Saturday, May 20, 2017


We have this little side yard out back (the main backyard area is up those stairs on the left, and a gate to the right leads out to the driveway and the front of the house); Ken and I have put daylilies along the white fence that are just coming up and that's a flowering tree in the corner, but otherwise it's a rough patch of weeds. Dean has plans to make this into a mixed flower and vegetable garden (it's shady now, at the end of the day, but it does get a full day's worth of sun), and Ken envisions a couple of winding pathways; it's going to take another season or two to really get this going, but I love that they are all in.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Recording the wine so he can find it again.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


Rhododendrons are ubiquitous here in New England; when they are happy where they are planted they can grow to be huge, and even when they aren't ideally situated they will hang in for years and bloom every spring. It's a delight to see them in this just-about-to-bloom phase because they look so much more tropical and exotic to me.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


They are collectors. Well, to be fair, we all are, but they are both definitely in more active phases these days of collecting. The pleasure of the hunt, the find, the envelope in the mailbox, and then the joy of holding and sharing and putting into place -- ahhhh.

A photo a day over at Chicken Blog, too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Actually enough sun today to want to try to get out of it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017


A movie, and an early dinner out, and a big hanging basket of flowers that will keep me company all summer long. Other than the fact that I really shouldn't have gotten the calamari AND the fish & chips (really Jennifer, all that fried food -- what were you thinking?!?), it was an awesome Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


I should probably just keep the panini grill on the counter all the time.

Friday, May 12, 2017


Whenever I see baby corn, I think of Tom Hanks in Big. It's enough to make me put a couple extra pieces in the bowl.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Enough light for a walk after dinner, enough of a break in the clouds and wet weather to be out.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


We've got the band back together, and he's so happy to be home. Stories, plans, unpacking in all the literal and figurative ways.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Half way there.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017


We got up and drove into Boston early this morning, so that we could get a parking spot on the street where Dean's dorm is. He got up early, too, and met us for breakfast, then helped load up my car with a first round of stuff to come home. His last exam is on Tuesday morning, and he'll come home Tuesday evening.  I don't think I've done very well this year; I have not remotely figured out the empty nest. Now I know that this next stage of home life will be its own different thing, but this I can do.

Saturday, May 6, 2017