Monday, November 20, 2017

Mail on Monday

November's PTE exchange brings Autumn and Thanksgiving to mind.  I didn't have any Rooster stamps, which I thought could have been a cute idea..maybe next year. Instead I used the food stamps in homage to the bounty of Thanksgiving. I coordinated the lettering to the color of the stamp and added some Autumn flowers. While PTE is an envelope exchange, I  like to include a note. Here I have stamped an image (from Simon Says Stamp) using my Tim Holtz stamp positioner.  This is similar to a Misti, but less expensive. I learned about this product from Eileen, the Artful Crafter, and I love it.  I am able to achieve better results and use some interesting techniques.
PTE Exchange
Thankful for the chance to be creative
More matching postage stamp to lettering colors
I picked up this card at Hallmark....oh how I love that store! and I really love the sentiment. "If the world had more people like you, we'd all be saying that you a lot more often"  I feel truly blessed that I have so many people in my life to be thankful for!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Three on Thursday

On Tuesday, we took a walk over the hill to Griswold Pond...very small, nestled in a neighborhood, a little bit of nature tucked in the city..

enjoyable little spot for this swan.
I love how the clouds reflected on the pond on this one.  We waited patiently for the swan to move a little closer.
and I did have to zoom..
The branch hangs precariously across a tranquil scene. Playing around with some of the filters, I altered the picture to this.
an impressionist view...
The colors on the back ground on this remind me of Monet's waterlilies
What do you think?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

T stands for Time

My mom always said the man who made time made plenty of it. However at the moment, I seem to be in a time warp/stealing vortex, and time is disappearing faster than I can fathom. In the desire to take a short break, here's a post for T on Tuesday with Elizabeth and Bleubeard.
such a cute fairy garden..
I think the pebbles are supposed to be potatoes, but then I have an eye for them..
50 lbs of spuds at a time...
they won't last long!
We love potatoes here, and I refer to them as Irish ice cream...and as the saying goes...
A constant reminder on the fridge
thanks to Onz
Not so sure if I would pair it with Gunpowder tea
not really a gin drinker, but...
When visiting my friends yesterday, Mary pulled out this cool bottle distilled in Drumshanbo, her hometown in Ireland. It was news to all of us. Just a drop, maybe?

Happy t day!

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Make a wish 11:11 on 11/11...
Carson Beach
Brisk but beautiful
because sometimes you just have to believe in the magic of numbers!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day

Veterans Day falls on the 11 of November, but since it is a Saturday this year, it is observed as a federal holiday on Friday.
Flags flying at Fellsmere Park
“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans. As a civilian I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground. The men of WWII were the greatest generation, perhaps Korea the forgotten, Vietnam the trampled, Cold War unsung and Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan vets underestimated. Every generation has proved itself to be worthy to stand up to the precedent of the greatest generation. Going back to the Revolution American soldiers have been the best in the world. Let’s all take a remembrance for all veterans who served or are serving, peace time or wartime and gone or still with us. 11/11/16 May God Bless America and All Veterans.” 
― Thomas M Smith

I urge you to visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and read more about the memorial.  As time goes on, the sacrifices of those who fought and died become a statistic, and lose the humanity. The site includes the faces of the wall, which honors their memory.

I remember  and pay tribute to Edward McEleney, who grew up in my neighborhood, enlisted in the Navy just of a high school and was killed in Vietnam 2 years later. He is honored on panel 1W Row 78.

Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves as best he can, the same cause.
-Abraham Lincoln

PBS is showing a documentary by Ken Burns on the Vietnam War.  Let us not forget. Peace, hope and honor for the future.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday Transitions

I feel so fortunate to live in New England and have the opportunity to see the seasons change.  Each one offers its own particular beauty, and I am always inspired. Despite living only ten miles outside of Boston proper, I have a number of parks, ponds and lakes within walking distance. One of my nearby destinations is Pine Banks park,  where I can enjoy majestic trees and woodland paths.

Colors of Autumn

Crisp, autumn colors
Orange, red, and gold descend
on path to winter.

Pine Banks
Zen like ripples in the pond
morning comes with frost

The nights are getting colder with a touch of frost.  I am already starting to hear the crunch of leaves under my feet, and gradually the brown is replacing all of the fallen color.  I think I will enjoy this last bit of fall, before the cold creeps in. Warm autumn wishes!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Words on Wednesday

A few weeks ago, Fi and I headed into Boston for the Boston Book Fest.  We got a late start, making the first talk impossible; next, the train was delayed, followed by a diversion, so we missed our second talk.  What's to do? Why, what any good food loving females would do! Hit up Flour Bakery for lunch and sustenance before the next talks.
Flour sandwich, good enough to eat
and it was..
Once we finished lunch, we  headed to our first destination to hear a panel of mystery writers talking about their process. Next up and lucky for us in the same venue was the marvelous Geraldine Brooks.
Geraldine is a Pulitzer Prize winner and an interesting speaker. Spoiler, her next book is titled  Horse, and it's about...wait for it, a horse!  From here, we headed out to a talk on memoirs, with an interesting panel including the writer of the Ask Amy advice column and a former dominatrix; this made for an interesting discussion.
we were there..
books, books, glorious books
Did you know November is National Blog Posting Month and National Novel Writing Month? I'm in; how about you? And in the meantime, trying to get some pen pal lettering writing done too.

It's in the mail...
Before bed tonight, I will keep my letter writing theme going and finish up reading Letters to the Lost by  Iona Grey.
A book with letters
one of my favorite themes.
I wish you good reading, good writing, and a little creativity to feed your soul.