Friday, June 24, 2016

there are moments...

       there is this path from the road thru the trees at our property 
     in northern Wisconsin...I never quite know what sight will await 
         when I enter the clearing ~~ this was my gift on Saturday.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

pardon me as I climb upon this soapbox

A fashionista I am not.  I have always thought it would be cool to be stylish
or boho or professional chic...but at the end of the day, I don't have time
for that - it is just not a priority to me.  So I usually find a comfortable pair
of shoes, a roomy top, a comfy pair of pants and wear them out.  

So, with rare form, Friday night I went shopping.......for clothing.  Now I 
wish I could say it was because I had just shed extra weight or had been
invited to a Whitehouse gala, but it had more to do with a new job
around the corner.

Carefully picking out some comfortable & "cute" looking tops ~~ I headed to
the mirrors we all love in the dressing room ~~ and that is where this story
actually begins.  There were clothes strewn all about, every hook taken, piles
on the floor - even empty make-up boxes in the mix (theft).  I was stunned that 
women did this!  When I went to the dressing area nearer the "older women"
area, it was no different.  Seems manners fall away behind closed doors.

I grew up learning that we pick up after ourselves, just what you did.  As a teacher, I 
always made sure the kids knew "there are no clean up elves".  

When I went to check out, I asked the clerk if the dressing rooms were always
so thoughtlessly left.  She said that it was actually part of her job to pick them up
& on that Friday they were left better than usual by customers.  Wow!  Just wow!

So it may not be a big deal, but for this young women that probably spends a 
few hours a day picking up after pigs...I mean others, kindness starts behind
that dressing room door.  It is where we, as women, accept ourselves for who we
really are.  

Sunday, June 12, 2016

porching it

We are ever so lucky to have a large three season porch off the
summer kitchen.  With 12 windows, it offers sun & breeze.  One
of my vacation "to dos" was to refresh the porch with its mix of
second hand furniture.  Dave repainted the floor a forest green,
which highlighted my love for green in all of the shades of nature.
I threw an old blue floral comforter over the comfy couch and made
sure that bits of red, green, and blue were anchored with white.
With two ceiling fans, a place to grab the right shoes or boots when
heading out the door & tables for eating or setting loads on their 
way in or out...this is a versatile space.  Yesterday, we added buffalo
check valances in a perky shade of Apple green...I will add more of this
color as I nip & tuck over time.

As I type this, I hear the rustle of the breeze through our cottonwood 
tree, one of several pairs of wrens singing, and the melody of a farm
yard wind chime.  Porching it!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

for the love of Pinterest

I am loving the new look....loving it!  They are inspiration collages!

Saturday, June 4, 2016


My home is an 1857 Federalist style brick house in Augusta, Wisconsin.
It is the love of my life.

My home is a 28 year old boy living on his own in Mill Creek, Washington.  
He is the love of my life.

I cry when I leave both ~ that is what makes them home to me...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

there be mountains

Taking a little time off to visit my son, Ian, in Seattle.
We are taking in all the sites unique to this place.
And as we travel, Mt. Rainier travels with us.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

pink it is...



Saturday, May 14, 2016

spring gardening in Wisconsin

Chilly nights have brought all my potted plants in!  More 
vulnerable outdoor plants are covered with sheets.  New 
garden shoots get a canning jar inverted like little campers 
right over them.

Orphaned milk can lids make great planters!  Blue 
insulators are great to tuck in with plants.

Plants tucked in on our porch during several cold
a little reunion of violas & pansies.  They are all hardy stock for
cool spring planting....but why not be kind when nights dip to 27.

Monday, May 9, 2016

once again...

For what seems like a moment, the apple blossoms arrive.
I know their time will be brief before the spring rain or breeze will whisk them away. 
I attempt to take them in, to memorize each blossom, before they disappear as quickly as they arrived.  They remind me of how tender a moment truly is...little winged flowers.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I'm a mom, what's your superpower!

                                       picture credit: Pinterest

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

blue bird, blue my window

    They arrive home...our beloved blue birds begin to nest.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Kitty dreams

blustery snow has returned for the day...
but with kittens at my side, life is just fine!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

sweet kindness

I am quite certain that kindness is measured in moments when your
heart finds joy in giving.  No thanks, ego or return receipt requested...
just relishing helping or giving or sharing.  On this first day of spring,
there was a sweet gift of kindness waiting at my roadside mailbox.  With
no note or name...this sweet rusty farm sifter with a darling nest and a 
handmade leaf that will hold a tiny drink for a bird in my summer garden
was waiting for me.  This is one of many first days of spring I have found
a sweet gift at my mailbox.  Over the years tulips, a hydrangea...all 
unexpected gifts of kindness.  I know the giver expects no thanks, but 
I am ever so thankful.

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