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Monday, 11 December 2017

11 December

the good

Joe and I went to the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll on Thursday night.

It was absolutely beautiful!

There is something about Christmas in the city!

It was like we were in a Hallmark movie!

the random

Charles street window displays

snow faeries dresses for the Christmas tree ball

the fun

It snowed all day and all night on Saturday!

Jack and I took a walk past the Christmas tree stand...

There aren't too many trees left now

Thursday, 7 December 2017

party dress in tinsel town

I was doing some browsing in TJ Max the other day

and happened upon this beautiful Christmas tree skirt.

It looked like a dress you would wear to a party in tinsel town....

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Notes from home

I was given a simple wooden dollhouse from my work.

It needs to be painted.

Over the weekend I stopped into the paint shop to pick out some colors.

I chose a barn red for the siding, a pine green for the beams,

and a light grey-blue for the floors.

I will begin the project tonight after dinner.

My grandson will be able to use it as a fire station, a barn, a bookcase...or a doll house!

Joe sanded the front door and picked up some primer as well.

I will be painting the door this week as well. 

I would like to get two coats of primer on by the end of the week

and the finish coat of Marblehead Gold over the weekend. 

I have decided to make some gift baskets filled with homemade goodies.

My mum will get one filled with breads and soups as she often

stops at her local market to buy single servings.

I will also make her a small bit of cookies and muffins.

I know she doesn't like to have many sweets in the house.

My daughters will be getting some of the same things

but Bonnie will get bigger portions as she has a family to feed.

I picked up a whole turkey for on .69 cents per pound 

and I'll be using that for quite a bit of the soups.

Also, my sister-in-law, is on a Paleo diet...

as am I although she is a bit stricter than I am.

I will fill a basket with all kinds of Paleo goodies....

It's very hard for her to find things that she can eat. 

I have started a wonderful bible study for the Advent and I have been 

gleaning much from it as I watch the sunrise from the window at my desk.

Monday, 4 December 2017

5 December


Each new day is filled with hope...

regardless of how dark the night



4 December

the good

Verne made the front page of the local paper!
I think he likes his dada best. 

The fun

I love Beacon Hill in Boston and especially at Christmas time!

Last week I spent my lunch break walking up, down and around

taking pictures with my phone!

I could hear all kinds of Christmas music playing in the Commons

in celebration of the tree lighting later that night.

the random

My cousin shared this old photograph with me.

We had a mini-family reunion back in 2002

and these are all my mother and one of her sister's grandchildren!

They look a lot different now!

Friday, 1 December 2017


The season of Advent.

It's my favorite time of year.

Please be extra kind to everyone.

We are all fighting battles, stressed out, sad, hurried, broke and or broken....

This time of year can be difficult

This is why it's so important to be kinder than necessary.

God make my life a little light Within the world to glow A little flame that burneth bright Wherever I may go.

I put the tree up last weekend.

It's much too early....I hope it lasts till Christmas day.

We buy from the PTO fundraiser on our rather tiny island.

The stand is just across the street and we walk home carrying our Christmas tree.

On Saturdays and Sundays the lot fills up with happy families.

They pull wagons through the wooded path

and the children pull their trees home in them...all red and green and laughing.

They pile out of red and white SUV's...children running through the rows

to find the perfect tree.

Then they load the trees onto the tops of their vehicles and drive home to untangle the lights...

It's like a Hallmark movie!

My beautiful grandson Verne

with Christmas wonder in his eyes.
 The dollhouse

I was gifted an old dollhouse from work.

I'm going to give it a nice paint job

and leave it at my house for Verne and any future grandchildren

to play with when they visit.

I had to carry it home on the subway which was rather silly looking....

Verne met Santa and made the front page of the local paper.

It was fairly clear that he enjoyed Santa more from the safety of his father's arms.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

28 November


29 November is my paternal grandmother's birthday.

She was born in 1898 and would have been the ripe old age of 109 years old!

She was wonderful to her grandchildren and had a soft spot in her heart for me.

Although, all of her grandchildren may have thought that.

She had a way of making you feel very special...

as if there was no place on earth she would rather be than with you. 

I miss her very much and think of her every day

but especially at this time of year.

Her favorite song was Ave Maria -the Perry Como version.

Although I don't remember going to church with her

I do remember that she modeled a true Christian way of living.

Now that I am a grandmother myself,

I model myself after her.

Monday, 27 November 2017

27 November

the good

Thanksgiving day at my mum's house...

we got a chance to get to know my daughter's new beau.

I have always loved my mum's house and her style of decorating.

Even as a young girl I loved the way she put our home together.

My home today looks a lot like hers.

the fun

Verne has Christmas in his eyes!

the random

The cool side of yule tide

Verne and his dada

Over The Moon
The good, the random, the fun
Home matters party

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Keeping Sabbath


And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse

and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might,

the spirit of knowledge,

and the fear of the Lord.

All day and much of yesterday I have been watching

the tiny lowlands parking lot out my windows.

Here on this rather tiny island,

Christmas trees are for sale as the biggest fundraiser of the school year.

Mothers and fathers collect monies and trim down the trunks with a hand saw.

Children run about in the park yelling and laughing...

they don't feel the cold

but there is a rusty old metal burn barrel with a smoky fire

to warm up chilly hands. 

Earlier I saw a man with a big white beard, just like Santa

stuff a big tree into the back of his white SUV,

climb into the drivers side,

and head toward home with the back open and the top of the tree hanging out.

Families bring wagons through the wooded path,

we carry our tree home as we live just up the way...


And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse,

which shall stand for an ensign of the people;

Monday, 13 November 2017

13 November

the good

Woolen blankets and quilts grace our bed now

the nights have dipped below freezing

I love cuddling under blankets when I sleep.

the fun

this little fella sits out on the back porch

and greets us when we come home.

the random

We celebrated my brother's 50th last week.

He was a pretty cute little boy way back when....

Over The Moon
The good, the random, the fun
Home matters party

Sunday, 12 November 2017

keeping sabbath


But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

There are times when you happen to be glancing at a loved one....

perhaps they are filling a glass of water at the fridge,

or sweeping the kitchen floor,

or watching a certain commercial on TV,

and your heart is filled with such love for them.

You could never put it into words.

It would be like trying to write down the light 

that shines through the window and glistens on their shoulder.

That is when I think of this verse... 

and the earlier one -1:46

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

Friday, 3 November 2017

days of giving thanks

I am thankful that I am able to live so close to the beach.

i am thankful for my husband, Joe, 

who I love with all my heart.

We have known one another since we were 11 years old.

We met playing truth or dare during recess behind the 6th grade elementary school.

He dared to kiss me. 

We have circled around a lot since then...

I've zigged and he's zagged...

we've looped and curly-cued and even done a few straight lines

to get to where we are now.

He's been my inspiration, my guiding star, my best friend, my husband


I am thankful for my daughter, Hannah.

She is getting her masters at Salem University

and working so hard.

She was the first person that I ever loved more than I love myself.


I am thankful for my daughter Bonnie.

She is so sweet and loving and kind.

And she and her fiance, Dan, gave us Verne!


I am so thankful for Verne!

My beautiful grandson!

I am absolutely head over heels in love with him!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

30 days of giving thanks

I am thankful for my family.

 My daughters and Joe's sons.

This is a rather old picture from one Thanksgiving a few years ago....

One of the few times we were all together.

It was cold that day but we managed to stand out on 

my mother's porch long enough to get a picture taken.


In everything give thanks for this is the will

of Christ Jesus concerning you.

Thessalonians 5:18

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