Winter Gratitude Journal

Winter Gratitude Journal

I have kept a grat­i­tude jour­nal for the past sev­eral years now. The harder times get, the more I work at my prac­tice. It’s dif­fi­cult. Some days I have trou­ble doing it, but I keep try­ing. And I make it a point to find at least one event that hap­pens...
Our New Work of Art

Our New Work of Art

Johann and I decided to declare the frame project offi­cially fin­ished. We wanted to keep adding to it, but at a cer­tain point, every new item we tried to put in made another one fall out. We had to get cre­ative just to get the last few finds to stay...
Delicate Violets

Delicate Violets

Our gar­den exploded this past week. All my bleed­ing hearts are in bloom. The hostas are com­ing in. The alli­ums and bee balm have open blos­soms. The white and pur­ple vio­lets have mul­ti­plied and are cov­ered with del­i­cate flowers. Johann helped me do some weed­ing today. He knows I’ve had...
Knits for a Special Baby

Knits for a Special Baby

Dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy, the UCONN Dive Safety Officer’s grand­daugh­ter was born. Eric dives and works with him and asked me to make some­thing spe­cial for the new baby. I designed these pur­ple heart baby socks for her. They turned out so well, I knit a sec­ond pair and listed them...
Beautiful Beach Day

Beautiful Beach Day

We made our yearly pil­grim­age out to Bluff Point a few weeks ago in the hopes of see­ing the mon­archs on the sea­side gold­en­rod dur­ing their south­ern migra­tion rest stop. They can num­ber into the hun­dreds when they are pass­ing through town. The day we went was the only day...
Rainbow In A Tube

Rainbow In A Tube

Over the past few years I’ve come up with numer­ous ideas for fun projects to do with Johann, but never seemed to have enough time to do them all. Time still goes on, though, and I decided this sum­mer we need to get some of these extra-curricular projects done soon...
Learning Scientific Illustration

Learning Scientific Illustration

With a lot of hem­ming and haw­ing on my part and a lot of urg­ing on Eric and Johann’s part, I started tak­ing art classes again. Eric received an email to Yale Peabody Museum mem­bers about the sci­en­tific illus­tra­tion pro­gram the museum cre­ated with Con­necti­cut Nat­ural Sci­ence Illus­tra­tors. Classes would...
Blue Coral Bells

Blue Coral Bells

I first heard the tra­di­tional song “White Coral Bells” sung by Lau­rie Berkner on one of my son’s CDs when he was little: White coral bells upon a slen­der stalk. Lil­lies of the Val­ley deck my gar­den walk. Oh, don’t you wish that you could hear them ring? That will...
The Promise of Snow Drops

The Promise of Snow Drops

  One of my favorite quotes is an anony­mous one: “When the world wea­ries and ceases to sat­isfy, there is always the gar­den.” Nature pro­vides an unlim­ited source of inspi­ra­tion for me. Win­ter has its beauty just like every other sea­son. There is noth­ing like the hushed silence hov­er­ing over...

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Delicate Violets

Delicate Violets

Our gar­den exploded this past week. All my bleed­ing hearts are in bloom. The hostas are com­ing in. The alli­ums and bee balm have open blos­soms. The white and pur­ple vio­lets have mul­ti­plied and are cov­ered with del­i­cate flowers. Johann helped me do some weed­ing today. He knows I’ve had a rough week. He picked...
Golden Daffodils

Golden Daffodils

The final project for my Fun­da­men­tals of Sci­en­tific Illus­tra­tion I class could be one of sev­eral options. We could do a still life of onions, gar­lic, veg­eta­bles, or fruit. We could do eas­ier flow­ers such as tulips, iris, or daf­fodils. We had to choose two or three objects, arrange them in a pleas­ing com­po­si­tion, and...
Inch By Inch, Row By Row

Inch By Inch, Row By Row

Do you know the song writ­ten by David Mal­lett enti­tled “Gar­den Song”? I heard it sung by John Den­ver on The Mup­pet Show years ago and adopted it as my per­sonal theme song: Inch by inch, row by row, Gonna make this gar­den grow. All it takes is a rake and a hoe And a piece of...
Belated Easter Activities

Belated Easter Activities

For those of you who cel­e­brate Easter, I hope you had a nice hol­i­day. To those who don’t, I hope you are hav­ing a good spring so far. For us, Easter just snuck up on us out of nowhere. I man­aged to get our Easter tree up early, but that was about it. I had grand...
Helping Bank Square Books

Helping Bank Square Books

When our friend Annie from Bank Square Books called us a few weeks ago and asked us if we minded doing a phone inter­view with Yvonne Zipp of the Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor, we quickly agreed. “Any­thing to help the book­store,” was our imme­di­ate reac­tion. Yvonne was research­ing an arti­cle about inde­pen­dent book­stores and was intrigued...
Winter Blues

Winter Blues

The promise of spring hangs in the air. We had a tease of 50 degree Fahren­heit weather. The daf­fodils are send­ing up their leaves. The snow drops are in full bloom, even after being buried in 5 inches of snow. Once the snow melted, they were thank­fully still there, as beau­ti­ful as ever, as though noth­ing...
Hari-kuyo

Hari-kuyo

Ever since I found out about Hari-kuyo, the Fes­ti­val of Bro­ken Nee­dles, I started sav­ing my bent pins and bro­ken nee­dles. The nee­dle that was in the worst shape was from when my sewing machine nee­dle broke into sev­eral pieces while sewing. I was only able to save the part that was still in the...
Snow!

Snow!

Snow is on the ground! Now it feels like win­ter in New Eng­land. Johann got his wish to go sled­ding and have snow­ball fights with dad. I got my wish to make a snow angel. The sky was a bril­liant blue. Lying in the snow had a calm­ing, peace­ful, con­tem­pla­tive effect on me. I love...
Knits for a Special Baby

Knits for a Special Baby

Dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy, the UCONN Dive Safety Officer’s grand­daugh­ter was born. Eric dives and works with him and asked me to make some­thing spe­cial for the new baby. I designed these pur­ple heart baby socks for her. They turned out so well, I knit a sec­ond pair and listed them at my Etsy store. For Christ­mas,...
Christmas Is In the Air

Christmas Is In the Air

I wrote this post before the New­town shoot­ing took place. I’m shocked and hor­ri­fied by it and can’t even begin to imag­ine what the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, the sur­vivors, and their fam­i­lies are going through right now. I am inspired by the courage and sac­ri­fice of the teach­ers and staff of the school dur­ing...
Never Mind Me! Save the Rhubarb!

Never Mind Me! Save the Rhubarb!

Well, we made it through the storm OK. We didn’t have to evac­u­ate like we did last year. The winds were pretty strong and we could hear things falling over and blow­ing around. The water level rose quickly. Thank­fully, the water stopped ris­ing at the edge of the curb sur­round­ing our park­ing lot. One more...
Beautiful Beach Day

Beautiful Beach Day

We made our yearly pil­grim­age out to Bluff Point a few weeks ago in the hopes of see­ing the mon­archs on the sea­side gold­en­rod dur­ing their south­ern migra­tion rest stop. They can num­ber into the hun­dreds when they are pass­ing through town. The day we went was the only day we could go that week....