[Quiet Thoughts] Of Sanctuary

Photo: My work area is starting to turn into a collection of sacred artifacts. A teddy bear with Maryland stitched on its belly. An eight-pointed wheel handmade by a member of my writing group. A photo of my great-grandmother when she was younger. A hand-painted card by my sister. The newest addition is a hand-cut…

[Quiet Thoughts] You Gotta Work for the Breakthrough

Photo: My summer wildflowers are months away from blooming. Yet they are emerging from the cold soil to seek the sun! Too bad we haven’t seen much of it this week. Everything in the world seems to be working on a breakthrough…   I had a morning off this morning, so I took my notebook…

Confirmations and the Unexpected

Photo: The fog rolled in this morning and revealed the most beautiful webbing over our front yard! I am not big into spiders, but I think that this is pretty nifty. Who saran wraps a yard all night long? For what purpose?? More pictures below!   This is one of those days when I can’t…

Play In The Right Circles

Photo: As you’ll recall, last year they couldn’t stand the sand… this year, they’re alls about it! GRRR! Maybe next year we’ll go to a real beach…   I’m very surprised and pleased to say that we’ve received quite a few playdate and outing invitations since school ended. It’s nice to feel wanted and a part of a community….

Where There is Order, Chaos Is Never Far

Photo: We’re constantly asked by neighbors and family, “what’s your project right now?” Lately, it’s been the yard, which has been easy and exciting and refreshing. We were starting to get serious about painting the living room in dining room (in other words, we’ve been battling over colors and whether or not “accent walls” are…

[Quiet Thoughts] Context and Scale

  On Tuesday, I took the boys to the Old North Bridge and adjacent Old Manse where I took a series of pictures that I’ve been pondering all week. I’m just going to put them in a series here and then I’ll explain on the other side…   I think that my Quiet Thoughts didn’t…

[Quiet Thoughts] A Lion of a Month

Photo: This month came in like a Lion, and we’re leaving it with a day spent with lambs. Our favorite farm has little lambs and kids and they are just too cute. The boys totally understood that they were babies and adorable… my heart just grew give times today. What a great way to end the…

With Every Victory Comes Two New Challenges…

Photo: I took the boys to Drumlin Farm today so we could all get some fresh air. Best decision I made all day.     I have a landline, but I can only dial out and cannot get phone-calls in. I have a 2nd floor toilet and sink, but cannot use the very lovely clawfoot…

It’s Better to LOOK Good than to FEEL Good

Photo: Bliss is water, history, and a quiet moment in my own head. The Old North Bridge is another very good reason to love where I live.   My Father, God bless him, has a favorite quote: “You look marvelous! Simply marvelous! And as we all know, it’s much better to look good than to feel good.” This…