Thursday, November 14, 2019


Boy, is it ever Novembery! I am thrilled that the snow at least waited until November 11 and I am very happy that there will be a warm up next week that will take most of this icy mess to the nearest drainage ditch. I have been housebound, not even daring to go to the mailbox, for three days. I am beginning to feel antsy. 

I have been playing one game of Sudoku after the next. Yes, it's a little dull around here. One thing is certain, I am not listening to any Congressional hearings on impeachment. On second thought, 
some of the reviews were very interesting. 

Let's move on, shall we? 

Thanksgiving decor is hanging around until the day after Thanksgiving. Of course, a week from this weekend, I am asking the guys for help to drag in my Christmas tree. I like my tree too much to give up an entire week of it with Thanksgiving being so late. Once again, the Pilgrims will be hanging out with the Nativity scene and my vintage papier-mΓ’chΓ© Santa. It'll be one big happy crew for a few days. 

My sister Kim has invited Laurel and me for Thanksgiving this year. Adam and family will be off to Bangor to enjoy Thanksgiving with his wife's sister, also a Kim. This confused the boys to no end when they were much younger. They thought it was odd that they had an Aunt Kim and their dad had an Aunt Kim. Do you have more than one named the same in your family?

These are the wee houses I purchased at Target last Monday. 

The houses were only a dollar each and I wish that I had purchased a few more. The tall house is an evergreen color, though it looks very dark here. (That quote is not one that floats my boat, but the cardinal is beautiful and the sentiments written inside are as well. It was sent by an old friend, a former classmate.)

The ubiquitous kitchen pic just so you know that you were here. ツ

Are you thinking about Christmas decor? I am pondering putting up a Christmas tree in the upstairs window of the garage as a way to bless my neighbors. The house is so dark on these short days. I need to up my game. 

Perhaps I'll see you next week! Until then, have a great one. Oh, are you hosting Thanksgiving this year or what are you up to?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Early November

Can I get away with saying hello and just tossing in a few pictures? I know, I might as well move to Instagram for good. What's the point of blogging without words

Shabby 2019
Freshly painted former year

I need to up my upkeep game, though for obvious reasons, I was not able to this year. My sister made the large bittersweet wreath for me. She even rounded up the bittersweet from her daughter's yard. My niece is not very happy with the way the bittersweet is taking over the world in her yard and I was duly warned about not putting it anywhere I didn't want to see it growing. I shall have to be careful. I never put it behind the house that's for certain.

around the outside lamp

tucked into the apothecary

the mustard and deep purple leaves were so pretty in combination...all gone now...

Trying to disguise a tired sofa with a ten dollar throw from Wal*Mart. It's working for now...

You wouldn't know that you had visited if there were no windowsill photo. The very last rose delighted me and is still blooming yet. I hope that all is well with you. I am happily in my good week and I am trusting that next week will be good, too. 

Thanks for popping by. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 3, 2019


Bittersweet Wreath Made by Kim

One can't go wrong to read Hebrews 4 today or any day. Faith makes the difference.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

This Year's Leaf Peeping Day

First things first: On my last post, I enjoyed meeting some new-to-me bloggers. It's good to know that you are out there! 

Why I decided to comment on each comment is anybody's guess because I rarely do that. Some bloggers respond to every single comment they receive. Wow! That's a commitment. Alas, some bloggers even get offended by comments made on comments. Let's just say that I am going back to rare comments on comments. You can't depend on me for anything! That's not quite true, I do try to visit your blog. So thank you for commenting. It's my currency on this here blog and I love and appreciate you for it. 


My daughter Laurel has been taking me on annual leaf-peeping days for some years now. This year, I thought we would miss out because Laurel had a cold during peak week and was trying to stay away from me to protect me. The weather was not cooperative. Stuff. So it was a surprise when she called Sunday to say that she would be picking me up and off we would go. Yay!

There will be fewer comments going forward on this picture dense post.

Lunch out at Dockside first! (The canoes were delicious. ッ)

A Close-up of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire...snow capped...

