Friday, 30 January 2015

31 January

There is something about checking off the winter months

which is rather comforting


the first winter blizzard of 2015

dropped over two and a half feet of snow on us!

February 1 we celebrate Imbolc

the half-way point between 

winter and spring

So over at Pieni Linkita

we are sharing January mosaics

Saturday photo hunt

cubes of photos

mosaic monday

30 january


the blizzard of 2015

as in Alaska weather

hit us hard

we were snowed in Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Roads closed, schools cancelled, government and town offices closed

Honestly, I am still a bit fragmented from all of it

I can't seem to get my thoughts together

Yesterday afternoon, I went out snowshoeing

through the path in the wood

it was bright and beautiful

and still and serene

one could imagine they were the only person on earth

when the wood looks like that


this morning they are telling us that there is more snow on the way

but only a few inches

just enough to cover everything up again


We will have the boys with us this weekend

it has been quite a while since they've been here

we will take them out snowshoeing

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

28 january


the blizzard of 2015


If this was last week at ABC Wednesday I could have done B is for Blizzard!!

I will have to settle for Crashing waves.

This is the latter half of the Blizzard of 2015.

It had been snowing and blowing here for about 24 hours 

when I took this picture at about 4:30 last evening.

It snowed for almost 30 hours

and this morning dawned gray and white

with continuing rough seas.

watery wednesday

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

27 january

of a morning

dawn came up over a woodland snowfall

this morning we will not see dawn rising

the blizzard rages over 

our rather tiny island

all night we heard the wind and the tides

crashing about

though we couldn't even make out the 

beach just across the street

all day it will be much the same here

the snow will come down sideways in the wind

late into the night the snow will continue

until tomorrow morning

which will dawn bright and white again

Monday, 26 January 2015

26 January


i leave them where i find them

on the beach a pile of pretty shells

or 7 heart shaped rocks

placed upon a large flat boulder

once i came across a circle of clam shells

in the light of dawn

as i walked the beach at sunrise

once i saw a bunch of wildflowers and some moss

in the crook of a hollowed out branch

of an afternoon i came upon a field of pure white snow

with the tracks of a small fox making its way across

in the gloaming i lit a candle on the driftwood altar

in my living room 

and placed bit of gray-green reindeer lichen down on it

at this moment a pair of cardinals litter the top 

of the snow on my porch with sunflower seed shells

Perhaps we create altars where ever we go

and leave them behind in our wake

with every exhalation

we offer something to the universe

with every conscience breath

we receive what it offers to us

omnipresent altars 

if we are aware

26 January

the fun

we have some weather headed our way

A blizzard of epic proportions

bigger than the "blizzard of '78"

in which roads were closed for a fortnight

and all commerce pretty much shut down

the snow is to start around noon today

and not stop till after midnight tomorrow

by the end of it all we should have somewhere between 1 and 3 feet

the random

the call has gone out across our rather tiny island

all boat owners must be sure the boats in the wharf parking lot

are fully secure and any debris, such as ladders and mooring balls

are put indoors.

We are expecting 30 to 60 mph wind gusts and coastal flooding

This will be particularly dangerous during the 3 or 4 high tides which will

take place through out the storm.

the good

Fortunately, the moon will not be full as that causes the tides to be higher 

than at other times of the month. 

I have my electric devices charging, a full tank of gas in my car

and candles at the ready in case we should lose power.

I won't have to go anywhere tomorrow

because my classes will be cancelled

we have a gas stove so I will be able to make coffee in the french press

even if we lose power

Sunday, 25 January 2015

25 january


every Thanksgiving my mum likes to get

a picture of all her grandchildren around the turkey

we have some great pictures over the  years

now that they are all grown up

this year was a rare occurrence when they were all there

Here they all are relaxing before my mum starts telling them all

to smile and stand up straight

in my cup

for my hot cocoa....

