Monday, 31 October 2016

The seasons of a simple spirit

Welcome November

Dull November brings the blast

Then the leaves are whirling fast

Q is for....


~ ~ ~
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.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

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

Saturday, 29 October 2016

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

Friday, 28 October 2016

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 want to bake pie and cookies

and roast chickens for my friends and family.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

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

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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.

~ ~ ~

One World, One Heart

Let's get together and feel alright.

-Bob Marley

one flock/one world
one shepherd/one heart

Monday, 24 October 2016

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.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

keeping Sabbath

~ ~ ~

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

~ ~ ~

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. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

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

Friday, 21 October 2016

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.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

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 far and wide

 scatter acorns leave a trail
scatter acorns in the mail
scatter acorns with a smile
scatter acorns all the while
let's all be like tall oak trees
scattering acorns with the breeze

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

19 October

~ ~ ~

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

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

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.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

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

Saturday, 15 October 2016

16 October


~ ~ ~

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

Friday, 14 October 2016

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

but I have eyes only for Verne

Friday fave fives
Willy Nilly Friday
Five on Friday
Weekend wind down party
skywatch friday
faith and fellowship
Friday my town shoot out
soulfood friday 

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