Category Archives: Nature

The End, and Also The Beginning

Every moment outside when summer ends is a gift.  I hang on tight.  I listen to the crickets.  I often think of E.B. White when he wrote “Charlotte’s Web.”  He knew how precious those last days of summer are.  He … Continue reading

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An Eric Carle Trilogy

Surely, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was here.   Words to live by.   The sun – Eric Carle’s most immortalized art. Jennie

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Moments #3

Moments #2 were sunsets, grandchildren, and what happens in my classroom.  My final ‘moments’ post, Moments #3, is looking up, looking down, and looking out. Rainbow around the sun yesterday at noon Rainbows under water in my pool Thank you … Continue reading

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Moments #2

Moments #1 happened in my backyard on a beautiful day.  I paid attention to the world around me, up high and down low.  Moments #2 (below) goes far deeper into the importance of little things, and how they really become … Continue reading

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Moments #1

Never take for granted the little moments. Look up.  See what is right there.  It won’t last, but the moment is there.  Now. Nature in all her beauty and color is a living art show, waiting to be seen. Look … Continue reading

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Cape Cod and Friends

I am on the Cape with dear friends.  Dear is an understatement.  We have been together for 25 years, since our children were little.  Now, we have grandchildren, and our adventures keep on going.  I wouldn’t trade these ladies for … Continue reading

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Tiny Julia and a Tiny Tree

It is raining cats and dogs today.  I went outside to check on Julia, our baby frog who has taken up residence in our pool.  The children named the frog Julia.  The vote was unanimous.  Julia was nowhere to be … Continue reading

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Poolside Visitor

There he was, on the stairs, so very tiny. He wasn’t afraid. I reached out my fingers, And he climbed right on. His black eyes have a gold circle. His chin line is bright yellow. He’s really beautiful. I told … Continue reading

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Poolside Dinner

When a heat wave hits, a poolside dinner is in order. No need to get out of the water to eat pizza and veggies. Life is good. Jennie

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Summer Solstice Sun

There’s nothing better than an Eric Carle sun to welcome the Summer Solstice. Happy Summer! Jennie

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