[Quiet Thoughts] of Process

Photo: It was hot here earlier this week, so I had to do some grilling. Gotta love the cedar plank and the go-to favorite of salmon. If you’ve still got some warm days left in your neck of the woods, you can totally do this.   I don’t know if I told you, but I…

An Unexpected Birthday

Photo: I treated myself to a day at the beach. Thank God for the miracle of children being in school all day. I put two boys on the bus, shot off an email, then hit the road, on my way back to Good Harbor Beach.   Today is my birthday and it’s a bittersweet day. It…

Playing the Long Game

Photo: Oh, Mr. Thoreau, what we have here is both a truth and a lie. It is true that details can weigh everything down, complicating the basic things that make life enjoyable. But then again, I believe that some of life’s most indulgent joys can be found in the details. Indeed, paying attention to the…

Sometimes, Sleep Wins

Photo: Birthday month rolls on with fun gifts from my sister that came in the mail yesterday! I think I’ve decided that I like pins. I didn’t know it until I started collecting a few and now they are my thing. The Maryland one is especially beautiful and well-made. They are going on my nerdy…

[Short Post] Past My Bedtime

  Seeing as it’s my birthday month and it would seem that all my bestest friends around here all have their birthdays this week and next, I was out tonight with one of my favorite most bestest friends. It’s been a few hours of giggling and laughing and talking and, well, I’m tired. Prolonged belly-laughs will…

Adventures, Projects, and Surprises

Photo: So, uh… I should explain.   Last week, three fun things happened that made me really happy. First, I came across the most beautiful knitting pattern I’ve ever seen. You don’t understand. That cardigan screams Kyra. It’s gorgeous. I sent it to my crafting partner, a local artist in town who I love dearly and…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Returning to Ourselves

Photo: I choose to disregard the mess and see only the tower. Only the tower. There is no mess there. I’m very impressed by the build, and that’s why I share. It’s tall and interesting and they’ve got all the blocks facing just the right way. It’s beautiful. And then there is the runway/parking lot for…

This Good Kid

Photo: Ursa Major’s 1st grade class visited Good Hope Beach in Gloucester (Glawh-staah in Boston-Speak. Or perhaps Glaaaah-Stah? That might be a different dialect of Boston-Speak) today to collect sea creatures for the tidal pool in their classroom. It was my first ever visit to Gloucester and the beach was lovely. We’re still looking for…

The One Good Thing About Being the “Only”

Photo: I take particular pleasure in a good, velvety yolk. I live for a good eggs benedict. Over- or under-cooked and I just growl. When it was time to teach The Husband how to cook, the first thing I taught him was how to get the eggs right. It took him a while, but he’s…

[Quiet Thoughts] Ready for Rest

Photo: The yard was lush and rain-soaked yesterday morning and I just had to break out my good camera. Dear Reader Leah sent me some pointers on how to be better with my macro lens, so I put that advise to use and I think I got some pretty great results! Any of ya’ll Dear…