Thursday, December 31, 2009


This is my wish for you:

Comfort on difficult days,

smiles when sadness intrudes,

rainbows to follow the clouds,

laughter to kiss your lips,

sunsets to warm your heart,

hugs when spirits sag,

beauty for your eyes to see,

friendships to brighten your being,

faith so that you can believe,

confidence for when you doubt,

courage to know yourself,

patience to accept the truth,

Love to complete your life.

Wishing you all of these blessings in 2010,


Image by The Vintage Moth, Quote by lynnie buttercup

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I wish you a holiday of relaxation, peace and fun with your family and friends.  That's what I'm aiming for!

Enjoy the beauty of the season,


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

'tis the season

It's okay...

  • if the cards don't get out this week... mail them in January, or divide them up and call or write to a group of people during each month of this coming year... they're always glad to hear from you.
  • if the presents aren't beautifully wrapped... gather up the opening of the bag that they came in and put a big bow on it... it is a great, green alternative!
  • if all the presents didn't get purchased... offer the gift of your time or services... volunteer to spend some time with the person, do an errand, make a favorite dinner, plant a garden - write a note on a card with your gift.
  • if your home isn't decorated...dim the lights, light some candles, cook something on the stove, and turn on some carols... the mood will be warm and festive.
This is a season for reaching out to others and speading good cheer.  Try to keep it simple and not to stress over the details.  Sit back, watch the magic around you, and smile.  It is truly a beautiful season.

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere


Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I'm back from a Thanksgiving home!  Very relaxing...and got a lot done.

It started on Thanksgiving with my mom, sister and her kids arriving for Thanksgiving dinner.  There was lots of food. 

Hubby and son always make the mince pie.  When it came time to make the slits, do you think they did "M" for mince? Or a pattern?  Oh yes, a pattern!  Do you see the basketball court?  Yes, that was the design of choice for the mince pie!

I love setting the table.  I had an old family quilt that I used down the center of the table and an old wooden bowl that I put gourds and leaves in for the centerpiece.

This is our second Thanksgiving without my mother-in-law.  She had collected lots of dishes but my favorites are the Thanksgiving ones ['His Majesty' from Johnson Brothers].  We miss her but using her china is a nice remembrance of her and is a way to "bring her to the table" with us.

It was wonderful to have time with my family, to have time to rest, and time to work hard at home.  I am so grateful for all that I have.  And, you are part of that.  Thank you so much for spending time with me here!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dear Hubby,

I love...
  • how much you care.  Your heart is so big, and yet few get to see your tender side. 
  • your style.  You like the same things that I do and it is fun to pick things out together.
  • your humor.  You can make me laugh and smile at the smallest things.
  • how protective you can be.  You guard passionately those that you care about.
  • that you can chat with anyone.  You find something unique in everyone.
Happy Birthday!



Monday, November 2, 2009

Fall color

"October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came-

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name."

- George Cooper, October's Party

The past two weeks have produced some of the most spectacular colors of the fall.  Now, most of the leaves are on the ground.  As I walk, I enjoy witnessing the changes that are taking place and capturing their fleeting beauty.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween treats

It was a warm, enjoyable Halloween in Connecticut.

There was a Zombie sighting...

And an angel...

And that angel liked to check out all the Trick-or-Treaters that were ringing the doorbell!

And now we are on to November!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

"These Are a Few of My Favorite Things"

I am looking forward to this year's Rooms with a View that is taking place on November 6, 7 and 8th in Southport, CT.  This is the 15th year, but it will be my first year attending - and I'm so excited!

There will be room vignettes by these top designers:  Alexa Hampton, Capellini Design Associates, Cobble Court Interiors, Eleish Van Breems, Eddie Ross, Malcolm James Kutner, Margaret Bondy Interiors, Mimi Designs, Parker & Company, Shawn Callaghan Diaz Designs, Susan Oster Design and The Wakefield Collection.  Wow! And a marketplace...and a preview party, luncheon & fashion show, and a holiday decorating seminar.

"These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" is the theme of the show.  Who wants to meet me there?


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dr. Miller

Growing up, we lived across the street from Dr. Miller.  I remember, as a young girl, looking out of our front windows and watching Dr. Miller mow his lawn.  Back and forth he would go, making nice straight rows in the lawn.  He always wore an old golf cap.  You know the kind - round and flat with a little brim.

