Saturday, April 19, 2014

1.  A much-needed soaking rain
2.  Homemade cookies from Marilyn
3.  A good support system for Mother

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Monday, April 7, 2014

 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

 
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

 
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

1.  Enjoyed popcorn and a movie last night:
         Braveheart (Mel Gibson!)
2.  Grape hyacinths
3.  Buddy the neighborly dog

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

 
Commence Spring Cleaning!
 
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 
We can never change the past,
we can only change the hold it has on us.
 
~ Merle Shaine ~
 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

1.  Oatmeal pancakes
2.  Pussywillows and daffodils
3.  Anise-scented soap

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

1.  All the birds outside are constantly busy -- they must have spring fever!  I think we're going to have another nest or two up under the front porch roof again this year.  Looks like several nests are happening in the big spruce tree too.
2.  Living in a small town is very comforting -- such a nice support network
3.  Comfortable shoes staying with me through these busy days

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Monday, March 10, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

 
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Friday, March 7, 2014

1.  A huge flock of ravens circling the road
2.  Visiting nurse home services
3.  Raspberries from the freezer

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Monday, March 3, 2014

 
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Saturday, March 1, 2014


 
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

1.  Much-needed rain
2.  No appointments today, things can just flow
3.  Our Keurig coffeemaker

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

1.  An available bed at the SNF
2.  Cherry pie
3.  Time to collect my thoughts

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

 
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

1.  New calendar pages
2.  A steaming mug of green tea
3.  Canine companionship

 
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Friday, January 31, 2014


 
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

1.  A good night's sleep
2.  Striped socks
3.  Chicken cacciatore simmering on the stove

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

1.  Thankful for a close call - I spilled my coffee on the table but not here on the keyboard
2.  A peaceful quiet gray day 
3.  A new "rose petals" candle

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

1.  My worktable is tidy
2.  Banana bread
3.  Chipmunks chasing around the yard

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

1.  Bright moonlight
2.  Pineapple upside-down cake
3.  A new rotary blade -- why do I let it go so long before I change it??!!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.
 
~  Vita Sackville-West ~

 
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

1.  Poppyseed poundcake
2.  Doves in the yard
3.  Vanilla candles

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Friday, January 3, 2014

1.  Almond scented soap
2.  Feather pillows
3.  Cassiopeia shining through the skylight

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

 
Be humble for you are made of Earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars.
 
Serbian Proverb
 
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

 
Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
  
~ Maya Angelou ~
 
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

1.  Family and friends
2.  Peppermint schnapps
3.  Sparkling lights and flickering candles
4.  Sourdough waffles
5.  Dulcimer music
6.  An orange sky at sunset

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

 
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Saturday, December 21, 2013


Before going to bed
After a fall of snow
I look out on the field
Shining there in the moonlight
So calm, untouched and white
Snow silence fills my head
After I leave the window.

Hours later near dawn
When I look down again
The whole landscape has changed
The perfect surface gone
Criss-crossed and written on
where the wild creatures ranged
while the moon rose and shone.

 Why did my dog not bark?
Why did I hear no sound
There on the snow-locked ground
In the tumultuous dark?

How much can come, how much can go
When the December moon is bright,
What worlds of play we'll never know
Sleeping away the cold white night
After a fall of snow.
 
 
May Sarton, December Moon
 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

1.  A blanket of new snow
2.  Honeycrisp apples
3.  The house is very clean, ready for holiday guests

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

1.  The bright beautiful final full moon of the year
2.  Did some last-minute holiday shopping at the thrift shop and found a few fun treasures
3.  A ripe sweet pear
4.  A colorful sunset

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Friday, December 13, 2013

1.  A delightful holiday brunch with my friendship group
2.  Lavender soap
3.  I think I might be done shopping!



 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

1.  We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Last Vegas at the movies - really funny!
2.  Staying on schedule with holiday preparations
3.  Bright stars in the clear cold sky

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 
1.  The automatic timer on my coffeemaker -- I am happily wakened every morning by the aroma of coffee brewing downstairs
2.  A big flock of pelicans circling the lake
3.  Attended our first holiday party of the season last evening and enjoyed a tasty dinner and good company
 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

1.  A veil of frost blanketing the garden this morning
2.  New calendar pages -- I can't believe how fast this year has gone!
3.  Flannel sheets

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

1.  We made good progress with putting up decorations today -- it's fun to see the house transform from autumn to Christmas!
2.  Eileen and Cath are up for the weekend
3.  Pizza for supper

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1.  Pale November sunlight
2.  Looking forward to lots of special holiday activities -- next month's calendar is filling up fast!
3.  The brilliant red color of cranberry sauce cooling in the pot
4.  Sweet emails from Jessica
5.  Pumpkin Crème Liqueur  :)

 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

 
Our beautiful mountains, ready for the ski season ...
Bear Mountain is opening tomorrow, and Snow Summit maybe Thursday
 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

1.  I got all my Thanksgiving grocery shopping done today, before the stores get crazy
2.  A huge flock of crows circling above the field behind the post office 
3.  A juicy tangerine

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

 
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

 
Cozy at home on a bleak November day
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Things to Believe In

trees, in general; oaks, especially;
burr oaks that survive fire, in particular;
and the generosity of apples

seeds, all of them: carrots like dust,
winged maple, doubled beet, peach kernel;
the inevitability of change

frogsong in spring; cattle
lowing on the farm across the hill;
the melodies of sad old songs

comfort of savory soup;
sweet iced fruit; the aroma of yeast;
a friend's voice; hard work

seasons; bedrock; lilacs;
moonshadows under the ash grove;
something breaking through

