Showing posts from July, 2017

The family reunion

Saturday I went to the Claflin family reunion at the Wenham museum.
I am second from the left in the navy shirt.
My cousin's grandsons were the youngest in attendance. 
We all had a great time and it was wonderful to see everyone.

Afterward my sister and I did a little bit of shopping.

I'm not a big shopper and don't often get to go with anyone else.

It was fun and I got a nice new outfit.

Verne got his first haircut!

He looks like a real boy now and not so much a baby anymore.

27 July

A few years back I found this old wooden truck at a charity shop. 
It came with a big bag of blocks 
and I use them to spell out whatever is happening in our lives 
at the moment.
Mostly, it spells out some one's name...
birthdays, graduations, visitors....
but lately it's been simply announcing
a favorite time of year. 

C is for....


After church on Sunday I stopped at the farmer's market on my way home.
The location has changed from the high school parking lot
to the town commons which is a beautiful park 
with the Atlantic ocean and the Boston skyline as a backdrop.
It was a beautiful day and I picked up some deliciously juicy yellow peaches. I also picked up this sweet little candle holder. It is rainy and stormy this Monday night as I type.  I can hear the rain falling against our windows and the wind and waves just outside our windows.  
My little candle flickers in the sweet pottery holder
on the window sill.

24 July

the fun
I took the ferry into work a few times last week!
It was wonderful!

the good
a bit of a snack and a yellow peach from the farmer's market..

so juicy I practically have to bathe after eating it

the random
Verne....growing cuter by the minute.

The good, the random, the fun

Remember who you are...

Joseph ~He will add
Kara ~Love
I'm rarely in living/family room these days. 
I almost never watch TV and much prefer to be out on the porch
sipping tea or reading a book,
or combing the beach for seaglass,
or scampering over the path through the wood
on my way to someplace wonderful.
A couple of new pillows that I picked up at the home goods store
remind any visitors that we'll be back...
Make it pretty Monday

Seeking Sabbath

Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
~ ~ ~ fancy offering, no new clothes, no perfect house, no lovely family,
no expensive car, trimmed yard, no happy marriage, no great job...
compares to what God tells us is good:
doing justice, loving kindness, walking humbly with him.
It is only by falling to our knees that our hearts can truly be lifted. 

In the morning I go to the porch and I look out over the beauty that astounds me
and when I pray I ask God to show me the way 
to a pure heart, a loving heart, a humble heart, 
a heart that seeks to serve Him.

Spiritual Sundays
Sunday Scripture Blessings
Scripture and a Snapshot
Sunday thoughts

21 July

The geraniums on the porch are in riotous bloom!

So sweet and old fashioned and pretty.

I took the ferry into work a few times this week!

I work in Boston and it takes about 40 minutes to get there by sea.

I'm not sure what kind of bird this is.

It was on top of one of the channel markers in the sound.

The folks next door take a walk together in the mornings before work.

I can hear snippets of their conversation as they walk past my window

on their way back home.

It warms my heart.

Mornings are lovely out on the porch

with a cup of tea

gentle sea breeze 

seagulls calling out to one another as they breakfast
all the air warming up around me

scented with geraniums, roses, and the quiet Atlantic

the commuter ferry

I took the ferry into work on Monday.... . it was a pretty sweet ride.
This week I didn't have to work till 8:30 instead of 8:00 on Monday and Thursday!
The ferry arrives on the waterfront aquarium at 8:20 
which leaves me a scant 10 minutes to make it 
to the Bowdoin station....
I may even be enjoying the sweet ocean breezes as you are reading this!

17 July

the good 
 My mum and I went out to breakfast on the harbor.

It was lovely here on Sunday morning after a few days of chilly weather.

the random
48 Joy Street
Beacon Hill, Boston

the fun
I hit the beach extra early yesterday while waiting for my husband's train.
A bit of Chia tea and my camera.... 
and some editing time on the porch when I got home.

The good, the fun, the random

Seeking Sabbath

Galations  5:25
If we live by the spirit, let us also keep in step with the spirit.

It's easy to talk the talk but can we walk the walk?
Sometimes in the early morning, I walk Revere beach while I wait for my husband's train
to come into the station. You can see the rather tiny sort-of an island 
where we live on the horizon.  
Those who know of such things put up beach fences
to keep the world from tramping over God's little birds in their nests.
But, the wind and the waves knock them over as the season progresses.
After a while it can be difficult to decipher which side of the fence
our steps are falling on....
The line between the world and the spirit
is twisted and curved and fallen down in spots
and beaten and battered
and shifted sometimes so slightly that you hardly even notice...
We must be constantly testing ourselves, 
examining our hearts, seeking wisdom.
I love Galations.
I love the way Paul opens our hearts and our minds
not without a firm hand,
and yet g…

Tune for a Tuesday


10 July

the fun

Saturday I went to visit an old friend at a family gathering
there's nothing like a swing on a porch
and a summer afternoon with your peeps...

 the good

Joey spent an extra night with us
and in the morning we went out to breakfast

the random

Joe's train was late coming in to Wonderland one morning
which gave me a chance to take some pictures along the beach pavilions
before things got too crowded

Nana's Joy

Verne and I had a bit of a cuddle on the front porch rocker.
It's a pretty sweet gig.
Bonnie kept telling me I could put him down in the pack-n-play
but I just kept on rockin'

It's a nana thing....

03 July

the good
Jack's wicked awesome birthday cake
welcome to the world of teenagers!

the random

apples and cheeses

on the porch of an afternoon

the fun
they call me baby driver...

I have no idea where he's taking me

but I am enjoying the ride!


seasons of a simple spirit

Jack's birthday cake

from the womb - my beautiful first grandchild

summertime fare
an impromptu picnic on the porch

(30) group
my daughter's baby shower
and my favorite birds