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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.

19 October

walking the beach

the barricades are up for the season

to keep the waves from crashing across into the street

I love the beach at this time of year

the air is salty and the wind makes our cheeks red

the sands are quiet with only gull prints

to show us that anyone else has been here at all.

only the tide to knock over the stones that we leave

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

18 October


rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have been preparing myself for the Thanksgiving season.

It is my favorite time of year...October through Christmas.

Everything's so beautiful and nostalgic

even the air is filled with sweetness and  scent of sorrow.

Thankful Thursday

Sunday, 8 October 2017

9 October

the good

We have finally finished our kitchen floors!!

They are absolutely beautiful. 

Oh my goodness was it a lot of work!

We stripped off the ugliest red tiles known to man

I have absolutely no idea what they were made of

but I can tell you that I think they were on the floor

when The Honeymooners came out on TV!

Under that was a layer of plywood subfloor

with about a gizzillion nails in it

and under that....another layer of linoleum flooring

and some kind of nasty glue!

Then we had to remove the fridge, stove, washer, dryer,

even the cabinet from the wall!

Even all the dishes, silverware, and all things from everywhere.

Our kitchen was empty for 2 weeks!

It was torture!

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the fun

putting it all back together was my kind of fun!

Well...not so much the fridge or the washing machine or the stove.

They are heavy and we did them one a night after work.

It was hard and my husband scratched the new floor

when he did the fridge by himself...

that wasn't so fun.

But, then I got to put the hutch back

and all the decorating....

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the random

I picked up this old plant stand table

that a previous tenant left in an apartment I once lived in.

The color is fabulous

I put a few books, an old lamp, a pumpkin candle,

and a pipe that looks like something

Bilbo Baggins would have smoked.

Make it Pretty Monday 

8 October




Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, 

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, 

whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue,

and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

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This was one of the first verses I ever read in the bible 

that reached out and pulled me in. 

and I haven't put it down for any length of time since then.

When I wander....and I am prone to wander

these are some of the words that bring me back. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

4 October

When things get a little too much for me I make myself a cup of tea

and remember what really matters in this world. 

Here is the recipe for the chia tea latte that I make. 

3 teaspoons of black tea....or 3 teabags (I use loose tea)
 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of water
 1/2 tsp of cardomom
 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ginger
1/4 tsp of cloves
1/4 tsp of nutmeg

I put it all into a pot and bring it just below the boil

then I turn the flame way down low and let it sit 

on the heat without boiling for about 5 minutes.

Then I strain it into my favorite teacup.

This makes enough for about 2 smallish cups or 1 rather large mug.


For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers,

against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,

against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 

Ephesians 6:12
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

This seems especially apropos during these trying times.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

17 September

the fun....not

my kitchen floors are being re-done on Friday and Saturday.

Everything is everywhere and things will get worse before they get better.

Stove's unhooked (it's gas)

the good....not

my bedroom ceiling had a leak some time ago

and we are having it repaired and repainted.

But, it's proving to be more difficult than expected so....

everything is everywhere and we are sleeping on the couch...

there are drop cloths over the bureau's.....


the random....

I don't know...I can't think straight.

The good, the fun, the random

Friday, 15 September 2017

15 September

Waiting for his favorite part of the song his teddy bear sings. 

Saturday we went into Marblehead

and the boys...well, I'm not really sure what they were doing....

being boys.

Ice cream for lunch on Sunday! 


Gas house beach in Marblehead.

We went there often when my girls were young.

Home...where I am happy to be. 

Friday fave five

Thursday, 14 September 2017

14 September

Joe's hours have changed!

He is now working days instead of nights and he has Sundays off!

It's been so nice getting to spend time with him again.

We've had a chance to spend time with the boys to see Verne

and other family!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

13 September

When the September afternoons are warm

and the mornings and evenings are chilly,

I cut some up some apples and pears

and add them to a pitcher of fresh water

along with a cinnamon stick and a chunk of ginger.

It's a delightfully refreshing and healthy taste of fall

Monday, 11 September 2017

11 September

the random

 Of a Sunday evening....

I glanced up to notice the sun setting

through the windows in the living room

Joe and I were settled in

and everything was all beautiful and quiet.

the good

Ice cream for lunch!

the fun

We walked the old fort on a sunny afternoon

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