The cold weather of April has given way to a warmer than usual May. We have enjoyed many summer-like days with lots of time for tennis. The grass and gardens are very green and as the rainfall is below average all are in need of a drink. The wind has added to the dry air and the high pollen count is the cause of many scratchy throats and itchy eyes. Although rain has sometimes threatened and cancelled a few tennis matches we really need a bit. Our May flowers like violets, irises, lilacs are all doing well. My pansy baskets are producing nicely and the one below the bird feeder is sprouting sunflowers. MM and I have enjoyed fresh asparagus regularly and I made a rhubarb sauce, to top waffles, that was very tasty…it’s always nice to eat anything so fresh and grown in your backyard.
A and I visited the Allen’s Pond Audubon Sanctuary on Monday for a bird watching morning. A had binoculars and I my camera we enjoyed a long list of sightings. The most exciting was a flock of glossy ibises, my first ever sighting and I got some nice photos. The blue sky was amazing dotted with wispy white clouds. Hoping to find out where the meadowlarks are for my next visit.
glossy ibis2osprey at Allens Pond Audubon


YEAH….spring is here, and although the cold weather lingers we have enjoyed the warm sun a bit. I’ve worked in the yard, planted some parsley, rosemary, heather, and dill. Also transplanted some long neglected garlic that was in a big clump, now it’s in a neat row and hopefully will produce this fall. With any luck, the rabbits and woodchucks will leave us some. Got some nice pansies and put them in pots on the deck. The peanut butter log is replaced with hummingbird feeder awaiting the arrival of our summer friends. The goldfinches have their golden coats and continue to enjoy the sunflower seed. They look very nice with the pansies just below. Daffodils and primroses are out and the tulips will soon follow.

Big news…. the nine-month journey from broken wrist to normalcy has met another milestone. I no longer have the pins holding the ligament keeping my ulna and radius together. My second surgery was done earlier this month and just this week had my final visit with my orthopedic surgeon. Happy to report I’m all healed, have no restrictions, and ready to get back out on the tennis court. Fun in the sun and get my body, back in shape. My ukulele will help the fingers return to smooth working machine they once were. “ Use it or Lose it” my mantra for the rest of the year!

Very grateful for all those responsible for my care: doctors, nurses, and therapists even the ambulance drivers. To my family and friends, all your get-well wishes, dinners, and rides helped so much.

golden goldfinches

Ahhhh the temperature reached 60 yesterday; today the thermometer reads 39 but it feels much warmer lots of snow still but it’s….. melting. I moved the car a little too close to the lawn and made a giant rut, which I just raked over but mud season has arrived. It’s OK because I’m still wearing my LLBean ducks. All my snow pictures away spring and bird pictures in their place.
My little tin garden chickens, poor things…..I never leave them outside and this year I did…the snow and ice gave them a pounding. I hope they can recover with minimal repairs.

cold chickens

Just finished some spring cleaning: windows, dusting, vacuuming and picked up my draft dodgers. Thought about lowering the thermostat but I don’t want to get too carried away. I say now more snow until November What do you think?

I channeling my inner Mother Nature hoping for more warm spring sun shiny days.
My ukulele had to go back for repairs so it looks like I can catch up on painting.

OWEEE….it’s been cold. Our weather station keeps track of the lowest and highest temperature. The record right now is -6.2. The lowest wind chills I’ve seen has been -14. We’ve also had strong winds but through multiple storms our electricity has been unfailing and that means we’re good.
I keep my own snow totals and for January we got 31 inches….February so far 47 inches….that’s a lot of shoveling. I call it hand therapy; so that means my hand is getting stronger. I see the doctor next week and hopefully schedule the surgery to have the pins removed and that’s one more step to normalcy. Snow and icicles on the gutters getting scary so….. son to the rescue clearing gutters and shoveling roof….very grateful for his strength and durability.
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Thank 2014 for all the memories, here is a photo recap.

