Blogging silence…

Summer is a busy time as food begins to ripen for preservation and day trips are on the agenda.   Hope to share some more posts with you soon, as well as some photos.

Spent much of today picking cherries from our trees.  

(We’ve already made Strawberry Jam and canned it; homemade is the best!)😍


God is talking to me but my husband’s not listening

I said those words to my husband the other day; he laughed.

I went to the local library to pick up a few things including a book titled Back to Basics.  As I reached to grab the book from the shelf another book fell onto the floor right at my feet.

I had a really bad day at the office and the desire to quit my job was so strong.  For several years now I’ve really wanted to stay at home and not have a job other then tending to things at home.  This book is so very appropriate for that and I felt that God was trying to tell me to follow the yearnings of my old soul (because I’ve really been praying for some help in recent months).  My husband just doesn’t understand and most others don’t either.  It is a feeling that you have deep down in your soul for the desire to be at home.  To tend to things there and to find fulfillment for yourself.

I grew up in a rural community on a farm and spent summers at home and going to town on my bicycle.  I really wanted to see the world and to have a fulfilling job.  Now as an adult I just want to go back to the simplistic domestic life.  It is difficult, even without children, to have a full time office job in a city 35 miles from home and to balance home life with that.  I never in my life wanted to take care of my home as I do now.  And I know it also means that I really need to take care of myself because I’m really burned out.  There is no fulfillment for me in a job outside of the home anymore.  I know that the daily commute and anxiety and stress of that commute as well as the job has really taken its toll on me.

I’ve decided to take a little vacation this week and get away from the job and be at home to recharge myself and find some happy.  Last evening I began reading this book and it screams to me to follow my soul’s desires.  Selling that to my husband just doesn’t seem to be working though (and I’ve been trying for several years).  I’ve even thought of ways to make money to sustain us a bit.  I thought of selling photography, knitted and crocheted items on Etsy but after reading books about those ventures I’m not sure.  And if you look on the world wide web it seems like everyone is doing it and competition is fierce.  So since those things don’t seem to be working in my favor maybe it’s a sign to just stay at home, be me and find some happy.

Even the photo on the front reminds me of me.  I love to knit and cook and bake and I wear my glasses when I’m at home.  It was meant to be for me to read.  As I read through this book I will know a bit more about whether it is what I truly should be doing for myself to survive.

Android vs. Apple

I’ve been using cell phones since the late 1990’s when I purchased my first phone and entered into my first agreement with Cingular One.

Do you remember them?

My first cellular phone was a big clunky rectangular box with an antenna and certainly wouldn’t fit into my pants’ pockets.

I was with them as they became part of AT&T and stayed with them for several years.  Through each 2-year agreement I entered I would receive a free phone (nothing spectacular but it did the job!).  At one point I made the decision to switch to Tracfone which seemed like a good fit for me at the time but eventually I signed onto Verizon Wireless due to my needs changing and I’ve been with them since.

On several occasions, including once with ‘clunky phone’, I needed to call for assistance when my vehicle broke-down on the highway.  So it has been a necessary expense for me as I travel many miles (35 miles to the City) to get to work each day.  Cell phone towers have made their way into our smaller rural communities which makes it possible to cease owning a landline if you so desire.

Cell phones and the various plans have really evolved and now there’s a plan and phone to fit every one and every budget imaginable.  And now you don’t have to worry about looking for a payphone booth since they are almost non-existent in our towns.

I’ve been using an Android powered smart phone for a few years now but I’ve decided to really compare Apple’s iPhone against Samsung’s Galaxy to make a decision on my next acquisition.  I know how expensive Apple products are compared to others but there are many reasons which have led me to really research the iPhone.

The three main reasons are stability, security and privacy.

When Tim Cook and Apple took a bold stand against the U.S. Government’s demand to create a back door into the iPhone I really began looking at and respecting Apple.  The more I read, the more I love them!

From various articles which I’ve read (including Apple’s website) I’ve learned many things which I find very important in my next cell phone purchase.

They do not allow anyone to access their servers and they never will (read Tim Cook’s message here about privacy).

As soon as updates for the iOS are available they are downloadable to the iPhone and not to just the current model that has been created; they are currently supporting several (some older models). With Android, it may take several months after updates have been created before you are able to receive it on your device or you may not be able to get it at all.

 On Android devices there are many preloaded Apps which can’t be uninstalled and they take up so much space. The vendors/creators have paid to have them placed on your Android device.  With Apple it isn’t quite so bad.

I truly believe Apple wants to create and provide the best for their Apple family (stability in their devices) as well as keeping their security and privacy a high priority.

By keeping such great support for their devices for several years it makes sense to pay a little more for a device which will last for several years with such good security and updates available.

I feel I’m ready to tackle the iPhone world and will jump into that camp to see how much fun it can be!

If you have one please leave a comment below; especially if you’ve jumped over from the Android side of the river.  (Thank you in advance!)

Reaching Back In Time

Is it so taboo to want to live the simple life?

In this time period, where just about everyone is “plugged-in” to something electronic or a social media site, it seems like we are evolving at such a rapid pace and no one wants to slow down.

