Monday, January 15, 2018

After all, it's January!

We had snow a couple of weeks ago - just an inch, but it turned to total ice overnight. And with temperatures so unusually low in Virginia, it stayed frozen for days and days.

I admit to developing cabin fever and finally went out, slipping and sliding through my neighborhood until I got to the regular streets which were clear. A woman has to do what a woman has to do, right?!

Now they're calling for snow again this week. I was complaining to a friend about it, and he said, "Well after all, it's January!"

That's fine, except we have had many January's with no snow and no single-digit temperatures - and I vote for more of those.

Which turns my mind to dreams of Daytona Beach. Some research revealed it's a mere 10 hour drive from my home. And I'm always up for an adventure. Hoping we might make the trip in February. And if these low temperatures continue, we might stay.

photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

Not really. My husband has to get back to his job. My dream of the beach can only become reality for a few days.

How is the weather where you are?


P.S. the letters above are wooden (from Michael's) with scrap paper cut-outs glued using Mod Podge. They sit in my window. Just to remind me that .... well, it's still January!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Vignettes

Instead of putting up a Christmas tree this year, we decided to simply have Christmas vignettes in each room of the first floor. But first, a friend and former high school classmate sent me this picture - it's of the house I grew up in, and the picture was taken during a recent light snow. Even though someone else now lives here, it will always seem like home to me.

It's such a sweet little cottage. When I was growing up, I thought we lived in a mansion. This house was filled with so much love from our parents, we felt rich!

Now on to the vignettes:

The foyer:

The breakfast room:

This year has been all about simplicity. My niece gifted me this little domed vignette, which is in the foyer:

And now I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Last Minute Fall Pictures

I've decided to wait until the first weekend of December to decorate for Christmas. Trying to decide whether to use our regular large tree in the den, or to buy this Target tree.

The kids are grown now, things change. Either way, it's about family and being together ... and the birth of the Savior.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Nature Photography Challenge

A friend invited me to join her in a seven-day nature photo challenge. It's been fun -  when you start looking for picture opportunities, it really opens your eyes to the beauty surrounding you.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Irma - and Prayers

We have quite a few family and friends all over Florida. Please join me in praying for the safety of everyone there. Also for those evacuating to be able to get out without the dreaded gridlocks we are hearing so much about.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Let's Call It Fall

Even if it’s not technically fall, when school opens I think fall and I’m ready to decorate.

So down came fall tub from the attic. It had less to choose from this year as I’d gotten rid of a lot,  always thinking “simplicity,” one of my favorite words and ways to live.

I decided to put together a vignette on the dining room table – the only new item is the cute sign. I saw it on my way out of Hobby Lobby and knew it would make the perfect completion to the items I’d already put in my wooden box. 

 I love this vignette so much, I keep the light on in the dining room, even when I’m not in there. I enjoy it as I walk by on my way to the stairs or front door.  It brings a smile to my face.

 This scarecrow has been in the family for decades; he's a keeper.

The only other decorating we’ll have for fall is the mantel, and for some reason I had a hard time putting this together. And I’m still not crazy about it. So I tweak …

Idea No. 1:

Idea No. 2:

Which do you prefer, or do you think it needs something else altogether? 

We enjoy these cooler days in Virginia, but wishing Hurricane Irma would head out to sea. Family and friends are in its current path, and I’m emailing them to come to Richmond for safe housing with us. Our country is having so many natural disasters, sending prayers for Houston, California (wild fires), and the southeast U.S.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fabulous Summer

What a great summer this has been. I thought I'd share pictures to tell most of the story.

A beautiful park on the James River ~ 

My daughter and I took a quick trip north to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to visit cousins. We packed a lot of fun into three days. 

This is the original 120 Spring Street in Scranton, PA, the house my dad and his four brothers grew up in. We hadn't planned to go by it, but when I got up Sunday morning and insisted on driving miles out of our way to get sweet tea from Chick-Fil-A ... and nearly there remembered they're not open on Sundays (lol), but then realized we were on Main Street - well, of course I got excited and kept on Main Street until I found Spring Street and the rest is - a photo op! Such fun.

My cousin Ryan happened to be having a graduation/going away to college party for his son on the Saturday evening I was in his town, Waymart. I saw cousins I hadn't seen in 15 years, and met cousins I'd never met before - I loved every minute of it! 

New (to me) cousins (aren't they the cutest, they recently became engaged!):

And already known cousins (the older guy is my first cousin Jim): 

(Ryan, the party host, and me)

The next day my daughter, Ryan, and I visited nearby cemeteries where our ancestors are buried. Since we've been working this past year on our Roberts family genealogy, it was wonderful to gather dates from the stones in each cemetery.

For our family vacation, we returned to our favorite spot on Lake Gaston, NC. The weather was great and we had a wonderful week with our little boat. The highlight for me was when one of my high school classmates invited us to her cottage and took us on boat rides with rafts behind - so much fun for everyone. 

Kathy and I on her front porch. I have to tell you about my hat, I thought I was really something in that hat ... until it blew off into the lake! Someone turned the boat around really fast as I watched my new hat sinking, sinking ... and then my son reached way out and grabbed it - victory! Of course it was drenched, but even if it hadn't been, I was afraid to put it on again, lest it blow into the water. 

Note to self: next year a buy straw hat with strings! lol

Til next time  ~ 

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