Thursday, December 31, 2009

trees in sleeves of silver

don't you just love winter bling?
may 2009 end gently and 2010 shine for you all.
happy new year, dear friends, and thank you for making each day so joyful!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


it's too cold, even with my winter woolies on.
stay warm everyone.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

snowshoe shuffle

mr. brattcat and baby brattcat out for a walk in the new snow

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monochrome monday: another view of the Retreat

the sun shone today.
it was glorious to see it again.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

pawing through the snow

to get to a bit of grass

Saturday, December 26, 2009

house detail

this house has been undergoing extensive restoration work.
it had been in such glum spirits, but the prospects are definitely looking up.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

whether you observe christmas or not,
may your homes be filled with light and joy.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

a delightful gathering

my dear friend, simkitty, hosted a festive meal on sunday

may you all be surrounded by those you love.
eat, drink, be merry.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

mondel bread

my grandmother's recipe never included chocolate chips,
but i think she'd forgive me for this one little alteration in the old family recipe.
may your holiday be filled with sweetness

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

our younger daughter has crossed an ocean

to climb this stairway once again.

do you have a 'coming home for the holiday' memory to share?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

through the frosted pane

you can just barely make out the roof line of the house next door.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

early morning light

from the inside:
my daughter made this sculpture several years ago.
she does not love it, but i do.

from the outside:
the rising sun slants across the attic and
spills light through her sculpted doorway for only a moment each day.
this always makes me smile.

Friday, December 18, 2009

the roof of wendy's barn

wears a snow white mantle

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

bless the carolers

the winter we moved into our first home in vermont,
carolers appeared on our doorstep a few nights before christmas.
imagine these strangers, braving the cold, bringing holiday cheer.
would any of you care to share your experience with carolers?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

for birdman...

can't wait 'til you're dancing again

thank you all for your good wishes on sunday's post

Monday, December 14, 2009

monochrome monday: decades of darkness

on the windowsill
the tarnished brass is
waiting to spread light

Sunday, December 13, 2009

365th post!!!!

how time flies!
thank you all for your comments,
for your humor, companionship, and kindness over this past year.
it's been such fun sharing the world with you.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

wild horses

this is the last in a series of three horse sculptures
exhibited over the past year at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Friday, December 11, 2009

skywatch friday: vanishing act

a cloud settles its plump white rump over mount wantastiquet,
making it disappear

Thursday, December 10, 2009

once the town high school

now the town offices...
you come here to get absentee ballots, pay parking tickets, research a deed.
what do your town offices look like?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

the last cauliflower

mr. brattcat brought in the last cauliflower.
it had snow on it.
brattcat steamed it in wine,
drizzled mustard/mayo sauce over it,
grated a cheddar cheese cap over its lovely head
and baked it until it was golden brown.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

apples in the afternoon

we ate them with tea
and black walnuts cracked open by a hammer.

Monday, December 7, 2009

monochrome monday: curses, foiled again

portland, maine...
so very beautiful,
but beware of tin infestations
(you might want to enlarge this one...if you dare)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

portland, maine: from my hotel window

a beautiful stay in portland
made even lovelier
by the bewitching Birdman
and the enchanting Elenka.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

at the brattleboro food co-op

i'll be back tomorrow.
i hope something today made you smile.

Friday, December 4, 2009

skywatch friday: sun setting in a tempestuous sky

this is why we didn't get to see much of that gorgeous full moon

i'm still on the road.
enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

this old house thursday: perhaps my favorite house in brattleboro

doesn't this place look as if some behemoth of a creature carried it across the ocean from england and dropped it here in vermont?

i'm on the road again for a few days but i've scheduled posts to appear during my absence.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

on the back road to dummerston

this farm clings to the side of a hill,
its two horses gawping from a small field,
its two dogs grizzling in the dooryard

Monday, November 30, 2009

train geometry

when I was a child my brother's erector set was off limits.
the power grid of trains is off limits to me, too.
but i am drawn to these structures just as i was once drawn to my brother's skeletal constructions.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

back side

this is what our town looks like from behind:
crotchety buildings hovering over railroad tracks
a drowsy river, and power line perches for pigeons.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

live long and prosper

this lawn art goes where no lawn art has gone before

thank you all for your wonderful anniversary wishes!

Friday, November 27, 2009

thirty-eight years ago we tied the knot...

and he still hasn't figured out how to untie it

Thursday, November 26, 2009

giving thanks

one of the things i am most thankful for on this fourth thursday in november
is the cdpb community.
you have enriched this beautiful blue planet with your images and your words.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

can you guess

where i've been?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

now, look...

someone has gone and let the horse out of the barn.

i'll be back tomorrow.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

school dance

gourds on one side,
squash on the other

i'm still away.
hope you danced this weekend.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

the view from my attic

was glazed with rain

i'll be out of town for a few days but thanks to the patient instructions from Julie of Sydney Eye
i've been able to schedule posts.
have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

shadow and light

bony fingered tree shadows
tickle clapboard ribs

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

never the same from moment to moment

and always rushing toward the sea

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

indian summer

like the breath of a baby on its mother's cheek

Monday, November 16, 2009

things that are orange...

traffic cones, tiger lillies, life preservers,

cantaloupe, marmalade, candy corn
ummm...what else?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

tree stump

rotten to the core and yet still a thing of beauty

Saturday, November 14, 2009


what a beautiful building material the land provides

thank you all for your cloud comments yesterday.
what fun to hear the clouds speaking such wisdom with so many different accents.