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On The Farm

6 May

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I went crazy on the farm.

– Critic Housewife


If Somebody’s Moving

14 Oct


“I’m on a quest; aren’t we all? With humans, it’s always a dance. If somebody’s moving slower than you are, you’ve got to get them out of your way.”

—Debra Winger

Moving On

11 Mar


“I’m not running away, I’m moving on.”

― Irvine Welsh

Necessary Preparation

5 Mar


“Leisure is a form of that stillness that is necessary preparation for accepting reality.”  

— Josef Pieper

Illustration by Mary Royt

I’m Sinking

26 Feb

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I’m sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain’t got the power anymore

Song Quicksand by David Bowie

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

I Was Seething

10 Feb


Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply
And I was seething, breathing deeply
Spitting sentry, horned and tailed
Waiting for you

Width Of A Circle song by David Bowie

One of my favorite DB songs

Not Bothering

27 Dec

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 “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”


I can’t believe I am posting a quote from Winnie-the-Pooh.

Get Off My Chest

30 Nov

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“There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.”

Garson Kanin

Relieve stress by taking pictures, coloring, painting, drawing, writing, reading, writing haiku, taking walks, exercising…

Bloody Deer Antlers

5 Oct

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My husband photographed these deer in our back yard. He was especially thrilled to get a shot of the whitetail buck deer with bloody antlers. A fuzzy velvet covers the whitetail’s antlers. The deer removes the velvet by rubbing his crown on saplings and shrubs, thus the blood. Ick.

I had to look up the whole bloody velvet antler process on the Internet. I did not just automatically know this. I’m a city girl. Don’t you forget it.

Our Self-Importance

18 Feb


“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” –Carl Sagan

Additional info: A Pale Blue Dot

  • Title: [The Earth with the Milky Way and moon]
  • Creator(s): Benda, Wladyslaw T. (Wladyslaw Theodore), 1873-1948., artist
  • Date Created/Published: [1918?]
  • Medium: 1 drawing : charcoal.
  • Public domain illustration from the Library of Congress

Wealthy and Great

16 Jan


Let the wealthy & great roll in splendor & state. I envy them not, I declare it.

I eat my own lamb, my own chickens & ham. I sheer my own sheep & I wear it.

I have lawns. I have bowers. I have fruit. I have flowers. 

The lark is my morning alarmer.

So you jolly boys now, here’s God Bless the plough.

Long life & success to the farmer.

– From a 15th century song

Public domain illustration from the Library of Congress

White Crane

29 Sep

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Seeing a white crane standing contentedly in the middle of the road while I was driving early in the morning was a good omen for the day. 

Luna Moth #lunamoth

18 Jun

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The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America.

Although rarely seen due to their very brief (1 week) adult lives, Luna Moths are considered common.

The adults do not eat or have mouths.

They emerge as adults solely to mate, and as such, only live approximately one week.

They are more commonly seen at night.

My son and I came home late one night to find this Luna on our kitchen window screen. It was beautiful!

Cats on Doughnuts #cats

8 May

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My son did not want to buy this shirt, and I would not have let him.  But his friend did buy it!  It’s hilarious and if you want one, perhaps it can still be found at JC Penney.

Garnet Hill Sheets #GarnetHill

31 Mar

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I really love my country scene Garnet Hill flannel sheets.  I bought these sheets over 10 years ago and use them sparingly.  All of my guests love them.  I made the deer pillowcases – appropriate for New Jersey and Wisconsin – they are 100% cotton and cozy too.


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Spider #8645

19 Feb

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I do not know what kind of spider this is but it was in our Wisconsin yard last summer and it was a big sucker.

Faux Hunting #deerhunting

1 Dec

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When in Wisconsin, do as other Wisconsiner’s do!  

Would we have done this when we lived in New Jersey?  NO!  Anyway, we “faux” hunt.  The gun and jacket are borrowed.  The first and last time we will do this.  We like being in nature.

We are not fond of deer – they are very dangerous.  Have you ever hit one with your car?  And they are full of tics.  Have you ever gotten lyme disease?  They are very pretty and everything, but add extra stress to our lives.

p.s.  Jasmine, this is my backyard.  See how good that green picnic table would look?

Wisconsin and New Jersey Deer #deer

28 Aug

deer wi nj blogThe Wisconsin deer was photographed in my front yard.  The New Jersey deer was photographed in our friends backyard – 18 miles from Manhattan.

Which deer is tougher?

Double Dog

10 May

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18 Apr

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