Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Hello, dear friends!

Yes, we survived the stress of packing, loading, driving, unloading, unpacking and setting up!!


Our new home is now Peoria, Arizona!!!  

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  You are most welcome!!

Won't you "Sit a spell?"

Our new living room!!

Really high ceilings to hang lots of stuff!!!

Yellow ware cupboard in the dining room!

Someone is waiting patiently for her milk!!

Pantry boxes and firkins!


Breakfast room off the kitchen!

The perfect wall for my old basket collection
and my wonderful hooked rug made by my sweet friend
Lori Rippey!!

My Studio, in progress!  

All organized and ready!


It has been extremely tiring to set up a house in a short time, but somehow everything just seems to fit and belong!!!    

Thank you for the prayers and thoughts during this transition time!!  They have meant so much to us!!

I want to take this time to wish each of you a Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving, 

filled with 

Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times and Good Memories!!

With a Thankful Heart~


Sunday, October 25, 2015


"Brown paper packages tied up with string,
These are a few of my favorite things!"
~ My Favorite Things, by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

I have always loved that song and have my own list of favorite things, packages being one of them!!
Who doesn't love the idea of a box, all wrapped up and with hidden treasures, just waiting to be opened!!  Such a lovely thought!! 


Unless those packages happen to be PACKING BOXES!!  


Yes, we are moving, and we have packages and boxes EVERYWHERE!!!

Different sizes to hold our treasures!

Bubble wrap, packaging tape and paper are tools of the trade!

All neatly labeled and carefully stacked!

Upended chairs on top of stacked boxes!

All ready to be placed in our new home!!


As I type this, I am feeling a mix of emotions.........sadness to be leaving our son and our beautiful granddaughters, but also peace and excitement about the future!!

We knew this day would eventually come but it has happened a lot sooner than any of us expected and we have been working hard to be ready to move a week from today!!!

Jeff has a job change that will be a much better situation for us and our son agrees, even though he hates to see us go!!  We will be moving to Peoria, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix!  We have never lived in AZ before and know it is going to be HOT, but right now is the PERFECT TIME to move there and for that we are truly grateful!!!   We will be about 5 hours away so will be able to visit and still see them on a regular basis!!  We are excited about that!!!


During my break times in the evening, I have been working on this.......

It is a bigger rug than I have currently hooked and I am really enjoying it!!

I have LONG admired this pattern and knew when I learned to hook that it would be on my list!

It is called BIRD IN FLOWERS, by Anne Nichols, and you can find it at 

I am using some of my favorite colors to hook it with and it helps me to deal with all the confusion and stress we are under right now!!!  Those of you who hook know exactly what I mean!!!


Also, if any of you decide to purchase something from my Picture Trail during this next week, I will still try to get it mailed to you in a timely manner, but if there is a problem, I will certainly let you know and do my best to take care of things!!  I still have plenty of paper, boxes, bubble wrap and tape at the ready!!!  

I will post my new address soon and if you need to contact me in the meantime, my email will stay the same!  

We would truly appreciate your thoughts and prayers for us as we continue to pack, say goodbye, travel, and set up our new home!!  We both aren't as young as we used to be and having had my stroke earlier this year, I want to be careful!!  My husband and son are loading and unloading the truck so I am mainly packing and then unpacking!!  Just think of all those brown paper packages I get to unwrap!!!  One of my favorite things for sure!!!

We have so loved being here with our son and his daughters and though it will be sad to say goodbye, we know there is a new life waiting for us as we walk through this new door!!


"When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad.....
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don't feel so bad!"

Wishing each of you your own VERY FAVORITE THINGS~


Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Good morning to you!

The temps. are in the low 70's here and I am just LOVING IT!!!  It truly feels like Fall......


As promised, I will be having my newest Update TODAY!

Please visit my Picture Trail at 6 PM, EST, or 3 PM, Pacific time, to view my newest pieces!

The new album is titled FALL UPDATE 1!  Please be sure to check out FALL UPDATE 2

 while you are there!! 

I look forward to seeing you then!!

Wishing you all the pleasures of Autumn, my friends~