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The First Snowfall of the Year…

The First Snowfall of the Year… {14}

I’ve been hanging on to these photos that I took during a snowfall last year.  We had a first snowfall of this year last night.  It wasn’t quite as snowy as the one in these pictures – but it does go a long way to making everything look more festive.   I took the ornaments outside in(…)

Wrap Your Kids in Chicken Wire {persistence is the mother of invention}

Wrap Your Kids in Chicken Wire {persistence is the mother of invention} {20}

I know that “necessity” is actually the mother of invention but in this case it’s really more like persistence.  Really, it was persistence that made it necessary for me to invent.  So maybe both.  Invention has two moms.  That’s so current! And  guess I didn’t really invent anything.  I just came up with a good(…)

Welcome, Spring! {are you as “ready” as I am?}

Welcome, Spring! {are you as “ready” as I am?} {50}

Sometimes when I read blogs I get a little over whelmed.  You know, just every once in a while.  I mean, sometimes it seems like everyone else is so much more on top of things than I am.  The picture that most blogs/bloggers present is such a pretty one.  Everything is so organized and ahead of(…)

Insert Sound of Crashing Waves {wish you were here…}

Insert Sound of Crashing Waves {wish you were here…} {16}

So. If I had taken my camera (phone) or even my “real” camera down to the beach with me this morning I would have taken a picture and shared it with you.  As it was, I had no camera and had to record the image with my mind.  Remember? When that was generally the way(…)

This Weather {is for the birds}

This Weather {is for the birds} {24}

I always think that the landscape outside at my house is beautiful.  I doesn’t matter what season it is.  Winter can be especially fetching with  the great expanse of brilliant white snow on the hillside behind the house.  Winter can also be a bit grey and plain old cold when all of that snow goes(…)

Bah, Humbug! {my Christmas Train is off the track}

Bah, Humbug! {my Christmas Train is off the track} {14}

I’m sick. This is no little stomach virus like I had last weekend.  I was able to power through that – I was able to say, Scrooge-like, “Bah!  Stomach Virus – I do not believe in you.  You are but a bit of undercooked beef – you are but a blot of mustard.”  No.  This(…)

We Prepare and then We Wait {pre Hurricane Sandy}

We Prepare and then We Wait {pre Hurricane Sandy} {21}

It’s late.  I mean, I guess it’s not any later than it usually is when I’m writing a blog post but, you know, it’s well past midnight. We (Mr. Social Media and I) spent the day today getting ready.  I think we are just about as ready as we can be.  I suppose  – if(…)

Take a Deep Breath and. . . {grow your own chamomile and make your own tea}

Take a Deep Breath and. . . {grow your own chamomile and make your own tea} {10}

Today has been the kind of day that gets me all tied up in knots.  It frustrates me – that is a whopping understatement – to have to do something twice.  And that has already happened more than once today. I had already planned to write about making chamomile tea today – and as the(…)

Pinspired and Produced #11

Pinspired and Produced #11 {19}

See?  Last week when I did the Pinspired and Produced feature and said it was #9, none of you noticed that it was really supposed to be #10.  And honestly?  One of us should really be paying attention.  Maybe you did notice and you were too polite to say anything.  I’ll try to keep track(…)

Thank God For Weeds. . .

Thank God For Weeds. . . {13}

Seriously.  I spent a bunch of time out in the garden this week and I was thinking about how tenacious the weeds are.  We work and work and worry and bend ourselves over backwards to keep the flowers and the vegetable plants alive (often with mixed results), all the while we are fighting and toiling(…)

Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood?

Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood? {19}

When I started my vegetable garden I was initially very excited and then very frustrated.  The excitement came from the vision in my mind of how I wanted the garden to look and all that I wanted it to be.  The frustration came because I very quickly realized that I was facing a mountain of(…)

It’s a Beautiful Day

It’s a Beautiful Day {10}

It is another beautiful Sunday here in the Hudson Valley.  The cold and rainy weather earlier this week makes it all the more welcome.  I’m itching to get outside and get on my mower.  The grass really took off this week with the rainfall. I worked late last night and then again this morning and(…)

Sunday Rainy Sunday

Sunday Rainy Sunday {11}

Our house is old.  Really old.  I mean, it’s not as old as the ones on Huguenot Street, but I think one-hundred-sixty-two years qualifies as old.  If I look closely enough I can see evidence of time all over the house and the property as well.  I’ve said before that I enjoy the feeling of history(…)

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