New Year – Fresh Start!

100_4179No, we don’t have any wintry weather to welcome 2017, but it’s nice to imagine a snow globe world while snuggling on a comfy couch with Mr. GearHead, a mug of Burlington hot cocoa and a soft, well-worn quilt.

DSC_0012Certainly, there are all kinds of wonderful things to do and exciting places to go and interesting people to meet … but maybe not today. Today is a great day for cooking …

Bebb Holiday Cabins2And reading …

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And napping …

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And that ultimate in list-making …2017 Resolutions! WhooWhee!

So many possibilities, so many hours in a year (8,736, actually), so much to experience, learn, share, enjoy!

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Like many of you, most of my 2017 Resolutions come straight from my Bucket List, so I’m impatient to get going! I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures both big and small with each of you here at CreatzArt, and at DiscoveringHome . It will be great fun to post the many recipes I’m sure to gather along the way at Sinclaire Monroe’s Kitchen  – and in the midst of all this activity and creativity, I hope you will choose to share your talents, compassion, and abundance on Jane’s Day of Service next month.

Please stop by – or better yet subscribe/follow so you’ll never miss a post, recipe or special event. There’s always a place for you at the table, on the porch and on snowy days – in front of the fire!

Here’s to a Kind, Healthy, Caring, Inclusive 2017!

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Z is for Z’end

As the 2016 Blogging from A to Z Challenge comes to a close, I sincerely thank everyone who looked at, liked, commented upon, and shared my posts on this and my other two blogs (DiscoveringHome.com and SinclaireMonroe.com),  with friends, family and fellow-bloggers.

I know that I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering your blogs. I have been impressed with your creativity, and inspired by your talent. Thank you.

Below are some shots that I especially like, even if many were previously posted during this month-long-blog-a-thon. I hope you enjoy these pictures – and I hope you stop by again.

X is for Xyloid

Being at a loss for the letter X, I turned to the tried and true friend of every writer … the dictionary. There is a surprisingly large number of words beginning with the letter X, but so very few applicable for daily use.

So, here is today’s brief post in the guise of a pop quiz.

What is the definition of the word Xyloid ?

A. Sweetener

B. Fearful of others

C. Resembling wood

For the correct answer, please scroll down.

If you chose A. Sweetener, you might have been thinking of Xylitol

If you opted for B. Suspicious, you might have been thinking of Xenophobe

If you decided upon C. Wood-like, you would be correct. BUT, if you are only claiming to have known the answer all along, then your nose would be feeling rather xyloid right now!

Thank you for your participation!

N is for National Poetry Month

This is the month to celebrate and share poetry with family, complete strangers, and your sweetheart – so in honor of this wonderful excuse to recite, re-tweet and remember favorite poems, here is one of my favorites.

My mother loved poetry and would read it aloud. She kept books of poems close – so as I type these words that I can hear her say in my head, I keep her ever close in my heart.

Yet another of the many beauties of poetry.

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

 

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost : The Poetry Foundation

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173536