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Access Improved to Outhouse & Cottage

A Stone-Dust Driveway, Installed 5/21/18

A Stone-Dust Driveway, Installed 5/21/18
A Stone-Dust Driveway, Installed 5/21/18
Dan Jackson and helper Matt helped us install a stone-dust driveway yesterday, 5/21/18. In the morning, Bentley Warren Trucking out of Ipswich delivered a tri axle of stone dust near the Caretaker’s Cottage. In the afternoon, from 2:30 to 3:30pm, Dan and Matt spread the stone dust using a Bobcat and rakes. “This has gotta be the fastest driveway install ever,” Matt expressed a few times.

Karl will finish the project by Thursday ~ he’s putting some finishing touches on the edges, and will stamp the whole surface last.

I enjoyed my outdoor office yesterday in the beautiful 75 and sunny weather – bench, dog, pickup – it’s a great feeling to have left the corporate cubicle.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Tri Axle Truck, Bentley Warren, Ipswich
Tri Axle Truck, Bentley Warren, Ipswich
A Tri Axle of Stone Dust
A Tri Axle of Stone Dust
Morning Sun on the Stone Dust
Morning Sun on the Stone Dust
Bench, Dog, Pickup ~ Outdoor Office
Bench, Dog, Pickup ~ Outdoor Office
Lily of the Valley, Cut Flower Garden Trail
Lily of the Valley, Cut Flower Garden Trail
Matt rakes Stone Dust
Matt rakes Stone Dust
Dan Jackson with Matt, raking Stone Dust
Dan Jackson with Matt, raking Stone Dust
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Kiosk Flower Show Installed

'Flower Show' Tray Offers Portable Access & Education

'Flower Show' Tray Offers Portable Access & Education
‘Flower Show’ Tray Offers Portable Access & Education
Monday, May 21, 7am, I installed our “Kiosk Flower Show.” I aim to update the show daily with fresh flowers from our garden, and provide identification for public education. We have noticed bicyclists and walkers stopping by to read our kiosk, and this will be added fun and joy for them. Additionally, the flower tray allows me (and others) to bring the fresh flower show to anyone unable to visit our gardens.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Kiosk Flower Show
Kiosk Flower Show
Kiosk Offers Street-side Access & Eduction
Kiosk Offers Street-side Access & Education
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Reminder: Feb 3 Memory Café and Mid-Winter (Mardi Gras) Burn

Mardi Gras Season is Jan 7-Feb 13, 2018.

Mardi Gras Season is Jan 7-Feb 13, 2018.
Mardi Gras Season is Jan 7-Feb 13, 2018.

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 3
In Topsfield: At Trinity Church and/or At our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch,
to celebrate LOVE and HOPE via a non-verbal communication workshop and a Bonfire!
(details below)

Thanks to the Topsfield Cultural Council for funding me as the Creative Director of our Topsfield Memory Café at River Road this 2017-2018 winter season!

Please share these events (Free of Charge) with people who may enjoy and/or benefit.

Date: Feb 3, 10am – 12pm (If snow storm, our Alternate date is Feb 17)
Where: Trinity Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield, MA (Wheelchair-Accessible)
What (Title): Memory Café: Share the Love with Partner Yoga
What (Description): Learn & Experience Body-Based Non-Verbal Communication Skills (bring a friend or come alone)

Date: Feb 3, 1pm – 4pm (If wind prohibits a bonfire on Feb 3, our Alternate date is Feb 11)
Where: Rest.Stop.Ranch, 202 Haverhill Road, Topsfield, MA (Not Yet Wheelchair-Accessible)
What (Title): Mid-Winter MardiGras Burn
What (Description): Enjoy fellowship and a bonfire at the Caretaker’s Cottage at our home, Rest.Stop.Ranch. We are celebrating spring arriving soon (see also: Imbolc, Candlemas; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc )

Bring your self as-you-are: your love, your laughs, your light. Below is a flyer for our Saturday events.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary
Interfaith Chaplain

2018 Mid-Winter Mardi Gras Burn Invite
2018 Mid-Winter Mardi Gras Burn Invite
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Thanks for your Holiday Contributions! + Winter Programs!

East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench

East Lawn White-Out Doesn't Cover Bench
East Lawn White-Out Doesn’t Cover Bench

Spring is 10 Weeks Away
Spring arrives March 20. Our Rest.Stop. bench is not quite white-outed. Look closely to see the eastern sun piercing through the pines.

Fundraising for 2022: Bigger and Better Wheelchair-Accessible Gardens
Our friends have contributed $875.00 over the past few weeks towards bigger and better wheelchair-accessible gardens in 2022!
Janet Brown of Topsfield, MA
Nancy Hocter of Middleton, MA
Peggy Rochon of Sun City, AZ
Jean Perreault of Stoneham, MA

Thank you so much! Our 2022 fundraising goal is now: $99,125.

Winter 2018 Programs

Individual Support for Caregivers, age 8-88+
PRIVATE RESPITE RETREAT (2-hours)

At a Time Convenient for You (subject to availability)

Schedule a winter respite getaway! Meet with me, Mary, interfaith chaplain, at the Caretaker’s Cottage, and/or enjoy quiet time outdoors walking the winter gardens and wild woodland. Don’t deprive yourself—schedule time now for self-care!

