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Sunday, 8 October 2017

9 October

the good

We have finally finished our kitchen floors!!

They are absolutely beautiful. 

Oh my goodness was it a lot of work!

We stripped off the ugliest red tiles known to man

I have absolutely no idea what they were made of

but I can tell you that I think they were on the floor

when The Honeymooners came out on TV!

Under that was a layer of plywood subfloor

with about a gizzillion nails in it

and under that....another layer of linoleum flooring

and some kind of nasty glue!

Then we had to remove the fridge, stove, washer, dryer,

even the cabinet from the wall!

Even all the dishes, silverware, and all things from everywhere.

Our kitchen was empty for 2 weeks!

It was torture!

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the fun

putting it all back together was my kind of fun!

Well...not so much the fridge or the washing machine or the stove.

They are heavy and we did them one a night after work.

It was hard and my husband scratched the new floor

when he did the fridge by himself...

that wasn't so fun.

But, then I got to put the hutch back

and all the decorating....

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the random

I picked up this old plant stand table

that a previous tenant left in an apartment I once lived in.

The color is fabulous

I put a few books, an old lamp, a pumpkin candle,

and a pipe that looks like something

Bilbo Baggins would have smoked.

Make it Pretty Monday 

8 October




Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, 

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, 

whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue,

and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

~ ~ ~

This was one of the first verses I ever read in the bible 

that reached out and pulled me in. 

and I haven't put it down for any length of time since then.

When I wander....and I am prone to wander

these are some of the words that bring me back. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

4 October

When things get a little too much for me I make myself a cup of tea

and remember what really matters in this world. 

Here is the recipe for the chia tea latte that I make. 

3 teaspoons of black tea....or 3 teabags (I use loose tea)
 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of water
 1/2 tsp of cardomom
 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ginger
1/4 tsp of cloves
1/4 tsp of nutmeg

I put it all into a pot and bring it just below the boil

then I turn the flame way down low and let it sit 

on the heat without boiling for about 5 minutes.

Then I strain it into my favorite teacup.

This makes enough for about 2 smallish cups or 1 rather large mug.


For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against rulers,

against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,

against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 

Ephesians 6:12
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

This seems especially apropos during these trying times.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

17 September

the fun....not

my kitchen floors are being re-done on Friday and Saturday.

Everything is everywhere and things will get worse before they get better.

Stove's unhooked (it's gas)

the good....not

my bedroom ceiling had a leak some time ago

and we are having it repaired and repainted.

But, it's proving to be more difficult than expected so....

everything is everywhere and we are sleeping on the couch...

there are drop cloths over the bureau's.....


the random....

I don't know...I can't think straight.

The good, the fun, the random

Friday, 15 September 2017

15 September

Waiting for his favorite part of the song his teddy bear sings. 

Saturday we went into Marblehead

and the boys...well, I'm not really sure what they were doing....

being boys.

Ice cream for lunch on Sunday! 


Gas house beach in Marblehead.

We went there often when my girls were young.

Home...where I am happy to be. 

Friday fave five

Thursday, 14 September 2017

14 September

Joe's hours have changed!

He is now working days instead of nights and he has Sundays off!

It's been so nice getting to spend time with him again.

We've had a chance to spend time with the boys to see Verne

and other family!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

13 September

When the September afternoons are warm

and the mornings and evenings are chilly,

I cut some up some apples and pears

and add them to a pitcher of fresh water

along with a cinnamon stick and a chunk of ginger.

It's a delightfully refreshing and healthy taste of fall

Monday, 11 September 2017

11 September

the random

 Of a Sunday evening....

I glanced up to notice the sun setting

through the windows in the living room

Joe and I were settled in

and everything was all beautiful and quiet.

the good

Ice cream for lunch!

the fun

We walked the old fort on a sunny afternoon

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

6 September

H is for.....home

Welcoming September


Of an evening Joe invited me to sit on the porch a spell with him.

I popped some popcorn and we brought a bowl out.

It was almost as if we were waiting for a movie to start...

but then I heard the waves of the Atlantic on our rocky shore,

and the wind over the wild rose bushes and dune grass,

and I realized that the night itself was the entertainment.


Monday, 4 September 2017

a simple rhythm

We begin a new rhythm here at home

on our rather tiny sort-of an island.

I can feel it stepping into time

with my heartbeat. 

I've always followed some sort of rhythm...

the seasons follow the rhythm of the earth as it spins

and we create a rhythm around that...

first we rise and put the kettle on for tea

stop to admire the sun as it rises over the Atlantic

dress, scrub our faces....

light a coloured candle while we breakfast on grains or fresh eggs

Say our prayers and go to sleep

the pulse of home....

Joe has started a new work schedule.

After working nights and weekends for the past 2 years

he has switched to Monday - Friday from 7:00 in the morning till 3:00 in the afternoon.

Summer is waning....the boys are back in school.

