Like Yourself Season: Remix

Photo: Pasta e Ceci, by way of America’s Test Kitchen. I was on Facebook minding my own business when the recipe came up. I was intrigued and made it on Monday. Absolutely, hands down, delicious. Makes awesome leftovers, too. I did the recipe in a straightforward way on Monday (adding more anchovy, though, because 1 is…

[Quiet Thoughts] Part 1: What’s Delivered

  On Monday, Massachusetts experienced a really ridiculous wind storm. It started up on Sunday night, went full force into the day on Monday, and got very, very serious on Monday afternoon. Gusts in the area reached upwards of 70 mph. It was cold, it was mean, it was fierce, it was chaotic. The ancient…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Joyful Gratitude

Photo: Our dear friend gave the boys this adoooorable book yesterday! Absolutely love it. I’m so glad that the boys haven’t outgrown good picture books yet. You should pick up a copy for the kiddos in your life at an independent bookstore near you!  40 some-odd Valentines went up out of this house yesterday. Despite…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Weeks Like This

Photo: I confess that I didn’t take a lot of photos this week. So this is from the garden shots I took last Friday. I am still delightfully fascinated by the pumpkin vines that are slowly taking over the yard. The vine has produced a lot of flowers and those flowers have produced these little bebe…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Family

Photo: I haven’t taken any pictures this week. I am living for my time on the beach, so I’m putting up this photo of the beach in Maine.   One of my favorite podcasts is called Helga, and I highly recommend it. It fits quite snuggly between my other faves, Levar Burton Reads and But…

Little Bears in the Big City

Photo: Two little boys observing safe sea creatures to touch and such. Walking into the aquarium for free is joy enough. Being able to share a morning at the aquarium with a dear friend and her son makes it infinitely better.   Ask and you shall receive, ya’ll. I wrote my whiny post on Monday…

Totally Worth It

Photo: Saturday’s first batch of kinklings.   I made eight batches on kinklings over the weekend. A new record for me. Turns out, it wasn’t enough, actually. I almost ran out at one point on Saturday (that’s never happened before) and today I had to be very careful about how many kinklings went out the door to…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Opened Doors

Photo: Two little boys in a country club pool, carefree. No no, we don’t live this way all the time. We were just visiting, thanks to be a most gracious, generous and wonderful friend.   Twice this week, my children and I were welcomed into homes of dear friends, doors open wide, schedules cleared, attention…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Little Pieces

  I had the perfect plan to deal with today’s insane cold. I purchased thermals to cover me from head to toe under my outfit, even silk liners to put in my gloves. I covered myself with coconut oil to protect my skin from the dry bite, put the oil in my locs and then twisted…

[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…