More from Family On My Mind

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

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

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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

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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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What’s in a Name?

In our house, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before our loved ones are labeled with nicknames. Hannah was just a wee one when she became Roo … Continue reading

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Nesting Season

There’s something about this time of year that drives me into nesting mode. Maybe it’s the cold that has driven me indoors – or because it’s a season of new … Continue reading

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Winter’s First Big Snow

I knew that winter weather would catch up with us sooner or later. Today we got our first measurable snowfall of the season here along the coast. No one in … Continue reading

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The Calm Before Winter

This day after Christmas, the temps soared close to 50 degrees outside – so beautiful that I felt guilty sitting inside reading. With the weather man predicting snow twice this … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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The wrapping is finished. I’ve got a good start on Christmas breakfast and dinner. The house looks somewhat presentable. I’m feeling conflicted – grateful Christmas is a once a year … Continue reading

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A Winter’s Solstice Sunrise

Sunrise on the day of the winter’s solstice. This last day of autumn began with a frosty 21 degree F morning and ended with a balmy 45 degrees. Winter is … Continue reading

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Gidget’s First Christmas Tree Hunt

The first weekend in December is when we pick out and harvest our Christmas tree. Every year Hannah and I engage in a debate over the best tree. She likes … Continue reading

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Wishing You a Peaceful, Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Maine

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Now tell me, how do I make it through a Thanksgiving dinner with only one stick of butter?!

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Frosty Morning Warnings

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A frosty start to the day it was. Beautiful in a crisp, stark way, frost glistened like jewels on the grasses as the sun rose over the hills. Waiting for … Continue reading

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Coffee on the Porch

This morning was a gift. Sunny and sixty, I spend spent an unusual November morning on the porch with my coffee soaking up vitamin D. It’s been more than a … Continue reading

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