Friday, October 21, 2016


Wherever I am, I feel the need to be in nature in all its glory. This inner city garden is a part of the Senior living community where my sister, Margaret, lives in Waterloo Ontario. The last two weeks in August found me visiting there once again, and I enjoyed many early morning walks in these lovely spaces.  These plots of beauty are filled with fruit, veggies, many forms of garden art, and of course, beautiful flowers!  It was fun to form a mental picture of what the tenders of these plots might look like, based on what was growing in their space.

Aside, from my lovely trip to Canada, one might wonder where I have been, and I apologize to my regular readers for the long absence.  The world of technology got way ahead of me (not a tough task), and the update to a new computer, coupled with the move to Windows 10 and life in general, put a halt to Ms Graysea for awhile.  The technology has been slightly tamed, and now I am hoping to be back without too many interruptions.

I'm looking forward to filling you in on the wonderful world of being a full-time, live-in Nana with my dear, Teddy. Although, it was a very uncomfortably hot and steamy summer here, it was filled with lots of camps, and family fun, as well as my precious time with LM and Ms G on the weekends.
I must tell you, though, that Ms G is reaching the end of her years, and catches us with wistful faces as we make the most of each day we have with our precious girl.  She is still quite active and doing her usual crazy cat things, but she has that senior cat look, and seems to forget she has eaten as soon as she has consumed a healthy helping. All her life she ate dry food only and had no interest in people food, EXCEPT for BACON!  Now she has added wet food to the dry and is mad about people food in any form, as long as we are eating it, too. Pretty crazy!

It is nice to be back here but time to go. The school bus run is nigh, and I have the gym calling to me.

I'll be back.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Beauty of Organizing

As my eyes opened this morning, the moon was still brightening my room, and, as always, I did a quick check on mood, and body mechanics while I contemplated the beautiful light and what the day might bring.  I knew immediately, that today would be bright and full of accomplishments. I haven't felt that motivated in a while.  My feet hit the floor, and so many things waiting for my attention, were addressed in a methodical and easy, joyful way.  The shower and tub had been calling my name for weeks, today they got my full attention and are now bright and shiny.  That set the tone, and I hiked up to the attic to retrieve my heavy box of important papers. It had been moved to exile, because it wouldn't stop nagging. Knowing income tax prep is on the docket for next week, pushed me up those stairs. As well as my income tax records, that box contains family history, photos, and love letters. What an incredible day ensued.  Taking out the box, helped me to write some overdue letters, sort a few photos and send them off, prepare all my tax papers, solve a car insurance issue and clean out the glove box in my car, discard a lot of "baggage" (ahhhhhhhhhh), and organize my papers so that I can find anything I want, whenever needed. My Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Proxy are now easily accessible should they be called for by my family.  My father had sat with me and talked about his paternal ancestors 2 years before he passed, and today I took those faded and carelessly written notes from a file, and typed them to add to folders of genealogy that are in the box. 

In between all the activity of the day, I made myself some nice egg salad for lunch. Just like my mother would have made, with chopped olives and some chives. Even though it was cool and very windy all day, I still got a little sunshine on my face, and also spent some time chatting with a dear former co-worker. 

My soul is fed, and peaceful, and I look forward to the energy born of this day.

Tomorrow is Food Pantry day. I so enjoy my 1-2 days a week working there, and it is a great workout with some lovely people.

The big green box is staying in my sitting room for a while, as I have thought of a project to do with a packet of photos I came across on this bright and beautiful day. Stay tuned.

Peace and love going out to Brussels and all those affected by the bombings of this morning. So painful.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Snow Day


Teddy's home from school today on a snow day.  The media hyped up a huge storm for us, even saying that our area by the Cape Cod Canal, would get the jackpot amounts. Here we are with barely a coating on the ground!

 Anyway, I thought I would show you some photos from the weekend with LM. Saturday morning brought us glorious sunshine, although outside, it was much colder than it looked. We decided to brave it and head to Provincetown, and take an early Spring walk through the Beech Forest, our favorite part of the National Seashore of Cape Cod.  In another month Beech Forest will be filled with migrating birds, drawing birdwatchers from all over.  The first week in May, especially, there are all sorts of warblers to be sighted.  We had a great walk!!  Being such a cold day, no one else was around, and we indulged ourselves in the pure sound of nature. We stopped often to feel the sun renew our souls while the wind whispered through the reeds and trees. During one stop, we discovered a busy downy woodpecker and 2 chickadees,  and next thing we knew, they were following us on our walk. I didn't get bird pictures, but as we often do, we found a tree we are certain must be home to the friendly Beech Forest troll, and some other animal friends.  See if you can find the rabbit, the fish, and alligator.
 We had fun finding the critters in this tree, and a woodpecker near the top (not in photo)
 Our troll tree

A glimpse through some reeds to one of the many ponds in the backed-by-sand-dunes Beech Forest.

