a spirit of simplicity

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27 August

Yesterday you would have turned 24 years old.  I miss you. 

Learn Photo 365 Scavenger Hunt Challenge


10 February

I got to see Verne on Saturday afternoon!

He is growing so much and is so darn cute.





Tuesday I got to see the parade go by Cambridge Street!

I watched the whole thing through the windows during my lunch break.

I was warm and dry and it was lots of fun!


Saturday morning I picked Joe up from the train station

and we took a little detour over to 40 steps to watch the sun come up


Thursday was a snow day here.

This is a picture from my desk window where I sat warm and dry

watching the storm raging…

snow falling sideways due to the wind.


Friday fave fives
Floral Friday fotos
Weekend wind down party
skywatch friday
Friday my town shoot out
soulfood friday

05 February

Romans 2: 6, 10-11

He will render to each one according to his works;

but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good,

the Jew first and also the Greek.

For God shows no partiality.

This was in my reading yesterday morning.

I found it quite interesting in light of the current political upheaval.


spiritual Sundays
Sunday Scripture Blessings

Scripture and a snapshot

03 February


I didn’t get a chance to see Verne this week but Bonnie sent me these

pictures of him playing peek-a-boo.

I love his facial expression when she is hiding….

and that smile!


Sunday afternoon

The afternoon sunlight comes in through the living room windows.

Tucker likes to take a little cat-nap on the comfy chair.

All curled up in the warm winter light….me too.


Sadly, my daughter and I have schedules that rarely allow us to get together.

But, through the magic of instagram I am able to have a picture

of the day she visited with Verne.


Acorn street in Boston’s Beacon Hill area

is the most photographed street in Boston.

It’s only about a 5 minute walk from work so I often ramble over there

during my lunch hour. I love Beacon Hill!


Sadly, my co-teacher gave her two week notice yesterday.

I am going to miss her company so much!

She’s been one of my very favorite co-workers ever

and I am so fortunate that we had a chance to get to know one another.

Friday fave fives
willy nilly Friday
Photo Friday 

02 February



I have had these wooden swans since before my children were born.

The female is little worse for wear at this point…

which parallels my own life I suppose

 I still love them as much as I did when I got them way back in the mid 1980s.


01 February


D is for….

delightful doorway


30 January

the good


raspberry nut muffins

oatmeal with fruit

softboiled eggs with toast


mustardy quinoa w/sausage and potatoes

Tomato, avocado, cucumber, chickpea salad

grilled chicken subs

homemade instant noodle veggie soup


amazing stuffed cabbage rolls


ground turkey tacos

maple mustard pulled pork in the slow cooker

steak and potatoes


I work days – Joe works nights

I like salads and  beans – Joe likes meat and potates

This means our eating schedules are a bit wonky.

We’ve been throwing away food at home and eating food out on the run.

A lot.

This is a menu designed to fix that situation with a minimum of fuss.

the fun


Joe and I walked Tucker on the beach Sunday afternoon.

Surprisingly, he doesn’t mind being on the leash we got him.

He spent most of the time tucked inside Joe’s big jacket

but kept his head out so he could see what was going on.

When he got cold he would tuck his head down inside and under Joe’s neck.

the random


games and the frisbee in the wooden trunk

at the foot of the bed.

There’s a baseball glove in there as well…..

soon enough we’ll be out of doors again.

menu plan monday

The good, the random, the fun

Monday mellow yellow


Keeping Sabbath


And the effect of righteousness will be peace,

and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

Isaiah 32:17

These are very dark times.

I am frightened for what is to come.

I am choosing carefully who I will walk beside.

Now is a time when we must work for righteousness

-true righteousness and love toward one another

There is enough darkness and hatred in this world

 I cannot work toward righteousness without taking a stand against it.

spiritual Sundays

Sunday Scripture Blessings

Scripture and a snapshot

27 January

walking dog beach



I did get a chance to visit with Verne this weekend!

He had just had a bath.


We had the boys Saturday and Sunday.

Joey had a game on Sunday and we dropped them off after that.



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Here is a link to a story about Boston mayor Marty Walsh

We will not retreat one one inch he said,

stating we will fight for our residents, whether immigrant or not,

and provide the best quality of life for all Bostonians.

And, Here is another link from the Boston Police department’s fb page

thanking the marcher’s in the Woman’s march on Saturday. They said thank you to the

tens of thousands of marchers for their high levels of respect and responsible behavior.

Love that dirty water -Boston you’re my  home.


Steel cut oats

With dried fruit, seeds, and nuts

On a lazy, rainy day.


Friday fave fives

skywatch friday

Friday my town shoot out

Willy Nilly Friday