Saturday, 31 October 2015

6 things I learned in October

1~  I am still a morning person, but I need a half hour or so to gather my thoughts before the world 

descends upon me. I love to watch the sunrise and hear the seagulls waking up and squawking at one 

another. The very first bird singing out with the very first bit of light. I have learned that I want to 

know those things before too much interaction with other people. Joe has a night shift job now and 

comes home at about 5 in the morning. For him it is evening and he is ready to chat and chat. For me it is

still time for reflection on what the morning holds. So, I am learning to balance the two...I'll let you 

know how it works out. So far I've only lost it once. 

2~  Once you make your decision the universe conspires to make it happen. I have learned that I am

 stronger, smarter, and more capable than I give myself credit for. That is true with changes I make within

 myself and also with changes I make in my relationships with my loved ones. I can assert myself with 

love and caring and respect for all. I have learned that I am good at that. It turns out that it is true, Love is

the most important thing of all. If you have truly checked your heart and know that you are doing 

everything with love you should move forward. If you are serving others and not just yourself, 

you are in the right place. I have learned that I do not agree with the adage which states you must make

yourself happy before you can make others happy. I do not agree at all. I think it is impossible to be 

happy within yourself if you are always seeking your own happiness. You must bring something good

to some one else first and foremost because that is where all  happiness comes from. That doesn't mean

you must sacrifice your own  happiness. The more you share the more there is. 

3~ Calm down....every little thing shall be fine. This is one I learn over and over....but my calm spaces are

so much longer now than they used to be. I am happy and content with where I am in my life now. I am 52 

and I wouldn't want to go back. I am enjoying this time in my life very much. 

4~ In October, I learned (am learning still) to love the ones who don't love me. There are so many angry

and bitter people. It's best when I don't respond to them because their drama isn't my drama. I can 

acknowledge their anger without responding in anger. I am so much better at this than I used to be. 

5~ I have learned more about how to live small and balance a budget. I am more involved with the family 

finances now and can direct what we spend and what we don't spend...or at least what we spend our money


6~ I saved the best for last. In October I learned that I am going to be a grandmother!!! I am ecstatic, 

overjoyed, worried, anxious...and every other thing you can think of. I absolutely cannot wait to hold 

that little monkey baby in my arms. I want to smell the smell of my daughter's baby and see those tiny

fingers.  I don't even know how I'm going to make it to June!

7~ Bonus -I have learned, that life is just so extraordinary! To think that my baby is going to have a baby 

is nothing short of miraculous. My beautiful daughters are going to be a mother and an aunt. I am going 

to be a grandmother. As I type, I am watching a bright red sunrise over the ocean and so many geese 

flying over my house on their way to warmer places. I live on a rather tiny island with a man who

is truly my best friend and confidante. Yes, there are a few rough spots, but all in all, it's a pretty sweet

gig. Sometimes I just have to sit back in utter amazement at all the blessings. There are no words to 

express my gratefulness or  thankfulness. 

Perhaps that is why  I feel so strongly about my number 2. You just have to share the love. 

When you have plenty you build a bigger table not a bigger wall.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tuesday Afternoon

bittersweet in the dunegrass

won't you come with me and see the beauty of
Tuesday Afternoon
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Monday, 26 October 2015

26 October

the good
I love the way the earth turns into the warm colors of Autumn

everything all auburn and gold

the random

once in a while my neighbor leaves treats at our back door.

the other day I came home to a basket of fresh pears.

the fun

Saturday I volunteered at the church bazaar.

I baked molasses cookies the night before and divided them equally into little baggies.

I dropped them off at the bake sale table at 8:30 and headed over to man the housewares section.

We shut down at about 1:00 and I was home and ready for a nap at about 2:00.

It was more fun than I thought it would be....

I'm pretty sure that means I am old and probably boring. 

The dune grasses are dying down and bittersweet is taking over the path to the beach.

I love the wild spaces. 

I hope they never "pretty up" this path. 

I can see it from my windows and from the porch. 

I love to watch it change with the seasons.

I have a bit of hydrangea and Japanese lanterns in an old earthenware bowl

which I've set on the kitchen table.

it all looks very fall-ish.

Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing
In a vase on Monday 
macro monday 2
nature footstep catching light

Saturday, 24 October 2015

poem for a Saturday in October


Mist in the morning,
Raw and nippy,
Leaves on the pavement,
Wet and slippy.

Sun on fire
Behind the trees,
Muddy boots,
Muddy knees.

Shop windows,
Lihted early,
Soaking grass,
Dewy, pearly.

Red, lemon,
Orange and brown,
silently, softly,
The leaves float down.

