Is this not the most beautiful day? It's has rained all month so it was such a treat to see the fall colors blooming in the sunshine. I made this picture large so you are sure to enjoy the blue sky that I have been so longing for.
Friday, October 19, 2012
We've come to the end of our Five Dollar Club for this year. Each month (for $5) we purchased a quilt square pattern and fabric to make one square of our quilt. I joined twice so I ended up with two quilts. The one on the left is called "Annie's Farm Stand," and the one on the right is "Batiks." I liked the one on the left the first few months and then after all was said and done I liked the one on the right. It was a fun quilt and I learned a lot!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tom and I went to the Vermont Fiber Festival in Tunbridge, VT today. It rained all the way up, while we were there and all the way home. The alpacas always make it worthwhile.
Tell me anybody could resist that tooth, that smile and those eyes. And they are ever so soft. I bought three pounds of light gray wool to spin and knit myself a sweater.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The woodstove it lit, the kitchen is warm and cozy and cookies are on the agenda this morning.
Get this - these cookies are cinnamon, oatmeal, chocolate chip and raisin cookies. They are chewy-licious!
3 Eggs, 1 teasoon of vanilla, 1 cup of raisins
2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups oatmeal (not quick cooking), 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together eggs, vanilla and raisins. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
4. In another large bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until completely combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the egg mixture and mix until combined. Stir in the oatmeal and the chocolate chips.
5. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until set but still slightly soft. Cool 2 minutes on the sheets before moving to a wire rack.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Nice country, America, we have only to load up our car with fresh vegetables that are bountiful in this beautiful land. We've had the best garden ever this summer. I go to the farmer's market on Saturday morning just to partake of its beauty as my own garden is full to overflowing. I am thankful to have the wherewithal to put food by for the cold days of winter sure to come.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It's late summer in Vermont and with that comes fields of goldenrod. The butterflies love it. I was chasing three for a shot today. This is testimony to the beauty around me if I stop a minute, focus and look. The weeds of life are everywhere too and if that's all I focus on, the reality of this will become my truth. Sometimes I have to look through and beyond it to see the beauty that is there as well.
Monday, August 13, 2012
I chopped a bunch of vegetables from my garden yesterday to make ratatouille It's been a record year for everything we planted. We've had plenty of summer squash, zucchini, peppers, and herbs. I will bake this for an hour, sprinkle it with fontina cheese, then serve it over rice for lunch. Who wants to join me?
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I took this picture the day we arrived. We got there first and had some quiet time before the thundering herds showed up. Scott and family were next, then Laurie plus five, and bringing up the rear, Shirley and Foster. When I look at this picture now, I long to be back there. Even retired our lives are much too busy. It seems that this place is all there is or all there should be. We have a comfortable bed, an organized kitchen in which we prepare simple meals, and this calm lake in our front yard.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Myself and half a dozen friends picked 80 pounds of strawberries for our annual WCO chicken bbq. It was actually fun sharing this time together, helping each other pick a few for ourselves along the way. What a great group of friends I have!
Then we hulled all 80 pounds. They were really sweet this year and I have to say I snitched a few. And I also have to say that by the end of this project my shoulders hurt. Then I came home and hulled more for my family to enjoy.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Laurie, Shirley, and I spent the day in Provincetown with our 365 friends. We parked on the pier, chose a really nice place for lunch on the water and ended the day with gelato. What nice friends I have met by being on 365.
The sky was gray all day so we didn't have a lot of good photo ops. But the day was memorable just as it was, clouds and all!
Friday, June 15, 2012
I spent today wandering around the Cape with my sister. As you can see we couldn't have asked for a nicer day.
I feel so at home here. The beach roses were blooming everywhere. They are not fragrant but blowing in the wind they are stunning. The Cape is such a beautiful place that describing it never seems enough.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
So I drove my Scion though the surrounding field (yes grass over the windshield) and found myself focusing from the bottom up. My next concern was how to get the heck out of here!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
When I was out looking for something to take a picture of, these dead trees caught my eye. Just as I snapped the sun came through the clouds and lit up the foreground.
