beloved · Chill December · Green day · Hopie · Winter

The family Christmas party


The fun

We had our family celebration on Saturday. We were so blessed that everyone except for one of my nephews could make it.

Verne and Abigail stole the show with their incredible cuteness.

The random

My sister-in-law brought some oranges and cloves to make pomanders in honor of the winter solstice. It made the entire house smell so good.

The good

My sister’s eyesight is doing better. Things are still hazy but they are much improved!

She’s holding one of the orange/clove pomanders that we made to honor winter solstice.


The good, the random, the fun

Autumn · beloved · Dull November · Green day · home · Hopie

Family Friday


I’ve been quite ill this week. I was at the doctors on Monday and havn’t been to work at all. I’ve been pushing antibiotics, cough syrup, and advil two or three times a day and napping quite often. I think I may have even given the cat a run for his money. I am feeling much better now though. I seem to have broken through it all on Thanksgiving morning.

I popped out on Wednesday to pick up a few last minute items for Thanksgiving and noticed that these pillows were arranged with my initials…almost as if they knew I was coming.

I spent most of Wednesday making the pies. We had an upstairs/downstairs Thanksgiving this year. My mum is in the apartment on the first floor and she did the dinner. We are in the apartment on the second floor and we did appetizers and desserts.

My sister gave me a clock that plays Christmas songs on the hour. Everyone knows how much I love Christmas. It doesn’t play when the room is dark which gives my husband some relief. He is not quite the Christmas aficionado as I am.

Every year we gather the grandchildren together around the Thanksgiving turkey and take a picture. Now that they are adults it’s rare that they are all able to make it. This year it was my two daughters, my son-in-law, and my grandchildren. My sister’s grown children were elsewhere for Thanksgiving. It’s wonderful to be able to look back on all of those photographs! We even have some with me and my cousins from when I was a little girl!

Remember, thankful is not a destination, it’s a journey.


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Autumn · beloved · Green day · Hopie · In the garden

Family Friday


I picked up the Rae Dunn pot at Home Goods last week and knew right away I wanted to plant a Holly in it for my sister, whose name is Holly. I have it on my kitchen table.

I finally found some time to finish decorating the conservatory in our apartment. I got the pictures that were sitting on the floor hung up and moved a few things here and there.

Joe and I woke early on Saturday and walked over to the Driftwood for breakfast. The place has been in business for over 75 years and still serves the best breakfast around.

Pink poinsettia! I went looking for a white or red at the nursery the other day and found a bright pink one! It’s so pretty.

I saved the best for last! Wednesday night I went up to babysit for my grandchildren while my daughter and son-in-law went Christmas shopping. The baby fell asleep early so Verne and I spent some time reading by the fireside. He is such a delight to be with.


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Autumn · Friday · home · Hopie

Friday family and friends


Saturday was my grandson, Verne’s, third birthday. My sister and her fiancé, my brother and his fiancé, my other daughter, Hannah, and my two step-sons were all able to attend the party. It was wonderful!

Hannah has just a started a new job after getting her masters in social work. She has recently moved into a new place with a roommate. We don’t get a chance to see one another very often and it was so nice to be able to be with her for the afternoon. She came dressed down and with no make up and that made it all the sweeter. I think she’s most beautiful when she looks most like herself.

Abbigail continues to improve after her cleft palate surgery last month. She is eating some solid foods now and less of the bottle. It was sweet to see them playing together with one of Verne’s new birthday toys.

It was nice to spend time with my brother and his fiancé on Sunday. My sister left mid-morning and my brother and his fiancé, Joe and I, and Joey all went for a walk to the old fort.

We got a new TV for the living room. The first movie I watched on it was The Bishop’s Wife with David Niven, Loretta Young, and Carey Grant. It was wonderful! After that I watched the first episode of the Country music documentary by Ken Burns. It was wonderful as well. I will watch the next episode next week. I don’t like to “binge watch” things on TV. I get bored.


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acres of sky · Autumn · Friday · Hopie · kinfolk

Friends and family Friday


My granddaughter is recovering nicely after surgery to repair a cleft palate. For six weeks she has to wear braces on her arms so that she can’t bend her elbows to put anything into her mouth. They can be removed as long as some one is watching her and she’s only got four weeks left to go.

I came home from work on Friday to find that my brother and his fiancé, Larry and Heather, had left a gift for me on my coffee table…Mumpkins!

I put them in the front window and I see them when I walk into the house. So sweet.

One day at work I glanced out the window to close the blinds at nap time and noticed a giant praying mantis on the deck. I haven’t seen one in years.

I have been taking a class to become certified as a Montessori teacher. It is every Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00 and runs through June. We follow the academic calendar so if there is no school then we have the Saturday before off.

Still though….it’s a lot of Saturdays that I would rather be doing something else, even if it’s laundry.

The nice thing is that once I get there I really enjoy it.

On Sunday I spent the day with my grandchildren. My daughter and son-in-law were hosting a turkey dinner for a group of friends and everyone was helping to cut away some tree saplings from the fences along their property line.

I love being with them. It’s so inspiring to see how their group of friends help one another.

The windows in our apartment are finally done! Because the house is in old town Marblehead the owner had to get permission from the historical committee and the choices were limited. We love what they chose and they look so pretty! They are very efficient as well and that will help with our heating costs this winter.


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