Monday, July 14, 2014

It's not easy being green...

We have left summer behind and moved to the season of the witch.'s not an easy color to be.

Especially when your nose is long...and twisted like a tree root. She will be one of those girls that folks describe as, "attractive...but not in a conventional way".

She seems relaxed and at peace with that description. She's hoping the dress will be her redemption. I see a velvet pumpkin in her future and I immediately recall the words of my favorite Henry..."I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion". Hmmm....

Henry David Thoreau...succinct and eloquent...a rare breed.

Have a great week!

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Annie makes the news!

Annie gave our friends, Sheila and Gene, a beautiful stained glass star while we were in Orlando a few weeks ago. In the center there is a photo of them at the Florida Bar Convention last year. We have given several of these stars as gifts and they are always a big hit. 

Annie and Mr. Gene are also appearing here this month... 

You have to scroll down to the photo on the lower right of the page and then click on "Pettis bestows..."

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Enjoy the day,

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Kitchen Window 2014

Can't believe it's already July! My Kitchen Window is decked out in red, white and blue...of course!

Some of my favorite things just happen to be those very colors. I collected blue tranferware before I collected red transferware...the end result of my obsession for both makes for a perfect patriotic window.

This wonderful print, by the gifted artist Susan Daul, always graces my July window. It isn't the Fourth without her handsome Continental soldiers beating time and marching above our sink.

Mugwump Woolies early calico and ticking firecrackers share space with coverlet stars.

Love the Grecian Key pattern around the rim of this wonderful old bowl!

Two very early handleless cups with lovely scenes...a milkmaid...

...and a dapper gent courting a maiden over tea in the garden...sounds like a perfect way to win her heart.

Have a wonderful week and a joyous and safe Independence Day! 

Enjoy the day,


Thank you for all the lovely comments so many of you left on my last post. Annie is still floating on the kindness and support...and yes love...that she felt from the hundreds of wonderful people who shared her big day. The justices of the Supreme Court of Florida, Senator Bob Graham, family and friends went out of their way to congratulate her in person. And so many of my friends out in blogland congratulated her on my blog...together all of you helped make a day our girl won't soon forget. Mr. MW and I thank you...and Annie thanks you, too...and sends you each a big hug.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Annie's Big Day

Just a few hours ago, at the Florida Bar Annual Meeting, our Annie was given a very big honor. This is the time of year when the new president is sworn in, and the out going president thanks and honors those who have helped make his (or her) year as president a success. 

Eugene Pettis, our friend, and now past president, recognized our Annie as a "special angel" and awarded her with her very own President's Award. He then came down off the dais and gave Annie her award to a roaring standing ovation. It was unbelievable! Annie was so surprised! 

It was a very good day!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Enjoy the day...we sure did!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sister Michel Marie

Remembering Sister Michel Marie
Posted 04/02/2014 01:53PM
It is with heavy hearts that the O’Connell community shares the news that Sister Michel Marie Graham, I.H.M.passed away on March 29, 2014, at the age of 87.
Sister Michel Marie taught English at O’Connell from 1959 to 1979, sharing her love of literature, writing, and learning with hundreds of O’Connell students. As a teacher, advisor, colleague, and department head, Sister Michele was admired and respected throughout the O’Connell community.
Sister Michel Marie was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Falls Church, Va., a short distance from the dairy farm that would eventually make way for Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School. She graduated from American University in 1947 and joined the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary a year later. Sister Michel came to O’Connell to teach English in the girls’ division in 1959, and quickly became moderator for the first issue of the school's newspaper, The Visor. She was highly regarded English teacher who later served as department chair.
Sister Michel was a supportive and enthusiastic member of the greater school community, frequently attending sports and other events throughout the year. Bill Carpenter ’76 remembers how Sister Michel Marie came to all the home wrestling matches. “She was a fan of the classics,” said Bill, “and tried to impress upon us that both body and mind needed to be developed.”
As word of her passing spread on social media, former students fondly recalled her excellence in teaching, along with her intelligence, wit, and patience. She inspired many students to further study in English, and others recalled how much her writing instruction aided them in college and graduate school. Sister Michel Marie was one of those O’Connell teachers who will never be forgotten.
Religious, relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Camilla Hall in Immaculata, Pa. Visitation will held from 8:30-10:15 a.m. directly preceding the Mass.
Let us continue to offer our prayers for Sister Michel Marie and in thanksgiving to God for the gift of her life which she shared with our community so generously.
The Philadelphia Inquirer death notice can be found here:

Sister Michel Marie was my English teacher my freshman year of high school. She was a wonderful teacher and a warm and funny lady. She guided our early attempts at putting pen to paper, and instilled in many of us the love of the written word. Her favorite expression, "Close, but no cigar.". I can still hear her say those words these many, many years later.
I never knew she grew up in the same town where I grew up, Falls Church. We even shared American University as our alma mater. I know we shared a love of literature and writing. If I am able to string words together in any sort of coherent fashion, it is because of the steadfast efforts of this good woman...and a few of her fellow sisters. Rest in peace, Sister. You made it fun.

Enjoy the day,