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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a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · Friday · Hopie · summer · Windows of light

Family Friday

My sister and her fiancé came for Labor Day weekend. They stayed downstairs at my mum’s house. On Saturday my brother and his fiancé and an old family friend came for a cookout in the back yard.

On Sunday we had mum and my brother and sister and their respective fiancés over for a big spaghetti dinner.

None of which I managed to get one photo of. There is a not very good picture of our kitchen table the following morning. We pulled out the leaves to accommodate every one. We had a red and white checked tablecloth on it the night before…I always use that one for spaghetti as it reminds me of an old Italian restaurant.

Sunday afternoon Joe’s recliner was delivered! He is now able to join me in the living room and we have been watching Lark Rise to Candleford in the evening after dinner. We only watch one or two episodes because I like to make it last. I’ve never been one for binge watching though it is nice when I’m sick.

Monday we walked over to Crocker park and spent a couple hours lazing away the afternoon watching the clouds roll by, the sun glisten on the water, and the people passing by.

Quite a few ladies were marching past on some kind of a mission to get someplace quickly but our mission was to sit and do quite a lot of nothing at all…and we accomplished it with a certain ease.

We are going back this weekend to practice it again…we don’t want to get rusty at the art of doing nothing in the park on a Sunday afternoon.

Rose of Sharon are blooming everywhere. I’m not sure what happens where you live but here in New England they bloom at the end of summer. They are most usually pastel whites, pinks, and purples…sometimes a coral colour. This summer has been beastly hot and humid and I am relieved to see them in bloom. I love the season of Autumn the best.

Tonight I am going to babysit for my sweet little granddaughter, Abigail! I will probably end up spending the night as her parents won’t be back till late.

That means I’ll be able to see her in the morning as well…such a treat for me!

Next week you’ll have so many pictures of her sweetness!

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a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · summer · tables of paperwood


brief, endless, erotic, witness, grace, claim,
feed, speak, root, threads, empty, rare


you are threads of shining light in the night sky

shooting out from your brief roots here on this earth

I claimed you as my own though you were not of my blood

you were devoured by endless and erotic hunger

but your veins are empty now

i could not feed you what you needed

though I cover you with grace

I speak your name to say that yours is not a rare story

can I get a witness







a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · summer · tables of paperwood



my momma tried to instill good sense in me
irascible as she was
Lord knows I took a toll on her

but mmm mmm mmm momma
I just can’t contain the thrill that man has over me

He’s standing  just outside my bedroom window

and he ain’t singing nothing but sin

my body trills with the timber of his song

grass crunching under my feet as I step toward him

I lay down naked in the moonlit mint

and let him play



a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · a simple garden · acres of sky · Windows of light · Winter

20 march



how you feel today

I feel much like I have been spinning wheels.

This has been the most difficult month I have ever had to deal with

I hope and pray I never have to face anything like this again

As if often the case, along with immeasurable loss

has come a new beginning for me…

and I am looking forward with much excitement







this is from a few years ago

the boys had static electricity from going down the slide

So Joe was giving them a bit of a shock by touching their noses.

You can really see Jack’s hair sticking up


scavenger hunt sunday

a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · a simple garden · acres of sky · childhood and stardom · Windows of light · Winter

11 march


I have a beautiful purple Hyacinth on my desk.

just the one bloom

which with hyacinths is enough

all through this horrible week its scent has wafted over everything

sweet flower


I had a vision/daydream of Ashley in the market on Saturday

she was laughing

when I got home my daughter, Bonnie, texted me to say

that she had dreamed of Ashley surrounded by good energy


birds on the wire

in the early morning sky



inside my favorite place on a rainy day



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