Sunday, 29 November 2015

30 November

the good

boys in the hood

the random

macro flowers

the fun

Joey and I went to the Marblehead/Swampscott football game

on Thanksgiving morning.

I grew up in Marblehead so we routed for the home team.

I live in Nahant now though, and Nahant kids go to highschool in Swampscott

so we didn't route too loudly.

Marblehead won though.....we creamed them

51 to nothing!

Happy Thanksgiving

The Glover regiment was the Marblehead regiment during the Revolutionary war.

There is a reenactment team that walks the Thanksgiving game and shoots their muskets

when ever Marblehead scores.

There was a lot of shooting going on.

there is even a little yellow on the vest of the linesman/official...

whatever he's called

first Sunday of Advent


Joey tells me that there are no more monarch butterflies

and that what we see are painted lady butterflies

which look almost exactly the same

since I can't tell the difference I am holding out hope

that somewhere in the world there are monarchs

flying about the milk weed

I hope for a world torn apart

I hope for a small babies lost heartbeat

I hope for my beautiful daughters

I hope for all the children of the world

and for all us

Saturday, 28 November 2015

keepin Sabbath and a poem on Saturday

visions of sugarplums...

 the Christmas trees for the PTO fundraiser
arrived this morning

We stood on the window shelf and watched the big truck

pull into the lowlands parking lot

The PTO parents and neighbors all came out of their houses 

to help unload the trees and lean them up on the stand

All the residents of our rather tiny island will be 

picking out a tree to grace their homes with this season

Thursday, 26 November 2015

giving thanks

it is not a little thing to be with the ones you love

Here we are as in olden days

Happy golden days of yore

faithful friends who are dear to us

gather near to us once more

through the years we all will be together

if the fates allow....

At the edges of our celebrations are the memories 

of those who are no longer with us.

I can see them in the way a young girl's eyes twinkle

or the expression on your cousin's face 

that looks just like a grandfather...

or a special taste to the gravy

or apricot squares

mince pie with hard sauce

watching Christmas Vacation late night

when almost everyone has gone home

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas is my favorite Christmas song

because it acknowledges the heartbreak and sadness that we share sometimes

it remembers that we may not always be together

but that the most important thing

is that we have one another now

I am listening to old carols now as I prepare

the vegetables for our dinner later this afternoon

I am anticipating being with family and friends

Happy Thanksgiving to you all

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tuesday Afternoon

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Monday, 23 November 2015

23 November

the good

Bonnie and Dan will be moving into their first home together

I think they will be happy there

the random

sometimes there is sadness

peaks and valleys

the fun

Crocker Park ninja's

coming soon to a park near you

Sunday, 22 November 2015

22 November

there is sadness here these past few days

My beautiful daughter miscarried at 9 weeks.

We are all brokenhearted. 

I just haven't had much to say of late.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

19 November

Where ever I go I always sing a song of home

The sounds of the bells at Abbot Hall

ring out on the hour 

and settle softly over the grasses and rocky scrambles 

at Crocker Park

they've done so since long before anyone here can remember

Do you wonder if there are places that miss

your footfall when you are not there?

My feet trod at Crocker like 

my heart beats within me

I carry it with me like a song

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

tuesday afternoon

this is a man who 

pulled his piano on the back of his bike into Paris

so that he could play John Lennon's song 


in honor of the victims of the bombing in Paris

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one 

I am so thankful for the heroes of this world


Monday, 16 November 2015

16 November

The good

my home town

Crocker park

the capacity of the human heart

The fun

Ninja boys....coming soon to a park near you

The random

Saturday, 14 November 2015

keeping sabbath and a poem on Saturday

there are times when all we can do is reflect the light

even if it is only a candle in the darkness

until the morning comes

I wake this morning with such a heavy heart 
for the people of France

and for the world



Let your light so shine before men, 
that they may see your good works
and glorify your father which is in heaven.

Friday, 13 November 2015

13 November

in midst of the dune grass

along the path to dog beach

a juniper tree stands straight up

I've a super crush on it

 visiting  at least every other day.

Spent time with a friend yesterday
The weather's been grey and gloomy

dark early and even some wind

November weather for snuggling at home

We've have had the boys with us

 lots of laughter in the house!


Here we relax at the beach

sunsets and sunrises full of beauty

Thursday, 12 November 2015

if there were faeries

the path through the wood is littered with toadstools

perhaps a diminutive couple live in this one

Phoebe and Bear

when the nights get cooler they sojourn down

a very tiny path 

to have a bonfire with their neighbors

in the early evening twilight.

Joey and I didn't happen to see any of that while we walked our path

it wasn't quite twilight yet....

but we are quite sure that there are faeries in these toadstools

We think that Bear might be a bit of a gnome, at least in shape,

because that is a rather gnome shaped door in their toadstool home.

I think we have not heard the last of them...

we are looking forward to tales of their adventures in the tiny wood.

30 days of thankful -12, 
I am thankful for paths through the wood and 
little friends to share them with

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

11 November


I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. 

O when wilt thou come unto me?

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 

The ISV says:

I will pay attention to living a life of integrity 

when will I attain it?

I will live with integrity of heart in my house

Which, if we are being honest here, seems a little more likely for me.

Behaving myself wisely in a perfect way is formidable 

but paying attention to living a life of integrity gives me some room to correct myself

when I mess up....and I do mess up. 

I do believe that peace begins at home so walking within my house with a perfect heart

and living with integrity of heart in my home...

this is certainly what to strive for. 

