Friday, January 16, 2015

finding a little sanctuary ...

"i don't like formal gardens.
i like wild nature.
it's just the wilderness instinct in me, i guess"
~walt disney~

It is Friday ... and time to link up with Kim's friday finds.  I love how she has magically formed a like~minded community ... total inspiration!

Recently we went to the happiest place on earth .  It has been twenty years since we were last there ... alot of changes ... alot the same.

I was psyched ... all those photo ops just waiting for me. My camera and lenses were packed, the batteries charged and extra cards bought.

And then just two weeks before we left ... as luck would have it ... i broke my foot!

So i found myself rolling thru Disney in a wheelchair ... you can only imagine my views ... alot of tooshies ... all shapes and sizes!  Needless to say i did not take many photos.

But as we were leaving Animal Kingdom one evening ... i just had to stop rolling and pull out my camera ... hundreds of wild ibis in the treetops.  I had stumbled upon an amazing sanctuary in the midst of all the excitement of Disney.  I had found MY happiest place ... smile.

So the Disney photo ops will have to wait for my next trip ... but you see i am a proud owner of a time share at the Grand Floridian ... so i know i will be back real soon ... and this time i will be WALKING with my big girl camera at my side!

If you find yourself with alittle extra time today, be sure to click here to find some wonderful inspiration!

Until next time ...


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

give alittle bit ...

"give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to me..."
~roger hodgson ~

Late last year ... before the holidays, my dear mother~in~law passed away.  Why always around the holidays?  She had been ill for many years, but had always somehow managed to rally and be present for the next family gathering ... Christmas, Easter, graduations, weddings, Thanksgiving, birthdays ... I know that is what kept her going ... her family.

But now the holidays are over and the time has come to start sorting through her belongings.  It is a very slow process as each item is rediscovered and remembered. 

I was so honored to receive her turkey salt and pepper shakers.  They were HER mother's and were always proudly displayed on her Thanksgiving table.  If you look closely you will find the color beginning to wear away after decades of use.  But that is exactly what makes them so special ... so lovingly worn from being passed from hand to hand around the table. 
The older I get ... and wiser ... I know that these are the things that mean the most in my life. The fact that she gave a precious little bit of herself to me ...

So as I set the Thanksgiving table this year, I will lovingly and carefully place them on our table to keep her tradition alive. 

Today I am linking up here with Kathy's fun Song~ography ... a "fun mash~up of photography and song ... a visual song to "Give a little Bit" and Kim's fabulous texture Tuesday here.  If you have a few moments be sure to visit them and  discover amazing inspiration. 

Until next time ...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

packing up my memories ...

"like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance ...
each beautiful,  unique and too soon gone"
~deborah whipp~
It is Friday once again ...  "a time that we stop ... pause ... simply ... cherish life's simple pleasures".  I love how she has magically formed a like~minded community ... total inspiration!
Listen ... what do you hear? 

Well, if your home is like mine, you might hear stillness ... quiet ... calm.  The hustle and the bustle of the holidays is over ... as good as it was, this tranquil feeling is so welcomed. 
And now it is time to take down the Christmas tree, sweep up the stray pine needles and glitter. Then carefully wrap up my treasured ornaments ... my Christmas memories.
I love the stillness this time of year.

If you find yourself with alittle extra time today, be sure to click here to find some wonderful inspiration!
Until next time,

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

this is the New Year!

"this is a new year ... a new beginning"
~ a great big world~   

This is a new year ... truly a new beginning.  Don't you all just love a beginning ... a new chance to get things right ... the first day of the rest of your life and all of that?  
The whirlwind of the holidays has come to an end.  January is always a cold . snowy . long month here in Chicagoland ... think polar vortex.  But instead of dreading these long dark thirty one days, i have learned to welcome them.  
It is my time to nest ... to slow down  ... to start new projects without any looming deadlines. My time for alittle planning ... and introspection.  It is my time to read that neglected stack of books and magazines on my open up a new journal.  It is even my time for alittle cleaning and organizing ... gasp!  
So bring on the New Year ... i am so ready!

Today i am linking up with Kathy's fun Song~ography ... a "fun mash~up of photography and song" ... a visual song, if you will here and Kim Klassen's fabulous texture Tuesday here.
I just adore this letter I found at the flea market ... addressed to 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year' dated 1907! 
Until next time ...

Friday, January 2, 2015

my little vintage treasures

It is friday ... the first friday of the new year ... special!!  And time to link up with Kim's finds.  I love how she has magically formed a like~minded community ... total inspiration!

