Autumn · beloved · home · Monday · our house

It’s good to be three

The fun ~ Verne turned three on Saturday!

The good ~My sister and her fiancé, my brother and his fiancé, my older daughter, Hannah, and my step-sons were all able to make it to Verne’s party!

My sister gave the birthday boy this wooden transporter truck and he loved it…so did his little sister.

The random ~ We think that these will be the colours on the house. The dark grey/green for the clapboard, the white for the trim, and the Navaho red for the doors. Originally, the owners had chosen more of a Florida type of blue/grey but the house is in a very historical district in New England and these colours will look much better!

The good, the random, the fun

Autumn · Monday · our house · Out and about

Home from the market

The fun

Joe and I went out to eat on Friday night. We had a spectacular view of the harbour.

The random

I have to drive through downtown Salem, MA. on my way home from work…in October! The traffic is terrible, the people think they are in some kind of a freak-fair and they don’t even look before droves of them start crossing the streets all over the place, it takes 2 or 3 times as long to get home. The above picture is from a few weeks ago…it’s nowhere near that calm now. I have started going a back way around Salem that has twice as many miles but doesn’t take quite as long.

The good

Sunday morning I woke early and went to the market. I’ve given up going to the large market in Salem. It’s so crazy and it takes forever. Since I am in class all day Saturday and at work Monday through Friday I have started going to the smaller market just around the corner. It’s more expensive but it’s almost always just Joe and I so the bill isn’t as high as it was when we had children in the house.

It’s so much nicer and less time consuming.

The good, the random, the fun

Autumn · our house


I believe this book was a library cast off. It’s entitled Leaves Their plans in time and Legend. It was written by a man named Vernon Quinn and published in 1937.

I can’t say that I have ever read through the entire book but it is beautifully illustrated with pen and ink drawings at the beginning of each chapter and little doodles of leaves interspersed throughout the pages.

It is, in actuality, about leaves and has chapters on shapes of leaves, curious leaves, fragrant leaves, and even poisonous leaves.

In Robert Frost’s poem, October, he writes:

Begin the hours of this day slow,

Make the day seem, to us, less brief…

Release one leaf at break of day, at noon release another leaf,

One from our trees, one far away.

Instagram and Pinterest are filled with posts about how to live a slow life. It seems to me that all one has to do is find an old, discarded book and sit under the shade of a tree of an afternoon.

Our world Tuesday

Twinkly Tuesday

Pictorial Tuesday

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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

our house · summer · Tucker · Windows of light


It wasn’t until early afternoon that the bed got made at our house on Saturday.

A soft, slow fog settled over the harbour in the night and didn’t truly clear away till sometime on Sunday.

The temps were a bit cooler than they have been but the humidity was high and it seemed like the perfect weekend for lazing about.

Honestly, we haven’t had much time for that since moving and it felt sweet to have no place to rush off to.

Gentle my home and gentle my spirit

Gift to me a pleasant and a simple day

Teach me to be mindful of a jar of sand dollars

And the sun casting shadows across the windowsill.

Make it pretty Monday

Home and garden Thursday

our house · summer

1 August

Last night Joe cooked tenderloins on the grill and we invited my mum up for dinner. She had a chicken breast that Joe added to the grill. I made some Basmati rice and a large salad. We sat around the table and had a few laughs. Tonight Joe and I came home to lobster rolls that my mum had bought for us! We didn’t have to cook and that was quite a treat because we are in the midst of a terrible heat wave!

Since mid May when we decided to make this move I’ve donated half a household of stuff. I’m almost finished fine-tuning what we need here and then I’ll be donating even more things.

It’s freeing to be letting go of so much. It allows the things we do keep to shine.

Home and garden Thursday

Little things Thursday

a brown eared dogmouse if one stopped by · childhood and stardom · our house · Windows of light · Winter

6 March


from the window at my desk, or from the window in the kitchen I can see the softball fields in the park across the way. I know that come summer the girls softball team will be out there playing. I can’t help but think of all you will miss.

I wish you were here.




of the spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control against such things there is no law.



Ashley and Logan grew up in our neighborhood together

-now they are roaming the streets of heaven together

both taken from their loved ones too early

ashley and logan


my step-daughter Ashley and my daughter Bonnie

they were so cute

ashley and bonnie


photographers choice

my little brood of chick-lets on a snowy day



scavenger hunt Sunday