Mugwump Woolies interpretation in wool of antique fraktur

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Kitchen Window

September...such a much anticipated month!

I've come to realize that when you have been sharing your monthly kitchen window for more than a couple of years, novelty is at risk. I can only change it up so much. 

This month my window is seeing spots. Spots on the valance...spots on the redware.

Spots that are the fragile bursts of color from last years bittersweet.

Spots on the bushes in this sweet house I stitched years ago. So many years ago I can't remember the pattern or company...so sorry.

I do love spots!

There are even a few spots on the pears!


This is what the arm of my chaise lounge looks like these days.

Bits of wool and thread are becoming all sorts of things Halloween and Thanksgiving.  I'll be back with some pics later.

Enjoy September!

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer's End

Wow! I feel as if I have been on a roller coaster since May. It is always a busy time for us...between May and July we had four trips with the Board of Governors. I'm not complaining...just playing catch-up with life.

I wanted to share with you a few pics from our travels. One of our stays was at The Biltmore in Coral Gables...basically, it's a suburb of Miami. Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami and it is beautiful! Lots of "old" Florida homes with red tiled roofs and jacarandas blooming in the yard. 

Our favorite sight at the Biltmore...the two large bird cages in the lobby. 

They are inhabited by many finches. The bright colors of these birds, and their antics at feeding time are well worth watching. Annie and I watched them for a long while one afternoon.

Sleeping Beauty

Annie, with a couple of guy pals. The young fellow on her right is her cousin. He is a member of the Young Lawyers Board. He was elected last year and it's been fun getting to see him at a few meetings. The two boards have one combined meeting once a year. The fellow on her left is the next President of the Florida Bar, Bill Schifino....a Tampa attorney...yeah! Can you tell Annie enjoys seeing all her pals?


The next week, we were in Palm Beach at The Breakers. This is my favorite hotel in south Florida. It's where Mr. MW and I went on our honeymoon thirty three years ago. Of course, it has been redone several times since then. We love the old world elegance of the place...but the informal family tone makes it fun...not stuffy. 

I thought you might like to see our color-coordinated digs. Don't mind the mess. Our rooms look lived in in short order. 

The sitting area above matches the...

sleeping area..that matches...

...the room service table...that matches...

...the box of chocolates they put on your pillow as part of the nightly turn down service. Love it! Everything has an ocean theme...and the same colors! 

Like I said, it's my favorite! 


Thanks for all the kind comments left on my last post. It was good medicine! 

As I have mentioned in a past post, I have been struggling with some auto-immune issues. I have researched and read everything I can get my hands on about these debilitating maladies that seem to come in multiples. Once you get one...it snowballs and before long you have many. 

My big wake up came with my "frozen shoulder". Researching causes and cures, I realized I had to make changes. Stress has a major impact...as does diet and lifestyle. 

I am now gluten free...no bread, pasta, pizza...anything with wheat. I am caffeine free...though once in a while I will have a little green tea. I was sugar free for a few months and then slipped. I'm working on it, but it's the hardest for me. I eat a little chocolate here and there. My husband is plant based diet all the way, and I was never a meat eater, but I do eat fish and shellfish, and a bit of chicken. I try to walk thirty minutes everyday. I drink chicken bone broth in the morning rather than tea or coffee...an acquired taste to be sure, but now I love it! I know it sounds crazy, but I feel so much better than I did this time last year. My frozen shoulder is almost totally gone, with most of my range of motion back to normal. But, mainly, I can function again. I have more energy. I can get off the couch!

Auto immune disease starts with your "gut". A leaky gut allows food particles to move into places in your body where it is perceived as a foreign substance and your body attacks it as such. This sets off a whole series of mishaps that present as auto immune disease...adrenal fatigue, Sjorgen's disease, arthritis, thyroid malfunction...check, had them all. All sorts of bad things happen when your gut is unhealthy. Heal your gut, and a lot of problems resolve themselves. 

I know...you think I'm crazy. But...my husband and I are of the school that believes...food is medicine. Eat right and it can help...eat wrong and it can hurt.

So...that's what I have been up to this summer. It feels good to have my shoulder (almost) pain free...to have some energy back...to be able take care of my home and family again.

Have a great weekend...and thanks so much for all your lovely comments...they really do make a difference!

Enjoy the day,

Friday, August 14, 2015

August Kitchen Window

My August kitchen window is in it's natural state...it's catch all mode. In other words, I didn't do a thing to it. I just put things I like in this window as the days pass. Rather than "stage" this is how our window looks this month.

I recently found this quote (I was told it is from a country song, don't know who wrote it or sang it) and since it is the very essence of what we think about our little home, it's perfect for the window. It's been hanging there for weeks and I still enjoy reading it.

Dried roses from my anniversary flowers...thirty three years on August 8th. They were too pretty to toss.

Fruits of the season...complete with leaves...a hint of autumn.

Wise words with which to begin any day!

Peering out the window, if you look closely, you can see my hooking chair (sorely vacant as of late) but gone is the white mantle. I needed a change. I am, however, missing it. Perhaps it will pop up elsewhere. 

