Gratitude & Grief

Life is always a mixture of the bitter and the sweet, the dark and the light, the gratitude and grief.  I admit that I often focus on the bitter parts to the exclusion of all else.  That is in large part due to the fact that a large portion of my 20’s and almost all of my 30’s have been spent dealing with one crisis or another and, last year, dealing with death after death.  That, and the way that people treat you, tends to color one’s outlook on the world a bit.  Depression doesn’t help either.

That being said, this year is turning out to be one of the best in a long time.  Despite losing Bucky last week, things seem to be looking up for us.

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Roslindale Open Studios 11/1 & 11/2

I’m lucky to be participating in Roslindale Open Studios this year.  This is the 10th year of ROS and they’re a great group to work with.  If you want to start your Christmas shopping with some handmade items and also want the chance to look around Roslindale, take a bike tour, and sample some craft food and beverage, the first weekend in November is it!

ROS ad collage

I’ll be in the lower level of the Roslindale Congregational Church.  The excellent ROS website has my listing details here.  The weekend events listing is here and the directions are here.

There’s also ROS Home Studio Bingo.

You have to play to win and you have to be there to play.  Want to know more? Come to Roslindale on 11/1 & 11/2!


Points to the right side of the page –>

I added a new page to our site today.  It has pretty things on it, though I’m not terribly impressed with my photos.  You should check it out.  I’ve finally started making enough jewelry to sell.  No, I don’t have an Etsy shop.  Yet.  But I’m going in baby steps.

Email me or comment on the new page if you want to buy a pretty.


Our little garden

For over 15 years, I have been a gardener.  Specifically, an heirloom gardener and an organic gardener.  Although I have always had at least a passing interest in gardening and farming because of my grandparents, I developed an intense interest in them after I started volunteering at Burritt Museum and Park (now known as Burritt on the Mountain) way back in 1995.  With some very good mentors (the curator and some experienced guides from the historic park) I quickly learned how to appreciate the older varieties of vegetables that would have been recognizable to someone living in the 19th century.   I also learned about herbs and their long history of cultivation.

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Finally, some real winter

Yesterday we finally had a winter weather event worthy of the name.  We did not get as much snow as some other places (the South Coast got 9 or 10 inches in some  areas), but we got a few inches, enough for me to try out the electric snowblower we got as a wedding gift.  I was not sure how well it would work, but wow, it works.  I managed to clear our walk and part of our neighbors’ in no time at all.  Just wait until our next blizzard.  I am going to go nuts with that thing.

Much to my surprise, when given the opportunity to go outside and do their business in the snow, Rerun and Thumbelina both chose to go out into the (at that time) uncleared snow, while it was still coming down, and go potty.

Miracles never cease.


Mystery Gift

Hi folks,

We received a mystery gift in the mail today and we’re hoping someone out there will identify themselves as the gift giver.  It’s a digital weather station of the variety where you put the detector outside somewhere and the little digital readout indoors.  It has a 300 foot radius (!) and it is made by Ambient, LLC.

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A quick shopping post

Macy’s just emailed me, again.  They’re having a sale 9/14-9/18.  Here are the details in case you want them.


$99 purchase required for Free Shipping.

use promo code VIP20 in your shopping bag

TO GET FREE SHIPPING: Place $99 of qualifying items in your shopping bag; no promo code required. Minimum purchase amount for Free Shipping does not include gift wrap charges, purchases of gift cards or tax. Offer applies to Standard Shipping to one location and may be applied to Premium or Overnight Shipping for an upgrade fee. Free Shipping does not apply to Coach, furniture, mattresses, purchases in Macy’s stores or prior purchases. Due to size and/or weight, certain items bear a shipping surcharge, which will still apply. When shipping to multiple addresses, only shipping to the first address will be free; Standard Shipping will apply to all other addresses. Free Shipping offer cannot be applied to purchases being shipped to US Territories or APO/FPO addresses. TO GET EXTRA SAVINGS: Place qualifying items in shopping bag; enter promo code VIP20 in “HAVE A PROMO CODE?” box & click “APPLY”. One promo code per transaction. VIP discount applies to sale, clearance and regular prices, with exceptions listed. EXTRA 10% OFF watches, electrics, electronics, lighting, furniture, mattresses and rugs. EXCLUDES: Coach (online only), Donatella, TAG Heuer, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, baby gear, kids’ shoes, cosmetics, fragrances and toys. Not valid with other passes or discount offers. Not valid on Everyday Values, Jewelry Super Buys, Specials, web busters™, Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, prior purchases or gift wrap. VIP Sale discount code valid September 14, 2011 through September 18, 2011.

An update on Smoky will follow shortly.


Greetings from Huntspatch… er, I mean Huntsville

It’s hard to believe that my trip is already over and I am heading back to Boston tomorrow morning.  I have been pretty busy with everything going on with the family.  It was good to see everyone, and it was good to have the chance to see some of my friends that I had not seen in several years as well.  Wow, so much has changed in just three years.   Anyway, I managed to take some photos.

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Macy’s just emailed me

They are currently offering 15% off all items in their home sale (10% off electronics) and the place setting we have registered for now includes a free matching soup bowl for a limited time.  We also registered for the soup bowl and it costs $95.  So, if you’re looking to shop for us for the wedding, this is a pretty good deal.  Also, there is free shipping on every $99 purchase.  I believe the discount code is REFRESH.  Also, there is some sort of Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal on casual and fine china as well, which should, in theory, apply to our registry as well, but I don’t know any more details about that other than that the deal ends on 8/14/11.  Check out for more details.

Happy Shopping,