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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Visiting at Chris'

On my way home I am making a stop at Chris' house to visit and see his new house. It's nice to spend time with Scott, Chris' youngest son. He is in his third year of college pursuing a degree in graphic arts.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Virginia fun


This is Zoe...voted the best dog in the world. She is like having a stuffed animal...you can play with her when you want to but otherwise you never know she is there. She doesn't bug you or anything. Such a change from Sadie.

Jeff is giving Diane tech support.

Diane and Linda exchanged birthday gifts. Today Linda goes back to work and tomorrow I head for home.


Sunday, September 27, 2015


After an afternoon of shopping we enjoyed dinner at a wonderful authentic Italian restaurant. The owner...with a delightful accent...made us feel at home and the service was impeccable. Great Italian music played in the background as we talked and laughed. I had the lasagna, Diane got eggplant parmigiana and Linda had chicken Marsala. All were delicious. Today Diane's husband Jeff is coming over and we will do dinner and a movie.



Friday, September 25, 2015



I arrived here in Fredericksburg, Virginia this afternoon to spend the weekend with my sister Linda. Here she is fixing peppers for roasting. And what a surprise...my sister .diane is going to be able to come too from Raleigh and will be here very soon I am so excited that the three of us will be together. Since we live so far apart it doesn't happen all that often. We will have a ball!! These are Linda's fall dishes..so beautiful.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wabi sabi


To appreciate the imperfect. Tammy had a great post today...see sidebar..Peanut on the Table...about wabi sabi.

Broadly, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It’s flea markets, not shopping malls; aged wood, not swank floor coverings; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly.

Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet—that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust. Nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and erosion are embodied in frayed edges, rust, liver spots. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace both the glory and the melancholy found in these marks of passing time.

From Utune.com

Wabi sabi reminds us to appreciate simple things that may be worn or cracked. One of my very favorite things is a wooden bowl that my parents gave me. It had a crack that my father repaired. That little piece of metal us a reminder to me of my father and the pride he took in fixing things instead of throwing them away. I love running my fingers on this bowl and feeling the texture





Tuesday, September 22, 2015


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Sunroom tour…Fall 2015

I’m all set for fall in the house now. I love decorating and creating a cozy feeling in my home.

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I made the centerpiece using an old wooden trough that my sister was selling at her yard sale. I filled it with pumpkins and grapes. It is sitting on an old piece of handworked curtain that I found at an antique sale. fall house decorating 2015 016fall house decorating 2015 019
   The candle-ier has some stained glass votive holders along with leaves and berries. fall house decorating 2015 015

I set the table using my Williams Sonoma fall dishes. The acorn napkin ring holds the new fall napkins…a birthday gift from my sister.
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Great news

I just had to share this good news. My oldest son Chris is getting remarried in October and has just bought a new house.

It is not far from where he lives now and Michele will be within a few miles of her new job at a dialysis center. She just graduated from nursing school.

It has a pool in the back...guess where grandma will be next summer.


The landscaping is lovely. I'm sure they will all be happy there.


Monday, September 21, 2015

It's here

It's not here on the calendar yet and the leaves haven't even changed but in my mind fall is here. I can tell by the crispness in the air in the mornings. And by all the oranges in the stores. I long to put away the summer clothes and get out warm sweaters and long sleeves. I love walks in the fall. There is something about walking among the goldenrod which lights up the scenery with its golden touch. The cat tails are out along the road pointing their fingers to the sky.



J.K. Rowling

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

Stephen King, Salem's Lot

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

― Jane Austen, Persuasion



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Mum's the word


Nothing says fall like mums. Just put a pot on your porch and it's really all you need. Add a pumpkin and you have decorated.

Today I took down my little black fencing that surrounded the flower beds and carried some of the summer things downstairs. Little by little I am beginning to tuck things away. I know it is still early and we have some nice days ahead in September and October but I like to get a head start on it so I'm not doing it when the snow flies.

There are still some summer flowers like geraniums which are hangin on.

I love these tricolored mums.


The grands


Sean and Sara got face makeup at a birthday party. Sara posing....what a ham.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Down to the bare bones

Yesterday I took down all the summer things for storage and am ready to redecorate for fall. Up into the attic I go. 

It looks a little bare now 

Nothing much here. 

Really in need of a centerpiece.  Here I go. Stay tuned for more. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sadie update

I am fine, thank you. My mommy and daddy took me for a long ride and when we got to the animal hospital I knew where I was. But I waited patiently in the waiting room till it was my turn. You should have seen that barking golden retriever. Doesn't that dog have any sense of decorum?

I stood very still up on that metal table even when the vet poked something up my....well, anyway, I didn't like it. He felt my legs and body and thought that I was doing well. Then I thought we were leaving. We went out of the examining room and I turned to walk away with mum and dad. But..oh no..she handed the leash to him! Wait! I don't want to go,back that way! Mom! Save me! But they walked away..so I obediently followed the vet for my ultrasound.

I heard the vet tell mom and dad that there was no problem with the nodule on my spleen and we wouldn't worry about that. He cut my medicine in half again. I hope that I do well so that in two weeks I can only take a pill every other day.

I was happy to get out of there and thought we were going right home. But oh no. Mom needed to stop at Hobby Lobby for some oil paints for her class and then they ate at Red Lobster. dad always likes it when they have endless shrimp. They left me in the car..but left the air conditioner on for me. Finally they came out and we drove home. Boy was I glad to be there. I high tailed it for the kitchen and had a long cool drink.

The things I do for them....