Thursday, September 4, 2014

Merry-Go Round

merry go round

Life is like a merry-go round sometimes, isn’t it?


We’re up, we’re down…we go around and around in circles.  It’s fun!

Carousel Horse.  These Carousel/merry-go-round horses are hand carved and painted in fancy trappings, saddle blankets, flowers, armor, saddles with western motif's.

On my merry-go round right now, I’m about to send my youngest child off to college—ups AND downs for me!

So, for the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on her.  Focusing on my husband.  Focusing on figuring out life as empty-nesters…

ruby throated hummingbird

I’ll be back at the beginning of October.  Full of new things.  I’ve been learning and re-learning all kinds of things that I’m working on that I can’t wait to share with you as we keep going round and round on this wonderful ride together…

Merry-Go-Round ~ Brighton, England

See you soon!


{lovely carousel images courtesy of Pinterest}

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Sarah Lavinia Perkins Portrait from locket

I’d loved her name ever since I was a young girl…


Sarah Lavinia

…so romantic.  So lovely.  So very, very long ago….

Just a name on my pedigree chart.  My fourth great-grandmother.  Never an image to go with that beautiful name.

Until now.


   While going through for more information on the names I loved, a face emerged—a beautifully hand-painted face. 

My heart stopped…

Could it really be her?


“Portrait painted for locket”, were the words written under her portrait.  The image was small, but perfect—and I was thrilled beyond belief!

And just to make sure that I never, ever lost Sarah Lavinia again--


I put her in a locket of my very own. 

Found.  Found and loved….


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Life is Delicious



I am definitely loving these long, summer days…




Time to find joy in oh, so many things…food, family, childhood memories, friends, fun…




…and nature in all of it’s busy, buzzy splendor~






We never intended to be beekeepers, but beekeepers we apparently have become!




Wishing you many happy summer days filled with unexpected joys!