Monday, October 31, 2022

A Visit to Old York Village Cemetery

Long time readers will know that one of my guilty pleasures is visiting cemeteries and looking at the artwork on the stones. On the way home from Camp Ogunquit, Teague and I stopped at the York Village Museum and visited the cemetery across the street.

The museum docent had said the cemetery had some fine examples of funerary art and the cemetery also had its own witch! The witch's name was Mary and her stone had her portrait on it. Very intriguing.

Beautiful marble stone with two weeping willows, a symbol for the sorrow of those left behind..
Relict (archaic form for Widow) of 
David Sewal L.L.D
The three stones at the base of the monument indicate someone stopped by to visit.

Mary, (but not the one I was looking for.)
instead of wife of her stone reads consort of David Sewall

 Her slate headstone is adorned with an urn (a symbol for death) and a lovely border of twisting acanthus leaves as well as a vertical border of diamonds.

William Frost, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War has a plaque that lists his genealogy and curriculum vitae

To the left is the smaller marker for his wife, Elizabeth. She's a mere footnote to his life.

Two similar headstones featuring "Winged Death" meaning life is fleeting
These two headstones are of siblings (my guess) who died as children.

The slate stones weather badly.
An urn with a Weeping Willow

Urn with bunting

Another Mary, but not the one I was looking for

And then I saw her face, carved like a Greek or Roman goddess

Here rests quite free from Lifes
Distrefsing (the f is actually the long s, or double s) care
A loving wife
A tender parent, dear
Cut down in midst of days
As you may see
But - stop - my grief
I soon shall equal be
When death shall stop my breath
And end my time
God grant my dust
May mingle then with thine
Sacred to the Memory of Mrs 
Mary Nasson, wife of Mr. Samuel
Nasson who departed this life
August 28, 1774
Age at (I think) 29

So how did this beloved soul get labeled a witch? According to the docent, in the 1850s or so some man decided Mary must have been a witch because her grave had a 

stone slab. This man thought the slab was meant to keep Mary from rising from the dead! The slab was a common practice an meant to keep animals from digging up the grave. If the idiot really thought about it, why would a witch be buried in consecrated ground?

Those that visit Mary's grave leave her a token. I had a dime in my pocket so left that for her along with an apology for people thinking she was a witch.

The docent said when the grave is full of trinkets, someone from the church across the street disposes of the items and any money left is collected for the church.

Another urn and weeping willow
In memory of my Elizabeth
She died suddenly on a visit to her friends
June 1808
Age 46 years
She needs no storied urn
to record her worth
for she lives in the memory of those
who loved her
and who mourn her.

another Winged Death

wife of 
Timothy Grow
Aug. 5, 1807
Age 30 years

This unusual stone

has a stylized Winged Death

This Winged Death looks more like an angel or a cherub

Another urn
Under this sod lies
Edward Emerson, Esq.
The mortal part of a man
Who when a child was dutiful
A man honourable A husband affection
ate A parent indulgent A christian hum
ble In age resigned in death believing
Born at Malden AD 1727
Died at York AD 1806

Although Maine started as a separate colony in the 1620s, from 1650s until 1820, Maine was part of Massachusetts. After the Revolutionary War, people in Maine began a 35 year campaign for statehood. With political battles Maine finally became a state in 1820 from:,35%2Dyear%20campaign%20for%20statehood.

This looks like a happy angel or cherub

In memory of Mrs. Mary Emerson
wife of Mr. Edward Emerson
died 14 May 1793
in the 65th year of her age
Ye weeping friends fupprefs (suppress spelled with the long S) your tears
Her ravifh'd (ravished with long S) Soul now lives above the Stars

Happy Halloween
Blessed Samhain
Happy Monday
Happy Birthday to Ink who would have been 25 years old today

Sunday, October 30, 2022

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Stretchy bunny enjoying a snack in the rain

Bare branches on a 

foggy morning.

The bunny made another appearance at dusk.

Still some gorgeous color at sunset

Though most of the trees are bare

One mum still going strong

These flowers are hanging onto Summer by a petal. Not sure how much longer they will last as it got down close to freezing the other night.

The vigilant Watchers

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Fun Facts About the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

image from Boston Public Library
Postcard, The Tichnor Brothers Collection, [ca. 1930–1945]

In 2008, Rolling Rock, a balanced glacial boulder,  located in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts was designated as the official state rock.

Friday, October 28, 2022

The Friday Five Good Things


Five good things that happened this week.

