Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Check out this envelope we got in the mail last week.

The two bottom stamps are from 1946. They aren't rare and maybe only worth about $10, but, how weird to see them on a letter.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Kylie gave herself a new name.  Vidia is a favorite fairy of hers and she decided to rename herself that.

Vidia got herself dressed today.  I love her style.

And her modeling!

And her faces!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


We drove down to pick Kylie up this morning and the conditions were harrowing!
Very windy!

Sometimes it was hard to see the road.

Look at all these skiers heading to Wildcat.  I can't imagine being out in this weather.

And sometimes the road disappeared altogether.

But it was all worth it!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nature Journaling

I teach an elective class called Nature Journaling.  Most days we head outside for a walk until we find a good place to sit and sketch and journal.
Here are six of my girls walking down a snowmobile path near the school.

A cool weed

Today, their assignment was to find some color in the boring winter.  Here are some sumac seeds hibernating. 

Veronica, Kayleen, Cassandana, and Alicia (love those cool names!) hard at work.  It was so warm today, about 50 degrees and we could have sat here for hours.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Woke up this morning to no hot water. 
This has happened before so I went to the cellar and pushed the reset button on the hot water tank.
Instead of taking my shower first, I decided to eat first.
And because I was downstairs near a window facing east,
I saw this beautiful sky.
If I'd taken my shower first, I'd have missed it.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Two Blue Pages in a Row

Kylie spied my stamps and went to town decorating the right side of this spread.

Had an English meeting today after school so I had to miss Zumba.  Hate that!

Here's a picture I took yesterday.  I was trying to get a cool, blurry background but it didn't really work as well as I had hoped. 

 These books are on my great uncle's old steamer trunk that I use as a coffee table.  I love Susan Branch.  She hand paints every single page even the copyright page.  These cookbooks are really works of art.

The top two books are poetry.  I always have one or two close by.  You never know when you'll need a poem!

What books do you keep nearby?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blue and Green...

...should never be seen except in the washing machine!
I can remember this little saying from 6th grade.  We wouldn't be caught dead in blue and green.  Can't imagine why since I think it's pretty.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Can't Wait

I'm so anxious to be able to hang my sheets outside to dry again. It makes them smell so fresh.  I almost could have today since it got up to 28 degrees but that's just a little too cool; they'd freeze and never dry.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Couple of Pictures

This was the scene outside my classroom window a couple days ago.

I took the few remaining flowers from my bouquet and put them in antique bottles.  They looked so pretty when I walked in the house from school today.

The tied letters are ones my husband wrote to me back in the late 60s.  On this one he put two 4 cent stamps upside down.  I think it meant he missed me or something like that.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekend Pics

We started by stopping at the Moonbeam Cafe, again.  I got a kick out of the old-fashioned toilet!

I had the special: steak bomb omelet.  Yummy!
I took a walk on the beach and saw this cross-country skier gliding along.

Lots of big shells everywhere.

A turkey on the side of the road.

The train station in North Conway. 

It was nice to get out of town for an overnight in the middle of winter.  We stayed at a Residence Inn right in the Old Port in Portland, Maine and walked around.  We ended up eating at J's Oyster House.  Every February, for happy hour, they pass out free oysters with lemon and cocktail sauce.  I don't eat them, myself, so Gary was happy to take care of mine for me.

I had shrimp scampi for supper and it was so good!

We walked back to our hotel in a snow storm.

Fun time!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


My son sent me flowers for my birthday.

Spring colors in the middle of winter.

Sunshine during a snowstorm.

Hints of springtime to come.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More Kylie Art

She drew and colored the pill millipede herself but asked me to help her with the poodle.

I'm home in the middle of the day today because it's snowing like crazy and school was called off.  A first for this year.