Monday, August 21, 2017

Mail on a the the moon..

The total solar eclipse...didn't see it, wasn't on the right path...partial solar, would have liked to see it, no glasses left. Tried the strategy of looking down on the ground to see the reflection through the trees, no luck there...took a 2 second glance, but seemed too bright...a dare devil I am not!

but I will be happy with my solar eclipse stamp mail...
solar eclipse mail

The kraft envelope is from Troy as part of the PTE exchange.  Hard to tell from my photo, but the teal dots are metalllic ink, super luminous.
The white and pink envelope is from my penpal Janet. She told me if you put your finger on the black dot and remove it, you will see the moon.  Yes! it's true.  A little bit of moon magic there. And for a little more magic, a snail mail letter, including a new recipe from a snail mail blogging friend.
love her card!
It's always lovely to see Karen's creativity, and even nicer to receive a card from her in the mail.
May the moon shine brightly on you!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flowers on Friday, just because...

it's Awe-gust!
Yellow roses
This year, I found yellow knock out roses on my dad's birthday!  I always associate yellow roses with him and have never seen this variety before. After no roses at BJs for months, there they were...only three rose bushes and all yellow.  Some people think it's crazy, but I think it's a sign...or maybe energy?
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A gift from Nish
I am really enjoying this book about positive energy and the choices we make. Beyond what the book says, I wonder about energy and how it relates to the physical body, the mind and the soul. In the few days between August 8 (my parent's wedding anniversary)  and August 12 (my dad's birthday),  I think so much of them.  I feel they are always with me, maybe their energy is too. We all need to harness whatever positive forces we can. 

If I am looking for quiet contemplation, there is no place like my garden, and it makes me reminisce about all the happy times I spent gardening with my dad. That is probably what I love most about working outside.

some of the roses around my garden
My dad loved roses most of all, and  it was there that he taught me to really look at stop, to take the time and really see what is in front of me. Beauty, Appreciation, Gratitude, Love.

As they say, take time to smell the roses. Wishing you an awesome awe-gust.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

T stands for Tranquility amid the turbulence...

Every click of the television remote or blast from the radio brings more aggressive news of hateful words and actions.  The stress of the situation is exacerbated by the sad fact that I have no impact over the current environment.  All of the lessons of history seem to be lost.   I can only hope that at some point peace, respect and common sense prevail.  Amid all of this discord and hostility, Nish and I went in search of some tranquility. There is no place it is easier  to find than in nature, so we headed to Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich.
Majestic trees

Beautiful Vista

And then we moved through the labyrinth.
Moving meditation

move within, let go
circle, center, continue
 end, let go, begin

The current exhibit is Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views.  Some of my favorites:

 So much inspiration taken from the beauty of nature. It was back outside to one of my favorite water features of the Gardens.
Flume fountain into the waterlily pond
This is a close second though...
lovely view of the house
some serenity in shades of white and green garden...

and of course lots of color...

a few closeups ...

and there was some whimsy,
garden gate
which reminds me of one of my favorite cups.

We left the gardens restored and happy, with the plan to share our bright light and love.  Hope yours shines brightly too!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

T stands for Tardy for the Party...

Routine, not always easy when you get thrown a curve ball, and once you are out of that routine, it can be tough to restart. So in an attempt to maintain, I am staying small. Blogging and posting to instagram at least once a week hopefully will help me stay a little creative. At some point, when things level off, I will try to expand my creative pursuits.  What I have found is blogging works really well, because I've established a personal connection with people, and that is something I really enjoy. I love all of the ideas I get from blogging, instagram and pinterest.

I love Bluebeard and Elizabeth's blog, for the content and the people I have been introduced to through it. I look forward to posting to T stands for.. and reading other people's entries and gaining a glimpse into their world.

My T stands for is my tardy entry of my breakfast this morning.
I just read an article about how instagram is determining the menu and design choices for restaurants.

My photo confirmed a little of what this article has to say. I don't know if there is any place as comfortable for me as my kitchen table. You really can't taste my homemade brown bread dolloped with delicious strawberry jam made my friend Eileen. Added a nice iced coffee to wash it down.

You will also see my Susan Branch binder with my favorite recipes. I have been struggling for years to make a brown bread similar to the Irish brown bread This is really difficult to replicate with the difference in flour over here. I've tried alot of different recipes, with varying success. This loaf proved to be the most successful, courtesy of a recipe from Frankie, the barmaid at the Banshee.  It's made it into the binder and gave me the chance to do some calligraphy.
This recipe made the cut!
There are also postage stamps Fi picked up for me as a surprise. That girl knows the way to her momma's heart!
Love them! so colorful!
I love snail mail, and Pushing the Envelope exchange and MMSA have given me an opportunity to indulge. I have also made some great penpals in the process. My mail slot has evolved from a source of bills and junk mail to a bastion of some happy correspondence. I am working diligently on bringing back the United States Postal Service to its former glory one letter at a time.  

So cheers to letters, stamps, blogging, and  Bluebeard and Elizabeth!
The last of the bottle..
Time to open a new one.

Monday, August 7, 2017

What's good about Monday? Well, for one thing ..

It's a mail day! Surprise from a pen pen..absolutely delighted!
A letter and a few small presents!
I was so happy with this. I love a handwritten note. In a digital world, there is something nostalgic and heartwarming about receiving a handwritten note in the mail. A small, but special pleasure such as this would have been more than enough to brighten my day.  But wait, because there was more, a colorful flower bookmark and a little hand made tea bag holder. My pen pal made the tea bag holder with some Susan Branch fabric.  Maybe my new motto will be, have teabag, will travel! And of course, I won't forget a book. I just finished reading the highly recommended, 84 Charing Cross Road, about a 20 year relationship forged by mail between a bookseller in London and the author, Helen Hanff of New York. Although Helen never travelled to London, a warm and lasting friendship developed between the bookshop employees, their families and Helen. The book was adapted to a play, a movie starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins in 1987, and recorded for radio production in 2007 which starred Gillian Anderson and Denis Lawson. Now that I have finished the book, I will seek out the movie and radio versions.
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Don't you love this cover? Just like the international letters that I used to send and receive! Wishing you a day with some happy mail.
Happy Monday, mail day! 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

T stands for Trip and Treat

Goodness comes in  many forms, in unexpected ways..and sometimes, it's from a good deal on Groupon. An added discount to a great deal moved Fuller Gardens from my bucket list to the done and dusted list. Accomplishing things is always fun, but never more so, than when it's a fun thing shared on a picture perfect day.
Statue in the rose garden

There was a fantastic selection of roses, and they all looked extremely healthy. I am sure tender care helps, as well as the ocean breeze. Just across the road, lies the Atlantic Ocean.
North Hampton

So many beautiful roses, in a variety of colors made it difficult to pick a favorite. I finally chose this as my favorrite, both for the color and the name.

I definitely want to find this rose for my garden, heart of gold, such an inspired name.  Although small, the layout was delightful, as we ambled from one garden room to another, including a Japanese garden with a Koi pond.

There was also an incredible array of dahlias.

There was also a greenhouse.

Soon at was time to end our visit, and step out of the gates.

We took a stroll across the road, to one of the mansion like homes that lined the coast.
and the garage, where the chauffeur lived with his daughter, perhaps?
On the way home, we couldn't resist a stop for salt taffy at a local candy shop.

like a kid in a candy store.
And then we headed home to enjoy a cuppa and some salt water taffy.
Now it's time to say goodbye to July and...