morning light on a carnation

looking down

at daddy tying his skates


we had the first snow storm of the season yesterday

when I walked the wood this morning

it seemed as if the light was dancing on each snowy branch

we are expecting a real doozy of a storm

Monday and Tuesday

they are calling for over 20 inches of snow

now, that is some weather...even for New England standards.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

grow your blog party


i am glad to have you here at a spirit of simplicity

my name is Kara

We live near Boston, Massachusetts on a rather tiny island (1 square mile)

which is joined to the mainland

by a two mile causeway

i am an amateur photographer 

and writer of poems 

a bard

i am an island-dweller

i am a daily walker

i am a beach comber

and a wood-sprite elvish girl

i am a gardener

and a gleaner in fields

i am a part of the nature that surrounds me

 a singer of songs
and a lover of life
i am a farmhouse cook
i am a gatherer of sea shells and heart shaped rocks


  and people to love
and driftwood sticks

I am a bicycle rider

I am a help-meet

and a reader of books

i am a needle worker

i am a leading lady to the man that i walk beside

i am a birther of daughters

and a mama to many

i am a sister

a daughter

a lover

a playful child

a lady of light

 i am a friend to all

i am part of the great tribe

on this one planet

i am stardust

scroll down the bottom of my page for the follow link

if you are interested

I always return all comments

and I always follow back

Friday, 23 January 2015

23 January

we have settled down to winter 

here on our rather tiny island

the season's first winter snow storm
will find me at the fireside

piles of books, basket of knitting

and cuppen tae at my fingertips

twilight - and the city of Boston

barely visible on the horizon - night

just beginning to settle over us



 Brigid's Day or Imbolc or candlemas is on 1 February

it is a Gaelic festival that marks the Celtic first day of spring.

around here we will celebrate the half-way point between the dark days of

winter and the light and new growth of spring.

I am preparing red and white candles

and a special dinner for our family.

 I have my first test of the semester on Tuesday.

It is an easy one and I'm sure I will do well.

I think that dawn is my favorite time of day

I love to sit quietly with my tea and watch the sun coming up over the Atlantic

friday finds

friday my town shoot outs

willy nilly friday

sky watch friday

six word friday

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

21 January

Hiking near Boston
we took advantage of the winter warm up 

my daughters weren't with us

they are grown and on their own now 

so i often find myself the only girl

in this group of boys

every once in a while one of them would turn back to make sure I was OK
and the youngest one would turn back to warn me when the path got icy 

i am always the slowest walker

because I am dawdling with my camera

but they all want to make sure and take pretty good care of me

since I am the official 

cookie maker and ice cream scooper-outer

Sunday, 18 January 2015

19 january

18 january

starts with  J

jack and joey



this is the plant commonly known as Monarda

it is also known as Oswego tea after the Oswego indians

who showed the white people

how to make a tea from plant


my favorite new shoes from Bjorn

to do

take a walk of an afternoon

in the bright and beautiful sunshine

 "me i'm just the lucky kind

love to hear you say that love is luck

and though we may be blind

love is here to stay and that's enough

someday when we're dreaming

deep in love not a lot to say

then we will remember

things we said today"

the beatles

 scavenger hunt sunday

Saturday, 17 January 2015

19 January

this week's prompt is to write about

deity or divine

but i am not really sure that i have one

my first true best, best friend

was a tree that lived about half way between my bus stop

and my house

but i would not call that a deity

perhaps my divine comes from

walking the beach at dawn or twilight

walking the wood of an afternoon

watching the moon shining over our rather tiny island

and into my bedroom window

in the morning i wake early

i walk softly into the kitchen and put the kettle on

i listen to the hot water pouring into the french press

i light the candle 

i watch the light fill the sky over the Atlantic ocean

i see the brushes and dunes change according to the season

now they are brown and grey and mauve

and they dance like a hundred ballerinas in the wind

sometimes a rabbit scuttles about in the pathways

I feel the pull of the tide

it calls me to it's side

so i bundle into hats and scarves and mittens and capes

and walk the beach of an afternoon

My ancestors are craggy rocks and gnarly tree limbs

seashells and smooth sticks and polished rocks

fill the bowls on the driftwood altar

in my living room

we are stardust

17 january

10 roses for the 10 people I would like to continue pursuing a relationship with

1) my man -boyfriend, significant other, heterosexual live in life partner, Joe, my

 person, the one that i walk beside. I will continue my relationship with him for the rest

 of our lives. He was the first boy to kiss me -when we were eleven- and I would have

 him be the last boy to kiss me as well. He is my best friend, my guiding star, my

sweetest joy.

2 and 3) my daughters ~ though i am still the person i was before them i would not be

 complete without them. They taught me how to love some one else more than i love

 myself. I could not imagine a life without them. I want to continue a relationship with

 them till it is time for them to go on without me.

