Thursday, April 24, 2014


The swans have been a source of conversation around town this year as one of the pair was hit by a car and had to be euthanized a couple months ago.Suddenly though, a new mate has appeared and we seem to have a pair once again. And I wonder how that happened so fast!?

I am going to go out on a limb here and take a wild guess that the one that was killed was the female. In my experience, only males of the species seem to find replacement mates that quickly. I wonder how I can find out if my hypothesis is correct...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


We have had some heavy frost in the last week and my poor daffodils are still standing. What a strange and unpleasant weather year 2014 has been so far! They are talking about an unusually hot summer and that will be the icing on the cake for me! I'll take snow over heat and humidity any day - although I fully realize I'm the exception on that front.

Ah well, as they say we have no control over the weather and its a good thing we don't. No doubt if we did we would screw that up like we do everything else we take charge of, right?

Well I happen to enjoy this weather right now, with its cold nights ad warm days. I like wearing sweaters and light jackets and I like to be chilly at night when I'm snuggled under my warm blankets. I don't need the heat on in the house and I sleep like a dream. Perfection!

So, for the moment, I'm just going to enjoy it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We are surely springing forward right now. The skies are sunnier and bluer than they were. The roads are busier. And the landscapers are out in force, making lawns green and neat and pretty for the season to come.

I love the beginning of the seasons. I love the promise they hold and the "newness" of it all. By the end of each one, I'm ready for the next. I think summer is my least favorite of the seasons. First would be fall, then spring, then winter, and then summer. Not the choices everybody would make. But nevertheless, that's me.

So spring is here both on the calendar and in the temperatures now and I'm enjoying it. First the time change, then the sun, then the warm it! Now I'm looking forward to seeing the azaleas popping all over town...

Monday, April 21, 2014


Last week I was so overwhelmed with "life" and also so busy getting ready for Easter, I forgot to post a blog entry early in the day. I received the nicest note on Facebook from a friend who wanted me to know how much she missed my blog and hoped I was doing OK. It totally made my day.

Sometimes life throws you amazingly difficult curve balls. It knocks us down with the force of it and we struggle to get back on our feet, slowly getting to our knees, then one leg up, then the other, and finally, hopefully, standing erect once again in triumph.

I'm not there yet. But I can honestly say that its the little kindnesses of others, like taking the time to write me a note and encourage me, that enable us to do that standing again. Because we realize that no matter how difficult tings may be, there are wonderful, kind people in our lives and, if we are very lucky, there are enough of them to make us smile again.

And smiling is so sweet when it finally happens.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!


Saturday, April 19, 2014


There are few things that provide us with more beauty around here than a sunny spring day!

Last week I walked our small property to just enjoy the little things: the mini daffodils, the boxwoods beginning to green up nicely, and the grass soon to be needing a mow. I love the new life that we see everywhere in the spring.

Unfortunately I also saw all the damage the deer have been doing to my yard. Our row of yews, which worked well for years to shield the deck from the cars parked so close to it, have been decimated and are going to have to come out this year. There is no point in trying to keep them going - they are just too far gone now. And I grieved a little over the hyacinths that had barely gotten above ground before they were hewed right to the dirt again.

Well - hopefully the deer will soon have more to eat around the neighborhood and will leave some of my things alone. If not the spring is just not going to be a pretty as it used to be anymore...

Friday, April 18, 2014


Sometimes my life seems to be all about hurrying. I hurry from one place to another, because my work does not involve one place where I go every day and spend the next 8 hours Instead I go from one job to another, from meeting to meeting, from Southampton to Sag Harbor, to East Hampton - all in the same day very often. It tends to make one feel a bit scattered  and I long for a job where I go to an office and stay there for the day.

Life in general seems to be about rushing around now days anyway. We go from one thing to anther, fitting in our errands between our job and our family responsibilities. I often long or the day when we were home with kids every night, rarely going out But then I catch myself and remember how I longed to go out at night and not have to find babysitters! I suppose we humans are just always looking for the greener grass across the fence and that's art of the problem. It's just in our nature.

Well, fortunately I am healthy and still able to go from place to place, which fits my personality. I suppose I would be bored should i not be able to.