Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day.

 "I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond.
And their eyes were my eyes.

Richard Llewellyn

Good morning.  What a glorious day it is. I'm not going to the center today.  Gonna stay in and continue with my de-cluttering and then head on out to the park to enjoy. Took a few of hubby's shirts to the thrift store yesterday.  I plan to do a bit at a time.  If he won't do it, I will. One way or another I am going to make some storage space in this apartment.  I've got two dressers...one with 5 drawers, the other with 9; two large storage bins; 1 regular closet with room to hang clothes and a shelf; one very large walk-in closet with double the room to hang clothes with 4 shelves; and one built in storage area about the hallway closet. Almost forgot.  We each have a table by our side of the bed and each of those has a drawer.  That brings it to 16 drawers. Oh, and I also have a place to hang coats in the entrance way. That is definitely enough storage space for two people.  

My fascination with my Germanic ancestors continues.  Actually, my interest has piqued several times throughout the years, but not to the degree that it has since I began watching 'Vikings' on the history channel. I've begun rereading Bryan Sykes "Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland".  I read it several years ago and enjoyed it, but this time I have had my DNA tested so it should be all the more interesting.  And although he is a geneticist, the author writes in a way that is very easy to read. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about their ancestry.


One of the world's leading geneticists, Bryan Sykes has helped thousands find their ancestry in the British Isles. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, which resulted from a systematic ten-year DNA survey of more than 10,000 volunteers, traces the true genetic makeup of the British Isles and its descendants, taking readers from the Pontnewydd cave in North Wales to the resting place of the Red Lady of Paviland and the tomb of King Arthur. This illuminating guide provides a much-needed introduction to the genetic history of the people of the British Isles and their descendants throughout the world.

A few pictures from my home.  I don't know why the walls are all green.  This is the first time this happened.  My walls are actually off white.

 Hubby came home with this picture yesterday.  We hung it in the kitchen.

 This hangs in our entrance way.  Hubby didn't center it properly.  The moon mirror below it is 21 years old.  We bought it on West 8th Street in the West Village, the home of the hippies.

Taken from my living room. A view of my entrance way. That is my altar. If I had to guess, I would say that that table is almost 25 years old. Hubby found it on the streets when we got our first apartment.


  1. Thanks for the book recommendation! You have a lovely home together. And I enjoyed reading your opening quotation from "How Green Was My Valley" -- one of my favourite books! And I just saw the old b & w movie on TV not too long ago as well!

  2. Lovely post, Mary. And i will look for that book. I really want to read it. :)

    I love what you've shown of your home!

  3. Your home looks lovely and I was so excited to see the moon mirror, I have the exact same one here in Australia, it belonged to my Mum, I love it.

  4. Lovely home I was so excited to see your moon mirror, I have the same one here in Queensland, it belonged to my Mum, I love it. I enjoy your book recommendations too.

  5. Such a beautiful altar! How funny that your walls are indeed white! I loved that you showed us around!