Tis the Season… for Holiday Traditions


Tis the Season… for Holiday Traditions

A large part of the magic of the Christmas season, I believe, are those holiday traditions we incorporate into our lives during this busy time. Each year, I greatly anticipate the traditions we love so much. Of course, there is always room to add special new traditions. So if you are looking for some holiday ideas…..hopefully you will get an idea here that will “ring your bell!” Pun intended!!!Continue reading

Labor Day with Fields of Gold


Labor Day with Fields of Gold

Have you ever passed a field filled with endless stalks of golden wheat swaying in the breeze, and been inspired by it? The wheat seems to spring up so carefree and easy, yet we know how much endless toil is really behind such a beautiful field of grain.

How does the farmer, day in and day out, rain or shine, tend to his acres of crops without vacations or taking a break? I have always admired the farmer’s work ethics and tenacity. And today is the day in America when we actually pause to celebrate the achievements of the American worker, whatever each’s specific vocation may be.Continue reading

Old Fashion Picnic in the Park Wedding


Old Fashion Picnic in the Park Wedding

What do you do in the summer time? Well, nothing is quite as lovely on a hot sunny summer afternoon than attending a good ol’ fashion picnic in the park wedding. My dear friend Deborah put on a beautiful and charming gathering as friends came together to celebrate the wedding of her son David and new daughter-in-law Amber. One of the things I loved about it was that the ambiance was so inviting and charming that people lingered and visited in the park much longer than usual.Continue reading

The Serene Shoreline of Suttle Lake in the Summer


The Serene Shoreline of Suttle Lake in the Summer

Don’t we all have a place where our heart longs to be? Even if just once a year, one of my favorite places to visit in this big, wide, beautiful world is Suttle Lake in Central Oregon. Kayaking along its grass- and driftwood-lined shore is a peaceful and tranquil experience as you glide along enjoying the quiet beauty of nature. This past week I decided to risk it and bring my non-waterproof Canon Rebel T5i along with me so I could capture its charm.Continue reading

Finding the Perfect Bench


Finding the Perfect Bench

There really is no one perfect bench. I have never met a bench I didn’t like. Isn’t it a matter of the right bench for the right spot? This summer I have been looking for a bench to put in one of my flower beds and so far have come up empty. Last year, I came across an amazing bench in an antique store; except I didn’t buy it. Does that ever happen to you? You find the perfect item, don’t buy it, and then spend copious amounts of time looking for that “ideal item” that has now disappeared? When will I ever learn? The search continues….

At any rate, I was looking through my sabbatical photos of last fall’s trip to Europe and was inspired once again by the charming array of benches we found there. Of course, I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to share them with you just in case you are looking for some bench inspiration too!Continue reading

America, the Beautiful


America, the Beautiful

With the Fourth of July holiday this week, I have been thinking about our country and what it means to me. When thinking of what makes this country great, I cannot help but take time to think on all those soldiers throughout our country’s history who fought to create and maintain our rights, liberty, and freedom. Although, I have never been in the armed forces, my dear sweet parents raised me to love my God and country with fervor.

My appreciation of our military grew recently as I witnessed first-hand a military salute at my father’s graveside. With such dignity and reverence as I couldn’t have imagined without experiencing it myself, Manti American Legion Post 31 performed the graveside military salute for a veteran with pride, precision and honor. And what could be more patriotic than a military salute?Continue reading

My Dad’s Shop


My Dad’s Shop

We each have a special place in the world that in our hearts feels like home. A place that reminds us of precious moments in time where we feel that we always belong. Somewhere that regardless of what else is happening to us in the world, just being there makes everything seem like it will be alright. For me, that place is my dad’s shop. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the old workshop where my Dad would build a sheep camp trailer, or design and weld wrought iron patio furniture, among other projects.Continue reading

Summer Moroccan Tablescape


Summer Moroccan Tablescape

The beautiful summer days are upon us. The time when we begin to have lovely gatherings with our friends and families as we come together to share friendships and a good meal.

While visiting my sister Ruth’s house in Arizona this past spring, I fell in love with her amazing selection of eclectic dishes. So we decided to put this Moroccan Tablescape together just for you to inspire yours and my summer parties! By myself, I couldn’t have put a table like this together, as I decorate a bit more monotone! One of the things I love about Ruthie is that her decorating clearly expresses her vibrant personality. I love every element in this tablescape and wish I could have just taken it all home with me. So I guess I will join you in recreating it this summer!Continue reading