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Happy new desk day

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The good
I work at a Montessori school which goes from infants to  8th grade. Our outdoor classrooms are looking absolutely beautiful these days. ~The fun
Carving Jack-O-Lanterns is one of my favourite things to do.In years past I’ve had neighborhood parties with chili and cookies. Everyone brings a pumpkin to carve!This year...COVID...so I carved by myself. I even made my own molasses cookies.~The random
I walked around the corner to pick up a few things at the market of an afternoon and stumbled into an old friend having a yard sale.  I picked up this sweet little table/desk! I’d been looking for the perfect desk for a few months and I knew if I waited long enough one would show up!The good, the random, the fun

A rhythm of home

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The chrysanthemums at the front door have blossomed. They are a rich magenta with a bright yellow center. They are quite cheery for the folks who  walk past our house with their dogs or on the way to the market, or one of the restaurants on the harbor just down the way. 



It has been quite foggy and grey around here lately. On Thursday morning the sun came up over the harbour and into the bedroom window.
It’s warm enough still to have the window open, even at night. I love waking to the cool, fresh air.
Here and there I’ve set a pumpkin around the house.



I am quite simple with seasonal decorating. 
In our rather small home a single small pumpkin sitting on a stack of old books  makes more of a statement than a larger display. 

Monday: roasted butternut squash soup Tuesday: Salisbury steak, peas, egg noodles Wednesday: homemade pizza Thursday: beef stew in the crock-pot Friday: roasted spaghetti squash with sausage and tomato sauce Saturday: pumpkin chili, molasses cookies Sunday: apple cider braised …

Selah

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tSaying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom,And thanksgiving, and honour and power, and might,Be unto our God forever and ever.Amen.Revelation 7:12~ ~ ~

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23 October

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I spent most of Saturday rearranging the bedroom. Joe had to work crazy hours so as soon as he left I got to work. He didn’t get home till about midnight (he had to work overtime) and was a bit confused when he came to bed. I’m so thankful that he’s such a great sport though, he just went with it. “It looks great, honey!” He said minutes before he started snoring.
My mum treated me to dinner on Saturday evening. We walked around the corner to a little restaurant on the harbour. She moved here when I was not quite two years old....which was a very long time ago, but we never tire of this beautiful view. It’s just so pretty. I’m so thankful that I live here and that my mum is still around to share a lovely evening with. 
It may seem rather ordinary to most folks but a pumpkin placed just so brings me so much joy.
I haven’t made this butter pecan banana cake in about 10 years but I stumbled across the recipe a few weeks ago and made it again. It didn’t disappoint. 
I am so very thankful for …

All shall be well

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I am just past 57 and a half years old and heading into 60 at a fairly steady clip.Remember when “a half” was something you really counted? I am thankful for my health. I am thankful that I am a person of faith.I am thankful for my belief that I am just a  sojourner here.When I see people so upset over what is happening in our country and in the worldI wonder if they are people of faith. Though there are certainly very good reasons to be upset I will not give up my heart to that mentality. ~Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right spirit within me.Is my prayer at the beginning of every day and“Thank you for the gift of this day and these people.If I have offended please show me how to make amends.”Is my prayer at end of day. ~ ~ ~Thankful Thursday




Walking wild

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At the Montessori school where I teach we created an on campus “field trip” for the children.Hundreds of pumpkins were put out by the admin. Team and each class or cohort (COVID) came out individually. Each child got to pick a pumpkin and have an apple and a cup of apple cider.It was so much fun!There are already ideas in the works for how we can have another on campus “field trip” in the winter.Snowmen and hot chocolate perhaps?
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The story of home

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I spent most of Saturday morning rearranging the bedroom. I moved the bed from the center of the room to a corner and it creates so much more space. It even seems lighter and sunnier though that has not changed. 


You may remember that we downsized to a small apartment last year.
My 85 year old mum sold her house and moved into the first floor and my husband and I moved into the second floor just above her. It’s been a comfort to her to have us just upstairs. It has also been a comfort to myself and my sister and brother knowing that if she falls or needs anything we are right here.  She has always had a flair for decorating. Her house is pretty and welcoming without being too pretentious or stuffy or just well...over decorated. 
Many years ago, when my daughters were still teenagers a woman whose daughters were adults told me that when they were younger they would argue and bicker with her over every little thing. She thought they would never want to do anything like her. Now she goes to t…