Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I keep trying to come back to regular blogging - things to post run through my head everyday, yet it just doesn't get done.  I love the community I developed here, and feel so bonded to you all, STILL. 

Here is a little attempt to catch you up with life in my little worlds. Yes, I am still living with my son and family, and loving every minute of being Nana to now 8 years old, Teddy.  In the past year I have become much more involved with volunteering at Teddy's school, a very rewarding way of bonding with Teddy. He loves knowing I am there, even if we don't always see each other. The Bournedale School is K-4 and small enough that everyone is so friendly and inclusive. Teddy, being so gregarious, is known and loved by everyone.

Until Thanksgiving I had been working with a personal trainer at a small gym in our neighborhood. Thinking I was a lot more able than Super Woman, I spent 5 hours raking, filling barrels and toting them all to the brush pile at LM's house (I still spend most weekends with my love,  LM, and this blog's aging namesake, Ms G).  It all felt great to be outside in cold crisp air but when I returned home that night, I began to feel the pain in my left hip and leg and was hobbled in screaming pain for almost 3 weeks.  All I could do was take ibuprofen sparingly, rest and do a few yoga stretches to loosen the piriformis muscle which was affecting my sciatic nerve.  Just before Christmas, I got hit with the flu, and it turned in to near pneumonia and pleurisy.  I am still coughing, but the blessing in disguise was the course of prednisone I took to enable me to finally kicked out the pain in my hip, too!!!  So next week, I hope to get back to the gym.  I need the energy that exercise creates to keep up with myself. 

In other, very exciting news, this house has been blessed with 2 kittens!!  After losing their dear cat, Sting, last year, my son and wife said no to  more cats, but in mid-November, son, Jason came to me and asked me to cruise Pet Finder and find some local kittens as a surprise for Teddy.  We found the most wonderful brother sister duo, Betty and Bosley.  They are the most fun, and are also a 2 man wrecking crew.  We were taken by them at first meeting.  They were in a shelter and had been fostered from tiny babies in a home with children, dogs and other cats. They are afraid of nothing, purr instantly when you even look at them, and are equal opportunity loves with all of us.  Bosley has become very attached to me, as I am home so much of the time, and if I do not pick him up to cuddle, he is climbing up my legs to reach my shoulders and drape himself around my neck.  Right now they are 4 months. Stay tuned for a lot of photos!! 
Betty (black) and Bosley (black and white) were very adept nurses during my recent illness.

Bosley loves to cuddle with Nana

Bosley and Betty curled up on the afghan today. Betty seems to disappear.

March will find me in FL for most of the month, and I am so excited.  I'll be attending my grandson, Jared's wedding to his finacee, Jennifer.  It will be held at Silver Springs in Ocala.  Such a beautiful true-Florida place.  The week after the wedding I'll be headed a bit north to just outside St. Augustine to spend some blissful time with my dear dear friend, Sue. 

I cannot write without sharing how deeply emotional I have been about the turn in our country's administration. It is heartbreaking to go from the civility and grace of the Obamas, to the crude, crass and abuse behavior of  "he who shall remain nameless" in my world.  It makes me realize how very fortunate I am to live in a progressive state. Many friends and family are feeling the same way....and we are committed to working to make our demeanor even kinder and caring with all we meet, and to build a stronger community in every way.

May peace, love and gentleness be strong in your communities, as well!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Day Before....

Thanksgiving is about here!  Traffic to the Cape is building and very shortly this morning, Teddy and I will join that fray for the drive to LM's house. We are spending the day baking and doing all the prep work for tomorrow's dinner.  Our day tomorrow will consist of LM, his son, John, and myself tomorrow, and then dessert visitors will arrive later in the day. Teddy and his parents will be with other family. 

Meanwhile, today Teddy and I will, make an apple pie, the stuffing, prepare the turkey so it can just be popped in the oven tomorrow morning, make cranberry/orange relish......I love that old Ocean Spray raw relish recipe. So easy to do in the food processor, and we will set the table and pick a dinner table bouquet from the many pretty dried things in the garden right now.

We do hope you will have a lovely Thanksgiving, no matter where or with whom you are.