To each generation, the term ‘good ol’ days’ has a different meaning.  As a baby born in the 1970’s, I think often of the 1980’s, of my childhood and what I deem to be my ‘good ol’ days.’  I miss the people most, who are no longer a part of my life now.  And, as strange as it may seem to some, I also miss the life I was living.  It certainly wasn’t easy and there are some bad memories mixed in there, but as a child I didn’t have all the worries and responsibilities as I do now.  And, I had lots more fun!!

For a very long time, I’ve always felt I have an ‘old soul.’  I haven’t had memories, dreams, flashbacks or recollections of a former life, but I just feel older in my soul, than my actual years and get deja’ vu quite often.

My grandparents’ generation lived through the Great Depression and endured and fought World War II.  My maternal grandmother was in Europe at that time and probably had the harshest life imaginable during all of the fighting.  I’m so drawn to that time period and I seek to learn all I can of the 1920’s through the 1940’s; especially the War itself.  I imagine what life would’ve been like on the home front (USA) or abroad in Europe during all of that time.  I wish I could ask my Grandparents.  As a child I didn’t have interest in “the War”, but I do now.  If I could go back in time to live through a time period, I would choose the early 1930’s and live forward.  Would I join the War effort as a Nurse in the WAC or choose to keep the home fires burning here for a man?  I don’t know.  But it is a part of history which I feel so much more at ease with.  I enjoy vintage items and recipes which kept company during all of that.  I’ve been canning food for many years and have been expanding my repertoire in the last few.  I will keep my Victory Garden going the best way that I can (with lots of help from my hubby!).

As I get older, I keep wanting to reach back to a much simpler life and time.  I feel technology is exploding at a very rapid pace and I just feel so lost in all of it.  I don’t use social media mega giant Facebook and don’t feel the need or desire to.  And to be extremely honest with you, the Internet is growing too rapidly that I often sit in front of the computer and feel overwhelmed by it all.  I enjoy the “task” of writing a good old-fashioned letter and putting a stamp on it and mailing it (stickers on the envelope are fun to add too!).  At least I feel that I’m doing my part to help the United States Postal Service stay open-lol!!  I think that old fashioned writing of letters is a lost art and quickly becoming forgotten.  And, I saw too much fraud when I was a bank employee so I still enjoy writing out a check and paying my bills by mail!

I love the process of making and creating by hand versus buying something which was mass produced or made by someone else.  Knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking are things which I enjoy immensely.  I recently purchased a vintage cook book through Amazon titled ‘Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book’, copywrite 1950.  I bought a used one because I wanted an original from the time period with character.  And I got it!!  (I read some posts from others who purchased a new reprint of the book and recipes are missing)!






I love making the old family recipes which I have and cooking from vintage cook books.  It certainly transports me back to a better place and time.  I decided to make the recipe for White Bread (yeast) from this cook book and I used the yeast which I have which is Rapid Rise.  Using that replaces the first rise in a bread recipe and shortens the time to get it ready for the 30-minute baking.  I used that yeast because it is what I have in my fridge and I’m all about using up what I got (see previous post).  It turned out to be the BEST loaf of white yeast bread which I’ve ever made and it was PERFECT!  Instead of using milk, as I’ve done in the past with previous recipes, I used water.  It was a tasty bread loaf; better then the ones you buy at the local bakery.  Many bakeries and family-owned restaurants tend to use their cherished old family recipes and those foods are the BEST!  I keep looking at all the new recipe books from my library and the same recipes just keep revolving around with a few differences (just compare several books of the same type of cuisine and you’ll see each author’s ‘spin’ on classic recipes).  I think the older recipes are best.  They keep things simple and use items which are stocked year-round in my home but the taste is fantastic.  When the Greatest Generation was growing up and living life in their early years, the best thing they enjoyed was putting a great meal on the table for their families and friends and everyone who visited was considered family.  They didn’t go out to eat at restaurants or order take-away food to eat at home.  Why would they?  Their recipes are the best ever!

There’s no way known, yet, to turn back time and most people wouldn’t want that anyway.  But, I can still daydream of a life that is simpler and of what I lived as a child.  I grew up, and still live, in the country.  My family was farming crops and animals with big gardens.  My mother and paternal grandmother canned lots of food each summer to help us endure those harsh winters which we once had and my family hunted to put meat in the freezer as well.  I had a good childhood in many ways; but, at the time, I didn’t think it was.  I do now.  I was fortunate compared to many others.  I’d get on my bicycle and ride to town (up a very steep hill) and visit with my best friend.  We’d spend the day together and sometimes ride all over town, or to the local library where her mother worked.  I’d return before dark and no one worried (too much!).  No cell phones, computers or electronic toys.  We’d go outside and play all day and it truly was fun!  We’d write snail-mail letters to each other and call and talk on the rotary wall phone for hours (with no call waiting).  Boy!  I sure miss all of that!  I certainly would embrace the simple life; however, others around me wouldn’t.  They are evolving, along with the rest of the world, using all electronics and social media, which has gripped the world quickly.

