A Haven for Vee

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

An Outing

 It's backward but true:

What we need is not better 

strategy or greater drive.

What we need is a truer view of our own

weakness and a coming to the end of ourselves.

God calls the end of our try-in-our-own-strength

the beginning of His stand-back-and-watch-Me.

~Ruth Chou Simons


Just sharing a few photos today with precious little commentary. I live alone. Most days my brain feels like mush. Nothing going on up there except one gnat buzzing in a slow, circular fashion. Perhaps it's trying to come in for a landing, too. 

My friend Steph took me and my sister on a historical drive past all the notable homes in her life a few weeks ago. It had been planned for months and happened right on time. The pictures that follow are of her grandparents' farm overlooking the White Mountains. It was an overcast day, but that did not dampen our adventure. We thought the day would end after lunch. It didn't. We carried right on. The day ended after ice cream. You know that it is my belief that all good days end with ice cream.

The White Mountains of New Hampshire

The Sunken Garden

The Pond 

Kim walking to the pond

These days the farm has new owners. They are very kind to Steph as they allow her to visit the pond and swim, which she does a few times a week. She swims three laps. It is such an idyllic place. I am glad that I was able to visit.

One more thing, since I last posted, I've had another computer crash. My daughter is taking me and my less than a year and a half old iPad to the hospital this week. I am currently working on a skitzy laptop that skips and lurches all over like a frisky goat. It's beyond frustrating. Oh well. So that explains why I haven't been communicating much. My sincere apologies. I won't blame you for not commenting. ツ



Sunday, July 4, 2021

Independence Day 2021

A blessed Independence Day to you...

One flag, one land,
One heart, one hand,
One nation forevermore...

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day 2021


In Loving Memory with Gratitude 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

A Blessed Mother's Day


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Blessed Holy Week

 “He is risen! Gone back to glory!” The angels rejoice with great zeal! The portals of heaven are ringing, “SALVATION! Salvation is real!” ~Greta Zwann



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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Picture Soup

It has been awhile. If anyone is still reading, it's a wonder. ツ To make things easier for me, I've tossed in a bunch of photos that I want to keep; each one will give me the push to say a word or two. In truth, I no longer feel that I have anything of great worth or note to say. Things are so strange these days and people are so easily offended one way or the other. Okay, let's get on and see how this goes. To avoid whiplash, I'll separate each picture with a divider. 

Earlier in the month, Mrs. T of Across My Kitchen Table got in touch with me to say that she and Mr. T were planning a trip to my corner. I had no idea why when their own corner is so lovely until I saw their adorable home away from home: Pebble Cottage. My sister Kim offered to drive me there and so the four of us enjoyed a delicious breakfast made by Mr. and Mrs. T. Mrs. T has shared the recipe *here.* My sister made it the following weekend to rave reviews. I haven't made it yet because it would be dangerous. Thanks to both the cooks. We enjoyed our time with you very much! It's a blessing to talk with the like-minded. 

For Mrs.T's side of the story and more look *here.*


One day in January, Mrs. Rabe of Creekside Cottage asked if I had a Civil War soldier to look up. She and Mr. Rabe were visiting Gettysburg and they could look up his regiment and visit the memorial for it. As I had my ancestor's grave on file with his regiment prominently displayed, I knew that he fought with the 32nd Massachusetts Regiment. 

I was so surprised when they found the memorial and shared many pictures with me. I believe I must credit this one to Mr. Rabe. Can you tell what it is? It took me awhile. Mrs. Rabe shared that it is a tent and that the water canteen is hanging there. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Rabe for discovering this site.

It was wonderful to see this as I will probably never visit Gettysburg nor see this memorial. It is quite moving to think of my ancestor—a three times great-grandfather there fighting for the preservation of the Union and the abolishment of slavery. I do not know much about Hezekiah other than that he was born in Portland, Maine, that he was wounded during the war, and that he died at age 39. 


When Tim Horton's Coffee Shop closed down a few years ago, I was very upset. It was one of John's and my favorite haunts. So I was very excited to see some updating and activity at the old shop recently. Soon enough Holy Donut came on the scene. They kinda look holy, but it turns out they are not as holy as we had hoped. Beyond that, they are terribly expensive, but pretty! 


Abby's been at it again. Thank you, friend!


Those blue eyes get me every time! Such a doll baby. She looks a lot like her grandmother when she was that age.


Sitting on the dock of the bay long years past.

Our daughter Laurel who is apparently cleaning up her yard. This is for those who have mentioned that Laurel looks a lot like me. She may be a combination child as most children are, but she certainly favors her dad's side of the family.

Speaking of which...a wonderful, unexpected gift from Laurel today. 
What fun!


Okay, my ramblings are nearly done. It has been a long difficult year. Let us be gentle with ourselves and each other. 



Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Different Day Same Story


Taken last Tuesday; today looks the same. I think this is true for many of us. 


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Friday, January 8, 2021


Friday, January 1, 2021

A Blessed New Year

 I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

J. R. R. Tolkien — The Fellowship of the Ring

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