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October 3, 2015

Wow, Another Month Gone By

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September! Poof! Where did it go?

For me it was a month of adjusting to a new pattern of life, the beginning of this new chapter. This house still feels quite lonely, but I guess I am starting to adjust to the new routine. Once I leave work, the hours are mine to do what I want or need to do on my own schedule. I never thought I’d say this, but I do find myself missing the running around from dance classes to track practice to getting the things my girls needed in between. The dogs are certainly lonely for their girls as well:



It is a more leisurely pace. I’m continuing my workout routines and eating well, without worry if anyone besides me will like what I’m cooking. I made this for myself the other night:

Delish dinner
(filet mignon, sauteed asparagus, stuffed portobello mushroom cap)

I’ve been reaching out to friends too, who when life’s pace was busier, I had less time to see. I was lucky enough on Labor Day weekend to have plans with two friends. One lovely morning, Sherry and I took our dogs for a walk up a small local mountain. Teddy made the walk with me while I left senior citizen Daphne at home. She wouldn’t have been comfortable for the entire hike and I certainly wasn’t going to carry a 65 pound dog when she decided she was done. Dog walk Peaked Mountain
Here we are at the peak, and it was rather beautiful. A large hawk circled in front of us and dozens of very large dragonflies hovered near by.

On Labor Day, Julie and I went out to lunch at a restaurant at a small local lake, and spent the afternoon in the sunshine talking and catching up.
Visit with a friend
It was a beautiful day spent with a friend I don’t see often enough.

The best parts of September came from getting to see Sarah. Jennifer and I had been planning a visit to the Cape to see our mother and celebrate Jennifer’s birthday. The day before we were going, last minute plans came together for Sarah to join us on the trip.
On the way to the Cape
(the sunshine backlighting the clouds on our journey)

She took the train from Boston to a station along our route to the Cape, where we picked her up and then surprised our mother with Sarah’s appearance. It was a great moment.

The weather was beautiful and we even had the chance for a visit to the beach in the warmth and sunshine.
Beach visit Orleans MA



beach group shot
(left to right: Jennifer, Mom, Sarah, me)

Two weeks after our trip to the Cape, Sarah decided she’d like to come home and go to the huge six-state fair, The Big E. We did what we do best at the Big E and ate all kinds of delicious bad-for-you food, shopped and saw the sites. You know I can’t resist an Oreo cow…
Oreo cows!!!!

And this year I couldn’t resist a Big E selfie with my girl:
Big E selfie

September was a beautiful month, full of sunshiney weather and emotional highs and lows. October is creeping in with cooler weather and the leftover flickers of rain to this area from Hurricane Joaquin. I’ll have bright spot today though – I’m headed out to see Meghan for some “girl time” with shopping and dinner. And I have a gathering of friends at my home to look forward to for Columbus Day weekend. It is the moments like I’ve just told you about, and having more to anticipate that are getting me through as I continue my adjustment.

I hope all is well in your world, and you have the positive energy of the people who bring you the most joy in your life surrrounding you.

September 7, 2015

August Dreaming

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It is Labor Day here in the USA – a day to celebrate work by playing all day! For most people it is also the day that feels like the end of summer, even though that isn’t “official” for 16 more days. It has been a beautifully warm and sunny long weekend in the northeast, and I hope you’ve been enjoying whatever you’ve been up to. I’ve been taking my baby steps toward adjusting to both girls being off to college, reaching out to friends for help along the way.

Maine sunset
a memory of mine from August

Today is also the day to have a look back at August. At the end of July, I made the suggestion that we play along with I Heart Faces August photo challenge in the loosey-goosey style of the “When I Feel Like It” way.

As of this writing four bloggers posted pictures for the August photo hunt.

Mike over at Picture Day decided to do an approximately weekly look at August. He started off here, and added more here, here, and here Did I get them all Mike? I enjoyed following along with Mike’s thinking process and seeing the very creative results!

Carol at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind did three posts on the challenge. The first one is blended with “Share Your World” questions, she continues in this post and finishes, with a little kick-start from her muse here. I always enjoy Carol’s photos from the other side of this country and from her travels all over the world, and these did not disappoint!

