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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Randomness...early summer

Shooner redware bank

Hello friends...hope these early days of summer are treating you well.

Summer, to me, always comes with a reading list. And it seems this year Annie and I share a common subject...Colonial America/ the American Revolution.

We are planning a trip later this year and, as preparation, Annie and I are reading/learning all we can about the early days of America.

Having traveled to historic towns like Philadelphia, Alexandria, Boston, Concord and Lexington, Annie knows a good bit of our country's history. She can tell you why her mother's home state of Virginia is called "the mother of presidents" (eight of them born there...the most of any state) and name the big Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. 

 Annie has been fortunate to visit Valley Forge, Mount Vernon, Independence Hall and the home of Betsy Ross among other sites of historical importance. I always try to prepare her before our visits so she will know what she is seeing so she can enjoy it, and not be overwhelmed or bored.

I never know how much Annie retains from our visits so I was absolutely over the moon when we found the Eyewitness book above in Barnes and Noble. Paging through it we saw lots of familiar sights from our visit to Philadelphia a few years ago. Annie proceeded to tell me all about the pictures we were looking at and telling me things like, "This is Independence Hall in Philadelphia." I was one proud mama...and teacher! Even better, Annie was so proud of herself. 

So...we are brushing up on our history for our next adventure. 

I am reading 1776. David McCullough is a wonderful writer and I am loving every word. In my opinion it should be required reading for every American...especially these days. Patriots like these, I fear we have seen the last of their breed. 

The coasters in the photo are pics of our trip to Philadelphia and are a wonderful way to preserve memories and see them every day. Made them with Shutterfly.


For those of you who are stitchers, I wanted to share with you this great tray made by Lori and Peter Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm fame. This handy tray attaches to the arm of your chair and holds all things necessary for your stitching pleasure.

I am a chronic needle loser! This tray comes with a magnet attached to it. I added my favorite needleminder and it works like a charm. All my sewing goodies in one it!
Great little helper this talented team came up with!

Sadly. I have not made any progress on my Karen Kahle rug. I've have been doing some seasonal stitching for the fall. Mostly I have been spending time with my addition to our Colonial studies, we have a few art projects going. Never enough time. 

Take good care everybody! The Fourth of July will be here momentarily!

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Key West

We just returned from a visit to Key West. It was so hot all I could think was...we are surely melting!

Despite all the HOT, Key West is a unique and beautiful place.

This quote, right on the sidewalk, perfectly describes the colors of Key West. I've added my own pics to share the lovely colors of this tropical island...our country's southern most point. The photos have not been enhanced...the colors you see are the true colors of the photos as taken. Enjoy a little taste of the Conch Republic!

This sunset was so beautiful! Took this sitting on our balcony...sipping green tea.


Remember the antique bricks I mentioned months back? My Christmas present from Mr. MW has been a slow but steady project.  A friend came by to check it out and was nice enough to let me take his picture. At this stage we are letting the sand settle before adding the cement. More pics coming. I love it!

Hope all is well with everybody.

Enjoy the day,

Monday, May 29, 2017

Thank you!

Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge

This photo was taken years ago in Washington, D.C.. This statue is part of the Vietnam War Memorial. The soldier on the left, with the hat and holding the rifle, was a classmate of mine from high school. He modeled for the artist years after his safe return from duty in Vietnam. 

To my friend, who has since passed away, and all those who served and did not return home...thank you.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I'm going in....

Morning, friends and fellow hookers. I have had this rug on my list to hook for a long time. I mustered a bit of nerve and yesterday pulled some loops.

This is Karen Kahle's "Flowerbox"...the large one.

It's a big one!

Very big! 52x40 big!

I plan on doing a little bit every day. Wish me luck! I'll post my progress.


If you have been here before, you know I come from a long line of "never throw anything outers".

This is Annie in one of her favorite tees. I bought this shirt on a trip to 1993. It was more like a nightgown on her when I brought it home, but became a favorite right then and there. She grew into's still a big favorite.

Gotta go pull some loops!

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, April 8, 2017 favorite

Good morning, friends! Hope all is well with you. Yesterday, I tackled a job I have been avoiding...tidying up the bookcases in our living room. We have a lot of books even though I have been pulling and donating with vigor. 

Most of you know that I am an avid collector of Shooner Redware. I love the rich colors and many forms this talented husband and wife team create with simple clay. 

My collection is spread throughout our home...with most of it on the bookcase. I decided the pieces  needed to be gathered together, rather than be sprinkled here and there on the shelves. It also gave me the incentive I needed to dust!

I like the result...although I am still tweaking books. Brought all together in the center of the bookcase, I think it looks more like a true collection. There are still pieces scattered around, but the bulk of it is here.

Here are a few pieces on my piecrust table. 

I know that if you remember the years I featured my changing "Kitchen Window", you have seen many of these pieces before. I'm liking this new look. My sweet husband kindly suggested that this collection is complete...silly boy! Are collections ever complete? Have to admit he has a point. 


I have not been doing a lot of hooking lately, but I am reading a wonderful book...The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman. It is the true story of a couple who ran the Warsaw Zoo before WWII.  I'm late to the party with this was published in 2007. They have made a movie out of it so I immediately bought the book to read before seeing the movie. 

It is a wonderful read...full of history. I have learned a great deal, always a plus for this old educator. It is a story of hope and kindness and survival.

It is also full of sadness...full of man's inhumanity to man...full of greed and corruption...pain and suffering. 

I've been shaking my head and remembering the words of George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Pray for's a big mess out there.

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bunnies and Eggs

A few bunnies and eggs are popping up at our house. Last night, after the sun went down, we were entertained by a real mother rabbit as she dined in our front yard. These German bunnies are happy inside. 

(The pillow in the background was made by Pam Gill.)

These wonderful eggs are from Treasured Primitives on Etsy. I bought a total of four sets before I made myself stop! These are red and brown and pink eggs, and they are so perfect for my Colonial living room.

They are covered in reproduction Civil War fabric and then aged. My antique white leather bunny sits amid the lovely blues.

Hope this finds you all well...enjoying a slight case of Spring Fever! 

Enjoy the day,