Monday, 26 November 2018

a tree in the window


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We've set up the tree in the living room.

The beautiful old building just across the way is 

the old coast guard station.

It was built in 1898 and is on the list of national historic places.








Sunday, 25 November 2018

Thanksgiving day



The good, the fun, the random



We were at my mum's house for Thanksgiving this year.

I woke before dawn, turned on the Christmas music 

and started making pies.

Two pumpkins, a pecan, a Nantucket cranberry, a dish of roasted butternut,

and Bette's spiced party nuts. 

We had the boys this year which was nice.

Bonnie and Dan came with Verne which was totally awesome!

He loved having the boys to play with and I had brought him a special toy.

My sister Holly and her Joe came as well and  my brother Larry, who we weren't expecting.

It was a great group.

Turkey was delicious and everyone commented that all the fixings

were the best they'd ever been. 

After dinner the guys walked out to the park to play a game of football. 

Older now but just as willing to get together 

and jump around with each other in the freezing cold. 





Saturday, 24 November 2018

smoke on the water



Sea smoke on the water Friday morning.

It was 16 degrees as I drove my husband off island to the train station for work.

Sea smoke doesn't happen very often 

and less so in November.

I should say that sea smoke is caused when very cold air moves over warmer water.

It forms when a light wind of very cold air mixes with a shallow layer of saturated warm air immediately above the warmer water. The warmer air is cooled beyond the dew point and can no longer hold as much water vapor, so the excess condenses out. The effect is similar to the "steam" produced over a hot bath or a hot drink, or even an exercising person.



Friday, 23 November 2018

Keeping Sabbath


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Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things,

saying to them, "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,

but you have made it a den of thieves."



I cannot help but think of this verse on Black Friday.

I'm all for saving money when I can...

but first let's remember why we're here.

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Family Friday


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My sister and brother and I serendipitously ended up on the couch together

on Thanksgiving and my daughter caught a picture.



Over the weekend I started decorating for Christmas.

I had this old red table/bench and I brought it in to use as a seasonal coffee table.


I also bought an artificial Christmas tree.

It's small enough that when I host Christmas Eve

it won't get in the way.

I left it with just lights for most of the week because it looked so pretty.


I decorated it on Friday morning while I drank my coffee.


We had the boys for the long weekend

and Verne loved playing with them at my mum's on Thanksgiving day.

He was so cute!


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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

We gather together


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Gather

During my workday, as a toddler teacher, I am often heard through out our school

saying to my brood of little chicklets

"Let's sing a gathering song."

And we all sit down together...well...we do our best...some of us are toddlers.

It re-groups us when we are getting a little out of control.

It re-centers us so we can move as a single unit to the next activity.

It calms us.



I have to admit that Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday.

It's always seemed like a lot of work for very little payback.

While I do find a certain happiness in serving my family....

Thanksgiving is a lot of special, time consuming food, 

and a lot of clean-up.



These past few years though, I have been focusing more on the gathering.

I've been thinking about how gathering together as a sort of funky tribe

of family and friends centers us, and calms us,

and grounds us in terms of how time in our families will be

and how and where memories will be placed.



~Grammy always made mincemeat pie with hard sauce

because my dad liked it 

~ that was the year it snowed so hard 

 we had to drive home in a crazy blizzard

~One year we played one of those games where you had to say

something you liked about every one else in the room...

it took forever, everyone cried...we're never doing it again.

~Remember the year the oven broke and we had to cook the turkey at a friend's house

which was just a short drive across town...

every 45 minutes to baste...we took turns.

A group of geese are called a gaggle, a bevy of doves, a kettle of hawks,

a rafter of turkeys...






 a gathering of people...

hearts and souls and brains and tummies

singing a gathering song

lighting candles

and making memories



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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

a tree


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Over the weekend I purchased an artificial Christmas tree.

I have it set up..yes, already...in the living room.

Only the lights are lit....no decorations yet.

The boys have grown up some so we have white lights

instead of the coloured lights of the past 5 or 6 years.

