Friday, September 30, 2016

Rain and The River

This was yesterday, the 29th.  After several days of rain, the river was high, muddy, and fast. It rained all night and is still raining.  I'll check the river later today.  I'm guessing it's going to be bad.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

6 Years Without You

Love you and miss you, dear brother Patrick!!
I love celebrating birthdays, but I don't like these years clicking by SO fast.  I send wishes and love to you and I hope your day is very special.
I must tell you how great it is to be able to see your facebook posts all the time and to be able to stay in contact. I enjoy seeing you and Donald with all your family member photos.
Have a beautiful, fun filled, love filled birthday!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The sky out back a while ago! WOW!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Rest in Peace, Arnold Palmer!
Please find my brother, Patrick, up there and play a round of golf with him.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Bought this sweet vintage holy water font at Buy The Season.  It is going on my icon wall.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Facebook Fun

Let us help you find your inner peace with your life quote!
According to Facebook (nametests), this is my life quote.
Given the chance, my answer would have been: "I believe
loving and caring for one another is what it's all about."

Thursday, September 22, 2016


WOW!!  Look what I found in my mailbox this afternoon.  My old friend, Tom Stephan, just made me very happy!  A few months ago he surprised me with a band trio of vintage Nun figurines.  THIS one is gorgeous!!  She is Goebel, W. Germany, 1978, almost 6" high x 4-1/2" wide.  I can't stop looking at her.
Thank you just doesn't seem enough, Tom.  Bless you for your sweet kindness.  (((Hugs)))  She will be the shining star of my collection.

Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox ~ First Day of Fall
You would never know that Fall has arrived here in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia.  I am looking out at a sea of green!  It has been a hot dry Summer giving us none of the usual first glimpses of Fall color that we normally see this late in September.
It will come.  No rush.  I am enjoying the remaining days of mild weather we are having.  In the meantime, Happy First Day of Fall.  You will soon see pumpkins everywhere, enjoy the taste of cider, and breathe in the smell of burning leaves.

Jake ~ Down by the River

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Let's make Peace EVERY DAY!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

"Put Your Heart into Being a Bright Light."
~ Quote by Mother Teresa
~ Silhouette Paper-Cutting by Dan Paulos

Monday, September 19, 2016

I will be with you and Casey in a few weeks.  When I get there, we will have a big special celebration for your birthday!  Cannot wait.  Until then, I wish you blue skies, sunny days, fun times, and may every birthday wish come true!!
Love you. ♥

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016


While in Ohio in August, I stopped to visit my good friend of many years, Bruno.  While there, I got to meet his new companion, Mooshie!  I love Mooshie's eyes.  Beautiful, non sono forse?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Doxie Party

Jake couldn't wait to attack his birthday donut hole.  Mr. Magic had to hold him back till I was ready with camera.  Small birthday treat, but that was all the sugar I was willing to let him have.  Now on to the next 365 days of total joy and love.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet Jake!  
The joy you have brought to my life over the past 5 years cannot be put into words.  Today, I celebrate the gift of YOU!!  
♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, September 12, 2016

We've celebrated many birthdays together over the years.  Now that we are older and living many miles apart, I cherish those memories even more.  
I wish you sunny skies and smooth sailing this next year.  You deserve some happy carefree time.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Our WOW sky right now!!!

Mr. Magic and I stopped on the road today to make sure this fellow made it safely to the other side.  He seemed determined - like he knew his destination.

Friday, September 9, 2016

In the warmth of my Aunt Patty's arms.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The BEST Kind of Lunch

 Casey and I at the Roanoke Airport this afternoon.  He flew here today to take me to lunch.  My sister and brother-in-law joined us for lunch and we had a great visit.
I hate to see him leave to go back to SC when he just got here a few hours ago. Next visit, he said he will stay the night so we'll have more time.  Yay!!

 Casey's baby!!
 Not sure I could EVER understand all this on the instrument panel.
He'll always be my little boy. I love him SO much.

Monday, September 5, 2016

"Sea Fans"

I think it's time to take down the beach theme over the fireplace.  Autumn is in the air and pumpkins are appearing everywhere.  
The mixed media collage is "Sea Fans" by Mary Bullington.  I was fortunate to purchase it this summer at an estate sale.  I love Mary's art!

Saint Teresa

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
~Mother Teresa

As of yesterday, Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa into Sainthood yesterday.  There is no question she is deserving of this honor.  I imagine even in Heaven, she is still praying for the poor on Earth.  We should follow in her footsteps and do what we can for the less fortunate.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Secret #36

Received this Brian Andreas original today.  Brian is the artist/writer of Story People.  I've been a fan for many years.  This is one secret that needs to be passed on.  Give love!!!