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31 December

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some of my favorite cookbooks on the shelf in the kitchen



Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday
The charm of home

Tuesday Afternoon

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the little birds my nieces made

on the top shelf of the kitchen hutch

I cleaned a little nest off of the porch

after all the babies took wing

I'm also linking up with

Through my lens
nature notes 

won't you come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love  Kara




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the christmas tree

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the good

So....
every year we buy our tree from the little PTO stand in the park 
across the street.
It's the biggest fundraiser of the year for the grade school 
on our rather tiny island.
This year was no exception.
Saturday morning just after Joe and Joey left for hockey practice
Jack and I walked over to pick out a tree....
they had exactly 16 trees left....
all of which were absolutely gigantic!!
We chose the smallest one in the lot
over 9 feet tall and about 4 feet wide
Somehow we got it up the stairs and into the stand
it took me about 3 hours to get it all lit and decorated.
It's beautiful...but we are never doing that again!
the fun....
seeing the expressions on Joe and Joey's faces when they saw the tree
Joey was rather understated, "it's a little big."
whereupon Joe looked up and stated with enthusiasm
"Holy Shit!"
the random


Last years tree and this years tree...not very random....








Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun


making your ho…

11 December

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the kitchen hutch

dressed for the season

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We have a present or two

here and there around the house

I enjoy wrapping and I do it as I go

so it isn't a chore on Christmas Eve

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Once every other year or so

my sister and I and three of our cousins

do a cousin's weekend

we do a little shopping, a little eating,

and a lot of laughing!


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Every year Marblehead, MA has a great little Christmas parade

on the first Saturday of December

This guy -whose name escapes me -

always makes an appearance


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I love Christmas music

I have it tuned into  the radio in my car...

I love hearing it in the market

I even sing along as I shop

and people like it....they tell me it cheers them up to hear me singing.

and they don't even sound sarcastic!

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Friday fave fives
faith and fellowship
Friday my town shoot out
soulfood friday

Tuesday Afternoon

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'tis the season for belief
Everybody's talking about bagism, madism, dragism,  shagism, ragism, tagism, this ism, that ism ism, ism, ism, All we are saying is give peace a chance all we are saying is give peace a chance all we are saying is give peace a chance all we are saying is give peace a chance all we are saying is give peace a chance all we are saying is give peace a chance all we are saying is give peace a chance
all we are saying
is give peace a chance
(John Lennon)
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7 December

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the fun
I don't use a lot of silver and gold in my decorating.
I must admit that I am not such a fan of things that don't look natural.
I was able to find a glittery ribbon to tie around 
Malachy the Teddy bear
the good
It was our cousins weekend!!
We try to get together once a year or so
and it's always fun during the Christmas season!

the random
The biggest fundraiser of the year for the PTO on our rather tiny island  is the Christmas tree sale in the park across the street.
All day long on Sunday I watched them load trees onto the cars....
I swear every other car was red and it looked so festive to see the
families tying green trees to the tops of all those red cars. 
I could smell them every time I opened my door!
One family even walked the path through the wood with a wagon!
The older boy was pulling the wagon with his little brother in it
then they loaded a tree into the wagon and all walked home through the wooded path!
we won't get our tree till next weekend when…

love is all around

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love is all around
At times in my life when there has been sadness

I have always been able to look around

to see signs in the universe

that all will be well
soulfood friday

3 December

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1). I learned that our children grow up, become adults, suffer serious hurt in ways we cannot protect them from. A few weeks ago my daughter suffered a miscarriage. I went with her to the ultrasound and when the midwife said she was sorry...there was no heartbeat....my poor sweet daughter, who is nothing but goodness, broke into tears and sobbed and sobbed. We just sat there crying. She cried for the loss of her dreams for the tiny life inside of her. I cried for the loss of my daughter's innocence. She is forever changed now. I learned that our children grow up in many ways.
2). I learned that there are people who are a constant roller-coaster of emotions...up and down...around and around. They cause all kinds of havoc and chaos. I don't need to take that ride.
3). I learned that it is possible to pick up and start again no matter where you are.
4). I learned that budgeting money is something I am good at....I wish I had a bit more of it to budget...
5). I learned that ther…

2 December

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November's full frost moon rising over the Atlantic

