Showing posts from October, 2017

30 October

The good
My husband is feeling better!
He is recovering from pneumonia.
~ ~ ~ the fun
Verne was Tigger for Halloween.
He didn't actually go trick or treating
but had a great time handing out candy from home. 

the random
My cousin shared an old picture of me at Thanksgiving.
I think I was in 5th or 6th grade at the time. 

Keeping Sabbath

He restoreth my soul
Psalm 23:3

My favorite part of weekend mornings 
is being able to drink my coffee or tea slowly.
My husband is not a coffee drinker and doesn't understand
why I can't just gulp down a cup before I leave for work
and be done with it.
Morning coffee is a bit like art with children
it's process not project. 

This morning as sip I can see ribbons of colour out the window
white fog lifting off of 
the greens of the grassy park across the street,
 beige in the dune grasses waving in the breeze,
beautiful silvery blue of the Atlantic ocean,
calm as glass this morning,
and a pastel, orangey, pink  sun rising up out of it. 
All of it moving to it's own beat of life,
and all of it, all of it,
moving to the rhythm of the earth and to the universe.

So I sit at my window...
sipping my coffee slow.

He restoreth my soul. 
Spiritual Sundays Sunday Scripture Blessings Scripture and a Snapshot Sunday thoughts
Grace and Truth 

27 October

It was my grandson Verne's first birthday a few weeks ago.

My daughter, my mother, Verne and I 
had a  special little celebration!

 A few days later, we went to his first birthday party.


He was pretty excited!

 He even enjoyed opening all the presents.

the kitchen window

October's early morning sunlight
through the kitchen window
scented geraniums brought in from out of doors
though they could have stayed on the porch
as the weather's yet to turn very cool.
Rosemary sprouting in a jelly jar 
some kind of a strange looking succulent that my daughter gifted me
but mostly the sunlight
enough to warm the kitchen as I fill the kettle.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

24 October

the path to the beach

 bittersweet is just beginning to open it's yellow covering
to reveal the berry inside.
Birds don't eat this one....
I like to gather some of it to bring home 
It's so pretty.

 sumac is fuzzy and burgundy...
readying us for the deeper colours of November.

I love to watch the dunes change with the seasons.
Every year the same things blossom
 the same things wither away...

and still it inspires me.


Ruby Tuesday

23 October

I live near Salem, MA.

Halloween is a pretty big deal around here.

There is even a Ferris wheel set up in the middle of town.

Lines stretch around corners for a tour of the

Witch museums and houses.

It's just not my kind of thing. I don't go anywhere near Salem until 1 November

when all the tourists and most of the crazies

have gone home where they belong.

At home I decorate more for the season of Autumn

(which is my favorite)

I add just a few touches here and there

to offset the over the top craziness

the fun

This cheeky little fella sits upon the kitchen hutch every October.
He nestles in among the teapots...waiting for a treat.
~ ~ ~ 
the random of my favorite months of the year

~ ~ ~

the good

in morning
just as the sun crests completely over the Atlantic
the Canadian geese fly up
from their shoreline resting spots
to search for fields where morning sunlight warms the grasses

Make it Pretty Monday


For Today
21 October, Saturday
Looking out my window...The sun is shining in a beautiful blue October sky. I can see flocks of geese flying up from the beach and over the fields across the street. Bittersweet and burgandy sumac stand out against the brown and dark green of the grasses in the dunes. I am thinking...Joe and I have both been sick this past week. It's been terrible 
but it has given us a nice respite together, which was really needed by us both. I am thankful..I am just so very thankful.

One of my favorite things...October in New England. I am creating...a charmed life and a peaceful home
I am wearing...worn in jeans and a flannel shirt

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to... Oh would it be horrible to admit that I have only just finished watching Meet Me in St. Louis? It's one of my very favorites. 
I am hoping...for an answer to prayer
I am learning...that I am a beautiful, strong, intelligent, work in progress.
In my kitchen...I have cranberry, or…

Keeping Sabbath

Let love be genuine.
Romans 12:9


This was Laura Ingalls Wilder's biblical advice for getting along with people.

She was a very sensible lady if you ask me.

Spiritual Sundays Sunday Scripture Blessings Scripture and a Snapshot Sunday thoughts
Grace and Truth 
 Faith filled Friday

a handful of acorns

a handful of acorns
scattered on a tabletop

Japanese Lanterns
light up the Autumn garden

wooded pathways
where feet both young and old do trod
Once upon a time I skipped along to see what lay ahead
now I find my steps are slow enough
to notice each leaf dancing to the forest floor

Yellow leaves in a yellow wood

which all of Autumn is
full of sunshine and of shade
and of melancholy sorrows

Imparting Grace

the floor

We have finally finished our kitchen floors!
~ ~ ~ 
We did the stripping ourselves which was an incredible amount of work.
It took us months and months
because of work schedules and illness but we did it!

We got them down to the original wood floors

from when the house was built over a hundred years ago. 
We had a professional come in to sand and polyurethane them.
We had to remove every single thing....
and find places to put it all....
stoves in the dining room, a fridge in the bedroom...
it was a big mess.

This is what the floor looked like before.
I don't have a clear picture because I always tried to avoid them in my photographs.
Believe me, they were ugly!

Below is what they look like now...

before we moved all the stuff back in.

They look so pretty in the morning sunlight.
I almost never want to leave the kitchen.

19 October

walking the beach

the barricades are up for the season

to keep the waves from crashing across into the street

I love the beach at this time of year

the air is salty and the wind makes our cheeks red

the sands are quiet with only gull prints

to show us that anyone else has been here at all.

only the tide to knock over the stones that we leave

18 October

rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have been preparing myself for the Thanksgiving season.

It is my favorite time of year...October through Christmas.

Everything's so beautiful and nostalgic

even the air is filled with sweetness and  scent of sorrow.

Thankful Thursday

9 October

the good

We have finally finished our kitchen floors!!
They are absolutely beautiful. 
Oh my goodness was it a lot of work!

We stripped off the ugliest red tiles known to man

I have absolutely no idea what they were made of

but I can tell you that I think they were on the floor

when The Honeymooners came out on TV!

Under that was a layer of plywood subfloor

with about a gizzillion nails in it

and under that....another layer of linoleum flooring

and some kind of nasty glue!

Then we had to remove the fridge, stove, washer, dryer,

even the cabinet from the wall!

Even all the dishes, silverware, and all things from everywhere.

Our kitchen was empty for 2 weeks!

It was torture!

~ ~ ~
the fun

putting it all back together was my kind of fun!

Well...not so much the fridge or the washing machine or the stove.

They are heavy and we did them one a night after work.

It was hard and my husband scratched the new floor

when he did the fridge by himself...

that wasn't so fun.

But, then I got to …