Thursday, October 19, 2017


Nature is dressed up in all her frosty finery this morning... and it is gorgeous.

For some reason, I am back to sleeping in 3hour "snatches".... mixed with very vivid dreams.... so things are a bit wonky. However, it is glorious having a little, happy, warm, furry buddy that is more than willing to nap at any given moment with me. (thank you ZeeZe). 

This week has been loaded with cooking, (getting food on sale and buying larger portions) and freezing it... getting the last bits from the garden before I prepare it for winter... cleaning... nesting... yep! winter is indeed coming. And, unfortunately, along with that comes guilt for not getting anywhere near as much done as I had wanted to this summer/ fall... why do (we) do this to ourselves? So for today... I am trying to just relax in those things I did manage to get done... and trust that it will all be ok. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


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).


This is little Tommy Trinetti.
He just got his front teeth, and frankly, he's not overjoyed about it.
Truth be told, Tommy spent most of his life... just stumbling through. Nothing horrible ever really happened,
but nothing overwhelmingly good happened either... at least, not from his point of view.

Oh... he did ok.
He had a nice wife, two sons of his own... a small house in the suburbs that he cared for meticulously.
(He took great pride in having the best manicured lawn on the block.)
He drove a blue Chevy that was absolutely pristine, right down to the whitewall ties and naugahyde upholstery.
He sold cars for a living, and was known to be one of the few truly fair car salesmen in the fine state of Indiana.
He played poker on Tuesday nights with the fellows from work, and always had a big summer barbecue on the 4th of July.

His wife, Carol, would say that they lived a quiet life.
After almost 30 years of marriage, about the only thing she complained about was his penchant
 for smoking stinky cigars and wearing ugly bowling shirts... and then she would laugh.
"Please pass the jello mold... I love that fruit cocktail in it. .." 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


.this morning.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Happy Monday! Frankly, I am not ready for a new week. It seems like I lost the weekend... but I am not sure how... except that we have all had some semblance of a persistent stomach bug... (including little ZeeZe). Fortunately, the house is relatively clean, the laundry is mostly done, the dishes are done... and fresh coffee is on the counter. 

This week, I hope to start listing some of the Legos we finished sorting over the weekend. 
And, if all goes well... there will be lots of hours spent in the studio. 
Last week, I finished up and listed a bunch of "Seasonal Sets." These are envelopes made from a variety of scrapbook papers that feature designs depicting holidays, etc throughout the year. Each envelope has a blank white card to go with it. Sets of 12 cards/ envelopes are $6. 
I have 7 sets all-together 😊

But for now, I have a pup curled up at my side ... awaiting a tummy rub. 
See you all tomorrow.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

for the weekend

some times there's no words...
just the stillness of nature.
And that is enough.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Happy Friday everyone. 
Don't let this world get you down.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


So... I've been feeling like dookie all week... and have been very frustrated with myself for not getting a whole lot done... 
or at least, not doing the things I feel I should be working on.

Yesterday, and last night... I worked on organizing the kitchen a bit better. Lots of folks believe that when they organize or clear out there house, they are done. As in ... forever. But it's an ongoing process. You are always bringing more stuff in.... therefor, unless you want to be surrounded, you also have to take things out.
I've been wanting to present my spices better, but didn't really have the jars I was looking for... so I was putting it all off. Sometimes, you just have to work with what you have, even if it isn't ideal. We have tons of spices, most of them being herbs we've grown in the garden.
This is what I put together. No it's not perfect, but it's loads better than it was.
(you can click on the kitchen pictures to enlarge them if you wish)

And while I was at it, I shoveled out my cupboards.
In the whole scheme of things, I only got rid of some odd jars and such... but it looks much better.
See you all tomorrow.