4). My mum -She is old now. She is in very good health and spirit but i see it when i look

 at her. She is beautiful. Because of her i know how to be a friend, all about gardening,

 laughter, family, being polite, taking chances, adventures, being alive. I want to

 continue a relationship with her till she comes to the end of her journey....

5, 6 and 7) Joe's boys -They are so full of love and mirth and sweetness. I want to

 continue my relationship with them as they continue growing into honorable young men.

8) My friend Sue -though we don't see each other as often as we used to we are

 sisters of the heart and have been for the past 23 years. I want to continue my

 relationship with her till we are old ladies sipping martinis in the sunshine.

9) the person i don't know yet. I hope to meet new people, new friends, new teachers...

10) Me. I want to continue to develop the relationship I have with myself. I want to

 continue to learn and gain knowledge, to dare to try things I've only thought about

 before and to get better at the things I already do like painting and photography and

 reading and writing and walking and running

 and loving....

The Prompts:
1. Find a photo of yourself taken 10 years ago and display it on your blog along with a current photo. How have you changed since the day that photo was taken?
2. If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? Why can’t it change?
3. Choose the 7th picture you took from last January and write a poem.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: Scarred
5. Share one piece of great advice you’ve received from someone who knows stuff…
6. Welcome to the most shocking rose ceremony in writing prompt history. Please award roses to the ten people (or items) in your life that you’d like to continue pursuing a relationship with.

Friday, 16 January 2015

16 January

roads go ever, ever on
under cloud and under star,
yet feet that wandering have gone
turn at last to home afar.
 Eyes that fire and sword have seen
and horrors in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
and trees and hills they long have known. 

J. R.R. Tolkien

snow dusted our town last night

sprinkling white over all the lawns
shared lunch with my daughter yesterday
I purchased a journal for myself

very cool cover and blank pages
the boys are here this weekend

ice cream eating  and granola making

friday finds

Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known. - See more at:

Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known. - See more at:

Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known. - See more at:

Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known. - See more at:

Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known. - See more at:

Thursday, 15 January 2015

15 january

i am not one to put much store

in fortunes


once in a while you get shown the light

in the strangest of places if you look at it right

Monday, 12 January 2015

12 January

as i drove along the Shore drive of a mid-morning

i noticed how beautiful the sea and sky looked

i drive this road almost everywhere i go

and though i never take it's beauty for granted

i admit that it is a rare day when i pull over

to take a picture

Yesterday was just such a day 

and i braved the frigid temperatures 

to stand out on the precipice taking pictures with my phone

12 january


the good

the library in our little town held an open house on Saturday the occasion was to welcome the town into the world of libraries with computers. We've been using the Dewey decimal system all along and only just added a computer system this past summer. Honestly, I sort of miss the old ways since it was like a portal back in time. But, progress must be made.

 The Nahant Public Library was founded in 1819, the third oldest in Massachusetts after Franklin and Harvard. Our library became a free public library in 1872. The present library building was designed by the Boston firm of Ball and Dabney, and opened June 1, 1895, and was the first electrified building in Nahant.

the random

i broke a tooth and have to go to the dentist today


the fun

Bonnie's birthday celebration

Sunday, 11 January 2015

11 January

wintery breakfast

this is the view from my kitchen window as I have my breakfast

this is a picture from last february though as 

it hasn't really snowed yet this year.

new year's day we went for a walk

to the high rocks near the beach

where they light off the fireworks

it reminds me of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

it's a beautiful day

and the sun is just shining onto these tiny streets


ribbons and strings

this is another image from a different walk we took

this time to Bailey's Hill

and there are polka dot circles on my vest


all things simple meet at the beach

water - sky - earth

and in the evenings

the sun is on fire as it sets

over the horizon

Saturday, 10 January 2015

10 January


on the driftwood shelf that Joe built

are the olden books

and a candle that I light

in the morning


eating granola in the kitchen

the morning sunlight

shines on the sea glass on the windowsill


i went to the dry goods store

to stock up on supplies

Canoe beach

it was very chilly so I only walked long enough

to find a moon snail shell


the library had an open house

to introduce the rearranged rooms

and the new computer system


I lunched on yoghurt and berries


filled the bird feeders with fresh seed

and watched them through the porch door


I had tea in the darkening afternoon


the beautiful old fireplace at my dentist's office

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