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Sunday, November 19, 2017

When it doesn’t work

We all go through it don’t we? All the electronics are working fine and then..Boom! They don’t work. At my house I have Atlantic Broadband for my internet and phone so when that goes down so does everything. It may have been related to the rain we were having, who knows? So I called the service number. Oh, first I called my neighbor to see if the problem was just with my line…it was. I was overjoyed to find a nice young American boy to help me. Sometimes when I get foreign speaking help I have trouble understanding them. It’s hard enough trying to fix something that you are entirely out of your league with and then trying to interpret what they are saying at the same time. But this guy was sooooo nice…and patient. He did a number of things on his end since he could “see” my modem and tried all in his power to get me back online. But it wasn’t happening and he finally gave up and scheduled an appointment for a service repairman to come. Of course they couldn’t come till Tuesday but he said since my phone was out he would prioritize it. Sure enough I got a phone call on my cell early this morning and they will come tomorrow. Meanwhile I tried fixing it myself. (which means I unhooked the power plug, took out the battery, waited and put it all back together). We had done that a number of times last night. But this morning…IT WORKED! And as you can see I am back in business. Problem resolved. Now I have to fix my photo overloaded cell phone…….

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Do it like Zen

zen Things

When I think of Zen I think…sitting, relaxing, meditating…at peace with the world. In our busy, hustling world do we take enough time to be Zen? I love activity and movement and don’t spend idle time sitting unless I am reading or watching tv. Otherwise I am busy. There are household chores, meetings, and activities. These are all things I like to do but sometimes I wonder if I should just be calmer and more relaxed. I tried meditating once. For me I couldn’t hold my mind still and it seemed a waste of time when I could be doing something productive. When I read the above list I realized I need to make time. I need to take time to just be in the moment.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Elvis is alive and well

One advantage of living a half an hour from a casino is that we can take hop over there to see the entertainment that they bring in. Yesterday Elvis was in town and we enjoyed the show. 

Not only did this impersonation look like Elvis but his voice was identical. He had that deep growl and all those hip shakes of the original and for an hour we were transported back into our teen years. 

Yes, I had a crush on Elvis! I swooned when he was on the Ed Sullivan show where they only showed him from the waist up because they felt his hip moves were too vulgar for television. I sang every song and watched all of his movies. He was my handsome hero. One memory that stands out was when I was a teen and vacationing in Georgia with my cousin. We were at a public swimming pool and Teddy Bear was blasting from the speakers. 
  This Elvis was shaking and singing and even had scarves which he put around his neck, wiped his face, and then handed out to the crowd. He really entertained the women who lined up to get a title kiss from "Elvis". 

Monday, November 13, 2017

All blue and white

Do you notice anything new in the living room?  I finally found the blue and white lamps that I have been looking for. I've always loved blue and white in fact I had my kitchen blue for a while. Then slowly I started collecting blue and white pottery. I had made the curtains in my living room from some fabric that I fell in love with. It had blue and white pottery on it so naturally I needed some blue and white in the room. When I traveled I was always on the lookout for some pieces. I found them at estate sales and consignment shops as well as in stores. Little by little my collection grew...and grew. 

I found these lamps at a Tuesday Morning in Knoxville, Tennessee. This was the largest Tuesday Morning that I had ever been in. The lamps weren't as large as I would like so I found the little oriental stands at Old Time Pottery in Pigeon Forge, Tn. That raised them up enough to give them presence in the room. I also put this one up on books to match the height of the other one. In front of the lamp you can see a teapot from my best friend and a Royal Copenhagen teacup that I purchased when I was in Denmark. 

I lined some of my collection up on the mantle and added some red to coordinate with the painting. The large vase on the left is also new. I have now reached the point of having enough. I will not be searching any more. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I think I’m finally an adult


I’ve often heard that you grow wiser as you age. I wish I’d known then what I know now. I wouldn’t have had so much heartache and frustration if I’d only known. I would have been able to handle things better. I wouldn’t have worried about so much or tried to change things out of my control. Oh, those lessons. Those life lessons were part of the learning curve. I think I’m finally an adult at 73. I’m calmer and more content. I wish I could have bundled this feeling up and given it to my 29 year old self.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I know it's early...but....

It's not Christmas yet...but...I'm getting in the mood already and this version of White Christmas is great.  enjoy!

Friday, November 10, 2017


And that goes for magazines too. Sometimes when I look at decorating books or see programs on television of beautiful homes with no piles of books showing or no place for magazines I wonder just who lives in those homes. I have always surrounded myself with magazines. They are my window on the world. I love the magazines like Bella Grace or La Vie Claire that have heavier paper so turning a page feels luxurious.

In the corner by my fireplace is a copper tub filled with the copies of magazines I can’t bear to throw away. I organize them by season and pull them out with fresh eyes when the seasons change. Southern Lady, La Vie Claire, Romantic Homes and Victoria are my very favorites. The little cricket on the hearth was my mother’s.

Another corner in my house is the one in the kitchen. These corner windows by the table look out onto the road and the weather and I love to sit there.

The rooster light is from Valerie Parr Hill on QVC. He is on a timer and lights up the kitchen every evening.

What is in your favorite corner?

