Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4

"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ Photo by Audrey

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 3

"September fattens on vines.
Roses flake from the wall.
The smoke of harmless fires drifts to my eyes.
This is plenty.  This is more than enough."
~ Geoffrey Hill, September Song Poem
~ Photo by Audrey

Throwback Thursday

September, 1961 ~ 54 years ago - Photographs are a miracle that help us remember the magic of days gone by.
This is my Grandpa Kopka ~ Mom's Dad.  He came to America from Czechoslovakia, worked hard, raised a family, and was never sick or hospitalized until the day he died in his 80s.  I'm glad we lived with him for a number of years ~ it made it easy to spend time with him and really get to know him.  And dear Patrick at 19, with golf balls in hand.  It appears that he was practicing putting.  His life centered around Golf from a young age.  
I miss their laughter.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2

"Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures."
~ Henry David Thoreau
~ Photo by Audrey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1

"Lord, it is time.  The summer was very big.  Lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose.  Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly days, press them on to fulfillment and drive the last sweetness into the heavenly wine."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
~ Photo by Audrey

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Touch of Blue

I wish you many more years filled with buckets of paint to fill your creative desires and to give us reason to clap and scream with awe and joy.  HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, old friend!

August Sturgeon Supermoon

SUPERMOON Tonight !!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday

September 1, 1951 ~ Once again, Tommy and I on my back porch where we played most of the time.  And, no shoes on either of us!  I'm sad that I don't know Tommy's last name,  I don't even remember which house he lived in.  Of course, we were all of three years old, so how much am I expected to remember?  My sister thinks maybe he was a neighbor's grandson.  When Mom was still living, I asked her, but she couldn't remember.  Cute photo, though, and apparently we enjoyed each other's company.  Thanks for the good times, Tommy.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fun Day

 Toy Barrel at Black Dog Salvage
 Wall Fountain at Black Dog Salvage
Urban Gypsy in Grandin Village
My sister and brother-in-law are here for a week.  We spent today going to some of our favorite places.  Started out at Buy The Season where my consignment booths are.  We then enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Olive Garden.  Then off to Grandin Village to Too Many Books and New To Me.  We ended the day at Black Dog Salvage ~ one of my favorite places to go!!  It was a fun relaxing day.  We needed a rest after spending almost 5 hours yesterday completely overhauling my consignment booths.  I am thrilled to have my space looking refreshed, clean, and inviting.
We didn't go into Urban Gypsy, but I loved the colorful window backdrop, so I had to photograph it. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Sitting on the steps enjoying time with Miss Kitty.  Early 1950's.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On my butterfly bush today.  Imagine that!

Monday, August 17, 2015


August Sky

 August 16, 2015
 August 15, 2015
August 13, 2015
The sky in Virginia is gorgeous.  Almost every evening, I am blessed with beauty up there.  I have always been a sky watcher.  In Ohio, once in a blue moon, I would notice a pretty sky.  Since living here for the last 9 years, I have seen incredible cloud formations, colors, and sunsets just about every day/night.  On clear nights, the stars are stunning.  The sky is filled with stars and some are quite bright and they twinkle.  Be sure to take the time to look up ~ you might be surprised by what you see.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

We are.

We do not become healers.
We came as healers.
We are.

Some of us are still catching up
to what we are.
We do not become storytellers.
We came as carriers of the stories
We and our ancestors actually lived.
We are.

Some of us are still catching up
to what we are.
We do not become artists.
We came as artists.
We are.

Some of 
us are still catching up
to what we are.
We do not become writers, dancers,
musicians, helpers, peacemakers.
We came as such.
We are.

Some of us are still catching up
to what we are.
We do not learn to love in this sense.
We came as Love.
We are Love.

Some of us are still catching up
to who we truly are.

Poem and Photo ~ Brad Simkins, Spiritual Coach

Friday, August 14, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throwback Thursday

June, 1993 ~ At CPA Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, with Mr. Magic three years before we were married.  We always had such fun at those conventions.  Terry sold his Accounting Firm before we moved to Virginia.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Visitors This Morning

 I've been watching these two babies darting in and out of the woods around the neighborhood for weeks, but had no opportunity to photograph them.  They are quite a bit bigger now, but they finally came to visit in my backyard this morning.

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Private Pilot

Congratulations, Casey!!  
On Thursday, Casey accomplished one more of his dreams!  He passed his tests with flying colors and now has his Private Pilot Certificate! 
He is going to continue on to get Instrument Rated and more. The more he learns, the more calm I will be when he is in the air. You can't learn too much and you can't be too safe.
I am SO proud of him!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Every time I looked at my dear Jake yesterday, my heart swelled with love.  I feel so blessed and grateful that he recovered from his accident that occurred one year ago yesterday.  This little guy brings so much joy into my life.
God is good.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Tom, Jim, Adam, Audrey, Casey, Todd
~ ~ ~
 March 4, 2000
The exciting opening night of Buffalo Wild Wings in Blacksburg, Virginia.  I am standing in front the of the mural I painted for the restaurant, with Casey and some of his best friends.  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Visit with Mariette

It has been such a pleasure getting to meet and spend time with friend and fellow artist, Mariette Hebert, who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Mariette has been here for a couple of weeks visiting her son and grandsons.  Today, Tricia Scott and I had lunch with Mariette downtown Roanoke and then Mariette and I visited a couple of shops.  She will be leaving soon to return home, but we will look forward to another visit in the future.  In the meantime, we have facebook to keep in touch.
This is one of Mariette's mixed media paintings ~ a beautiful 14"x18" on canvas panel.  I was honored to name this piece for Mariette, "A Plea For Peace", back in June.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Our neighborhood is very active with deer this Summer.  First photos I've caught of a buck with a doe.

Monday, August 3, 2015


19 years ago today, Mr. Magic and I said "I Do".  UPS just delivered this beautiful surprise gift from Casey and Amanda.  It is 36"x11", very colorful, and well done.  I love it and I love you two!!  Thank you for this special gift. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Jake begging for spaghetti.  
It's hard to not give in.  Along with the pity eyes, he makes little noises that always get to us - not growls, not barks - just cute little whimpers.
Wishing you the best kind of day filled with laughter and love!

Blue Moon

This is the Blue Moon photo that I took Friday night ~ The 2nd full moon for the month of July. (The 1st full moon was July 2nd.)  We won't have two full moons in the same month again until 2018.  I added the blue hue just for fun!