a spirit of simplicity

manifest plainness – embrace simplicity – reduce selfishness

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

25 January

Sweet baby Verne


Share your cup Thursday
Little things Thursday
The charm of home


keeping Sabbath


Ephesians 5:33

However, let each of you love his wife as himself,

and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Scripture and a snapshot

spiritual Sundays

16 September

Joe and I met in the Peace Garden on Thursday evening. It is a garden dedicated to the memory of individuals who have dies as a result of violence. We had a half hour tobsoend together. I had to go to a late meeting and he had to go to an early meeting. We realized when we got there that they were holding an anual memorial to the 904 souls the garden is dedicated to. So, we watched the band set up and the coordinators hand out candles while we exchanges the pleasantries of each others days. Then we went our separate ways. 

Apples heaped in market barrows

Juicy plums and stripey marrows.

Sunday was my daughter’s baby shower. She looked so darn cute I could hardly stand it. She received so many beautiful gifts!


Beacon Hill in Boston is one of my very favorite places in all the world. I could wander around those tiny streets of an afternoon forever.Autumn is beginning to make it’s appearance in all kinds of places….here it peeks out of a street side shoppe on Charles street.

The moon is full as I type this evening. It is shining down upon me through the seaside mobile at my desk in the dining room.
Friday fave fives
Floral Friday fotos
Friday my town shoot out
soulfood friday

Willy-nilly Friday

Five on friday



Just for a few minutes



My husband works nights

and I work days.

We both take public transportation into the city which is fairly easy, affordable and mostly dependable.


but it leaves very little time for us to be together.

So…Joe has taken to meeting me in the little park just outside my building. When I get out of work I cross the street and there he is, sitting on a park bench with his ear buds in,  listening to music while he waits for me.

We sit together for a few minutes exchanging the nuances of our days

and then we jump on the blue line -he gets off at State Street to catch the orange line that takes him to work and I continue on to Wonderland where I catch a bus that brings me home.

It’s only about 15 or 20 minutes together….but it’s my favorite quarter hour of the day.

Little Things Thursday


14 September 


Is for Jumping

ABC Wednesday

watery songlines


12 September 

The good

We heart Verne

My daughter’s baby shower was on Sunday. Verne will be making his appearance in the next few weeks. His two grandmother’s are very excited to meet him. I’m in the brown sweater.

The fun

I happened to glance across the room at the shower and noticed most of my friends and family all lined up. So, I jumped in and had someone take a photo!

The random

While walking through Government Center with some co-workers a woman told us her name was Precious Joy and that  she was a celebrity who was having a love child with Drake,  we met a small boy dancing like Micheal Jackson on the sidewalk, and Gandalf -or an Ian McKellen look alike who very graciously posed for a photograph before dashing get off to his next adventure.
The good, the fun, the random