One morning, while watching Dr. Miller, my mother called us for breakfast.  She served us a favorite: a piece of bread that had a hole cut out of it, then grilled with an egg in the center hole, and the round hole piece placed on top.  For a little kid, it reminded me of Dr. Miller.  The bread representing the lawn, the egg being him, and then the round piece on top being his hat.  Dr. Miller! 

But what I loved about this moment is that it didn't stop there.  Where as a parent you smile at your child's silliness and go on with your day, my mom instead honored what I was saying by accepting it and calling indeed calling this breakfast a "Dr. Miller".  And continued to call it that.  To this day, that is what it is still called in our family.  I think that is so sweet and so special.

I've never known this breakfast dish by any other name.  Though when we were in Maine this summer, we had breakfast at a restaurant where they had something called a "Toad in the Hole" which I believe is the same thing. 

We have just one word left from our son's misprouncation of words, or made up words, as he was growing up.  It is "crumper" which means the laundry hamper.  Not sure how it ever came to be... it just is. 

I smile as I make Dr. Millers today...

...for the good food, the hidden meaning of the name, the memories and how special a parent can make a child feel.


Friday, October 2, 2009


fall leaves....

just beginning to change colors and fall...

cooler nights...

grabbing the wool sweaters...

putting out pumpkins and mums and Indian corn...

fresh apples at the orchard...

the first season's fire in the fireplace...

We love autumn in New England!


Monday, September 7, 2009

What we did on our summer vacation... Stockbridge, MA

We love to visit Stockbridge. It is a picturesque New England town. Norman Rockwell painted here and it still maintains that quaintness.

Don't you love this country store? They have terrific things inside. The floor boards creak as you walk through... it is wonderful!

Here is the Red Lion Inn. It is historic and that porch is a big attraction...

I loved these black-eyed susans outside of a gift shop.

Here is one of the cottages that is part of the inn.

As I walked through town, I admired the architecture and especially the doorways.

Isn't this twig frame wonderful?

And spectacular flowers...

Here is another inn in town.

I loved the colors on this house. There is a big bunch of hydrangeas by the front door.

We had the best meal at Once Upon a Table. It is located next door to the Red Lion Inn and is run by a friend from my hometown. The food is always outstanding and I love the intimate atmosphere. Be sure to stop in if you visit...

We also visited the Norman Rockwell Museum. We didn't get a chance to go to Edith Wharton's house "The Mount", but Linda Merrill of ::Surroundings:: did an extensive write up on it here, here, here, here, here, and here - and here. Whew! She did such a great job of sharing all the details, that I feel like I was there!

We'll return again to Stockbridge - oh, I almost forgot - there are lots of antique stores in the area. Lots of fun places to explore!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009


We've put our feet up, felt the sun on our faces and the wind in our hair. A good time was had by all.

More to follow...


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Connection to God and friends

I am honored to work each day with Paul McManus. He has a spirit that is full of joy, a ready smile and he's the most wonderful, creative thinker. Do you know Paul? He and his wife, Tracey, are the authors of the book The 7 Great Prayers. It wasn't until I read this book that I learned about praying.

For a long time I thought that praying was reciting the prayers that I had grown up with. Sure, every once in a while I would put in a plea to God for something, but what I was missing was the conversation. The conversation with God. Talking to Him and listening to Him. Through this book I have learned about that conversation and it has made it so much easier for me. Seven simple prayers that help me to connect with God.

There is a 7 Great Prayers bracelet that has 7 colorful beads to remind you of each of the prayers. I've been wearing mine for more than a year now.

One year ago today, I found myself at the hospital emergency room because a family member was very ill. It was a Saturday morning and I hadn't yet put on my bracelet. And I missed it... In its simplicity it reminded me to focus on all the good gifts from God and helped me to get grounded to handle what was ahead.

After that morning, I've never forgotten my bracelet. It continues to be a daily reminder to me to thank God and to see Him and his beauty all around me.


Have you heard about (in) I am so excited for its debut tomorrow. They have asked an amazing group of women to contribute to their website. I am familar with quite a few of them - and they are terrific! I'm looking forward to meeting all of them and joining in on the discussion.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Summer days

I love summer! Warm days, lots of sunshine... and weeds. Boy, am I good at growing weeds! I have gardens full of each type of weed and they are all doing well. Thriving, in fact. Lots of rain, and pure neglect on my part, has resulted in a bountiful supply. And I'm just letting them go. I have other things that I'm doing. I'm active, busy and happy. The weeds will have to wait.

There are friends, and vacation, family and lobster dinners, the beach and sitting on the porch. The weeds will have to wait... because I love summer!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

I should have known... much I would care.

