Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Expanded Horizons

I can't believe how quickly this month has flown by. It's like a wave, swirling around my feet and flowing away to other shores. I'm in the process of packing to move into a new place. I'm moving in with my best friend from high school and her wee one. Some folks think I'm a bit crazy but I think it's going to be a non-stop tea party. Anywho, I get a lovely attic "flat" to decorate however I want. In the meantime, I've been to Sandbridge to celebrate my nephew's graduation from high school and managed to get a few new pics of sunrises and sunsets. I've also managed to read quite a few books. Absolute stacks of mysteries. The latest Susan Wittig Albert -"Wormwood", a couple of Alexander McCall-Smith's "Precious Ramotswe" series, Margaret Maron's "Hard Row", Raymond Khoury's "The Last Templar", about 3 Lillian Braun "The Cat Who's" and a couple of Carola Dunn's "Daisy Dalrymple" series. I just finished reading Agatha Christie's "Sleeping Murder" and started "Murder At The Vicarage". I'm sure I'll have to make a run to the used book store before the long weekend.

Here's a look at what I did on my summer vacation:
I saw the sunrise over the Atlantic

And the sun set over Back Bay....

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


I just spent the weekend in New England with my mother's family. We were all gathered for a memorial service for her cousin Hank who will be very greatly missed. He was the one who was always at a family gathering no matter how far, how long or how short a time it was. I think he would be delighted to know that we all had a wonderful time this past weekend, seeing folks we hadn't seen in a long time and getting to know the ones we'd never met. We did get to spend a little bit of time travelling around the area. I have fallen in love with Newburyport, MA. Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up to a view like this every day?

The other alternative might be a nice little cottage along the shore at Seabrook Beach, NH.

We also drove around Haverhill a bit and had a look at the house my grandfather grew up in. That neck of the woods has very sadly gone down hill -- I'm sure between the city and what ever absentee landlord owns the building now they obviously couldn't care less. How's this for a before and after!

It's nice, though, to see that the house is still a sort of greyish-lavender. Grandma Alice would be very happy in that regard.

And speaking of happy, I can't tell you how happy Malcolm and Charlie are that I'm home. You know I came back expressly to cater to their needs 24/7!