~Shirley Hughes

When Hannah and Bonnie were young girls this was one of our favorite story books. Poems and beautiful illustrations around the seasons. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

23 October

silvery seas

dotted with ducks and geese

looks like a mirror reflecting gray skies


Knowing love



"All shall be well, and every kind of thing shall be well."
Julian of Norwich


pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere

Friday fave fives

skywatch friday
faith and fellowship
soulfood friday 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Nana's candelabra

Ever since I can remember my mum had this candelabra in her house at Christmas time.

When Hannah was a baby, she asked me if I would like it and of course, I said yes.

I've always loved it.

So, ever since Hannah and Bonnie were babies it has graced

one or another of my tables from October till January. 

At the beginning of Advent I put the traditional purple and pink candles in it

and fill the bowl with greens and shiny Christmas bulbs.

Truth be told, I do not love it as I used to. 

It's getting a little worn around the edges and my tastes have changed.

But, I love that it was my mother's, and my nana's, and now mine.

Almost nothing in my home is all belonged to someone else at one time or another.

Once in a while I wonder what my style would be if I were to start fresh...

I could never do that me a home is more than a house.

My father's books, Joe's mother's bureau, the old wicker chairs that sat on my mother's porch,

where Billy took his evening cocktail and watched the birds at the feeders,

the paintings that my daughters made, papa's old spectacles

and nana's candelabra

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

21 October


to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

Many years ago I had a friend who died of breast cancer.

She was 36 and she had 4 young children.

All through that Autumn season she lay dying.

I remember thinking that when the last of the leaves were gone, so would she be.

Of course, I had known death before.

My own father died when I was 18, and my grandparents,

and people in high-school who had died suddenly and tragically.

She was the first person who was really my friend, who was my age,

who was doing the same things I was doing, who could have been me.

My heart broke for what she missed.

Sometimes I think the leaves that fall in this season are like tears

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around they have all fallen

and we've gotten on with the business of living

our hearts are stirred with how incredibly blessed we are

to know love, and to have such love

and then Christmas comes and we dance and dance.

It has been a year filled with death for us.

We have lost 5 of our family and friends just in the past 3 months.

Also, we have been to the memorial services for the fathers of 3 old friends.

This morning Joe said now that we are on the other side of 50

we begin to see the world of the young...and we are not in it...and they do not want us in it.

That is good with me.

They have their own world and I do not belong there.

I am not quite in the world of the very old yet so I suppose I am bracing the middle...

I have never been one for looking back with regrets.

Certainly, there are things I should have done differently

but when I consider the incredible beauty of my surroundings

and the love of my family and friends

my heart dances

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Tuesday Afternoon

summer church in Rye, N.H.

the rest of the year they meet in the bigger building closer to town

but in summer they attend worship in this place

won't you come with me and see the beauty of
Tuesday Afternoon
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Saturday, 17 October 2015

keeping Sabbath and a poem on Saturday


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
Robert Frost

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Friday, 16 October 2015

16 October

the path through the wood

aka -the hundred acre wood

blackberry bushes are colouring out and will be dropping leaves by end of October

Michaelmas daisies are blooming along the edge of the path

the bittersweet berries haven't quite opened yet

and there is some type of reddish-orange berry interspersed

 brilliant dappled sunlight filters through

and everywhere, everywhere, moths are flitting

Thursday, 15 October 2015

15 October

just before Joe left for work the other evening

we took a walk along short beach

There is probably nothing I can say about

walking along the beach, with your man, at sunset

that hasn't been said already.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

14 October

finishing up the outlining and vining

and saving just a bit of white filling for the very end

I have been picking away a bit on this book that I picked up at the second hand store

Honestly, I haven't had much time for reading lately.

I read more once the cooler weather settles in

and I am stuck indoors for longer periods of time.

If there were words

I love you

i dreamt of you before you were

heart of my heart

breath of my breath

being from my being

i love you

in my womb I felt you swimming, and fluttering, and kicking against me

and as you grew I watched you

kicking, and fluttering, and finally, swimming away into a life of your own

 my little mermaid-fairy daughters

whose feet tread here upon the earth

whose days are marked by turning tides

who are counted among the stars that twinkle

 once upon a time you sang little swimmy songs

and rested your tiny fingers against me in the night

i love you

your mother

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

tuesday afternoon

ferns in the wood

of an October afternoon


won't you come with me and see the beauty of
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Monday, 12 October 2015

12 October

the good

the path through the wood is lined with Michaelmas daisies


they are so cheery next to the waning goldenrod and orangy berriess

the random

zombie fish washed up on shore....

this is a natural occurrence....

well the dead things occasionally washing up on shore, 

not the zombie part.

