Pumpkin Tyme by Angela Hillstrom inspired by original art by Lori Brechlin

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Destin, Florida



We are just back from a weekend in beautiful Destin. Shot this pic from the balcony of our room at The Henderson Resort. The original hotel is the building you see out there on the beach. Our group (BOG) stayed in the newer and larger portion of the hotel. 


This resort is absolutely gorgeous...and the staff is A+...not always the case, even in five star digs.


I spent mornings on this balcony. It was a little slice of heaven. The weather was cool enough to require one of my Garnet Hill cashmere wraps...my equivalent to a winter coat. They are a travel must for me...in the car, in cold a.c. chilled rooms...and lovely early mornings by the sea. 


A cup of tea and my favorite magazine...perfection. My Peter Rabbit cup travels with me.

Last night, dinner was served on the green area you see...complete with sea breezes and twinkling lights.


Annie loves it when she can see the water from her bed!


And, when we can spend some time in the beautiful lobby or out on the deck.



It was a great weekend in a place we had never been before. We don't often visit the panhandle...this is only the second time. The beaches out there are gorgeous white sand as fine as sugar. The sands on these beaches sparkle because of the bits of quartz; part of the process that washed them down from the Appalachians via the Apalachicola River 20,000 years ago. We have this same white sand on our local beaches, but it's always nice to visit a new place and witness this natural beauty with fresh eyes. 


Nature preserves border the grounds...an added plus.

 This is one of the loveliest, most relaxing and naturally beautiful spots we have had the good fortune to visit during our tenure on the BOG.

Feeling well rested and ready for autumn. Picked up some pumpkins today. Guess what Annie and I will be doing tomorrow to welcome a new season. 

Enjoy the day,
Robyn










Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cokie Roberts



A lovely and gracious lady...rest in peace, Cokie.

We'll light a candle at our house today, in honor of this accomplished woman and role model.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn

Thursday, August 29, 2019

...here we go again...


Oh. poo! This was the forecast from yesterday. We will watch and plan accordingly all weekend. We are on the Gulf Coast...west of Tampa. Please keep us, and everyone in the path of the storm in your thoughts. So stressful for all of us in the path!!!

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Hello, my blogging friends. I've been out of the loop this summer. I can't seem to get with the program these days. My autoimmune issues are zapping my energy and after my "mom" job, I don't have much energy for anything else. It is frustrating. I overdid on our trip to D.C. and have been struggling with the consequences of a flare ever since. Oh, boo hoo...enough about that!

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I don't know why, but I seem to pick up His Eye is on the Sparrow in the summer. I'll work on it and then take a long break...like months.


I recently started working on it again and am trying to stitch a little every day. I actually thought I was farther along than I am...but every little bit helps.


This stitch has proven to be therapy for me. I always feel better after I have taken a small bit of time to pull those lovely threads through this huge piece of linen. 

I have a stitching ritual. I turn on Gregorian chants...I adore the calmness and serenity they bring. Sometimes, I opt for silence with no background music. I light a candle. I grab a cup of green tea. I sit close to the window for good light...a window where I have a few myrtle topiaries and a large angel vine plant. My greenhouse. And I stitch. 

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Pink needlepoint shoes! Who'd a thunk it? With bumblebees!


I am not a "shoe person". I wear them...but I usually pick something for comfort. These shoes are all about the pink...and the bees...and the needlepoint.


Bees...


I splurged.  These beauties are my reward, from me, for having reached three months of not eating sugar. No cookies, no cake, no pie...no chocolate. It wasn't easy! And very unfair since I have not lost but a couple pounds. Not everyone's taste, but I love these sweet bees!

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We had a fun trip to Key Largo in July. We had never been there and were delighted the new Bar president picked this Key instead of Key West to begin his presidency. 


I sat here one evening and relaxed...all by myself. Annie and Mr. MW joined the rest of our group on the beach for the annual Battle Of the Boards. It was so nice and peaceful...this small bit of solitude.


So that's what the House of Mugwump has been up to this summer. We skipped the Florida Bar Convention this year. We all agreed it was best to stay home and relax this year. 

