I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Anne of Green Gables - The house.

It was my first and only time on Prince Edward Island.  It was late October and it was a bleak, rainy day.  The house wasn't open at the time but it overflowed with charm for this little girl who loved Anne of Green Gables.  The author, Lucy Maude Montgomery, was born on this day in 1874. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from The Old Granite Step!

View from the kitchen window. 11/25/15

The cat woke me up early this morning.  It was chilly but so still and beautiful.  I lit the fire in the wood stove and poured a cup of coffee.  It's times like these that we need to savor. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

The comfortable cat.

by Charles Baudelaire
They are alike, prim scholar and perfervid lover:
When comes the season of decay, they both decide
Upon sweet, husky cats to be the household pride;
Cats choose, like them, to sit, and like them, shudder.

Like partisans of carnal dalliance and science,
They search for silence and the shadowings of dread;
Hell well might harness them as horses for the dead,
If it could bend their native proudness in compliance.

In reverie they emulate the noble mood
Of giant sphinxes stretched in depths of solitude
Who seem to slumber in a never-ending dream;

Within their fertile loins a sparkling magic lies;
Finer than any sand are dusts of gold that gleam,
Vague starpoints, in the mystic iris of their eyes.

Lighthouses - A game.

I happen to love board games.  If you love lighthouses, this is for you.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Abandoned in Vermont - House for Sale

A recent stop at a farm stand in Northwestern Vermont led us to this antique homestead that's for sale.  Located near Alburgh, VT and not far from the Canadian border; it's wonderfully flat property that could be conducive to farming; either animals or crop.  Very scenic and longing to be cared for again. 
 Loads of space in the barn.
 Has a newer attached barn.
 Interested?  Here's the number!
This could be your next project!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The old watering cans.

The Watering Can 

And, what of those
Petunias gracing
Your new deck
Would they not die
If your hand
Did not carry
His water to
Feed their beauty

by Debora Short