I was sure that Robin at Breezes at Dawn would find a unique way to present her August photo challenge. She created a beautiful post, showcasing her month here. Robin pointed out how this challenge ended up being a fun look back at the month for her and mused that maybe it could be fun to wrap up a month in a similar way from time to time. I like that idea too, but won’t be making any blog promises!

Sonali at Dreams Hope Destiny started out with a happy post here and continued with some more shots in this post giving us fun look at her part of the world.

In the spirit of reaching out, I extended the invitation to a couple bloggers who really seemed to want to participate in this challenge but perhaps ran out of time. If they happen to add posts today, I will happily add them to this wrap up.

I’m sure you’ve already seen my posts for this challenge, but if you missed any of them my three posts are here, here and here.

As we transition to the next season, I’m beginning my transition too. My heart is still heavy with ache for the two big pieces who are no longer here on a daily basis. I’m still thinking and sorting and trying things out and wish to maintain a presence here in the blogosphere – connecting with all of you is something I enjoy. I’ve been touched by your comments of support and hope to continue this sharing as I find my way.

August 27, 2015

Empty Nest

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Empty nest

This is what my house feels like today. Yesterday, I dropped my younger daughter, Sarah, off at her new school year home at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Older daughter, Meghan, returned to her school on Sunday. I know I’m not “officially” an empty-nester, since my girls still technically live at home, but this is how it feels. Another piece of my heart is now beginning her adventure in the exciting capitol city of this state.

The dorm room

Fun, quirky, introverted, intelligent, caring, sweetheart Sarah in her dorm room.

With Wentworth leopard

A new chapter of my life begins. It’s a chapter I’ve never been ready for but knew was inevitable. How will I adjust and fill the pages of this chapter? My girls have been my focus for the last 20 years of my life, and while they will continue to be my first priority forever, my daily role as “mom” is now no longer. It is such a huge part of my identity – where do I go from here?

August 23, 2015

I Heart Challenge, Part 3


A visit to Pickity Place

A great visit – Renae and Meghan and I visited Pickity Place for a lunch date in early August.



The water at Pickity tastes extra fresh with the addition of lemon and herbs.



Hi there – that’s me taking a picture for you!



A sign with my surname on it near the beach that I love so much… it must be fate, right?




Dream house

This house was being built last summer and it appears it is still for sale. My dream house at the beach! A girl can dream.



This prompt was a bit on the vague side, but I thought this would be a nice view to have whenever one is outside.



Patterns left in the sand by the retreating tide.



I made it outside just in time for this one!



Stars on the water seemed to evoke a sense of silence. One night that week Sarah and I sat outside together, mostly in silence, except for the occasional, “OOH! There’s one!” while we watched the Perseid Meteor Showers.



I stood in this spot one morning near the end of our week, feeling the warmth on my face and trying my best to appreciate the moment and just be.

This completes my August photo challenge. Remember, you have until September 5th to let me know about your photo challenge posts through either a pingback or comment to my original post, which you can find by clicking here.

August 22, 2015

I Heart Challenge, Part 2

Up High

up high

This was a lucky shot I happened to grab on a morning walk, and one of those times I wished I had the telephoto lens attached. I’m pretty sure this is a great egret that was soaring above my head.

Someone Special

someone special

Sarah on her 18th birthday, with her uncle Larry (my sister’s husband)



This is a throwback to 13 years ago this month; the girls were flower girls for my sister’s wedding.

In the Sun

in the sun
Shiny water sparkling in the sun…. ahhhhh…..



Spirals are kind of circles, aren’t they?



I walked by this scene several times on my morning walk. It isn’t my adventure, but I’ve always thought it would be a great adventure to actually camp out on the beach.



It was too cold for me to go swimming this year, but this is where Sarah found her cool on several afternoons.

Window Pane

window pane

A nice scene of a beach cottage found on one of my walks.



A simple but lovely place to sit.


before/after collage

Lunch, followed by dessert, at Pickity Place.

August 21, 2015

I Heart Challenge, Part 1

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I never thought this would happen, but would you believe I’ve finished my own photo challenge? I kept a photo of the list on my phone, and kept it in mind in my travels this month. The grand majority of these photos are from my vacation in Maine, which is what allowed me to actually complete the list. The other photos come from other good things that happened in August, like Sarah’s 18th birthday and a visit to Pickity Place.

Rather than overwhelm you with 31 photos at once, I’ve decided to present 10 at a time, with a bonus 11 in the third post. I’m going to present them in the order of the original list, but please know, for the most part there is no correlation between the dates on the list and the date the photo was taken.



Sarah’s 18th birthday was a family BBQ, with this happy little Minion cake that made everybody smile.


To the beach

Not a traditional sidewalk, but my favorite kind of sidewalk, my walk from our cottage to the beach.



A “treasure” of the natural type, sand dollars found on my walk.



I could’ve chosen from lots of pictures to fill the bill for this one, but I chose this one from Pickity Place because it reminds me of a photo that I would eventually like to take. Someday I want to find a huge field of sunflowers to photograph, but thise huge grouping of black-eyed susans was gorgeous and summery too!



There’s lots of messes around my house I could have shown you, especially with laundry being done in full force in anticipation of the girls heading off to college in the next few days (wahhhhh!!!! :-( ) but I’ve picked a view of my little “home base” at the cottage. This is where I had my breakfast each morning, and where I collected my supplies for the beach each day like camera, magazines, books, sunscreen etc.



You probably could have guessed what I’d use for that prompt, right? If not my two beautiful girls, it probably would have been my two four-legged oafs, who will be almost as sad as me when the girls leave. (Cedric the cat has 4 legs also, of course, but he’s not an oaf)



I took this photo kind of by accident, but I ended up liking it. I was playing around with the timer seeing what shots I could get from where, thinking maybe I’d take a shot of myself relaxing on the beach. Instead this is a shot of my favorite place to relax.



I was actually thinking about what Mike wrote here “Blurry could be an easy one… put the camera in manual mode and capture an image out of focus” and that being the easy way out on that one. We had one rainy day on our vacation and I was looking out from our porch when I realized the rain provided the perfect opportunity for a cool blurry shot.



Being at the beach, it was always easy to find a horizon shot. I liked what the boats and the lighthouse added to this one.



Super easy shot for me. I always take pictures like this one. It’s like a summer thing for me taking pictures of my feet happy and out of shoes and relaxing. I even wrote a whole post about it last summer!

So there’s my first ten shots. Its a rainy day so I may just sit here and write up the other two posts. Not sure how soon I should send the next ones out to you. Got busy days upcoming – annual Lobsterfest party with great friends tomorrow. Meghan back to campus on Sunday, Sarah goes Wednesday – after that, a real look at How Life Will Be. 8-O

July 30, 2015

Want to Play?

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Hi there bloggy-photoggy friends. Do you remember 2 years ago when we did this? I found on Facebook yesterday that the #iheartfaces ladies are running another month long photo challenge that I thought maybe we could use for a photo hunt again. Here is their graphic of proposed photos for the month of August:


I’m proposing we try this real loosy-goosy style like we did back in June of 2013. Like last time, I’m inviting you to play along with them and/or with me. Choose as many or as few of these words that you’d like to photograph. Make one big post or as many smaller posts as you would like, following the dates the ladies layed out or not, and leave me a link in the comments of this post. If you wish to participate with the I Heart Faces folks, check out the directions in the link above.

This challenge runs at I Heart Faces, as you can see, from August 1 to the 31st. I’m going to stretch the deadline for sharing with me a bit because I know for me, August 31st is my first day back to school – a teacher work day, followed by the kiddos returning on September 1st. So let’s set September 5th as the date any posts you’d like to contribute to this photo hunt should be up by. Let me know what you think in the comments!

July 26, 2015

If We Were Having Coffee

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Many times I have admired Robin’s “If We Were Having Coffee” posts, and thought I should give it a try myself.

If we were having coffee, I’d brew you a cup from my handy Keurig and suggest that we go sit out on the deck to enjoy it. It is summer afterall, so I could even make you iced coffee if you’d like.


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I saw this image on Facebook this week and really loved it. The words are so very true. I’ve had a bit of each recently: sweat from exercising, gardening and mowing the lawn, tears when I think about both my girls being off to college in a few short weeks, and the sea on a recent quick visit to Cape Cod to visit my mother, as well as spending some time with my sister on her vacation in Maine.


