Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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.
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.

Photo by Eya Floyd, Etsy

Monday, November 24, 2014

Outside My Window

Outside my window this morning.  The heavy fog is burning off and the tip of the mountain out back is reappearing.  It is supposed to reach 70* today with snow on Wednesday.  Weather games!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Birthday

Our ROANOKE STAR is 65 years old today!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

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

Photo by Audrey

"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;  how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."
~Fred Rogers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Patrick's Rose Bush

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

Outside My Window

I am looking at this beauty out my back windows right now ~ 5:15 Monday evening.  The clouds are putting on a show.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

CCHS   1966
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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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday

October, 1951 ~ I don't remember this dog but Mom said he was my dad's hunting dog.  I don't even know what his name was, but he must have been friendly. After all, he let me sit on his roof ~ I guess that's just something 3-1/2 year olds do. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Year

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

We have NOT spoiled Jake since his accident.  Don't ALL dogs eat every meal from a porcelain dish on a beautiful towel laid out on the living room carpet?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Outside My Window

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

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."

First Sign of Winter

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

Throwback Thursday

This has to be 1948 ~ Patrick would have been 4 in this photo and he is holding me.  How dear!  He must have loved me right from the start ~ always watched over me.  He had a tender heart and I miss having him in my daily life. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy Day

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 Audrey

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 stop
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

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

Throwback Thursday

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


This is my religious icon/cross wall that is in the hall where the guest bedrooms branch off.  I have a difficult time passing by any religious item if I'm at an estate or tag sale.  What started as a small collection years ago just keeps on growing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

How I would love to sit on that porch and play with that dollhouse today.  My heart fills with joy when I think back to what a happy little girl I was.  My mother made me feel safe and loved and provided for.  And look... no shoes!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Outside My Window

 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bittersweet October

Photo by Audrey
"Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."
~Carol Bishop Hipps


Friday night, on our way home from Mr. Magic's Birthday dinner, his SUV had an event of its own! Of course, I had to document it.   

Friday, October 17, 2014

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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gorgeous Trees

 Roanoke College parking lot today.  
Gorgeous trees!!