1. The clerk at the post office was very helpful about the cards I was sending out for a class exchange. The envelopes were too thick to go through regular mail even though I had used 2 stamps.  She hand cancelled the stamps and marked the envelopes non-machinable.  She said they may go through the system so I'm keeping my fingers crossed

2. The cards went through!

3. The Young One and I watched Coraline. Spooky goodness

4. We watched the last episode of Jodie Whitaker's 13th Doctor. What?! I didn't see that regeneration coming

5. Teague and I went out to breakfast.

How was your week?

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Inktober 2022

10/24 Challenge prompt: fairy

First, rehearse your song by rote/
To each word a warbling note
Hand in hand with fairy grace
We will sing, and bless this place. - Shakespeare

Winsor Newton Ivory Black gouache, Nikko G nib, Micron Pigma pen, Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, Gelly roll pen.

10/25 Challenge prompt: tempting
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10/26 Challenge prompt: Ego

Ego. Let it go

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Whatcha Doin?


I'm loading up the car for WPI's Electronic Waste Drive on Thursday, October 27 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

T Stands for Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe)


I had a can of pumpkin in the pantry that was getting close to its use by date. I'm not a pumpkin pie fan. It's okay as pies go. I'd rather have a slice of cherry or apple pie. So what could I make?

While scrolling through the Interwebs, I found a recipe for Pumpkin Scones that supposedly taste just like the ones at Starbucks. I wouldn't know as I don't think I've had a pumpkin scone at Starbucks, but the ones I made from this recipe are amazing and very pretty, too.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Inktober 2022

10/20 Challenge prompt:  bluff

Christmas was close at hand in all his bluff and hearty honesty, it was the season of hospitality - Charles Dickens

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10/21 Challenge prompt: bad dog

Quill makes a bad dog, but he's a good boy

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10/22 Challenge prompt: heist

"Poultry heist? Someone stealing chickens?" I asked.
Maya nudged me. "He means poltergeists." Janel Burkwell

Winsor Newton Ivory Black gouache, Micron Pigma pen,  Tombow Dual Brush marker

10/23 The challenge prompt "booger" did nothing to inspire me. I chose to use pumpkin.

I would rather sit on a pumpkin alone and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. - Thoreau

Winsor Newton Ivory Black gouache, Micron Pigma pen,  Tombow Dual Brush marker.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Not many pictures of the garden as there was too much going on so I didn't get outside to take photos
I did mange

Sunset taken at 6:02 pm and

Sunrise taken at 6:57 am

A reminder that it's the time of the year  that the sun sets earlier and rises later. In the U.S. changing the clocks to Standard Time will happen on 6. November 2022 at 2 AM local time.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Fun Facts About the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Podokesaurus holyokensis

On October 19, 2022, Governor Charles Bakers signed legislation designating the Podokesaurus as Massachusetts' official dinosaur.

The dinosaur was first discovered in 1910 near Mount Holyoke by Mignon Talbot the first woman to name and describe a dinosaur. Ms. Talbot was professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College.

The dinosaur  would have weighed  approximately 90 pounds and measured 3 to 6 feet in height and was a carnivore. 

You can learn more and see Governor Baker at the official signing at the Museum of Science, Boston. Reported by WCVB Channel 5, Boston.

Friday, October 21, 2022

The Friday Five Good Things

 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Sunday morning we smelled heating fuel oil. When I went to the utility room, there was a small puddle on the floor under the oil tank. The on call heating tech arrived quickly. We had spread some kitty litter to dry the puddle. He found 3 pinholes underneath the tank. He spread more litter and said he would talk to the boss about rearranging the schedule so we could get a new tank installed the next day. The oil tank in the basement was original to the house and just like me is over 60 years old.

2. The oil techs arrived early and replaced the tank and cleaned the utility room.

3. We had no Internet service while the techs were here. It took us many hours and a call to tech support to figure out someone had unplugged the service box.

4. The smell from the oil leak has finally dissipated.

5. The lawn guy showed up and mowed and then more leaves came down.

How was your week?

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Inktober 2022

10/13 Challenge prompt: kind

Always try to be nice
But never fail to be kind - The Twelfth Doctor 

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10/14 Challenge prompt: empty

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space;
everything else is opinion - Democritus

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10/15 Challenge prompt: armadillo

Micron Pigma Pen

10/16 Challenge prompt: fowl

We shall sooner have the fowl by hatching the egg than by smashing it. - Abraham Lincoln

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10/17 Challenge prompt: salty

Salty Girl

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10/18 Challenge prompt: scraped

"I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. - J. R. R. Tolkien

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10/19 Challenge prompt: ponytail

Chantilly Lace had a pretty face
And a ponytail hanging down
a wiggle in her walk
a giggle in her talk...J. P. Richardson

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