Tuesday, September 10, 2019




 We went on a trip this summer to watch our daughter get married in France.  It was so lovely and my heart is full of happy wedding memories.  It has been a while since we have been to Europe and though I was very excited to return I felt more nervous to travel than I ever have.  There wasn't a reason in particular just overall jitters at disrupting my daily routines at home that my mind conveniently mistakes routine for comfort.  Yes, I like routines but it is a very nice thing to step away from them for a time, and equally to return to them with vigor and appreciation. But why is it so hard to convince oneself of this before the trip?
We decided a trip to France could also include some traveling to places we wanted to bring our younger three kids to, as their older siblings have many memories of living overseas and these little guys have really only experienced New England. It was a lot of traveling and driving and walking and flying.  But there was so much to see!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017






There are so any favorite things to be listed!  A rainbow after a summer storm?  Yes. For sure!
Johnny-jump-ups that keep reseeding and staying in bloom...very much, please and thank you.
We have some renovating going on with our old home and the light is beginning to shine.  The mess is telling me "see, I told you it would be worth it."  And humbly I say thank you as I eternally shop-vac up the saw dust.
I hope your summer days are ticking along with happiness and an ice cream cone or two.

Monday, April 3, 2017

exponential capacity


Oh dear. Look at that boy holding his stuffed chicken while his dad holds a duck.  Another memory to store away in that special place in my heart.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

a tea time check in

I have been missing my blog lately.  So today I am here.  Everything is busy in life and my children are growing as much as ever.  I miss the timeline of looking back and reading those silly posts when I wrote about the simplest of days.  Can I squeeze my blog in my daily list of priorities?  I don't know but hopefully this can-do attitude will stick around and I will sneak in some posting time here and there.
It's been a long winter, but we have had no trouble filling these cold days up with our busy schedules. It's time to take a step back while we await the arrival of spring and readjust.  I like adjustments, they usually make everything even better than it was to begin with.
Just to make sure it is still winter at the shoreline we occasionally pop in and walk until the whipping wind hurries us away.


Snow at the ocean seems like such a travesty, doesn't it?  It is surely the thing that doesn't belong in that preschool game of What Doesn't Belong Here.
So with some positive thoughts I will be back to visit soon.  Cheers to you and yours!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It's the Fall


Our Saturday walks are incomparable. Henry brings a sketchbook and I collect leaves and acorns.
The kids are getting so big, only three are left at home and I can't seem to stop making giant meals and do a double take each time the laundry is caught up.
Today is gray and cloudy and the kitchen is calling me for some baking. A slow kind of Saturday, which is the best of all the kinds.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

during the warm weather












It is almost as though the apprehension of the heat has fired up something within me. Dragging my children all over, we won't waste a summer day!  I finally realized two days ago that it was very hot.  I kind of forgot to complain about the heat, but I think there is still time as it's only mid-August.
We went into the city on the train.  It has been a very long time since we walked around nyc.  Our three youngest had never been, I think they were shocked at the amount of people there and truthfully so was I.  So many crowds, so many smells (bad lol) and our youngest came so close to stepping in a giant poo on the sidewalk.  Oye.  I was watching him in slow motion and did a running grab to sweep him off his feet.  Three cheers for mom!  It was all a little overwhelming, I have streamlined my family life so much, it is efficient and organized and chop chop we get where we need to go.  The city was too chaotic, I felt tired of it.  So yes, I guess I will toss my dreams of being a stock broker or a dancer in the NY Ballet. Kind of like the board game Life...I will retire to the country now, plz.
I guess I am trying to procrastinate my children going back to school, the school routines make me a crazy mess. I like having them here {usually}.  It's like we just got a good thing going at home...why do we have to mess it up with school?  Oh, bother.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

ye olde stuff





It is enough for me to collect things and later resell them, just having them pass through my hands for a bit.  Less often lately do I feel the need to own something.  I do enjoy repurposing an item or cleaning it up and making it worthy of ownership again.  It's funny to me as I overhear my kids claiming items as their own, it is so important to them and I know I was the same way growing up in a large family.  I guess we are lucky as rarely do we have to live without, maybe if used books and household items weren't so readily available we would all cling to the stuff we have.   As a hobby business we have several auctions a year, we will occasionally buy out an estate.  I think this is what is helping me realize stuff is just stuff.  One can look at it, buy it, and own it...but it becomes a problem when the stuff owns you.  Use your fine china!  Use your linens! Use your things!  What if you grew blue ribbon vegetables in the garden but didn't eat them because they were too pretty?
Just a few thoughts on Thursday :)