Such bountiful blessings!!

Remember that genetic test I wrote about a month ago?  Familial hATTR Amyloidosis, a genetic mutation that produces an amyloid protein that forms into an abnormal shape, which can then deposit in clusters in the body’s nerves and other organs and build up to harm tissue and organ function.  It is a newer discovery and many clinical trials are being performed with new drugs.  My brother is in once such trial and why all the sibs were tested.  It is wicked and destructive and being a dominant gene there is a 50% chance of having it if a parent has the gene.  I was more worried for my daughters and grands than myself.  Yesterday my results came back and I AM NEGATIVE!!  Hallelujah!!  Although I will tell you, there is a great sense of guilt as so far 3 of my sibs have tested positive and are fighting heart issues and neuropathy.  It makes me feel sick to see them suffer this!  Especially my older sister who devoted her last 10 years or so to caring for my mom. My heart breaks just thinking about it….. So while I thank God and count my blessings, I am also deeply saddened.  Yet I feel I can now move forward and just get on with living.

We took advantage of my time off between jobs and spent a long week-end visiting Becca and grands in Nevada. It is always so wonderful seeing the grands.  Becca had a long week-end off school so it was just perfect.  We knitted and visited and stayed up half the night.  She is getting close to having sweet little Mimi, just a few more months!  While there Maddox had a birthday, too!


All too soon it was back home and business as usual.  I have determined that I need to get a handle on my health; which means shedding weight, eating right, and moving!  I do prefer a vegan diet, but consume too many and too much processed foods.  I love greens and veggies of any kind but find salads can get dull.  I was so thrilled to find these at my local grocer. They can be sprinkled on my salad, oatmeal, fruit etc.  Love them!


As a part of my renewed commitment to fitness I have started walking daily again.  This is one of my views.  The neighborhood across the street is all steep steep hills and I chose to walk that route to get a better workout.  Plus the views are so beautiful.  I believe nature is healing and we all need to engage with nature daily to maintain overall well-being.  I do love the PNW, the greenness, the rain, the cooler temps…


Sweet Misha is my walking partner.  She is just the sweetest little girl ever! So very well behaved.  I cannot take Bruno out as he is dog aggressive and weighing it at 90 lbs he is a bit too much for me to handle, so poor ole Booger has to stay home.


As I walk I always listen to a book on tape.  Currently I am listening to Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders.  It is a wonderful book on how the gut works and its impact upon our overall health. I just love audible and have listened to some amazing books.  I seem to be drawn to books that are health related and/or explain how our anatomy works.  I am fascinated with the body and with all the new medical research surrounding the mind/body connection….obviously as that is my PhD studies.  I am contemplating taking an Anatomy and Physiology class, however, as I have never taken one.

With being home, I am busy playing around with organizing everything and sundry and also putting together fun new vignettes.  I recently made this bulletin board but had no place for it, yet just loved it. I figured it would be lovely to frame some of my favorite art pieces by Kelly Rae Roberts.


I am not going to pull out all my fall decor, but wanted a nice color arrangement so put together this bouquet with assorted foliage pieces I had. It gives a nice little pop of color.


I have been getting in a bit of knitting as well.  I did finish a tea cozy and cast on another.  But the biggest project has been continued work on the Wildes Meer shawl. I am working on the applied border.  It is a new to me technique and I was so excited to give it a try.  You cannot tell in the pic, but when this is blocked open it is going to me aaahhhhmazing!  Lacy and light and gorgeous.  The applied border is slow going and I do a bit at a time.  This shawl will go to my bestie, Mia, and is in the SeaHawk colors.  I love the bold pallette!  My next cast on will be a baby sweater for baby Mimi.


It has been marvelous to just be home and hang out with the doggies.  I am the biggest homebody EVER!  I often have to force myself to leave the house as I love to just potter around the place; knitting, organizing, sewing, reading, playing in the yard, or watching my favorite Brit TV.


Well that has been my week, so much good news and a lovely visit!

Looking to all the lovely days ahead,




Lovely, Lovely Rain

I am most definitely a PNW girl.  I love the cloudy rainy days.  They both comfort and invigorate me.  When I lived on the east side of the state, by the time summer was over and months without a drop of rain, I was craving the cool comfort of a rainy day.  This love of cool rainy weather is one of the many reasons I loved Ireland.  While there, people kept apologizing for the weather and I kept repeating….this is my type of weather!   This morning I awoke to the sounds of rain beating on the roof and running down the gutters to splash loudly on the gratings.  It was such music to my ears and I hoped out of bed to throw open the doors and windows so I could revel in the sound.  My silly boxer babies don’t like it so much and act like they may very well melt if they get too wet.  Silly babies.


