Sunday, 31 December 2017



1 Peter 3:10

Who ever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;

Friday, 29 December 2017

29 December


We had our family Christmas celebration 

on the day of Christmas Eve.

Lots of love!


My mum, me, and Verne!

He was watching the beach out the window and we were watching him!


By the end of the day Verne was tuckered out

and Hopie-nana got some cuddle time.

White Christmas

We woke on Christmas morning to a winter wonderland

snow falling - wind blowing the tree branches - waves crashing against the shore

by noon all had settled down and the sun was shining once again.

Perfect for an afternoon walk down the path through the wood.


Christmas night found Joe and I 

quiet and peaceful under the lights of the tree.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

28 December

I am not so big on resolutions

I tend to choose a word for the year.

This year my word is rhythm. 

a daily rhythm, weekly rhythm, seasonal rhythm, yearly rhythm.

I am finding joy and a sense of contentedness 

in the repeating rhythms of my life.

I will be halfway through my fifties this year....

There's something peaceful about seeing a daffodil bloom for the fifty-fifth time,

watching a field slowly fill with snow, 

hearing the sound of a robin in the branches outside my window...

sweeping my kitchen floor as the sun sets every evening

the rhythm of a simple spirit

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

27 December

I love that this is the time of year for new beginnings.

I love new beginnings.

Sorting out all that has gone before....

organizing and cleaning and making peace with what's to be let go of

Remember the old Mork and Mindy show?

Fly, be free.

So, we send off 2017 over the mountains and into the sea.

We embrace 2018

with all of its shiny new promise and hope for healing

I will be halfway through my fifties this year which must have some significance...

I have plans for saving more money,

for more regular church attendance and bible study...

For continuing my education with a few classes,

for making walking out of doors a part of my daily rhythm...

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Boxing Day

Farewell little Christmas tree

You have made a memory

Feel free to add a picture of your Christmas tree

or a memory from your Christmas.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

my unbelief


And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible for one who believes."
Immediately, the father of the child cried out and said, 
"I believe; help my unbelief!"

~ ~ ~

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God,
but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
fully convinced that God was able to do
what he had promised. 

Romans 4:19-21

God has made no promises to me regarding the health of my sister.

Certainly, he has made no promises regarding the length of our lives here.

We've been told by the medical professionals that this is the best treatment.

So we move forward, heavy hearted, with faith and trepidation.

But....Jesus whispers in my ear as I lie awake in my bed,

my heart beats with his promises as I sit at my desk

in the dark before sunrise...

His love for her is deeper and stronger than ours could ever be.

He will care for her.

This is my prayer:

To heal her and set her back amongst and laughing

or...if that is not your will,

to hold her warm against your all loving heart,

and soften all her footfalls so that nothing should bump against her,

or cause her to cry out,

make her journey an easy one dear Lord,

be by her side as she goes through the radiation and chemo.

~ ~ ~
I believe; help my unbelief.

Monday, 18 December 2017

18 December

the fun

I took my daughter and grandson to the Boston aquarium on Friday.

I enjoy giving times together instead of things for Christmas.

It is a tradition my mum started with my children

and I am happy to carry on.

He loved it!

the good

We are bittersweet this year. 

All of our Christmas wishes are sent to my sister 

as we have recently found out that the colon cancer

she had almost 7 years ago has spread to her sacrum.

We will be rejoicing to be able to spend Christmas together together.

Almost all of us under one roof!

the random

So...I have a crazy 6 hour Christmas playlist.

I like to find new versions of classics

HERE is Jack Johnsons's version of Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer.

Make sure you listen till the last verse at the end.

It's wonderful. 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

a season of hope

Yesterday was my sister's birthday.

Happy birthday Holly!

Wednesday Joe and I went to see It's a Wonderful Life at the movie theatre!

It was so fun to see it on the big screen!

We noticed things we hadn't seen before even though we've 

seen it hundreds of times.

It is both of our favorite movies of all time.

My mother's birthday was this week as well. 

She came over along with my brother and his girlfriend.

We had prime rib (her favorite) with baked potatoes and salad.

There was pecan pie for dessert!

I took Bonnie and Verne to the aquarium as a Christmas present.

We weren't quite sure how he would do as he's just 14 months old.

He was absolutely fantastic! He loved it!

He kept laughing and shouting "fishy!"

I think he would have climbed into the tank with them if he could have!

Afterward, we stopped for a bite to eat....

He tired himself right out.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Keeping Sabbath


My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
For he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me
and holy is is name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.

Luke 1:47-55

Monday we were told that my sister's colon cancer has reoccurred on her sacrum bone.

She had her original surgery over 6 years ago.

She begins the first of her two week, daily radiation treatments today.

After that she will have chemo every other week for 4 months.

After that she will be on a chemo pill for the rest of her life.

Throughout all of it, we pray unceasingly.

In this season of Advent,  I am reminded of who He is...

and of all He can do...even to the most humble of us.

Monday, 11 December 2017

11 December

the good

Joe and I went to the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll on Thursday night.

It was absolutely beautiful!

There is something about Christmas in the city!

It was like we were in a Hallmark movie!

the random

Charles street window displays

snow faeries dresses for the Christmas tree ball

the fun

It snowed all day and all night on Saturday!

Jack and I took a walk past the Christmas tree stand...

There aren't too many trees left now

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Thursday, 7 December 2017

party dress in tinsel town

I was doing some browsing in TJ Max the other day

and happened upon this beautiful Christmas tree skirt.

It looked like a dress you would wear to a party in tinsel town....

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Notes from home

I was given a simple wooden dollhouse from my work.

It needs to be painted.

Over the weekend I stopped into the paint shop to pick out some colors.

I chose a barn red for the siding, a pine green for the beams,

and a light grey-blue for the floors.

I will begin the project tonight after dinner.

My grandson will be able to use it as a fire station, a barn, a bookcase...or a doll house!

Joe sanded the front door and picked up some primer as well.

I will be painting the door this week as well. 

I would like to get two coats of primer on by the end of the week

and the finish coat of Marblehead Gold over the weekend. 

I have decided to make some gift baskets filled with homemade goodies.

My mum will get one filled with breads and soups as she often

stops at her local market to buy single servings.

I will also make her a small bit of cookies and muffins.

I know she doesn't like to have many sweets in the house.

My daughters will be getting some of the same things

but Bonnie will get bigger portions as she has a family to feed.

I picked up a whole turkey for on .69 cents per pound 

and I'll be using that for quite a bit of the soups.

Also, my sister-in-law, is on a Paleo diet...

as am I although she is a bit stricter than I am.

I will fill a basket with all kinds of Paleo goodies....

It's very hard for her to find things that she can eat. 

I have started a wonderful bible study for the Advent and I have been 

gleaning much from it as I watch the sunrise from the window at my desk.

Monday, 4 December 2017

5 December


Each new day is filled with hope...

regardless of how dark the night



4 December

the good

Verne made the front page of the local paper!
I think he likes his dada best. 

The fun

I love Beacon Hill in Boston and especially at Christmas time!

Last week I spent my lunch break walking up, down and around

taking pictures with my phone!

I could hear all kinds of Christmas music playing in the Commons

in celebration of the tree lighting later that night.

the random

My cousin shared this old photograph with me.

We had a mini-family reunion back in 2002

and these are all my mother and one of her sister's grandchildren!

They look a lot different now!

Friday, 1 December 2017


The season of Advent.

It's my favorite time of year.

Please be extra kind to everyone.

We are all fighting battles, stressed out, sad, hurried, broke and or broken....

This time of year can be difficult

This is why it's so important to be kinder than necessary.

God make my life a little light Within the world to glow A little flame that burneth bright Wherever I may go.

I put the tree up last weekend.

It's much too early....I hope it lasts till Christmas day.

We buy from the PTO fundraiser on our rather tiny island.

The stand is just across the street and we walk home carrying our Christmas tree.

On Saturdays and Sundays the lot fills up with happy families.

They pull wagons through the wooded path

and the children pull their trees home in them...all red and green and laughing.

They pile out of red and white SUV's...children running through the rows

to find the perfect tree.

Then they load the trees onto the tops of their vehicles and drive home to untangle the lights...

It's like a Hallmark movie!

My beautiful grandson Verne

with Christmas wonder in his eyes.
 The dollhouse

I was gifted an old dollhouse from work.

I'm going to give it a nice paint job

and leave it at my house for Verne and any future grandchildren

to play with when they visit.

I had to carry it home on the subway which was rather silly looking....

Verne met Santa and made the front page of the local paper.

It was fairly clear that he enjoyed Santa more from the safety of his father's arms.

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