Abby and Hopie time


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Abby and Hopie go to the beach.

On Saturday my granddaughter, Abigail, asked if she could come to her Hopie's house all by herself.

Of course, I said I would love that!

Her older brother, Verne, wanted to go to a friend's house and her younger sister, Natalie, is too young

to be away from mum for an overnighter. was me and Abigail for the weekend. She wanted to stay 2 nights!

I think she may have been slightly motivated by the need for some alone time

and Natalie's late night crying.


We cooked homemade cornmeal waffles together for breakfast.

When your grandmother is a Montessori teacher you learn to cut your waffles up by yourself.

You can see the concentration on her face.  I didn't help at all!

Verne's first day of Kindergarten!

I drove up in the morning to watch him get on the bus!

He loves it!

On Monday morning Abigail and I drove back up to her house.

My daughter, Hannah, came over with delicious donuts and Bonnie made a breakfast of bacon, sausage,

and fried eggs.

Natalie put Verne's shoes on and tried to follow him out the door into the back yard!

As a teacher I always love this time of year! 

I also love this illustrator, Trina Schart-Hyman.

I also love this magazine for children.


Is it cooling off where you live?

It is here in New England!

Abby and I bought pumpkins at the farmer's market.

I have a stack of books to read this Autumn.

I prefer to read in the evenings rather than watching the television most nights.

I love it when it gets dark early and I can cozy up on the couch with a fire in the woodstove, 

a nice warm blanket, and a good book.

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Friday fave fives


  1. What a wonderful week! What a treasure it was for you to get to spend the weekend with your granddaughter.

  2. What a special time you had with Abby at your house over the weekend. The beach photo is delightful. That is the cutest picture of Natalie with her brother's shoes trying to follow him outside. Bacon, sausage, and fried eggs sounds like a perfect breakfast. Oh, I'm glad Verne had a good first day at Kindergarten. My son did not like Kindergarten, and it was always a difficult time getting him to go. I absolutely love that CRICKET photo. It portrays the school days well, doesn't it? Enjoy your books. These tired eyes haven't read a good book in a long time. Such a sweet post this morning. I really enjoyed it.


  3. You must be the most amazing grandmother! What a wonderful memory she will have of this.

  4. well i have to say i do NOT like when it gets dark early (it's already getting dark here in eastern NY by 8 pm!! I power walk in the dark most nights now. ugh) but i DO love curling up in the autumn and winter with a good book and blanket and a steaming mug of coffee or herbal tea. We don't watch television at all. At all. seriously. Oh wait...we DO watch Law and Order SVU once it's on for the new season. But that is it!
    I LOVE the pic of Abby's concentration and of little Natalie in her big bro's shoes. Classic!

    My oldest used to get Cricket!! We LOVE that magazine for children...and Highlights too!!

  5. I love photos of children at the beach. How nice for you and Abby to have time together. Your book pile looks interesting. I'm enjoying the shorter days, too!

  6. What a sweet time with just your granddaughter. Now, I want waffles!
    Our weather has moderated some so I am thankful for that. There is hope of wonderful cool autumn days ahead.
    We enjoy watching Jeopardy every evening. Keeps our brains agile. Sometimes we watch an old movie or an old TV series. And sometimes we have 'reading nights'.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Verne looks so grown up now heading off to school! How fun to get to spend the weekend with your granddaughter! Good for her for cutting up her own waffle! One of my favorite type of childhood pictures is when they put on someone's big shoes. Always brings a chuckle. The nights are cooling off here. The weather is in transition. Some days are cooler and others like today is still 86*F. It's been a hotter than usual September around here.

  8. What truly beautiful grandchildren and I love their names! Abigail has always been a favorite name of mine, but Verne and Natalie are darling too. Also their name for you is precious. And wow I would like to cut up one of those cornmeal waffles and pour some molasses over it! Happy October! xoxo


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