So I am swinging back into a routine the best way I know how.
School has been back in session for about a month now, and we all have our daily rituals. 

I get up at 5:20 and I'm out the door by 6:40 at the latest. 

I AM totally a morning person. 

BUT,  I love sleeping 'til 6-6:30 and waking up before everyone. I like puttering and tidying and lifting the shades to let the morning light fill our home with promises as I make a leisurely breakfast.

I like tossing on my navy blue polka dot wellies to head down the field to the garden before the sun  has risen above the trees. I like breathing in the summer air and letting it swirl around in my mind….freedom and creativity and plans overloading the circuits at times. 

I like listening to the deer rustle in their wooded bedrooms…too shy to visit me in daylight, but brazen enough to munch my hostas to the ground in the still of the night.

I like embracing all that nature has created as the seasons ebb and flow before my eyes. 

I like picking flowers and dreaming of being a flower farmer as I set my tiny jars of blossoms on a weathered picnic table by the side of the road. 

I suppose I haven't given up all  that fills my heart with joy… I have simply changed with the seasons…embracing each with a newfound gladness and hope.

For now, my students are my flower blossoms…each needing tending and coddling and nurturing. In time, they too will flourish and move on, and I will miss the familiarity of routine that we develop together. 

For now, my morning routine may have changed, but all that I have learned and felt and experienced is carried with me…with each season having a role molding me into who I am and who I will become.

"To Everything There Is a Season."


Back to School Humor

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or just need a good laugh, this was the video start to my daughter's 6th grade graduation video at her school. It was recently reposted for a back to school chuckle. 

I might add that the amazing :) singer on the left is my husband. 

PLEASE share…we are trying to thank them for the humor by making this go viral!


I Choose.

 I choose light when the echoes of the day carry darkness.

I choose laughter when confronted with bleakness.

I choose to encourage optimism when gloom hovers near.

I choose the promise of tomorrow when a lapse of judgment troubles me. 

I choose compassion when animosity fills the air.

I choose love when sorrow invades.

I choose to give when inundated with greed.

I choose joy when unhappiness festers itself.

I choose to create as I witness neglect. 

I choose life as idleness stealthily approaches.

I choose.

What do you choose?


The Light is Changing and So Must I...

…it is evident as I walk to the garden...

…shadows criss-crossing the swing and field...

…darkness where there was once light...

…twinkling sunbeams struggling to get over the wooded border just in front of the stonewall...

…plants awaiting their bath of golden light...

…hydrangeas clasping the first glow and bees flocking to gather the season's last pollen….

…babies reaching their full potential...

…seeds dispersing from arms full of beauty...

…and shadows….glorious shadows….touching every surface.

I get teary at this time of year. Perhaps it's selfishness…my love for morning light and open windows…my freedom to structure my days as I choose…my adoration of blossoms and prettiness and life. Tidying the house and preparing meals on my schedule…not a chore but rather a joy. The kids coming and going…riding bikes and running through the yard. Birds and breezes and endless wonderful laundry :) I've bought my summer lottery ticket with hope and a prayer. And secretly wish that Ellen or Martha Stewart or Oprah want to sponsor me as a stay at home mom. My summer wish. Again and forever. 



What makes your heart beat a little faster?

What makes you FEEL a little more...

…UNDERSTAND a smidgeon better...

…INTERPRET with an air of grace?

What CALLS to you in your dreams...

…yet fully CAPTIVATES you while your eyes are wide open?

What CAUSES you to look to the Heavens...

…while WHISPERING a teary thank-you?

What is the gift that has CAPTURED your very soul...


… yet has MERGED with it to become an innate part of who you are and will be forever more?

For me, it is the garden, the open sky, the wooded path, the hay-filled field.

It is nature. 



Friday Morning in the Garden.

Good Morning! Summer vacation is in full swing around here! We have returned from our trip to The Azores, (see previous post), and are enjoying every minute of freedom. We are painting and planting and organizing…and doing our fair share of playing as well!

I hope you'll join me on my morning walk around the garden, where the heat and humidity have caused things to trail and flower and produce.
The variegated Hosta is the only Hosta left after the fawn's feast!

Even though the past two winter's took a tole on the fence, its twists and turns still make me smile!

Could not resist pairing this chartreuse Coleus with a bright pink Geranium.

Sunflowers back left, cucumbers to the right, Dahlias in the foreground.

Pumpkins just starting to vine, and Bronze Fennel seeded itself everywhere. A great way to attract pollinators!

Bronze Fennel

Zucchini Babies

Pink Salvia….seeded from ?

Cosmos…multiple varieties

Branching and Single Stem Sunflowers

Queen Anne's Lace


Hope you have an amazing weekend!
What's in store?

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