Saturday, April 25, 2015

for the weekend

What an interesting week...
Temps in the 70's ... then snowing for a day or two.
Going from the Grand ReOpening at my friend's place.... to the annual PA Wilds Dinner and Awards Banquet the other night.
And desperately worrying about our financial situation... to finding out Jim was hired for a fantastic job yesterday.
It's amazing how things change from day to day.....

Tonight I am going to the Opening Reception of an art show; a friend of a friend.... and a fellow photographer.
But first... here are some links for your weekend perusal:

*some cool art I came across
*and some more
*awesome NASA stuff
*life lessons
*this is interesting
*travel ideas ... and ones here in PA
*science is cool
*cute bats
*be a rebel... take out one of these books
*here's some interesting advise
*everything is awesome!
*why it's illegal to have milk crates, and where to buy them
*Mother's Day gift ideas

---and some blogs on my reading list:
Why Not Coline
Manuela Thames
Dinae Lawad

I hope you have an awesome weekend... and I'll see you all back here on Monday.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Last night was the PA Wilds Annual Dinner and  Awards Banquet.
I have never been, and it was a real treat.
It was hosted by the stunning Red Fern in Kersey, PA

"A small group of business owners, citizens and organizations from across the 12.5-county Pennsylvania Wilds region have earned awards for their contributions in sustainable tourism development and will be honored at an awards dinner and regional tourism briefing April 23. Americans spend more than $640 billion a year on outdoor gear and trips and travel to get outdoors, and communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds are in great position to grow this industry given the region’s natural landscape and entrepreneurial background. For the last decade, dozens of local, state and federal partners from the public and private sectors have worked together to do just that in order to create jobs, diversify local economies, improve quality of life and inspire stewardship in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Each year, the PA Wilds Team, a guiding partnership in this effort, gives out a small number of “Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds” awards to recognize outstanding efforts by local partners in this work.  Keynote speaker was Michael DiBerardinas, former Pennsylvania Secretary for DCNR." 

Kristin and I went; and as we were both new artisan on the PA Wilds Artisan Trail we had the opportunity even able to display a portion of our work... which seemed well received.
We had an awesome time, and look forward to many more years of participation in the PA Wilds.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


And yesterday... it snowed.
Off and on all day.. .and into the dark of the night... big, fluffy flakes came softly down.
It's as if Mother Earth is gently enforcing the idea... that in spite of our best efforts, we are not in charge.
It appears to be a time of rest, of re-grouping... of thinking about what you value the most... and following through.

It's been an odd couple of weeks... and very hard in many ways.
Lots of hardship and struggle within the family... and personal struggles with finances and fatigue... but there has been good too.
The past few days we've been enjoying kombucha tea... and quick pickled goods...things my daughter worked on over the weekend.

Today, we are off on a little day trip to a PA Wilds Event where we hope to kibitz with some of the other PA Wilds Artisans.
See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Happy Earth Day!
Wishing you all a fantastic Earth day...

And I'm about to go enjoy it myself; see you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I was going to do something different for today's post... but with the crazy storm last night, 
I thought I would share some photos from it instead.
They are not great, but I hope you can feel how impressive it all was.
The weather channels were giving all sorts of advisories... including hail, flooding, heavy winds and tornadoes.
But in the end, we were all safe and secure in our little house on the hill.

See you all tomorrow.

Monday, April 20, 2015


I love Lamb's Ear. 
When we lived in Albuquerque, I had a lovely patch of it in my front yard.
On a couple of trips back; I would bring small portions of it... and now my mom has some in her front yard too. On a walk the other day, I was excited to see some growing at an abandoned house nearby... so I took these photos of it early in the am with the dew on the leaves.
You can read more about this plant here.... and here.

So. Today is my day off.
But I wanted to thank you all for coming out to the Grand ReOpening of my friend's place on Saturday. It was great to see you all there... and to feel and hear of your support if you were too far to come. We have lots of interesting things planned for the coming months.... so "stay tuned."

And so I am off to enjoy the day... and I'll see you all tomorrow.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

for the weekend

The coltsfoot is blooming... and it is lovely.
I've written about this fabulous "weed" before; but I thought that we could all use some of that sunshine yellow color in our day. These photos are ones I took yesterday afternoon... as I have some blooming in my yard.
You can read more about this plant HERE ......and HERE.

This weekend will probably be very busy... and so I wanted to get this post out a little early.
And hey! It's the weekend!!! So here are a bunch of links to things that might be of interest:

*17 surprisingly real animals
*artist Lora Zombie
*an incredible dessert to make
*want to live RENT FREE in a Ghost town?
*a very cool DIY project I may just try
*stationary porn
*music: the Stumblebum Brass Band! ... and they are coming here soon :)
*Tintype camera shots of modern stars
*I love this.... so much photographic potential.
*the world's largest flute
*this looks like an interesting read

And some of the blogs on my reading list
-Hint Jewelry
-Adore by Nat
-Alice Fox
-Arctic View

I hope you all have a great weekend; and I'll see you all on Monday.