Daily Prompt – Make Me Smile

When I am feeling blah, what one thing makes me smile? New born babies, spring flowers, a walk in the woods and travelling but I have to say, it’s this fairly new video:  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams :-)



It gets a big smile out of me every time I watch it! http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/daily-prompt-make-me-smile/

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

This was a flooring project I single-handedly took on a few years ago.  While preparing the floor, I removed the floor molding and found this threshold, buried under the wall.  To the left of it, is a very old return air vent with a handmade wooden grill made to match the floor.  When I removed the cover it I found it has a cement opening leading down into the basement.  Creepy, huh?


How many people long long ago walked through this door, young and old?  The house is quite old, dating back into the 1800′s.  How many seasons of rain and snow fell just outside and children played on the porch or sat on the porch swing waiting for supper?


As you can see, a new larger threshold was made opening onto the porch and the porch was enclosed, some years later.

Food for thought…






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Baby Baby, La Baby Quilt Est Fini!

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Finally finished up the baby quilt yesterday and got it washed & pressed, ready to deliver.  Surprisingly, the baby came a whole month early.  I think she will be pleased! Spent last week working on the binding, pressing, sewing and … Continue reading

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Daily Prompt – The Great Pretender – Say what?

When I first read this prompt, I must admit to having a little confusion.  To me, a pretender is a fake.  But, I dug a little deeper and clicked on the links to other folks’ take on this prompt and I started to understand, I think.   I got to thinking about my talents as a child and growing up, the ones that came easily without too much practise, which I think were inherited talents in a way, and did I live up to those inherited talents?  Such as my ability to create, whether it be art or sewing or needlework or even cake decorating, gardening and cooking.  Because I tended towards introversion, things like great speeches and leadership seemed beyond my capabilities at that time, though, in reality, they were not.

But then, I dug a little deeper and clicked on the link provided.  This link takes us to a Wikipedia article discussion about a psychological classification called Imposter Syndrome.  After reading that discussion, I see a different train of thought.  According to the psychological field, there are a group of men or women who are high achievers in the academic and business world who do not see themselves as having achieved anything at all and they consider themselves imposters.  They poo poo their abilities.  I’m not sure I could put myself in that classification.  If anything, I can honestly say I don’t live up to my potential at times, yes, and sometimes I do, but I also don’t worry about it too much.  Years of day in and day out going to work, coming home, going to work the next day can nearly drive the creativeness out of a person.  Hence, my recent burst of creative pursuits have made my days so much richer now.

Photo credit: manitou2121 / Foter / CC BY

Photo credit: manitou2121 / Foter / CC BY

When I was younger, I had dreams and aspirations.  Some of which came to pass, some of which did not.  And my younger self probably was disappointed at times in the turn out and elated when success was attained.  Not sure I pretended to be anything but myself.

One thing that bothered me in the past, since I was such a creative soul, was when I was working on a project, some people would exclaim that they were disgusted with me that I could be so creative and they could never accomplish so much.  To me, they were the great pretenders, because I knew they were fully capable of great things themselves.



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The Doves Have Returned

Perhaps some of you remember that last year I posted a Momma Dove nesting in one of my hanging planters.  She had returned from the year before.  I had not noticed her until the Spring had warmed up some.  But two weekends ago, while I went out to my car, I heard her cooing and knew she had returned.  So, every day after work for the past 2 weeks, when I returned home, I could hear her saying hello or calling to her mate.

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Last weekend I was sitting at my desk, sewing on a baby quilt for quite some time and happened to look out the window to my left, and there they were, Mom & Dad sitting on my water garden pot, watching me.  What a pleasant surprise!  I will look forward to seeing them raise more children in my hanging pot this summer.  This is the 3rd year in a row that they have returned to my backyard.

To be continued …..

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Knowing Novello


Ever heard of Novello? It’s a great place to visit:

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It’s not easy growing up in the shadow of a famous brother. Ever heard of Doug Pitt? Nicholas Cowell? Gesine Bullock? Nope. Thought not. That doesn’t mean they haven’t achieved anything though; Doug Pitt is a high-flying businessman, a philanthropist and Goodwill Ambassador for Tanzania; Nicholas Cowell is a multi-millionaire property tycoon; and Gesine Bullock is a pastry chef, entrepreneur, author, attorney and former film executive. Not bad, eh?

Welcome to the life of Novello, the ancient hilltop town just a mile or so from Barolo. Everyone has heard of Barolo. They want to walk its ancient streets, taste its world-renowned wines, eat its food, take photos of its castle… and then there’s that little town on the hill above it.

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Novello doesn’t have dozens of restaurants, it’s not full of shops offering “Weinproben”, it doesn’t have a wine museum, or even a corkscrew museum, but that doesn’t mean it…

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Visiting London? Cherry.blossom.lives has some great photos at her blog:

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Amazing city of London! It’s really a special feeling to choose a park as a starting point for visiting London. St. James’s Park is a beautiful one where you can see different kinds of birds and squirrels going freely all around you as you weren’t there. Here are some photos of our trips we did from Oxford (an article about it is HERE) to the capital. We just loved it and found it much bigger than Paris is.

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The Westminster abbey

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  Impossible not to take some tourist photos :)

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It’s all about London calling!

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If you would love to visit St. Paul’s cathedral or Westminster abbey I recommend you to go during Even song (17h). You won’t pay 15 pounds (the price of the visit during the day) and you will have the great opportunity to listen to theirs amazing choirs.

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We were happy to discover Muriel’s kitchen, a cozy…

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