It has been a glorious week of being home and just relaxing.  This week I tackled the Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving decor.  Oh dear me I had 14 boxes full!  Christina had left her decor when she moved off to Ireland, and add that to my own holiday obsession, and well….14 storage boxes is the result!


It took a few days, but I sorted through it and got it down to 7 boxes, which I think is pretty amazing.  Now to just get the Autumn decor put out before it is time to switch to Halloween decor!

Once I got those boxes sorted, I was ready to begin the Herculean task of tackling the storage area above the garage.  It has become a catch all for everything and there was nary an empty spot what with all the flotsam and jetsam that had landed there.  Down came box after box of junk, enough for two trips to the thrift shop for drop off!  I still have the task of going through all the cardboard boxes of items and getting them into storage boxes, but the majority of just unnecessary junk is gone.  That also meant I could finally get the boxes out of my guest room and start making it back into a guest room where guests are not just sleeping amongst boxes.  I do love organizing, it is in my blood. An organized environment means a peaceful environment and is necessary for an organized mind in my world.  I don’t do chaos in my home life.  Many people can manage in a storm of clutter, some even thrive in that environment.  Me, I just remain unsettled until I have organized clutter.  If one must have clutter, then it must be organized clutter.

I also spent some time in my studies.  I just love the placement of my desk and the view out my window.  One nice lovely glorious hydrangea blossom is pushed up against the window.  So beautiful in its perfection!  Notice my little pencil cup that states “Time and Tide wait for no man.”  My dad used to say this all the time.  The cup has a little house and tree on the other side.  It is Devon Ware Motto Ware from England and just the sweetest thing.


My knitting bug has finally returned and I picked up the shawl I have been working on for my bestie Mia.  You can just see the lace pattern beginning to take shape.  I love this pattern, it has been one of the most user-friendly patterns I have ever knit.  It knits up fast and yet offers enough of a challenge to hold your interest.  I am ready to add on the applied border, a new to me technique.  If you love knitting, you must catch the podcast that the designer of this pattern, Kristin, records weekly.  Kristin is the genius behind Voolenvine yarns.  I adore her hand dyed yarns and her podcast!!  For those who do not knit, this may look like a mess now, but it will block out to look like the picture.


While in Ireland, I found some lovely wool at a charity shop and knew it was just the thing for a tea cozy.  This is a little pattern I designed my self, simple yet lovely to keep your tea warm.


In the evenings when I knit I watch Brit TV.  I just cannot tolerate violence in programing and it seems 99.9% of US programs have never ending graphic violence. Not my cuppa.  Yet, I love a good mystery and detective story.  I love how Brit TV tells a great story but does not feel the need to provide unnecessary violence and graphic detailed shots.  I have been hooked on foreign shows for over 20 years.  I also love how their actors look like real people, not surgically enhanced replicas  of each other.  It is a rare occasion when I watch anything from the US.  Currently I am rewatching Midsummer Murders. I adore that program and coming back to it after 3 years is like watching it anew.  There are just too many wonderful shows on Acorn and BritBox!  And I cannot wait to see the Downton Abby movie!!  Nothing more cozy than knitting, a cuppa, and viewing the gorgeous British country side as your favorite detective solves yet another mystery.

With the rains upon us and the cooler weather, I lit up the little turf burner I brought home from Ireland. The house was filled with the smell of a turf fire and it brought up all the cozy memories of sitting in front of the turf fire knitting and visiting.  Oh how I do miss lovely lovely Ireland!


And now I must off to my task for today.  With this time off, I am busy tackling all those things left undone.  Today is the sewing room…it has become a catch all for this and that. Time to clear it out.

Happy Autumn!



A Lovely Day Trip

It had been so long since we had headed out to visit the ocean. I love living an hour away, but time seemed to just pass so quickly it had been months since the last trip. Although it was raining, it was still perfect in every way….isn’t the seaside always perfect?!  The doggies just love running free on the beach!


While strolling along, I picked up some stones that have that smooth just right feeling for holding in your hand.  I will add them to my Altar of Sacred Things.


All too soon the rain began to pour and we had to make a dash for the car.  I am not good at running in deep sand and ended up soaked to the skin!  A nice hot Chai Tea for the trip home helped take away the chill.

Home and a bit of play with the oils. A few months back I ordered roller bottles with gemstone rollers.  I also ordered the oil recipes and stickers for chakra oils. I decided there was no time like the present to mix them up.  I am in love with these!  They also smell heavenly!  I need to make another set as I have stickers enough and just need to purchase a few more of the gemstone roller bottles.


