Hopie · In the garden · kinfolk · Out and about

A view of the harbour


The good

Joe and I walked around the corner to have lunch at the Barnacle. I had a cup of lobster bisque, he had a bowl of chowder and we split a seafood platter. We also had bloody Mary’s. The view of the harbour was outstanding as usual and the food was delicious!

The random

I happened to catch a butterfly on one of the sunflowers across the street as I was walking into the house the other day. There are two butterfly bushes in the neighborhood as well so they have plenty of choices as to where to eat.

The fun

We went to visit Bonnie, Dad and the children last weekend. Verne is deciding which kind of ice cream is available to me at his “ice cream stand.” He finally told me that strawberry was all the ice cream that he had.


the good, the random, the fun

Hopie · kinfolk · summer

On a Sunday in September


Sunday morning in my mum’s kitchen. My mum, Joe, and I went up to see Bonnie, Dan and the children on Sunday. I popped downstairs to see what time she wanted to leave in the morning and her kitchen looked so pretty.

When these two apartments in old town Marblehead first became available both she and I were a bit apprehensive about living so close to each other. It has turned out to be such a blessing though. We each have our own space and yet we are close enough to keep an eye on one another. We share dinners, we help when needed, and we are able to enjoy the company of one another as well.

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kinfolk · our house · summer

Mum’s kitchen


At the beginning of the summer season Joe and I moved into a second floor flat and my mum moved into the first floor flat just beneath us. They are a mirror image of each other and we often laugh at how similar our decorating styles are. It wouldn’t be that far a stretch for a visitor to get confused about which apartment they were in.

At first we were all a little hesitant about living so close to one another. Everything is turning out well though and our worries were for naught.

Last weekend we all went to visit my daughter together and it was very sweet for my mum to be able to visit with her great-grandchildren.

Last night I had to make a few stops on the way home from work and my mum texted my cell to make sure I was Okay…

At the end of the day it’s the little things that we do for each other that make us feel loved and appreciated…and while I got a bit of a chuckle out of the fact that I am 56 years old and am getting calls from my mother when I’m late coming home…it’s truly a blessing to be here with her and know that we are nearby if she needs us.

And if I get into an accident on the way home and fall into a ditch where no one can see me and all I have is a half a bottle of water and one small candy bar…and I don’t have clean underwear on…I know I can depend upon my mum to text me and save my life…because she loves me.


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a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · Hopie · summer

Family Friday


My new job is going wonderful! There is a giant Beech tree in the playground and some Maples growing along the fence. I find that the Montessori philosophy is something that I have loosely followed all along without realizing that I was doing things in a Montessori way.

We have all but four of our new windows installed. It is a slower process than I would have liked but they are moving along.

This is the kitchen window in my mum’s house downstairs but ours looks similar. The trim still needs to be replaced in all of the windows. Hopefully, that will be done soon.

Because we live in a historic district all home improvements must be approved by the historical committee and there were a limited number of windows to choose from. I just love them and am looking forward to seeing them finished!

On Monday morning I stopped at the muffin shop for a muffin and a cup of coffee before work. I sat on the bench just outside the shop to eat, sip, and enjoy the view of the old Episcopal church on the narrow lane. I am taking advantage of my later work day start and my shorter commute.

As you can see I saved the best for last. I spent Friday night with my granddaughter while my daughter and son-in-law were away at a Willie Nelson concert. She cried a bit…and then we settled down in a rocking chair on the deck and watched the wind rustle the Oak leaves in a very tall tree above us. She slept all curled up to me in my daughter’s bed. I slept…well off and on… waking often to stare at her absolute awe!

My daughter and son-in-law have moved into their new house! They spent a week or so cleaning it and began the move in process on Saturday. It has two beautiful old fireplaces. I spent Saturday helping with clean up and child care duty.


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