Wednesday, September 20, 2017


I made this BIG pot of spaghetti sauce yesterday filled with peppers, onions, meat, garlic, and Italian spices.  It made a wonderful lunch.  We are having it for dinner again tonight.  Yum!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Good Afternoon

The front porch.

I had a good afternoon today.  I walked around a few of my flower gardens enjoying the transition to Autumn, and worked on a mixed media piece for next week's art group gathering. 
 The geraniums are still beautiful.
 I love a little moss here and there in the gardens.

 Other end of the front porch.
 The baby napping on the sofa while I worked on my mixed media art piece.
 Not liking the darkness coming so soon already. I will miss the long light evenings.
Work in progress.  Preparing the background.

Amanda's Birthday

My son Casey, and my beautiful daughter-in-law Amanda, celebrating Amanda's birthday this evening.
You are not only my son's better half and my daughter-in-law, but you are my friend!  I couldn't have asked for more.
Sending BIG wishes for a special day.  I am bringing love and gifts when I get there in October.  We will celebrate your day all over again!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Jake on the Porch

Jake sat on the porch with me this afternoon while I gessoed a couple of journal covers.
Passed this deer enjoying her lunch in the bushes today.  Their change in color has been quite noticeable in the last couple of weeks.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Autumn Figures

Miss Scarecrow and Mr. Pumpkin-Head clicking away on my kitchen windowsill.


At WILLOW TREE ANTIQUES AND PRIMITIVES.  I'm sure glad he is not real.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Jake

 HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY sweet sweet Jake!!
No cake for you today, but you are loving Aunt Patty's squeaky donut gift to you.  More fun than the real thing.  We are all relieved to see you playing and not in pain.
Jake is eating his new prescription food with no problem.  Time should heal his pancreas.  I am filled with gratitude and joy today.

Jake Update

The Doctor called us yesterday after tests results came in and told us that Jake has Pancreatitis.  I was SO stressed about this.  I am very strict about just giving Jake his dog food and no table food.  But, apparently they can get it from eating something from the yard.  They gave him fluids and meds at the Vet Hospital and after monitoring him for several hours, they let us pick him up in the late afternoon.  He has been put on a special prescription low fat diet and we were told that after a couple months of this, he should be just fine.
Once home, Jake was playing and he ate the new dog food for his dinner with no problem.  You could tell he was no longer in discomfort.  I was relieved, but still will be very watchful of his progress in healing.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sweet Jake

Saying prayers for my sweet little Jake.  He has been having intestinal issues off and on since Sunday.  We just dropped him off at the Vet Hospital ~ they are keeping him today and running tests.  I just want him well and back home.  Tomorrow is his 6th Birthday.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Buy the Season

Did a major overhaul in my Buy the Season booths again yesterday, with the help of my sister.  Fall and Halloween is now in.  A wonderful witch sitting on a rope is from the Pine Tree Barn in Wooster, Ohio.  She would look great in the home of a true Halloween decorator.
Stop in and take a look ~ #2173
"Friendship" by Magaly Ohika

Another year has passed, but after 55 years, your friendship is still dear to my heart.  We've been through just about everything imaginable - good and bad.  Although we have lived 400 miles apart for the past 11 years, you are still SO special and dear to me.
With all my heart, I wish you blue skies, joy, and love on this day and each day of the coming year!

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Great Surprise

What a great surprise!!  Casey and Amanda flew into Roanoke last evening.  Mr. Magic, myself, my sister, brother-in-law, and Amanda's mom and dad all met at the Town Center Tap House in Daleville and had dinner and drinks.  We got pizza from Tizzone, next door.  Excellent food at both places.
It was SO wonderful to hug my son!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

This beautiful sky last evening on my way to church.  I took time to pray for all my friends and their loved ones who remained in Florida through Hurricane Irma.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hurricane Irma

It is difficult to have loved ones living in areas where Hurricane Irma is headed.  Casey and Amanda live in the Charleston, SC, area.  Thank God they shuttered their home today and are headed to safety in the morning.  Such a big relief for me to know they will be safe.
SO many of my friends and a few relatives live in the areas that will be affected by this storm.  My heart aches for them.  I pray they will be safe whether they chose to stay or if they are on their way to safer ground.  May God watch over them.  ♥


The last cosmo bloom of the summer.  I guess it decided to be a unique bloom as two of the petals are bright white.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Overcast, raining, and on the cool side today.  This is nothing compared to what Hurricane IRMA is going to bring to my friends and family in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and beyond.  Good thoughts and many prayers go out to all of you in IRMA's path. Be safe! ♥