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world ... and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful"
~norman vincent peale"

Oh my ... remember me?  I have not been present at my blog for months!  But i really do have an excuse ... you see i fell while on a photographic walk and broke a bone in my foot.  But oh no, not just any normal bone ... this happened to be a bone that is very difficult to heal.  In fact if the break had been just alittle bit further up the bone, i would have been in surgery.  So i have been non weight bearing since before Halloween!  But i did get THE most welcomed Christmas present this year ... i got released from my doctor's care and i can walk again!!  I still have a limp but i can get around now without the use of my scooter or crutches ... which means a normal life again!

Okay ... enough about my problems ... on to the beauty!

My little vintage Christmas treasures ... my shiny brites ... my vintage ornaments.  Some are passed down to me from relatives ... others i found at antique stores. They are always on the top of my "gotta have" list.

"Christmas ... that magic blanket that wraps itself about us,
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. 
It may weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,
but always it will be a day of remembrance ...
a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved"
~augusta e rundell~

I have these beauties hanging on our Christmas tree ... and also scattered throughout the house in antique bowls.  I firmly believe in surrounding myself with objects i adore ... and these shiny brites definitely weave such a nostalgia spell over me.

"i will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year"
~charles dickens~

As Christmas comes to an end, i just can not pack up all my shiny brites  ... so there is always one bowl that finds itself proudly displayed in my china cabinet all year.  It is my way of reminding myself to always keep that Christmas feeling strong throughout the year.

If you find yourself with a little time today, be sure to click here to find so much inspiration!!

Until next time ... 

Friday, October 17, 2014

friday find ... moody

"you have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger.
The bad days make you realize what a good day is ..."
~aly raisman~

It is Friday once again ... and time for another Friday finds with Kim Klassen.  "It is a place to gather and share ... a place to cherish life's simple pleasures".  Doesn't that sound like such an inviting place?

Oh my ... what acouple of weeks.  I have found that if I reach down deep inside ... I might find that little bit of extra strength to keep on going. 

 Two weeks ago Michelle broke her finger right before she left for training camp for Team USA.  Here she was heading out to Indianapolis for a week of training ... her final test before they picked the top Special Olympic gymnasts to compete in World Games ,,, and she tripped!   And guess which hand ... you guessed it ... her right!  Talk about bad luck! 
Then acouple of days later I was walking my doodlebugs and somehow their leash cut right through the top of my hand.  Fifteen stitches, four doctor visits and two antibiotics later I think that I am finally on the mend.  And guess which hand ... you guessed it ... my right! 
And just when things started settling down, Michelle returned from training camp ( she got the spot on Team USA) and got sick ... really sick.  So I have been spending my days and nights trying to nurse her back to good health.  And praying that the big bad bug does not spread through our house! 

During all of this I started shooting some dark, moody images ... I guess because that is kinda how I have been feeling lately.  
And you know what?  I love the look! 

If you have a few moments, be sure to click here to discover more delightful finds at Kim's site!

Until next time ...

Monday, October 13, 2014

my small hometown? ...

It is Tuesday ... and that means one thing.  It is time for a Song~ography link~up!  Each week Kathy has a "fun mash~up of photography and song" ... a visual song, if you will.  It has been a long time since I visited this party ... but so glad to join in again!
Today's song choice is ' Small Town' by John Mellencamp.
I love this song and i love my small hometown.

 I live in the far outskirts of Chicago.  Far enough away from the craziness of the big city ... out in the country on the banks of the river.  
I live in a quaint and proper town with tree lined streets, brick sidewalks, unique small shops and even a delicious pastry and candy shop owned by a world renowned chef. 
It is the kind of town that city dwellers flock to on weekends for great shopping and delectable delights at our restaurants and cafes. 
You will find high fashion walking up and down 3rd street with their adorable children or perfectly groomed pooches. 

But ... once a year my small little town is turned upside down.  The scarecrow fest descends on my small hometown ... along with thousands of people!

"but i've seen it all in a small town
had myself a ball in a small town"
~john mellencamp~
No ... these were no ordinary scarecrows that came to our small town. 
There was the one~eyed one~horned flying purple people eater that stole the show.  He sang, played the guitar and his large one eye rolled all around in his large purple head.
The characters of Alice in Wonderland was a huge hit ... they spun around, poured tea, and balanced tea cups. 
And Olaf and Sven were up to their antics! 
As you can see these were not the scarecrows of yesterday ... the kind I used to make as a child. In fact most of them did not even have a blade of straw. 
But I think my favorite one was a little scarecrow that everyone seemed to over look ... Sometimes think that the little details that are somehow forgotten can hold the most beauty! 
Now the craziness is over ... everyone left ... now my small hometown has returned to normal ... quiet and peaceful ...
just how I love it!

If you have a few moments ... be sure to click here to join in on Kathy's song~ography linky party!

Until next time...