Annie turned thirty three...complete with balloons, sunflowers and her requested gift of "office supplies". MR. MW and I celebrated our thirty seventh wedding anniversary and we all celebrated our 30th year of living in our little cottage. 

Hope this finds your all well and enjoying the waning days of summer 2019. I will reply to comments here.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn










Friday, July 19, 2019

Key Largo



Right outside my door this morning...the Atlantic Ocean.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay safe...and hydrated!!!




Enjoy the day,
Robyn


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Keeping Busy


Hello, friends! I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July. We had a nice family day which included a trip to Hobby Lobby, hotdogs, red, white and blue glow sticks and watching the fireworks on t.v....the only way to do it in steamy, buggy Florida. 


I cannot get this pic to stay rotated! I found this pillow to hold all the pins we have collected on our trips. It's a neutral feed sack type material.




It was fun remembering all our adventures as I pinned them on. I mentioned this project in my last post and was glad to finally get it done. Now we can remember everyday.

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I have been working on His Eye is on the Sparrow a little...not enough to post much progress. 

I have been journaling a lot. Does anyone else do this?


This is the insert to my Traveler's Journal that I am using to document our recent trip to D.C. This section...signature...slips into a leather cover. There are a couple of signatures in my journal...each with it's own subject or use...maybe a calendar of events or a list of things to do. 
The sweet girl was drawn by an artist I ordered from on Etsy...she was on the box. Now, she is with me on my travels.


I keep it simple so Annie can read it and enjoy. When I was teaching, my classroom was my canvas. Now I play with paper.


This journal is more of a visual remembrance of each day, than a record. I am also working on a larger more detailed journal of our trip. That journal will be full of facts and events from our days. 
I save every piece of paper from our trips...receipts, maps, brochures, tickets. They all go in a box and are pulled out when I'm ready to make the journal of that trip. Those details will be included in the large journal.

This small travel journal slips into my purse or tote.


Love this tartan paper on the Alexandria page. Alexandria has a sister city in Scotland and has a definite Scottish influence.


Vintage stamps are one of my favorite embellishments I use in my journals...and this one is perfect! 


I also keep a Gratitude Journal. I don't get to it everyday, but I try. If I skip a day or two it's o.k. I like to scribble out a page pretty fast and get on with the day.



I'm not an artist...I rely on stamps for this journal...but I like to doodle while remembering how fortunate I am. 

I am not the first in my family to save paper ephemera. I have my father's letters to my mother from WWII. I have holy cards given to my father by nuns when he was in elementary school. I have the snip of a note Sister Mary Edward wrote in my planbook after she reviewed my lessons for the week..."Congratulations on your engagement!" it reads. I've saved paper for a very long time!

Do you keep a Gratitude Journal? Do you document your memories? Are you a "paper hound" like me?

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My summer reading is The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson. It is the first book in a trilogy the author is writing about the American Revolution. I can't seem to get enough history of that time in our nation! It's the most detailed account I have read of all it took to make us a free country. Just finished the battles of Lexington and Concord and learned things I never knew...always good!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! 

Enjoy the day,
Robyn





Thursday, June 6, 2019

Summertime



Hello, friends. We are back from a trip to Palm Beach and a few nights at The Breakers. Always fun to see our Board of Governors family and have a peek at the Atlantic. We begin our fifteenth year on the board next month....wow..15 years!

Annie and I are in full summer mode. We've been pulling out some red, white and blue and some of our special friends.

The vintage postcard above was a lucky find. 


She's currently waving her flag on our tea table in the living room. Behind her, on the back of the sofa, is a wonderful hooked rug hooked by Kelley from With Hook and Needle blog. The colors in this rug are perfect!


George Washington...our favorite patriot...the father of our country...a fellow Virginian. 

Another of our favorite founding fathers can be seen on the sideboard in the background.


Benjamin Franklin...sharing a pot of tea with our Agnes.


In the kitchen, the girls are all about flag waving. We are still working on this display...but it's off to a fun start.


Are you in summer mode? Are you bringing out the red, white and blue?

