Poor Millie. She's not getting her 15 minutes of fame. I just didn't get a chance to post as promised a few weeks ago for her H.O.T. Diggedy Dog debut, and now, all she's getting is a photo. No bio. No kudos. Just her. Sorry, my Home on Tuesday posts seem to be a problem...I'm never home on Tuesday. Here she is, more about her in another few weeks.
In my dream world, today should be H.O.T.Cakes, my Home on Tuesday feature in which I highlight one of my daughter’s delectable pastry creations. But school started last week and she has not had a chance lately to work on her charitable goals. So, no pretty cupcake pictures for you.
Although I should be breathing a sigh of relief that I “have some time to myself” now that the kids are back in school, I don’t today. So, you get the opportunity to see my home without it’s makeup on. In place of H.O.T.Cakes, my Home on Tuesday today features a dose of reality. Not exactly dirty laundry (the pile you see to the left is just waiting to be folded),but you get the picture. Things to do, responsibilities are calling, and maybe one day soon, I can have an artful post. Next Tuesday it’s Millie’s turn for HOT Diggedy Dog.
Here's another installment of Home On Tuesday's H.O.T. Shots, a blog feature in which I give you a glimpse of a piece of art in my home. I love the coastal feel of local artist Les Lyden's paintings. I've known my neighbor Les for a few years and have always admired his work, which is usually quite large and painted on wood instead of canvas. He gave us this little 6" x 7" piece last Christmas. I've always been a sucker for blues and greens, but love the way he incorporates so many other colors into the reflections in the water. One day, I'd love to own one of his larger pieces. Click on the link above to see more of his beautiful work.
Early this morning I had the opportunity to try paddle boarding for the first time. My friend and I launched from the dock pictured above. It was a beautiful morning and we had the company of at least four dolphin for 45 minutes of our paddle, sometimes only feet away from us. On the way home, I saw a rainbow. Oh my.
Try something new, do something fun and have a Fabulous Friday!
I am not a collector. You won't find a prized collection of snow globes, salt and pepper shakers, Fiesta Ware, or antique clocks. It's not that I don't appreciate great collections, I just don't like a lot of clutter about me. Yet, somehow we've amassed quite a school of fish. I've made a few of them, we've bought a few, and some have just appeared. I don't feel as if they've overtaken our home yet, but when I started snapping photos of anything that was related to fish, I had a number of items. We do live at the coast, so it's not like they're out of water so to speak, but I wonder if one would argue that I'm not a collector.
And you know what, this isn't quite all of the fishy things in my home...
Check back next Tuesday (or before) for H.O.T. Shots, my Home On Tuesday post where I'll feature a piece of art by a local artist.
We just got back from a vacation to North Carolina. This was a vacation that I rather reluctantly embarked upon. I didn’t want to go because I felt like I just didn’t have the time. My To-Do list increases exponentially like some weird mutant virus every time I manage to locate it again. And it was already looong. School starts next week and we hadn’t (and haven’t) even started school shopping. We had three different sets of company in town the week prior to leaving, and I was exhausted. Blah, blah, blah. But the majority rules around here, and I was outnumbered, so off we went. Yippee. Another twelve hour drive to our cabin.
Now, when I say “cabin”, lest you conjure up that traditional image of a romantic stone and bark-clad dwelling, or a chinked vintage log home, I should set you straight. Our cabin is more like a sleep shack. It’s a 16 x 20 plywood structure with no insulation, plumbing, electricity, or cell service. Oh, and there is no road to the cabin, either. We have to forge across the river with our stuff. Then, it’s up the hill to home sweet home. If one thinks of it as a really nice tent, then it’s actually quite impressive. Our Little Cabin That Could, may not provide the most modern of amenities, but what it does provide, are lots of memories.
My kids fished. And read. Books! I started and finished a book. I made some jewelry. I took photos. I did not have, nor did I make, a To-Do list. We all just chilled, hiked, canoed, hung out, and played Actionary (our family’s version of Pictionary).
After a few days we trekked on down the mountain and stayed with some dear friends on their 40 acre homestead. We had farm fresh eggs from their chickens, fresh tomatoes and okra from their garden, and good conversation. I went to a bead store, a gallery, and did a little antiquing. Our friends sent us off with freshly canned pickles, homemade salsa, the World’s Best Homemade Bloody Mary Mix, and our own cache of tomatoes and okra.
I snapped quite a few pictures everywhere we stopped. I have grown to love using my cell phone to take pictures, but would love to get the new 8 megapixel version. My new point and shoot camera has been a little disappointing. (Of course, I know it has to be the camera and not the photographer). I know it’s just a simple point and shoot sans a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s an updated version of the camera I had before. It has more than twice the megapixels and zoom capability, so I don’t know why the photos are not as expected. Below is a slideshow of the highlights of our trip.
These little photo sesssions were so rewarding. I came back renewed from our vacation. I was unplugged, but still managed to recharge. The world did not stop revolving without me. My own little world at home did not crash and fall apart. Emails, Facebook, and phone messages were still there. Hmmm, I think there is a life lesson for me somewhere in here. And as much as I appreciate the fact that you are sitting there reading this, maybe there is a message in here for us all. Get out of the house, even if it's just for fifteen minutes, and find something to do for yourself that does not require typing or electricity.
Now, if I can only do that here at home...
I’ll put it on the list.
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