Tuesday, January 16, 2018


My sincere and profound THANKS to everyone who has helped us so far in this fabulous journey.
Today has been quite a day... with lots of twists and turns.
But, tomorrow is a NEW day... 
and another fresh start on this adventure of earning our own way; doing what we love.
Jim will be continuing to work on his book... and do some online work...
and I, of course, will continue to work as a full-time care provider for my mom 
and work on my jewelry and art as I am able.
We are very grateful for all your love and support.
Please continue to follow along. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

for the weekend

photos from this weekend...
deer in the yard and some things I am finally getting listed for sale online...
and trying to rest a bit.

Friday, January 12, 2018



Some days you just get a bit overwhelmed, and all you can do it sink.. or float.
I am happily floating.
See you all tomorrow.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Today I've been trying to photograph and list a few LEGO minifigs in my Ebay shop.
It's slow going... but I will get it done eventually.

I've also been trying to take care of some things for my mom. 
Last night I fixed up a bookshelf for her that was in my grandparent's home when I was little. 
The shelves had split, so I glued them and braced them a bit better. I also brought up some of her favorite books, so she has them all in one spot in her room. I've also been working on selling her car. There is always so much that needs to get done... but as they say, a little bit at a time.
See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Back in June 2016, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will... 
 And so on Wednesdays; I've been posting an old photograph to inspire your creativity.
Write a poem!   
 Plot out a short story.
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.
--and occasionally I write my own sordid story or poem. 
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).


Maddie Miller loved to eat.
From sun-up to sun-down, all she thought about was food.
As a little girl, she had elaborate tea parties for her dolls, complete with courses and desserts,
so it was no surprise that she decided to be a chef.
She worked her way through culinary school, and graduated with honors.
By the time she was 30, she had worked in over a dozen restaurants, refining her skills.
But what she really wanted.... was to own her own diner.
yes, diner.

It was the summer of 1984, and Maddie found the perfect place.
She had taken a spontaneous vacation to Denver Colorado, and as she was walking the downtown area,
she spotted a fabulous old gas station... now empty, and up for sale.
It took her a full year to remodel.
She was working full-time at a local hotel/ restaurant, and working at night to help fix up her dream place..
but every day brought her closer to making it all a reality.
Her opening day was spectacular... but it was the joy in serving her community that made her happy.
Taking natural ingredients, and making them into tasty foods made her smile.
Her tag line was "real food for real folks!"
And everyone loved her.

(and it didn't hurt any that she had over 30 kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches on her menu -- YUM!)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


I know I've shown this photograph before... 
which I took at the VLA in New Mexico several years ago.
I am including it today, however, because to me it speaks of HOPE in the future...
something I desperately need today.
I hope you all have a great night... see you all tomorrow.