Oh! How I wish we were here…

Fred | Monhegan, Maine

Everyone likes to be in their “happy place” – this is ours. Clearly, you can see the joy that we finally made it to the island (old photo, we will not make it there in 2021) – this is one magical place that has a strong magnetic pull for so many of us. Monhegan is a special place in so many ways, but mainly it’s the friendships we’ve made throughout the years.

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Jasper Road House Plan by Our Town Plans for Southern Living!

Jasper Road House Plan by Our Town Plans for Southern Living

Who doesn’t love house plans? We all like what we like, some of us are traditional, some modern, some of us like large homes and others prefer smaller. Whatever your preference there are plenty of house plans out there. What I really love is that most architects/designers will allow modifications to plans, assuring that it is your very own special place. I don’t create these house plans, I simply share what I like, and sometimes mention what I would change to make a plan work for me. This is fabulous plan, I simply LOVE the front porch and the side screen porch. It would be so difficult to leave that space! #stunning

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A Glimmer of Hope on Union Street!

Does a story instantly come to your mind? I can look at just about anything and come up with a story. It may not be the best story you’ve ever heard but I’ve never come up blank (yet). I do think the caffeine amount has to be just right, that may be the real key! I was writing a blip using the word prompt: Glimmer. When out spewed the start of a story. I quickly wrote two versions and ended up using the second version. This is my introduction into fiction, I have even more respect for real authors after trying a blip! (haha) – I may add to this story in the future… I admire real authors, planning is key, and there is no planning involved in this, just writing…

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Dad’s Roses – A Favorite!

Dad’s Roses

My Dad grows the most amazing flowers, his roses are no exception. My parents live in Michigan, a much different climate than South Carolina. Dad’s STUNNING roses are peppered around the perimeter of the yard. I end up leaving with 1,000 photos of river, marsh, flowers and a few of people, sigh. Next time, I’m getting good photos of EVERYONE! I try each time, but no one pays attention, ha ha… #soon

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Never Forget

9/11. Specifically, 9/11/2001. I don’t even need to type a description of the horror that occurred on that very day. There were heroes, I will focus on them. There were heroes that saved so many people while everything was happening, there were heroes after it occurred that searched tirelessly through rubble. One thing I know, we will never forget…

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Enjoy your Labor Day!

Charlie enjoying his Labor Day poolside!

For those of you who have been putting in long hours out in the public – THANK YOU. I sincerely hope you get a chance to take a nice break today. This has been one heck of a year(++), and you deserve this time to recoup. This year should be a Labor Day on steroids! If you’re out and about, visiting a restaurant, store or other public venue, keep your patience in check, everyone is trying to get things done with limited staff. Most of what you may be irritated about is likely not the fault of the server, bagger, person at the register. #sobepatient

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Absolute Perfection!


These flowers were in a bouquet that Fred gave me for my birthday. Each flower was stunning in its own way. As the bouquet got older, I pulled out the spent flowers and gave them fresh cuts and put them in smaller vases/jars. I put all the alomestria together and they were beautiful. I am mesmerized by flowers, it’s hard to stop taking photos of them. I love a…

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Sun, shadows and a new (vintage) rug…

Charlie in the sunroom, one of his favorite places…

Sun and the shadows make for amazing photos. No matter the subject, the shadows are always so interesting to me. Shadows, reflections, different ways of seeing a view, they all pique my interest. Our sunroom has been one of the favorite rooms in our house, a special place to sit back (or at times, a great place to work). The sunroom is being updated so photos soon, I hope. We started with…

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Botany Bay (Edisto, SC)

daily word prompt:

s o l i t u d e

first thought: aloneness…

This is something I wrote a while back when WordPress had daily word prompts. They never fit into my scheduled blog posts (in those days it was artists three days/week, a recipe, a house plan and images), but a few days I had a little extra time, so I started another blog but never made it public, I only wrote two posts and I’m going to share them with you, and on occasion, pull from the archived word prompts in WordPress. Here goes…

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Hard to pass up…

Live Oak, Spanish Moss, Resurrection Fern

Heading out on a walk and it was hard to pass by this live oak tree with Resurrection fern and Spanish moss. I love how the sunlight is hitting it so softly. It looks as if the tree limbs reach to the heavens, doesn’t it? The green of the Resurrection fern is a clear indication of recent rain. Otherwise it would be crinkled up and brown, you would swear it was dead, but in fact it is very, very alive!

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Celebrate Good Times!

What a wonderful week!

I cannot believe how quickly time goes by, you may have heard me say that a few times this past week. But it’s true! So if there is something you’ve wanted to do, make plans to do it. I know with COVID it’s not the time for everything, but you can use this time to PLAN for when this extended pandemic is over!

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The Verdier House Plan by Allison Ramsey Architects

The Verdier by Allison Ramsey Architects

I love cottage house plans and think they have such charm. This plan has a 8′ deep porches. What I love about this Allison Ramsey Architects is the ability to make modifications if you have something in mind that is really important to you. I might opt for a slightly deeper porch on the front and back, and you’ll see via the link below how their website shows images from homes that have been built so you get a good idea on modifications.

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Quick Cold Cucumber Soup – A favorite!

Cold Cucumber Soup – FIVE STARS! – Recipe by SimplyRecipes.com

You are looking at utter perfection in a very pretty glass. This cold cucumber soup recipe is what dreams are made of. Short ingredient list, comes together SO quickly and lasts a few days in the refrigerator. It’s pretty and more importantly it’s COLD and bursting with flavor! Seriously, a ten minute soup (well, a little extra with prep time, but not much).

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