After the beach day, I had caught a chill so took a stay abed day at home.  By early evening I was feeling a bit better so decided to process a box of tomatoes that I had been given.  Spaghetti sauce it was. It will simmer overnight (I will transfer it to the crock pot) and be ready tomorrow.  Much will go into the freezer.  It has been so long since I have done any big batch cooking, it was quite enjoyable.  And the house smells lovely!


The other day I was out scouting around at yard sales and thrift shops and I came across this beauty for $5.  It was just too much of a steal to pass up…right?!  The top needs refinishing and I cannot decide if I want to paint it or refinish it.  I love the claw feet with the gold covers.  It is Duncan Phyfe style and made by the Coombe Furniture Company of Ontario, Canada.  Known for quality furniture, the company made the furnishing for the Canadian Government House in England, the MPPs chairs in Parliament, and the Queen’s suite when she visited Charlottetown.  It closed doors in 1972.  Such a lovely bit of history!!

Sadly what has been missing from my blog and that I have just been in a slump over is my knitting.  I have made a few dish cloths and started on a tea cozy with some lovely yarn I found at a charity shop in Ireland, but my knitting mojo is just gone.  I’m not stressing as I know it will return in due time.  But I have so many many things I need to get completed!  I have found that my hobbies do wax and wane.  I will go through periods where I sew and do needle crafting non stop, then just feel a slump.  Working takes such a large amount of one’s day and energy that is does impact my crafting time….sigh…

Yesterday I got happy, happy news!  I received an offer for an exciting job a week ago.  This field I am in is beyond and Oregon, due to lack of enough regulatory oversight and most all companies being for profit, is down right awful.  Seriously, I would not put my own parents into an assisted living in the state of Oregon and I am an administrator!  Anyway, it is still in my own field but working for a non-profit and helping to facilitate a remodel and the addition of a MC.  I start in October as I gave the customary months notice yesterday….and as I prayed…my current company is just paying me out!  That leaves me almost four weeks of glorious wonderful time off to just be!  I do have a heavy school schedule so that will keep me busy, but oh happy, happy day!

And speaking of school work….off  I must to work on just that!

Happy, happy day,


Settling Back In

It has several few weeks since the grand Ireland trip and I am slowly settling back in. However, there was not much time for settling as right on the heels of Ireland came a trip to Monterey for my PhD residency conference. Erica and I always travel together and this time we took a side trip to Sacramento on the way there to get Sebastians hands checked on. It has been a year and half post burn and he is doing amazing.  He will be facing an operation to correct one graph that has left his finger bent, but he has full function and feeling in both hands!  A blessing indeed!


While I always enjoy time with my Saybrook peers and all the deep learning, connecting, and growing that takes place, this year I really just wanted to be home.  I am sure it was due to recently being away to Ireland and being that I am the biggest homebody EVER!  I did have an amazing time though.  This is the last RC in Monterey as Saybrook has moved campus to San Diego….so in January San Diego it will be.


In my last blog I didn’t share any of the treasures I brought back home from my trip.  I was completely in love with the Atlantic and brought back a few shells and rocks to add to my Altar of Sacred Things.


So very very touristy, but who can pass up a thatched cottage turf burner?  I really knew nothing about turf and was surprised at the smell.  You can smell the oil in it as it burns.  It puts out a great deal of heat, as well!  We had a turf fire most nights I was there to take the chill off!


Everyone needs to return with a piece of Belleek when they visit Ireland.  I found this lovely vase for a steal at a charity shop in one of the nearby villages.


This little leprechaun is from Shamrock Pottery.  He is such a cute little guy and is set to bring the luck o the Irish to my home.  He was also one of a pair I found at a charity shop.


While in one charity shop I saw this darling Grandma cup.  Imagine my delight when we got back to Christina’s and Erica handed me a bag with the cup inside!  I will treasure it!! I adore anything that says grandma on it!!


I have long wanted a tree of life necklace intertwined with Chakra stones.  This was another gift from Erica!  I love it and only take it off to sleep!!


I love Celtic crosses…absolutely love them.  This little cross is made from bog turf and found a perfect home on my Altar of Sacred Things.


County Mayo does not raise sheep for yarn, but for food source.  Yet I wanted to bring home a bit of yarny goodness and found these lovelies at a local needlework shop.


These are just a few of the goodies I returned with.  But best of all was the memories I returned with!  Ireland was so very lovely and I cannot wait to return!!

