Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Hello...remember me? I have been off line for a good while, trying to do a little of this and a lot of that. It is a busy time for all of us...especially those of use that are "makers". Our creative efforts kick into gear mid-summer and reach fever pitch right about now. My hand dids for Halloween and Christmas are finished and have been delivered. Aaah...a sigh of relief. 

I've done a bit of decorating for the season. A new addition to our fall decor is this sweet witch from Angela Hillstrom of Olde Raggs. Angela does such a fabulous job bringing her creations to life. The detail on all of her work is unequaled. And once again, this generous artist sent a special package to adorable mouse ornament. As soon as Annie opened it, with a very big smile on her face, she said he was going on her owl tree. It will be down from the attic and decorated in a few short weeks.

Can you see an original hooked rug by Rebecca Lundquist in the background? What a great hooker and artist!

I did manage to hook a few pumpkins...long and lean.

And I pulled out this pillow I hooked many years ago. I think it is a Maria Barton pattern. I'll try to get myself together and add a few more decorating pics later.


Recently, we spent a week in Tennessee. On our way to a board meeting in Nashville, we stopped in Franklin for four nights and spent our days exploring this beautiful and historic area. The house above is located in downtown Franklin. Isn't it a perfect house...especially for this time of year?

Downtown Franklin is a great little area with beautiful homes, churches, shops and restaurants. Just a little off the main street there is a cluster of antique shops...I did a little damage.

A visit to this cemetery was such a sobering and sad experience. Rows and rows of unidentified souls resting in a field on this plantation. Large obelisks with the name of the state and the number of the fallen from that state mark their graves.

The family who owned the plantation is also buried in a separate section of the cemetery...with many graves being those of the very young.


We went walking in the woods.

And spent a day at Cheekwood Gardens. This is a beautiful mansion, full of art and surrounded by gardens. There is an herb garden, a boxwood garden, a Japanese garden and several more. We ate our lunch in an open area right beside a creek complete with waterfall. Heavenly!


Midweek we moved on to Nashville to meet up with our gang.

We stayed at this magnificent hotel...The Hermitage. It is an historical beauty and our room (which I neglected to get a photo of) was wonderful, with a glorious view of the state house.

We had a long sit in the lovely lobby. (No lunch available, but we had a yummy lunch with our group on the veranda).

While we were sitting in the lobby, several city tours came into the hotel and gave the group a run down on all the history that has taken place here. The Suffragettes had their first big meeting here.

Right across the street from the hotel is the Tennessee State Museum. It is full of wonderful artifacts like the portrait above, and lots of great information about famous Tennesseans. We love a good museum and this one was an unexpected delight!

Our Last afternoon...a very tired Annie at the Ryman.

Of course, a trip to Nashville includes a visit to the Ryman. Annie is not a fan of loud music so we passed on the live concert with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and a few others that our group had tickets to see. 

I have to admit the highlight of the trip for me was Franklin. Although it is a bedroom community to Nashville, it still has that small town feel. The Battle of Franklin was a turning point in the Civil War...the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. This lovely town has risen from the ashes of all that death and destruction and, in my opinion, does it's heritage proud.

Annie continues to talk about Cheekwood Gardens and what a fun day we spent there...just walking around...looking at nature...being together. Indeed, we enjoyed that day!

Hope to get around to visit you all and do some catching up.

Enjoy the day,

Monday, July 18, 2016

Super Summer!

Hello, friends! We've been busy, busy. The heat is miserable. The events taking place in our country and around the world are horrific and so very sad. I've been trying to shield Annie from all the goings on. She has so many questions...and I just don't have any least not any that make sense.

In an effort to lighten my mood I loaded some pics and thought I'd share some of what we've been up to.

In June, we attended the Annual Florida Bar Convention. Always a highlight for Annie, this year did not disappoint. This past year was my husband's last year on the Board of Governors as he chose not to run again...twelve years...six terms...time to move on. However, the incoming president did not want him to guy is a workhorse and they call him the "voice of reason". So, he is now the newly appointed Parliamentarian of the Florida Bar. Annie is thrilled! She was not looking forward to leaving her board family.

So...over the next year we will be continuing our tradition of lunching in the lobby. 

The convention highlights...Daddy got an award for his dedication, integrity and intellectual excellence for his work on the Disciplinary Committee. He made life changing decisions that were right and deserving, but difficult. He did a difficult job with great integrity. 

Annie and I are so proud...he is such a fine and humble man, and so well respected.

Of course, Annie was given a present by the outgoing president Ray Abadin... 

...a cuddly fleece blanket with Florida Bar Board of Governors seal and her name embroidered on it.
Lots of hugs and kisses and clapping followed. What a day!

That evening the festivities culminated in a big ole' party. The theme this year was all about New Orleans.

That's the new president and his wife leading a traditional "Second Line Parade" with a band from New Orleans as they entered the ballroom where the party was held.

Would you believe both the new president and the past president were undergrad classmates at Tulane? One parked cars and the other was a bartender while attending the university. Who would believe they would be back to back presidents of the Florida Bar? So they flew in a band to help celebrate the day! It was grand!!!


On August ninth, Annie will turn thirty. The celebrating has already begun.

Two of Annie's favorite people made a special trip to help her kick off her birthday celebration.

These wonderful friends drove four hours from Ft. bring her balloons, gifts, smiles, and lots of hugs and kisses.

They laughed their way through lunch together. 

They played some games. This is a matching game that is photos of all Annie's friends so they were matching pics of themselves which was kind of fun.

 And then they got back in their rental car (so they could both drive and have insurance coverage) and drove the four hours home.

How very blessed is my girl to have such women in her life. I rest a little easier knowing I have friends like these.  