Thursday, November 09, 2017



I love to travel…but I also love to be home. On these cold days I love the coziness of being sheltered right in my own home.

 joshua word home dreams

Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need."

William J. Bennett

"Home is a shelter from storms—all sorts of storms."

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Oh Deer..

Look at this gorgeous stag that I found at a consignment shop in Knoxville.

My heart skipped a beat when I saw him up on a shelf. He is very heavy and so regal. I knew he would find a place in my Thanksgiving decorating. I put him on a new tray in the middle of my dining room table.
And I couldn't resist the green and brown plaid napkins at Pier One, one of my favorite stores. Their Christmas items this year are amazing. The silver bowl was on sale and called my name.

The pine cone is from our backyard and the small burlap tree was on sale at Michael's.

Pine cone candlesticks seem perfect for this table setting.

AS I looked out my window yesterday morning an antlered buck was grazing in the
neighbor's yard. I love those unexpected joys.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

(Backup) Chocolate anyone?

Ryan, Jenny, Sara And Sean

On Saturday the family took a trip to Hershey, PA to Chocolate World. Ryan and his family had come up to visit Chris with us over the weekend. It is always fun to have the whole family together. The kids loved seeing all the Hershey characters. 

There was a ride which took you through the process of making chocolate from the bean to the bar with songs. 

And of course a huge candy store. 

Afterwards Chris took us to a great restaurant called Smokers which is famous for its barbecue with a variety of sauces. 

On the way home we stopped at a craft show and a book store. The evening was spent playing games and eating pizza. The kids are crazy about their Uncle Chris and had a great time. 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

November comes

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

― Clyde Watson

It all depends on where you are. In my town the snow comes early. I remember dressing my kids for Halloween and putting their costumes over their snow suits. But in Tennessee this week there was cold weather for a day or two and now it's back in the sixties and sunny.  That is one thing I miss in Bradford for we have a lot of cloudy days this time of year. My son loves living in Knoxville but I really don't like the high heat during the summer. 

Friday, October 27, 2017


I am enamored with the PBS Masterpiece Theater and am currently enjoying Victoria their series about Queen Victoria of England. 

The eight-part drama follows Victoria from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at the age of 18, through her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage, nine children, and the job of being Queen of the world's most important nation. Victoria's often tumultuous reign lasted for 63 years; she was England's longest-serving monarch until she was overtaken by Elizabeth II in September, 2015.

I have an English ancestry on my father's side. His father came from England to settle in DuBois where my father grew up. But alas I never seemed interested in anything remotely English. I wasn't a fan of  English novels and didn't really care for English movies for a long while.  That is until watching Enchanted April when I immediately became a fan. 

When married British women Rose Arbuthnot (Miranda Richardson) and Lottie Wilkins (Josie Lawrence) decide to take a break from their respective spouses, they stay at a castle in Italy for a quiet holiday. Joining the ladies is Caroline Dester (Polly Walker), a young socialite, and Mrs. Fisher (Joan Plowright), an older aristocrat. Liberated from their daily routines, the four women ease into life in rural Italy, and each finds herself transformed by the experience.

Now I gobble up all that I can find and Masterpiece Theater certainly provides. Sunday nights became my favorite night of television while eagerly awaiting Dowton Abbey. But I missed out on Victoria so I am catching up with Amazon Prime. I love streaming movies and binge watching series.  Having shows readily available when I am is miraculous. It has changed the way I watch tv. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time for a break

Once in a while I need to get away from the daily blog so if you don't see me here regularly here don't worry. I'm just busy. I know you understand.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Giggling all the way

Another edition of the Giggle Girls. This time at my house.  We had great fun playing Marbles, a homemade board game. The weather was windy and the leaves were blowing around, even into the house when I opened the door to get some air in. The spice cake with cranberries and pecans and the hot cider seemed to fit the mood of the season. I used beautiful paper plates and napkins from a company called Michal. I purchased these at one of my favorite stores..Tuesday Morning. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall images

Do you think it is an accident that Mother Nature shows it's brilliant colors just before the long gray months of winter?  This one last burst of color is a promise that we can get through that quiet dark time and see a rebirth at the end. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

There's something about lavender

It might be that I'm taking the painting course about Provence. Or that lavender fields always hold a special memory for me...standing in the lavender field in Provence.  Either way I wanted to paint some lavender for my art class. Here are my last two paintings.  

Friday, October 20, 2017


One podcast that I listen to regularly is Decorating Tips and Tricks. This podcast gives advice from three of my favorite bloggers Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse,

Yvonne from Stone Gable

and Kelly from My Soulful Home.

This three times a week podcast covers everything you want to know about decorating. They are funny and best friends. This is from their blog:

Your designers are here! Anita, Yvonne and Kelly sharing decorating tips and tricks. Get our advice, secrets and have some laughs along the way. Listen in, you’ll be inspired to create a beautiful home and LOL a lot! Seriously great decorators having some serious fun. Join us!

Episode 110 was Adding organic elements to your decor and it inspired me to look in my backyard where I picked up some pine cones.


They are big proponents of dough bowls so I put the pine cones in a small dough bowl that I had. I like the way it looks in my kitchen and gives a fall look.


Outside there are all kinds of signs that the Earth is preparing for the long winter’s rest.


Hydrangeas which were once so beautiful are dying back.


One last little daisy is holding on.