More from Family On My Mind

Stories and pictures about my thoughts, musings, and things that keep me up at night.

Full-circle with Beauty and the Beast

Hannah's First Movie

The movie Beauty and the Beast has a special place in my heart and in our family. Hannah has never been an over the top girly-girl. As a kid, she … Continue reading

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In Search of Serenity

In a week overloaded with challenges, stress, and entirely too much work, where the ordinary suddenly goes off track, I’ve been in search of a bit of serenity. Thankfully, I’ve … Continue reading

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Downeast Thunder Farm “Honey Do” List

Paul Bennett's Downeast Thunder Creations

I know I’ve mentioned before how fortunate I am to have such a handy husband. Paul, a marine engineer by training, describes himself as an engineer, designer, fabricator, and maker. … Continue reading

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The Morning After

We’ve had snowy winters before. It seems like every couple of years we get a doozy – snow up to the eaves. Yet, this last week has been one for … Continue reading

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With February Comes Winter

We have had a very mild winter to date. With temps bouncing from frigid to moderate, the little snow we’ve had has quickly melted. Until today. It seems that with … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016

It occurs to me that Christmas 2016 is the last of an era in our house. This is likely the last Christmas with Hannah at home full-time and times are … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

christmas linoleum block poster

I sit here on a rainy Christmas Eve with my family watching Scrooge wondering where the time has gone. Didn’t I just put away last year’s Christmas decorations? The house … Continue reading

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Fleeting Autumn

Winter has descended upon Maine. Today, our first snow day of the year, has me looking back at my camera roll wondering where past two months have gone. It seems … Continue reading

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The Giving Season

It’s that time of year when the Women’s Health Resource Library in town hosts their Christmas Tree Festival. We pluck baby balsam fir trees from the woods, pot them up, … Continue reading

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In Denial

I’ve been pretending that this school year is like any other. Going through the motions, trying to ignore the milestones that bring Hannah closer to going off to college. Take … Continue reading

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A First Last

Hannah’s senior year started in September. At the beginning of the year, she spoke often about first “lasts”, marking somewhat inconsequential milestones in this final year of high school. Her … Continue reading

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Seventeen

hannah

Seventeen years ago, I welcomed this child into the world. Who knew then that this journey with Hannah would be the very best part of my life? She’s experienced so … Continue reading

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Anniversary No. 19

You know that your life has become too crazy and overwhelming when it takes an email from your father’s friend, Bob, wishing you a Happy Anniversary to realize it’s your … Continue reading

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Days Like This

It’s days like this that reward us for surviving seven months of heating season (aka winter). We’re officially off the wood boiler for the season. It’s days like this that … Continue reading

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While I Was Away…

Hannah and I did a whirlwind trip to Grandma and Papa’s house in Pennsylvania. Paul stayed behind to manage critters and the wood boiler. There’s no question that Paul was … Continue reading

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A Week’s Worth of Miscellany

Experimenting with the iPhone camera. I get better close-up images with my iPhone 6S than I do with my Cannon. We had a wildly stormy day or two this week … Continue reading

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Eagles Among Us

I have to wonder if seeing five Bald Eagles in one day is a sign of some sort. I’m thrilled when I spy just one or maybe a pair soaring … Continue reading

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Catching Gold Fever

Gold fever has taken over at our house, in school, and in our community. Hannah’s high school girls basketball team is going to the state championships (class “c”) in Augusta … Continue reading

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He Gets Me

A little known fact about me is that I am incapable of cooking a grilled cheese without burning it. I am forever scraping carbon off the burned side. I’m an … Continue reading

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An Owl in the Snow

an owl in the snow

The aftermath of two snow storms – almost back to back – has left us feeling as if winter has finally arrived. Just when I’m starting to count down to … Continue reading

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