Mrs. T will recognize this place

Wonderful rock wall in the forest...

Driving Range looking toward the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Over hill 

And dale

Colbath Road that I first read as "Cold Bath" Road, which didn't sound too appealing

Love a red barn

Somewhere in Casco

This property is one that Laurel seriously considered purchasing when she was looking for a place to build a home. I was slightly in shock because it is an incredibly beautiful property. She went on to explain that it is high on a ridge, on a dirt road, way out in the country and far from her workplace. She decided to let it go. Sigh. 

Fun story: As Laurel and I stood there taking photo after photo, a gentleman drove up in a big black van and said that photos were charged $5 each and that there was a little box in front of his home just next door where we could place our dollars. I asked him if he owned this piece of property and he said that he did not, but that he collected the monies for the owners. Ha! By then, he was grinning so big that I knew that he was kidding. He sure has an amazing view as well, but as his home was sitting in front of said view, it was concealed from ours. 

He and Laurel had a conversation  about how she had seriously considered this piece of property. He said that a young couple purchased it a year ago and were literally "sitting on it" waiting for enough money to build their dream home. That was what Laurel would have had to do so the choice she made to live down in the valley closer to her employment turned out to be a wise one. She is content.

Laurel's Panoramic Photo of the One that She let Go... Click to Enlarge

Another View of Mt. Washington from Otisfield

The Farm Across the Street

Lots of

 Ins and Outs

The day ended with a cup of mint cappuccino  from Aroma Joe's...ahhhh...

Hope that you enjoyed these photos of waning autumn in Southwestern Maine. 

Your turn!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Catching Up...Huff Puff

Before I head back into the doldrums again where I sit around feeling poorly, I thought I should post. Besides all that, as I wandered through Blogdom and the halls echoed and I wished that more people were posting and more often, I realized that one can't be complaining if she isn't playing. 

Oh her I found out about her after the most recent update for my iPhone. She is based on this picture:

Doesn't she look just like me? ッ I don't think I've got it quite right, but oh well... That's the hat that Cathie Holman made for me. Isn't it cute? I'll be able to wear it here shortly as it gets colder by the day.

This is a hodge podge of a post because my head doesn't work quite right anymore and it's easier for me to do some of this and some of that rather than try to be coherent. 

The most recent thing of note was Laurel's birthday celebrated over the weekend. We had the whole family here, which is 12. I know that some of you are rolling your eyes, but that is our number until April makes it 13. It may not seem like many, but believe me, it feels like quite a few when the little fellow can't even get around for legs and feet. 

Little Fellow? No, I don't think he's been introduced here yet.
(How quickly I forget! Here he is back in April.) He is my niece's little boy and he is adorable. Here he is hiding out with his mama to get away from Great-Auntie's awful camera pointed right at him.

I swear that my niece had been smiling the most beautiful smile a mere second before...

He kept us in stitches from baptizing his grandmother in root beer to trying desperately to eat the faux fruit.

Yes, I come from a long line of women who have for years been faking children out with faux apples, pears, plums.
Those fake apples are very tempting!

A real apple was eventually found and the little guy, henceforth known as "E" took a few bites and that was that. The apple disappeared. We couldn't find it anywhere. There were jokes about fruit flies. A while later, Laurel was opening her birthday gifts when she exclaimed,"I found it!" E had chucked the apple into her gift bag. That's how crowded it was. We were all right here and no one saw him do it. 

The birthday girl with and without her hat.

My grands were here and I caught one of them, along with his dad and mom.

Sam, Adam, Michelle

The other one was captured along with his brother and dad a few weeks ago playing basketball.

Jake, Sam, Adam

We are in the week past peak so I don't have a lot to share in the way of beautiful foliage, but I will share what I have.

It's a Coppery World

Through the Sewing Room Window

Up the Way

Well that's it for this time. The next time you hear from me, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I will be finished with my treatments and moving on to the next thing. 

Many blessings to you and thank you for your visit.