Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I have been doing two Chistmas sewing projects . . .

a little something for the boys

a little something for the girls

I guess I can't yet tell you what they will be as
those "boys and girls" read this blog.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


We live in a five bedroom Victorian house {built in 1865} where we raised four children. Those children are all grown and gone now so it is a dream of mine to downsize.

There is a two bedroom ranch in our neighborhood for sale.
They had an estate sale last week so we went, not to buy anything but to look at the house. We decided that it really is too small for us but we did buy . . .

two swivel glider rockers for our bedroom

and on the way out we bought two hearth and plow rockers for our kitchen.

Somehow this doesn't seem like downsizing!?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

as luck would have it

Can you imagine what it would cost to reserve a whole restaurant just for the two of you or even better, a whole rustic lodge all to yourselves? That is what happened to us purely by accident.

I bought a Groupon for a Glamping {glamorous camping} overnight in a town about 2 hours away from home.

We made our reservation for a weekday night, after the leaves had fallen from the trees, and before the winter snows begin to fly {off season}.

As luck would have it we were the only guests at the lodge that night and the restaurant isn't open to the public during the week.

A "better than camping" room with a view {of the forest}

A glass of wine, a bit of reading, a few games of dominoes, peaceful chatting, and a steak dinner all in front of this roaring fire.

Ham and cheese omelet for breakfast made by Rich the friendly owner, proprietor, and chef. In fact Rich was the only other person we saw during our stay.

A morning walk in the woods and then headed for home refreshed, relaxed and pampered.

I would definitely return and maybe bring a friend or two.

{the rest of our photos}

Saturday, November 19, 2011


google image

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes!

My favorites . . .
infinity ~ magic trick ~ twist and pull

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

benson park sculpture garden

If you find yourself anywhere near Loveland, Colorado
a visit to the Benson Park Sculpture Garden is a must.

welcoming crows


cooper {afraid of every sculpture}





Located at 2908 Aspen Drive in Loveland, Colorado, Benson Sculpture Garden has provided a beautiful and unique outdoor setting for showcasing sculpture since 1985. It is here that the Loveland High Plains Arts Council hosts its renowned Sculpture in the Park event each summer. Currently, there are 132 pieces of sculpture on permanent display.

more of our photos

Friday, November 11, 2011

posting queue

I have been pretty faithful posting on my blog every third day. When I think of something to blog about I put it in the queue so it automatically posts on a given date.

I now think I will now change to posting every fourth day.
I don't want to bore anyone!
How often do you post on your blog?

Some blogs I read post every day, some once a week and some on no particular schedule. Some bloggers take extended breaks and I am always glad when they return. Its like welcoming back an old friend.

I find I love reading many kinds of blog posts - crafts, make-overs, sewing projects, faith journeys, family news, traveling adventures, great photos, recipes, seasonal suggestions, book reviews, yard sale finds, crochet ideas, renovations, product reviews, quilting, decorating ideas, and more.

Sometimes I have something profound(?) to share and sometimes just a photo that would really only interest close friends or family. My readers are very kind to keep coming back and I so value the comments they leave.

When considering a new post do you wonder what would interest your faithful readers or do you just blog from your heart and life?

Monday, November 7, 2011

grounded & blessed

Our daughter and her husband have been living in Cambodia for three years.
They both have commitment to service in their hearts and we are so proud of them.

amanda in kampong chamAmanda did a wonderful post on her blog about their time there . . .

. . . our time here has passed in the blink of an eye, life here has been much easier than we expected - filled with such joy, friendships & travel. but also harder too as we've had to un-learn a lot of the things, beliefs, assumptions, cultural certitudes we thought we knew, & we thought were solid docking points & that sort of education can be quite unsettling.

If you have a few minutes, I invite you to read her reflections about this journey in their lives.
we live in all we seek blog

Thursday, November 3, 2011

sign of the times

While visiting this museum

we saw this funny sign in the elevator

then off to lunch here . . .

I hope you a Larkburger near you.