Monday, December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012

picking up
months of poop
a crow caws

laying out
two quilts
birthday lunch
with a friend

Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 30, 2012

a robin
in the birdbath
sun break

two quilts
reading with
two cats 
in my recliner

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29, 2012

a halo
surrounds the full moon
cloudy night

running errands
and squaring
two quilts
internet games

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012

folding laundry
my new bracelet

early morning
vet appointment
therapy and errands
sewing quilt backs
two quilts pinned

Thursday, December 27, 2012

December 27, 2012

a quilt top
chirping birds

another baby quilt top
dinosaurs abound
playing an internet game
with my daughter

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26, 2012

adding water
to the hot tub
birds singing in the firs

a quiet morning
before teaching bridge
therapy appointment
vet visit
phone call to a friend

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December 25, 2012

heavy rains
with a few snowflakes
Christmas morning

sleeping in
multiple versions
of A Christmas Carol
sister’s e-mails

Monday, December 24, 2012

December 24, 2012

playing faeries
with my granddaughter
the cats sleep

holiday visit
with son and family
playing with my
four year old granddaughter
a wonderful day

December 23, 2012

holiday light outlets
a slug

the wrapping
talking on the phone
with a friend
watching holiday movies

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22, 2012

wrapping presents lights twinkle in anticipation

two sick cats
an undiagnosed fever
blood and urine taken
eye drops and a shot

Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012

on the neighbor’s roof
mountain peaks

morning appointment
followed by errands
catching up at home
sun appears
Happy Solstice

Thursday, December 20, 2012

December 20, 2012

darting fir to fir
morning shower

a few errands
playing the piano
finishing another book
listening to
holiday music

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012

framed etching
a holiday gift
from friends

sleeping in
vacation begins
teaching bridge
therapy appointment
pouring rain again

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

bird songs
echoing in the firs
a dusting of snow

last day
before the holiday break
helping students
going to see The Hobbit
with a friend

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

in my hot tub
large firs swaying 

strong winds
lesson slightly
as temperatures drop
snow in the forecast
reading with fur friends

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 16, 2012

a maple leaf
on the deck
falling rain

and more rain
winds yet to come
reading and 
playing computer games

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012

chasing being chased
wind in the firs

rainy day
online games
a few more lights

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

forever silenced
the world weeps

and errands
in my recliner
playing the piano

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012

night walk
to the mailbox
stepping over the slugs

helping students
morning and afternoon
adding more lights
two books sold
one review

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012

holiday lights
on the penguin and giraffe
a pink cyclamen

helping students
teaching bridge
therapy appointment
vet visit
more holiday lights

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012

a mountain top
through the clouds
the dog sleeps

five books
tutoring a student
more lights
another student

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 10, 2012

high in the firs
a single bird calls
morning soak

new track lighting
no more shadows
during tutoring
more holiday lights
can there be too many

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 9, 2012

the spider
climbs the purple post
a coyote howls

Island Arts Tour
one studio visited
reading with friends
in my recliner
with holiday music

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December 8, 2012

putting up
indoor lights
a cat helps

more lights
indoor and out
a holiday tree
santa flies
across my garage

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012

one cat
stalks the other
furniture jungle

therapy appointment
sending out more books
lunch with a friend
Chauncey’s biopsy
great news

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 6, 2012

a fallen branch
on the lawn
holiday lights

running errands
my students
string holiday lights
front and back

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 5, 2012

firs swaying
across the sky
white tracks

working at
Student Link
giving away
copies of my book
Chauncey’s biopsy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

wind in the firs
a flock of bird
takes flight

and errands
twenty-three copies
of my novel

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

quiet afternoon
three dogs
at the groomers

four inches of rain
over the weekend
and more today
reading in my recliner
with dogs and cats

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 2, 2012

washing dog poop
off the deck
a fuchsia

Small Kindnesses
a wonderful book
great way to spend
a rainy Sunday

December 1, 2012

fir branches
twisting in the wind
a dog barks

my novel
on Amazon
author’s copies
given out soon

Friday, November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012

firs drip
rain into my collar
a walk to the mailbox

my first novel
published today
tutoring a student
therapy appointment
heavy rains return

