Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31, 2011

into the new year
dragons soar

weather turns
cold and frosty
friends visit 
holiday lights
year winds down

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30, 2011

looking back
thinking ahead
year’s end

copying cd’s
new playlist
two years of my
daughter’s concerts
conductor extraordinaire

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

round green door
a comfortable hole
nods to Tolkien

copying daughter’s
orchestra cd’s
into iTunes
doctor’s visit
Sasha’s results bad

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

silver hair
another year older
pouring rain

quiet day
the pantry
vet visit
early evening

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27, 2011

end of year

splendid day
lunch and visit
with a friend
baking a cake
napping with pets

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011

learning to cook
shopping for ingredients
which oil is which

visiting with friends
walking a Cretan labyrinth
hiking in the woods
shopping for ingredients
learning to cook

Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25, 2011

howling winds
branches crash
holiday movies

quiet day
posting photos
watching holiday movies
taking a nap

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 24, 2011

love and joy
holiday magic
haiku community

quiet day
working on
the computer
good visit from
a dear friend

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 2011

christmas tree
genuine family love

wonderful visit
with my son, his wife,
and my beautiful 3 yr. old
love abounds

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22, 2011

winter solstice
light returns
dreams of peace

wrapping presents
while watching
holiday movies
anticipating with love
son’s holiday visit 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011

holiday lights
bright enough for my friends
in Kalamazoo to see

holiday decorations
with more lights
finally complete
good vet visit
friends stop by

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20, 2011

9 more strings
of holiday lights
finally enough--maybe

finished reading
the first draft of 
my first novel
put up more
holiday lights

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

rescued pets
find refuge
warmth and love

reading the first third
of my novel
one month 
after writing it
lunch with a friend

Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 18, 2011

was the corn
ever knee-high
cold wet summer

bound two quilts
ready for delivery
lovely nap
freshly cooked
apple-pear-cranberry sauce

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 17, 2011

colored lights
shine through fresh snow
carolers sing

quilting and squaring 
two quilts
running errands
rearranging living room
fresh brownies

Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011

layer after layer
healing magic

putting up
more holiday
two quilts pinned
after backs sewn

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011

blue lights
against pink walls
holiday sparkle

tutoring on the 
last day before break
doctor’s visit
another sinus infection
pets sleep peacefully

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011

dogs watching
out the windows
holiday lights

students with 
wandering minds
holidays approach
more lights strung
excellent vet visit

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011

putting up lights
memories of
holidays past

holiday lights
inside and out
the season of light

Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

with a Kindle
on my treadmill
walking page by page

through the day
helped by
three dogs and 
three cats

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011

fresh greens
and beets
winter garden

one quilt top
half pieced
student delivers
fresh garden

Saturday, December 10, 2011

December 10, 2011

the purple house
an island landmark
I call home

quiet day at home
laying out two quilts
tending to chores
napping with Sasha
most pleasant

Friday, December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011

son’s e-mail
and daughter’s texts
heartfelt thanks

therapy appointment
fifteen minutes on
new treadmill
tutoring geometry
brownies baking

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 8, 2011

pouring rain
on a treadmill

new treadmill
walked a half mile
cats fascinated
tutored a student
in algebra two

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7, 2011

through the pain
foggy morning

bridge class
difficult appointment
nice vet visit

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011

text message
after fourteen year absence
greatest gift

cat furniture
with helping

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011

empty nest
filled with
dogs and cats

editing blogs
enjoyable day

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December 4, 2011

yard light
a beacon 
guiding dogs 

quiet day
finishing chores
reading and
with dogs and cats

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December 2, 2011

half moon
in a clear sky
dogs bark

new quilt

December 3, 2011

big pink tongue
licking my face
dog kisses

new quilt finished
afternoon spent
reading under it
cleaning my desk
enjoying a movie

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1, 2011

dogs climb
cat furniture

allergy results show
strong allergy to cats
assembled two large
pieces of cat furniture
cats here to stay

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30, 2011

secret home for
woodland gnomes
a squirrel runs past

Sasha has gained
8 oz. in one week
best possible news
month ends
on a high note

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 28, 2011

triangles into squares
as I quilt

108 squares cut
into 216 triangles
then sewn into
108 squares
day of quilting

November 29, 2011

life-changing diagnosis
quilting continues

tutoring and
marking papers
108 squares
become quilt top
beautiful day

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November 27, 2011


quilted two
quilts with Sasha
lovely nap
quilts squared
and bound

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 26, 2011

piecing a quilt top
dogs sleeping on
the sewing table

a quilt top pieced
then after a nap
two quilt backs sewn
two quilts pinned
dogs and cats helping

