just this…


Wishing those who celebrate
a joyful holiday season!

more wishes to be found over on Monochromia today!

sea snow






caught in a squall l

caught in a squall ll



the holiday shoppers



rockport 1

 after a long week of gray and gloom
Saturday morning, we awoke to bright sunshine and clear blue skies
so we hopped in the car and headed out to wander the trails at Halibut Point

as we got closer to Rockport, the sky turned dark and the snow started coming down
little did we know that Cape Ann would be the ONLY spot in Massachusetts to be in a snowstorm that day.

Despite the fact that we were unprepared
no boots, hats or warm gloves,
it was pretty magical.

We found refuge in a coffee shop on Bearskin Neck
where we dried off and warmed up over cappuccino,
the caffeine fix was just enough to get us back out the door to join the busy Christmas shoppers on the streets.


“Life is so full of unpredictable beauty and strange surprises. Sometimes that beauty is too much for me to handle. Do you know that feeling? When something is just too beautiful? When someone says something or writes something or plays something that moves you to the point of tears, maybe even changes you.”
~ Mark Oliver Everett

a sense of Christmas

cone collage

xmas bulb snow

orchard snow

downtown shoppers

antique collage

toy collage



I wonder whether the Christmas feeling has anything to do with the sixth sense. Perhaps we’re a little more the angels at Christmas than we are during the rest of the year. And Christmas is about all the other senses. I can smell Christmas, I can taste Christmas, and I can see and hear it.”

~ Jostein Gaarder, Through a Glass, Darkly

around the kitchen table



in a bowl on the chair

small gatherings

Apple pie




knitting again, a few trips to the library, the boys came home, Thanksgiving dinner all together, some musical accompaniment, morning coffee and conversation (much catching up to do), and our first significant snowfall.


with gratitude

simple gifts

the last few years have been a lesson in gratitude
for the simple things
I no longer get frazzled over the holidays
if I forget the cranberry sauce, it’s no biggie
since my family is now scattered across the US
I am thankful just to be at the dining room table
all together this Thanksgiving.

I am also so thankful for all of YOU
for your visits and for your support
and for your wonderful, inspiring work.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate
and I wish everyone a wonderful week!