I was out running errands at 5:30 this evening when the sun set and didn't have my camera. My phone doesn't take very good pictures, so this was the best I could get. We had a spectacular sunset.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pam !!
Wishing you the best kind of day with surprises, love, fun, and CAKE!! I hope the weather holds out before the bad stuff hits tomorrow.
It's been a crazy year. I hope today and the next year will be your best ever and I hope to see many new skellies in your future.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
1969 - KSU ~ I lived in this old house off-campus with 9 other girls for the last couple of years I was at Kent. It was convenient - directly down the street from the campus library. This was my little corner on the third floor, where 4 of us shared the room. I later moved down to the 2nd floor and shared a room with my good friend, Shar. It's amazing how little we needed at that time in our lives. Now, our homes are filled with "stuff". I've been working on minimizing - been putting a lot of "stuff" in my consignment booth.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
This rose (photo taken just last week) is from our rose bush that Patrick planted in Mom's garden on one of his last visits. It is our "Memory of Patrick Rose Bush". It was filled with roses most of the year and gave us so much enjoyment. This week's bitter cold took a toll and the roses are done for another year.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Susie !!
With each year that goes by, you surprise me with how much you remember from our childhood days. We came from the BEST neighborhood in Canton!!! If I ever decide to write a book about those days, you will be the one I come to for help. YOU should write a book. You're an excellent writer and you have SO much to offer. I love your most recent quote that you sent to me just yesterday:
"Wherever we happen to land after our beginnings, we carry the memory of that time and move forward, as though we never left it behind. It is the history of our youth that informs the molding of our future. As we were, forever we shall be, putting forth the best of our original selves."
~Susan Spear Bruhn, 2014
It is profound, Susie, and I love it! I thank you for sharing it and I hope you don't mind that I've shared it on my Blog.
Have a wonderful, happy, and blessed Birthday!
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
It has been one year already since Mom left us. I'm finding I miss her more as time goes by. She is in my heart and my love for her will never cease, but there are SO many memories that bring tears to my eyes. It makes me happy to envision her sitting in a field of violets, smiling, surrounded by the scent of her favorite flower, filled with a happiness we can only imagine. So, that is where I will keep her in my mind's eye.
♥ MOM ♥
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Outside my window this morning!!
It is looking rather bland across the street ~ but this beautiful pop of red and oranges is right in the middle of the greys and browns. The color in the valley was outstanding this past week. I will post photos soon. Sister and Brother-in-law just left to go back to Ohio. The week zoomed by, but we accomplished a lot and enjoyed visiting.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jim !!
When it comes to brothers-in-law, you are at the top of the list. The best! I'm happy you are part of our family. I hope the coming year holds good health and good times for you. Jake thinks you're pretty great, too, and says "Woof Woof, Uncle Jim."
We had our first hard frost last night, but the sun is shining bright this morning and some of the red trees are sparkling in that sun. My sister has been here from Ohio this week helping fill my booths with Christmas items ~ this morning we are off to an estate sale and then to Buy The Season consignment shop for the Holiday Open House!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Tricia and I drove up to Floyd, Virginia, on this beautiful Fall day to pick up our paintings that have been hanging in Oddfella's Cantina during September and October. I was very happy to find that two of my paintings had sold. I will be listing some of the remaining paintings in my Etsy shop soon. We then had a lovely salad bar lunch in Roanoke. I am excited to get back to my paintings in progress. It has been a Happy Day ~ paintings sold and time spent with my sweet friend!!!
Monday, November 3, 2014
Photo and poem by Audreynovember
uninvited greys and browns
have boldly crept in
covering the landscape dull
autumn fades with each new morning
i walk through the cool air
across a carpet of wet leaves
i remember how your mouth turned down
you always looked sad
unless you were smiling
your smile was beautiful
i can see it
i can feel your love
a gust of wind hurls leaves into my face
bringing me back to now
i know it was you, mom
urging me to move on
telling me you are ok
Sunday, November 2, 2014
ALL SOULS' DAY (Nov. 2) is a day of prayer for the dead, particularly but not exclusively one's relatives. This annual celebration is held on November 2 and is associated with ALL SAINTS' DAY (November 1) and its vigil, HALLOWEEN (October 31).
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Halloween - "hallow" means holy
"een" means evening
HALLOWEEN (Oct. 31) is the eve of All Hallows, the night before the Christian holy day that honors saintly people of the past. A common custom of Christians was to come together on the eve of the feast of All Hallows Day to ask for God's blessing and protection from evil in the world. Often, they would dress in costumes of saints or evil spirits and act out the battle between good and evil around bonfires. This is the source of the modern observance of Halloween.
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ALL SAINTS' DAY (Nov. 1) is a call to live as saints, to remind us how we are supposed to live. All Saints' Day originates from early Christian celebrations of martyrs. It is a celebration of the communion of saints, those people we believe are in Heaven, through good works and God's grace.
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Dia de los Muertos or "day of the dead", keeps alive some of the tradition of honoring souls of the dead.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Summer, 1951 ~ I'm not sure who the bike belonged to. Maybe Patrick. At 3 years old, it was definitely too big for me, but I look like I really wanted to ride it. That would have been a little hard sideways, in a dress, and there was no chance my feet would have met up with the pedals.
Do you think I EVER wore shoes?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Outside my window this morning. This is taken from the front of the house. Colors are just not as vibrant this year and there is still a lot of green.
This is taken from the side of the house looking toward the back. Still waiting for that "pop" of color.
This one is taken out my living room window in the back of the house. We are blessed to have gorgeous views.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mr. Magic !!
On this gorgeous Autumn day, my wish for you is a year of good health, happiness, and exciting things to look forward to. It wasn't the best year for me, but you stuck by my side and helped me muddle through. I'll do my best to make this year a good one for both of us.
Happy Birthday, Terry. I love you.