On the way to Provincetown, I asked LM to take me to an area I'd never explored before.  It is known as High Head and is at the northernmost area of N. Truro. From there one can see all over the Cape.  
High Head Road
Looks like we will drive right off the edge at the top. 

Looking toward Provincetown over Pilgrim Lake from the top of High Head. It is truly a breathtaking view.

We turned the sharp corner at the top (there are a number of homes up there) onto a dirt road which meanders through typical dune low growth. This view was west looking over cottages along the road in N. Truro.

What a spectacular place. LM had a friend who once lived atop High Head.  I imagine it to be a very wild place in a storm.

Thanks for coming along on our Saturday tour. We are forever seeking out places we haven't explored before, and always  manage to find a surprise of some sort - most often beautiful.

Our snow is already about gone, Teddy and I have been out to do some exploring of our own today, and tomorrow he is very excited about returning to school. A very happy 1st grader.

Love and peace to all!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Waterloo Trip - Part 2

I would like to be able to say that I deliberately saved this post until the dead of winter so we could all enjoy the beauty that is Ontario in June, but I must confess, that it is only due to procrastination that brings you all this color right now when our world is so black, white and gray.  Nonetheless. I began telling you about our trip to visit my sister, Margaret, last June, and now I bring you the rest of the story.  Margaret's front porch window boxes gave us the most spectacular greeting.  

These beauties were on the porch right below the window box. Take note of the forget-me-nots. They are everywhere in Waterloo.

A two minute walk from Margaret's house, are the community gardens. They are such an oasis of loveliness that we had to walk through them several times during our visit. Many of the residents spend countless hours raising vegetables and the healthiest specimens I have seen anywhere. It was so nice to see residents sitting on benches in the gardens to enjoy serenity, the birds and butterflies.
Add On her living room coffee table, Margaret has this big basket filled with "friends"....all hand knit by friends.  Although they look very real, the sweet kittens are not about to jump out.
As well as her inviting back porch, there is a private terrace with garden at the back, and even a cute resident bunny.

We really enjoyed the terrace with its new pergola shaded by Virginia Creeper.

APretty flowers everywhere.

...and, more

My loving chauffeur enjoying a chocolate chip cookie!

This lovely quilt hangs in Margaret's living room over the sofa. It was  made as a gift by the Sew and Sews - Margaret's quilting group.

A William Morris quilt made by Margaret hangs on the far wall of the dining room.

During our visit there was a pick-up day for unwanted item, and I was lucky enough to find this nicely framed print. It is now in my sitting room, and a lovely reminder of our trip.

As always, Margaret was working on quilt blocks while we were there. Her work,a ll by hand, it so detailed and interesting. These pieces have a lot of hand applique.

These circles are all appliqued by hand, and perfect!

These little flowers were my favorites.

Love the owls!

All too soon, it was time to head home. We planned our route to take us south through Niagara Falls,  then north to Fort Niagara, and east across the lower shore of Lake Ontario. We always like to choose a way we have not driven before. All the way east to Syracuse/Rochester area we were driving close to the shore of the Lake and it was the most beautiful, serene and lush countryside. We passed hundreds of miles of fruit orchards - apples, peaches, pears, cherries and others.  Very rural, yet thriving with business.

We came across this little honor system farm stand and, of course, we stopped to buy strawberries and asparagus. Two of our favorite foods!

Along the way...

By noon we were getting hungry and this lovely farm popped up just as a very heavy thunder storm began. We pulled in and made a mad dash through the rain drops. It is a strawberry farm, and I only wish I could convey the essence of strawberry that filled the air. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of BLT's on homemade bread served with just made potato chips.

This doisplay was adjacent to the table where we ate lunch.

Looking out to the strawberry fields and apple trees beyond. 

Obviously a popular destination for delicious food and home made ice cream.

Very close to Lake Ontario at this point

I cannot remember the name of this quirky little town but loved these windows above an old store.

Two happy sisters!!

