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Practicing my Vestibular Rehabilitation Along the Upper Road by Barbara Dexter

Practicing my Vestibular Rehabilitation Along the Upper Road by Barbara Dexter

These are a series of photographs taken along the “Upper Road” just off Cherry Lane in West Orange. The angles of many of the trees are done while practicing my vestibular rehabilitation. In vestibular rehabilitation you walk over and around obstacles and focus your vision at odd angles. I believe nature can be seen and enjoyed from many different angles. This road is just a short distance from the parking lot for the Orange reservoir.

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Don't grab the rope it's poisonous.
Don’t grab the rope it’s poisonous.

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A Winter Walk in Jersey by Barbara Dexter

A Winter Walk in Jersey by Barbara Dexter

A collection of photos taken while walking in winter and practicing my vestibular rehabiliation.

 

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The first time seeing cross country skiers locally this winter.
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Practicing my vestibular rehabilitation as a walk.
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Another photo at an odd angle to aid in my vestibular rehabilitation.

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Holly, one of the few green plants at this time of year.

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Kayaking in Franklin Lakes, NJ by Barbara Dexter

Kayaking in Franklin Lakes, NJ by Barbara Dexter

You absolutely wouldn’t believe this lake is so close to interstate 287 and yet feels like you are far away from civilization. Yes, this is Franklin Lakes NJ. A well to do area that allowed me an escape after a long day at work.

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getting set

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the lake

There will be different areas of the lake and shore line as we paddle along.

 

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Franklin lakes is truly relaxing and scenic to kayak. If you prefer there is a trail that leads around the lake. It is great for hiking. Some people have biked it. There are even places to observe the bird life along the trail. I prefer to paddle and watch the sunset. If you go get there early, as there is limited parking. Also the area closes at dusk. You will want to be prepared to depart before the gate closes. Franklin Lakes are not the largest largest lakes, but they do boast some smooth water.

The Lady Adopts a Tramp by Barbara Dexter

The Lady Adopts a Tramp by Barbara Dexter

I have been told twice in the same day that the dog I adopted looks like the dog from the movie “Lady and the Tramp.” The tramp in the movie is a miniature schnauzer. I guess I will take advantage of that when sharing his photos. My little tramp is called Mortimer or just plain  Morty. When I think of Morty, I think of a little old man. One person told me a story of Morty the deli man from his childhood that used to pass out pickles to the children when they came in to get sandwiches with their families.  So I asked if Morty if he wanted to pass out pickles. He just looked at me like I had three heads. I guess he is right, it might take three heads to process that comment.

Morty is approximately 8 years old. It is a best guess. He came into rescue in dire need of help. He was one of the lucky ones that were found in time and helped by a local rescue group, Second Chance Rescue.

This is what Morty looked like when he first arrived at Second Chance Rescue.

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Morty upon arrival at Second Chance Rescue 1.
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Morty upon arrival at Second Chance Rescue 2.
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Morty upon arrival at Second Chance Rescue 3.
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Morty upon arrival at Second Chance Rescue 4.
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Morty shortly after his arrival at my house. He is snoring on the couch.
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Morty shortly after his arrival at my house. He is taking in the place and getting his bearings.
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Morty on a walk around the grounds.
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On our way to the dog park.
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What is that I see?
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The dog park.
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Sights at the dog park.
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Statue at the dog park.
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Art at the dog park.
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Meeting new friends at the dog park.
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My fur is getting softer and I’m getting a belly.

Morty has had to get neutered at eight years old. As he had an enlarged prostate. That condition has now resolved. He had to get a bath and had his fur shaved due to the severe matting. The matting was so bad that he had a problem defecating. He also required extensive extraction of his teeth due to their rotten condition.

