January reads…

I had a lot of fun in 2018 – the Year of Reading. I read a variety of genres and soared through books each month. But this year – I’m taking it easy. I’m simply reading when I have an opening for it. People who read 200 books a year… I don’t know how they do…

v v valentiney

When do you know if something is just ‘too much’? Coco advised always taking off one item of jewelry before leaving the house. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, however, I ignore all the rules. More is more. The more love the better. I’ve started adding some Valentine’s Day things around the house. I’ll tweak…

bucolic English gardens and hippie reefer rests

Do you remember singing the song as a kid Going on a Bear Hunt? You’d rustle through the grass – making the appropriate noises with your hands. You’d stomp through the woods, stomping your feet to the beat. The antique hunt is not much different. You firmly place the list of items you’re searching for…

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

“No matter your political beliefs…” is a phrase I have come to loathe. It invariably is followed by a veiled political view. That said, politics can be pushed aside when reading Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. The book gives a strong foundation from Michelle’s childhood to the breadth of work she did before ever entering the…

Get back up on the horse, g

It’s been far too long since I have played with paper and glue. It used to be such a huge part of my life, but for various reasons I have let it slip into zero drive. Perhaps the biggest reason, is that the hobby was once at 100,000% GO, GO, GO! My task now is…

Ex O Ex O

This cross-stitch piece is a few decades old. I’ve never framed it but recently ran across it while unpacking yet another moving box, and decided it needed to come out for awhile. I used a vintage hanger and hooked it on the edge of a hallway mirror. But I didn’t make this cross-stitch piece. My…

Rosemary and Time

When we first moved into our California house, there was a VERY overgrown bush tucked in between the oleander and a yet-to-be-determined hedge. It was overgrown and dead in places and clearly hadn’t been manicured or tended to for quite some time. It was on the backlist of things to get around to. Any yet,…

and a hearty hello to you too, 2019

I’m not sure I am a resolutions kind of gal, but I am definitely a reflections type of gal. What worked last year? What do I wish to tweak? What, more importantly, went well and should stay the course? For those enneagram followers out there, I am a 5. I am a ‘reflector’ by nature….

mundane joy

“We all need the reminder that the next generation is watching and waiting to be inspired by the love story of ordinary life lived out faithfully.”⠀ It really doesn’t matter your age – there are always younger-than-us beings who are watching your face. Checking to see when your eyes get panicky or your brow wrinkles…

POET X

“The pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed on to them. It almost feels like the more I bruise the page, the quicker something inside me heals.”⠀ Without question, Poet X will be in my top five favorite books I’ve read this year. ⠀ I am such a fan of the…

San-Fran-Giving

Since Scott has to work on Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated a few days earlier by taking a day trip to San Francisco. It’s what I like to call a Scouting Trip – checking out all the sites we want to visit when friends and family come to town. It’s about a two-hour drive so an…