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November 26, 2016

Grateful Days

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I think this is the longest time I’ve ever gone without writing a blog post. I’m wondering if anyone still reads this space. If you do, thank you for having a look. Life has been busy and fun and active, and this Thanksgiving break has allowed me a moment to pause and think and appreciate, hence the title of my post.
New adventure in the horizon

The biggest change, as some of you may remember, is the new job I began this school year. I’m a 7th grade math and science teacher at a parochial school, and what an adventure it has been! Working for a private school is very different from what I’ve known of public school teaching, and as any job does, it certainly has its ups and downs. Overall it has been a very positive experience. There is much demand on my time, but now that I am finally teaching instead of being another teacher’s aide, I know I am doing what I was meant to do. If that is not a feeling of positive energy, I don’t know what is.

This fall has been filled with fun and adventure.

One frustrating adventure was the death of my iPhone 5 in September. One morning the screen simply refused to power on. I lost everything I had on that phone – photos were the saddest loss; I’ve come to like having those little reminders of where I’ve been and what I’ve done. The pictures that I’m sharing today are from my new phone.

Apple picking

Columbus Day weekend was sunny and warm. My sister and I went apple picking and found some side trips along the way. We headed up to an orchard a little bit north of the area we live in to pick my favorite type of apples, macouns. On our way to the orchard, we discovered the factory store to a local gourmet tea company was open.

Tea Guys

Tea Guys in South Deerfield MA makes a huge variety of different types of tea. We each had a sample freshly brewed and made some purchases.


Then we found this little place for lunch with great soup and popovers – The Smithsonian Cafe and Chowderhouse Mmmmmmm popovers! A simple but delicious thing that I should try to make more often.

Apple bread

Apple bread was one of the results of this apple picking! So delicious and cinnamon-y!

Walk with Teddy 1

Teddy and I got out for a nice autumn walk.  I wanted to write up a post to share for Robin’s Walktober but of course that got away from me too.
I’m ashamed to say Teddy and I don’t get out nearly as often as I’d like to and as this great dog deserves. He misses his college girls nearly as much as I do, and I’m sure it would do him some good. My dear friend Sherry, who often motivated me to get out for walks, is going through a difficult time with her sweet dog Angel who had a stroke early this summer and has not yet regained full control of her limbs and is unable to stand unsupported. If you’d like to know more about Angel, she has a page on Facebook: Team Angel Mulloy

October also brought an additional visit to Cape Cod. My sister and I had been down to visit our mother in September as we usually do, to celebrate Jennifer’s birthday. My mother had been on a waiting list to get into a new apartment, and she suddenly got the call 3 weeks before it was available. It was time for action! Jennifer and I went and did our best to help with the cleaning and clearing out and packing that goes with moving to a new place. As Jennifer and I traveled back home, I had a little laugh:

Cranberry harvest

It was cranberry harvest time on the Cape and we were following this truck, getting pinged in the windshield by cranberries! Nothing harmful or too distracting, just a couple here and there, but enough to amuse me. It’s the little things sometimes!

During the last weekend of October, I had the pleasure of attending one of Meghan’s ballroom competitions. I traveled to Cranston RI for Brown University’s annual competition at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet


Meghan and her partner Kate placed in mambo.

Happy dancer

Meghan hadn’t brought the beautiful green ballroom dress we got her for Christmas last year with her to this competition because she didn’t think she’d be able to dance this year to the style of dance that she could wear it for, due to a former partner choosing not to dance, but she brought along that pink dress just in case a need arose. As luck would have it, a former captain of the team came to the competition, and the last minute decision was made that he and Meghan would dance. I have less blurry photos from these dances, but none that show the joy that Meghan felt at getting to do this dance like this one does.

Early November brought a gathering of friends. The Halloween parties that I used to throw years ago, have evolved into an autumn dinner enjoyed with great friends. Somehow this is the only photo I managed to take of the evening:
Wine with dinner

I made a delicious ham and side dishes, and the girls came home and our whole crew of friends was present. I should have taken other shots to commemorate the occasion, but these things happen!

My most recent adventure was a day trip to Boston. Sarah had her Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project fall recital on the weekend before Thanksgiving. I drove out earlier in the day and took Sarah to eat and we visited the Prudential Center wandering and talking before she had to get ready for the show.
Boston with Sarah

I really enjoyed the show, especially the student-choreographed piece that she was in.
(photo credit to Jack Tan)

As many of you know, I mourn the loss of summer and the glory of hot weather and lazy days. Every now and then I let myself like fall, just a little! I find delight in small moments of beauty, like:

a mockingbird landing on the deck and sticking around long enough for me to take a picture,

a pink sunrise on an easy weekend morning before we changed the clocks,

Bright November
sunshine filtering through a tree dressed in its autumn colors.

In addition of course, we’ve just celebrated a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. The girls are home for the long weekend and I’ve been enjoying their company. For all these wonderful times, I am grateful. I wish you joy and beauty and peace in the days to come. Maybe by Christmas break I will be able to share again!


  1. It was so good to hear from you again! Life gets busy, doesn’t it, and time passes so quickly without notice, until one day it’s “wherever has this week/month/year gone?” It sounds like your times have been satisfying, which is something to really appreciate. If we don’t speak before the holidays, I hope yours are very happy.

    Comment by Carol — November 26, 2016 @ 11:02 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol, you too of course! I may not blog before Christmas but I’m sure I will connect with you on FB from time to time.

      Comment by Karma — November 26, 2016 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  2. Great post Karen, I always enjoy reading them.

    Comment by Sherry Mulloy — November 26, 2016 @ 11:03 am | Reply

    • Thanks Sherry. Hope you don’t mind me sharing Angel’s story, but I figured it would be ok!

      Comment by Karma — November 26, 2016 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  3. Great to catch up on your happenings… blog when you can, we will enjoy the snippets. Happy holidays!

    Comment by Mike — November 26, 2016 @ 11:49 am | Reply

    • Thanks Mike. It is nice to have these to have a place to record the memories.

      Comment by Karma — November 26, 2016 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  4. It’s great to hear from you again, Karma. 🙂 Wonderful post. Your pictures are lovely. It amazes me how well phone photographs turn out these days. So glad to hear your new job is going well, and that it feels like the right fit for you.

    Comment by Robin — November 26, 2016 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for stopping by and having a look Robin, and thank you for the kind words.

      Comment by Karma — November 27, 2016 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  5. Great pictures Karen.

    Comment by James Dinsmore — November 26, 2016 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  6. Really great post Karen. Love the pictures and the crazy Cranberries.

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — November 26, 2016 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  7. Hey! I forgot to ask you about the ham! Did you guys like it??

    Comment by Nae — November 26, 2016 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  8. And here you are! So nice reading and seeing the pink and the mockingbird and the dancing. xoxoxo

    Comment by Kathy — November 27, 2016 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. I’ve no idea when I’ll blog again but it is good know we all still peek in on each other every now and then.

      Comment by Karma — November 29, 2016 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  9. Merci pour toutes ces nouvelles et jolies photos, chère Karen. Je t’en suis reconnaissante/grateful. Je te souhaite une belle et fructueuse nouvelle année en bonne santé. Bisous.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 26, 2016 @ 3:00 am | Reply

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