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

turning the corner
the wind and rain
in my face

in the morning
errands run
work week ends
quiet afternoon

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012

washing dishes
the full moon centered
in the window

and teaching
therapy and
a vet visit
the rain returns

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012

between Jupiter
and the full moon
a fir tree

tutoring resumes
morning and
errands in between
busy day

Small Kindnesses Blogsplash

Today I'm joining the Small Kindnesses Blogsplash and writing about a special small kindness someone did for me in the past. You can read all about it hereThe Blogsplash is organised by Fiona Robyn to celebrate the release of her novel 'Small Kindnesses' which is free today on Kindle. 

I have thought of many kindnesses that I have experienced from small (someone opening the door for me) to large (my friend, Kay, coming twice a day for nearly a year to help me medicate my cat Sasha), and all sorts in between.  There is the student who always sets up and takes down our study table; the friend who drives me off island for my appointments; the same friend who lugs my sewing machines in for servicing and then brings them back again; my daughter who texts me regularly; my son who surprises me with lovely long e-mails now and again; my internet friends who are so supportive of my efforts; my bridge class students who show a continuing interest in my novel writing adventures; and the list goes on and on.  I feel very fortunate that I have so many wonderful people in my life.

But for today, I shall pick one kindness to write about.  Last summer my son had to work hard to get me my summer visit with my granddaughter, but he never faltered in his determination and thanks to his efforts I got to spend a lovely day with him, his wife, and my wonderful granddaughter.  Here is a haiku for that kindness:

a summer day
her little hand in mine
granddaughter’s visit

Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

hot tub steam rises
a lawnmower breaks
the silence

one book 
another started
the holiday break
coming to an end

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012

the cat furniture
wind in the firs

fourth day of
the holiday weekend
two cats and I
in the recliner

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012

the cat
stealing raw spinach
nearly a full moon

household chores
in my recliner
Robin Hobb’s
Dragon Keeper

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

a cup of tea
half inch by half inch
winter rains

morning appointment
a quiet day
reading with
fur friends
rains continue

Small Kindnesses

On Tuesday the 27th of November I'm joining the Small Kindnesses Blogsplash and writing about a special small kindness someone paid me in the past. Would you like to join me?
The Blogsplash is organised by Fiona Robyn to celebrate the release of her novel 'Small Kindnesses' which will be free on Kindle on the day. All you have to do is write something about being kind - a memory of someone who was kind to you, a list of kindnesses over the past week, or something kind you did for someone else. It'll be a celebration of kindness in all its forms, especially those little kind acts that make all the difference (like this one Fiona wrote about).
To find out more visit Fiona's blog (, or join the Facebook event ( Do ask your friends to join you, and feel free to copy this blog onto your own to help us spread the word.
See you on the 27th!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012

with my fur friends
temperatures drop

the day reading
with cats in my lap
and dogs close by

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

at Saturn
looking at me

last day
before break
tutoring, teaching,
errands, therapy
vet appointment

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

strikes the rainbow flag
storm debris

two inches
more rain
sun breaks 
between cloud bursts

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

fresh lakes
in the backyard
record rains

my haiku
for a book
alarming rains

Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012

high above
the cat pounces
not a feather

quilt top pieced
reading a new novel
playing games
another rainy day

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 17, 2012

fir needles
on the skylights
a dog barks

craft bazaar
household chores
napping and reading
with two cats
rainy day

Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16, 2012

two cats
sleeping curled together 
pouring rain

therapy appointment
hair cut
cutting fabric
for a new quilt

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012

cupboard doors
not cat proofed
temperature drops

proof corrections
tutoring morning
and afternoon
nice nap

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

a cloudy morning
flakes of paint
in the hot tub

and teaching
therapy appointment
vet visit
bad skin and feet

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

getting the mail
in the dark
slugs on the walkway

on my doorstep
the proof copy
of my first novel
tutoring and more

Monday, November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

hot tub frog
morning soak
under the clouds

writing my novel’s
final three chapters
doctor’s appointment
hot tub serviced
weather warms

