A few weeks ago I did a bit of entertaining. As I was preparing my home I looked around and thought, "That 4th of July decor has got to go!"   I had been noticing it.  It was sort of sticking out like a sore thumb.  But, if no one was coming over, I could put it off.  And I did.  It's not like I didn't have a plan up my sleeve.  For nearly two months I've been wanting to get out my old blue canning jars and play around with them.  Finally I did. My guests came. My guests left.  And the clouds came and I didn't take any pictures.  I need a sunny day in order to make pretty photographs for you with my pocket … [Read more...]

Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat. Some household tasks are never done. Especially laundry.   Photo snapped by my living in the country & loving it friend. Laundry Do you love it or hate it?   Not long ago we had some work done in our basement.  You may remember my unpleasant experience with the digging machine.  When that work was nearly completed I decided that I wanted to throw some paint on the walls in my laundry room.  Ahem, closet.  The washer and dryer were out of their tiny space and so it seemed that as the cement flooring was drying I should seize the day.  Or in this case, … [Read more...]

  Earlier this summer, as the ferns were pushing up their lovely fiddleheads I was smitten.     When the trees filled out, I discovered that my yard was enveloped in shade.   Mostly.  Cool, peaceful shade.  As I came to realize that flowers were not to be major players in my gardens, my eye was continually drawn to ferns.  Especially the giant Ostrich Ferns. When you walk a woodland path, do you find a swath of ferns cool and restful?  Is there something about them that rejuvenates your spirit?   Don't you wish that you could have that feeling every day?   Here are some … [Read more...]

Do you ever have a day when you can't seem to focus? Today was like that for me.  I'm not sure why, but I just flitted around and accomplished little. And so, I've given myself permission to share some things with you that recently crossed my path.  They are completely random.  And they either caused me to think, blessed me, or were simply... simply lovely. 1 Photo by Keely Marie Scott The Nester writes about Tanzania.  It's a ways into this article.  Wait for it.... "I have everything I need." And I have no words.  I think I'need to read it again.  And again. 2 If #1 left you grappling, … [Read more...]