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Tuesday Afternoon

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The Spirit of '76 House
Higganum, CT



27 June

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the good
We were at a family reunion in New York over the weekend  and my niece got a great picture of Joe and I.



the fun
seeing people we hadn't seen in decades...or ever, 
and seeing people we hadn't seen in a year or so.
There were 5 original siblings in my grandmother's family
They are all long gone now
130 family members showed up to honor them
 each family got a different coloured t-shirt but we all had the same design.
It was a lot of fun!

the random
We opened with a prayer/blessing for those who have gone beyond....
calling out the names of our loved ones that we miss 
and, of course the pipes...
Amazing Grace for our loved ones gone beyond but with us in spirit
and we called out their names 
then "A Nation Once Again"
with the older generation singing along -which brought a tear to my eye
finishing up with America, the Beautiful
and we all sang along to that
It was very touching and there was nary a dry eye in the crowd



There was a beautiful meadow on t…

20 June

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the good
Last year I helped my landlord plant some flowers in the back yard. He loved to sit in his 
apartment on the third floor and watch the flowers blooming and the people on the beach.
He died at the beginning of autumn.
He was rather old and quite sick.
This year I noticed that the lilies are in bloom again.
I love that kind of stuff.

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the fun
The weekend was full of glorious summer weather.

The temps were fair but the wind was still a bit chill

so we played frisbee on the beach of an evening. the random

Happy Father's Day to my sweet man



Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing

keeping Sabbath

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"For Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.

1 Peter 3:10-12



Scripture and a snapshot
simple Saturday blog hop


spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home

17 June

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thursday morning at the bus stop
bunnies in the clover


Monday I was on the shores of Lake Champlane at the In-bloom conference
It was held at Shelburne Farms which is absolutely stunning and beautiful. 
It was about getting pre-schoolers out into the woods and the natural world. 
Two of my very favorite things....children and outside!

Happy Headphones....
even the headphones were happy when the boys put them down and went outside to play!

Daisies in the dune grass
Last year the town planted lots of dune grass along the beach side.
This year there are daisies interspersed.  
So pretty.


The sunsets this past week or so have been spectacular.
I sit on the porch with a cup of tea or a glass of wine at end of day
and watch the evening settle in.


Friday fave fives
Floral Friday fotos
skywatch friday
Friday my town shoot out
soulfood friday

16 June

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on the waters of Lake Champlane


Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday

15 June

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WE ARE GROOT
In the movie Guardians of the Galaxy there is a character named Groot.
He is a tree/root.
Throughout the movie he tries to make all the characters get along with one another...
they all come from different planets and places and ways of thinking
and he says "I am groot."
toward the end of the movie he gives his life to save his friends by wrapping them in his
root/vine/branches and tells them
"We are Groot"
Which is what I believe
We are the ones with the keys to saving the universe.
We are the guardians of the galaxy.
We are ultimately the carriers of what happens here.
What happens to one of us happens to all of us. 
We are groot.


ABC Wednesday
wordless Wednesday
Watery songlines 

Tuesday Afternoon

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a pretty present
left on the beach at Lake Champlain in Vermont

won't you come with me and see the beauty of
Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love  Kara


Keeping Sabbath

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Galations 5:13-14
For you were called o freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.



spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home Scripture and a snapshot

10 June

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IN BOOM
On Monday I am headed to the in-bloom conference in Vermont!
I am so excited about being able to attend. 
~ We spent some time with my husband's mother and step-father on Wednesday evening.
They were up from Florida and spent a night visiting with her sister.
I had to work so I met them after work. I took the prettiest train ride from Boston
to Manchester-by-the-Sea where his aunt lives. 
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I am so fortunate to have such a great co-teacher. I started my job in March and she
has been so kind and supportive to me. I really love working with her. 
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The weather has been pretty of late. It hasn't been quite as warm as one could wish and there's
been some rain...but it's been so nice to be able to get out doors and walk through the wild. 
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I love where I live.


WILLY NILLY FRIDAY
FIVE ON FRIDAY
 Friday fave five




9 June

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twilight gently steals in between the day and evening
stretching out over the causeway 
of a June afternoon in the gloaming

Little things Thursday

7 June

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Flume
take a chance

So you feel all your powers unfold
Stretching your big wings over waters turning gold
So tell your story, baby, don’t give up
Just let all it go out, the quiet wishing’s not loud enough

Will you be the one to take a chance?
Have demands, spill your heart
Will you be the one to take a stand
Make the girls dance
Spill your thoughts
Will you be the one to take a chance?
Have demands, spill your heart
Will you be the one to take a stand
Make the girls dance
Spill your thoughts, will you?






this is not my usual style of music....in fact I really only like the vocal and lyric parts.
The music is too techno for me.
It made me think of my step-daughter, Ashley, who passed away in February.
She was so full of life. She was a girl who took all the chances and spilled her heart
and had demands....and she would encourage any one else to do the same.

I still can't fathom that she will never walk this earth again
It breaks me open every and drops me to my knees





Songagraphy

Tuesday Afternoon

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at the bus stop of a morning...



won't you come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love  Kara

6 June

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the good

Sunday was rainy....stormy all day kind of rainy.

While I long for a beautiful weekend beach day...I've been pretty busy of late

it was so nice to have a day to put my house back together and do some cooking

the fun

my new Bento lunch box....yay fruits and veggies



the random
afternoon tea on a rainy day....




The good, the random, the fun

keeping sabbath

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Psalm 119: 19
I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
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spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home Scripture and a snapshot
faith and friends

3 June

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lily of the valley in shady glens
tucked under green undergrowth
trees leafed out in green
forest floor coming alive with 
tiny wonderlands
~ I got the flag hung up for Memorial day.
I love to see it hanging from our porch as I walk home from Dog Beach.

Joe's mother and step-father came for a visit on Wednesday night.
We had the boys with us so a grand time was had by all.
~ waiting for the bus


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My beautiful daughter Hannah came to visit last night.

We went out for a pizza to celebrate her birthday, which was on Monday.

My favorite part of the night though was chatting with her.

It was just she and I and we got to talk for a long time

and we never really get to do that.

When they get older we see them on holidays, or we go out to lunch,

but we never get to just hang out with them one on one.

It was wonderful. 



Friday fave fives

skywatch friday
faith and fellowship
Friday my town shoot out
soulfood friday

1 June

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U is for underway
walking the beach of an evening I come upon the treasures left behind....
our house is across the street from Short beach....
i love to watch the families traipse home at the end of a sunny afternoon
they skip across Memorial park and cut through the path in the wood
or roll their beach carts to the gravel parking area 
pack up the babies and grab the old ladies....
at twilight i come upon the things their little fingers left behind when they were called homeward
I feel as if I've stumbled across some sacred archeological dig
where childhood was suddenly interrupted 
leaving all its tools behind
and time stood still
makeshift boats set sail at even tide
and piles of sandy seashells roll along in the approaching surf
ABC Wednesday
wordless Wednesday
Watery songlines 
Wake up Wednesday
Women with intention