We will surely be talking about gratitude and how we can help in or small corners to make the world a more peaceful, respectful and kind place. There will also be sharing with Ms G!!

Peace and LOVE.......

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Up, Up and Away

November is certainly flying away quickly....between Teddy's activities and Thanksgiving coming up everyday is so full.  We kicked off the month with lots of school activities - bingo night and an election day bake sale at the polls and Teddy helped out with both, despite the fact that he has had bronchitis for almost a month (he is finally done with the cough).  It was amazing to see the number of people who turned out for voting, and to buy our baked goods!  Teddy showed off his marketing skills and talked to lots of people as they entered the Community Center.
That afternoon we went for a beautiful walk through a local conservation area and immersed ourselves in some Fall beauty. It seemed to ease the tense feelings that have surrounded the election. There were swans, amazing moss, and the deep reds and yellows of the Cape Cod fall. 
I will leave the election fallout to its own, but a lot of time has been spent soothing spirits and working on ways to counteract the lack of kindness.

Meanwhile, at the end of last week, son-in-law, David, arrived from Florida with his mother.  They are here on a 10 day bucket list trip for his Mom.  She was born and raised here in MA, and David has been patiently taking her around to all her old favorite places, and helping her touch her roots one more time.  We have all shared some great seafood meals, and a tour to Provincetown at the tip of the Cape. Yesterday, David took his Mom and myself on a flight out of Plymouth. We flew over the area where I live, then over the Cape Cod canal, followed by a tour out toward Cape Cod Bay and over the Cape.  It was a perfectly clear day to fly, with a soft SW wind and a very capable young pilot. 
When I looked at the few pictures I got, I was thrilled to see this heart shaped pond  and then son, Jason, pointed out the cat shaped pond nearby.  Nothing like the perspective from above!
That area is what is called Pine Hills in So. Plymouth.  You can just make-out that the foliage is still pretty. Our oaks stay very red in to winter.
The flight was an hour of peace and beauty like no other.  I am so very grateful to David for the trip!
I was interested to find out that his Mom, wanted to do this flight as a way of remembering the fact that when she was 45, she got her pilot's license at the same airport and did many flights through the years.

Otherwise, we have the day to day with Teddy.  Trying to find ways to inspire him to read. Over the last few months he has announced that he no longer enjoys or wants to read.  Any feedback would be welcome. It is inconceivable to me that someone would not want to read. Books and other media have taken me so many amazing places in my life. I feel it is just finding the right way to spark his interest.  We are going to talk with out librarian and see what she suggests. 

Time to head out and pick up a friend to take her to doctor's visits. Sadly, this friend, has COPD and is very frail.  We have known each other since 4th grade and it tugs at my heart to see her so diminished, yet, her strong spirit gives me such a lift.

Sending everyone love and peace in this particularly difficult time of change and finding acceptance. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!!

Teddy and his Mom and Dad carved 3 great pumpkins for the front hall last night. Looks pretty spooky to me, and when I came down the stairs for breakfast this morning, the hall was draped in cobwebs.  Guess who was so excited about his handiwork??  
Tonight will be full of fun in the neighborhood, and Farmer Squirrel will make his last appearance of this season. 
Hope there is lots of fun in your day, too........Peace!

Beautiful Hanover Cemetery, where most of my immediate ancestors now rest.  Always aglow this time of year.    

Friday, October 28, 2016

Freaky Friday

There is a squirrel making frequent appearances around here.  Everytime I turn around, he is on my space.

In the kitchen last night

With a date, Emma, the Lady Bug, last night out on the town in Buzzards Bay.

   I am suspecting that there will be many other appearances before we reach the end of Halloween.

Baking has kept me very busy the past few days, as we prepare for a festival at the Hoxie Center for the Arts on Saturday.  So far we have many, many dozens of Molasses cookies, Pumpkin/cranberry/ginger muffins, and tomorrow there will be brownies and cranberry orange muffins making delicious aromas.  Teddy will be helping out at the festival by teaching his signature arm knitting method.

Reports will be forthcoming.......

