leaving nantucket

September passed by and October tiptoed in behind.  My blog has been silent, but I have been busy unpacking and packing, hosting family and returning to work.  Oh, and then there’s that puppy.  It’s been so many years – I’d forgotten how much work is involved in raising a puppy.  Tula is hard headed and stubborn.  She is also jolly and hilarious.  It’s a winning combo and I love her.  I wish that Harley shared my feelings for his new ‘sister’.  He. Does. Not.  I am not entirely discouraged – I have seen him play with her when he thinks that no one is looking… silly old man, he has his dignity.

It was hard to leave Nantucket this year.  The Grey Lady was as inviting as she could be and I tried to live in the moment, every moment.  Still, one has to go home.  Reluctantly.

I am lucky to live in apple country where autumn’s arrival is faithfully signaled.  It begins with the songs of the pickers and the chugging of the large crate-filled trucks traveling back and forth between orchards.  Most of the red varieties have been picked, but the yellow crop is late this year.  Down the hill a field of butternut squash lie basking in sunlit rows, waiting their turn to be gathered.  They remind me of sun bathers expectantly turning their pale winter skin to the sun.  I have soup on my mind and artisan breads.  I could linger this morning, watching the sun rise, walking the dogs and pulling summer weeds.  But there is the day job.


We left as the sun was rising.  The memories will sustain me throughout the coming year.



About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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4 Responses to leaving nantucket

  1. Loretta says:

    A lovely, lovely adieu to summer and welcome to fall. I must get to Nantucket one day.


  2. stephanie kidd says:

    I am amazed at how much you get done with a job an all. How do you do it? i would really like to know. How many hours a day do you spend sewing your lovely quilts. The fact you knit on top of all that blows me away. I work and never make it into my sewing room. Please give me an idea of how a regular day goes for you. Thanks Stephanie


    • jody says:

      Stephanie – I avoid housework! That’s the key, honestly. It’s the last thing that I do, but I have to do it because I love a clean house. Also, I work in my sewing studio every night before and sometimes after dinner and always on the weekend. I work an academic year position at the college, so I have 10 weeks off every summer … that, more than anything, explains how I amass all of these projects!!!! And I knit on lunch hours, when I go visiting, early in the morning … you get the picture – never without something to do! Thank you so much for your interest and kind remarks!


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