I love this time of year.


Summer corn and zucchini chowder
 with salad and cornbread


White bean shepard's pie
with salad


garlic butter, shrimp, asparagus, and quinoa


Slow cooker lentil and potato soup
with salad and bread


date night


Shrimp and grits
with spinach


seafood fest at home

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Make it pretty Monday

Menu Plan Monday

4 September

the random

My husband goes back to work today after a two week vacation. 

His shift has changed from night to day

and he will have weekends off now. 

It has been so nice to be able to spend time with him. 

the fun


We went up to camp Verne on Saturday and spent the entire day!

I am so head over heels about him. 

He's the cutest, smartest, sweetest little grandson ever!!


the good

My daughter's sweet little family.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

keeping Sabbath


2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people which are called by name, 

shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face

and turn from their wicked ways,

then will I hear from heaven 

and will forgive their sin

and will heal their land. 

Toward the end of summer

on our rather tiny sort-of an island.

The evenings find us adding an extra blanket

and the mornings are chill enough for a sweater now,

as we sip our tea.

This morning it is rainy and grey,

the wind is blowing the bushes along the trail about

and the dune grasses are bending in the breeze.

The beach roses have turned from white and pink petals to orange hips

the bayberry and bittersweet are beginning to break forth.

Next week will be hot again but the school buses will be running already

and the heat will be but a whisper of a summer past.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Seeking Sabbath




Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,

but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion,

that it may give grace to those who hear.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I am from Boston.

I have rarely been more proud to say where I am from.

We showed up 40,000 strong to stand against those who would

fill our streets with their poisonous hatred.

We drowned out their evil with sheer numbers.

Boston was 40,000 strong today....

We Can't Hear You!

Go Home!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

View the Starry Realm of Heaven


Romans 14:19

So then let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbringing.

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I live quite close to Boston. I work there.

I feel filthy to be as close as I am to the events that will transpire there today.

It is only 9:00 in the morning as I type this.

I pray that there will be quietness and peacefulness today.

But that is not usually the norm at these types of things.

I am sickened and heartsick and disgusted and frightened

to know that there are such racist, vile, Nazi-sympethizors so close to me.

I want to go into the Commons tomorrow with a pail and a brush

and scrub clean the places where their hate-filled feet touched.

They are Satan.

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This was written by Norbert Capek while he was imprisoned at Dachau.

He died there on 12 October, 1942.

His name appears on a list of prisoners on an invalid transport

to a castle in Austria where he died of poison gas. 

He was raised Catholic but became a U.U. minister later in his life.

I've never heard the song sung but stumbled across it in the hymn book

at a Unitarian Universalist church on Sunday.

View the starry realm of heaven,
shining distant empires sing.
Skysong of celestial children
turns each winter into spring, turns each winter into spring.

Great you are, beyond conception,
God of gods and God of stars.
My soul soars with your perception,
I escape from prison bars, I escape from prison bars.

You, the One within all forming
in my heart and mind and breath,
you, my guide through hate’s fierce storming,
courage in both life and death, courage in both life and death.

Life is yours, in you I grow tall,
seed will come to fruit I know.
Trust that after winter’s snowfall
walls will melt and Truth will flow, walls will melt and Truth will flow.
 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In Boston this weekend there are planned protests in response to

what happened in Charlottesville...and elsewhere.

It is unfathomable that we live in a world where

there is still such hatred and evil.

It's important to remember that we are not allowed to sit back and do nothing.

We are required to respond...with love and intelligence.

But to do nothing is unacceptable.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday's full of Grace

I have begun the habit of lighting a small candle at mealtimes.

Even when, as is sometimes the case because of my husband's work schedule,

I am alone.

The kitchen window is open

a sweet smelling ocean breeze

cools down the house of an evening toward the end of summer.

I say a small grace.

If I've been for a walk along the beach dunes or on the path through the wood

there are wild flowers in a jar on the kitchen table.

Tomorrow is another day

but for now I light a candle and say a grace.


When was the last time you got out of doors?

There is a link below if you care to share.

An InLinkz Link-up

Monday, 14 August 2017

on this day

After church and a quick stop at the weekly farmer's market

I snacked on ginger cheese, fresh peaches,

 homemade gingersnaps and assam tea at the kitchen table.

My neighbor dropped by to ask about the 

morning bus schedule.

We chatted for a bit and she mentioned that she loved my house.

She said it was calm and welcoming. 

Which is exactly how I like it.

14 August

the good

I stopped at the Farmer's market on the way home from church Sunday morning.

I picked up a winter squash and roasted it

with some zucchini, onion, and red pepper.

I added all of that to some seasoned kasha and had a really good dinner.

the random

Joey, Joe and I came upon some lime green acorns

in Marjoram park of a morning.

They are so pretty I put them in a tiny pottery plate

so that we can enjoy them at our leisure.

the fun

Joey has been having a great summer!!

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