 I like simplicity of the white lights.

We have no ornaments on it yet.

Just the simplicity of the light white light and green branches.

I have noticed a few other trees lit up in windows

around this rather tiny island.

Joyeux Noel...

and happy Thanksgiving.

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Monday, 19 November 2018

The old red table



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A few years back I stumbled across this old wooden table/bench at a yard sale.

I paid $5.00, shoved it into my car, and drove it home.

I use it as a planter on the porch

but this weekend I cleared the terra cotta off it, gave it a good scrubbing down,

and brought it into the living room.

I like the red colour for the season.





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One pot chicken braised chicken and apple cider, potatoes, green beans
Egg roll in a bowl, rice
Cranberry, orange chicken breast, sweet potatoes, broccoli
meatloaf, potatoes, peas
one pan pork chops with apples and onions, rice
sage pumpkin pasta bake, salad
sheet pan steak and veggies
and of course....turkey



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19 November



This is the day the Lord has made



Today
19 November, 2018

On my mind

I've been going over the Thanksgiving preparations  in my mind.

What I have to make to bring to my mum's 

and what I still need to pick up at the market. 

What’s going on outdoors?

It's dark still as dawn hasn't quite broken yet.

It's going to be rainy much of the day

and in the mid forties (f)


From the kitchen

Egg roll in a bowl this evening 

with ground turkey and rice.

Right now I'm having coffee

Thanks and praises

My sister, who is receiving treatment for a return of her colon cancer

will be heading to Washington DC to address the Senate about taxing

the scanning machines they use in her treatment.

She will be representing her state. 


Joys and sorrows

I bought an artificial Christmas tree this weekend. 

I found a nice one on sale at Target.

It's set up in the living room...I know, I know.

We haven't decorated yet...maybe we'll do that with the boys this weekend. 

I've been enjoying the lights though. 

What I’m wearing

Jeans, a white shirt and a purple fleece vest.

I often dress in the Waldorf colours of the day.

What I’m creating

a peaceful life

I am hoping

for a happy Thanksgiving.

We were only expecting a scant handful of people

but it turns out we'll have a little over two handfuls!

We will all be cozy and well fed at my mum's house. 

I am reading

mostly the bible

These are a few of my favorite things

The beauty of Autumn in New England,

heavy waves,

my mum's creamed onions,

my nana's recipe for turnip,

my pumpkin pie

Plans for this week

I have a mid-term in a class I am taking for work.

A four day weekend with the boys...Joey's hockey games.

Trying to get up to visit with my daughter and grandson.

Around the house

I decorated for Christmas this weekend. 

I normally wait till after Thanksgiving but the mood hit and I had some extra time.

My mother-in-law and I used to decorate her house

just before Thanksgiving every year. 

She liked to have little white lights wrapped up in artificial greenery everywhere.

It looked so pretty when we were all there on Thanksgiving.

Lessons

Remember to pray before taking a test or doing anything that makes me nervous.

I can do anything with  Jesus by my side.

Prayers

For  those in California who have been hit by the forest fires. So sad. 

A picture is worth a thousand words


Tucker is rising after a bit of a cat nap.

He likes to sit on the back of the couch where he as a view into much of the house

and out the window onto the beach.

Our tree is lit but not decorated yet. 


Sunday, 18 November 2018

Keeping Sabbath


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They will not hunger or thirst anymore,
nor will the sun or any heat strike them.
For the lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them
and lead them to springs of life-giving water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Revelation 7:16-17

Perhaps those of us who are missing a loved one this year

will find some comfort in this verse.

Even if I can't be the one to do it, I know that God will wipe their tears away

and they will rest easy in his loving arms.

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My absolute favorite Christmas song is 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

It's so poignant.



I sometimes imagine that this year could be the year they refer to when they say, 

"Next year all our troubles will be out of sight."


"Through the years we all will be together...if the fates allow."

But we don't know what the fates will allow

or who will be with us next year, or even tomorrow.

So hold hands, and say I love you, and forgive.

It's not about the turkey or the table settings.


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