Star stuff


“The cosmos is within us.

We are made of star stuff.”

Carl Sagan

I live in old town Marblehead, MA where the antique houses don’t have front yards and sit on narrow winding lanes. Most folks grow tiny gardens or place containers filled with plants in the front of their houses. My house has three wooden garden beds; the cosmos has sort of taken over this year and is spilling out onto the street and into the walkway. 
I love it!

My mother loved to plant morning glories. I planted these for her in the spring. Yesterday when I was leaving for work I noticed them blooming.

The school campus where I work was once a tree farm. We have beautiful trees. Once in a while a storm knocks an old one down and Pete, our groundskeeper/doer of all things, comes along and cuts it up into logs that we use for various purposes in the playgrounds. One of the things we use them for is a step that the children can stand on to reach the big chimes that hang from a low branch on the giant Beech tree. This particular log had rotted out so much that we replaced it and I took it into my toddler classroom and placed it in a dish bin filled with sand. Some of the little holes and tunnels connect inside the log which means the children can pour sand into one hole and it comes out of another hole on the other side of the log. I suppose this is a very long way of saying that we love this log! It’s very cool!

Yesterday it rained all day. 
Buckets of torrential downpours!

Just about nap time when all of the toddlers were sound asleep we got a tornado warning over our phones. So…we grabbed all of the children as gently and efficiently as we could and got them all down into the basement where we had a bunch of nap mats on the floor for everyone to sit on while we waited it out. 
Did I say I live in Massachusetts? 
We don’t really get tornadoes. We didn’t get this one either but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially when the safety of children is concerned. 
It was quite an adventure! 


  1. ...your first image is wonderful!

  2. More places are getting tornado warnings that have not in the past. The Morning Glories are beautiful! And the white flower photo is so pretty, especially with the yelow house in the distance. What adorable little chubby hands!

  3. Old houses on winding lanes sounds magical to me. The tornado, not so much. Glad you were all safe. Thank you for linking up and have a great week.


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