Category Archives: Nature

My Summer Children

My garden is my summer children.  I take care of the flowers just like I take care of children.  Every year the flowers are different, and I don’t know why.  Mother Nature has her own agenda.  Every year children are … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms, Courage, and So Much More

Two days of mid 90-degree heat is rare in May up here in New England.  I knew a thunderstorm would soon roll in.  I sat on my porch, watching the sky, and was drawn to memories of thunderstorms and how … Continue reading

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Colors of the Day – Flowering Tree, Moonrise, Sunset

Pink is exploding on the playground at school. This beauty of a tree is beside the climber. We climbed and looked in wonder. The moonrise on the playground above the tree’s early spring leaves glowed above a perfect circle. Children … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Look what bloomed just in time for Mother’s Day. A mother’s love is the sun for growing, the moon for dreaming, and the stars for guiding the way. ~ Barbara Loots~ Happy Mother’s Day. Jennie

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A Visit to The Eric Carle Museum

Just when I thought I might not discover something new, my recent visit to the Eric Carle Museum proved me very wrong.  Everything I experienced and saw was very new.  Lucky me! The main event was the museum’s annual Barbara … Continue reading

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Stop and Smell the Roses, Jennie

This past week  was very busy.  It was school vacation week, so we we rolled up our sleeves to start on yard work.  Spring arrives late in New England.  Of course we had a delightful day driving to a lovely … Continue reading

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Calm Before the Storm

My favorite intersection for sunsets, appropriately named Sunset Farm. Today a storm was brewing. The view was as beautiful as a sunset. The surprise was a rare hailstorm. “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder” ~E.B. White~ … Continue reading

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Keep Smiling and Stay Warm – Olaf!

March is going out like a lion, not a lamb. Here’s how to keep smiling and stay warm on the playground at school: Thank goodness for my Olaf hat! Jennie

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Four Seasons of the Wishtree – Photos Framed

At last, photos of our Wishtree in every season are framed and gifted to school. Spring was the beginning.  The wishes are bright and new against a bare tree. Summer’s deep foliage cannot hide the wishes. Fall’s colors are beautiful, … Continue reading

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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday A scary weather forecast Today High winds and lots of snow Tomorrow Playing in the snow with the children Reading “Katy and the Big Snow” Jennie  

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