Thursday, March 19, 2020


Good morning! Hope everyone is staying home and staying healthy. What a challenging and scary time!

We are suppose to be here this week. We had reservations to spend the entire week at the beautiful Williamsburg Inn and take in all the sites of this American treasure. Instead, we worked a thirty six inch puzzle of fifers and drummers on the green. Some day...

The disappointment of scuttled plans pales in comparison to the anxiety and fear I have felt these past days. Keeping my family healthy is my top priority. I'm sure we all share this ultimate goal.

Explaining all this to Annie is a full time job. She is always full of questions, but these days there is an anxious edge to them. 

We have been doing puzzles and watching movies. Reading and coloring are also diversions. 

And I have been stitching on HEIOTS.

Pulling needle through linen is the best way for me to settle my frayed nerves. Unless, it involves this bloody tree. It is huge and menacing, and has forced me to stray from the program and stitch a motif or two just to get away from it for awhile. (Marly...Samplers and Santas...a fellow tree struggler, you are not alone.) Starting today, I'm forcing myself to work only on this tree till it is done. My personal mantra..."I can do hard things."

My freeform daffodils make me smile!

My thoughts are with those who are suffering...from illness, uncertainty, lost wages...from the sheer desperation these days bring. The unknown is a terrifying place. 

Take good care, my friends...and wash your hands.

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Early morning views...

The sun coming through our front window cast some lovely shadows this morning. 

I continue to stitch a bit here and there on HEIOTS. Some days I feel like I'm getting somewhere...other days, not so much.


Most importantly, I still enjoy stitching on this huge piece. I always feel better when a motif appears where there was plain linen the day before.  

This long legged fellow dropped by to greet the day with us. 

It's not unusual to see these guys walking around the neighborhood.  They move so slowly, but can take flight in an instant if need be.

The morning sun rays hit a favorite photo of mine. My girl giving her Ted a kiss. That little pucker gets me every time! I had this photo cut as a silhouette when a well known silhouette artist was in our area years ago. Where does the time go?

And speaking of silhouettes, this gent looks toward a new day.

Hope all is well.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, January 16, 2020

"A republic, if you can keep it." Benjamin Franklin

So proud of our friend Val Demings doing her job to uphold the Constitution of the United States in Washington D.C. Val is a past member of our Florida Bar Board of Governors family. 
Val always had a smile and a hug for us when we saw her at meetings. She is a lovely time Orlando Police a Representative in the the U.S. House of Representatives...always our friend.

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Morning, friends. We have been listening to the roar of jets scrambling out of MacDill Air Force Base, a.k.a. Central Command, since early a.m. We hear them occasionally, but nothing like this. They fly right over our house and are very intimidating. 

Have a great weekend...and remember those who keep us safe. We are living in a very scary time.

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Happy New!

Resolution...pull a needle or hook every day.
Day 1...done :)

Enjoy the day...and the new year,

Monday, December 23, 2019

O Holy Night...

the stars are brightly shining.


It is the night of our dear Savior's birth.

Wishing everyone a blessed and joy filled Christmas! 

From: The House of Mugwump

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Bits of Christmas

Agnes is all decked out for Christmas. This year our home is a little less decorated, but a little more formal...and a lot more Southern.

Nothing says Southern like magnolia leaves and boxwood. Doesn't Agnes look pretty with her boxwood garland and plaid bows?

Souvenirs from some of our travels grace the sideboard.

Vaillancourt  Santas...

are so colorful!


Today's tea tray...Susan Branch Santa mug and Rae Dunn napkins. 

Our wonderful neighbor makes a new ornament every year for our family and some others on our street. He cuts them from wood and paints them. I think this little guy is our all time favorite.


On Friday night, my husband was coming home from his Christmas office party. He was stopped at a red light and right in front of him two cars, going in opposite directions, crashed into each other. One driver took off and then the other driver went after him. It all happened outside a local watering hole...a.k.a. bar. More than likely both drivers were under the influence and wanted nothing to do with any police that might show up to investigate. Our county police force had road checks all over and MrMW saw all sorts of cars pulled over. Please be careful if you are out and about the next couple of days and nights!

Hope you are staying warm and enjoying some special time with family.

Enjoy the day,