Words

img_4388

Those who are no longer here with us have left a legacy in the words they said, and remembering those words brings back their smiling faces, and once more we are sharing a cup of tea and laughing over a joke together.

My grandmother, faced with a child’s messy room would ask, “What’s all this culch?” I think in looking it up one time, I discovered that culch has something to do with separating sheep from one another. I guess said child ought to separate what she wanted to keep from what could be thrown out!

When something happened in our house that no one owned up to, my mother was not upset. She simply said “Chadwick did it!” I wondered for a long time if Chadwick was some creepy guy who hung around our family. Now I’m introducing this phrase to the kidneys!

Aunt Jan, my funny substitute Mum, said “Oh for cryin’ in the night,” when things were frustrating. I love that one, and I use it a lot. These are precious rememberances and should live on in our lives just as our beloved family members who live on in our hearts.

What do you remember?

Slow, and Fast

 

imageI bring my phone on my morning walk because I almost always see something I want to photograph. Yesterday I heard the familiar sound of a hot air balloon. Of course I didn’t hear the jet, but aren’t they perfect together? Life is slow, and fast, and I want to remember. How do you remind yourself of what is important?

Childhood

 

imageWatching them, I remember. The push-pull of the waves receeding past your feet; the icy-cold numbness because you wanted to jump one more wave, and then one more; the screams; the laughter; the racing back for your towel, to sit in the sun and warm up. A day at the beach is childhood.

Beach Stones

image

Yesterday we went to the cemetery, as we do several times a year, to visit, to remember, to place stones on the graves of ancestors and friends. Since this family has spent generations by the sea, we bring beach stones to mark our presence here. Anyone who sees them knows that these people reside in the hearts of their descendents forever.

Tags

Advanced Style Aer Lingus AFS Afterlight ancestors Andrew Wyeth Cairngorms art art journal asleep autumn Balmoral Castle beach beachlife beautiful beauty birds bliss blizzard blue books brick bud bus tour capercailie Celebrate cemetery change changing of the guard chipmunk chives Chocolate mousse choice Christmas Christmas decorations Chunnel church clematis clivia colored pencils columbine corgi cottage course creativity creche Danielle LaPorte dark Dawn December dinner dog dogs drawing Dublin Dunnottar castle earth edinburgh Eiffel Tower enlightenment faces faith family fear flying foie gras forget-me-nots French food garden Giverny gluten free goddess going home gratitude green happiness happy Harry Potter heart Hearts holidays home Home Goods hosta ice cream illness inspiration Inverm Inverness Inverness castle iris joy Kayaking kitchen Knit knitting Laduree lake Lake Placid leaves letting go life light Loch Ness London London Bridge London Eye love Lowes magic magnolia Matilda McDonald's memories memory mindfulness moon morning needlecase new New England NH North Sea Ocean Ogden Nash opera paddle paint paper dress Paris patio peace peaceful pink porch quiet quiet time quilt Quilting rain raindrops rejoice remember rest rhodedendron Rye salmon Scotland scrapbook sea seasonal table seasons Seine shadow Shakespeare and Co sheep simple simplify skirt Skye sleep snow snowflakes sock knitting socks Solomon Seal Spirit spring Summer sun sunrise sunset sweater sweaters tea teepee thoughts train tree peony trees truth vacation view vision Vision Book Vladimir Teriokhin Vogue Knitting waiting walking Water Waterlogue white Whole Foods windshield wool write writing yarn yellow Yellow Magnolia yoga
john pavlovitz

Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Happy Stitches

Keep your stitches smiling!

FORUM for Historic Harvard

Harvard historic preservation

BayArt

New Perspective on Life

House 214 Design

Design for the Home

Village to Villa

Living like locals - house sitting Europe

renaissancemoon

creatively living the good life

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Exploring Nature in New Hampshire

Karen Maezen Miller's Cheerio Road

paradise in plain sight

musing

a laid-back lit journal

Daily Compass

Inspiration for your spiritual expedition

REVISIONS OF GRANDEUR

life's a draft

Junquemail Contessa

Mixed Media: Art Journaling , Textiles, Artist Trading Cards and Mail Art

ariel swan

"As a novelist, by definition I live in a world of make-believe."

Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

Dictator. Procrastinator. Hoarder

Gluten-Free Simplicity

Useful Info, Tasty Anecdotes and Simple Recipes for Attaining Gluten-Free Simplicity

Tisha Pletcher

live all your life...