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Yearly Archives: 2013

Pause

Sometimes in life we are required to take a pause. That happened to me lately. I’ve had a life changing health issue that forces me to pause and relearn. As I have strength and motivation I will attempt to keep this online venue in working order, even if I am relearning how to operate. Wishing […]

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the reward

In life, some people chase dreams. In life, some people give up on their dreams. I’m now reaping the benefits of not giving up on a dream. All my life I wanted to learn to play piano. As many of you know, now that I’m in retirement, I bought a used piano and began taking […]

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On Amaryllis, Dinner Parties, and Pinterest

This is the first year I’ve been able to get my amaryllis bulbs to re-grow and reproduce for me. This white one is a real beauty, though the pink & white striped one is now pushing out of the pot as if desperate to bloom before Christmas. According to Canadian Gardening, “It’s a native of […]

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Host-Hostess Gift Etiquette

{NOTE: In this particular blog post, the photos included are not my own, with the exception of just one. I have given credit for each of the sources.} It’s the time of year when we begin receiving more invitations to dinner parties, cocktail parties, and open houses. No matter how well we know the person/couple […]

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Art: If no birds sang

“Use the talents you possess — for the woods would be silent if no birds sang but the best.” ~Henry Jackson Van Dyke    “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~Pablo Picasso “One can do such lovely things with so little.” ~Camille Pissarro I have been making […]

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a girl named Amaryllis

This perky amaryllis is currently blooming in the window at the front of our little cottage by the sea. It’s the first amaryllis I’ve actually been able to get to re-bloom for me! Did you know that Amaryllis means sparkling in Greek? Referring to its large star shape, Hippeastrum, or horse star, is the scientific name […]

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