Thanks for coming along with us....PEace and love.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Morning After

Just came in from cleaning off Lou's car, and mine, too! Snow up to my knees to walk through. There was a very large tree limb on top of my car but we think it fell after the heavy snow had left padding enough to avoid damage. Wind is so cold and blowing snow in one's face. We are attempting to clean the driveway snow so that I can leave for home later today after the Pats game. We can do it.....I think!!
We had to clean the eaves areas first to avoid ice dams, now Lou is using his little electric snowblower to do the driveway.
Ms G is lurking around following the sun to each of the windows.  She slept under the quilt for awhile last night while the wind howled.
All is well.......

Saturday, January 23, 2016


The big storm is just beginning to rear its head here on Cape Cod. It is nearly dark as night and we have heavy winds and a few flakes, but it promises to be much worse in the coming hours.

My Saturday morning board meeting was canceled, and I am now at LM's house hunkered down with both of us hunkered down with Ms G.

LM just brought his electric snow blower and cords in to the house and has all his other clearing tools in the kitchen. Cars are backed in to the drive, and we have plenty of food.

Our biggest concern is a power outage and not being able to watch the Pats vs Broncos game tomorrow. Life is good.

I will report back in later.  Stay safe and warm everyone!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Winter Calm

While the mad scientist is at work in the kitchen at home, I have been spending a cozy happy weekend with my beloved LM and Ms Graysea.  She is right by my side at this very moment, cuddled in her favorite fleece throw. 
We are slowly moving toward taking down the Christmas tree this afternoon, and might watch a movie. I do know a certain someone who will be watching more play-off football later today (he barely survived the agony of watching the Patriots' Game yesterday), and I may or may not cook a meal at some point.  Meanwhile, I am enjoying the quiet before football din takes over later.  At that point I can retreat to the comfy wing chair in the kitchen to continue reading my current book, Orphan Train, by Christine Baker Kline. It is a compelling book, if not exactly upbeat, but I am learning about a time in this country of which I had no prior knowledge.  In the 1920's when the children of immigrants(in this case Irish) were sometimes taken away and placed on "Orphan Trains" that traveled to the west and middle west and left these children with other very poor settlers. The book came highly recommended to me by my  brother, and I always trust his judgement on books!  Hoping to finish the book today, as I am anxious to start another of his faves, "The Nightingale." 

My project of organizing and discarding some my quilting fabrics, went very well last Thursday.  I managed to find everything I was looking for, and to pare down my collection of fabric.  The process got me all lined up to finish a quilt I began the day my father died in 2009.  Intentionally it is a fun quilt, and I hope will go to Teddy in a few years.  This quilt contains cats from my extensive collection of cat fabric, and a few donkeys, too. A lot of my favorite things! I madly sewed 25 log cabin blocks in a very short time, and needed 3 blocks to make the size right. I couldn't even look at the blocks without feeling deep that has eased.  Fast forward 7 years.. I've been having a terrible time choosing border fabric.  I kept wanting to use a dark fabric, but in the past few weeks I realize that the busyness of the blocks really needs a white border to allow them to expand and float. The plan is to use a white fabric with  tiny and faint black pin dots.  The binding will be a very thin strip of orange.  I am hoping to have this quilt ready to enter in a show this summer.

 With everything else going on, I do struggle with focus, so it helps that I now have the remaining work  all set to begin.

In the meantime, I think I wrote somewhere about becoming a member of the board of directors for a new art center that is opening in our neighborhood (literally a less than 5 minute walk from my house).  The wheels are turning fast on the project, and I am very excited for the opportunity to play a small role in bringing  new vibrancy to a much loved old school.  Here is a link to some photos taken last week when a group of local and state government officials came for a tour. The building has the most wonderful light and huge windows.  There are many classrooms, a gym/auditorium, a cafeteria, etc, and a lot of land on which to expand.

I do believe, I titled this post Winter Calm, even though it does seem like a pretty hectic pace, but it is all things I love, and reflects calmness in my spirit to be creating.

Tomorrow, LM and I are taking Teddy and Samantha to Rhode Island for the day to visit Kristi. We haven't seen her for awhile, but she is doing so well in her foster home.  I will get some photos.  Now if the snow storm being talked about moves a bit north to give us safe travel.....we shall see.

Alas, Ms G's peace has been disturbed. LM is now taking down the tree and he placed one of my vintage cat glass ornaments next to her face, and her peace has been invaded by another "cat."

Peace and love......