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.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Do you make a mess when you make Christmas cookies?

Isn't that part of the fun of making them?

“Empty?! You took all the cookies!"  

"They were crying to get out of the jar... Cookies get 

claustrophobia too, you know!” 

Charles M. Schulz 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

The cows and the pumpkins.

While traveling on a quiet country road recently, we happened upon this small herd of cows enjoying the remains of a pumpkin patch.  A blissful and bountiful lunch indeed!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The wedding flowers; apres wedding.

Our son's recent wedding was graced with gorgeous flowers courtesy of my sister; the family florist.  Stunning, with deep burgundy,

Monday, June 25, 2018

Fixer Upper or Tear It Downer?

While in most states grant money is available for municipalities or non-profits, it's typically not available to the homeowner. That needs to change!  We should be doing everything we can to save spectacular places like this.  The history of American architecture is fascinating.

Friday, June 15, 2018

For Sale on the Coast of Maine; a run-down beauty with a water view.

Perched on a generous 30 acre parcel, this home eludes memories of a by-gone era.  You can find the listing information here.  Complete with a lovely view; this 204 year old gem needs more than a little TLC.  Isn't that the best kind though?
Update - SOLD!!!

A pretty floral birthday cake.

You don't have to be a professional cake decorator in order to serve a lovely cake.  Here's a simple solution from the garden.
Simply make any cake using a bundt pan.  Frost the cake and insert a small jar or glass into the middle of the cake.  Gently place some flowers into the vessel with water and your cake is suitable for any spring or summer affair!  Note - Pansies are edible, however, hydrangeas are not and were used for presentation only.  Be sure not to serve any flowers that may be toxic to humans!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wisteria at the old barn.

There is much to be said for cherry blossoms, but they seem so flighty. They are so quick to run off and leave you. And then just when your regrets are the strongest the wisteria comes into bloom, and it blooms on into the summer. There is nothing quite like it. Even the color is somehow companionable and inviting.” 

Friday, May 18, 2018

The beekeeper.

1.  beekeeping, especially on a commercial scale for the production of honey 
adjective, apicultural
noun, apiculturist

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Little Pink House

The Little Pink House is a true tale about one neighborhoods' struggle to keep their cherished homes despite planned redevelopment that favored corporate growth.  You don't have to live in Connecticut to appreciate the love these families shared for their small waterfront oasis in New London.  The case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court and sadly, the Court ruled in favor of the city.  The Little Pink House was ultimately moved to a new location, although the owner Suzette Kelo, no longer lives in this adorable abode.  The movie is based on the book by Jeff BenedictCheck to see if it's playing in your area.  The truly unfortunate element is that to date, nothing has been built on the land where the Little Pink House and it's neighboring homes once stood.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's May Day.

May 1st exudes springtime and it was wonderful to come home and

The hummingbirds are here!

Put your feeders out if you haven't already done so!  I like a mixture of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar and I don't use any dye.  The hummers love it!

Monday, April 30, 2018