[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…

[Quiet Thoughts] Footprints in the Snow

Photo: If you look closely, you’ll see foxprints in the snow. He’s always alone when he heads out. This is actually a direction that he rarely takes, so I wonder if he’s getting hungry and seeking new places to find what he needs. I saw his prints in the driveway later, so I know that…

[Quiet Thoughts] I Swear I Wasn’t Shopping!

Photo: The view out my window yesterday morning… it’s pretty, yes… but… it’s still a pain in the butt! This is a very late post for me… usually I get these posts done during nap time! I’m just now sitting in front of my computer and it’s after dinner! What?? And I know you’re thinking, “welp,…