Freaky fun and peace to you all!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Family; Squirrel Farmers

On the morning of Wednesday, October 26, my sister, Eleanor and husband, Steve Haskell, along with their son, John, will appear on the TODAY Show to share their story of heroin addiction which affected John. It is a very profound story and one that needs to be shared to help stop this horrible epidemic. I believe Jenna Bush is doing the interview. Feel free to share this with anyone you know who may be interested.

Fall is really in the air here today....very cool but the sun is warming and beautiful.  After an early morning of wondering whether Teddy would go to school, or not, he was off and running as soon as his Mom went to work. I think I detected a bit of drama!  He has had a little cold for a week.
No calls from the school so I guess he is getting through the day just fine.  With Halloween rapidly approaching, it was time for me to get all the ingredients for his "Farmer Squirrel" costume together.  It is very cute with a full squirrel head mask, and he will wear denim overalls, a red plaid shirt and a goodly supply of acorns in the pockets.  This morning I attached his grey fluffy tail.  He will need wear it to an event tomorrow and Thursday evening, and then on Halloween. Pictures forthcoming.   

Once that work was complete, I was on to attaching borders to a small quilt in process
 In between, I have been enjoying emails with daughter, Anne from FL.  She has been making some major changes in her life and I am beyond excited and proud of her latest endeavors. She's making her first ever creative project, and doing a great job preparing and pursuing all the details. When it is complete, I will be writing about it here, but for now, it needs to remain a surprise!  To say I have been urging her to create for years, years and more years, would be an understatement.  She's also reading again and we enjoy sharing our books and critiques.  Currently she is reading a series of 3 books by Susan Branch and loving the delightful illustrations and different style.  I loved those books so much and had to share the bounty.

Time to get back to my creative work, and also some baking research. I have to produce quite a few things for 2 upcoming bake sales, and am cruising about for some new ideas.  One will be this Saturday at our local Art Center and the other will be a sale held on election day to benefit the PTA at Teddy's school.  Any ideas are welcome!

I thought you might like to see this beautiful quilt made by my sister, Margaret. Oh yes, it is adorned by my beautiful niece, Chico, owned by Margaret's daughter, Ellie and her wonderful partner, Andrea.  All the leaves and vines on this work of art were hand appliqued by Margaret. 

Monday, October 24, 2016


Nana and Teddy arriving at the MJT Cape Cod Truck Show at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in E. Falmouth yesterday.  It was a beautiful day and not only was the number of trucks amazing, but the crowd was huge.
Acres of trucks and people to ogle them over and over again.

Part of the Canal Fuel fleet in full spiff for the big day. My son, Jason is one of their drivers, and is frequently seen driving the big tractor on the far right. Last year Jason entered another of the trucks he drives but this year he was working, so missed the show.
A Tasha truck that is used to haul propane gas.  All their trucks are always spotless and gleaming when you see them on the road. The show is a memorial for the founder of the company, Michael J Tasha, who passed away at a young age, about 3 years ago.  He was a great friend of the Cape Cod community, thus this show to honor his memory and pride in his trucks. All proceeds from the show go to ALS research.
Big trucks of every size and purpose filled the fairgrounds, and their loud horns filled the air, I might add!

Huge wreckers were showing off their talents.
Teddy was in all his glory, and had the most fun hanging out in the drivers seat of this beautiful truck, which is driven by Jason's good friend, Jake.  He blew the horn and dreamed some dreams in that seat. Lou hung out there with him for a long time while I circled around with a few friends and daughter Sara, compete with granddaughter, Samantha.

Big truck fun!

The trailer on "Teddy's" truck, all agleam just as the cab.  Jake does all the work to keep this truck shining, and it is in full use everyday, hauling sand, gravel and rocks.
Here's Samantha, going on 10 years old now, her face freshly painted with a spider and a bat! She is the image of me at that age.
One last shot of the happy boy.  

We had such a fun day and look forward to next year's show.  Today I pick Teddy up at school and we go to swimming lessons.  In between I am working on a quilt, grocery shopping and planning a week of baking for bake sale items to bring to a neighborhood October Fest on Saturday. We will all be there!