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Mother Son Swamp Trek

I got an itch to wander through the Great Swamp today with my camera, and Aidan decided to come with me. Having lost his beloved flip video camera on Friday night, I suggested he borrow my old Canon S3 – it doesn’t zoom anymore, but everything else about it works, including the video functions. We […]

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Polka Dot Downloads

I’ve been hinting about this for a few weeks, and I’ve even had it up and running for the last several days.  You may have noticed, if you’ve been poking around or if you read my blog on Facebook, where I gave everybody a little sneak peek.  It’s official now, though: welcome to the Grand […]

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Lounge pants, Fall-style

You’re looking at another (my third) pair of Amy Butler In Stitches lounge pants.  My other two pairs are very springy and summery, and I was feeling more like wearing oranges and greens than I was aquas and pinks, and I guess that was just the push I needed to make enough table space for […]

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Swamped

I followed-through on my idea to spend some quiet time in the swamp by myself yesterday. If you have the chance to spend an hour by yourself, seeking out beauty and listening to the lush sounds of nature do it.  I was there for just under an hour.  My only regret is that I didn’t […]

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The wonder that is pumpkin bread

Lisa's Best Pumpkin Bread: Loaves cooling

It’s September. School starts next week. Even though it’s still hitting the 90-degree mark during the days, the mornings and evenings are starting to have that pleasant cool-crispness about them.  It’s the time of year a girl can’t help thinking about cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. If you feel that way, too, why don’t you hop […]

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Colors of home

Eren’s post on the colors of Coastal Maine struck a chord with me.  With every year I fall more and more in love with the colors of the Jersey Shore.  The sandy beiges, the blues of the sea and sky… Yummy.  But I remember last May, after spending five days in Ocean City, I was […]

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Balls in the air, balls on the ground

There’s just been so much juggling recently.  It’s easy to let a few things fall to the floor.  For the first time in at least twelve years, I dropped the ball on my First Day of Fall tradition. I didn’t make the pumpkin bread and pass it out to friends or teachers.  I didn’t rotate […]

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September after all

Several times in the last few days I’ve said “this month,” when referring to things we’d actually done in August.  I couldn’t seem to wrap my brain around it being September yet.  I mean, really.  September?  Already? Hmmm.  Maybe so… We’ve got (slightly hail-damaged) Honeycrisp apples, fresh off the tree. I made applesauce today.  Tomorrow, […]

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Viral cleanliness

Yesterday I cleaned up the parts of the kitchen that I need on a regular basis, namely the sink and the counter tops.  Today, I tackled the table, which has served as a favorite dumping ground recently.  When it was all cleared-off & shined-up, I realized it would look so much warmer if a Fall […]

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