Bright and Happy Flowers!

Bright and Happy Flowers

I took a quick trip home to Michigan to see my family a few weeks ago. It was unexpected and sorely needed. I guess sometimes the best trips are the unplanned ones that you book the ticket a week in advance while you have company during a big wedding (nephew). No time to think about packing until the day before…

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206 Talbot House Plan by Our Town Plans!

206 Talbot Street house plan by Our Town Plans

I think this could be the most fabulous pool house (or guest house, office, studio, the list goes on) in our backyard. What fun it would be to have an outbuilding with so many uses? A separate space for your guests to stay, yet be close at the same time. I think it could be so fun. I LOVE the screened porch, it would be facing our pool and screened in, so on nice evenings you could sit outside and spend the evening!

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First Trip to Maine…

First Trip to Maine – 2006

Maine. It’s our happy place. Fred and I started visiting Monhegan Island back in 2006. We haven’t been in several years but we’re looking to getting back there at some point. I remember this photo. I didn’t sleep and was so exhausted yet so happy to be on our way to the island. We were waiting for Monhegan Boatline’s next trip to the island. We didn’t have any idea what to expect (other than reading everything I could get my hands on)…

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Life can turn on a dime – take the time now…

A Steamy but beautiful walk…

It was another steamy day in Charleston – but our late afternoon (evening) walk was still quite pretty. You can almost see the humidity in the air. This is an older street lined with large live oak trees and they’re stunning ALWAYS, but the bright pop of the crape myrtle blooms against the backdrop of oak trees certainly was beautiful! I love the light coming through the leaves. #wow I am oh so thankful for the way yesterday ended…

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A Man & His Dog

A Man & His Dog

I’m trying to think where I saw this sign years ago… Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC I’m guessing… I love when dogs are included. They’re always so happy to be out and about. They’re usually allowed inside LOWES near us, Charlie had a blast going up and down the aisles – it’s a good time. Apparently it’s also a social event because when you bring your dog to the store, everyone else who has a dog stops to talk, ha ha. #goodtimes

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Dogwood Place House Plan (SL1975) by C. Brandon Ingram for Southern Living

Dogwood Place House Plan (SL1975) by C. Brandon Ingram for Southern Living

Charm, right? A beautiful old home, exquisitely built years ago set in a gorgeous established neighborhood, where the homes are all well built and solid. But wait, is it truly an older home? Or is it a newly built home that is so well designed that it just looks like it fits in perfectly among homes that are much older. #bingo This plan is gorgeous, and just wait until you see the interior!

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Proof that ANYTHING is possible!


I think this image says it all, don’t you? It’s proof that ANYTHING is possible. Imagine, growing so beautifully, every part of this fern is perfection, the beautiful green, the shape of each little leaf, it’s amazing. Against all odds this tiny plant is flourishing in the tiniest spot, in a broken area of a sidewalk . When I saw it, I had to stop to take this photo. Even sun, albeit not much, found it’s way to this tucked away spot.

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Nasturtiums… a favorite!

Nasturtiums in Michigan…

Nasturtiums are a favorite for so many reasons. Their vibrant color is a big draw, so striking against the green leaves! I didn’t realize how good they smell until my mom pointed it out the other day when I was visiting. Nasturtiums are also edible. I have had them on my plate several times in a nice restaurant but I didn’t eat them.

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Spruce Cottage by Lake & Land Studio

Spruce Cottage by Lake and Land Studio

Pretty exquisite house plan, right? Can you imagine this cottage situated on the water? This is actually the back of the cottage – perfect for taking in the most wonderful views ever! Notice the wonderful wrap around porch – fabulous! Just think how much time could be spent! Lake & Land Studio has stunning house plans, this is just one!

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Kevin Beers Exhibit: 25 Years and Counting!

Stars and Stripes by Kevin Beers 36×36″ Oil

Kevin Beers. What an amazing artist! I try to post his exhibition each year around this time. Kevin can paint so well AND he’s such a nice guy (as is his wife!) – This painting is perfect for today “Stars and Stripes” – it’s available at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Maine!

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