Saturday, 31 December 2016

1 January

Y is for...Year


I love you
Joe and I got married on 2 May, 2016.
At the Town Hall on this rather tiny sort of an island where we live. 

still laughing
I walked the beach one summer's day while Joe and the boys climbed a cliff
They waved to me from the top
 It looked like the YMCA song

winter wonderland
We didn't have a lot of snow in 2016
but we did have some beautiful sunsets

 my beautiful grandson, Verne
 born on 12 October, 2016

a Saturday afternoon in bean-town

I was inspired
I went to the In Bloom Conference 
over the summer. It was held at the Antioch university campus
in Shelburne, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain.
I was inspired to be a better teacher.
In March I started working at a new job
teaching toddlers at Bright Horizons at Beacon Hill.
I absolutely love it. 

spring fever
I happened upon some toadstools growing
along the forest path
I stopped and made a fairy castle wonderland. 

 travel or vacation
We went to a family reunion in June
and stayed in a great old air B & B.

summer days
We spent some time at the quarries again this summer.
This year even Joe jumped!

a day in my life
 28 February, 2016
My beautiful step-daughter, Ashley
passed away.

all smiles
Verne again!

autumn harvest
I walked Beacon Hill during my lunch break
every day during the Autumn this year.
It was so pretty.

family or home
In June this year we went to a family reunion.
There were about 135 people!

We've spent an awful lot of time
celebrating the birth of sweet baby Verne

let's do it again
I went to Shakespeare in the park
with my beautiful daughter, Hannah.
I want to make it a yearly tradition. 

My daughter Hannah when we went to see King Lear.
She looked like she could have been one of the actors.

I picked out our Christmas tree
myself this year. I got exactly the one I wanted and it looked really pretty.

my favorites
Still my very favorites
My daughters, Hannah and Bonnie

don't ever change
Did I mention that Joe and I got married in May?
Our love for one another will never change.

just because
We got a cat at the end of September!
Tucker Huckleberry Finn

hopes and dreams
These past few years seem to have been filled with quite a bit of loss.
My hopes and dreams for 2017 is that it will be a year
filled with joy and peace.

Friday, 30 December 2016

30 December

From the parking structure at the train stop

I can see out over the Atlantic to the rather tiny almost an island where I live

sometimes there is a ship or two sailing past on the horizon

on their way into Boston....just like me.

the Sweet shop

around the corner from Beacon Hill

 all decorated like a magical faerie land for Christmas

and filled with chocolates and goodies!! 

It seems like the Advent season and Christmas flew by this year!

I put all the Christmas things away on Monday. 

I normally wait till closer to New Year's but the tree was dying fast

and I wasn't sure it would last till the end of the week.

As much as I love having all the house decorated for the season

it's always so nice to have it all cleared out and clean again.

Christmas was very special for us this year

although it was a year with some pretty heavy losses in our family

it was also a year with some pretty happy gains

Verne is at the top of that list

My mum, my daughter, Bonnie, Verne, and myself!

Some of our family members thought it would be nice to have a 

special wedding cake for Joe and I to celebrate our

wedding cake this year! 

So after we ate our Christmas dinner they surprised us with a beautiful cake!

Thursday, 29 December 2016

29 December

Nana and Verne

It's not such a little thing to hold your first grandchild

on his very first Christmas day!

It was pretty exciting for me and I think he liked it too.

Little Things Thursday

Monday, 26 December 2016

St. Stephen's Day

Lay them carefully away,
Trimmings from our tree so gay,
Rainbow-light and frosted ball,
Silver star high over all,
Santa Claus and candy-cane
Reindeer in a jaunty train,
Dolly with a piquant face,
Red and green and tinsel lace,
Lay them carefully away
For another happy day!

For another day next year
With the children gathered here!
Yellow-hair and Curly-lash,
Dark-haired girl with drimson ssh,
Brother growing tall and wise,
Happy wonder in his eyes.

Hearth-fire will you burn as bright
As you did this Christmas night?
Can ensuing days be spent
Harboring this deep content?

Farewell little Christmas tree,
You have made a memory!

-Vera Keevers Smith

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Solstice

She woke before dawn

the streets of the village were covered with snow

a dusting of white on the bare trees

 white frost settling on the grassy fields

coloured lights of the Christmas tree

the only brightness in the early morning

peace drifted down

and joy

and love

and hope for the day

shopping and a movie this afternoon

an early dinner and the Christmas parade come evening....

but for now there was the quiet of a morning

Monday, 19 December 2016

19 December

the good

today is Joe's son Ryan's 30th birthday!

