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Sunday, 22 October 2017

23 October

I live near Salem, MA.

Halloween is a pretty big deal around here.

There is even a Ferris wheel set up in the middle of town.

Lines stretch around corners for a tour of the

Witch museums and houses.

It's just not my kind of thing.
I don't go anywhere near Salem until 1 November

when all the tourists and most of the crazies

have gone home where they belong.

At home I decorate more for the season of Autumn

(which is my favorite)

I add just a few touches here and there

to offset the over the top craziness

the fun

This cheeky little fella sits upon the kitchen hutch every October.

He nestles in among the teapots...waiting for a treat.

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the random of my favorite months of the year

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the good

in morning

just as the sun crests completely over the Atlantic

the Canadian geese fly up

from their shoreline resting spots

to search for fields where morning sunlight warms the grasses

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Make it Pretty Monday

Saturday, 21 October 2017


For Today

21 October, Saturday

Looking out my window...The sun is shining in a beautiful blue October sky. I can see flocks
of geese flying up from the beach and over the fields across the street. Bittersweet and burgandy
sumac stand out against the brown and dark green of the grasses in the dunes.
I am thinking...Joe and I have both been sick this past week. It's been terrible 

but it has given us a nice respite together, which was really needed by us both.
I am thankful..I am just so very thankful.

One of my favorite things...October in New England.
I am creating...a charmed life and a peaceful home

I am wearing...worn in jeans and a flannel shirt

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to...
Oh would it be horrible to admit that I have only just finished
watching Meet Me in St. Louis? It's one of my very favorites. 

I am hoping...for an answer to prayer

I am learning...that I am a beautiful, strong, intelligent, work in progress.

In my kitchen...I have cranberry, orange, nut bread cooling on the countertop
In my garden...Did I mention the bittersweet just opening up in the dunes?
I will bring a pair of scissors over there tomorrow to cut some
to decorate my home with.

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"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart."
A moment from my day

Keeping Sabbath


Let love be genuine.

Romans 12:9


This was Laura Ingalls Wilder's biblical advice for getting along with people.

She was a very sensible lady if you ask me.

Friday, 20 October 2017

a handful of acorns

a handful of acorns

scattered on a tabletop

Japanese Lanterns

light up the Autumn garden

wooded pathways

where feet both young and old do trod

Once upon a time I skipped along to see what lay ahead

now I find my steps are slow enough

to notice each leaf dancing to the forest floor

Yellow leaves in a yellow wood


which all of Autumn is

full of sunshine and of shade

and of melancholy sorrows

Thursday, 19 October 2017

the floor

We have finally finished our kitchen floors!

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We did the stripping ourselves which was an incredible amount of work.

It took us months and months

because of work schedules and illness but we did it!

We got them down to the original wood floors

from when the house was built over a hundred years ago. 

We had a professional come in to sand and polyurethane them.

We had to remove every single thing....

and find places to put it all....

stoves in the dining room, a fridge in the bedroom...

it was a big mess.

This is what the floor looked like before.

I don't have a clear picture because I always tried to avoid them in my photographs.

Believe me, they were ugly!

Below is what they look like now...

before we moved all the stuff back in.

They look so pretty in the morning sunlight.

I almost never want to leave the kitchen.

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