~ Patricia Monaghan ~

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

1.  Cranberry English muffins and coyotes outside the window for breakfast
2.  Simon and Garfunkel playing over the loudspeakers in the grocery store parking lot
3.  The brilliant full moon

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

 A low cloud layer blanketing the valley
at sunrise this morning
 
An hour later and it's clearing
 
We live about a mile down below the ski shed on the right side of the photo
 
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Friday, November 15, 2013

 
Rabbit's Foot Fern
 
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Friday, November 8, 2013

 
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

1.  Cinnamon toast
2.  Bright mild weather
3.  Freshly-aired pillows

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

1.  The aroma of fireplace smoke in the neighborhood
2.  Birdfeeders all cleaned and filled and ready for winter
3.  An extra hour tonight

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Friday, November 1, 2013


 
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Thursday, October 31, 2013






Samhain
 
Build up the bonfires, now the seasons turn
Welcome in another year and let the old one burn
Build up the bonfires, light the candles bright
All the hungry spirits will be coming by tonight.

Light all the bonfires; another year has flown
Gather friends around you, don’t spend the night alone
Sweep out the courtyard to greet the coming year
Lay a handsome table, your visitors are here

Build up the bonfires, now the seasons turn
Welcome in another year and let the old one burn
Build up the bonfires, light the candles bright
All the hungry spirits will be coming by tonight.


Here come your sorrows, all your old regrets
every broken promise and every unpaid debt
Perched on your shoulder yearning toward the flame
Pour them a glass of whiskey and greet them all by name

Build up the bonfires, now the seasons turn
Welcome in another year and let the old one burn
Build up the bonfires, light the candles bright
All the hungry spirits will be coming by tonight.


Now make them welcome and offer them release
Offer them atonement and pray they may find peace
Give them your blessing but do not let them stay
Beat on the cans and the pots and pans and send them on their way

Build up the bonfires, now the seasons turn
Welcome in another year and let the old one burn
Build up the bonfires, light the candles bright
All the hungry spirits will be coming by tonight.

 The Dance Goes On, Blanche Rowen

 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

1.  Tupelo Honey, Van Morrison
2.  Clouds racing across the sky
3.  Chipotle salsa

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

1.  A pair of coyotes outside the sunroom this morning
2.  Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Lodge
3.  My desk is tidied up!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

1.  A surprise package from Nick
2.  A really nice visit with Eileen and Cat
3.  The stunning bright full moon

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Thursday, October 17, 2013


 
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

1.  Sourdough waffles
2.  Bright blue October weather
3.  Ivory soap
4.  Comfortable shoes
5.  Running into friends at the store
6.  Colorful cozy quilts and feather pillows

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fun factoid about our recent winter storm: we set a new record for snowfall on Oct 9th (Wednesday)! No measureable snow had ever previously been recorded on that date, while most areas around the valley received around 3" from this storm. The record snowfall for any single day in October was 4 inches on Oct 28th in 2004; normal for the entire month of Oct. is just 1 inch.




 
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

1.  All was not lost: I let go of a very difficult morning with Mother and had a much nicer afternoon.
I finished up making the last of the applesauce and enjoyed a glass of wine on the porch.  More and more often now with her I need to just stop and take a deep breath.  Sigh.
 
2.  The leaf color this autumn has been especially brilliant
 
3.  I have a nice stack of newly-arrived mail-order catalogs to browse through this evening

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

 
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our own life.
 
~ Anais Nin ~ 
 
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Friday, October 4, 2013

1.  Still pitch dark at 5:30 a.m., but Orion is up there keeping me company
2.  The sweet smell of applesauce simmering on the stove
3.  Pumpkins on the front porch

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013


I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.
- Lin Yutang -
 
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1.  A family of raccoons on the sidewalk when we got out of the movie theater in the village last night
2.  Apricot cookies
3.  Moonlight shining in the skylights early this morning

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Sunday, September 22, 2013


Mabon, the Autumn Equinox

Ephemeral truce.
The dark begins
its long winning streak.
But for now
in this disheveled garden
a riot of blowsy flowers
hangs on like a chorus
of aging show girls
still with a few good kicks.
The air is ripe
with seedy perfume
and pleasant lies,
the pomegranate shared
between two mouths.
This is our second harvest,
the corn, the squash,
the reconstructed
memories of summer.
Ceres, comfort us with apples,
with grapes and the wine of grapes.
Wheaten breads are baked
in the shape of the sun.
We savor them
with honey.
It will be a long time
before this golden
moment comes again.

Dolores Stewart Riccio













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Thursday, September 19, 2013

 
Harvest Moon
 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 
1.  They're seal-coating the Boulevard and redoing the streets in the Village and replacing utility pipelines all over the place, so traffic is *h*o*r*r*e*n*d*o*u*s*  
  but everything will be SO NICE when all the roadwork has been completed
 
2.  Buckets-full of apples and pears from Lucie's trees -- an outstanding fruit crop this year!  Even our little tiny trees gave us several dozen small apples each, for their
first-ever harvest. 
 
3.  Chilly last night, down into the 30s, so summer is turning the corner to fall 
 
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Monday, September 2, 2013

 
Excuse me guys, don't mean to disturb you.
 
It's good to be a dog in this house.
 
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

 
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