Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Where (How) I Live: Western Massachusetts

morning coffee
the park next door








downtown
the farms
Stella: rescued, loved, missed


when there were just two.. 
health costs: the most expensive dog we will ever love 


Please don't misunderstand. My life is not as lovely as the people and animals and space around me. I complain as much as I appreciate. 

But....

Where (how) I live is beautiful and peaceful and full. One day I will not live here anymore. Then I hope I will look back on this farmland and college town with abundance. And if I'm smart enough by then, I will know that my ability to be happy comes not from these gifts that surround me, but from within me.

I am every age I've ever been and every place I've ever been.

love
kj


34 comments:

  1. What a delightful place kj! And such delightful pictures. Hopefully you can get back to the ocean, soon. In th meantime, keep enjoying where you are.

    BTW, Chase is looking pretty good, as an expensive dog should. Glad you love him so much.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Rob. Chase now has seizure meds, a special anxiety collar, acupuncture, an animal communicator, and an overnight kennel so he doesn't have to make the trauma riddled trip with us to Provincetown (yet). Jeez Louise. We are in too deep in the caring dept to do otherwise, but our fingers are crossed

      I hope you are snapping photos of your own space and place. I think it helps to see...

      Love
      kj

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  2. I was right there with you skippy until you got to the last line...you are every place you will ever go and are everything you will ever be right ow too. You just haven't realized it yet.


    There I didn't use my outstanding talent for making this about me.

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    1. Hello mark :-)

      I kinda do know: sometimes I just forget :-)

      I'm proud of you for using your outstanding talent well. No surprise there xo

      Love
      kj

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  3. I love the photo of the downtown window with "Fresh Ideas" for sale. Made me smile this morning.

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  4. Hi deb, i wrote a short story about these 'sales' and now I want to find and reread it! I'm glad you're smiling

    Love
    kj

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    1. Hey Mim!

      When when when?! :-). :-(

      :-) love kj

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  6. hey kj
    my blog tends to give a few people that same problem I'm not certain why only with some sorry. Living in Western Massachusetts...those photos looks suspiciously like home. Right on down to the funny signs....thanks for stopping by my blog today. I haven't been rounding quite as much lately so I was actually thinking of you and missed you when you showed up! Hope you're well, chase looks fabulous, and if he were a poodle he would be the second most expensive dog in western Massachusetts!

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  7. Zoe! Are you saying what I think you're saying that you live in the region where I live? Nooo way! (Do you?!)

    When I click on your blog, I get the google plus page and I have to click from there. Normally on blogger there is no google plus anything. That difference is probably a factor

    I read about your book this morning. Have you sent your query letters? I know they are hard to write ! If you do live in New England (do you?) do you know about Write Angles ? That oct conference is fantastic for writers

    Love
    kj

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  8. I do, I do live in Western Ma! Yup...we arein the same neck o the woods I suspect...those signs are from a little place up by MA Moca...And no I don't know about Write Angles I will check it out... I am still in a violent procrastination mode and MUST break it re the queries! Will send you a email under sep. cover. Z~

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    1. Zoe, check out write angles. If there is still space you can sit with an agent for 20 minutes. And workshops and speakers are awesome
      Xoxo

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  9. Lovely life. Complaining is a disease. xoxo

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    1. Annie, what if there is delight in complaining?
      :-)

      Sometimes I think I am an expert

      Love
      kj

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  10. I often look around and think about how I live in an amazing place. But this has been true of every place I've ever lived.

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    1. cs, that is a gift! I know you have another chapter ahead, as I do. Nice if we can feel that way right to the end

      Love
      kj

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  11. I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world (that doesn't stop me from complaining some days -lol).
    Your home is so warm and inviting. I know you'll always have that, no matter where you live.
    xox

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    1. Thank you, Pam.

      How can the world be so beautiful and such a mess ?

      Come to Boston :-)
      Love
      kj

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  12. Beautiful post KJ. I love that I've been there many times and have my own gratitude about it.
    And I love how you ended this post. I think I'll use those words one day.

    xoxo
    Love,
    Lo♥

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  13. I am so confused. I had thought you already didn't live there anymore because you had bought a new house and your old one was on the market.

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    1. Snow. I live in western mass and have had a vacation condo in provincetown on cape cod for many years. We have finally managed to sell it and bought a modest and sweet single family home that in time we will likely retire to.
      I hope this explanation is helpful!

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    2. I understood that buying the new place left you strapped, and I had taken this to mean--what with being recently retired (or so I thought)--that you were packing up and moving into your new house so you could sell your present house.

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    3. No snow: what left us strapped was buying a new house before selling the condo and then the condo not selling. We have finally sold it in the nick of time! No delight in owning two houses though , but it's the way it will stay as long as my Mother lives up the street

      Love kj

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  14. Kia ora The garden and surroundings are just gorgeous and love the goats We used to have two till they became the biggest escapists

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    1. Hello and welcome, marks. Thank you for your comment.

      So those goats couldn't stay put, eh? :-)

      Love
      kj

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  15. Beautiful surroundings, and I know, beautiful within, kj.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. What a dear thing to say.

      Love
      kj

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  16. kj, you are already that smart now.

    p.s. those trees are in the park next door? whoa baby!

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    1. Amanda, honestly, maybe close but not quite there yet

      The park is a gem.

      Love
      kj

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  17. Catching up a bit here. Loved your musings and your pics. Don't know why but the dogs' photos put a lump in my throat. So sweet.

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