We’ve been receiving some needed rain yesterday and today. Anyone else love the look of raindrops on flower petals and leaves?Continue reading “Ephemeral Jewels”
I know I said my little series about how I decided to go to college in New England and not New York would be coming up next, but I’ve decided to make it “soon”. I like to intersperse my more essay-oriented posts with snippets of joy and photos.
Tonight we’re having the last batch of the heirloom sauce I made from the tomatoes in our garden. If you’re interested I posted the recipe here. There is (almost) NOTHING better than homegrown tomatoes. I honestly can taste all of the sweet memories of last summer and early fall. When your food is picked fresh it also still has much of the life force within it. If that sounds kooky just try some and I bet you’ll experience what I mean. Plus they’re loaded with love!Continue reading “Enjoying the Best from 2020”
Part three of my previous post, How Being Pissed Off Saved My Life & Career:
How I Overcame My Fear Of Writing About PTSD
When I first went public with my PTSD in 2016 on my old blog it was one of the most freeing things I had ever done! The responses I received exceeded my expectations. More importantly some confided in me that they, too, suffered from PTSD nightmares like I have. What led up to my sharing it was the realization that it wasn’t a shameful secret and that acknowledging I have PTSD isn’t an admission of weakness of character! For some of us it’s a big part of our lives and not because we are weak or wish to define ourselves by our problems.
Yet, over time, despite wanting to write more about it here I haven’t, for the following reasons I told myself:Continue reading “How I Overcame My Fear of Writing Publicly about PTSD”
I took Wayne to Laurel Hill this morning to see the fields of daffodils before they disappear for another year. We had a couple of unexpected delightful encounters along the way that were so sweet.Continue reading “Sunny Morning Smiles”
I experienced a breathtaking, peaceful and magical walk this morning:Continue reading “The Daffodils of Laurel Hill”
I just put out the crystal candelabra and tulips along with the glazed strawberry pudding cake I made this morning. It’s still cold in the sunroom right now but it will reach the 70s by noon when I’ll finish setting the table for our Easter luncheon. I’ll keep the cake refrigerated until then; I just wanted to show it to you because there’s a secret I’ll share!Continue reading “Happy Easter!”
Last week my heart warmed when I saw three chipmunks chasing each other on my deck before making a beeline into the woods, and about thirty seconds later a fourth chipmunk ran towards the fast-moving merry parade. I watched another in my woods run back and forth along a wood pile in the warm sunlight. Free from the dark burrow! Fresh air! Yet Ricky had still not emerged until yesterday afternoon.Continue reading “Ricky made it! She emerged yesterday!”
I roasted a chicken last night and I decided to put out a very special tablecloth that I hadn’t dare used since I first scored it at an estate sale over a decade ago…
It was a beautiful late spring morning in Portland and for once I had beat the other early bird pickers, those old-timers who had been doing it since they were kids. I was standing in the lush green yard and asked the lady having the sale if she had any linens? Yes, she said. “I’ll buy them all.” I learned that early on. There’s no time to ask how much, just claim them! Seconds later one of my main competitors showed up. I have to tell you that this part of picking is the most fun…that is, when you are the one winning! The woman having the sale proceeded to bring out gigantic boxes stacked with vintage, never used linens! She only wanted $15 for everything! This competitor in particular is very good-natured, not all of them are, and she was shaking her head but also smiling for me. It was Christmas for weeks at home as I sorted through them all. I sold most since that was a side hustle for me but the very special pieces I’ve kept, like the tablecloth I used last night.Continue reading “Pretty Things, Ugly Attachments.”
Diversity of friendship was nothing unusual for me, a kid growing up in New York City, but it wasn’t until I moved into my little house in Maine that I discovered the expanse of wild love in my backyard.Continue reading “Wild Friends”
The outside light has been spectacular since dawn! I wouldn’t want to be anywhere but here right now. The days are short this time of year but the light fills many voids with this much openness. I never thought I’d be in love with February?!Continue reading “Icy Sunshine”