I think that as humans age and look to their final years on Earth, they become more nostalgic and wish for their youth.  It appears to just be a part of the cycle of life.

And, as a final thought, I will say that I really love Miranda Lambert’s song ‘Automatic.’  Here’s a link to the video on YouTube.  Listen closely to the lyrics; I think you’ll feel what I feel.  Let me know….


2013 in review


Without YOU, I wouldn’t be doing this!

Wishing you all a HAPPY, HEALTHY, PEACEFUL & BLESSED 2014! 🙂

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Metallic Magnolia


This is one of my favorite ‘Magnolia’ images from this past Spring.

A friend, and former co-worker of mine, just accepted a new position in another office/building.  I didn’t really know what to give her.

But I didn’t want her to forget me.  So I took this image, which was printed on metallic paper, and placed it in a beige matte and black wooden frame.  I signed, dated and titled my print and gave it to her as a gift.  She loves it!  She also said that everyone who has seen it is quite impressed.  I must say, if you have an opportunity to print an image on metallic professional photo paper, please do so.  This ‘Magnolia’ looked smashing!  (and she found a spot in her huge new office to hang it) 😉

(and i’m hoping to be able to get others interested in buying my photos)! 🙂

FREE! FREE! FREE! Amazing Fonts for FREE!!

I absolutely love handwriting fonts!

And, I’ve found a new site (well, new to me anyway ;)) which has amazing fonts to use for any programs, including Photoshop!

It is, and I’ve provided a button at the bottom of my blog which will link you to their site.

Also, is a great one for free fonts!

If you love fonts and working with them in your Photoshop, scrapbooking or other programs,

check out these sites!  For Kevin & Amanda, you can download ALL of the fonts in one quick click!


Nite lites…

After viewing the work of Xavier Nuez at an Artsfest today, I was really inspired to do some night photography!

Now, I’m NO-WHERE near to accomplishing photography like this guy in any way (*check out his work at his website,*; his work is so amazing)…but I am going to work on getting some more interesting, different & better ‘night shots!’

What do you think about this one?  And, what do you think this is?


My 70’s image…

I am a child of the 70’s.

Lately, I’ve really been into images, music and other nostalgia which just says

“The 1970’s” to me.

This image which I recently captured, and the lighting of it, just says that to me.  It also makes me think of that ‘Coke’ commercial from the 1970’s where everyone was singing that song with this line, “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony,” and I really don’t know why.  (maybe I’m just longing for a simpler time and environment)

What does this image make you think about and remember?


{Leave your thoughts here…}

I’ve added a new page to my blog titled~

“Leave your thoughts here…”

I’m looking for just that.

If you follow my blog, or if you just pop in from time to time to view/read my work, or if you are visiting for the first time, I would appreciate your comments.

I have always wanted to be a Professional Photographer and sell my work~(especially working for National Geographic).

But somewhere along the timeline of my life, none of those things happened.

There is a reason, I’m sure.

But, in the past few years, I have endeavored to improve on my photography and learn something new all of the time.  I am visiting more places and going beyond the bounds of the things I would photograph before.  I haven’t really been too interested in photographing people (and there are so many studios and Professionals out there doing that now anyway).  But I do so love to photograph the unusual and unexpected along side of the usual things found all around us.

So, if you feel inclined, leave me a message on this new page about your thoughts on my photography and content of my blog.

I “thank you” for taking time to follow my blog, view my blog and for leaving comments all of the time.

Homemade pinecone ornaments

for Christmas one year, i made homemade ornaments with pinecones.  (i made some for me too)!

as you can see in this photo, i just attached simple white ribbon to my pinecones with a hot glue gun.  i made some with silver and gold ribbon as gifts.

the pinecones are from my yard and the gifts were much appreciated!

they are a simple, inexpensive, yet thoughtful,  gift which anyone can make.  just ‘spice’ up the ornaments with whatever ribbon you have on-hand.

i have unique, bigger pinecones as well which i use to decorate my home.  some have ‘whiskers’ on them!


don’t underestimate the power of a thoughtful homemade gift; whether it’s something you baked or crafted.

happy crafting this Holiday season!


winter is coming~

all of the beautiful colorful leaves are off the trees.

and we’ve turned the clocks back this weekend.

with the cold weather we’ve been having and the cloud cover, it looks

just like snow is set to fall upon us.  so many times in the past several days,

i can’t even begin to recollect the amount of times we’ve said,

“it sures looks like it could snow and it feels like it too!”

now that we are speeding quickly to Thanksgiving, the

winter season is quickly coming as well.

here is one last look at the autumn season which our eyes have held…

a new month. a new look.

i’ve been trying out so many of the new themes and having a difficult time deciding on which one to use to ‘spice’ up my blog.

i love the fact that creates so many gorgeous themes for our use

(and many are free).

thanks wordpress!!!!  🙂

it’s like Christmas on a weekly basis!!

so in honor of a new month beginning in just a few short hours,

i’ve decided on a ‘Bold Life.’

what do you all think?

also, what is your favorite theme and why?