Showing posts from October, 2016

The seasons of a simple spirit

Welcome November

Dull November brings the blast
Then the leaves are whirling fast

Q is for....


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I love this time of year

we settle into our comfortable chairs of an evening

early nesting with those we love the most

reading by a fire

knitting a sweater....or the dream of a sweater

and then we snuggle up in fuzzy flannel

and pull our favorite quilts up over us.

Perhaps the floor is cold on your toes when you rise

but  the smell of warm coffee and the crispness of Autumn lure you out of your bed and into the day
where there's bright chrysanthemums in the street side markets
and roundish orange pumpkins on every corner

I am thankful for the beauty of Autumn in New England.
It cloaks me in peacefulness and quietude.
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31 October

The Good


the random

walking around beacon hill last week 
I came across this house tucked back between the other brick buildings
it looked like an old plantation house with the pillars
kind of random and really pretty

the fun
That's my mum in the yellow sweater.
My daughter and my grandson too...
pretty fun way to spend a Saturday

The good, the random, the fun
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
The art of home

beside still waters

our house is here on the edge of the beach

on this rather tiny sort of an island

This evening as I type I hear the wind whistling and howling outside of my window

and the waves of the Atlantic crashing against the rocky shore

but the waters in my heart are still

because I trust in the Lord

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 Psalm 107:28-31
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he led them to their desired haven.

That green house is my home

I came upon these things as I ambled on the beach one morning

Someone had lashed two long driftwood branches together as a makeshift sail

for a tiny rowboat that had washed ashore during a storm.


Mark 6:51
And he got into the boat with them and the winds ceased.
And they were utterly astonished.


Psalm 23 He leadeth me beside still waters He restoreth my soul
spiritual Sundays
through my lens 
Sunday Sc…

28 October

First and foremost
only the cutest, sweetest, most well behaved grandson of all time

I love rambling up and over and round and about Beacon Hill
on my lunch hour

I wonder a bit about who lives behind that arched green door
and who might have ridden their bicycle over
for a spot of tea and a game of whist

Though he isn't Verne...
he runs a pretty close second in cuteness
Tuck Finn
who scampers and scurries and pounces about the house
saving us from all sorts of terrible terrors
and gets himself into a spot of trouble while he's at it

We got together last night to celebrate my brother's birthday.
My mum, my brother, his lovely girlfriend, came over for soup, salad,
and cake!

We haven't carved any pumpkins this year.
We plan on doing it on Saturday evening when the boys are with us. 
This toothy jack-o-lantern is from last year.

the skies have been rather grey and wet of late. 
That's okay with me. 
I like the rainy days of November
they make me …

Autumn light

I am thankful for the way the low lying light comes through 
the window in my living room.
It falls so softy on the orange pumpkins and the pile of old books
it glances off the candle sticks
all golden and amber
and pulls me into the cozy nostalgia of home
on an early autumn evening

Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday
The charm of home

26 October

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John 10:16

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also,

and they will listen to my voice.

So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

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One World, One Heart

Let's get together and feel alright.

-Bob Marley

one flock/one world one shepherd/one heart

over and over the same lessons

and still we are a stiff necked people

ABC Wednesday
wordless Wednesday
coffee for your heart
Wake up Wednesday
Women with intention
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

24 October

the fun
Is it such a very terrible thing to say that I have bought
a Christmasy sort of wooden house?
Already....and it's not even Halloween yet.

the random  

While on my lunch break stroll through Beacon Hill last week
I took a few photos in one of the old graveyards 
and all these strange light beams showed up...even a rainbow.
Very odd happenings so close to Halloween.

the good
 What could be better than little Verne?
I'm not quite sure how it's possible but he just keeps getting better and better.

The good, the random, the fun
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing
In a vase on Monday 
I love macro
macro monday 2
nature footstep catching light
The art of home

keeping Sabbath

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

To everything there is a season
and a time for every matter under heaven
a time to be born and a time to die
a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted
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The first time I heard these words they were in a song sung by Pete Seeger. 
Life has battered and bruised and dented me since then. 
It's also blessed me with boundless joy. 
Now I read these words in an old and tattered ESV bible
and they mean so much more than I ever could have imagined. 