Friday, November 25, 2011

November 25, 2011

rubbing my leg
purring in my ear
best friends

and errands
new quilt laid out
hot rock massage
sunny fall day

Thursday, November 24, 2011

November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving joy
a text message
from my daughter

quiet day
quilt squared
and bound
baking cornbread
and brownies

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23, 2011

wind chimes
gently sound
drifting yellow leaves

dogs home
from the groomers
looking spiffy
another chapter
weekend ahead

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November 22, 2011

endless rain
muddy paw prints
across the floor

morning tutoring
home just in time
pouring rain
endless rain
never-ending rain

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21, 2011

cold autumn rain
cascades off the blue roof
a mug of hot tea

unceasing rain
new flash fiction
helping a student
prep for math final
quiet day

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 20, 2011

first novel
world of
new discoveries

first draft of
first novel
60319 words
dragons roar

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 19, 2011

weekend writing
aroma of fresh
brownies baking

more than enough
words still five
chapters in my novel
fresh brownies 
new oven works

Friday, November 18, 2011

November 18, 2011

thirty days
50,000 words
madcap writing

therapy appointment
another chapter written
afternoon spent reading 
new oven installed
snow mixed with rain

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011

sitting on a tricycle
in the backyard
a rattlesnake

proctoring exams
tutoring math
running errands
very rainy and cold
glad to be home

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

feeding from a fuchsia
morning shower

three students
teaching my
bridge class
vet visit

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 15, 2011

lone frog sleeping on a log
on the stove
applesauce simmers

morning tutoring 
encouraging students
afternoon reading
napping, recovering
nice day

Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011

summer days spent
roller skating and
climbing trees

another chapter written
doctor’s appointment
lunch with a friend
reading and napping
with Sasha

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 13, 2011

cold wind
whipping pine needles
shower steam whirls

record number of
words written 
in one day
reading and napping
wind whips wildly

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 12, 2011

dripping rain
swirling wind
three slugs wander

writing, writing,
words flowing

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11, 2011

wind chimes
gently sound
drifting yellow leaves

dogs home
from the groomers
looking spiffy
another chapter
weekend ahead

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 10, 2011

clouds lightly draping
the full moon
temperatures drop

replacement oven
results in brownie soup
tutoring students
at home and school
vet calls with great news

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011

early darkness
slugs lining
the purple walkway

the never-ending day
tutoring, teaching
therapy, vet visit
20921 words

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011

twilight zone
dragons soar
as faeries dance

another chapter
writing class

Monday, November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011

food bowls filled
water dishes clean and fresh
time to write

taking a risk
accepting the challenge

quiet day

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 6, 2011

in the recliner
under an afghan
reading with the cat

nearly 15,000 words
and eight chapters
afternoon reading
with Sasha 
darkness falls early

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 5, 2011

kindred spirits
around the world

writing, writing
two more chapters
reading, napping
super day

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4, 2011

the Rosetta Stone
my son and I
touch history

good news 
from the vet
roller coaster ride
art show opening

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011

icy chill
down my spine
winter’s near

bad news 
from the vet
colors the day
tutoring students
reading and napping

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011

yellow leaves
drifting downwards
a wind chime echoes

coaching four students
second chapter written
taught bridge class
vet visit for Sasha
high winds whipping trees

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011

chocolate cake
at day’s end
cat purrs

1809 words
first chapter
first day
tutored 3 students
chiropractor visit

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

fairy spirits
dancing in the moonlight
an owl hoots

novel outlined
ready for 
doctor’s visit

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 30, 2011

the wind whips
through fir trees
carrying secrets

first novel
planning underway
cold windy day
napping and 

October 29, 2011

final resting place
under the fir tree
a crow caws

quiet day
with pets

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011

Rufous hummers
leaving Anna’s behind
fair weather friends

quiet day
new massage
vet stops by
pouring rain

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011

angry words
irreparable damage
family schism

thirty-seven degrees
a slug shares
my shower

cat sleeps
over vanity lights
cold weather arrives

teaching geometry
and algebra
chiropractor visit
doing errands
sunny fall day

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011

a bee
on the shampoo
I wait

in the darkness
dog barks

non-stop days
tutoring, teaching
therapy, vet visit

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011

first novel
a cat jumps
on the desk

terror in 
the night
tutored then
writing class
time for ice

Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011

first rays 
I climb back
into bed

battling yet
another headache
made better by
quilting and napping
quiet day

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 23, 2011

the yard littered
with large branches
storm aftermath

hanging up
my bathrobe
a katydid watches

looking up
from my book
orange sunset

day spent
reading and
with Sasha
true bliss

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 22, 2011

dripping rain
slugs on the walkway

quiet day
at home
blue heron returns
captured on film

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011

blue heron
at the pond’s edge
backyard sanctuary

sets in after
long week
chores followed
by a nap

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011

in the forest
autumn chill

more tutoring
vet home visit
busy day

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011

slug wanders
as frog sleeps
autumn day

tutoring and 
cataloguing books
out of town 
friends stop by
excellent day

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 17, 2011

morning shower
forty-two degrees
in the sun

shadows playing tricks
a squirrel runs past

new pj’s
chores done
brilliant orange

October 15, 2011

bending down a snail slides up the fence

separating slugs
from dog poop
Saturday chores

laying out
a new quilt
writing fiction
chatting on Twitter
absolutely glorious day