Group Support for Caregivers, under age 65
Our support groups are now 1 year old. We have space in the groups, and are recruiting caregivers under age 65, caring for loved ones under 65 living with young onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD).

“FTD Boston North” and “Topsfield Younger Onset” Caregiver Support Groups, at our Rest.Stop.Ranch Caretaker’s Cottage
January 11, 5:15pm – 7:30pm
January 25, 5:15pm – 7:30pm

Topsfield Memory Café, for people with memory loss, and care-partners
Dance with us into the new year! Dance/movement therapy benefits body-mind-heart-spirit, reduces stress, and promotes loving connections.

“Dance Into the New Year” Memory Café at 124 River Road Topsfield (Trinity Church)
January 20, 10am – 12pm

All programs are free-of-charge. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information or to register, call 978.887.4202 or email me.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Advent, Week 1 ~ Keeping Watch

Reindeer in Our Backyard

Winter Red Winterberry
Winter Red Winterberry
The Gardens have been put to rest. The Winter Red Winterberry plants are peaking. Just a few weeks ago, we swapped plants in this bed: the Montauk Daisies are now in the back of the bed, directly in front of the shrubs, and the evergreen Lenten Roses (Hellebore) now greet folks at the edge of the walking path.

As the North American earth quiets down, how might you practice stillness?

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

Reindeer in Our Backyard
Reindeer in Our Backyard

Our Gift of Love: All Programs are Free of Charge
Winter-Season Program Reminders (December – March)
Individual Support for Caregivers, age 8-88+ (by appointment)
Group Support for Caregivers under age 65, caring for loved ones with memory loss, under 65 (2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month)
Memory Café at 124 River Road, Topsfield Trinity Church (1st Saturday, or 3rd if a snow event)

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Help us create Accessible Gardens North of Boston! Please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!

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Topsfield Holiday on the Green ~ Sat. Dec 2, 3pm – 7pm

Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library

Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library
Little Drummer Boy Snowman at Topsfield Library
Join the holiday fun this Saturday, 3pm – 7pm, in our town center. The Holiday on the Green event offers something for everyone. We, Rest.Stop.Ranch & Memory Café, will be in the Topsfield Plaza, next to Curves, in a dedicated space for non-profits, the “North Pole.” Karl and I will offer our presence at the table for most of this time, to meet and greet our neighbors, and answer any questions folks might have about our mission, in a nutshell: accessible gardens, respite support for care partners, and social inclusion for memory-care individuals, couples, and families!

Wednesday morning, Edith and I met with the Topsfield Parks Staff, Peter, and Laura O’Connor, member of the Holiday on the Green committee, to install our Little Drummer Boy Snowman.

With our snowman design, we hope to:
1 – Honor native world drumming traditions and the eldest form of music (drumming)
2 – Create awareness about our Topsfield Memory Café, now year-round, outdoors (April – October) and indoors (November – March)
3 – Encourage participation in our Drum Circle Memory Café, 12/16, by people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Help us create Accessible Gardens North of Boston! Please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Little Drummer Snowman Ready for Install

Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16

Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16
Little Drummer Snowman Practices for Drum Circle Memory Café 12/16
Our hip snowman will join others on the lawn of the Topsfield Library from November 29 to December 11. He’s practicing now for the Drum Circle Memory Café, which will happen December 16, 10am – 12pm, at Trinity Church, facilitated by me and Laura Proctor (Music Director at Trinity).

With our snowman design, we hope to:
1 – Honor native world drumming traditions and the eldest form of music (drumming)
2 – Create awareness about our Topsfield Memory Café, now year-round, outdoors (April – October) and indoors (November – March)
3 – Encourage participation in our Drum Circle Memory Café, 12/16, by people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds

Here’s the invite to the Drum Circle Memory Café (and below).

Also: It’s Giving Tuesday. If you’d like to support our creation of Accessible Gardens North of Boston, please consider a contribution to our cause:

We are aiming to offer bigger and better accessible gardens in 2022. We’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page to assist this goal. Please consider a contribution in any amount. Checks made payable to “MaryMac Missions” will also fund 100% this goal. Simply put “RSR Accessible Gardens” in the Memo Line. Please read the Rest.Stop.Ranch Accessible Gardens Development Portfolio for more information, or contact me!

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary

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Gardens Ready for Winter

Pear Tree Patio Picnic Area Closed for the Season

Pear Tree Patio Picnic Area Closed for the Season
Pear Tree Patio Picnic Area Closed for the Season
Yesterday, Karl gathered and stacked the remaining storm fall (from the main garden trails) into a large burn pile in back of the Caretaker’s Cottage. He also collected and stored our summer garden furniture. A few winter seats are still available.

Saturday, Karl and I enjoyed a respite retreat away from our garden projects. We traveled to the South Shore and enjoyed visits to Plimoth Plantation and Heritage Museum and Gardens “Aglow,” in Sandwich, MA. Both sites are great family destinations.

Over the weekend, I organized our drums and percussion instruments for the upcoming Memory Café Drum Circle, December 16, 10am – 12pm, at Topsfield Trinity Church. Laura Proctor, the Music Director at Trinity Church, will be assisting us as a co-facilitator for this event.

Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,
~ Mary