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 11, 2012

moving side to side
around the cat

lunch with a friend
more writing
four chapters
current total 53,111 words

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012

on the hot tub lid
morning soak

three chapters
writing, writing, writing
best day to date 
8518 words today
current total 44916 words

Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9, 2012

waning moon
frost settles
on the roof

errands and 
two more chapters
current total 36,398

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

a spider
from the cat

books and
tutoring math
writing two chapters
word total now 32,277

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 7, 2012

a student
the light dawns

tutoring geometry
teaching bridge
therapy appointment
two more chapters
word total now 28371

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

out of the fog
steam rising
from the hot tub

a chapter
before Student Link
another after
word count climbs
nearly half way

Monday, November 5, 2012

November 5, 2012

the rubber duck
sailed across the hot tub
windy night

friends from Kalamazoo
visit for the day
another chapter
word total hits

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 4, 2012

in the firs
caw after caw

day four
7285 words
3 chapters
current total: 17,730 words
NaNoWriMo rocks

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November 3, 2012

in the backyard
a frog croaks

a day spent 
writing and reading
5329 words today
current total: 10,445 words
the rain continues 

Friday, November 2, 2012

November 2, 2012

and again
the sky drops

therapy appointment
and errands
3415 more words
weekend begins
with more rain

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012

cloud cover
the full moon
darting in and out

first day of
1701 words written
two students tutored
paperwork completed

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October 31, 2012

one day
two inches of rain
dogs howl

proctoring exams
correcting math papers
teaching bridge
vet visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 30, 2012

at the sauna door
my cat

lots of math
to correct
a quilt bound
fabric picked for
a baby quilt

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

my next novel
a frog croaks

one quilt pieced
another quilted
and squared
clearing the decks for

Sunday, October 28, 2012

October 28, 2012

washing pine needles
from shower shelves
sun break

laying out
three more quilts
tutoring a student
a few more inches

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012

warping my loom
green on green
the cat watches

finish the warping
I began a year ago
cutting some squares
for the next set of quilts
pouring rain

Friday, October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

a tree frog
scooting under the hot tub
winter approaches

for my car
to be serviced
a quilt top

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 25, 2012

along the shower wall
a banana slug

thirteen books
four students
more squares sewn

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012

first tattoos
mother son

tutoring geometry
marking attendance
therapy appointment
starting to piece
the next quilt

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012

a cat’s whiskers
tickle my cheek
morning alarm

a doctor’s appointment 
a quilting injury
torn cartilage

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

the slug glides
below the shower handle
a flock of birds

my novel
sent to layout
squares cut
for a new quilt
all laid out

Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 21, 2012

clouds drift
souring overhead
a crow caws

new bed quilt
novel revisions
ready to send off
temperatures drop

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October 20, 2012

falling raindrops
making bubbles
hot tub soak

quilt laid out
nearly finished
my novel revisions
watching a student in Grease
quilt half quilted

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012

a small slug
above the soap dish
morning shower

and errands
quilt top finished
flannel back
washed and sewn

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 18, 2012

school budget
no money for books
a crow caws

students waiting
for tutoring help
history, decimals,
algebra and 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012

wet feet
tracking pine needles
autumn storm

cataloguing books
tutoring students
teaching bridge
vet farm visit

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October 16, 2012

to an appointment
a slug on the walkway

Student Link
in the morning
tutoring and reading
in the afternoon
wind lessens

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

a sandwich
for dinner
power outage

five pairs of
pajama pants
tutoring a student
lunch with a friend
island power outage

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 14, 2012

pine needles
floating in the hot tub
autumn winds

three more rows
on the quilt top
prologue revised
pajama pants cut out
one pair sewn

Saturday, October 13, 2012

October 13, 2012

dew drops
on spider webs
hot tub soak

two more rows
pieced on new quilt top
2376 words in the prologue
for my novel
flannel pajama pants

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

one quarter
of a quilt top
the cat watches

followed by errands
piecing a quilt top
doing laundry
granddaughter turns four

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 11, 2012

tutoring a student
a robin splashes
in the birdbath

work week ends
tutoring several students
pressing seams
cutting squares
quilt top ready to piece

