"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, July 30, 2011


If you live here on the coast, as we do, the sport and trade of fishing intersects your life often.  And, lucky us, we have a neighbor with an old Boston Whaler, and he loves to fish AND he has lobster pots out in the harbor also.  

Right now the striped bass are running, chasing the littler fishies down the coast.  So, the sport and commercial fishermen are out in pursuit, and it's not a simple sport, as a "keeper" is 28 inches long.  That's a very big fish.  

Our neighbor rang our bell tonight and presented us with:
 a keeper. 

I had Dave hold it for the picture, doesn't it look like he just caught it?  They are not easy to catch, and Dave and Paul did try a number of times over the years, so it's nice to now catch one from a neighbor.  

Dave butchered the beauty into 
steaks and filets, and they are all in the freezer just waiting to be grilled or, perhaps, smoked.   

Tomorrow I'll make a blueberry something to bring to our neighbor as a thank you.  He fishes, I bake, and we all eat.  It's a very nice arrangement. 

Saturday, July 9, 2011


In the middle of June I posted pictures of a mystery plant that we'd taken off an empty lot and added to our landscape.  At the time, I asked if anyone knew what it is. 

My Friend Sue's friend identified it immediately as a Yucca.  Ya, right, in New England?  Absolutely, she was right on the money.  I had no idea that there are varieties of Yucca for just about every climate.  I think they are rare here in New England, as no one here could imagine a Yucca surviving in this area so don't bother planting any. 

Anyhow, it's finally bloomed, and it is spectacular and I can tell those blooms are not going to last long.  The flower stalks grew to be about 6 feet tall. 

The blooms are like little hats for the garden pixies.  You can see there is fluid dripping from the blooms, and I wonder if it is used for medicinal purposes or nourishment.  I've not see many bees around it, so that's another mystery to solve. 

 Also blooming are the irises planted at the top of the waterfall. 

Dave had rescued these plants last summer, from a spot in the yard where they were doing very poorly.  Obviously, they are loving their new spot. 

Okay, that's enough talk about blooming flowers, let's get down to business.  The empty lot behind our house is completely covered in wild blackberries.  Now we're talking.  It's going to be a bumper crop this year, with all the rain in June.  I know that Dave and Anna will be hopping the fence the moment a berry is ripe, and hopefully they will not eat all of them on the way back to the kitchen.  This picture came out a bit blurry, but you get the idea, we have blackberries hanging over our fence!

Perhaps you've noticed that there's no mention of sewing anywhere in this post.  There's a reason for that, and it is that I haven't been sewing in a couple of weeks.  I'll get back there soon, as the quilting is finished on Diagonal Madness, AND I have my Bear's Paw to work on.... plus a long list of quilts to make after that. 

Monday, July 4, 2011


Here's one of the first photos from our recent trip to North Carolina for our niece's wedding.  One would think it'd be of the bride and groom, but it isn't.  

It's of my husband, "the Baby Whisperer," holding our great niece, Mea, who we met for the first time this weekend.  While I can do okay with a baby, he's a master with them, and has earned his title with good reason.  If there's a crying baby at a family affair, you have to track Dave down, because he'll get that baby calmed in a heartbeat.