Light and Shadows: When One Door Closes…

Kitchen Swing Door from 1931

I love living in a house built in the 1930’s. The charm and character can’t be beat. We found this old swing door in the attic of the garage many years ago, we cleaned it up, painted it and hung it. Now, when we need privacy in the kitchen (Fred’s WFH office is on the other side of that door. Since he’s on conference call after conference call, I close the door if I’m going to be in the kitchen, or if the dog acts up with UPS, FedEx, Amazon, USPS, any human, animal, etc. that moves past our house). I cannot imagine having a kitchen without it…

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Vast Skies…

Stunning October Skies!

Just look at this stunning sky – the clouds seem to go on forever! When I walk it seems like I’m always looking up, especially early in the morning or around sunset – the Golden Hour, where the light is like magic… ✨ Always look up or you’ll miss out on so much!

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We Need An Island!

Seabrook Island – South Carolina – 2020

We are island people. We don’t live on an island, but we love them. We are in need of a getaway, it’s been a long, long, long time… It started with Mackinac Island (MI), and Harsen’s Island (MI), then morphed to Monhegan Island (ME) and Seabrook and Kiawah Islands (SC) – the pull of tranquility can be overwhelming at times. #thisisoneofthosetimes I took this photo last year on a day trip to Seabrook. We had the best time ever!

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Heaven on Earth…

Monhegan Island (Maine) Sunset

As I’ve been saying for the past year and a half (at least)… This is an older photo. We’ve been dreaming of visiting this place we love, but this year just isn’t the year. Look at the magic! This was taken from the Island Inn on Monhegan facing Manana Island. Light on the island is so different. I have seen beautiful sunsets in my life, but nothing like I’ve seen on Monhegan!

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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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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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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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