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Thinking of My Grandma and a Poem She Loved

My Grandmother had this poem framed and lived by it.

Some days I need to remind myself of this wonderful poem, as it is something I believe we should all read daily.  When I start to get impatient with someone offering technical support from 1/2 way around the world or a checker in a very busy store, I need to remember these folks have lives, loves and worries just like I do.

At Days End – Author Unknown

Is anybody happier
because you passed their way?
Does anyone remember
that you spoke to them today?

The day is almost over,
and its toiling time is through,
Is there anyone that will utter
now a kind word of you?

Can you say tonight in parting,
with the day that’s slipping fast,
that you helped a single person
of the many that you passed?

Is a single heart rejoicing
over what you did or said?
Does the man whose hopes were fading
now with courage look ahead?

Did you win the day or lose it?
Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness,
or a scar of discontent?

As you close your eyes in slumber,
do you think that God will say,
“you have earned one more tomorrow
by the good you did today?”

Thanks Grandma Ruth I mess you and was luck to have you in my life.

My 3 Greatest Fears with Writing this Blog.

I find it hard to believe that I have decided to do a blog as one of my lifetime greatest fears has always been a fear of writing.  When I think of writing now or in the past my stomach gets tied in knots.

My second fear is not really a fear but rather I have never shared much with friends or family.  I am a big talker as those close to me can attest.  But I rarely share the important things.  My strong feelings and emotions go unshared for fear that I will be judged or because I do not like to impose my ideas on others.

My third fear with the blog specifically is that I will be talking only to the wall.

But regardless of my fears I have decided to do this and in a effort to learn to be forthcoming I am sharing my fears with you.  I plan to prod ahead even if it makes me queasy.





A few years ago when my Father in Law was getting older, my husband, Brian, and I decided to move back to my husband’s home state of Maine. We kept our Las Vegas home in case I could not tolerate the cold. But as it turns out I have adjusted pretty well.

After we had been here through 2 winters we purchased a home on 5 acres that was built in 1920. It has 2 acres of house, garden, lawn, barn and 3 acres of trees. What I did not know when we looked at our house on a snowy Sunday morning in January was that it is on a very busy road. And by the time I found out that it was I was already in love with our very dilapidated home. My husband and I spent the next 15 months fixing it up enough to be habitable. More on that later.

Over the years I have come to realize that I am sensitive to smells, they give me migraines. So slowly we have tried to simplify the foods and products we use. Now that we have a bit of land we are starting to do a few more things to become self sufficient Over the past 3 years we have had a small garden and this spring we added 5 hens and one rooster. We are hoping to add rabbits this winter and maybe a milk goat in the spring.

This morning I decided to make some lasagna and planned to make the mozzarella for it. I have made mozzarella once before and it was great.  But today it tuned into something more like runny ricotta. That got me thinking I should find a place to keep track of my successes and failures at learning to be more self sufficient. A place to store my recipes, concoctions and which seeds have given us great vegetable. And a place to keep track of those things that did not work.


This is a picture of my Mozzarella failure.

So I decided to start this blog as a place to share.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions.  .It will make me feel like I not just talking to myself.