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.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Fixit Upper or Tear it Downer?


 There are so many things I like about this home from the small window to the left of the door to the "bump outs" on either side of the door and the dormer (although it needs new windows).  Not to mention the location near the water!  Let's hope it's a fixit upper!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Fixer Upper or Tear It Downer?

I've watched this deteriorate over the years and I wonder....why?  Once upon a time, there were candles in each window; the glow emanating a warm and cozy feeling.  The decorative shingles always admired.  I can hear the carpenter's swing of the hammer on every one.  You know me...I'd like to save everything.  Fix the damage, mow the lawn, plant some geraniums in the whiskey barrel, right?  I used to think that perhaps the right side of the structure could be saved but now the corner is collapsing.  This just makes me sad.

Monday, July 27, 2020

The uniqueness of each Little Free Library.

Perhaps you've spotted one of these but wasn't quite sure what it was.  You'll find them in
all kinds of locations.  Some are in the city.  Some are in the country.  Some are at the beach!
 I think this is one of my favorites.  A book sharing program for all!
Click here for more information.  Talk to your local library about the program and keep reading!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Fix It Upper or Tear It Downer?

I love the light over the front door, the stonewall and the pink blooming flora out front.  Perched high on a hill in the farmland of Connecticut, this house speaks to me.  "Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The off-season amaryllis.

We typically see the amaryllis around the holidays.  This one has bloomed three months late, but perhaps it's fate!  At a time when we need some cheering up, the additional color makes me smile.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Early growth in the cold February garden.

On one hand, I have enjoyed the mild winter temperatures we've experienced this year.  On the other hand, I would have loved some snow that would have forced me inside to sit by a roaring fire.  I'm not sure my garden feels the same way!  I typically "force" indoor bulbs this time of year, but now I don't have to as they're coming up themselves in the garden!  It can't be good.....with impending temps in the single digits for tonight and tomorrow, I worry about everything green above the ground.
The lilacs have luscious lime green buds exploding from the branches.  I just finished cleaning out the lily beds in time to see the new shoots bursting forth by the thousands!  The snowdrops are blooming and the daffodils are up about three inches already.  Will they all be freezer burned in the morning?  I surely hope not.
Those of you with snow on the ground are lucky, as snow acts as a thermal blanket for your garden.  Mid February is simply too early to be experiencing so much green where it should still be brown.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Raise the roof....wait.....raise the house!

While walking down by the shore, we were surprised and ecstatic to see this!  It's a lovely historic home that's painstakingly being cared for.  While some people may have chosen to demolish it, we are thankful that the owners chose this route; to raise it and renovate it.  You know how I feel about demolishing antique properties.  It's rather reckless in my opinion.