Back into the fray, life continues on.  Work has been a bit of a pill and I determined to once again accept another opportunity.  It is an exciting change and I look forward to it.  The change will not take place until early next month and at that time I will share more.  This term of my PhD program has me busy as ever.  Always weekly assignments due as well as reviews and research papers…..never a dull moment.  But the learning….oh the lovely lovely learning!  I am thinking about a change of course however.  Ayurveda Medicine (my summer course) resonated so deeply with me.  I found it to be a holistic common sense approach to overall wellness….including all spokes on the wellness wheel.  I am considering studying to become a practitioner.  I am not certain yet, but it keeps coming up as something of such value to my life.  Hmmmm just don’t know….

I have been reeling with the news that several of my siblings have been stricken with a genetic disease that we didn’t even know existed until recently. hATTR Amyliodosis is a disease in which abnormal proteins build up in tissue (in our case, most often the heart).  There is no cure and only a few FDA approved treatment drugs.  My older brother has been approved for a controlled trial, my younger brother was just diagnosed, as was my older sister.  All siblings are being tested for the gene and I am awaiting the test.  It is unsettling to say the least.  I waiver between not wanting to know and yet knowing I must be tested for the sake of my own children and grandchildren.  It is fatal, but more and more drugs are being developed and tested and if identified early progression can be halted. I know that only God is in control and trust that all will be well.  Thankfully I have not exhibited any of the symptoms.

As I contemplate this test and the impact it could have on my life, I realize the importance of gratitude and counting one’s blessings and I have a myriad of blessings indeed!

And now, there are a bevy of estate sales out there calling my name!

Blessings abound,



Oh Ireland how you captured my heart!





Oh my!  Where to start!  Ireland was marvelous; everything I dreamed it would be and more. I had expected Wales, why I do not know since I was right on the Atlantic so should have expected a coastal environment. But it was all wonderful.  The Atlantic was so warm, and the weather!!  Erica hated the rain and cool temps, but I reveled in them!!  It is my type of weather!! The Irish people were so very warm and welcoming!  The slower pace of life, the clean fresh food, the inclusiveness and focus on things that matter, the feeling of safety!  I could go on and on…..just being surrounded by such beauty day in and out!  But mostly seeing Christina and the grands!!!  They are all flourishing in this beautiful green land of peace and plenty.  Oh the grand time we had. Of course we did major thrift shopping.  Ireland has amazing thrift shops and the prices can’t be beat.  I also got in lots of sight seeing and wandering through beautiful holy ruins, danced my feet off to lovely Irish music, had my fill of the Guinness, and played in the Atlantic Ocean.  Bill cooked the most ahhmazing dinners nightly….omg amazing! The quality of the foods, all fresh and local, was a thing of beauty indeed!! The local grocer visited weekly in his van filled with staples and extras…..loved that!!  The tea and biscuits, crisps and omg the breads!!  Last time I visited France and the UK (sadly 20 years ago), I swore I would never return to the USA, but well that was a dream…..  But now, now living in a place of beauty, peace, and plenty is not such a dream but a clear possibility.  So I flew home knowing that this is one dream I can fulfill in a few years time.

I want this post all positive, but it is hard not to contrast the mess we have here with the beauty, peace, and prosperity that so many other nations enjoy.  Clean food, clean air, a collective spirit, a slow pace that focuses on humanity not profits.  I returned to a country that had just had one of the largest mass shootings (well there were numerous), a community caught up in a gang war with multiple drive by shootings, and a citizenship that has lost its soul.  Toxic water (blue green algae), toxic air, poisoned food sources, a crazed gun culture, and the USA work ethic that doesn’t promote mental health and the need for reasonable work hours and vacations. Sigh….I won’t even mention the narcissistic evil thing occupying the White House and his enablers.  I will hold Ireland in my heart (and plan my next trip).  I will keep the Irish spirit that I felt so deeply from the people as my strength.

Yes Ireland, you have captured my heart!


Painting and packing….

Only a bit over a week away and I will be on my way to Ireland to see my loves!  I have already been busy packing as I have a lot I want to take to Christina and the grands.  At minimum two large checks bags full of this and that.  I am so excited to see them all! This will be such a fun and exciting time as it has been over 20 years since I last visited Europe.

While waiting and planning I have been busy busy busy….  The husband has had two long week ends away and I used the time to do some deep cleaning and some painting!  I finally tackled that black furniture I had become so extremely tired of..


