Friday, September 30, 2011

New Shoes

Henry and Sam each blow through a pair of sneakers in about three months. We generally buy them shoes at Target, because paying more than $15 for shoes you know are going to soon be ruined is simply too painful. Henry's last pair (Nikes purchased within the last six months for significantly more than $15, because Target had nothing in his size) featured a sole that was attached to the rest of the shoe by a mere inch or so at the heel. While the flap-flap noise that this situation created was a handy way of verifying that it was, indeed, Henry in the other room, the Nikes really had to go. Today, we went to Target, where we bought Henry a pair of sneakers for $14.99 and Sam a pair for $12.99. These are Henry's—size 8.5. The feet of my ten-year-old are now bigger than mine.

Photo taken 9/30/11

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Although clouds filled the sky all day, the temperature was very pleasant, so most of the kids and I took a walk down the road. (Luke was at a golf match.) Stella and Jack took turns in (and sometimes shared) the wagon. Henry and Sam rode their bikes. Bridget and I took turns hauling the wagon.

Photos taken 9/29/11

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Out and About with Jack

After Jack and I dropped Luke off at the golf course, we headed to the local greenhouse, where we wandered and chatted and purchased some mums and asters.

Photos taken 9/28/11

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Dennis and the kids and I headed to the lake, so I could get some shots for my poem of the day. I got some good ones, but the sunset on the way home was so spectacular, we had to pull over and set up the tripod all over again.

Photos taken 9/25/11

Friday, September 23, 2011

Playing with Legos

Henry, Sam and I had fun at breakfast this morning. To see more, click here.

Photos taken 9/23/11

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Stella got ketchup or something in her hair, and washing it did nothing to eliminate the tiny dread-lock she was sporting, so tonight, she got her first haircut. She was very good and even excited about the new experience.

Photos taken by Dennis (mostly) 9/22/11

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Not Very Far

Most of you know about my mom's apple pies and my dad's way of evaluating them. Mom made incredible apple pies, but no matter how good they were, they had to compete with Dad's memory of his Aunt Eleanor's apple pie. Aunt Eleanor lived in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Whenever Mom made apple pie, Dad would let her know how good it was by picking a destination somewhere between Millinocket and Antigonish: the closer to Antigonish the better.

I made an apple pie today. Dennis and I were in complete agreement about its merits. It barely got across Millinocket Stream (that'd be about 2/10 of a mile towards Antigonish), but the kids liked it.

Photos taken 9/10/11

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Model

One-hundred-two days ago, I started my 365-day project of photos inspired by poetry. Since then, my days have been filled with poetry. I have books of verse all over the house, and at least five volumes right next to the old easy chair I moved into my unfinished studio/laundry room. I have fallen in love with poetry and will be sure to include some in my life every, single day.

This afternoon, when I read a poem by Lord Byron called "She's Walks in Beauty," I thought, "Will I be able to get a shot that works with this one?" By the time I got to the last verse, all I could think was, "Bridget. This is Bridget, my beautiful girl."

Photos taken 9/19/11