It was a full moon low tide
the beach so long 
and the sea so far out
 it felt as if we might
 step off the edge of the earth
and touch the rising moon
~ ~ ~
Undulating water 
Under an orange moon
rising Up in the sky
for Us

ABC Wednesday
wordless Wednesday
Watery songlines 
coffee for your heart
Wake up Wednesday
Women with intention

Tuesday Afternoon

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The Christmas Tree -I love the movie but admit, I haven't yet read the book
New England Cookbook
Storms and Shipwrecks of New England, which mentions a wreck off the coast 
of my hometown, Marblehead, MA
and a hiker's cookbook
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30 November

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the good
boys in the hood


the random
macro flowers


the fun
Joey and I went to the Marblehead/Swampscott football game
on Thanksgiving morning.
I grew up in Marblehead so we routed for the home team.
I live in Nahant now though, and Nahant kids go to highschool in Swampscott
so we didn't route too loudly.
Marblehead won though.....we creamed them
51 to nothing!
Happy Thanksgiving



The Glover regiment was the Marblehead regiment during the Revolutionary war.
There is a reenactment team that walks the Thanksgiving game and shoots their muskets
when ever Marblehead scores.
There was a lot of shooting going on.

there is even a little yellow on the vest of the linesman/official...

whatever he's called


Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing
I love macro
macro monday 2
nature footstep catching light

first Sunday of Advent

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HOPE

Joey tells me that there are no more monarch butterflies
and that what we see are painted lady butterflies
which look almost exactly the same

since I can't tell the difference I am holding out hope
that somewhere in the world there are monarchs
flying about the milk weed

I hope for a world torn apart

I hope for a small babies lost heartbeat

I hope for my beautiful daughters

I hope for all the children of the world

and for all us



keepin Sabbath and a poem on Saturday

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visions of sugarplums...
 the Christmas trees for the PTO fundraiser arrived this morning
We stood on the window shelf and watched the big truck
pull into the lowlands parking lot
The PTO parents and neighbors all came out of their houses 
to help unload the trees and lean them up on the stand
All the residents of our rather tiny island will be 
picking out a tree to grace their homes with this season



giving thanks

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it is not a little thing to be with the ones you love



Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more
through the years we all will be together
if the fates allow.... ~
At the edges of our celebrations are the memories 
of those who are no longer with us.
I can see them in the way a young girl's eyes twinkle
or the expression on your cousin's face 
that looks just like a grandfather...
or a special taste to the gravy
or apricot squares
mince pie with hard sauce
watching Christmas Vacation late night
when almost everyone has gone home
~~~ Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas is my favorite Christmas song
because it acknowledges the heartbreak and sadness that we share sometimes
it remembers that we may not always be together
but that the most important thing
is that we have one another now

I am listening to old carols now as I prepare

the vegetables for our dinner later this afternoon

I am anticipating be…

Tuesday Afternoon

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I am asking if you could please limit yourselves to one link
otherwise things get a bit redundant.
I will be deleting posts that do not follow along with this
thank you
won't you come with me and see the beauty of Tuesday Afternoon Your post can be about anything  that feeds your spirit and the family friendly nature of  a spirit of simplicity  Please link to your post and not your entire blog Please comment on at least, the post before you Please post a link back to A Spirit of Simplicity so that others may join   If you choose to follow me I will follow you back I always return comments Peace and Love
wordless Wednesday
Watery songlines 




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23 November

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the good
Bonnie and Dan will be moving into their first home together
I think they will be happy there


the random
sometimes there is sadness
peaks and valleys
the fun
Crocker Park ninja's
coming soon to a park near you

The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings

22 November

there is sadness here these past few days
My beautiful daughter miscarried at 9 weeks.
We are all brokenhearted. 
I just haven't had much to say of late.

19 November

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Where ever I go I always sing a song of home


The sounds of the bells at Abbot Hall
ring out on the hour 
and settle softly over the grasses and rocky scrambles 
at Crocker Park
they've done so since long before anyone here can remember
Do you wonder if there are places that miss
your footfall when you are not there?
My feet trod at Crocker like 
my heart beats within me
I carry it with me like a song


Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday

tuesday afternoon

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this is a man who 
pulled his piano on the back of his bike into Paris
so that he could play John Lennon's song 
"Imagine"
in honor of the victims of the bombing in Paris



Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one 
I am so thankful for the heroes of this world




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16 November

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The good
my home town

Crocker park



the capacity of the human heart
The fun

Ninja boys....coming soon to a park near you
The random






The good, the random, the fun
Monday musings

keeping sabbath and a poem on Saturday

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there are times when all we can do is reflect the light
even if it is only a candle in the darkness
until the morning comes
I wake this morning with such a heavy heart  for the people of France
and for the world
PEACE


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Let your light so shine before men,  that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Scripture and a snapshot
spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home

13 November

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in midst of the dune grass
along the path to dog beach
a juniper tree stands straight up
I've a super crush on it
 visiting  at least every other day.
~ Spent time with a friend yesterday  ~ The weather's been grey and gloomy
dark early and even some wind
November weather for snuggling at home
~ We've have had the boys with us
 lots of laughter in the house!
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Here we relax at the beach
sunsets and sunrises full of beauty


6 word Friday
Friday fave fives
Floral Friday fotos
faith and fellowship
Friday my town shoot out skywatch friday

if there were faeries

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the path through the wood is littered with toadstools

perhaps a diminutive couple live in this one
Phoebe and Bear
when the nights get cooler they sojourn down
a very tiny path 
to have a bonfire with their neighbors
in the early evening twilight.
~ Joey and I didn't happen to see any of that while we walked our path
it wasn't quite twilight yet....
but we are quite sure that there are faeries in these toadstools
We think that Bear might be a bit of a gnome, at least in shape,
because that is a rather gnome shaped door in their toadstool home.
I think we have not heard the last of them...
we are looking forward to tales of their adventures in the tiny wood.
30 days of thankful -12,  I am thankful for paths through the wood and  little friends to share them with
soulfood friday


Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday

11 November

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I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. 
O when wilt thou come unto me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 

~ The ISV says:
I will pay attention to living a life of integrity 
when will I attain it?
I will live with integrity of heart in my house

Which, if we are being honest here, seems a little more likely for me.
Behaving myself wisely in a perfect way is formidable 
but paying attention to living a life of integrity gives me some room to correct myself
when I mess up....and I do mess up. 
I do believe that peace begins at home so walking within my house with a perfect heart
and living with integrity of heart in my home...
this is certainly what to strive for. 
~ I have put electric candles in our windows and I light seasonally scented candles so 
that when Joe comes home from work or if we have friends or family over
it looks welcoming and inviting in our home. 
The most important thing though, is that we live and walk with integrity here.
There i…

Tuesday afternoon

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i love the browns and mauve colours of November
almost muted now after October's fiery show



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9 November

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the good
yellow berries in the wood
the random 

What the Salem water front will look like in a few weeks

this picture is from a few years ago.







the fun

freestyle scrabble 
with a vintage milk glass vase full of
Chinese Lanterns
in the morning sunlight ~ After the boys leave I often see new words that they wrote on the sly

while they where here.

Last week I noticed the word Poop

spelled out using a P from another word....pretty funny if you ask me.


Mosaic Monday
The good, the random, the fun
sharing his beauty
Monday musings
Monday mellow yellow
making your home sing
In a vase on Monday 
macro monday 2
nature footstep catching light

8 November

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boots

missed this one.
inspirational

I can't remember quite where I was inspired to make this little

candleholder/menorah

I still have to pick up some wood glue

but I like it very much with the colored candles.

artificial light

negative space

outside my window
dune grass and bittersweet on the path to the beach
across the street



scavenger hunt sunday

keeping Sabbath and a poem for Saturday

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Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling past.

-Sarah Coleridge

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 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also
ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful

-Colossians 3:15

30 days of thankful
7 of 30

I am thankful for rediscovering this Sarah Coleridge poem Months. When my daughters were little we had a beautifully illustrated  picture book of this poem.
It is a joy to read the poem once again.

spiritual Sundays
Sundays at home
Still Saturdays
Scripture and a snapshot


sunlight on pumpkins

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late afternoon sunlight graces the dining room
I love the time change.
I love the late afternoon sunlight
it reminds me of the school bus dropping my children off from school. 
They would take off their sweaters and tiny blue sneakers
I would start dinner while they had a snack
the sun would set while we ate at the kitchen table
I love the idea of having everyone closing in as the day ends
all your loved ones gathered at close of day.
Splintered sunlight streaming through the windows
and lighting on the pumpkins.

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SOUL FOOD FRIDAY