Boy howdy was it a great deal of work!  But isn’t it just absolutely lovely?  The black was so dark and dreary.  Not only do I love this color but it adds cheer to the entire room.  Next up I will paint the breakfast nook chairs and the bar benches (I am thinking a burnt orange).  I am getting all the dark colors out out out. When living in a house that is not full of light I find that I must do everything possible to add as much light as possible.

I just haven’t really been up to my usual running about chasing yard sales.  However, I have managed to find a few nice bits here and there. My favorite were these Hummels.  I adore each of them…that little piggy in the basket is way over the top in cuteness!


I also nabbed some gorgeous Christmas cards.


I think this little bit of needlepoint is lovely.  I just love the hand made items.  The detail is so exquisite.


I did find a few other bits, some sampler kits and in progress pieces, holiday bits, and a few kitchen odds and ends.

Another thing on my agenda for the week-end was to get some oily products made.  I made up numerous sprays and oily rollers that will I will take to work for the Alzheimers Association fundraiser.  I tried out a variety of recipes and mixes.  I had discovered Blackthorn’s book and wanted to make up every potion in it!  The book is a real treat and is now on my to buy list.

I do love how when I play in the oils the entire house smells so darn good!


I have really been utilizing the library a great deal lately.  I have been checking out every book on Reiki, Chakras, essential oils, and Ayurveda.  It has been bags and bags of books. But has given me a chance to really read a variety of authors and then pick the books I want to add to my own personal library. I like that I can order books from so many libraries so have a large assortment of titles available.  I have jumped head first into embracing Ayurveda principles for optimal well-being! So I have been collecting books on the practice. I was thrilled to find the three textbooks by Dr. Vad.  Below are my latest goodies:


I have also continued with some amazing books on tape.  A month or so back I started the habit of daily walks at work. I use that time to listen to my latest audio book.  Currently I am listening to Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.  Although a bit dry it is fascinating.  It just makes me sad that we were sold a false account of history in our public school systems.  It was a very exclusive story that held no place of honor for those who did not fit the white, middle-class version. I am horrified when I think of all those who did not fit this false bill of goods and how that impacted their own story and journey.  I just pray we can repair that damage as we seek to uncover and make known the truth and give place of honor to all peoples. There is just so very much work to be done!

And now I must away to finish up my last paper for summer term. Oh how I love this learning process and all the wonderful exciting things I learn that enrich my life!

Happy Happy,





And June is gone…

My but how the month of June just flew by!  I don’t care to have a month fly by so quickly!  I barely had to time to take a breath and in a few days it will be July!  But oh what a lovely June we had here in the PNW.  The weather remained cool for the most part and we even had some nice rainy days!  I admit I love rain and by the time summer is at end I am just begging for the nice wet days of autumn.  When I live on the east side of the state we could go months with no rain and oh how I prayed for a cloudy day and even a few sprinkles!

I took advantage of one of my days off and got out my Independence Day decor.  I have quite a collection and only did a few vignettes with a small amount of my collection.  I am pleased with it all.


I adore these little cross stitch pictures that I found a few years ago at a yard sale!


At work we have been doing all and sundry to raise money for the Alzheimers Association.  The residents have been tie dying up a storm and making all matter of things to sell.  Last Saturday we had a car wash, BBQ, and sale.  It was a lovely time with staff and residents joining in.  Everyone had on their tie dyed shirts and were busy bustling around doing this and that.  Unfortunately I cannot share pictures of my dear sweet residents but here are a few and the tie dye items I just couldn’t resist!


And why would I need a pink girly onesie?  Because a new granddaughter will be joining the family!  Becca surprised us all with the announcement that she was having a baby and we all were rooting for another baby girl!  This little one will arrive in December!  I am looking so forward to some knitting projects in pinks and sewing up ruffles and what not!

I did make a few yard sale stops on the way to the fund raising event (but of course I did!).  I found some goodies that just had to come home with me!  Well I actually hit the jackpot on holiday items!


Look at these Santas!!


Would you say I cleaned up on Halloween items?!  I just love every piece.  A great deal of Midwest and Bethany Lowe!!


I just cannot resist a cute mug.  My girls just love mugs too so I like to grab cute ones for them.  The scrabble mug is just way too cute!


I am always finding St. Francis as he is quite popular.  But when I saw this Madonna I just had to have her.  I think she is just beautiful!  I am working on making an alter in my home and my Madonna will be just perfect for that sacred spot!


I think these funky funny iron birds are just a riot and so picked them up.  I’m sure they will be passed along to one of the girls.


Comes a lovely three day week end and what’s a girl to do but begin some major rearranging!  Of course it helps if you just happen to but the mother of all curio cabinets!