We have a few more friends to add to our summer decor. We'll keep you posted.


The patriots that founded our country were men of courage...true patriots. They risked everything for freedom and liberty. Thirteen colonies...each different from the other...united for the common good. 
Courage.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn




Sunday, May 26, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Farewell D.C...and goodies



We left D.C. at the crack of dawn...literally. I snapped this pic as we waited for the valet to bring our car. Beautiful city, our nation's capital...so photogenic!


This is what we look like when we travel. Mr.MW...always the same attire, wishing he could get his sixteen mile run in before getting behind the wheel. Annie...wanting to be fed and looking forward to going back to sleep in her nest in the backseat. Me...showered, but with no make-up and no hair combed. I'd been packing since 2:30 a.m. and making Annie's breakfast (ham sandwiches, applesauce and juice). Ready to serve as navigator for the next 938 miles and looking forward to some time on my heated car seat. 

The bellman offered to take our pic...and being semi coherent...I complied. One tired momma, here.


An early morning wink from Annie.


Good-bye, Thomas...and George. Your monuments are so special!


Good-bye, Pentagon! 


 The previous day we snapped a couple of pics...outside The Willard...


...and inside The Willard. In bowling, this would be called a"split". In photography, it's called..."Let's go home...enough already!"



The sign above me is for the famous Round Robin Bar...you'll have to take my word for it.

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Annie likes socks so her haul included three pairs purchased at the Capitol gift shop...


and a pair from The Willard gift shop. The background is actually the official 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival market bag...and the official pin. Annie is very specific when she shops. She asked for the socks and the bag...I threw in the pin for my collection.


Annie also likes pencils....she already had the red sparkly one out and in use when I took this pic.
Flag pin from Capitol...had to! We also grab a canvas W.F. bag when we travel. We have them from Chicago, Philadelphia, South Beach, Nashville, Tallahassee, etc and we use them!!!

Annie also scored a sweatshirt from Alexandria and a nice long sleeved tee.


My birthday gifts came from Mount Vernon. This beautiful silk scarf is the pattern from the ceiling in the dining room. I love scarves! Can you see the farming tools on the white background? Love it! The tiny tobacco jar is an ornament. 


These two Mottahedeh dishes have sayings by George himself on them. I collect these little coin plates when I go to historical cities. 


Of course, I can't come home without a book. This gem is about a wonderful Virginia artist by the name of Virginia Jacobs McLaughlin. She is "an itinerant painter" who paints beautiful murals on the walls of historic buildings...and some not so historic. It is filled with her gorgeous work. I don't want to infringe on any copyright so, again, you will have to take my word on the beauty inside these covers.


I have collected pins from all our travels. Here I added several...Ford's Theater,  the Capitol and a few museums. I use to pin them on my rug hooking snips bag but they are too many now. I need a new place to pin them so we can see them and remember all the places we've been. Any ideas...novel or otherwise.

And silly as it sounds, I was delighted to bring home not one, but two cans of my favorite furniture polish. Silly? I love this stuff! I can find it on line but you pay more in postage than for the polish. Something I will not be a party to.


There you go USPS...two for less than one plus postage!


Should last me the duration.

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That concludes the tales of our trip to Washington, D.C. It was wonderful...and beyond tiring. It is the  longest trip I've taken since fighting multiple autoimmune ailments. I did better than I expected. But, I ate things I should not and pushed the limits. That's what a vacation is all about, right? 

Today I'm back on track...no more sugar ( swan song was French silk pie on Easter) or wheat...only a bit of caffeine. 

Oh...if you see Annie don't mention the "pat down" she got before going into the Capitol. A female member of the Capitol Police removed her blanket from her legs, went over her with a wand and then patted her down. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate their efforts to keep us safe...pat my kid down all you need to...but be prepared for whatever said kid has to say about it...it's possible it might contain some expletives. Luckily, the officer did a terrific job and Annie kept saying, "I'm fine, I'm fine." and told the woman, "I don't have anything." They are on the job at The Capitol!

T.G.I.F.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn