Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Our world (s)


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Our worlds are getting both smaller and larger at the same time.

Smaller in that we are stuck inside our own homes for the most part.

Larger because we check on one another (digitally) day by day.

Even though I am in the USA I am checking on you Italy

And even though I am in New England, I am checking on you New York.

I am keeping the world in my prayers these days.

I hope you are all home and healthy and safe.

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Diary of home


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I am mindful of the silence and the stillness in the air.

Though I am sure that hospitals are grim and turbulent those of us who remain at home

find ourselves in a world that is strange and secluded.

A world that has changed so swiftly that we hardly know how to cope. 




As for me there are tulips on the kitchen table

in the grey light from oyster-coloured skies 

I am basking in their simplicity in these extraordinary days. 

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30 March


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The good

The stay home mandate has given me a chance for walking

(Alone and 6 feet away from anyone I come by)

Everything is so quiet and peaceful. 


 The fun

On Friday evening my mum, (who lives in the first floor flat just underneath us) my husband, and I

had an outdoor video cocktail party with my daughter who lives about 45 minutes away

We all laughed together and it was so fun to spend time with family. 


The random

My neighbor just on the corner has decorated her wooden fish with homemade masks.

She has also left a basket of extra masks there for people who work in the medical field to take. 

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Selah


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So we do not lose heart

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us
an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 
as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. 
For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Walking wild


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It’s still cold out where I am. 

Frost cold!




But the trees are blooming and that is a very happy thing!

I’ve been trying to get out for a walk at least once a day

because I need to keep to some kind of a daily rhythm during all of this

or I’ll slip into oblivion. 

I’ve been paying attention to all the signs of spring as I walk.

It cheers my soul.

Have you been able to get outside at all?

Perhaps you might like to join my little linky.

Let’s try and share some of the natural world with our bloggers friends. 
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Friday, 27 March 2020

Postcards from Home


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Tucker’s schedule hasn’t changed much....

He moves from his napping spot at the bottom of the bed

To his napping spot on the top of the chair...



I’ve been spending more time at my desk in the small room

we refer to as the conservatory.





 I have had more time for mediation and prayer in the morning



I have also had more time to look out of my kitchen window....

where  absolutely nothing is happening!



I picked up some tulips at the market when I was there the other day.

I also have had more time for tea of an afternoon. 

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Monday, 23 March 2020

A diary of home


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As we move into this second week of social distancing

I find a certain calmness in myself

Which is in contrast to all that goes on around me.

Death is a forgone conclusion for us all and very few will have much say how or when it occurs.

We do however, have some control over how we choose to live.




My desk is in the conservatory.

Joe’s guitars are in there as well.

Naturally,  there is a selection of houseplants too.

It is also in the conservatory where I have been practicing daily meditation.

It keeps me clear headed and pure hearted...if there are such things.

It keeps me connected to a God that cares little for what I call him

Or where I worship him.


Please tuck in tight my friends.

I pray for your safety and your health and for that of your loved ones.

For the safety and health of the world.

I pray that when this terrible virus has finally passed us over

We can come out into the sunshine of a new morning

And begin to rebuild a new world

With the peace and love that surpasses all understanding.



Home and garden Thursday


23 March


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My husband is an essential employee and is still going to work.

I work in a private school and have been off of work for over a week now. 

So...I’ve been driving him to the Wonderland T stop 

and his co-worker has been picking him up there.

That way he doesn’t have to take public transportation

and I get to see a beautiful sunrise on my way home.


I went to my daughter’s house last Tuesday.

It was so fun to spend time with my grandchildren.

I probably won’t go back to see them until this is over.

Abigail is walking now...girls just wanna have fun. 


I’ve been trying to get out for a walk at least once a day.

The trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming...

It seems as if the earth continues to turn even without us

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The good, the random, the fun

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Selah


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So we do not lose heart. 
Though our outer self is wasting away, 
Our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing
For us and eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
As we look not to the things that are seen
But to the things that are unseen.
For  the things that are seen are transient,
But the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Friday, 20 March 2020

Family Friday


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In Massachusetts the schools, both public and private,  have been closed since the 16th.

I work in a private Montessori school so this has given me quite a bit of time off.

I have tried to go for a long walk at least once a day.

Yesterday I saw a tree just beginning to blossom out.

Happy Spring!



Tucker Huckleberry Finn’s schedule hasn’t been affected by the stay-home orders.


Tuesday I took a ride to my daughter’s house. 

I got to do some painting with my favourite littles!


Wednesday they started running all public transportation on a Saturday schedule.

My husband’s job is essential personnel and he takes the bus and subway to work.

We have only one car...

So...since the school I work at has been closed till 7 April 

I have been driving him to the closest subway stop where his co-worker picks him up.

I stopped at the beach on the way home one day to capture this beautiful sunrise. 


I hope you all had a very happy St. Patrick’s day!

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I thought now might be a nice time to resurrect my Family Friday meme.

Most of us are under orders to stay home so we will be spending

Quite a bit of time with our families. 

Join below if you are so inclined.  







Thursday, 19 March 2020

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

A diary of home

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Keep a fire for the human race
Let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know what will be coming down
Perhaps a better world is drawing near
Just as easily it could all disappear
Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around
Go on and make a joyful sound

Jackson Browne 1974



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Monday, 16 March 2020

16 March


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Apparently spring Crocus are not much for social distancing

And are popping up in large groups all over town.


An giant old Sycamore Maple in Fort Sewell was hit by lightening last summer.

Just this week they took what was left of it down.

It had stood at the edge of the Atlantic for around 150 years!

All things must pass.


I’m not sure when this bench at Crocker park was painted but it’s so fun.

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The good, the random, the fun



Sunday, 15 March 2020

Selah


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Do nothing out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others 
as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but [also] everyone for those of others.
 Philippians 2:3-4

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Saturday, 14 March 2020

We’re all one


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When you’ve seen beyond yourself

Then you may find peace of mind is waiting there

And the time will come when you will see we’re all one

And life flows on within you and without you.
~
George Harrison.











Friday, 13 March 2020

Family Friday




One of my favourite students and I are pretty cool at the playground. 

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I will be 57 in less than a month. I’ve been letting my hair go grey 

and I got it cut a month or so ago.

I don’t know why we are always chasing youth.

It’s not as if we have a chance of catching it. 

I’m happy to enjoy where I am and count my blessings

at having made it here. 

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 My step-son, Jack, has moved in with us.

I’m not sure I’m ready for this...

I’ve done it before...

There’s always an adventure. 

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My sister will be starting radiation again next week. It will be another 5 mega-doses.

They found another spot on the other side of her iliac joint.

Afterward she will have to go through chemo again. 

This is a favourite picture of all of us. 

We were enjoying the company of one another.

My mum didn’t want to take her apron off for a picture 

So I took out my collection and we all wore aprons!

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Wednesday it was warm enough for meditation and morning prayers at Fort Sewell 

It felt so nice to have the warm sun and the ocean breeze on my face.

It’s cooled down since then...and there was a wee gale wind...

But I have faith that spring will soon be here. 





Thursday, 12 March 2020

Within you and without you


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Yesterday I walked up to Fort Sewell to meditate.

It was so beautiful and peaceful to feel the warm sun and the ocean.

This morning the temperatures are back to freezing and there is a gale wind.

I think I will do my morning prayers indoors.

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