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012

a quilt top
the cat sleeps

tutoring and
piecing squares
Calliope helps
weather turning cold

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

front yard
awash in birds
the cat sleeps

tutoring geometry
doing paperwork
my bedroom
third dog crate

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 8, 2012

gently lifting
the hot tub lid
a tree frog sleeps

a few more squares
most of the day
spent reading
a great novel

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October 7, 2012

in the sauna
joined by a cat

cutting strips
into smaller strips
sewing them
into squares
quilt piecing

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October 6, 2012

a plump robin
in the birdbath
indoor cat watches

sewing and
quilt strips
cat portal

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

two frogs
in the hot tub and shower
an island mourns

therapy appointment
and a haircut
new housecleaner
sewing quilt strips
doing chores

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

weight of the world
too soon
a freshman’s suicide

and tutoring
running errands
finishing a book
the dogs sleeping

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 3, 2012

glass-topped desk
the cats steps

teaching geometry
and bridge
for a dog and a cat

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2, 2012

a hole
in the closet door
cat portal

learning about
the library database
tutoring two students
algebra and geometry
marking papers

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

a woodpecker
on the utility pole
a squirrel jump

cutting fabric
sewing strips
a new quilt begun
watching anime
sun sets

Sunday, September 30, 2012

September 30, 2012

to my deaf cat
the dog barks

four quilts
bound and 
helped by
a new cat

Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 29, 2012

the front door
a hummingbird

a new cat
checking out 
our family
four quilts squared
binding cut and sewed

Friday, September 28, 2012

September 28, 2012

the hot tub lid
full moon

a sparrow
hits the window
stunned on the deck
before recovering
and flying off

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

reaching for the handle a snail 

week ends
in exhaustion 
fourth quilt top
student tutored

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012

bees hopping
flower to flower
the temperature drops

splitting headache
tutoring and teaching
therapy appointment
reading a good book
a quiet evening

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 25, 2012

the robin sits
on a concrete frog
a hummingbird flies by

another quilt
my finger tangles
with the needle

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012

a robin
sits atop a hemlock
the sunset’s red rays

another quilt
and a book finished
hot tub and shower
both homes for frogs

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012

a tree frog
behind the soap dish
cyclamen bloom

one quilt
a few papers
nice nap

Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22, 2012

sparrows dodge
in and around the fountain
a frog croaks

a day
of quilting
four quilts 
and pinned

Friday, September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

spider webs
dangle over
my shower

therapy appointment
running errands
and reading
playing mahjong
with friends

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012

yard sculptures
a penguin and a giraffe
work week ends

tutoring geometry
cataloguing books
algebra and chemistry
afternoon tutoring
the sun sets

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

more easily
sauna heat

geometry problems
bridge hands
therapy session
vet visit
long day

September 18, 2012

no phone
internet out

phone line down
no internet

Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17, 2012

quilt tops
a crow caws

quilt top finished
one book finished
another started
nice nap

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 16, 2012


a cold
quilt top pieced
and napping

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September 15, 2012

a robin
in the birdbath

attendance charted
homework marked
more squares pieced
quick nap
quiet evening

Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

feeding the cats
a spider moves
along its web

therapy appointment
novel revisions
completed and submitted
next round of editing
sunny day

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012

the tree frog
on my hot tub edge
a princess 

work week ends
tutoring and more
novel editing
vet visit

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012

in the night
Jupiter shines bright

at Student Link
my bridge class
revising more chapters

September 11, 2012

a tree frog
peaking over the edge
hot tub soak

and English
weekly meeting
afternoon spent
with two more students

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012

from task to task
the sun sets

morning hot tub soak
tree frog watches
novel revisions
lunch with a friend
dogs to the groomer

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 9, 2012

free-motion quilting
a hummingbird
dances in and out

novel revisions
chapter by chapter
a little piecing
of a quilt top
quiet day

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8, 2012

free-motion quilting
a hummingbird
dances in and out

novel revisions
chapter by chapter
a little piecing
of a quilt top
quiet day

Friday, September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012

folding laundry
black capped chickadees
in the birdbath

therapy appointment
laundry and a nap
Facebook friend
stops by for a visit
quiet evening ahead