Scripture and a snapshot
spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home

Tuck vs. the Viva roll

Tucker Huckleberry Finn
would like any and all to be aware that he is taking care of the issue regarding the paper towels
First discovered upon the dining room table and subsequently transferred 
to the dining room floor...

Where upon it was discovered the rolling and or ripping qualities of said offending material.
Not to worry though, our boy is stealthily pursuing his target.

Rest assured Tucker will leave no leap un-leaped

he has the situation well in hand, er...paw.

signing out.....
your protector of all things rolly and rippy,
Tucker Huckleberry Finn

21 October

The bittersweet vine is so pretty at this time of year. 
It's very invasive but I love the orange and red berries 
and the green leaves which turn to such a pretty yellow.
It wouldn't feel like Autumn without a bit of bittersweet
berries to decorate the house with.

I got to spend some time with Verne and his mama.

He and I chatted while his mama took a nice long shower.
He told me stories about sucky things and warm milk.

It's not always easy being one week old and sometimes it helps 
to have a Nana you can tell your troubles to.

The weather was sunny and warm, which is quite unusual for October.
We sat in the backyard for a bit so my daughter could get some fresh air
and Verne had his first little picnic lunch.

texture twist
pictorial Friday
Life Through the Lens
Friday my town shoot out
Friday fave fives
Willy Nilly Friday Five on Friday

scattering acorns for peace

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, 
but a hundred acorns are sown in silence 
by an unnoticed breeze.

-Thomas Carlyle

John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a project back in 1969 that they called Acorn Peace

they sent out 2 acorns in a transparent box to various world leaders

in hopes that they would be planted as seeds of peace.

In 2009, 40 years later, Yoko Ono once again sent out 2 acorns to world leaders.

We are the acorns

We are the sowers of peace seeds

We are mighty oaks in forest woods

We are the unnoticed breeze

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scatter acorns when you walk scatter acorns when you talk scatter acorns when you cook scatter acorns with a look
scatter acorns when you sing let an acorn be your bling scatter acorns when you teach scatter acorns at the beach

scatter acorns in the park scatter acorns as a lark scatter acorns on your bike as you ride with your friend Mike
scatter acorns in your lawn with your baby brother Sean scatter acorns with the tide scatter acorns …

19 October

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a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:

just as I have loved you,

you also are to love one another.


My wonderful grandson and my beautiful daughter

my heart overflows, my cup runneth over,

my joy is never ending

O is for October the month he was born and also for the first letter of his last name.

ABC Wednesday
wordless Wednesday
coffee for your heart
Wake up Wednesday
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

falling leaves

falling leaves

there is almost nowhere as pretty as Autumn in New England

Autumn is my very favorite time of year....
from the middle of September through New Years.

foto-tunes Tuesday

17 October

the good

my beautiful grandson 
as good as it gets
 the fun 

Me and Verne
can you see his yellow blanket?

I have a feeling that the fun has just begun.

the random

Okay... maybe not so very random.

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

16 October

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Proverbs 17:6
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged
and the glory of children is their fathers

My first grandchild, my mum's first great-grandchild, and my daughter's first child
Verne Oliveira
born 12 October, 2016
the sweetest boy in all the world

Scripture and a snapshot spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home

14 October

First off, the star of the show,

Verne Raymond Oliveira

 my beautiful grandson

born on 12 October, 2016

4 generations

After we got the call, I tried to call my mum, to let her know, but couldn't get in touch with her.

She can't get pictures on her cell phone so we printed off pictures

and drove to her house to tape them to her wall so she would see them.

She had just come home and was so happy to hear the news and see the baby.

While we were there my daughter called and gave the all clear for us to come and meet the baby.

So, we brought my mum with us!

She was so excited because she wouldn't have been able to drive an hour to the hospital herself.

My poor sweet daughter had a rough time during delivery.

She was in labor for over 24 hours and after pushing for 3.5 hours

they finally did a c-section at noon yesterday.

I suppose the rest of the world spins on -sun rises and sets, rain falls,

clouds come over and clear again....

I still see it all from the Wonderland T-stop