Monday, July 25, 2016

Magic is alive and well...

In everyday lives we constantly can receive a small dose of magic, spiritual blessing, correspondence from God. Currently my mind is racing too fast for my circumstances and my very core being is in dire need of that wise woman inside me... She needs to soothe my soul and direct my eyes to scripture, my heart to the Father, and my body to wisdom.

And while that all takes place, I need joy, perfect love casting out fear, an in-filling of tranquility. To find this in the midst of this Missouri heat, of Mom, of daily angst... call it a miracle from God and call it prayer, but it is also a cry out to the magic of my strong ancestors whose blood strengthens my spine...

... Just a little shout out to you all that we are still here and thriving in the light of Summer. Blessings!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Storytelling of Crows...

Well, late summer brings its "treasures" of heavy morning fogs that evaporate into noonday steam and afternoon irritability. Meanwhile indoors the house slowly evolves toward the next season.  In the bath a murder of crows begins to gather in my bathroom... According to Wikipedia a group of these stately birds can also be labeled a horde, a parcel, or a storytelling...  Didn't someone have fun with this one?

A few years ago I bought several window toppers from an Etsy shop. I love seasonal living so I enjoy changing them out as the days march on toward completing another round.

The huge crochet sunflower is a crochet pin from The Patchwork Heart in the United Kingdom. She is amazing. She also has an Etsy shop. I love watching her projects unfold. The colors she chooses play so nicely together. I love to crochet, but I am a procrastinator on joining the blocks!

Sunday. Sunday. We entertained some very dear friends briefly today. My son and a friend came to brighten my life by letting me speak my love language of cooking a meal. Garden chicken, Summer bright carrots, cauliflower, Oriental coleslaw, cheddar biscuits... My sister/cousin had been here earlier for a little slice of blueberry crumble bread and some delicious coffee she brought me from the Ozarks.

Another week begins with nurse and therapist visits, laundry, cleaning, and (I hope) little chats with friends.    

Tonight I have a date with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. I can't really remember the first one, but this is highly recommended. I will like it, I am sure.

Whimsy and Hugs!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

What to do in July. . .

Do you make lists of things to accomplish each month? I think that is the only way I have ever managed to do anything. I have even been known to put things on my list I have already done so I can strike through and feel accomplished!


1.  Establish a better routine with Mom's care. Write it down and stick to it.
2.  Go to Amish country before tomatoes are gone!!!!!!!
3.  Start my new Beth Moore  "Fellowship" bible study.
4.  Continue in the Facebook group "Project Me" group with journaling in mind, body, soul areas
5.  Start the "Get a Grip" project with Alison at Brocante Home
6.  Create a Beach theme mantel
7.  Do sunflower and crow theme in bathroom
8. Do strawberry theme in kitchen
9.  Change to kitchen at the beach END OF MONTH
10. Watch fifteen movies in July (beats just trolling the web shops and buying stuff...)
      Hello, My Name Is Doris
      Star Wars
      Fury Road
      My BF Greek Wedding 2
      ...... any suggestions?
11. Of course, purge and clean ten little areas
      drawers on kitchen north wall
      cabinets on east living room wall
      ottomans under TV
       cabinet by Mom;s bed
       ottomans in my bedroom area
       top of china cabinet (Ma's)
12. Have a taco salad party for my son and his friend.
13. Make jalapeno biscuits from mix for said taco salad party.


Whimsy and Hugs!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The 3 A.M. to Wakesville

Sometimes I have heard of a witching hour, but around here we have a "magical?" time of morning known to civilized man as 3 a.m.  To Mom? Wake up time. I personally would more closely associate it with go to bed time... Therein lies the top issue between my mama and me. I told her I didn't care what time she woke up if I could sleep. I said I would be more than happy to put on TV for her. She graciously? told me I didn't need to wake up at all because all she wanted was for me to turn on all the lights (which we already keep on for terrible bedtime terrors), make some breakfast, wash her face, and sit beside her bed where she can touch me, and visit with her...  Now in my country we call all that waking up... Oh, Mama...

I have been puttering with some new strawberry gifts from friends and new mercury glass purchases that light up in the late afternoon and hibernate eight hours later... . Strawberry delights, I guess.

What cookie would you like to see in that big, juicy strawberry cookie jar? I think I might go for a lovely oatmeal raisin right now... Even some of those amazingly high calorie Little Debbie" dealios" would do the trick... the ones with that soft white icing sandwiched in. Have you ever noted the calories on that thing? Oh, dear! Hey Debbie, you cannot be "Little"!

April Cornell linens are also a gift for my birthday... I have used the gorgeous napkins as a diamond point scarf for my cupboard.

Tomorrow morning... later on today actually I will be baking some sweet coffee cake and putting on some new Italian coffee from a dear friend's trip to The Hill, an Italian market district in St. Louis. I think I might need to crank up the AC, but please do not tell Mama it is on...  We often "wonder how the house stays so cool" when it is summer...

I might even find some lunch if you are up for it...

Cannot decide if I live in Neverland, Wonderland, or Wakesville, but all I know is you can usually grab the three o'clock to the second star on your right and go straight on toward morning..  All Aboard?