When I started blogging I thought it might be all about family, houses, decorating and fun stuff. And it is! What I didn't expect is to become so involved in the lives of the fabulous people behind each of those posts. As you share your personal vision of the world going by, there are emotions and events that begin to shape my image of you. You become more than an unseen blog author, you are now very real to me. And as much as I care about your latest decorating treasure, I also care about the person. Little did I expect that Jo's husband's medical emergency, or the landlord situation that caused The Nester to move, or Melissa's emergency surgery, or Rachel Anne's miscarriage or Lulu bravely answering the call of her dream, or Catherine celebrating her birthday or Mar's incredible love for his dog or Rosemary sharing pictures of her beautiful mother, - and there are so many others - would all become things that I think about ... and care about.

I feel that I know you, and the threads that run through the fabric of this life that we share become intertwined. And I adore that because it gives such a greater dimension to the words that you write and the pictures that you share.

I really should have known though. And it is because of another group of exceptional woman that I even came to know the world of blogging. There is a group of "summermoms" who all had babies during the summer of 1995. From infancy on up now to the teen years, we have shared stories and laughter and opinions. And we have been true to each other - and it is so good! And I care...

So why would blogging be any different? I really should have known that I would care this much.

I've been thinking about doing a regular post each week to write about and celebrate the people that I have found in the blogging world - and there are a lot of you. I read a lot of blogs and am in awe of the work that you do and your talent. And I'd like to share that with others. I hope that you won't mind if I shine the spotlight on you sometime so that others may see what an incredible person you are.

I'll continue to go on reading, and sharing my own story, but know that you are touching the lives of others...
...and that I care.

Image courtesy of The Vintage Moth

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Getting to know you...

Isn't it wonderful when someone knows you so well that they pick out gifts that you just adore? My sister has me pegged. She gave me this bowl, that has a Nantucket basket feel to it, for my birthday - and I just love it! It's planted with flowers right now but I can see it filled with shells, or with pinecones in the fall or antique Christmas ornaments for the holidays.

Who has you pegged?


Saturday, July 4, 2009


Our church is sponsoring a Field of Flags to honor the men and women who have died in Iraq and Afganistan. There are over 5000 flags to represent each of these courageous people and as a remembrance for the family and friends who loved them.

My guys placed so many flags! They were a great team and worked quickly together.

I hope that you'll take time to remember the freedoms that we have in this country and remember these families today.

Image courtesy of The Vintage Moth

Enjoy the time that you have with your family today. And I wish you a very happy 4th of July!


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Front doors

I've been looking at front doors and entrances. I love the historical looking ones with architectural details and antique features. A classic New England look.

What front door details to do like?


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day

Meet my hubby. He is a wonderful and dedicated father. A passionate baseball manager and basketball coach. He is incredibly fair. He has a soft heart. And a zany sense of humor. He's my best friend.

Happy Father's Day!


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Flag Day 2009

The Stars and Stripes tells our Nation's story and embodies its highest ideals. Its display reminds us of America's promise and guides us toward a brighter tomorrow.

To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested the President to issue an annual proclamation calling for a national observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings. In a second joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), the Congress requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the week during which June 14 falls as "National Flag Week" and called upon all citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

From the news story here.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kinn!

One year ago today you were born. We didn't know you yet, but we knew we wanted a Westie and that it would be you or one of your siblings.

This is your baby picture. You were just a few weeks old but what a cutie!

And then we received this photo - who couldn't love this ball of fuzz?

We heard that you were the first one of your siblings to figure out how to "escape". We now know how clever and determined you are!

We went to pick you up on a hot day in July. It was a very long car ride and you found a comfortable lap to cuddle up on and take a nap.

Look at how small you were that first day!

Still tiny, but boy those ears are growing!

This must be comparable to the "awkward years" when parts are growing so fast and others haven't caught up. Those ears took over your whole face!

But then you continued to grow and got all fuzzy. And grew into our hearts, too. We had no idea that a dog could be such an important member of the family.

What a fuzzy boy you were becoming!

And there were haircuts that left you looking a little bare...

And since you were born in the spring, you had never seen snow. This was your first venture out into the cold, white stuff - you thought it was terrific!

We dressed you up for the annual Christmas card. You were very accomodating...

You became very comfortable in your surroundings and made our home - your home.

You are curious and on alert. Always ready to meet a new friend.

We adore you puppy! You bring us such joy and happiness. May we have many years together. Happy Birthday, Kinn!

(Is it okay if I still call you 'puppy'?)