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  • Village Shopping

    When I was a kid, and later young adult, a special outing with my mother was about 45 minutes away from home to a “village of shops.”  First stop was the soap store that smelled so good with all of their fragrant soaps and bath items. I loved going into ... Read More

  • Trick or Treat

    Trick or treating is the finish to Halloween.  But candy is truly secondary to what happens in preparation and celebration of Halloween. Planning and decorating is what leads up to prowling the neighborhood, going door to door, costumed in this year’s alter-ego. This is really what seems to signify Halloween ... Read More

  • Keeping Memories Alive

    A little over a year ago, a very close family member passed away after a long illness. One of the ways we decided to keep his memory alive is by planting flowers. We started by planting fall bulbs for spring blooms. It was October when we dug into the dirt ... Read More

  • Signs of the Times

    I remember the fun I used to have as a kid, running around the neighborhood and riding our bikes after school this time of year. The school day wasn’t too hot and it was still light so we could stay outside until dinnertime. Kickball and hide ‘n seek kept most ... Read More

  • Design Ideas

    I love to watch the home renovation shows to see, in a matter of minutes, a home transformed from a disaster to a showpiece. I also love to look at how people decorate.  Color, content, shapes. If I enjoy what I see, I try to determine if “I could do ... Read More

  • Magic is in the Air

    There is something magical about plants, isn’t there?  Whether you watch a plant grow from a seed or plant a seedling, the magic of growth is undeniable. This picture alone makes you think of the story of Jack and the beanstalk. The stem seems to be reaching up to the ... Read More

  • Wearing Autumn

     

    Like so many of us, autumn is a favorite time of year for me. The blooming and changing colors of gold, orange, red, and brown signify a change for each of us. Time to prepare for shorter and colder days. Our days in reality don’t get shorter, but they feel ... Read More

  • My Summer Vacation

    I remember as a kid, returning to school and having to write an essay on what I did during my summer vacation. Those essays always filled me with dread. Most certainly, everyone else would have something more interesting to say than what my family and I did during my summer ... Read More

  • Raindrops Keep Falling

    It seems as if we have had our share of the rain this year…haven’t we? And I have to admit that the rain can be so very soothing.

    I learned as youngster to always have a book with me in case of down time. Being a kid, that usually meant being ... Read More

  • Favorite Things

    They say a song or an image or a scent can transport you to a different place and time by the intensity of the memory associated with that song, image or scent. Hearing the ABBA song “Dancing Queen” reminds me of a ski trip I took in high school with ... Read More