bloggers by Matt Armendariz and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.