My Christmas Mantel 2014

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I have an admission to make: I sought out inspiration for my Christmas mantel this year.  As you know, I’m all for natural decor (not a lot of doo-dads) and illumination.  Lots of lights and candles – that come from my candle cabinet that is filled with seasonal choices.  However, since I have so many trees that I used on my … [Read more...]

For Each New Morning With Its Light…

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  Thanksgiving For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. - Ralph Waldo Emerson Photograph by Gary Randall. Permission To Use Granted. May you have a festive, lively, efficacious, satisfying and graceful … [Read more...]

This San Francisco Trolley Bell Is Now A Part Of My Thanksgiving

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Being my favorite city, San Francisco does indeed have my heart.  However, in return, I have something from San Francisco.  I couldn’t resist it when I found it:  an antique trolley bell.     And I’m going to be putting it to good use this Thanksgiving.  With over 30 people mingling about over the noise of … [Read more...]

DIY: I Finally Got A Clue!

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We spent hours in the hallway.  That long hallway that connected the living room to the three bedrooms in my childhood home where years of playing hot potato with a balloon, keep-away with someone’s prized possession, or rolling a ball back and forth. In that same hallway was the typical mid-century home’s closet.  … [Read more...]

Where Were You?

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We have all been asked, many times. “Do you remember where you were?” 13 years ago today. The haunting images. The despair. The gut-wrenching mourning. The anger… …and the allegiance.  Ronald Martinez, Getty Images I can remember every detail… Very pregnant with Joey.  Getting ready for work.  … [Read more...]

The Outback

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Last weekend, we traveled the road that leads to nowhere to get two weeks from everywhere (as they say.)  We did our annual gathering in the Oregon Outback, on the other side of the mountains.  I was planning on sharing it all earlier this week but I was still on vacation so to speak. The “family camping compound” … [Read more...]

I’m Making A Mental Move For Summer

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TGIF! I hope you all have started your summer vacation off on the right foot.   I decided to take a little break as you may have noticed. But I’ve been busy: I have been working at the store and getting the new inventory stocked… Watching a lot of baseball… Working on projects… Planning our … [Read more...]

DIY: Stained & Planked American Flag

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For being as old as I am, I remember third grade music class with Mr. Bullard pretty darn well.  Vying for position to play the maracas and xylophone, singing my favorite song at the time - “Don Gato” – and always ending class with a little patriotic sing-along… You're a grand old flag, You're a high flying flag And forever … [Read more...]

Kicking Off Americana, What Are Your Thoughts?

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There is something about this time of year that makes me feel a little pensive and excited at the same time.  So many things come to an end… Baseball is winding down.  Proms have taken place over the last handful of weekends. State playoffs are underway.  Seniors are experiencing short-timer’s syndrome while younger kids … [Read more...]

How This Green Swan Caused Me Childhood Trauma

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Happy Friday! With all of the snow that has been hitting many parts of the country I’m sure the ol’ “I had to walk three miles uphill in the snow to get to school” story has been shared more than once.  Sharing childhood tales, whether faux or faux-real, with our kids is human nature for a parent.  Agree?  Well, not … [Read more...]