2014 review

Here’s to 2015 and what surprises await.

Happy New Year!

thanksging13The smell of Thanksgiving drifts from the kitchen, pumpkin pie and whipped cream for supper. I think it’s a balanced meal…vegetable, dairy, carbohydrates; oops no protein. I’ll have eggs in the morning. Soon the house will be filled with family and love to

So many blessings this year: my family, my health, my retirement, my freedom. Each of these blessings a gift wrapped up with love, tiny blessing stored away in photographs and stories waiting to be shared. We gather in happiness and warmth with food, wine and memories.

I wish all a bounty of blessing to celebrate with loved ones.

autumn evening

Each season brings much to enjoy here in New England.
Summers’ parting is such sweet sorrow. The sun…the sun…the strong sun…sends us to the beach for cool breezes and picnics. We delight in family vacations watching and playing with the children. The simple carefree life, unhurried and relaxed will remain in our photos and memories…while time marches on.
Now we turn to Fall my favorite time of year…sweaters and wood fires…the beauty of the trees. As the temperatures drops, families gather in the warmth of the kitchen preparing roasted dinners and baked pies. After dinner our games at the table brings out fun for some and amusement for all. Outside activities are limited to bird watching and filling the feeder. I keep busy with a bit of painting, reading and watching Downton Abby from Season 1.
My wrist is doing well, progress is slow but it is progress. It’s been 8 weeks. I now have a removable splint and a busy OT schedule. My therapist gives me props for being the only patient in 22 years so thorough with my counting and keeping up my schedule at home. I hope that is a good sign for the future of my tennis game.

Labor Day the unofficial end of summer brings lots of movement: vacationers back to work…students and teachers back to school…warm days of summer to the cool days of fall…of course the birds, insects and many other creatures, move to find a warmer place for winter where food is readily available.

I am on the move from summer fun outside to fall. My summer ended August 7 with a fall on the tennis court. It wasn’t really the worst fall in my life but it did fracture my wrist and sent me to the ER. X-rays revealed surgery the best option for returning to the courts, hopefully with an improved backhand. So now I tackle the world with one hand. How many times have you needed another hand to carry more or do more? Now I do more with less. Interesting my last post was about wanting more …now I need more time…more patience…more help. Lesson learned,” BE CAREFUL what you wish for”… For now I am on the move to DR appointments and hand therapy…. just me rambling around.
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An oldie but a goodie…one of my all time favorite commercials. I want more!

More Sun
More Beach
More Tennis
More Creativity
More hugs
More Road TRips
More Fun

March Madness is upon us…No I’m not talking about the weather, spring is coming we all just need the patience to await its arrival.
I’m talking the time of year when everyone goes back to college, even the folks who never went to college, and get wrapped up in all the hype. Why not….fans are treated to a month-long sportapalooza…do you have your brackets filled out. I know there are a few non fans who dread the hours of: who is in, who’s out, who will make it to the sweet sixteen, or the final four and become the National Champions of college basketball. This is BIG and there is lots of money to be made for scholarships, athletic departments and the bottom line for colleges everywhere.
But it’s fun too…watching these young athletes and their fans becomes infectious.  The Super Bowl this year hyped for 2 weeks and delivered a less than sporting nearly forgettable 43 – 8 crushing defeat to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos by Russell Wilson and the Seattle SeaHawks.  The NCAA will not disappoint…..these young players are full of energy and determination to make their mark.  Though many will be defeated non will forget their time at the big dance.

It started Monday with the choosing of the 68 teams who made it and first games are tonight.   It doesn’t stop til all the body paint is sold and all their voices are silenced as a champion is crowned April 7 in Arlington, Texas.  So hold onto your brackets and get ready for the “Trill of victory and the agony of defeat”  Come on IT WILL BE FUN!

UMass is a 6 seed and Harvard is a 12 so my home state is well represented and I love the home team underdogs….GO MINUTEMEN!