 I've been staying very busy. Annie turned twenty nine on August 9th. The fun lasts all week. We've taken four trips this summer...all with the Board of Governors. Back and forth to south Florida all four times. I've been sewing for the holidays...for my friend's shop. Trapped in a car crossing Alligator Alley I can get some sewing done. 

I had seriously considered not blogging anymore. I took a hiatus...didn't read or comment much...and finally decided I'd miss you all too much.  

It is as hot as Hades here. Only mad dogs and my husband the runner go out in the Florida sun in August...and apparently...our Mr. Cardinal and a beautiful finch???  Guess they thought a day at the pool was in order.

Hope summer is treating you well!

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Kitchen Window

This July, my kitchen window is simply honoring the flag of our country. The red...white...and blue...the American flag. 

The continental soldiers, a wonderful print from the talented Susan Daul, once again march in time to the fife and drum. You'll find them here every year...always a part of our July window.

Early stoneware...a few flickering candles...and the flag...celebrating July in my kitchen window.

This sweet pillow was stitched by Wendy of Pineberry Lane. 

This little gathering is on our counter...dressed for the 4th. It seems our whole kitchen has gotten into the spirit! 


Last week we were in Boca Raton for the Annual Florida Bar Meeting (convention).  As usual, Annie was in her glory...seeing lots of her friends. 

This photo was snapped right after the new president was sworn in. On Annie's right, Florida Bar  President Ray Abadin, giving her a smooch. On her far left, Immediate Past President Greg Coleman...and on her immediate left...the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court...Justice Jorge Labarga. 

Annie loves being part of the festivities! She has lots of fans that come looking for her when the word gets out she's in the room. Her dad's time as a governor on the board has been such a wonderful learning experience for her...and for those she meets, as well. It makes her father and I so proud to see how she has blossomed over the last eleven years, and to see the many lives she has touched. This group is truly a family to us.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Enjoy the day,

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June Kitchen Window

I know, I know. June is half over and I am just getting around to posting my June kitchen window.
I fear my other wing, the right one, is in the process of freezing and I am trying to rest it as much as I can. Ugh!

Anyway...my June window is a salute to the sea. 

The ship print is by Kolene Spicher. I have several of Kolene's prints and many have a nautical theme. If you glance through my window you can see a wonderful whale print over the mantle, also one of Kolene's.

I love brown and white shells...polka dots, checkered and stripes! 

I finally broke down and bought a conch shell in Key West last month. Knowing we probably won't be visiting the island again any time soon, I had to bring one of these beauties home. My grandmother always used these shells as door stops.

Hope your June is rolling along smoothly. I have been doing a bit of hand sewing...working on Halloween and Christmas for my friend's shop. Hooking is out for now, but I do enjoy pulling a needle through some cloth and having a little witch or angel appear.

Have a great week!

Enjoy the day,

Friday, May 29, 2015

Key West II

Before leaving Key West last weekend, we visited the Mel Fisher Museum. This museum holds a small portion of the treasure brought up from the wreckage of the Spanish ships Atocha and Margarita. These ships went down in a hurricane off the coast of Florida in 1622. 

I thought all the needlewomen out there might like to see the sewing accessories that were recovered from the sea, hundreds of years after they slipped below it's surface.

I found it amazing that objects this small were found on the ocean floor. Needles, pins...even buttons were recovered.

And what good needlewoman leaves shore without her trusty thimble? Actually, these items were used by men on the voyage. Sewing was a skill men needed to master for long sea voyages.

It is always the everyday items that fascinate me when viewing past cultures. 

Pewter was used every day. 

Of course, the real treasure was the gold...and the precious stones.

Master salts

These chains were used as currency...remove a link for payment and avoid the tax that was levied on bullion. These pieces were impressive.


We also went on the Conch Train tour with our group. Key West is a small island...Mr. MW runs around the whole island each morning. We've seen all of it before, but it was fun to learn a few new facts while buzzing around on this train.

The houses...the early ones...were built by ship's carpenters in the 1800's. Well built, they have survived many hurricanes. The "gingerbread" on this beauty reflects the maker's connection to the sea...ship wheels and measuring devices.

After a fire in the early 1900's destroyed downtown, laws were passed that required all roofs to be made of metal. The tin roofs add to the charm of these lovely homes.

The gingerbread on this home...gingerbread men! 

One of the most famous homes belonged to Ernest Hemingway. The offspring of his six toed cats roam the island.

The tiny shotgun houses hold the most appeal for me. They are colorful and simple, and are plentiful throughout the island.

I'll leave you with a few favorite shots. The key lime pie store across the street from the hotel. I love the pie, but it's key lime candles that I bring home.

Annie's encounter with one of the two thousand roosters that roam the island. Unfortunately, cock fighting is part of the island's history. Today, these lovely fellows are protected.

Sunset at Mallory Square. All sorts of people and goings on are part of this daily show.

More visitors arriving...

...every day they pull up

right out front.

Late in the afternoon, they turn the ship around and head back out to sea. 

The best part of this trip for me was the view from our balcony.

Early morning

Key West...a place everyone should visit at least once.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Enjoy the day,