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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

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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
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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
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 post only one link 
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



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