Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon!

I’ve been trying hard to increase our veggie consumption. I get bored with the same thing day after day, so have tried different things to see what’s a hit. THIS is a hit! Cooks up in no time, and the one slice of bacon adds so much flavor it’s unbelievable! With just a few ingredients you can transform brussels sprouts into a crave-able veggie! #notkidding

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Pops of Color & What to Plant?

We were taking our dog for his daily walk around the block (we try to fit in a few) – and I came upon this pretty iris. The purples so dark, the greens so green, and that little splash of yellow in the bloom – stunning. Thinking about plants for our yard – I really want some color, but… our yard is tricky.

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Bay Springs Carriage House by Lake & Land Studio!

Bay Springs Carriage House by Lake & Land Studio

Lake and Land Studio – their designs always seem to catch my eye. This studio/garage/work space is no exception. It’s sharp from the exterior – I love how you enter the space via the path to the door. The stairway to the upstairs is inside which is very nice if it’s hot, cold, raining, snowing, etc. What a difference it makes when one of the garage doors is set back a bit. It makes it look sharper and less “garage-ish” to me.

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Sautéed Mushrooms – Delicious and Full of Health Benefits!

Mushrooms. Their health benefits are all over the news. They can be eaten a variety of ways. I love them sautéed alongside a small pork chop or steak (which I haven’t had in years!) – I sautéed these earlier in the day and popped them into a non-stick skillet to heat up – that was a good time saving bit of info. One container of white button mushrooms looks like this once sautéed. #wheredidtheygo So never worry about having too many, they shrink considerably!

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The Art of Monhegan…

Currently the Monhegan Museum of Art & History | Monhegan, Maine

Monhegan, Maine. A place of utter peace and tranquility. The most gorgeous views you could possibly imagine… History, everywhere you look. If you’re familiar with paintings from Monhegan, you will likely have seen a painting or two of the old lighthouse keeper’s house and outbuilding – what is now the Monhegan Museum of Art & History. If this is a photo, you can only imagine the stunning paintings. Vibrant blue skies, stark white with red roof. Just beautiful!

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A Photo For Palm Sunday – Charleston, SC

Palms – Charleston, SC

I saw these palms on a walk and I thought of Palm Sunday – what a nice thought to post the gorgeous palms coupled with the blooming azaleas! I love these wild palms that just pop up wherever they please. They usually appear where you don’t want them (on the very edge of a walkway for example), but occasionally they land in a good spot. We have one in our yard that we let get rather large (tree) it’s amazing that it all starts from these thin palm branches.

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It feels like fall – the leaves are crazy!

We live in an area of Charleston, SC with a lot of live oak trees. They’re magnificent and grand and have been around for almost a century. Many have Spanish moss hanging from their limbs. They have resurrection ferns growing over the large branches (look at image and it looks like crunchy dead brown ferns on the larger dark limbs) – once it rains, they turn magically green and looks like the prettiest ferns you’ve ever seen!

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Listen to the amazing story of their lives…

Do you remember how it feels to be relevant? Your presence KNOWN. People around you see and hear you. Your voice is heard. People think you’re interesting. Whether it’s you or your travels, your stories, etc. You are heard. I’ve noticed over the past many year that the general population acknowledges the elderly less and less – to the point that some feel as if they’re invisible. Our older generation is amazing and so interesting. They’ve lived full lives and done fabulous things. Ask them questions about their lives. You won’t believe the responses – how truly fascinating they can be. You won’t know unless you ask.

It’s a natural progression that usually tends to happen, but it can (and should) be different. Why is there a tendency to stop interacting with the very people that are the most interesting? It’s all normal, I know, but it’s still unfortunate. I think that as a nation we tend to forget about our elderly. Thankfully, some people are fantastic with older people (🙌). They keep them feeling relevant and important BECAUSE THEY ARE!