October 18, 2011

over the neighbor’s house
dog barks

writing class
very long day

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16, 2011

chocolate cake
by moonlight 

waltzing through
another lovely day
writing, napping
piecing a quilt top
helped by my dogs

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011

deep pink
the week ends

oil change
flash fiction
heddles threaded
stellar sunset

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011

at age fifty-two
butterfly appears

flash fiction
bone cracking
varied day

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011

blue glass tile
vet visits to
check on pets

busy day
volunteer tutor
bridge teacher
visit from vet
threading heddles

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011

granddaughter’s third birthday
not there
to give her a kiss

fears escalate
first day of a
creative writing class
all went well
inspiring day

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011

Columbus Day
too great a price

rainy day
one weaving
project finished
another started
Sasha in my lap

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

cell phone challenged
from the fir tree
a crow caws

Sunday at home
watching pets
weaving hand towels
a visit from
a friend

Saturday, October 8, 2011

October 8, 2011

fog rolls
over the trees tops
the mother I never knew

day at home

Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7, 2011

gentle rains
falling on fir trees
a crow caws

loom nearly
new kitchen
the week end well

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011

magenta yarn
follows the warping path
the dog finds a bee

warping the loom
threading yarn
through reed
and heddles
a cloudy fall day

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5, 2011

under a fern frond
a banana slug

tutoring and teaching
Sasha improving
picking strawberries
with Oliver

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011

taking out
the weekly trash
a butterfly appears

the week begins
on a cold fall morning
a slug crawls
along a purple board

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011

movie date
can’t kiss her
in public

washing dishes
a snail circumnavigating
my window

quiet Monday
construction resumes
the sun shines

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 2, 2011

morning fog
encompasses the yard
a single caw

shuttle moves
back and forth
Sasha watches
as weaving

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 1, 2011

my daughter
for the first time

new washer/dryer
driving me crazy
finished quilting,
squaring and binding 
my new bed quilt

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

quiet house
dogs at the groomer

morning appointment
dogs to the groomers
quilt laid out and pinned
and half quilted
chores mostly done

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011

ever watchful
autumn sunset

tutoring at 
Student Link and
at home
dinosaur arrives
quilt top finished

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28, 2011

art auction
making the winning bid
dinosaur sculpture

good news 
from our vet
the world looks
sunny and bright
happily exhausted

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011

harvesting under
the fern

tutoring students
cataloguing books
much needed nap
chiropractor and errands
day ends with quilting

Monday, September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011

picking strawberries
in the rain
a hummer flits past

balancing act
checkbook antics
cat watches

heavy rains
quiet day inside
working on the computer
with Sasha helping
pieced more of my quilt

Sunday, September 25, 2011

September 25, 2011

splitting headache
periwinkle asters
in the rain

good day for Sasha
everyone happy
heavy rains and winds
followed by sun
more quilt piecing

Saturday, September 24, 2011

September 24, 2011

sunny fall day
picking up dog poop
a tree frog hops by

bad news 
on Sasha’s labs
pieced more of
my bed quilt
Sasha eats

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 23, 2011

yellow leaves
gently dropping
wind chimes sing

opening my eyes
a worm scurries by
morning shower

Sasha’s blood results
mine--three days
and still waiting
Sasha’s vet rocks!

therapy appointment
weekly chores done
three quilts finished
vet visit
quiet evening ahead

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011

picking strawberries
with Oliver filling
my bucket his stomach

reds oranges
western glow
behind fir trees

the penultimate 
fugacious leaf

early start
vet tech pills Sasha
morning and evening
work week completed
three quilts squared

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

out the door
a furry caterpillar

teaching bridge
vet visit
quilted two quilts

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011

half moon
high above
clear blue sky

dog climbs
cat furniture bridge
food quest

a sandy beach
warmed by the sun
sleeping dragon

tetanus shot
thanks Sasha
laid out three quilts
quilted largest
sunny fall day

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011

gliding up
the glass door
a snail

pilling Sasha
finger bitten 
finished third 
quilt top
snail in my shower

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18, 2011

tentacles waving
a slug stops by
morning shower

motionless night
silent wind chimes 
a distant owl hoots

drizzly night
fog flows down 
the ravine

quiet day at home
writing poetry
quilting reading
napping with Sasha
chasing Oliver

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 17, 2011

are rare
on Vashon Island

a sword pierces
the air fills with atomies
causing a carmageddon

rainy fall day
catching up on writing
dogs sleep

promenading down
long purple walkway

Sasha home from vet
Chauncey’s bandage changed
lovely autumn rainy day
pieced most of a quilt
welcome nap

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 16, 2011

wind chimes
sounding over the
owl’s hoot

early to the vet
Sasha’s ultrasound
slug wishes us
good luck
sun sets at last

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15, 2011

wind chimes
calming a restless mind
dogs snore

math papers
the sun shines

Chauncey gets 
several lumps removed
last tutoring of the week
errands accomplished
missed my nap