This gorgeous beauty was posted on the marketplace and I just kept watching it as the price lowered.  Finally I could resist no more and took the bait. It just barely….honestly without an inch to spare…fit into my car.  At 80 inches tall and 46 inches wide it is one enormous piece!  It pays to have an extra wide long SUV when you are a devil of a thrifter!  But look how wonderfully my baskets fit into this lovely piece!


This new addition meant that I could now transfer the Hummels to a larger curio where they could more easily been seen and enjoyed!  The curio that they were in will be taken to work to used for the products my sweet residents make to sell.


With an empty wall I did a bit of rearranging of pictures.  So far I like it, but it may change….still a work in progress…


This has always been one of my favorite pieces.  I just love the shape of it for some odd reason.  I think it is perfect in the kitchen area by the back door holding some plants.



Once that was complete it was time to begin to work on my newest frame project.  I desperately need a decent bulletin board at work.  When I found this frame I knew it was just the ticket!  I will cover the cork board with linen and have yet another lovely piece to use at work.


Look at this gorgeous detail!


And now I must back to focusing on a research paper.  It is always nice to take a break and refresh the brain.  The week end is just beginning and there is going to be lots more to complete before it is over!

Happy Independence Day!


Solitude and lots of cleaning…

Friday, last, the hubs left for a long week end off with his motorcycle buddies to do a camp out.  That left me home alone to play as I wished.  And play I did:

I had so very much fun playing in the oils and made up a variety of roller balls and sprays.  I will taking these to work to donate as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer Association. It was so fun finding different recipes and combining a mixture of oils for a variety of remedies.  I really must make up an assortment of these for myself!  I made bug sprays, and smudging sprays, sleepy time sprays, and memory boosting oils, oils for headache, and immune boosting, and so many more!  Notice how I am using the double dickered lazy Susan I found at a yard sale last week?  It is just the ticket!

Speaking of oils brings to mind my focus of my PhD which is all about complementary and alternative medical practices.  I just have to share just how much I am enjoying my latest course, Ayurveda Medicine. The professor is a practitioner and a great part of the learning is applying the principles to our own lives. Since it is a practice that connects mind, body, and spirit the applications are very life enhancing and life giving!  If you are interested in a bit of just what is Ayurveda this website is amazing You can take a test to determine your dosha type and then get loads of information on how to keep yourself balanced.  I promise the information is so spot on and helpful!

Aside from the oily play, I got a bit crazy with the house cleaning.  Oh boy howdy but I went to town indeed.  See I have all these tile floors with light ivory grout….imagine light ivory grout and dogs and dirt….yeah not a nice picture.  Well it was time once again to get down on the hands and knees and really have at it.  Lord Love a Duck but my poor ole knees groaned with pain, but I got them all done and how lovely they look!  Then I determined I just must do all the baseboards and wash down the walls…boxers and their drooly slime ya know.  Then I had to deep clean the carpets and then the guest bath and then on and on.  The house looks and smells so lovely now and I am very pleased indeed!

Part of that crazy cleaning spell was due to needing to keep busy as my oldest darling grand, my Doodle Bug was in the air on an eleven hour flight to Japan.


She of course made it safely and is having a grand time.  She is there on a language scholarship.  This little brainiac decided last fall to learn Japanese and did so well she won a national scholarship to travel to Japan and do some language immersion.  I could not be more proud of her!  But to have her half way around the world does bring out my worry wart nature….


After all that cleaning I took some pics of a few of my favorite little vignettes through out the house. I did move some houseplants around, placing some out in the breakfast nook to adds a bit of brightness.  I love how plants just add such a lovely touch.

Oh my when I was out on my walking the dogs the other day with the hubs, we happened upon this lovely bicycle for sale.


Since my middle had been looking for a bike just like this, I of course grabbed it for her.  At $30 I think it was a great deal.  It has a light aluminum frame and as she requested no gears and the old fashioned breaks on the pedals.  She was of course delighted.  Now to get it over to her…

Although I skipped one day of sales, I did venture out a bit on Saturday to take a break from all the cleaning.  I found a few lovely bits to bring home with me:

Isn’t this just the loveliest antique wedding ring quilt?  It was under $10.  I just love it so much!


Oh My am I developing a Nancy Ann obsession?!


Sweet little purse to carry my cell phone on my walks.


This little Buddha was actually in a box of crafts below.  The little boxer is just perfect for my collection.


I could not resist this box of beads and assorted bits.