the fun

a far full of wild flowers on the windowsill

I love bringing in a bit of the wild indoors

to cheer things up a bit

Sunday, 11 October 2015

11 October

An Autumn drink

coffee in the Corningware percolator 

I  purchased at St. John's parish rummage sale



my outfit today

as I scrambled over the beach path at sunrise...

it's getting rather chilly in the mornings here

and I was happy to come home to hot coffee

the view from our porch

you can see the causeway which connects us to the mainland, 

which is about 2 miles away

Saturday, 10 October 2015

keeping Sabbath

Rain stealing in 

tide going out

watching the headlights heading home over the causeway


take no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew 6:34

"Let the unseen days be, today is more than enough."
J.R.R. Tolkien

Thursday, 8 October 2015

8 October

I came upon this pretty little autumn runner

at a charity shop while visiting my sister a few weeks ago

I love the colors in it and it fits perfectly on the bureau in the living room

My favorite part of it is that it will remind me of spending time with my sister

when I pull it out in years to come.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

7 October

I am making some serious progress here.

really, I'm almost done!

I have just to finish the fence, add a tidbit here and there of the yellow and white

and outline the entire thing. 

Hopefully, I can finish it up by this time next week.

Then I will be able to start my next project....

which I am absolutely chomping at the bit for.

7 October


A gracious woman retaineth honor

Proverbs 11:16 KJV

A gracious woman wins esteem

but she who hates virtue is covered with shame.

Proverbs 11:16 St. Joseph Edition (Catholic)

I find myself thinking of this proverb fairly often lately....

King James is my bible that I usually pick up first

But it's interesting to note the difference in bible versions. 

I know there are those who will think one or the other is all wrong....

I like to compare versions because I am able to more fully understand 

the text when I read more than one translation.

I think they say pretty much the same thing since clearly, if you are not retaining honor

it is only a matter of time before you will be covered with shame. 

The King James, doesn't state it quite so kind of leaves that last part out.

So you have to figure it out for yourself. 

Kind of like what God does. 

He points out the right way and leaves you at the crossroads....

hmmm....should we be gracious or should we hate virtue?

It seems so simple in those terms doesn't it? 

I have learned that it isn't being gracious at all times that makes you a better person.

It is catching yourself in acts of hating virtue 

and correcting that behaviour 
that makes a woman retain honor and win esteem.


pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous.
characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury:
gracious suburban living; a gracious home.
indulgent or beneficent in a pleasantly condescending way, especially to inferiors.
merciful or compassionate:
our gracious king.
Obsolete. fortunate or happy.

honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions:
a man of honor.
a source of credit or distinction:
to be an honor to one's family.
high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank:
to be held in honor.
such respect manifested:
a memorial in honor of the dead.
high public esteem; fame; glory:
He has earned his position of honor.
6. the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc.:

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

on sand dollars and loss

This has been a summer of loss for us.

My aunt died at the beginning of the season and I found sand dollar on the beach

as I walked on the morning of her services.

An old friend died in the middle of the summer and I found another sand dollar

as I walked the beach a few days later.

On two different occasions I found two other sand dollars

and thought it must have been coincidence


My landlord, who was a sweet, friendly old man, died not long ago

and just a few days ago a very old friend died.

I believe that the universe has a way of responding to the

ripples in its waves.

These are the only sand dollars I've seen on the beaches since I was a little girl.

And, while I appreciate the sentiment and the beauty,

I'm hoping not to see anymore for quite some time.

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Saturday, 3 October 2015

keeping Sabbath



which is a Japanese term for the extraordinary in the ordinary

morning sun comes in through the window onto this kitchen chair.

Bonnie made the dream catcher from twigs and twine and two green beads.

A stack of books I've mostly read....

Ordinary everyday items....

under a window in my kitchen

illuminating grace and sowing Sabbath

31 days writing project
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Friday, 2 October 2015

2 October

this is the secret path between dog beach and the road that leads to the causeway off island

There is a beach just down and to the left of the path

and a road just up and to the right

but for some reason, when you are on the path, it's like you are in your own private world

lemon yellow coloured leaves are beginning to litter the ground

I carry some home with me because they are so pretty

they grace my table top for a day or two....

Last Friday my sister and I met half-way between where she lives in Connecticut

and where I live in Massachusetts.

We ended up in Grafton, MA

which was a sweet little town with a common green

and an old fashioned country store.

We sat for a coffee in the cafe at the country store

and then picnicked in the town green.

People have been particularly friendly lately.

Have you noticed it where you live?

This gentleman stopped to tell me all about his gardening project in Grafton.

He's organized a volunteer team to pretty up the area around the tiny downtown area

We have stormy weather fact it's been rainy and windy for a few days now

We have lit the first fire of the season 
and have begun the drawing close that happens when the weather turns.

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