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a visual record of things catching my eye



Updated: 2017-10-25T11:52:46.243-05:00

 



Happiness

2017-10-04T09:33:17.514-05:00

"Happiness does not depend on accumulating more things, but on the mindset we have concerning the things we do possess."   --Fulton Sheen, Finding True Happiness



small amounts

2017-09-23T18:13:00.168-05:00

"Writing must be done in small amounts. I draft passages in notebooks, revise them, and make the final drafts on the typewriter. My speed is about a paragraph a day." --Guy Davenport Though I can appreciate this quote for the process of writing, I am not so much a writer as I am a visual artist and a sewer. I can see how this process works for me with sewing, quilting, painting,



slowing down

2017-09-21T18:05:33.546-05:00

"Play, reading, writing, letters, slowness of life all contribute to creativity. When we live fast, we don't have time to catch our breath, to think, to explore, to linger. When we take those slower steps, we begin to see and notice more, to absorb the parts of our lives, the world to have such an effect on us. If we rush through our commutes, we can be exasperated, rushed, tired, short.



beauty

2017-01-16T17:14:36.263-06:00




in September

2016-12-05T11:40:43.137-06:00




Sainte-Chapelle

2016-10-26T08:47:40.995-05:00

   Sainte-Chapelle was the private chapel in the royal palace of St. Louis IX, King of France. Also, the namesake of St. Louis, MO.  It was built around 1240, and something like 70% of the stained glass is original. All of the glass was cleaned over the past 7-10 years making the interior glow more brightly. The stained glass only uses 4-5 colors and tells Biblical stories



a breath of fresh air

2016-10-18T20:44:22.331-05:00




Victoria-by-the-Bay

2016-08-06T19:19:58.373-05:00

 Queen Anne's lace I recently spent some time in on a wonderful little island called Prince Edward. The Queen Anne's lace grows everywhere -by every road, in fields, and by the sea. There were other fields of wildflowers, including lots of lupine.  imprints in the sand, left by the tide The beach in this village was all red, with soft, red sand and red rocks, and red dirt and clay



summer

2016-07-23T15:20:37.361-05:00

  My summer is full of travel, work, garden, chickens, reading, socializing, and good food. I want to try these recipes: 2 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding and Mojito Popsicles We did try this last night for dinner and it was excellent!: Chicken Korma I'm not alone in wanting to listen to beautiful music at Mass. This just reinforces why I like Stephen Colbert.



wishes for 2016

2016-06-02T10:58:16.926-05:00

Here is my list of wishes for 2016: strikethrough: complete italics: in progress travel to Baltimore, MD, Prince Edward Island, across the pond,  Hamilton, MO (hopefully), plus day trips! take part in a Catholic Women's Conference in June take a train somewhere ride bikes somewhere be active 3-4x week (gym/walks) visit the art museum  paint front door paint back door



Memorial Day

2016-05-30T11:01:02.675-05:00

all photos taken at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, overlooking the Mississippi River, in the late winter. In Memorial of all those who have given their lives for our country, so that we may continue to have our freedom. Thank you to all who serve, who have served, and who gave the ultimate sacrifice.



puzzles

2016-04-25T07:44:20.206-05:00

   One thing I find myself into these days is puzzles. No doubt inspired by Elise Cripe who I follow and who has gone through her own puzzle making days. My pics are not the best, with the glare and all, as I sit in the dining room under our chandelier and work. My first one, top,  was by far the fastest for me, in about three days, and the second, below, took about a week. I have heard and



Morning view

2016-04-22T08:15:26.131-05:00

I've been meaning to post here though I haven't forgotten about this space. I have felt an awakening this spring since the weather is so good. We've had a slow spring and the blooms have just lasted so long. I feel equally pulled between spring cleaning and garden work and general relaxing, reading, and artmaking. I've been doing a little of them all, including also working on puzzles, which



take a walk in the sun

2016-03-10T18:41:01.353-06:00




signs of spring

2016-03-08T18:39:03.284-06:00

 It's official: when the crocus is up and the onions start to stand up straight - that's when you know the days are getting just a liiiiittle bit longer and the weather will warm ever so slightly. It's when you want to start making your garden planting list, order some seeds, and figure out where it all will go. This year our garden will have a different configuration - mostly still in the same



joyful list

2016-03-06T18:31:15.815-06:00

 In response to Natalie Creates' blog, I am posting my own joyful list: --eggs from my chickens --discovering instagram --meals with family members --a conversation that helps me feel more inspired --the joy of life --good articles: Be Happy, When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense. --want to see this movie: Poverty --Elise's list of 30 good things for her birthday. I may just do one for my



chestnut puree

2016-02-28T10:16:04.494-06:00

We made baked zucchini with chestnut puree (I made the puree and he made everything else :), and pan-seared chicken with paprika and turmeric on a bed of shirataki noodles (made from konjac root). They are gluten and grain free; basically a vegetable noodle. So good. I had never had chestnuts before, so when I found some at my local co-op I bought about 1/4 lb. I found instructions to roast



last Saturday

2016-02-26T10:08:08.752-06:00

We took a long 2 1/2 hour long hike on Hamburg and Lost Valley trails. The weather was in the mid 70s, sunny and beautiful. (A great predecessor to a snow day, for sure.)  There were lots of other people walking too, and bicyclists whizzing by.  Then we went to have a delicious chicken dinner with vegetable soup and roasted potatoes. Just perfect to rebuild the protein.



snow day (again!)

2016-02-24T10:01:10.249-06:00

We have 5-6 inches of a wet slushy snow, but with lots of wind! So pretty because it has caught on everything. I will relish my day off. :)



perfect Saturday

2016-02-19T19:34:01.387-06:00




orange peel + fish

2016-02-17T19:33:04.546-06:00




coffee + reflection time

2016-02-15T19:31:54.599-06:00




day trip + hike

2016-02-07T11:11:08.099-06:00




cappucchino

2016-02-05T11:10:18.145-06:00

a perfect cappuccino. enjoyed with a book.



winter green

2016-02-03T11:09:10.247-06:00