Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Brook...

Tom and I were wandering down Popple Dungeon Road this morning and I stopped to snap a picture.  This brook, that runs along the road, brings back memories of our dog Maggie.  Quite often we came up this road on our way to Vermont on a Friday afternoon and one Friday Maggie had to go to the bathroom.  She was wiggling around the front seat.  So Tom stopped, let her out, and she went splashing right through this brook.  Then she jumped in the front seat and right onto my lap.  Ohhhh.....


Thursday, December 30, 2010


These guys are just plain crazy.  We watched them trying to perch in this bush.  They are a bit heavy for it and were comical in their endeavors.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


How different from Cape Cod.  It looks rather bleak, although the true meaning of the word bleak is, "providing no encouragement."  And even though its the first word I thought of, with the lack of any growing thing, I also see hope for tomorrow and a new year about to begin.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


back in Vermont...

Jack Frost moved in and painted all of our windows.  He's quite an artist and with nobody here to object, he just went wild with his artistic endeavors.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve...

In a manger, far away and long ago, a child was born.  The stars in the heavens shone down from above.  And the Lord God blessed us with love.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oh my...

I have never seen the tide so high.  It was right up to the parking lot.  Today there was no beach to walk on.  The waves were breaking way out, which we never see.  Yep, frightening, that's what it was.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Just in time for the winter solstice.  The power went out and we had our quiet evening with only the sound of the crackling fire.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


We got our snow.

Our little cottage by the bay will be white for Christmas.  Our power went out last night around 6.  We lit a fire in the fireplace, pulled out the bed in the couch, and fell asleep to the crackling fire.  The temperature in our living room this morning was 55, not bad after a night of good old fashioned wood heat.  I love the snug feeling I get when the tree branches are covered with a blanket of snow.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Birds...

It seems like yesterday that we were swimming in this very spot.  Now, in mid December, nothing really has changed.  I can't see anything that has changed, can you?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Signing...

Laurie and I spent Friday evening (my birthday) in Chatham at the Yellow Umbrella book store.  It was her first ever book signing and a wonderful birthday gift to me to be included.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010


How would you like to be invited to your daughter's house for dinner and find this?  Tom ate the eyeballs.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crinkle Tops...

This sweet, chewy molasses cookie recipe called Crinkle Tops was the winner of the Good Morning America Christmas Cookie Contest in 2002.  I bake them every Christmas and today I made them for my Knit Lit knitting circle.  As always, everyone loved them so I am passing on the recipe:

Crinkle Tops by Elisa Leverton

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
4 Tablespoons dark molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 level teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups flour
1 cup golden raisins (optional)

1.  Cream together shortening, sugar and egg until smooth.
2.  Add the reamining ingredients and mix.
3.  Form into walnut-sized balls and roll them in granulated sugar before placing them on an un-greased cookie sheet.
4.  Allow room for the cookie to spread.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees,  being careful not to overbake. (They will not be chewy if overbaked.)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Winter Beach...

This is what winter looks like.  I haven't been able to walk much recently.  I go there most days, though, and enjoy this beautiful scenery from my warm car.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


On the day after Thanksgiving Vermont turned to ice.  My Tommy was riding the dirt roads and took some pictures to surprise me.  He forgot that you can't take pictures into the sun. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Baking Pies...

My late mother-in-law was a great baker so I can honestly say that I stood beside the master when learning to bake pies.  I still see her hands patting the dough and bringing it into a ball before rolling.  She taught me to roll from the middle out, then turn the dough circle and again, roll from the middle out.  She had the touch.  Her pies were a delicacy, her crust light as a feather.

My silly tradition is to always bake a baby pie.  I put a little dough aside, scraps from the others, you know, and have always been lucky enough to have a little one at my table feeling special to have their very own pie.  This year it is my great granddaughter Skylar who is 5.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

First Prize...

Hooray, I won first prize in the "Capturing the Beauty of Windham" photo contest.  Every year I enter and not only do I not win, I do not even get any votes.  This is my big year and this is my photo:

Big Bad Bear


Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Sea Captains Nutcracker...

My daughter and I took our granddaughter Skylar to see the Nutcracker this afternoon.  It was quite a treat!  As you can see, the scene is set on the ocean.  The dancers in blue are the waves. 

Now they are marooned on an island.  The Ice Fairy rescues them by commanding the Winds to guide them to the safety of an enchanted island. 

Taking a final bow after finding themselves back in the old boarding house on Cape Cod.  They were forever changed by the adventure of the magical Christmas that poured out of the Sea Captain's chest so many years ago.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sea Glass...

Walking along on the beach today, I picked up a piece of sea glass.  Sea glass is glass found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes that has been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted shards of glass.

Many years ago I invented a story for my grandchildren to encourage their interest in this marvelous treasure.  I told them that you can't die until your jar of sea glass is full.  I laugh now when I think of their many reactions.  Julie, upon leaving the beach, would always try to wangle my glass away from me.  She would say, "Oh grandma, that's my favorite piece so far, can I have it?"  First thing I knew she had all my glass and I had none.  Then one day she thought I should have a much bigger jar to keep my glass in. 

I am so fortunate to have such a large family and "that many times ten" wonderful memories of them walking the beaches and paths of my life with me.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Carolyn Carty, 1963

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hello Cape Cod...

We were welcomed by a gale.  Just when I had it in my mind to take a walk on the beach, the wind blew me away.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Harvest Supper...