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I spent a lovely day with my daughters this week. I “bribed” them to come with me to Smith College in Northampton so I could take pictures of flowers on the grounds in exchange for lunch in the fabulous town of Northampton and a visit to the Williamsburg (MA) General Store where trinkets and gadgets and baked goods abound. I might stick out my foot and ask what you think of the cute little trinket I purchased for myself for only $5.

If we were having coffee, I would rave about the lunch the girls and I had at Filos Greek Taverna. I had gyro meat for the first time and was questioning why I’d never had it before! The truffle oil french fries were a decadent treat.

If we were having coffee, I probably couldn’t help but lament about how quickly the summer seems to be passing by.

That would be part of the reason I roused my girls from their late morning sleeping to get up and go with me to Northampton in the first place. The days of summer whiz by in a blur, all three of us often guilty of not knowing what day of the week it is.


If we were having coffee, I’m sure I’d mention the weather. Here in New England winter was slow to let go its icy grip, spring didn’t warm up as quickly as I would’ve liked it to, and even here in July, there have been few truly hot and humid days.


According to weather.com, however, that is about to change. Starting Tuesday this week on the 10 Day Forecast, temperatures look to be in the 90’s for a good string of at least 5 days – our first real “heat wave” of the summer.


If we were having coffee, I’d tell you this coming week I will be getting ready for Sarah’s 18th birthday. My baby girl will officially be an adult come next Sunday. Since we just had a big party for her high school graduation, we are keeping things low key for the birthday celebration. A few close friends are invited to come hang out at our pool on Saturday, then my family will come for a cookout on Sunday afternoon, her actual birthday.


If we were having coffee, of course I’d want to know all about what you’ve been up to as well! Will you tell me in the comments?


I must give credit where credit is due; although I read and was inspired by Robin’s Coffee posts, the original idea goes back to another blog called Part Time Monster.

July 21, 2015

Six Photos, Six Days, Day 6

Peaks Island Sunset

The people of the tiny fishing village came out to stare in wonder one evening at the strange occurance. Old-fashioned folks well versed in superstition were very familiar with phrases like, “red sky in the morning, sailor take warning, red sky at night, sailor’s delight”. But what in the world was meant by “striped sun at set”? Should they take a bet?

Real story
After a month of what felt like non-stop activity, July rolled around and my days were suddenly much more free. Not to say I’ve been doing nothing, there’s still been enough to keep me busy, and that kept me from getting back to blogging sooner. A lovely respite arrived in the form of an invitation to visit my sister for a few days on her vacation on Peaks Island in Maine. I’ve been there before and shared it with you. It was a lovely two days of salt air breezes, walks around the island, relaxing on the quiet beach and taking photos like this gorgeous sunset.

And that nearly catches me up to where we are now. The annual camping trip happened about a week ago, and we have plans to head down to the Cape for a couple days soon. I’m afraid summer will pass by in a blur after that – Sarah’s 18th birthday and our vacation to Maine approach in August, and all too soon after that both my little birdies will fly off to college. Let me tell you, this mama bird is no where near ready for that.

July 20, 2015

Six Photos, Six Days, Day 5

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Late at night, one of those nights it is hard to sleep. You toss and turn in your bed, wallowing around in that place between wake and sleep, not sure if you’re dreaming or if it is really happening. Your body does one of those sudden twitches and convinces you that you are not actually tumbling away into darkness but living in this strange dreamland. The faceless souls that invaded your sleep are creeping to the edge of your conscience… what do they want? You have to find out… but then…. you are awake…

Real story
This is a photo from one of Sarah’s dances in her last recital. It was choreographed to have a creepy feel to it, and Sarah really got into her part. If you’d like to have an extra taste for the creepiness, click here to be taken to a youtube video of the song they danced to. You may remember that last year, the dance studio that my daughters and I attended sadly closed for business. We stayed in touch with our teacher, and she was able to find a place and the time to teach Sarah and couple friends from the studio so that they could finish their senior year of high school dancing with the woman who had been their teacher since they were little girls. In addition, Sarah got involved in one other class at the studio with another instructor. I glowed with pride when at the recital, during the finale, the teachers came forward to speak about graduating seniors. The new instuctor, who taught the class this photo is from and only knew Sarah for a year, talked about Sarah coming into the class and “taking over like a rock star!”

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