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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Autumn · kinfolk · Out and about

Joe’s sons


Joe and I got a chance to go out for a bite to eat at the Barnacle. We had Bloody Mary’s, a cup of chowder, and we shared a seafood platter. The food was delicious and the view of the harbour was stunning.

Joe’s oldest son , Ryan, came up for a quick overnight visit. It was wonderful to have all three of his boys in the house on Sunday!

The leaves of the chestnut at Crocker park are falling now. I noticed that the chestnuts are very few and small. I wonder if it is because the tree is old or if this is a bad year for chestnuts in general.

My granddaughter had surgery to repair the cleft in her palate. All went well and she will be able to go home today.

I love this old book and put it into a place of prominence every autumn. It was published in 1937 and has beautiful illustrations at the beginning of every chapter.


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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.


Little things Thursday