Oh no!  There's trouble in the kitchen.  We had a wonderful evening at the meeting house celebrating autumn with our annual harvest supper followed by a square dance.  We had about one hundred diners sharing ham, scalloped potatoes, squash, baked beans, rolls and sweet breads.  How about a slice of pie for dessert?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween...!

They are a motley looking crew tonight.  Is anybody scared?  You'd better watch out!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010


This kid keeps me laughing non-stop!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pickin on the Patio....

Warner Music Group sponsors a party on the roof of their building in Nashville on the third Thursday of every month.  Tonight they introduced their new group, the JaneDear Girls.  For sure their new single "Wildflower," is headed up the charts.  We had a great time and met a lot of great people.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Again.  Do you believe it?  We have had two blow-outs in a week on our camper, both in heavy traffic.  The first one was in 5:00 traffic going into Philly where our niece, Christie, lives.  This morning on our way through Knoxville we lost a second tire. 

This is just plain dangerous.  We went from here to a camper dealer and bought four new tires and had them installed.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Farewell to Rodanthe...

Early morning on the beach before we left at 8:00.  We had a few clouds for the first time this week. 

Moving on...

Cruising through North Carolina brought with it fields of cotton.  I am a spinner so not picking some of this was more than I could stand.  How cool is this?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bayberry for Candles...

Combing the beaches this morning brought us to a picnic area with a historic marker of a battleship lost to the Confederacy early in the Civil War.  This is bayberry and it grows wild and prolific on this island.  It also grows on the other Cape where we spend  winters.  Does anybody want to make candles?

In our quest to find the end of the earth here on Hatteras Island, we stopped at Cape Hatteras Light Station.  Wow!  History and beauty surrounded us; I was so fascinated that I took 89 pictures. 

We kept driving until there was no more earth to drive on.

After this, there is nothing but water unless to take the ferry to Ocracoke Island.

We are leaving in the morning.  Who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Southern Shores Wedding

Mac and Lauren's Wedding

The perfect setting.

Congratulations and best wishes for a happy life as you go forward together.

Good Morning OBX....

We were greeted by another red sky morning.  The skies are now bluer than blue and the surf is pounding.  This so reminds us of the Cape.

The sea beckons.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Looking forward to a perfect day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Further South We Go...

He's a beach bum from way back.  We are now enjoying the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  I spent the afternoon watching birds playing in the surf while Tom took a nap.  After dinner we sat in the Jacuzzi and my bones haven't felt this good in ages!

I am absolutely in my glory watching these birds play.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wandering South...

We spent the day wandering around Valley Forge, enjoying the beautiful grounds, and relearning some or our country's history.

Ask someone to think of Valley Forge and they will nearly always envision an anonymous group of soldiers struggling against winter’s fury and clothed in nothing but rags. Certainly hardship did occur at Valley Forge, but the encampment experience could be characterized as “suffering as usual,” for privation was the continental soldier’s constant companion.

Army records and eyewitness accounts speak of a skilled and capable force in charge of its own destiny. Rather than wait for deliverance, the army located supplies, built log cabins to stay in, constructed makeshift clothing and gear, and cooked subsistence meals of their own concoction. Provisions, though never abundant in the early months of the encampment, were available.

This is a picture of the inside of one of the cabins the soldiers built.  You will notice a fireplace for food preparation and warmth.  While primitive, each cabin had seven bunks for sleeping off the floor.  Imagine seven men spending the winter in these surroundings.

Shortages of clothing did cause severe hardship for a number of men, but many soldiers had a full uniform, and the well-equipped units patrolled, foraged, and defended the camp. The sound that would have reached your ears on approaching the camp was not that of a forlorn howling wind, but rather that of hammers, axes, saws, and shovels at work.

The small building known as Washington’s Headquarters was the place where General George Washington and his staff lived and worked for the six months of the Valley Forge winter encampment. Beginning on May 23, visitors will be delighted by a fully restored building and completely new facilities surrounding it.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday and Church...

This is the old coach road that runs next to my church.  You can see the new road on the right.  The new road goes in front of my house and the old road goes behind.  We have deeded rights to this old road to gain access to our barn.  This was the beautiful autumn scene that greeted me from the church parking lot this morning.

Our message today was, "Discover Your Spiritual Type."  Which type are you?

1.  God is revealed in scripture, sacrament, and in Jesus Christ and his cross.
2.  I can feel that God is real and that Christ lives in my heart.
3.  God is mystery and can be grasped for but not completely known.
4.  We participate in the mystery of God when we become co-creators with God in the world.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Today was rainy and cold!  The wood burning cook stove is warming us nicely, though, with the added bonus of hot water for tea on demand.  I have been wanting to try a low fat recipe for granola that I found in "Cooking Light" magazine.  I love granola both as a snack in the car and as a breakfast cereal.  With only 270 calories per cup, I thought this recipe was spectacular!


4 cups regular oats

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup molasses

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Cooking spray

1 cup chopped pitted dates

1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and stir mixture well.
Combine honey, molasses, water, and oil in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; pour over oat mixture, stirring well to coat. Spoon mixture onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; spread evenly. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven; stir in dates and raisins. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Oh No...


We went from summer to winter in record time.  October 15 is about two weeks early even for us.  Time to head south!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Library Day...

So...come along with my little corner of the world.