Here is where my latest little boxer sits.  Among my sweet Frassy and Munster and my other little glass boxers that I have found or been gifted.  The cross stitch and little tea cup were from my dear friend Louella, the beaning boxers were from my dear friend Vivian, and the necklace with Frassy and Munsters names was from my Becca.  All so dear to my heart….


All too soon the weekend came to an end and once again it was back to work.  I have been so good at incorporating spin classes and walking into my daily routine.  I do appreciate that my schedule is so flexible.  And so routine returns until the next weekend …. I think it may be the week end to pick up the paintbrush and start some furniture projects?!

Thinking a clean house is a sign of a clear and uncluttered mind,


More Lovely Treasure Hunting

I was beginning to think that this year was going to be a wash for treasure hunting…and then this week end happened!

Another piece of painted milk glass!  I am getting quite the nice collection of the painted pieces and I think they are so very lovely!


Baskets of such beauty, oh my!  It has been the season for cranberry glass!


I am a bit of an oddball about my mugs and cups.  They have to have a certain feel in my hand and this one not only fits perfectly but is also a thing of beauty!


I certainly could not pass up a cake stand in the grape leaf pattern.  I am very choosey about the pieces I add anymore, but this little lovely was a mere $4!


This sweet little vaseline glass jar was .50 and just the cutest ever.


This year I have not see a great deal of needlepoint pieces.  But this sweet little stool is a perfect addition to my other pieces.  I just love filling my home with lovely pieces of handwork. I know the work that goes into these pieces and like to think the maker would be pleased knowing that her pieces are being appreciated and loved.


Beautiful crockery and check out that little doily!


We all know how I love decorating for the holidays so no big surprise that I would bring this lady liberty home with me!


I had been meaning to grab a brush for dry brushing and some other assorted bath items so when I found this new with tags….well it was just the thing!


More lovely little dollies.  I will redress the one in green.  I searched on line and it appears these are Nancy Ann Storybook dolls and their story is charming. These would both have been made prior to 1948.


Vintage fabric loveliness!!


And another cute little baby.  This little one is on a few inches high.


Oh my such lovelies!  I also picked up a few toys that I did not bother to photo.  I do enjoy keeping a record of my finds as I can look back and see if I actually used or kept the items and determine if I am just picking up needless clutter.  It is interesting how my thrift buying has changed over the years.

Since coming to the city one of the things I have dearly missed is cycling.  I had gone out a few times, but the traffic is awful and it seems the norm around here for cyclist and pedestrians to be hit…oh my!  I have attended spin class off and on and decided if I cannot be out on my bike then I best get back into spinning.  So that is what I did….and I love it!  I was not sure I could complete a spin class as out of shape as I have become…but I did and I can.  Since I have been concerned about my lack of movement and the impact upon my health, I recently started tracking my steps and adding daily walks while at work.  I happened to find a shaded lovely street behind my place of work and a huge church parking lot.  The route, if I plan it correctly, can give me a nice 2 mile walk.  It has done wonders for my mental health to leave during the workday and regroup.


All that shade makes it possible to walk even on the hottest days!

During my walks I listen to books on tape.  Currently I am listening to the most fascinating book on aging and death…very appropriate for the field I am in and the fact that I am now in my 60s and experience numerous changes in my own body due to the aging process.  I believe this book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, should be required reading for everyone in the field of elder care.  It is one of those books that leaves a permanent mark on you and how you view the world around you.



With summer term started my studies have taken up a great deal of my time.  I am studying Ayurveda Medicine this term.  It is an ancient Indian practice and it is fascinating!  I have determined that of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, I am Kapha.  I find it such an amazing study.  It is one of the oldest practices and many of the ancient Chinese practices were based in part on Ayurveda principles.  The principles, based strongly on nature, are so spot on with what science is proving today.  I am implementing many of the practices into my own life and find that they are so helpful as they address body, mind, and spirit.  They fit so well with my new Reiki practices and lifestyle changes. Speaking of Reiki, my Reiki table arrived and I have been practicing on my hubby.  Reiki is such a beautiful addition to my life and has really been quite transformative.  I am much calmer and it has improved my meditation practices to add Reiki into them.  Oh that I could have had all these tools 30 years ago!  Western medicine really lost so very much when it focused on a pharmaceuticals as the answer to all and viewed the body as a machine with each part distinct into itself.  The more we learn the more we realize that it is a model that is great in emergencies, but does not promote overall health.

In the world of making, I must admit I have done nothing!  My knitting mojo has waned and even my dishcloth knitting has stopped.  But that is OK.  One just needs to go with the flow.  It will return and I will be knitting up a storm and sewing something lovely.

