Monday, July 22, 2013

Winter at Beacon House…

is finished. I started on Sept. 6, 2011 and finished on July 18, 2013.



Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Someone turned 21 today:

Axe birthday 2013

She wants her own phone for a present

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Giveaway Alert!

Barbara, of To Stitch or Not to Stitch, is having a great giveaway- the newest Kathy Barrick design (I'm so glad she's designing again!) and a piece of linen to stitch it on, plus the black silk floss required. Here's the link: click here

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Beacon House Update!

Into the home stretch:


Still lots of snow to do, but at the moment, I’m tired of snow. We got about 16” yesterday. Today it’s close to 50 degrees, so it’s melting.

I also found my cribbage board from the old days, before Blogger:

cribbage board

This was handmade by an old friend almost 20 years ago who has since moved to Maine.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


cookie monster

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blizzard 0f 2013…




18 inches on the picnic table:


A wider shot of the ruler in the snow:


Side view of car. I only had energy to dig a narrow walkway to driveway:


My arborvitae next to my patio  does not look happy at all. Normally you wouldn’t see the yellow corner of my house:


Opposite view of arborvitae and front corner snow bank:


Corner snow bank looking up the street":


Looking down the street:


Are you craving French Toast?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I should do this for a living!

Jan292013_54 Miller ST Quincy MA_0865

From my day job. This is the metal skin going up. Then the windows will be going in. The site is right next to the Expressway going into Boston.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Axe's nose is looking much better-the swelling is almost gone. She's eating without pain. Her temp is normal. Thank god for small favors!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Water, water everywhere....

I finished the water portion of Beacon House:

Then the snow....I have to remember I want to add a lost mitten in the snow somewhere. It's not on the chart but I think I can wing it.
In other news, the Axe pony was the source of angst and lessening of the bank account today. The barn called to say she wasn't "acting right" and didn't finish breakfast. Not good- and made for upsetting flashbacks to the weekend Axe coliced over the summer and Bob died. Emily got there first & called to say "get the vet- her head is swollen". Which is kind of bizarre, but sure enough, when I get there, her muzzle is grossly swollen- close to twice its normal petite size. And very sore to the touch. The farrier came by too- he was supposed to do her shoes, but wanted to see what was up  with her face, and he said it felt very warm- like an infection. Long story short, after a sedation, a shot of pain killer, and a very painful oral exam, the vet thinks it's an allergic reaction to something she's ingested. She administered a steroid shot and gave me an Rx for steroid tablets. And a follow up visit mid-week.
Our guess was an infected tooth, but the vet said her mouth looked "awesome" - no cuts or foreign objects or broken teeth.
That's me: Mary "The strange, the bizarre, and the unexpected, day late and a dollar short, queen of procrastinators" Murphy. Also, very cold. Brrrrrr

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BAD pony!!!

(Not my barn- just a random video I saw today)

Saturday, January 12, 2013


A progress picture of Beacon House:


Almost to the right side. But there’s still a ton of snow and water to infill, the numbers, 4 more pine trees, another dog and a person or two.

I also owe you a Christmas update: I’ve been reading a lot- Emily gave me a Kindle for Christmas:


(that’s the screen saver)

I bought a pretty pink cover for it:


She also gave me these 2 cross stitch books:


which contain some very cute projects. Dirty words, but cute!

She also gave me 2 pretty cardigans, plus some new horse ornaments for the tree, and LOTS of chocolate!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sad Day in Boston….

Rex Trailer  passed away today at his home in Florida.

rex trailer

Here’s a story (one of many locally) from the Cape Cod Times

Rex and his sidekick, Sgt. Billy:

Rt sgt billy

My best friend’s brother, a year older than us, was on Boom Town once. I think they made him the “Wanted Poster” boy that day. It was a fun (corny as all heck) show.