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The Ocean at Night

It has been more than a year since the loss of my beloved boy Goose, and I cannot believe that almost 14 whole months have elapsed since I kissed his satiny nose and nuzzled his furry, salt and pepper neck. More than 52 weeks, 365 days, 525,600 minutes have gone by since he departed this earthly world, and all I have left is a small clutch of his mane hair and about a million memories. Every time I’ve opened this blog since, which admittedly hasn’t been a whole lot, I’ve been brought back to last July 11, and all the pain of those proceeding weeks. I still can’t so much as think about his goofy antics or utter his name without a fresh onslaught of tears spilling over. But while I will always hold close his memory, I got the urge to write recently, and I decided that I would share. (more…)


An Ode to Goose

Yesterday I laid my greatest treasure to rest. He was a 1250lb bay gelding named Goose, and he was the first, and greatest, love of my life. His death was completely unexpected, and far too sudden — many years sooner than any of us ever imagined. He left behind me, his heartbroken mom, his fairy godmother L, his favorite (human) companion M, and his (equine) girlfriend Alex. Not to mention his fan club, for everyone that met Goose loved him. He was a barn favorite, an all-star under saddle, a strikingly handsome gentleman, and a cuddly goofball who made everyone smile. He had the face of a saint and the most enchanting eyes. He made my heart melt every time I saw him, and he gave me more in this life than I deserved.
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Seasons of Change

Growing up in New England, you learn from an early age the true magic of fall. In fact, I tend to believe it’s one of the only reasons that people actually live here, because you’d have to be half crazy otherwise, to endure our endless, frigid winters.

Fall in New England has a sort of mesmerizing quality to it, one that is unparalleled no matter where else you look. The way the sun brightens the sky in particular — it makes things look pleasantly hazy around the edges, and softer somehow. There are ample cider donuts and literally tons of apples, wild bursts of fiery color in the natural landscape, and a definite necessity for fashionable fall boots, sweaters, and scarves. (more…)


On Passions, Badassery, and Avoiding Regret: Happy 6th Birthday, SS

♥♥ Happy 6th birthday to my beloved blog, Sweetly Serendipity! ♥♥

I’m currently reading this great book, “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life,” and it’s really got me thinking. I’m an overly contemplative person to begin with, but books like this really encourage personal exploration, which taps into a part of myself I’ve routinely tried to turn off for the better part of my adult life. (more…)


Ramblings: Goodbye, Summer

It seems like just yesterday that it was springtime, and we’d been blessed with a few days of early warmth. I can remember thinking how lucky we were to have the whole summer ahead. Long, languid days to fill however we wanted. Beaches and barbecues and vacations and relaxation. Three precious months of amazingness. And now I wonder, where the heck did summer go? How could it have passed by with such alarming speed? The long, sunny days have been replaced by increasingly shorter ones, brisk beginnings and rapidly fading daylight. School busses clog the roads, and pumpkin is everywhere. Even though fall is my favorite season, I’m just not quite ready to let this summer go. (more…)


Ramblings

When I was uploading these cookie photos a couple weeks ago, I found myself getting lost scrolling through other recent photos on my phone. It made me realize how many things I think to capture in the moment, that I end up forgetting about so shortly after they happen. It’s a shame to let those little moments fade away so fast — even when they’re seemingly inconsequential, if they can elicit a smile, a giggle, or a happy memory — then they’re totally worth celebrating. So I thought I’d do something completely different today, and just share a few life things. Ramblings. I share lots of recipes and reviews with you here, but truth is that’s only a tiny snapshot of my everyday life. So here’s a bit of a different peek, Instagram style. And with lots of words. I am a writer, after all, and a very verbose one at that! (more…)


Giving Thanks (and Pistachio Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Today is a special day. Today is the day we all pause to consider the things we’re grateful for, the bits and pieces of our lives that make each day worth living, and each moment special. With all of this top of mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my thanks for those things and people I am so very, very grateful for this year.

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