Showing posts from December, 2014

31 December

once this piece of clay was a brick
 now it has become a heart
in 2014 i chose the word reach
this year my theme word is
I am not sure what the new year holds for me
but I hope that I end up on the beach
as a representation of love

 abc wednesday
wednesday around the world
outdoor wednesday

24 december

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much, that, while I cannot give, you can take.
  No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.
  No Peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace.
  The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take Joy.
  And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

— by Fra Giovanni Giocondo Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435–1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar.  Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513.

19 december

a few random thoughts

One year I walked through the Christmas tree farm just before the mad rush.

I had no plans to purchase a tree so the pressure was off.

I just took my camera for a stroll.

I got the best images and this is one of them that I have doctored up.


we have colored lights on our tree this year for the first time in a long while.

Those boys like the colored lights more so, of course,

we went right out and purchased new lights.

I like the white kind the best

but I like those boys more than I like white lights.


Every morning I make coffee in my french press.

I love the whole process of making it and I love the way it sounds

as I pour the water in.

It doesn't stay hot very long though....


I lost my copy of It's a Wonderful Life.

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find it available to watch

either on line or on demand?

We have to wait until they show it (with commercials) on Saturday night.

I'm going to buy another copy this afternoon


Tomorrow …

17 december

our beautiful serendipity family

black and white wednesday

17 december

in the gloaming 
 at Christmas tide
on a rather tiny island

black and white wednesday
wednesday around the world
abc wednesday -water
outdoor wednesday

14 december

i am tangled up in you
have been forever your ring-tone is a spacecraft landing on the rooftop
we two spinning together  with angels and lunatics
we shall endeavor now to tread upon this planet and spread what love we have

before all's lost and say hello

the sunday whirl

16 December

in the morning sunlight

christmas candy glimmers

enchanting with it's sweet colors

pretty enough just to look at....

texture tuesday

14 December



today is my mother's 80th birthday and tomorrow is my sister's 50th

underneath what we look like

lies the real beauty 



Scavenger hunt sunday 

I didn't quite get to them all....

it's OK though

13 December

tomorrow my mother will celebrate her 80th birthday
and my sister will celebrate her 50th the next day

momentous occasions
I think that the beauty lies beneath the milestones
beneath the noisy holidays
beneath the layers of leftover wrapping paper
and half glasses of wine remaining in  bottles 
 old photographs

i find the beauty in the quiet ride home
as the sky is darkening
and a sepia film developing 
over everything
that is where i find the beauty
not so much in what we say
but in how we hold each other

here is a link to the poem I wrote for my mother
in my mother's garden

photo hunt saturday

12 december

these are a few of my favorite things
~ a bit of lamplight from the corner table
for these early dark afternoons
tiny brown paper packages tied up with string

 peppermint sticks by the jarful
friends and family around us

friday finds

7 December

the second candle of advent is lit for peace
may the hush of peace
settle over our world this season
may you feel it 
and hear it
and see it
and carry it in your heart

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
this song was written in 1955
by husband and wife
Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
first performed at a retreat in California
for a group of young people 
who were from a wide variety of religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backrounds
after the retreat these people came down off the mountain
and spread this song every where they went
history of hymns

11 december

the thing about

gingerbread zombies

is that we eat them

little things thursday

10 December

we are in the midst of a very slow moving 
heavy rain, wild winds
and super tides
I suppose that one would need a vaporimeter 
to determine the exact vapor pressure of this storm

I wish that it was snow....
but don't tell anyone
saying that kind of stuff around here
isn't exactly the way to win friends 

watery wednesday
outdoor wednesday
abc wednesday

reading challenges

reading challenges
these are the challenges I will be participating in

key word challenge
January- silent Quiet

February - Key, water, lie, chase, heir, once

On a Farther Shore
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
William Souder

I believe this may be a bit of a stretch but this is a biography of Rachel Carson

who wrote the book Silent Spring which was the impetus for the

 environmental movement in the 1960's.

March - kind, face, power, city, blue, night, to

April - dream, prince, long, wind, rose, the, rock

May - Ash, road, thief, bend, in, far

June - my, together, whisper, win, soul, sleep

July - sun, unto, energy, fate, high, look

Sundial of the Seasons
Hal Borland

August - fall, boy, glass, heart, lost, now

September - color, touch, life, day, how, sweet

October - ghost, home, beach, away, test, number

November - rise, holiday, and, little, call, dark

December - space, mirror, over, flower, trap, cold

road trip challenge

The Way to Rainy Mountain
N. Scott Momaday
New Mexico


9 december

he came to this rather tiny island

 at 6:00 in the evening

after work

she turned on the Christmas lights

just at sunset

so they would come into view

as he drove over the causeway

and into the shimmering quiet

of their evening together

poetry jam

9 december

brown paper packages 
tied up with string

texture tuesday

7 December

This brings me joy
You can see our house all lit up in the back ground. 
The Christmas tree stand is in the beach park right across the street

so our serendipitous family

doesn't have far to walk it home and carry it up the stairs. 

A white pear vase I bought at the Christmas fair 


Ever so patiently she threaded the striped
Twine through the pinprick holes 
In the tiny  whale ornaments. 

We made cinnamon applesauce ornaments in the shape of whales

scavenger hunt sunday

7 december

memories traipsed through her hallways
like filets of time

 some days she just feigned indifference
her cape of invisibility
fanning the flame of her small fire
her heart  a cavernous cave
where the chains of Jacob Marley 
through a red and green haze
deranged and derailed
and too late to exchange
and some days she wondered why she didn't break under the strain

the sunday whirl

just thought that this is rather depressing...but not autobiographical
although I dabble lightly in the dark I live in the sunshine...
i am annoyingly cheerful
and ever more so during the Christmas season

4 December

the PTO christmas tree stand is open in the lowlands

We can see this from our kitchen window

the mothers and fathers volunteering at the stand

when the sunsets they light a fire in an old metal barrel

and gather around it to keep warm

You can see the dune grasses in the image and the wind coming

off the Atlantic get's pretty chilly

Children run around with each other

father's tie trees to the tops of cars with rope

grandmothers bring hot cocoa and homemade cookies

to the helpers

little things thursday
thursday favorite things

My town shoot out

03 December

let us not be unobservant 
to the plight of those around us

where there is want
where there are tears
where there is loneliness
let us sow
what plenty we may have
and cheer
and the gifts of good friendship

and let us look to our own hearts
and leave them not unamended

for thereby some have entertained angels

abc wednesday

02 December

jugs in the cupboard
wish cheers of the season
upon all who enter

texture tuesday