Monday, January 31, 2011


They're talking possibly another two feet of snow or, worse, an ice storm. But no matter how wicked the weather, we have our cozy little house and its woodstove to keep us warm.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


The reservoir is frozen over and covered with snow. It waits for the next winter storm with cold patience.


Saturday, January 29, 2011


Given that it's upside down, it's not quite clear what this symbol is directing us to do or not to do.

Friday, January 28, 2011


OK--I've added a plural. These are the windows on the side of our little house, edged with an unusual fringe of icicles.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Snow on the roof of our red garage against a briefly blue sky after last night's storm delivered another foot of the white stuff.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Way back in the '70s, a wonderful woman named Bette Hagman decided that people with celiac disease should not have to live without good bread, pasta and other delights of life--so she set about making all that possible. This is gluten free sourdough bread made from one of her recipes. We had it with a beef pot pie...with the tender flaky crust from another. I am always grateful to pioneers like Bette who simply won't accept the stays quo.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Matched Pair

My husband's worn boots are a matched pair.



Homemade gluten free ravioli, stuffed with fresh mozzarella, cottage cheese & fresh basil.


Monday, January 24, 2011

The Office

Late in the afternoon after most people have left and low light slants through the blinds.


Sunday, January 23, 2011


The set of "American Primitive," a play based on the letters exchanged between Abigail and John Adams. It explored the deep love between these two, as well as the deep pain caused by their separation while he was in Philadelphia involved in national concerns and she was in Massachusetts, managing the farm and the family on her own.


Saturday, January 22, 2011


The lobby of the Convention Center in Hartford provides a view of sleek modernistic surfaces.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Candles glow from behind the wine bottle from our dinner tonight.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


This huge whatever-it-is was crawling along in front of me as I drove to work this morning.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I love... granddude, Aidan--and he loves me. There is nothing better in the world.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I was iced in today. Although the branches, looking like they were encased in glass, would have made a pretty picture, it was just too nasty and treacherous to venture out. Here in our cozy little house, the woodstove kept us warm. Here's an abstract view of the flames.

Monday, January 17, 2011


We moved our daughter back into her college dorm today. This was stenciled on the wall of the stairway up to her room.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Green apples at the grocery store today.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


The Bible is one of the masterpieces of literature in our culture. I am privileged to serve as lector at Mass. This is the lectionary from which we read, opend to today's second reading.

Friday, January 14, 2011


We ate out with friends at a delightful place in Meriden that serve gluten free pizza--it's still such a treat for me! These tasty condiments sat in a rack on the side.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


After dealing with all this cold and snow, it's lovely to sit down with a nice glass of dark red wine.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Nothing is more emblematic of winter in New England than a nor'easter. Today's storm depostited the highest snowfall in 24 hours in recorded history at Bradley Field north of Hartford. We got about two feet here in Kensington. After the worst of it was over and the plows had gone through, John and I went for a frigid walk to Paper Goods Pond. The snow was too deep to get near the shore, so I wasn't able to get close enough to capture the swirls of snow blowing over the surface of the pond. It's hard to believe that a few months ago, we were kayaking out there.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


The orchard, like the rest of southern New England, is waiting under increasingly lowering skies for the storm bearing down upon us.

Monday, January 10, 2011


This box elder bug is taking shelter from the winter on the flowers in my AeroGarden. They are harmless critters who do no damage, even to house plants.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Morning Routine

Most of the time, we go to the late Mass, so there's plenty of time for a leisurely morning routine: tea, the comics (especially Prince Valiant), and the NY Times crossword puzzle.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


A light fluffy snow clings to the branches of our magnolia.

Friday, January 7, 2011


As I was walking through the office where I work, I came upon these two round tangerines sitting on a round plate.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


That's what's served at Starbucks at the Dreaded Mall.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


The marigolds in my SeroGarden at work are prolific and a brilliant orange.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


These chess peices, set up on a table at our library, are precisely arranged.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Down at Old Saybrook yesterday, a soft ice fog clung to the far shore of the Connecticut River.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


A dock on the Connecticut River at Old Saybrook--the light there today was like that on the inside of a shell.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Weekend

A long weekend with mild weather--a good opportunity to browse around West Hartford Center and stop for coffee at Barnes and Noble.