Whimsy and Hugs!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life's a Beach! Ten things to love about summer in Missouri

1.  Fresh tomatoes. I have six plants just full of baby maters. I am just holding my breath that these          summer storms do not ruin them... Fierce!
2.  Air conditioning.....  Ah, what a difference you make...

3.  Late, hazy sunsets. Something about the personality and palette of twilight just speaks into my            soul!

 4.  Midnight movies from Amazon Prime or Netflix. My most recent, Hello, My Name is Doris with        Sally Field. Amazing! I really enjoyed it as a light-hearted treat.

5.  Watermelon.
6.  Locusts singing at Twilight. They sound like school is getting ready to start. I hear the stores are          stocking their aisles... That is always a pull for this retired teacher.

6.  Art. I am happily dabbling away...

7. Summer's dark storms. I just watched a locust tree lose a large portion of its top.

8.  Thoughts of Homecoming and all its treasures... I hope to attend a little this year.

9.  Pitchers and jars of citrus fruit water. Love this look!

10. I am loving my summer planners and journals. I do not know what I would do without that                 creative outlet

What is on your list?

Whimsy and Hugs!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Fourth of July

Whimsy and Hugs!

It is time to declare independence from any negativity threatening our body, mind, or soul...

scenes through the years...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The best birthday EVER!!!

It took 92 years to get it right? I was so happy last night to hear my mother tell everyone that she had the best birthday ever. I'm sure it was mainly because of the contrast to her daily doldrums. But it has been such a sweet week with a few more to come visit later on. The idea to have one on one was a good one, and we have had company every day, just a few. Lots of sweet goodies, and she loves those.

a friend, my son, our dear friend who brought all the goodies, and Mama

On Tuesday my son worked through the day and on through the night so that he could take off the whole day for our birthdays. I was pretty sure he'd be exhausted, and I think he was, but he was definitely the hero of the day. He came in with his gift to granny... he'd shaved off his beard which she had never liked. She thought that was so funny, and I couldn't get enough looks at his "baby" face again. He looks so much younger.

in the lavendar is my sister/cousin with her two daughters and granddaughter. 
We were having a big laugh! 

We had lovely company, family, friends. Breakfast time with my sister/cousin and her kiddos and the rest of the day with friends. Delicious food prepared by our wonderful caterer friend who would not take a penny for it.  We had pretty banana cupcakes, cherry crisp from her tree in the yard, and delectable little potato chip cookies which were a flaky, salty/sweet concoction to die for. I made a strawberry lemonade cake, a red velvet cake, chips/crackers, dips, and snacks.... and more and more brownies. 

joy ride

The highlight for Mama was my son eased her into her wheelchair and took her on a big ride through the house. She exclaimed about her dolls and her bedroom, which she last saw December 27th. She sat at the kitchen table with all of us and had a little bite to eat, but oh I will never ever forget her reaction when he took her outside. When she rolled through the door to the beautiful afternoon sunshine, we heard an absolute piercing squeal/scream. At first it sounded like pain, but it was, in fact, pure joy unfiltered. It broke my heart into a million pieces because I don't think I've ever seen anyone have such a reaction to just going outside. She LOVED it.

birthday girl

Today has been quiet and happy, a big rainstorm this morning washing the yard and plants. I cannot wait for our first tomatoes from the big green plants at the end of the ramp. It was my birthday, too, so the joy was doubled.

On this last day of June, enjoy the sunlight and the rain. Have a happy 4th of July!

Whimsy and Hugs!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mystery Quiz


How well do you know me? 

Obviously these are peas. 

Now tell me in the comments what the mystical tradition is about peas...  and me... and freezing them at Midsummer....

And you PROBABLY will win a prize of some sort! 

Make up something wonderful if you don't know..... and you still might win a prize!  

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stand up and Cheer!

Making any plans for the Fourth of July? I have no idea what we will be doing, but inside, the mantle is cheering on the patriotism and Old Glory. In the bottom right hand corner of the bottom picture you can see the little sock feet of my mother, there in the living room cocooned in one or two blankets and freezing to pieces. The other day when it was 103 degree heat index, she turned to me and gave me verbal permission to turn on the air conditioner. Ha ha..  It has been on a bit. I like to keep the house chilly.

I want to try some really neat recipes I've been hoarding saving. Isn't it funny how we want to try the new, but we want to fix the traditional, too? Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy 92nd!

When Mom came home in February, she began planning a party for this summer. She and I share birthdays, so she began to organize and dream of a birthday party (kind of for me, but I think for herself actually!)

She spoke to a dear friend who caters parties, and they discussed menu and dates. But what we decided to do was to have a little week of celebration to any and all who decided to come visit. So from Tuesday through Saturday, if you are in the area, drop in and have a little bite of something and a little visit with Mama... NO GIFTS...  just a little visit with the most dedicated party planner of the Midwest!

The other night I took her picture and she was appalled to see "that old lady" in the shot. So I took a selfie and showed her myself without any makeup and pretty darn bedraggled. My mother took a look at mine and quickly said, "Well, what are you complaining about? You don't look THAT much older than I do!"  Oh, I cut my own hair that very night...  haha...

P.S. Don't expect anything this fancy. Wouldn't that be wonderful though? I love these!