The time is growing closer for my trip to Ireland! It is only just over 5 weeks away! I am very excited!  It is so hard to have the kids so far away. I miss them so much so there will be lots of memories to be made in a few short weeks.  While I have never been to Ireland, I left my heart in the UK upon my first visit at 18 years old. The green rolling hills, the beautiful lilting voices, the slower pace, and the endless beauty and history for miles!

Well now must off and head over to get some spinning in.






A Good Haul…

Oh my and what a week end it was!  I got out to numerous sales and found some wonderful treasures!  I know, I know, I keep saying I have to downsize but hey I am being careful in what I chose to add.  I am also busy subtracting a great many things away.  So all in all that makes for a justification…right?!

First was my darling dolly (I am back into just thinking I need all these cute little dolls) and THIS…THIS amazing little Singer!  OMG isn’t it just too much?  I have added it to my shelf with my two other children’s sewing machines!



Salt and pepper Hummels…waaayyy tooo cute!


This little angel will travel to her new home in Ireland in a few months and join up with Christina’s collection.


Look at this!!  It is made of a metal and just the absolute most.  I have thought of perhaps removing the mirror and using it as a frame or chalkboard…..ideas ideas…


I was admiring this painting at the estate sale and was offered it for $2.  I just had to jump on it.  It is just perfect in my master bath.



More magical sounding little bells to hang on my tree out back.


For the grands of course…


This lace!!  There is several rolls of each…and it was $1 for the entire lot!


It is the year for linens.  I remember when you could not hardly afford to touch linens.  Now you can pick them up for pennies!


OK, I admit I have NO idea what I am going to do with this.  But I had these exact dolls when I was a child and so……. Yeah I know…


I like to pick up bits of the David Winter cottages when I find them.  The estate sale actually had a lot, and tried to tempt me to take them all by offering an amazing deal…but I only want a few and only certain ones.  See I can pass up a wonderful bargain.  And when I declined there was another woman who was just praying I would do so as she wanted them quite badly…so there we go.


Look at how lovely they are perched on my hutch..


Perhaps impulse…but just look at this!!  It is amazing and such a beauty.  It catches the morning light and just glows!


And this….this is absolutely beautiful!  The craftsmanship!


I did grab a few more bits and bobs, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and that to me was the best part of all!

Now that I have completed Holy Fire Reiki and began to practice it, I have been wanting to dig deeper into spirituality and spiritual healing modalities.  I found a few books that build upon Reiki practices and embracing Reiki as a lifestyle.  I also started my summer term and chose a course on Ayurveda. It is absolutely fascinating!  Very involved and I am overwhelmed with all the new terminology and concepts..but boy howdy I am loving it!


I spend a great deal of time on the phone with my sister Anna comparing books and sharing our newest acquisitions in the world of complementary and alternative healing.  The deeper I dig in the more I thirst for yet more knowledge!  It is all so exciting.

In looking for ways to improve my own health and thinking about the need for healthy microbiome, I took an afternoon and made up several batches of fridge pickles.  I had a nice collection of organic produce from Imperfect Produce that was just the ticket.  I adore anything pickled!  To make these I simply made up a brine of 1 part water to 1 part apple cider vinegar which I brought to boil along with some pickling spices.  I chopped up some veggies and added them to jars along with garlic cloves and lots of fresh dill.  I then simply poured the boiling brine over, sealed, cooled, and fridgerated.


I did a bit of playing with decor.  I love this piece that I got a few summers ago and found it up above the garage where I had stashed it away.  I thought it would be nice with some of my books, bears, and a Christmas cactus I found at an estate sale.


This cute little crib will eventually make it way to the museum in my hometown, but until then it is just the place for more of my bears.


Although I haven’t done any sewing lately, I never tire of this view as I pass by my sewing room.  The tree appears all afire and the loveliness of the soft pink walls always delights me.  I just love color!  Although I admire the all white rooms in magazines and on Pinterest, I just can’t imagine a room without color.  I do prefer the soft hues.  Perhaps some day I may just have a go at an all ivory or white room…although I think I would sneak some color in there somewhere!


Speaking of color.  Remember all those pieces I painted in a black Pottery Barn finish?

Well I am just over the black furniture….completely over it.  I want light and color and so I am busy looking at idea on Pinterest and think I will go with a lovely Duck Egg Blue.  But then I see a lovely mustard or a dusty rose…and it is off down another path.  But I am sorely in the mood to paint some furniture pieces as I enjoy it so.  If I could only decide upon a color and stick with it!  We shall see…

And now I must off and get that pesky school work done.

Happy Treasure Hunting,