Tuesday, September 30, 2014


 Just stopping  by to say hello!  i had a really wonderful weekend at my cabin this past weekend.  There was just a hint of Fall in the air, and it can't come too soon for me!  I bought a new sewing machine recently when I began to realize that I now will have 3 little girls in my life. My two little great grandaughters,  and then, how exciting, I am going to be a Grandma again. My oldest daughter is expecting her second child about November 7th, so it will not  be long.  I had fun with my sewing machine starting a little butterfly quilt for this little girl to come, Genevieve Grace. Very excited about this.  Also enjoyed looking for a little Fall color, and loved these mushrooms out side of our cabin. They seemed to pop up almost over night.  Above is my nosey Maggie. She found the cupboard door open, and just felt that there was something in side of this space for her. She always gives me a laugh.

Hoping that all of you also had a great weekend, and are enjoying the start of the new season!

Thursday, September 25, 2014



Wednesday, September 24, 2014


 I know I have been a little bit slow here, but wanted to share a few shots from our recent trip to New England with our grandson and dear friends of many years.  I really wanted Sam to see some of the country's history while we were there, so one of the places that we visited was Plimoth, and the site of the Mayflower Replica there. This replica was built in England and sailed to the US in the 1950's.  Such an interesting look back at history.  About 130 pilgrims sailed on this boat  and arrived off  the coast of Cape Cod, way so many years ago.  How interesting to see these quarters and imagine what it  must have been like to travel across the sea like this.
This stick that my grandson is holding on to is the method by which the ship was steered, it was attached to a huge beam on the deck below which controlled the rudder

This was the ships primary navigational tool.  What can I say, ..... way different from todays sattelite navigation

Some of the people were very lucky and had their own "bedroom"

This was the cooking fireplace which was mid deck on a wooden ship, and the fire was kept burning at all times. The families took turns cooking their own meals in this fireplace.
Those not as fortunate to get their own 'bedrooms" slept out in the open mid deck. Can you imagine having a baby on one of these?  This did happen on the Mayflower

One of the things that I found fascinating here was that there were people who were "in character" just as if they were actual pilgrims, answering many and varied questions asked by the tourists here. Such fascinating stories about their fears and travels and start in the new land.
    This is a really interesting area to visit if you are ever here! We really enjoyed it, and it got me intrigued enough to read the book, MAYFLOWER, which gave me many new insights in to this time in the founding of our country

Monday, September 22, 2014


Stopping by to say hello ! It just seems like this past few months have gone by so fast with so little time for my blog!  Every day, I think I am going to have a chance to sit down and say hello and spend some time with my online friends, and one thing after another happens to my time for this.  Miss seeing all of you on a daily basis.  This past week has been so full! My oldest daughter had her little grandaughter and my great grandaughter for the week, and we did have fun! Took her over to the Dallas arboretum to the pumpkin patch. She did love those pumpkins, and we got her one of her own too. Can't believe how fast she is growing, and she just had her second birthday.
     Then had fun going this past weekend to my other daughters house and we celebrated my grandsons birthday. Number 12.  So hard to believe he is growing so fast, and he is such a total delight!
     Just a little over a month from now, my oldest daughter is expecting her baby.  Her second little girl, and have been really busy helping her move and get the nursery all ready for this precious little one.  This is her second child, and her two girls are going to be 24 years apart. WOW! This is going to be a really big life change for her!

      Hope that all of you are doing well, and going to stop in and say hello!  Happy FALL!

Friday, September 5, 2014


STOPPING BY to say HI!  I had the wonderful chance to spend a couple of days up at my mountain cabin last weekend, and really enjoyed the quiet time after a busy week of helping my oldest daughter move to a new home. This is my second daughter to move this summer. WOW!  REally glad that I don't have any more kids who are moving in the near future.  I was shocked when I was at my cabin to see the beginnings of early signs of a change in season.  hard to believe that it could possible be almost fall so soon, but.... as you can see, it  is definitely starting.  Many reds in the sumac, and also purples in the American Beauty Berries, and lots of other tiny purple flowers.  Hope that all of you had an awesome Labor Day, along with safe travels.

Have started a new Journaling Course that I am really excited about.  As a long time journaler, I am ready to find some new techniques and have fun in a large international group of journalers.  If any of you have an interest in journaling, you might check this group out.  It is done by Susannah Conway, who recently did her, third August Break which I participated in at least part of the month.   Anyway, her JOURANAL MY LIFE  group has started for the fall group, but will be restarting again in December.   Check it out.  I am in the first  week and am already loving it.

Journal Your Life

Friday, August 29, 2014


It feels like absolutely forever since I  have done a blog post, but have been off having a bit of summer fun on  our long anticipated trip to New England, and have been pretty crazy trying to get back to work and also help my oldest daughter get moved in to her house before her baby is due.  Anyway though, here I am back again and wanted to share a couple of shots that I took while we were on our trip.  Todays prompt for Susannah Conways AUGUST BREAK  is NATURE, so wanted to share a bit of this experience.   One of the places that we went while we were in the Boston area was up to the tip of Cape Cod, in Provincetown.  I had planned to go on a DUNE BUGGY tour with a local tour group and to spend some time on the National Seashore around the dunes, so off we went with Art's Tours for a sunset trip on the beautiful Cape Cod dunes. This is national park land, and interest ingly enough, there were very few people there.  It is an area that is very limited to access, and because of this, it is very pristine land. There are a few tour groups that drive in in there dune buggies, but otherwise, there is not road access in to this area.  The primary access method is by foot, and wow, what a long walk  that would be.  You really go over quite a few dunes before you ever see the ocean, and what beautiful scenery it is.  So many lovely sea grasses and the sand is pristine. We had a chance to stop and do some playing in the sand, and my grandson loved it.

There was a group near us along the shore that was having a clambake, and they were kind enough to give Sam some bubbles which he so enjoyed.

Truly this was a place that Nature was at  its finest. Would love to go back and spend more time here.  Nothing better  than the ocean, and so fun to see  this beautiful place and also think of the history here. This is the area  that the pilgrims first arrived in, and sat   along these sandy dunes for days exploring to see if t hey could find a place that would be more hospitable for farming and starting a homestead place.  Love the history that surrounds New England, but this seashore was one of my favorite spots!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


SO  enjoying Susannah Conways August Break, and today the photo challenge is for REFLECTIONS.   I have to admit that i have not been up at dawn today to shoot this photo, however, it is one I took on a recent trip to Rockport, and this was take predawn, while i was wandering around in a strange place trying to find a field where the sandhill cranes were supposed to come early to feed.   This is a time of the morning that i just love, and so enjoyed seeing this beautiful heron resting out here before the day really began.   If you want to check out Susannah's post for today, it is written by Tracey Clark , the founder of Shutter sisters. You can enjoy this post  at Susannah Conway's blog which is    HERE