This is one of my favorite pictures so far. At first it reminded me of "Gone With the Wind" when Scarlett is pulling up carrots and saying, "I will never be hungry again!"
Most of all it represents the reality of spring in Windham.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The children from the Windham Elementary School visited Susan Persa's farm today and enjoyed a spinng lesson. They were surprisingly interested in this old time craft. Isn't this what we do? The older generation teaches the younger generation the skills of yesteryear.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
It was a beautiful spring evening and while driving around Windham with Tom, I snapped a picture of Burbee Pond. I go by here all the time, usually just stopping long enough to see if there is a moose across the pond. When I uploaded, I was once again reminded of how beautiful Vermont is.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Tom and I spent Mother's Day weekend camping on a private lake near Windsor, N.Y.
As always, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
This is the view across from our campsite looking towards the beach.
We found a mom Canada goose sitting on her nest while on an evening walk. How appropriate for Mother's Day.
I was careful not to get too close. I'm lucky to have a very strong zoom! This mama had her eye on me big time!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
There are so many beautiful lakes in Maine. This is near Gardiner. We were out for a Sunday drive and took 46 pictures of different lakes. I think this boat is a little far gone for fishing these days but I liked the textures in the old paint. This is a wild area. No cottages. I don't think anyone is worried about someone taking their boat.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
There are quite a few beaver dams on my path lately and I just can't resist trying to see a beaver. So far, no success. Maybe they are not out and about yet. Or maybe this dam has been abandoned. It was a beautiful spring night and Tom and I were on our way to dinner in Ludlow. He knew this dam was here and went out of his way to show it to me. I liked the sparkle of the water with the reflection of the late day blue sky.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Tom and I stopped to take some pictures last night on our way to Ludlow for dinner. It was the perfect time of day for photos, blue sky, low sun. This is a remberance of "the good old days" in our country when children walked to small schoolhouses. There were usually one or two rooms and up to ten children.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I was out and about today looking for some green. This, for me at least, wraps up what Windham feels like. Here I see mountains, a meadow, barn, and evidence of long ago. Even the tree is interesting to me. I took this the wrong time of day to get a clear shot but the over exposure that comes from mid afternoon put a dimension on this that I actually like. And, I found some green.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
I spent some time at the Weston Priory today.
This place truly is heaven on Earth.
It is the home of a community of Benedictine monks in Weston, Vermont. They are particularly known for the songs they have contributed to Roman Catholic worship over the past 30 years. They host five services a day, seven days a week and all are invited.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The dunes of Cape Cod are ever changing. The sand shifts with the tide and the seasons. Artists have painted them, writers have romanced over their forlorn beauty. They are warm on a winter day and as fragile as life itself. If only I could be buried in the dunes.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
When Skylar was home for Christmas, she said to Noni, "Can you make me a doll out of cloth?" We think that she doesn't like the hard plastic bodies of today's dolls.
So Laurie found the pattern on ebay and we spent the weekend creating this soft, cloth doll for Skylar's Easter gift. It is identical to one that I made for Laurie 45 years ago. She really loved that doll! When Laurie left this morning with the doll, I wanted it. Laurie gets to hug her until she sends her off to California.
God gave me everything I needed when each of my four children was born. I am so thankful for this small bit of time Laurie and I shared.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Laurie and I went downtown today and of course stopped at Northshire. This bit of architecture stands by the entrance and it's hard not to notice and (for me) whip out my camera. I'm sure all of this stands for something but most of it, I don't get. We had a great day shopping and lunching at a nearby cafe.
Friday, March 23, 2012
I found another beaver dam and this one is my favorite so far. I walked through the field and got a good, close shot. The sky cooperated so I was able to capture beautiful reflections in the water. I stayed awhile hoping to see a beaver but, with that, my luck ran out. What a wonderful world!