beloved · Green day · home · January brings the snow · Out and about · Winter

Yellow tulips

* My mum was been sick with a cold/flu for 2 weeks and only just started feeling better last weekend. On Friday she went out to run a few errands for the first time and picked up some pretty yellow tulips for me. It was her way of thanking me for taking care of her while she wasn’t feeling well. I stopped at the store a few times for her on the way home from work and Joe and I invited her upstairs for dinner a few times as well. One time we made dinner upstairs but brought our plates, and one for her, downstairs so she wouldn’t have to tackle the stairs. She’s 85 and in great shape but stairs are difficult for her. She’s feeling much more like herself now…we all joke that her social life is more active than mine, my brother’s and my sister’s combined!

*on Saturday Joe and I went to Joey’s basketball game. He is number 24. His team lost by quite a bit. The other team were literally head and shoulders taller and at some point Joey just started laughing about it. It didn’t seem to matter how hard they tried because they were just outsized. Learning to lose is a valuable lesson to learn in life though. After the game, I heard Joey’s uncle tell him, “Don’t worry about it, there’s always going to be someone taller.” I thought those were great words.

*Saturday was absolutely beautiful weather here. The sidewalks were full of people walking to and fro, the sun was shining, I think it was around 60 degrees (F), and smiles were all over the place. Being a dyed in the wool New Englander, I’m waiting for the winter to come back full force…there’s no such thing as free weather here. But it was certainly a lovely day and I’ll take it!

*Monday night I made a quiche for dinner and it came out delicious. I usually make a soup for supper on Mondays but I didn’t get to it over the weekend. So I threw together some veggies, cheese, and ham and we had quiche.

*on Sunday my brother and sister-in-law, and my mum came for dinner. We celebrated my sister-in-law’s birthday which was this week. It was lovely to all get together on a winter’s eve.


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beloved · home · In the garden · January brings the snow · purple day · Winter

Oh happy day


The good

My brother and sister-in-law came over on Sunday evening to celebrate her birthday next week. We have some food constraints in the family I did some creative cooking and everything turned out delicious.

The random

We had a sunny, sixty degree day here on Saturday! I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy enjoying it in real time…so here’s a picture of a sunny, yellow tulip on my kitchen table.

The fun

We went to see my step-son’s basketball game on Saturday. Even though they lost it was fun to see him play. There’s always going to be someone taller…lesson of the day.


The good, the random, the fun

beloved · home · January brings the snow · Orange day · Out and about · Winter

Wolf moon


Sunday my daughter, Hannah, and I went to Boston symphony hall to see A New Year’s salute to Vienna. It was absolutely wonderful. I hadn’t been to Symphony Hall in about 6 or 7 years and I forgot how much I love it.

Tuesday was my daughter, Bonnie’s birthday. I went up to see her last week. I brought things to make dinner and a cake and she went out to do some shopping while I watched the children and made dinner. I’m not sure who got the better end of that deal.

Two nights in a row my husband got home before I did and made dinner for us! We had fish one night and chicken the next! What a treat to come home to a set table and a delicious aroma.

I’ve been trying to fit a walk into my daily schedule. It’s difficult because it’s so dark and cold. I did get out a few mornings this week before work and the harbour is beautiful…even if it is really chilly!

Joe and I often go out for a date night on Fridays. We don’t go far..we walk around the corner to the Barnacle restaurant and get some fish and stare at the harbour. We decided to go last night as we will be busy tonight and as we came down the part of the narrow lane that opens up to the harbour there was a big round full moon shining down and reflecting off of the water. It was so pretty. I wish I had taken a photo but it was about 20 degrees and I was too cold to stop walking!


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The Bons


Happy birthday to my beautiful daughter, Bonnie, who turned 29 on Tuesday.

When she was a little girl she had more nicknames than we knew what to do with. Bons, Bonzai, Bugs Bonnie, Easter Bonnie, Bonbons….When she opened the birthday card from her grandmother she wondered out loud, “hmmm…what name did she address my card to?” Nowadays though she’s mostly called Mama.


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beloved · Chill December · Green day · home · Winter

Dark roast of the decade


One day just after Christmas I was shopping at Whole Foods. I’m particular about what I buy there because they are quite expensive. They do have nice flowers at a reasonable price and bulk goods as well. I was there for panettone, which I just discovered this year, where has it been all of my life? It’s so delicious we ate 2 loaves and I had to go back for another one! Panettone French toast is to die for!

Unfortunately, we ate it all up before taking a photo. Even the third loaf was gone before we knew what was happening. Suffice to say that it was slathered with fresh butter and drenched in real maple syrup! Yum!

I stumbled across this coffee and thought…there’s only few more days left to this decade, if I don’t get it now it will be too late!

The year 2020 is going to be a year that I pay more attention to how I do self-care. So on Monday I went and got a pedicure. It felt wonderful and my toes look much prettier.

As you can see, Tucker, Joe and I had a nice quiet New Year’s Eve. I took this picture from my place on the couch…we were all in bed and sound asleep quite a bit before the ball dropped.

Today is my first day back at school/work since just before Christmas. The lovely thing about being a teacher is having Christmas break! I’ve spent quite a bit of that break walking all over town and starting the process of getting myself back into some sort of healthy shape. This is one of the little boat yards just around the corner.

Yesterday I spent the day at my daughter’s house. Her birthday is next week and I brought up the ingredients for her favourite dinner and a delicious oatmeal spice cake with chocolate cinnamon ganache. Bonnie went out to spend an afternoon sans children and Verne, Abigail, and I spent the day cuddling up on the couch watching movies. Verne helped me make the ganache and dinner was ready when Bonnie and my son-in-law got home. It was a win-win for everyone!


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beloved · Chill December · purple day · Winter

Farewell little Christmas tree


Lay them carefully away,

Trimmings from our tree so gay,

Rainbow-light and frosted ball,

Silver star high over all,

Santa Claus and candy cane,

Reindeer in a jaunty train,

Dolly with a piquant face,

Red and green and tinsel lace,

Lay them carefully away,

For another happy day!

For another day next year

With the children gathered here!

Yellow-hair and curly-lash,

Dark-haired girl with crimson sash,

Brother growing tall and wise,

Happy wonder in his eyes.

Hearth-fire, will you shine as bright

As you did the Christmas night?

Can ensuing days be spent

Harboring this deep content?

Farewell, little Christmas tree,

You have made a memory!

This poem was written by my great-aunt Very Keevers Smith and published in a book of poetry she titled Poems of a Busy Mother. It was published in 1959.


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acres of sky · beloved · Chill December · Green day · Winter

Family Friday


Saturday was our family Christmas gathering. Abigail and Verne were the stars of the show!

My sister’s eyesight is improving. She is able to see very large type but things are still quite hazy. We had much to celebrate. She is holding an orange clove pomander that wee made in honor of the winter solstice. My aunt is one pointing at it.

We spent Christmas Day at my daughter’s house. It was a treat to be able to spend so much time with Verne and Abigail.

We took the back roads home from my daughter’s house on Christmas Day. We drove past the pond around the corner from her house and it was frozen over and filled with a family having an impromptu hockey game together after their Christmas dinner.

Joe fell asleep in his recliner on Christmas Eve while wearing his Santa hat. I couldn’t resist sneaking a picture…he made me think of Santa taking a well deserved rest.


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