Wednesday, 25 January 2017

25 January

C is for candle.....

So raise the candles high cause if you
Don't we could stay black against the night
Oh raise them higher again and if you
Do we could stay dry against the rain


It seems like a good time to be raising our candles against the darkness

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

Monday, 23 January 2017

23 January

The fun

I love the look on his face!

It's as if he's saying

"I know, I keep getting cuter, don't I?"

the random

My mum fell on MLK day and broke her hip.

She's been in hospital since then.

Hopefully, she will be in rehab at some point today

where she will stay for a month or so. 

My sister came in from CT for the weekend 

and after being with my mum most of Saturday

we stopped on the way home for a little drink....

it was delicious!

We were both surprised by how alike we are beginning to look.

the random

I still haven't had much time to play with my new macro/fish eye lens
from photo jojo
when we walked the beach last weekend I picked up
a few shell fragments and this is one of them.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

22 January


Peace, I leave with you;

My peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give to you;

Let not your hearts be troubled,

Neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27 

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Friday, 20 January 2017

20 January

I made a lentil salad on Monday.

It's got some roasted cauliflower, butternut squash, leeks, garlic and, of course, lentils.

I plopped a few spoonfuls over a smallish blue bowl

of brown basmati rice.

My house was full of boys watching hockey and playing video games

so I slipped into my bedroom with my blue bowl and a cup of tea

I watched the sun shining over the Atlantic

listened to some old Joni Mitchel

and had myself a bit of lunch

At the end of February it will be one year since my step-daughter passed away

I have re-emerged at the end of this year as a different sort of person

I am stronger in ways I would never have wished to be

I am broken in ways I didn't think I would ever be able to recover from

some days I still struggle to get through the loss of my step-daughter

I am also a grandmother!

My heart has grown 2 sizes as the Grinch would say....

I have a new job in Boston and I love it!

in honor of all that I have started to build a better wardrobe

clothing to reflect who I am now

These boots are part of that

We had the boys with us on Sunday and Monday

we bundled up and went for a walk on the beach

I went to see Verne on Monday!

Yes....he's cute!!

My mum fell on Monday evening.

She had to be transported to hospital by ambulance!

She fractured and chipped her hip

on the left side where she was already sporting a fractured ankle.

Hopefully she will be transported from the hospital to rehab today.

Friday fave fives
willy nilly Friday
 Photo Friday 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

boots on the ground

I have started to build a better wardrobe. 

It's been a while since I've bought myself any new clothes.

It's been a pretty rough year for me.

I feel as if I am coming out of a sort of a cocoon

I have lived through some life-altering experiences 

who I am and how I define myself has changed since this time last year

 it's time to start paying a little attention to myself now

rejoicing in who I have become

-I am in love with my new boots! 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

18 January

my mum took a fall the other day

on her way into the market

she was looking at the shelves just inside of the door

she wanted a single roll

to make a fish sandwich for her dinner

which is really rather silly 

because she said she had misplaced 

the fish she bought at the market earlier in the day

She remembers it all wrapped up nicely....

but doesn't have any idea where she put it down.

either way -she fell 

and had to have help getting back up

onto a bench with a nice gentleman

who sat with her till the ambulance arrived and got her to hospital.

After a very long night in the ER

it was announced that she had fractured and chipped her hip

and though she doesn't need surgery she will have to spend some time in a rehab

because she can't walk at all or even put any weight upon it. 


So my brother and sis and I have started to think about such things as 

the stairs in her town house

and all those sorts of things

and though we are taking things one day at a time

and everyone is in pretty good spirits

there is still the stuff one thinks of in the backs of all our minds

And my brother calling to say he's just leaving

and me rushing out in the rain to say goodnight to her

and bring her an extra pair of socks
and this is the poem I thought of 

which I wrote years ago

Her mother had said the rose of sharon marked the end of summer

and now she knew that it was true.

it was at the old house that she had said it 

there the rose of sharon grew at the end of the driveway and was white

or such a shade of pale pink it was hardly even pink at all

 this year she noticed the rose of sharon was purple

and remembered about the poem she had read back then about the old lady that shall wear purple

would it be like that for her mother

now that she was getting older

now that she was more than a pale shade of it

more than the pink you could hardly see

do other girls feel their mother's aging like

rose of sharon

and remember the words that they heard once

in their mother's garden

ABC Wednesday
wordless Wednesday
Yarn along
Women with intention
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

17 January

B is for....

boys and blue things and beaches

of a Sunday afternoon

we bundled up and walked the beach

scrambling over the rocks and skipping stones at the shore line

we came across the blue thing


imprinted on it was the only clue as to what it was 

as the bulk of it was buried in the sand

First Joey tried to pull it out of the sand 

he found a stick and wrapped the yellow rope around it to get a good grip

older brother Jack came along and tried as well

They even tried working together....

after a bit they decided to catch up to dad

who used the opportunity to discuss

the irony of American corporations trashing the beach

dug into the sand so deep that even working together we can't pull it out

Monday, 16 January 2017

16 January

the good

Birches in the wood
 of an afternoon

 the fun


we walked the beach on Sunday afternoon

Jack and Joey in neon orange and yellow jackets -respectively

 the random

I got a macro/fish eye lens for my android camera

I haven't had much of a chance to play around with it very much

but I did manage to take some pictures of the jar on my desk

Saturday, 14 January 2017

13 January

A rare phenomenon smoke on the water.... 

a fog which is formed when very cold air moves over warmer water.

It's almost never seen over the Atlantic here on this rather tiny island

so I braved the near zero temps to run out to the beach

and take a few pictures on my way to work. 


I took Wednesday off and spent the day with Bonnie and Verne!

It was a very warm day in the low 50s! Crazy New England weather!

We walked to the pizza shop up the street and ate out for lunch.

Verne loved it.

I got a new hair cut and color which I really like!

I was over due for a change. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

12 January

I took yesterday off and went up to see Verne and Bonnie.

It was so beautiful that we took Verne out for a little walk

to the local pizza place for lunch.

Then we went to Walmart and printed off 

a bazzillion pictures of Verne from my phone.

Almost $45.00!!

He just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

11 January

In an effort to minimize

I have been cleaning out my drawers 

most of my wardrobe is pretty tattered and torn

I really want to update my look

I picked up a pair of overalls at Marshall's

they are True Religion

which I don't really pay a lot of attention to

I just like the way they fit and I wanted a pair of overalls to wear to work

- I work with two year olds -

The two year olds were not quite as impressed as my co-workers

who are mostly younger than me -half my age



In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 

The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:4-5

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So these may seem like dark days. Indeed, when one examines the plight of the world

they may be dark days...and darker days may be coming.

But.....darkness has not yet overcome the light

and it has been and will continue to be my belief that

the light is in our fellow man

and it will never be extinguished.




~ ~ ~

This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine 
I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Monday, 9 January 2017

9 January

the random

St. Stephen's day

Boxing Day

(the day after Christmas)

long past but not forgotten

the good

I took advantage of some after season sales

and after some deliberation

I came home with a new pair of overalls and a heart sweater.

the fun

Sweet baby Verne found his thumb!!

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

Monday, 2 January 2017

2 January

The fun


I got a hair cut on New Year's Eve.

It's a pretty big change for me. 

I like it!

The random


I took all the Christmas things out of the kitchen hutch

and put all sorts of white things in there.

It's calming. 

the good

Getting ready for bed on New Year's night

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