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Of Recalibration, Gardens, Bees and the return of Spring 

2 Jun

So today I realized it’s been a while since I’ve written anything here.  But you know, Life has a way of getting in the way…wood stacking, shoveling, sweeping, doctor and dentist appointments and of course work.  I tend to get caught up in what needs to be done.  But as my beautiful wife reminded me the other day, it’s also important to take time for the things you love!

we laugh a lot…still, after 14 years…my redheaded wife and I. 

chicken antics.   

my beloved pups.  

and our crazy, hunter supreme cat…Oliver T Posh.

So in the past few weeks I’ve been trying to incorporate more of what I love into my life.  See above and below photos.





Music, photography, and walking/hiking our land with my canine and feline friends.  Some  of my favorite things!



First fire of the season a few weeks ago



Full moon rising over the hills to the east





The flowers are blooming and the first of the garden put in…that’s mostly my wife.   And after years of research and a little bit of trepidation, my honeybees have arrived and been installed.  I am now a beekeeper!





That’s a lot to be grateful for!

Fridge Poetry

25 Jun

One Christmas I got a box of magnetized tiles with words on them as a gift. They were meant to go on the refrigerator to play with. I found them to be quite helpful in creating poetry. Below are a few of the ones I’ve written and saved over the years.

I happened to be reading them the other day and thought it would be fun to put them to pictures rather than music which is what I generally do with my poetry.

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After the storm
let a
sun shadowed lake
produce an eternity
of still forest beauty

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Chant wind and sky mist
at the garden
and sing delicate light
into true power

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Dream as love in Spring visions

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to soar over Summer heat

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and recall the Fall whisper of music

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beneath the beating of Winter’s heart

Planting Weekend at CoyoteCrow Farm.

29 May

What my wife said! Dang, it felt good to shovel and have my hands in the dirt. I’m thinking our bathtub may not recover for a while… with all the dirt my shower left behind. And my mouth waters thinking about the yumminess our efforts of this weekend will produce in a few months between eggs from the chickens and vegetables from the garden!

I’m finally back in Lexington and heading off to sleep. Tomorrow promises to be a looong day at work. Hope you all had as great a weekend as we did. G-night and dream well.

Reaching for Nonsense

I was going to write a nice descriptive post about the process of making dandelion wine, and maybe I will.  But this weekend was so chock-full of busy-ness and activity that I can’t pull my mind together.  I think I can manage a list, though.  🙂  Thank you for your indulgence.

  • Weez was home all weekend, which was lovely.  Three whole days together, working on the homestead.
  • Got over myself and bought started veggie plants from the organic guy at the farmer’s market–tomatoes, basil, dill, lavender, cucumbers, sage.
  • We planted potatoes and tomatoes in the driveway, which involved lots of shoveling dirt.
  • We put together all the ingredients for this year’s dandelion wine.  Hoping the magic will transform the smelly sludge into a potent elixir like it did last year!
  • Bottled the Scottish 80 shilling ale from Northern Brewer.  Can’t wait to try it out!
  • Made huge…

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A Year in pictures.

18 May

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Always keep looking… beauty can be found in the oddest places.

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We ate the last of the potatoes from that crop in February.

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There’s sauce upstairs in the freezer made from what we canned of the tomatoes from last summer’s harvest.

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Flowers in our yard in a vase from my trip to Honduras.

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Find the camo dog out camping.

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This became amazing soup and pie.

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The first and last real snow of winter.

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Nuf said. Obscure reference… think 100 years of Fenway park and 1912.

All will be well!

25 Apr

I find myself very grateful tonight for so many good things and people in my life. Even though I am leaving an almost perfect situation for my first traveling PTA job it has given me confidence to move onto the next one.

A big thank you to the staff especially the Rehab Team for making it easy to fit in so quickly. I feel like I’ve made some real connections there and there’s already been talk of road trips down to my new placement on the South Shore and out to the Berkshire’s this summer.

Being able to spend this time with M&D my in-laws has been a real gift for both Frankie and myself. They have offered to keep Frankie here for the next week til I get situated in my new digs and job. They have been so generous with their home and time. Frankie and I are going to miss them greatly when we move.

I am thankful too for my company recruiter (A.L.) and company for reacting so quickly to the changing situation and getting me a new job and place to live so as to make the transition as smooth as possible. In fact my wife wants to send A.L. flowers for taking such good care of me!

As always I appreciate the love and support of my family and friends. They mean the world to me. And of course, my wife Elizabeth is always foremost in my love and thoughts. Thanks, Babe for holding our center, our home together while the world spins madly about us. All will be well!

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Oh, and I’m really thankful we have our small third of an acre CoyoteCrow Farm that will in a few months produce with some hard work our very own home grown fruits and vegetables. Not to mention in 5 or 6 months some backyard grazing chickens laying more than enough eggs to eat and sell.

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You Go Girls!!!

My attitude of gratitudes

6 Mar

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We don’t just celebrate our Birthdays around here.  Our celebration lasts the whole month.  It’s another way of appreciating the miracle of finding each other.  We are now a week into Birthday Month.  In a few weeks I’ll be the same age as the year of my birth.  Which seems odd since I don’t feel a day over 11.
A number of years ago we lost one of my brothers to an accident.  I took his death hard and spun into a funk that lasted almost 6 months.  What finally enabled me to climb out of that place was a small book.  I found it rummaging around the book section of a tag sale.  Attitudes of Gratitude by M. J. Ryan was the epitome of the Universe giving what is needed at the exact right moment.
So in the spirit of that remarkable book, I have been really paying attention on this sun shiny, blue skied, early March day.
Here are some of the things I am very grateful to have in my life on this day.
My wife Elizabeth and my dog Zelda
My wonderful In-Laws
My large, incredibly generous and very funny Irish family
That very first sip of freshly ground, French pressed coffee of the day.
Farm fresh eggs from a friend‘s hens for breakfast.
The color of honey in the sun and the taste on toast.
An heirloom seed catalog to browse
while waiting for the winter garden to wake up to spring.
A sun speckled dog in a sun and shadow back yard.
Nun’s day at Fenway Park
And my beloved Red Sox start a new season afresh in just under a month!  Gratitude indeed!