Our neighborhood recently lost a dear man, 92 years old. He was always outside walking – he knew everything about everyone. He was wise. He cared AND he remembered everyone’s names – which was so amazing (I remember the dog’s name 🤷‍♀️) He was so interesting to talk to, and every time I turned down that street I kept my eye out for him (and out of habit, still do). Reading the obituary for our neighbor, there were so many subjects that we could have talked about – I knew about where he worked, and the parties he went to when he was younger – but there was so much I didn’t know. He did so many cool things. I never knew he was an artist (among other things). I don’t usually pry into people’s lives, I’m more of an introvert, but because I’ve known this man for so long and have talked to him so often, I just didn’t THINK to ask. I guess I assumed he would tell me…

#think #dontassume

Our elderly neighbors are treasures. So if you have one in your neighborhood (or your family!), reach out – if you talk to them daily ask them questions about their lives. Most don’t want to brag and that’s why they don’t tell you their stories. It’s not bragging at all it’s simply THE STORY OF THEIR AMAZING JOURNEY. If you’re older and reading this – PLEASE, share YOUR story!

If you do have a neighborhood child or relative talk to you, share your life with them. They may be so fascinated to know you didn’t just sit in a recliner all your life, you were out LIVING and doing magical, interesting, brave, spontaneous things. Older people are so cool. #meincluded #haha We can do better for our older generation. We need to be there for them.

🙋‍♀️That’s it for Wise Wednesday (haha) – catch you back here next time…

Like a Jamie Wyeth painting – Monhegan, ME

Seagulls | Monhegan, Maine

To those of you who haven’t been to Monhegan Island (Maine) – Wow. It’s a tiny island, for those who love the outdoors, love to hike and see beautiful things, eat wonderful food and visit with some of the nicest people. The hikes can be fairly easy or tough depending on which trails you choose (buy the trail map!) – the water is gorgeous and so different from the wharf side to the rocky side.

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Photo taken at Celadon in Mount Pleasant, SC

The other day we were out running errands. You know, the typical groceries, Costco (sometimes), Target (sometimes) and wherever else we need to head to. We popped in Celadon, because it’s nice to look around, see what they’ve got. It helps when you (or someone you know) is looking for a specific something – we take quite a few recognizance trips, to check out – see what’s available. Then in the future if we are in the market for a sofa, etc. we’ll have an idea what’s out there.

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Brickyard Road House Plan by L. Mitchell Ginn & Assoc.!

Brickyard Road House Plan by L. Mitchell Ginn & Assoc.!

Stately. That’s what I think of when I see this house plan. There is a definite “grandness” about it. I love the height of this home, the roof lines, and all the windows letting the space fill with sunlight. I think it was clever to have entry to the garage on the side vs. the front, so the front of the house looks like all house (vs. garage). It also helps to have a curved walkway that leads to the entrance and not a driveway that pulls up to a garage. Read on to see the plan… it’s a beauty!

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Bougainvillea in Charleston…

Bougainvillea in Charleston, SC

Such a pretty setting, isn’t it? All the pink blooms, with pops of white (and the cool blue chair) – all set in an English green space. Gorgeous! We stopped in Elizabeth Stuart Design (ESD) a week or two ago, looked around and then took a peek outside at the beautiful plants, furniture, etc. This setting is simply gorgeous! Bougainvillea’s are pretty amazing…

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Featured Artist: Carol Bass!

Carol Bass. Just the mention of her name brings a smile. Each and every painting of Carol’s is bright and cheerful, full of fluid movement – her paintings emote such happiness. Whether you’re looking at a large abstract full of life, or several smaller paintings grouped together, the result is the same. Her paintings are like sunshine in a dark room. We have a few, and they never fail to lighten things up!

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Contemplating More Time Outdoors…

Charlie contemplating more time spent outdoors…

Charlie. He’s the sweetest beast. I took this photo last summer when I walked outside and there he was on the sofa cushions, head on the armrest. I’m not sure if he was deep in thought or if the sunshine had lulled him to sleep. One of his micro naps that gives him energy for hours, ha ha.

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