Friday, November 27, 2015

After the Feast

My daughter and grandson 
 curled up by the fire.
Granddaughter looked up from her iPhone.

Grandson restrains himself from diving face first into a special treat--
A chocolate cream pie that my friend Ginnie bought for him.

On Friday, Dane and I took a walk down by the Lake Champlain waterfront.  He stopped to do a search for Champ, the lake monster.

Champ was not in evidence, but we did spy some mallard ducks a little later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving History Lesson(s)

 Here is a bit of history about this week's coming holiday--Black Friday!

Oh, no!  I mean Thanksgiving. Although if you watch the video, you will learn of a move by FDR to connect the day of thanks with an opportunity to do your Christmas shopping.

Apologies about the ads, but hey, it is the holidays.  We are all used to them.

I like the kids' interpretations of the first Thanksgiving here.

Hope everyone has a happy day.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Confessing What I Know

Oprah used to have this thing about "what I know for sure" (and maybe she still does?).  It made my uncomfortable.  I never feel that I know much of anything for sure. But certain things do seem clear to me.

And having the news on most of the day for a few days has me convinced that those who think they know for sure are misguided and dangerous.

And I am not just talking about the terrorists and the threat they pose to the world.

I am not a Christian.  My personal religious symbol is a question mark.  Still, it is clear to me that this is my country too.  I was born and raised here, as were my parents.  Before that, not so much.  I guess there are those, some of whom are running for president of our country, who would say for sure I should pack my bag and leave.

I am not strictly an atheist.  I don't believe in an all-powerful God, but I do believe in something, akin to a spirit of Godness in the universe.  I guess those who do know for sure would say, "She is totally an atheist!"

I do understand that what I think and feel and experience in life has been shaped my soul's journey.  I don't know for sure, but I do believe with all my heart, that we are all here for a reason.  And I am hoping with all my heart that that reason is evolution toward peace--the Garden of Eden story in reverse.

Obviously, sadly, we have a long way to go.

Doesn't history demonstrate over and over that to fight hatred and evil with hatred and evil only means that hatred and evil will always win?

So what I know is not very much...but I will continue to treat people with compassion and kindness in the hope that the pool of love and compassion will grow.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Another Peek

I took some snapshots of the outside of my new home.

The front and the back:

The end unit side:

And as I enter the main drive:

It was a gorgeous day last week when I took these, although the morning had been heavily frosty.  I took a walk in the new neighborhood and spotted this bit of color from yellow crab apples still clinging to the tree near the river:

Friday, November 13, 2015

That Time

It wants to be November today.  The winds is blowing and it is a wet, raw wind.

The lights are on because it is dark already--4:20 p.m. as I write.  It is that drawing in time, get into warm pajamas as soon as it is dark time, eat hot soup time, wrap up in a soft throw and sip cocoa time, read a good book time.

It's also get ready for the transition to Florida time.

I gave myself a treat today.  My friend Ginnie of the broken pelvis wanted to get her nails done so I offered to drive her--and, hey, while I am waiting why not get my toenails done too.
Beach ready!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Settled In.

I am pretty much settled in for the time being.  There are a few things I want to do, but they will wait until the spring.  First of all, I will be heading to Florida in mid December so I have to get Christmas done before then.  Second, my son will stay here for the winter and I will have to wait until he moves into his own place in the spring before I can tackle furnishing the spare bedroom and the living room.

But for now, my space is the way I want it.  I think it kind of scream ME.

My craft room work table

My toys

This space was a selling point--a bonus room that is only available on end units.
And above this room is a storage room--something I very much needed even with all the downsizing.

Well, I needed to store what eventually will go into the spare bedroom and a space to tuck away cleaning supplies.

So, there is the first peek at my new place.