|Happy girl in the garden with a giant liatris!|
You may think I'd be all "YUCK" about it, but truthfully? I've missed my fun-in-the-snow winter sports like Nordic skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating. And who doesn't love a walk in the woods after a powdery snow has fallen? You gotta some kind of weird not to appreciate that!
|The prettiness of fall in the front of the house.|
Even the critters change - different birds arrive, some animals hibernate and disappear, and other animals just eke out an existence for the cold part of the year.
So, I'm kinda digging the fact that I went from 80 degrees in Massachusetts to the current temperature of 27 degrees with icy snow on the ground!
Right now the dogs are snoring, the house is warm, the sun has just risen over the Chugach Mountains and I'm wearing my new, cozy slippers. The laundry is ticking in the dryer and I've just made a big pot of my family's recipe called Vegetable Goop! A lot of you have enjoyed the Goop over the years and can attest to its hearty and delicious mixture.
Ok. Those were somewhat coherent thoughts. I'll commence with the random here now.
|This was my beautiful boaty named Altair. |
I loved this boat like she was my daughter.
Don't judge a book by its cover: The best book I've read in a long time has the worst title ever - The Worst Hard Time . That's a bad title. However, the goddamn book was mesmerizing. I read it during my deepest depression and it was about the dustbowl in the American Southwest and how it help create the Great Depression. Huh. Pretty cool.
My friend N (a sistah fromanothah Mothah) suggest that one. And also Swamplandia, Devil in the White City and The Hunger Games series.
A sneaky one, that N. She saw very clearly that I was in dire need of a kick in the pants to get my self-esteem re-activated. She was really right. After my divorce I ceased being the dynamic, fun, silly and happy person that I had been all my life until a series of unfortunate bullshit kinda stole my mojo.
|We were in Martha's Vineyard for Obama's visit a few |
summers ago. We were docked next to a retired
Nantucket Light Ship! Super cool. Was a great trip, indeed.
Sometimes just "okay" feels like a miracle.
Well, she had me read books, she let me grieve and cry and carry on like a banshee. She encouraged me to quit a job I hated and to come and live with her FOR FREE! She wouldn't let me pay rent. We cooked together, hung out in pajamas and drank gallons of coffee and ate really good chocolate.
I started caring about food again. I got my cooking mojo back first.
|Peanut butter cookies we made|
|A new recipe in my new, gorgeous kitchen!|
And then N asked me to help with her butterfly garden and to advise her on shade plants and design.
So then I got my gardening mojo back!
|My gorgeous garden in Massachusetts. The idiots that bought|
my house? Ripped out the big butterfly bush. Ugh.
|Happy violas, pussy willow and tulips for spring.|
|One of my many lilacs! They've gotten HUGE!|
|Grape hyacinth, obedient plant and tulips.|
|More pretties including variegated ivy and tete-a-tete narcissus.|
|Ahhh, spring in New England!|
|My Sadie wandering the spring garden.|
The bleeding heart bush was among
my favorite in the back yard.
|Wildflowers in my back yard with my mosaic Crane birdbath|
by Judith Wright. I still have that here in Alaska!
|My two gorgeous girls, A and Sadie! A is now a kick-ass pilot in the Air Force!|
|One of my arrangements for our friends' Thanksgiving table.|
And then winter came again and our pipes burst from the freezing effing polar vortex. N was in a panic and I knew just what to do. I unplugged her floor heater, got her daughter's priceless artwork off the floor where it was flooding and I called the fire department right away.
So I got my logical mojo back. No panic, just act.
And as if that all weren't so fabulous (I know?!), we had to vacate the premises because the mold and mildew set in within 72 hours. So, within 6 days of the flood at the house, we had to leave! Where to go? Why not go live in Georgia and South Carolina for the winter with my wonderful Aunt and Uncle?
Yes! I will do that!
So, slowly and surely, living in the warm climate, staying at my Aunt and Uncle's home on a lake in South Carolina with sweet Sandy kitty? I returned to myself. Utterly and completely myself again. Happy, go-lucky, fun, silly, dance during dinner prep, make flower arrangements, have a glass of wine, filled with hope...
|Icelandic poppies. I grew them each spring as an annual in MA.|
In Alaska? These are called Himalayan poppies and they
are a wildflower (considered a weed!!).
|A gorgeous sea turtle we swam with near Norman Island in the British Virgin Island.|
This was taken with a cute little camera we borrowed from my husband's Dad!
|On the way to Mississippi with the doggies Lily and Rudy.|
|Cooper!! Sweet peach!|
|Sweet Sandy reposing on the glass coffee table!|
|Old Faithful, still faithful after all these years!|
|A bridal bouquet for our friends' wedding. My husband|
was the officiant and I did the fleurs! FUN
|My Phoobles on my second day in Alaska!|
She likes me, I think...
It was divine. And it is divine! I feel so very lucky for my life. And just being alive feels so good again.
Giving thanks for every moment I have now. Life is truly a gift. Another cliche that's just plain true.
This particular Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be different for me. I no longer feel like I don't belong. I finally feel just right.
|The symbols at our gorgeous resort Barcelo de Bobadilla in Loja, Spain.|
They had little zen gardens like this all over the place.
Sun, moon and star in the sand. All the elements but time.
Time disappears at this place. So beautiful.
|One of the many wreaths I did for clients in MA.|
|The wreath for my back door in Salem.|
|Wreath for my front door. (Which is now metal. Ugh)|
|The entry to my house. PRETTY!|
Thanks for reading.
Ciao for today.