Monday, March 01, 2021

Hi There, March!


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Buh Bye, February!

Snow Moon rising over Mount Mansfield
by Cathy Baker Hudson (used with permission)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads

                                                 Wer Seines Lebens Viele Widersinne

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads
of her life, and weaves them gratefully
                                                                                into a single cloth —
                                                                              it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
                                                                            and clears it for a different celebration

                                                                       where the one guest is you.
                                                                     In the softness of evening
                                                                   it’s you she receives.
                                                                You are the partner of her loneliness,

                                                              the unspeaking center of her monologues.
                                                            With each disclosure you encompass more
                                                          and she stretches beyond what limits her,
                                                        to hold you.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, February 26, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In One Year...


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Vermont View


In between those near hills in Vermont and those far hills in New York
lies (hidden here) Lake Champlain.  

Monday, February 22, 2021

EGGS, Anyone?


         VT*Grand is raising chickens who lay colourful eggs!

White:  Huden

Blue:  Ameraucana

Green:  Easter Egger

Pinkish Tan:  Buff Orpington

Dusky Brown: Olive Egger

Dark Brown:  Black Copper Maran

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Roses in February

Saturday, February 20, 2021


Can't exactly read the number on this cake 
... 20? 50? ... but no matter, because it's 
Perfect for our sewing Susan!!  
Sending Love and Sweet Wishes for a truly lovely day!!  
We appreciate you, Susan! 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Icy Morning

                                                          ~ photo by Keri Marie of Pittsford, Vermont (used with permission)

Thursday, February 18, 2021

VT*Grand getting a snow tow

                                                                                                                                ~photo by DIL

First photo from Mars today...

                                            ~ NASA / JPL Caltech

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday: Choosing Joy for Lent

Tuesday, February 16, 2021



Monday, February 15, 2021

Sorry, America is Closed


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021



Friday, February 12, 2021

Happy Chinese New Year ✧ Year of the Ox

Received a Lucky Coin from good friends in California
who observe the Chinese New Year!
It represents gratitude and a wish for our longevity
and for good luck in the coming year. So kind!
Happy Year of the Ox!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sunny Day


Wednesday, February 10, 2021



Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Impeachment 2.0


Monday, February 08, 2021




Sunday, February 07, 2021

Feel the Barn (LOL)

                                                        Vermont photo by Ellen Goodman

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Bolton Mountain

Friday, February 05, 2021

The Bernie Mittens Painting story...

Wendy Windbeckler 28 January I have to share the touching story about my Bernie Sanders painting that I shared on my timeline... because it brought tears to my eyes.
A few days ago I auctioned the Bernie mittens painting with proceeds going to Meals on Wheels.There were three people that bid on the painting.
The $125 bid won out & the very generous bidder sent me a photo of the receipt from Meals on Wheels & said he wanted me to send the painting to the other people, a couple, that bid on it, he felt they should have it, not him.
I contacted them with the surprising good news. As it turns out they were not bidding on the painting for themselves. The wife has a dear friend that has cancer & she was bidding on it to give to her as a gift.
So now I will mail the Bernie painting directly to her friend who will love having the Bernie smitten with mittens painting.
Call it what you will...paying it forward... generosity... a blessing... instinct... serendipity... synchronicity...
It looks like Love in action to me.
Thank you so much my generous friends for the love you share.

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Wednesday, February 03, 2021



The funny thing this year was that the cans of white, blue and pink wax were all heated in the same pan at the same time.  Yet the white candles are smooth, while the pink are a little bumpy and the blue is crazy bumpy.  I think the white is a higher quality wax.  Ah, but the yellow off to the left is such a high quality beeswax that it melts at a higher temperature and is a bit thicker wax.  Also, note in the photos above that the yellow candles are already done, though all the colours have had the same number of dips. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Monday, February 01, 2021

Welcome February

Sunday, January 31, 2021

AHA! [And there goes January!]

With thanks to Alan...

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Mask Up!


Following public health guidelines is smart and patriotic. There's no reason it can't be fun too.

Shabbat Shalom

Friday, January 29, 2021

Snow Imminent


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Bernie is outta this world!

NEWSFLASH! (click!) 
Jen Ellis, who made Bernie's Mittens, has partnered with a supplier who will make the mittens! (The link includes where to get the mittens, and the sweatshirt as well! All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels.)

                                                                   Astronaut Jessica Meir, who posted this! 

Monday, January 25, 2021

A few of our favourite things...

by Vermonter Delene Darcel. $30

               Schooner Columbia               Whale Tail by my marine biologist niece Dianna