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September 6, 2012

under two cats
owls hoot

lots of students
hectic morning
errands to run
a new student to tutor
reading and napping

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 5, 2012

Strawberry Festival
amusement rides with
my son and granddaughter

tutoring geometry
my new desk
teaching bridge
therapy appointment

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 4, 2012

a maiden
kissing a frog
finds her princess

a hummingbird
trapped in the classroom
rescued by
a new student
school year begins

Monday, September 3, 2012

September 3, 2012

on the edge of the hot tub a tree frog

three flash fiction
stories revised
and submitted
a quilt top

Sunday, September 2, 2012

September 2, 2012

turning on 
the heat
summer’s end

sleeping in
relaxing morning
writing and revising
tutoring chemistry
reading The Fur Person

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 1, 2012

a hummingbird
in the fuchsia
new school year

the Student Link
doing laundry

Friday, August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

a bluejay
on the utility lines
full moon

therapy appointment
errands and
playing mahjong
with friends 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012

sitting on the fence
students changing
class schedules

day at home
one quilt top
half done
a friend’s phone call
house roof cleaned

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012

tutoring chemistry
a squirrel runs
along the fence

kale chips
baked by
my student
teaching bridge
therapy appointment

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012

my first novel
a lifetime dream

the last squares
four quilt tops
laid out
a few errands

Monday, August 27, 2012

August 27, 2012

on the edge
of the hot tub
a frog

planning meeting
for the new
school year
piecing more
quilt squares

Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012

seventeen years
nowhere near
enough time

tutoring a student 
in chemistry
Harry Potter movies
Eric completes
a 100 mile trail race

Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012

eating candy
lying on a grassy hill
waving to passing trains

rough day
brightened by
floral tributes
and e-mails
we miss you Sasha

Friday, August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012

saying goodbye
to a dear sweet friend
Sasha, the miracle cat

difficult day
Sasha’s last
Dr. Nell, Kay, and I
see her on her way
empty home

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012

between the 
walkway boards
a slug rises

finishing one 
novel and
half way through
quiet cloudy day

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22, 2012

removing a sticker
from the new sauna
rainbows on the wall

teaching, therapy,
and vet visit
cat’s upper respiratory
infection worsens
new antibiotic

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

August 21, 2012

three chickadees
in the birdbath
a crow caws

quiet day
The Hunger Games
defective sauna 
swapped out

Monday, August 20, 2012

August 20, 2012

to the pain
a cat purrs

kept standing
waiting for 30 minutes
by my doctor’s office
struggling from bus to ferry
pointless effort

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August 19, 2012

in the birdbath
a pair of goldfinches
loads of laundry

doing laundry
dog and cat cleanup
novel revisions
piecing squares
watching anime

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 18, 2012

cleaning soot
from my shower
the neighbor’s yard waste fire

heat wave ends
lovely cloudy day
novel revisions
piecing quilts
playing games

Friday, August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012

one cracker
two crows
many caws

an appointment
errands and 
a haircut
heat continues
staying inside

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 16, 2012

the birth
of an idea
novel revisions

doing chores
two chapters
playing games
staying cool

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

August 15, 2012

looking out
the kitchen window
a baby robin

Sasha sleeps
with me two nights
this week
doing laundry
teaching class

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August 14, 2012

first one
then another and another

quilt squares
novel revisions
games to play
nice nap

Monday, August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012

downward dog
on the deck
birds singing

a quilt
squared and bound
laundry done
lots of games
iced tea

Sunday, August 12, 2012

August 12, 2012

the birdbath
a dragonfly

cutting fabric
household chores
reading outside
on the deck
hot summer day

Saturday, August 11, 2012

August 11, 2012

a snail
on the shower floor
summer breeze

quilt back sewn
quilt pinned
and quilted
garage floor
turning purple

Friday, August 10, 2012

August 10, 2012

hit and run
injured fawn
mother and twin watch

my miracle cat
Sasha’s 17th birthday
21 months after
a cancer diagnosis
gave her two months

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August 9, 2012

crows cacophony 
the cat joins in
a new day

and more games
piecing quilt squares
long arm quilter