Choosing a Christmas Card

Well we headed out to the beach today on this mild (54 degree) "beach day" here on the coast of Massachusetts.  "Make this easy for me. Please." were the words I uttered before I left the house. Somehow it has gotten HARDER to take photos as they get older. More grumpy faces. 

It was sunny and tolerable at the beach. But REALLY windy. So we had a LOT of squinting, and a lot of grimacing. And a lot of hair in the face.

But there was also a lot of laughter, 

And leaping. 

And brother/ sister time.

And did I mention laughter. Oh, I did? Well, as you can see, I meant A LOT!

And then we had the ever pensive one photographing the steely blue waves.
And boy, his wave photos look like a painting. He has the eye. Proud mama moment.

And then the wind calmed for a moment, and the kids looked serious, and the camera clicked, and we got it. Our card. 

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And sometimes your kids do too.



I am Thankful

Sometimes it takes shutting out the noise of life and truly searching inside ones' self  to see and truly understand what we are thankful for. First and foremost, my children, husband, parents, brothers, sisters, in-laws and other relatives are at the core of who I am. As are my friends. And I am thankful for them daily, unconditionally, and truly without having to utter a word.

But this Thanksgiving, I tried to look beyond the obvious. Life has been busy, and busy is good. But at times I would call it crazy busy. A crazy where I so crave peace, and calm. And jammies. So forcing myself to STOP and listen to my heart feels good, and right, and necessary.

This process has led me to realize  that I am more a creature of routine than I truly like to admit. (Especially because I long for spontaneity). And reflection on my routines shows me that much of what makes me who I am changes with the seasons. Which brings a tremendous smile to these chapped lips. 

In spring I am thankful for:

thawing earth 
clean flower beds
bright mornings

In summer I am thankful for:

bare feet
the catbird
open windows

In fall I am thankful for:

fallen leaves
crisp air
Indian summer
first frost
warm drinks

In winter I am thankful for:

Eggnog (with spiced rum)
winter walks

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Breathe In

On my way to work yesterday morning I was mesmerized by the light.
The sun was just peeking up, filling my world with an autumnal glow.
I just knew that I would get up early today, Veteran's Day, and photograph this beauty.

The moon was bright early this morning. Last night it sat oversized in our night sky, almost as if someone had hung a paper prop on an elementary school stage. Today it sat high and I squinted, not sure this was the same moon!

The sunflowers, long past blossom sat ravaged by the birds.
Their silhouette screamed out to me…."Patience!"

A late pumpkin perched atop our fence post, soaked in the same chilly dew that was filling my lungs. An air so pure I wanted to bottle it and greedily tuck it away just for me! I gulped in the misty air, letting it clear my mind and settle my soul.

The most amazing mushrooms dotted the hill. I waited for a gnome to peek over the top, but I suppose he was hiding. This brought me back to 3rd grade kite contests with homemade brown paper kites…etched with a child's pencil sketch of a critter peeking over a mushroom...

My goodness, the detail…..like the rim of a glass dipped in sugar crystals. An amazing adaptation.

This mushroom was wide and flat. It reminded me of a pie crust….

with perfect fork pressed edges!

The sunlight arrived in orange patches. Little glowing spotlights…first low on the wall, 

….then high in the tree tops.

I was fascinated with the way it danced on the leaves, but even more taken by the way it caused the stones to absorb the light…

The ferns have succumbed, laying at my feet, just as stunning now as when they first unfurled their lacy fronds.

Grasses and hydrangeas wear their autumn colors, fading daily into dormancy, awaiting a long sleep….

I was encircled by the glow, knowing this is EXACTLY what I had hoped it would be, 

sunshine and shadows, light and dark ,

And as I turned  before going back in the house I noticed this, the blanket of chilled dew encircling the garden area. 

A safety net... protecting me , and what I love.


{Day 31} 31 Days of Writing Challenge


I learned SO MUCH during this challenge! Honestly, I never dreamed it could transform my way of thinking about writing. I started out without a plan, thinking I would just write about whatever came to mind. I faltered, and started a daily installment of fiction. But I became a bit greedy. "That's mine!", I thought. I wanted to keep it for me, no one else, so I removed it. I think the process of writing is so personal, that  I didn't want it shared until finished. So then I started choosing a sort of random photo daily, and had a great time writing free verse poetry. This was so far away from my usual writing, yet it felt pure and right, and freeing. But then life kicked me in the rear, and I was exhausted, and trying to fit in all of the things that HAD to be done. Like feeding kids and driving to practices, and prepping math lessons.

So I have spent a few days playing "catch up".And I did it! And it feels good.

So here's what I learned:

I am a hopeless dreamer.

Nature is my truest connection to this world.

I need to tap into my creative side, now more than ever. 

I WILL pursue my writing and photography.

That little girl above in the picture hasn't changed much in her love of flowers and gardens and all things pretty. (Please forgive the orange and pink.)

Life is fast, and I need to find more time for writing, or I truly will have regrets.

So look for LOTS more writing as autumn turns to winter. I hope you will join me and encourage me in my quest to transition careers over the next few years. 


{Day 30} 31 Days of Writing Challenge - CATBIRD

The first moment
I saw you I knew

I knew you were here
To watch over me.

You added comfort to
The season, waiting for me by the porch door
And then following me to the garden.

You truly brought me peace as you
Waited so patiently on the fencepost
Or close by on the apple tree.

Farewell my friend, my protector, my confidante.
See you next spring
When the grass is green.
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