The Watcher

Jake watching for movement outside the front door.  He does this for long periods of time every day.  He doesn't want to miss anything!!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Eggs Benedict

My sister and brother-in-law are here with us for two weeks.  We had a great brunch at Mac and Bob's Restaurant today.  Excellent Eggs Benedict!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hydrangea fading into Fall coloring.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Houston Flood

My heart is swollen.  One minute I am in tears seeing the agony in Houston, and the next minute I am in tears with happiness seeing the rescues ~ cattle, dogs, cats, horses, babies, handicapped people, little old ladies with fear in their eyes, families clinging to each other walking through the deep dirty water.  In spite of the horror of it all, these people are helping one another in any way they can.  This is what life is all about ~ loving and helping your neighbor.

It was an uplifting sight to see the lined traffic of vehicles hauling their boats en route to flooded areas ready to help in any way they could.  On my way to downtown Roanoke this evening, I was on I-81 and there was a convoy of New York emergency vehicles (fire trucks, rescue vehicles, ambulances, etc.) heading south and I knew they were on their way to Texas/Louisiana.

The police, firefighters, city employees, national guard, coast guard, marines, many agencies, ordinary citizens, and others I failed to mention, are working nonstop to save lives and help take people to shelters and safety.

I hope the number of deaths will be low.  I pray that time will heal the heartbreaking destruction that Harvey has caused.  I hope that all the people who have made monetary contributions or donated items, will be blessed.  I hope God rewards the restaurant owners and employees who kept their restaurants open and gave food and drink to those in need.  Even Anheuser-Busch starting canning water to distribute to all in need.  I truly hope we are all paying close attention to what is happening to all these people and keeping that in mind when we want to whine about some little inconvenience.

I hope we can learn from this and love one another.  Please let us stop the HATE!!

Tuesday Evening

 I've not been downtown Roanoke in months mostly because of my knee situation and I have been battling a cold/cough for two weeks now, so this evening was a real treat.  Met good friend Tricia for dinner at Alejandro's and then went next door to the new ALTUS ARTISAN CHOCOLATE LOUNGE where we enjoyed very good hot chocolate.
We had much catching up to do.  Time spent with a good friend can be SO uplifting ~ I think it was good for both of us.

Altus Chocolate creates phenomenal artisan chocolate starting with high grade cacao beans carefully imported, roasted, and ground right in the store!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

53 Years Ago Today

 My cousin, Will, reminded me that 53 years ago today, 8-26-64, my brother Patrick, and our cousins, Will and Roy, joined the U.S.Air Force and shipped out to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, for basic training.
Patrick and Will ended up in the Philippines together and took care of each other through some rough times.  I am grateful that Will and Roy are still here to remember those days.  We all miss Patrick SO much.
 Will, Patrick, and Roy
Patrick in the Philippines

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Living the Creative Life

Our Living the Creative Life group met this evening at Grace's Pizza in Grandin Village.  We enjoyed pizza and sharing our art made with the theme "FLIGHT".  When I hear the word "flight", my son is the first thing I think of since he became a pilot just a few years ago.  With that in mind, and my fear of flying, I have Casey to thank for easing my fears and flying me on several occasions.  With him in control, I felt safe: thus, my mixed media piece, with his hands holding the plane and keeping me safe.
Next, we have Therry Neilsen-Steinhardt's mixed media piece titled "Fall of Icarus".  Icarus had wings and flew too close to the sun, burning them, which caused him to fall into the sea.
And then, Wally Neilsen's drawing/painting titled "In Flight".  This painting is all about reflection from above.  Put yourself in the crow's place and what do you see?
It is SO much fun to get together, enjoy the company of other artists, and see how they interpret the theme for the month!
Our next gathering will be at Mamma Maria's Italian Restaurant in Salem on Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00.  Our theme for that gathering is "BIRDS".
Do a painting! Join us! You'll have fun!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Another great shot!  
Eclipse over the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, SC, by Bryan McElveen.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Eclipse 2017 Photo by Dan Asmussen.  Awesome!!

Under the Weather

Sky views throughout this evening.  I have been under the weather with a really bad cold/cough since Thursday, so I wasn't prepared to watch the eclipse.  I watched it on TV.  But I managed to enjoy the sky in all its glory this evening.
This morning, the Dr. told me this cold/cough is going around and many have it.  It's a 7-10 day process.  I'm on day 5 so I hope I'm in the 7 day category.  I can't remember coughing SO much and all these sleepless nights are the pits!