Surprisingly he has a sweet and calm temperament. He barks initially when meeting someone, when he is on a leash and then calms down.  I looked up his breed information and found this to be typical of the breed. He comes when called and loves to walk right next to me. He is a dream to walk on a leash. His lack of teeth has not slowed down his ability to eat. Of course it may be the home cooking he is getting. That is just a shameless plug for myself. He has to wear a wrap until his marking inside the house subsides. But he doesn’t seem to care. He is living the a life of comfort.

So you want your own little Mortimer or Morticia? Maybe you can not have one but can give a donation.

Second Chance Pet Adoption League
www.secondchance.petfinder.com
P.O. Box 221
Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
Adoptions Days EVERY Sunday
12:30 – 3pm  @
Animal Clinic of Morris Plains
3009 Route 10 East
Morris Plains (Denville on GPS), NJ
Please donate to help pay for medical care for our rescued dogs!  All donations are tax-deductible.  You can donate through PayPal on our websitewww.secondchance.petfinder.com  Thank you!

A Brief Study of the Sky by Barbara Dexter

A Brief Study of the Sky by Barbara Dexter

As a child I was always drawn to the ever changing drama of the sky. I qould find myself staring at it for long periods of time. In fact it became somewhat of a joke to my classmates in elementary school.  It seemed as though I was the only one that was fascinated by the show that mother nature put out on a daily basis. It was of no consequence since I was determined to enjoy what I liked.  I believe the enjoyment will always continue.

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The fluffy clouds that are fun to see shapes and how they move.
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Do you see the lobster claw in this one?
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They can make even a city look better.
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Dense cloud layer.

The cloud layer provides a background that is good enough to allow the Goethals Bridge to be seen on the horizon.

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There was a plane flying over head not long ago.
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The clouds make the parking lot look better.
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You can see the sum peeking out from behind the trees ans clouds.
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I see an eagle in this one.
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Can you tell what time of day it was in this photo?
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Morning over the parking lot…
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Autumn sky as we prepare for halloween.
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Autumn sky with the dark contrasting leaves of the tree.
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What is left of the sun for the day as the sky darkens.
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Does this look foreboding to you?
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Dense clouds with little sun..
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The dense clouds make the roadway look better.
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This would be the perfect sky for all hallows eve.
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Let there be light in the gloom.
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Sunset with purple and blue dominating the sky.

 

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Can you see the sun in the clouds?

Drawing at The Stickley Museum by Barbara Dexter

Drawing at The Stickley Museum by Barbara Dexter

The Stickley Museum is in Morris Plains,NJ. There website link is www.stickleymuseum.org. I had a wonderful day of drawing at the museum. We first visited the gift shop that is conveniently situated so you have to pass through it at the start and end of your tour.  There are some exhibits that I have visited elsewhere that could learn that retail lesson.  The is situated on 30 acres and is a national historic landmark.

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The main building.

When I visit places I just want to see something that captivates me. This site did just that.  Although it was a dreary day, weather wise, the rain held out long enough for me to capture the landscape in pictures and some rough sketches.

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A view of the main building from the side.

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What the squirrel left.
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More of what the squirrel left.
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A couple of out buildings.

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The main building at the Stickley Museum houses the museum and the gift shop. It is from this view that I chose to do most of my drawings.  If the weather was better there would have been time to do several landscape sketches.

Strange Mirror Woes by Barbara Dexter

Strange Mirror Woes by Barbara Dexter

Yes this is yet another place in Jersey. It is the trend coffee house. Here you can get a select choice of sandwiches, some pastry, soft serve ice cream, and of course coffee tea. The atmosphere is laid back. There are plenty of arm chairs and tables to pull up and relax. Yes there are bands that play on a weekly basis in the corner of the room they refer to as the Trend Stage.

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The Trend Stage

 

One of the largest mirrors that I have ever seen marks the path to the rest room.

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The entrance to the rest room.
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One of the smallest mirrors.

One of the smallest mirrors that I have ever seen is located in the rest room. I guess they don’t want you to hang out and make yourself beautiful in the rest room at the Trend Coffee House.