I have put electric candles in our windows and I light seasonally scented candles so 

that when Joe comes home from work or if we have friends or family over

it looks welcoming and inviting in our home. 

The most important thing though, is that we live and walk with integrity here.

There is nothing that holds a candle to perfect heart. 

30 days of thankful -10
I am thankful for those who have fought for our country

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Tuesday afternoon

i love the browns and mauve colours of November

almost muted now after October's fiery show

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Monday, 9 November 2015

9 November

the good

yellow berries in the wood

the random 

What the Salem water front will look like in a few weeks

this picture is from a few years ago.

the fun

freestyle scrabble 

with a vintage milk glass vase full of

Chinese Lanterns

in the morning sunlight
After the boys leave I often see new words that they wrote on the sly

while they where here.

Last week I noticed the word Poop

spelled out using a P from another word....pretty funny if you ask me.

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

Sunday, 8 November 2015

8 November


missed this one.

I can't remember quite where I was inspired to make this little


I still have to pick up some wood glue

but I like it very much with the colored candles.

artificial light

negative space

outside my window

dune grass and bittersweet on the path to the beach

across the street

Saturday, 7 November 2015

keeping Sabbath and a poem for Saturday

Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling past.

-Sarah Coleridge


 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also
ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful

-Colossians 3:15

30 days of thankful
7 of 30

I am thankful for rediscovering this Sarah Coleridge poem Months.
When my daughters were little we had a beautifully illustrated 
picture book of this poem.

It is a joy to read the poem once again.

Friday, 6 November 2015

sunlight on pumpkins

late afternoon sunlight graces the dining room

I love the time change.

I love the late afternoon sunlight

it reminds me of the school bus dropping my children off from school. 

They would take off their sweaters and tiny blue sneakers

I would start dinner while they had a snack

the sun would set while we ate at the kitchen table

I love the idea of having everyone closing in as the day ends

all your loved ones gathered at close of day.

Splintered sunlight streaming through the windows

and lighting on the pumpkins.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

6 November

We had my family over to celebrate my brother's birthday.

We made plans to carve pumpkins as well

since his birthday is just before Halloween.

It was wonderful to have everyone together as we don't often get to do that. 

Thursday morning I met up with my very good friend Sue.

We don't see one another as often as we used to. I have moved about an hour away

and she is working a job where she frequently travels to the west coast.

We had some breakfast at a favorite diner in the town I used to live in

and we did a bit of shopping, mostly browsing.

The weather has been just beautiful. I know it won't be too much longer before it

turns so  we are enjoying it as much as we can while it lasts.

Joe and I have been walking the beach before he leaves for work

in the evenings.

We can see the Boston skyline from the beach.


I saved the best for last

Just before my family arrived, my daughter, Bonnie, told me she is expecting!

This little monkey will be the first grandchild on both sides.

I am so happy and excited and worried.....

June seems a very long ways off.

30 days of thankful
6 of 30

I am thankful for

the service to our country by all our veterans.

5 November

very, very little things

are coming our way in June

I am going to be a grandmother!!


30 days of thankful
5 of 30

I am so thankful for the opportunity to become a grandmother

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

4 November

30 days of Thankful
day 4 of 30
 I am thankful for the beauty of the world around me
 on this rather tiny island

Q is for quiet seas

 ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Tuesday Afternoon

there is only one of these chairs as I purchased it at a yard sale for $2.00.

I imagine there was once a set around a big farmhouse kitchen table.

Women sat down to rest with a cup of tea after making lunch for a crowd,

grandmothers wiped flour off the seat after making a pie crust at Thanksgiving,

or wiped tears from their eyes when sadness and grief came into the home,

children sat and did homework, and the men came in to eat mashed potatoes

and roasted chicken....

anyway, I love the way it looks at at the sunny window in my kitchen.

Today it's grey and Canadian geese are hunkered down in the field across the way.

My daughter made the indian dream catcher for me -the seaglass I pick up as I walk the beach.

There's a sprig of rosemary I rooted from a bunch I bought at the community gardens,

 the bittersweet is from the path to the beach

and of course there are piles of books.

30 days of thankful

3 of 30

I am thankful for the beautiful sunlight
 that streams in my kitchen windows
of a morning

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Monday, 2 November 2015

2 November

the fun

the only thing I really love about Halloween is the pumpkin carving.

the good
 a bowlful of dried hydrangea for in a vase on Monday

the random 

we have a bird feeder on our second floor porch which attracts a great many birds...mostly sparrows.

the other morning I heard a thud against the window and went to make sure

all the birds were all right. Upon opening the door I heard lots of twittering and a great many

little sparrows flew out from behind a table all willy-nilly into the sky. 
As I turned, wondering what in the world had them all so upset, a great huge hawk
flew right past me and landed in the tree right next to me. He was almost close
enough for me to reach out and touch as he flew by!
I so wish I had my camera handy....

day 2 of 30

I am thankful for the abundance of natural beauty all around me.

During the times in my life when I have lived in more urban areas I have loved

having the hustle and bustle about me....

but I must admit I enjoy the quiet of our tiny island more than any other place I've lived.

Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun

Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing
In a vase on Monday 

nature footstep catching light

Sunday, 1 November 2015

1 November~30 days of Thanksgiving

Ephesians 3:14-9

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 

from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, 

to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 

 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;  

and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 

may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 

and to  know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge 

that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

1 ~ 30

I am so thankful for my beautiful daughters

without whom I would be only a fraction of the person  I am today.

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