Showing posts from 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

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

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

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

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 be…

Tuesday Afternoon

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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

The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings

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.

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

Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday

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

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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

The good, the random, the fun
Monday musings

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

t ~~~ ~~~~
Let your light so shine before men,  that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Scripture and a snapshot
spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home

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

6 word Friday
Friday fave fives
Floral Friday fotos
faith and fellowship
Friday my town shoot out skywatch friday

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
soulfood friday

Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday

11 November

t ~~~ ~~~~
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 i…

Tuesday afternoon

i love the browns and mauve colours of November
almost muted now after October's fiery show

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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

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

scavenger hunt sunday

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.

spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home
Still Saturdays
Scripture and a snapshot

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.



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 grandchil…

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

Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday

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 wordless Wednesday
Watery songlines 
Women with intention

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 w…

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 isla…

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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