Focus on Life {Quiet Moments – New England}

by Cindy on September 21, 2013

Peaceful, quiet moments…that is this week’s Focus on Life challenge. Now that is indeed a challenge.  In a house of 4 boys, quiet moments don’t happen very often.  Well unless you count late at night when everyone is asleep.  You’ll find me up then, but there are no interesting pictures to share when I’m in my night owl mode.

Park in Salem, MA

 sitting still – a rare moment at the park in Salem, Mass.

When I opened the dryer today, a piece of sea glass tumbled out.  It must have been tucked in to pocket.  It reminded me of our trip to New England a few weeks ago.  Our last adventure before the start of the school year.  We love exploring towns up north, especially along the coast.  As you can tell by my photos (especially if you follow me on Instagram) I’m forever drawn to the ocean.  It is there that I truly find my quiet moments.  The boys are occupied (this is the key ingredient) on their boogie boards or searching for rocks and shells.  I watch them while sitting on the sand or strolling along behind them on our walks.  It is incredibly peaceful and I often think to myself that I have truly found a slice of heaven on earth.

Parsons Beach, Maine

To see how others spend quiet moments, visit the Focus on Life post here.

If you’d like to see more photos from New England (hardly quiet), scroll on down.

Photos from previous trips here and here.


Scenic inlet in Essex, MA      www_opt

 A small but scenic inlet in Essex, MA

Kennebunkport, ME

 Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport, ME

 Scenic lobster cruises?

Parsons Beach, Maine with da Boys!

 Parsons Beach, Kennebunkport

Playing with the puppy on Parsons Beach, Maine

Happiness quote

A lab puppy hustled down from his yard and joined us on the beach for a little frolic (see him heading over in photo above). In all the commotion, I dropped my cell phone and didn’t realize it was missing til we walked to the car later.  My husband eventually found it after crossing the beach in a grid pattern, partially covered in sand.  He called it but couldn’t hear it because of the sound of the waves.  I was lucky we ever found it; he was just about to give up!

Parsons Beach, Maine

Ah, no crowds. This is bliss.

Antiquing in Maine

Antiquing in Maine

Antiquing in Maine – lots of great shops along Rt.1. We have our favorite places to scour for treasures.  Here is my #1 treasure-hunter.

Marginal Way, Ogunquit Maine

 Ogunquit, Maine on the Marginal Way.  The boys made several rock statues too – you can’t help but do it.

Ognquit, Maine


And finally NYC.  It’s a tradition to stop here on our New England sweep.  We celebrated our son’s 9th birthday here.

NYC Lego Store

A stop in the Lego store

Window display, NYC

5th Ave. window shopping

'til next time!


Thank you for visiting today.  I hope you find a quiet moment or two as well.

– Cindy xoxo



Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer

Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.   She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her wire jewelry design book , The Missing Link, will be released in the Fall of 2013.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle T. September 21, 2013 at 11:40 am

Great photos Cindy! The one with your son and the dog is great. (Who’s dog?) Scenic lobster cruises?! LOL. I’m not signing up for that one… You’re so lucky your family will antique with you. Told the kids last weekend we were going for a very short drive for a surprise. The first question: is it antiquing?! Should have turned the car around instead of going for cider and donuts.

Cindy September 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

Michelle, I totally get the SAME thing!!! My younger 3 like antiquing but my oldest son cannot stand it! He says the same thing, “oh no, we’re not going antiquing are we?!”…and we’ve had the same type of donut incident!! 🙂

Linda September 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Hi Cindy!
Your photos are beautiful! And your boys are so cute! Before you know it, they will all be towering around you – Four handsome young men 🙂 I really wish digital photography was around when mine were really young… must get to scanning old negatives. Have a wonderful weekend!

Janet Bocciardi September 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Beautiful photos! Definitely felt the quiet. I don’t have children, but I do wish my husband would go antiquing with me. He just doesn’t get it. He’s been watching American Pickers with me for several years now and he still thinks it’s all just junk. Sigh.

cynthia September 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

what a great photo journey here! I love this part of the country – a beautiful, rugged coastline with so much to do!

Becky Pancake September 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

wonderful photos Cindy. They do feel peaceful and quiet.

LoriF September 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Love your Maine photos! I think that was my best trip in years…lots of quiet and reflective and FUN! moments for us too.

Kayla Potega September 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

The beach and the ocean look so peaceful! No wonder you chose those pictures and that trip to display for this week’s theme 🙂

I don’t know what it is but for some reason lately I want to go to the beach something fierce! It’s just a big urge I have and no matter how much I try, the urge just doesn’t go away.

At least if I can’t visit the beach in person I can visit it through your pictures ^.^

Emma Todd September 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Oh Cindy, I love travelling through your eyes. Such beautiful shots as always! I laughed reading your “lobster cruises” just after the photo as I was saying it just like that to myself… um, handy submarine? Or call me crazy I thought pulling in the traps was pretty tough work, not what I would associate with cruising. Maybe they get great business with folks just having to satisfy their curiosity. I’m with you on the night time quiet, it’s tough to beat.

Beti Horvath September 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Great pictures of you quiet, and not so quiet times.

Michelle Buettner September 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

Cindy, I always love catching glimpses of your trips here on your blog (I wish I did Instagram). You have such an eye for photography and always capture the most amazing shots and make me feel as if I’m right there. It’s really a gift. Thanks for sharing your shots here today – they make me long for the water and the beach,…and some antiquing!

Sally Anderson September 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm

What a lovely record of your trip. It looks so calming and peaceful. Your boys are growing way fast! I love that I’ve been hanging out here long enough to see the differences! Your photos, as always, rock! Hugs to you!!!

Lynsey Brooks September 23, 2013 at 6:47 am

such great images, it looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂

Kathleen Lange Klik September 23, 2013 at 8:13 am

What wonderful moments and a great way to end the summer! I look forward to similar adventures with my son and hope he enjoys spending time with me as your boys do with you. Having three out of four enjoy antiquing is impressive! 😉

Cynthia@OrnamentalStyle September 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

Ah, the best of times. Precious moments with the boys (and Randy, too). Beautifully scenic spots, too.

Kathy September 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Wonderful shots of life in the quiet moments! I too love the ocean for one of the same reasons that you listed…it occupies my active sons. Although sometimes I must admit, the ocean terrifies me when I think what could happen! But mostly I enjoy the fact that my boys are having a wonderful time. 🙂 NYC is a place we have not yet explored…maybe next year. Thanks for sharing your photos!

Rhonda September 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks once again for sharing your beautiful experiences with us. Priceless photos…?

Christine Damm October 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

Another fabulous photo journey with you, Cindy! I always feel that I’m right there with you because your shots are not only artistic but also so personal. Your love for your kids is right out there! I would love to have your boys come up to Vermont and make some of those rock towers in our stream– boy, have we got rocks! Maybe I can ride in your trunk next time you go to Maine? I’ve only been to the sandy and pine-cone-y parts, not the ocean. And like you– I LOVE the ocean. Thanks for a great post.

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