Happy birthday Ryan!

the fun

Saturday night was the Christmas parade

on this rather tiny island

Santa and Mrs. Claus

headed off island and back to the north pole

the random

"It came without ribbons, it came without tags,

it came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore

then the grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store,

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

Sunday, 18 December 2016

keeping Sabbath


But Mary kept all these things 

and pondered them in her heart

Luke 2:19

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17 December


She never thought she'd make it this far

back in the day she was groovy

taking a stand against the man and the machine

but she was just a symbol now,

of another time

once the stars collided in the sky above her

bright and colourful

now she saw them grinding slowly to a halt

one foot in the grave

and the other resting on a couch she could barely get out of

she played  her cards and rested her head on the cusions

told her grandson to turn down the volume

"you call that crap is music....

back in my day, now we had music..."

Friday, 16 December 2016

16 December

Sweet baby Verne is already two months old

I spent Thursday morning drinking coffee slowly

in an old fashioned lunch and breakfast joint 

that was all decked out for Christmas.

I love doing that.

From the town landing at Marblehead

even the fishing boats are dressed for the season

Tuck Finn has a tendency to walk up between me and whatever 

device I happen to be on at the time....

but this is might be taking things a little too far.

I saw this on facebook

I love it so much I want to make one of my own on the beach

but not till it warms up a bit...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016


I feel the loss of you

I suppose as one grows older 

the losses mount up

like unpaid bills or clean clothes that must be folded and put away

a pile in the corner somewhere

that constantly has your attention

though you go about your daily life as if it wasn't there

see a day on the calendar 

that no longer holds meaning 

no card to send out - no call to make

buy a tree and decorate trying not to remember

that this is the first Christmas

First New Year's 
First Valentine's

First anniversary 

of when you were no longer a person walking on this earth

I suppose as we get older

we learn to carry our wounds with us

rather than crumble under the weight of them

But I wish that you were still here with us

and carefree

and woundless

like when you were a girl

before we knew how heavy wounds could be

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

12 December

For Today
12 December, 2016

Looking out my window

It's rather cloudy and grey. We had a bit of snow during the night but it turned into a cold rain this morning. The streets are quiet, the seas are a bit choppy and it's almost to high tide.

I am thinking

I have been a bit down this season. There is such a lot going on and I feel overwhelmed. I miss Ashley. Just to type her name brings me to a new set of tears. This is the first Christmas without her but that sounds so cliche. She was my step-child and I hadn't seen her in 4 years and yet I raised her as if she were my own, I raised her beside my own. I feel somehow as if I am not allowed to grieve so because she was not mine. But she was mine in my heart and my heart aches that she is gone.
I am thankful

We have Verne! He is such a beautiful grandson! I am so happy for my daughter.
One of my favorite things
low lying light
I am creating
a contented life

I am wearing
candy cane striped pajamas and a red hoodie because we have the heat set to 59.
 I am still curled up in my bed with a cup of tea even though it's almost 11:00 in the morning. 
I attempted to go to work this morning but the bus ride completely undid me. I hope to feel better tomorrow.

I am reading
I have been watching Christmas favorite is The Walton's Homecoming

I am hoping
that this dreadful cold will be on it's way out tomorrow. And, also, for some snow.
I like a bit of snow because it looks so pretty. 
also, I just feel like when the ground is covered with white 
Ashley will be telling me that she is well.
I am learning
that there is more to getting old than I thought there was.
It's painful to lose the ones we love
memories are sweet to have but they hurt

In my kitchen
I've been sick all weekend so there has been nothing at all coming out of the kitchen. Today I plan on making a meatloaf for Joe to bring to work this evening. Honestly though, the thought of smelling it cook is not appealing.

In the school room

What i am learning this season is how to be still. 
I am learning how to find the joy in the quiet of the season.
again and in different ways.

In my garden

I have put a few coloured lights on my ficas tree and set it at the bottom of the bed. It's quite a cheery night light when we are wakened in the dark.
Poinsettias are in the house as well. I picked up three big beautiful ones at Whole Foods a few weeks back. One white and two red.
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Through the years we all will be together 
if the fates allow
so hang a shiny star upon the highest bow
and have yourself a merry little Christmas now

A moment from my day

Closing Notes

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Monday, 12 December 2016

12 December

the good

I wasn't able to get to see Verne this weekend..or last weekend either.

My daughter sent me this picture....he is so good!! 

the fun

I have been down and out with a wicked cold.

It may not seem so fun to be stuck in the house all weekend...but it was.

the random

I walked over to the Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza during my lunch break

It's very cool and I think it will be even prettier 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

the song of Advent -Joy

in the morning I rise with the dawn

I like to see it stretching out over the horizon at the very end of the Atlantic

ribbons of colour where the world once ended

it's all silence at this time of day.

The wind is not rustling the dune grass or the dry branches

the seas are silvery calm

they make almost no noise at all as the slip over the rocky shore

I light the third candle on the advent wreath


rejoice evermore

1 Thessalonians 5:16

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

9 December

First and foremost my sweet baby Verne

My favoritest boy in the universe!

We have our tree up and decorated.

It is so pretty.

I went to City Hall Plaza during my lunch break.

The new Boston Winter park is up and running.

It's great!

It will look even better in the dark with all the lights lit.

Well...that's only three this week.

Sorry, I'm down with a wicked cold.

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