We are women of different races and different faiths. But to us, we are simply friends. We don't see the differences. 
My friend on the left loves traveling to Israel, and on her last trip she brought me a rosary and a little donkey carved from an olive tree. I carry the rosary with me in my purse, and the donkey stands on my sewing table next to my chair. The little beast of burden is my talisman and reminds me to take slow and steady steps on this journey. We share the same name and were married on the exact same day. My friend on the right and I would probably do a lot of damage to our bank accounts if we lived closer to each other. We both love Brahmin bags...we are confessed "bag ladies". We share the same taste in so many things. This friend lifts me up in so many ways. Her joy is contagious. Her heart is even more beautiful than her face. 

I love these ladies...and I know they love me...and my daughter. 

Recent events have made me so sad. I wish we could all just get along. 

Have a great week...stay cool...and slip in a little prayer for peace.

Enjoy the day,

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Stopping in to wish you all a fun and safe 4th of July!

I have been having a battle royal with my computer. It has eaten my photos and will not tell me where they are hiding. Now, it won't even let me load them. I am the first to admit I am not tech savvy so my ability to fix this is limited. I hope to remedy the problem over the long weekend.

A bit of history....I am an avid fan of the AMC series TURN. The visuals are so rich...the clothing, the houses and the interiors. I re-watch every episode so that I can absorb each set detail. I was so sad to see the demise of John Andre on the season finale. Of course, having taught American history and being an avid reader of anything having to do with the Revolution, I knew it was coming. It still was hard to watch...and I would have preferred it to have been ole' Benedict Arnold at the end of the noose. But, some historians say, the whole Arnold mess helped us win the war. Many think his turncoat antics sparked a new fervor to fight within the colonial troops. If you have not watched this ambitious series, treat yourself over the long weekend to a beautiful telling of our fight for liberty.

Have a great 4th...stay safe and make lots of red, white and blue memories!

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, June 16, 2016


We are in Orlando. 

I just took this pic looking out of the hotel window. It appeared and was gone in an instant. 


Friday, May 6, 2016

My Favorite Day...

Mother's Day is here favorite day. How quickly the years are passing. My Annie will be thirty in August, and yet, she will never be thirty. Maybe in years, but never in her heart. We still enjoy doing many of the same things we have been doing together for...well, decades. 

We read books together...mostly picture books. Our favorites are worn, but are, for the most part, aging well. We both adore children's books with lots of illustrations.

We color together. Annie always has a marker or crayon in her hand. When I join her in her favorite activity she is delighted. We color every night when we travel...tucked in the cold sheets, while Daddy goes over his materials for the next day's meeting, in the other bed.

We do a little cooking together. My girl is a great sous chef.

We like to buzz around Target at least once a week. A trip to Barnes and Noble, also a weekly haunt, will find Annie thumbing through the cook books with a lot of oohing and aahing. 

There is a steady flow to our lives. Nothing fancy, just being together.

There are challenges in everyone's life. Everyone has heartache. Everyone has a list of things they might change if given the opportunity. I know what I would change if I could. Chromosomes. But I can't. And if I could, I would not have my coloring partner...or my reading buddy...or my Annie. So, I take that back...I wouldn't change a thing.

Happy Mother's Day! 

And a special thank you to all my dear blogging have made some hard days easier with your kind words.

Enjoy the day,

Friday, April 29, 2016

On my frame...

I have two rugs that I have been working on, on and off, for a few years. I just can't seem to get them finished. So...what do I do? I start another rug. I have been itching to get at this rug for a good while. This great pattern is by Jill Peterson. 

I've pulled my favorite colors and have tried the "ten minute hooker" routine...committing to hook a minimum of ten minutes a day. So far, so good.

Tomorrow we begin to paint. Cloud Nine by Benjamin Moore will go up on the walls of the sunroom. I'm still deciding about the trim color. It will be white...there are so many whites it's mind boggling. I've packed up the room, taken down shelves and patched holes. 
I can't wait!!!

I have also decided to forget about selling off some of my collections at this time. Thanks to those of you who expressed an interest. Too many things going on at the moment...and don't forget, I'm a full time mom (with grey hair) and that takes a good deal of my energy and attention. I'm packing things away for now.

Cannot believe that May will be here in a few days! How quickly the days past.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend with fine weather and an adventure or two. 

Enjoy the day,

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Beginning & a sign...

If anyone is interested in a great early sign from a New Hampshire inn this one is available. It would look wonderful hanging from a beam or rafter. I had it hanging on the wall in our sunroom. 

Good sturdy hooks and all the original dust...I did not clean it and left the original patina.

Great knothole in the wood.

The sign is double sided...the first pic shows the better of the two sides.  This is a large sign. It measures just shy of 14 inches high by 36 wide by 11/2 inches thick. It is a heavy piece and I can't really weigh it exactly. I weigh a bit under 130 and when I hold the sign and weigh myself it goes up to 139 and a half. Honestly, I think it weighs more than ten pounds. I have not idea what shipping would be, but if anyone shows interest I will find out. Lower 48.

This is the real deal...early and untouched. Priced at $140.00, but will entertain offers. Leave a comment if you are interested and let me know how to contact you.

Our home has been Navajo white for over twenty years. I think I'm loving the true white!!! This will be a long journey. Mr.MW is the neatest painter on the planet and will be doing the work on weekends. That means the entire house...laundry room, baths, closets...with the exception of one pale pink bedroom. I slapped this swatch up in the sunroom after filling holes. I would love to get to the painting, but I'm the messiest painter on the planet and dear hubby has already nixed that idea. I guess I'll just have to be patient.

I'm working on items for sale. Anyone have experience with Paypal Pay Me? It looks pretty straight forward...meaning I think I can figure out how to add it. 

Happy Monday!
Enjoy the day,