Category Archives: Floral

Amethyst & Hyacinth

Memories in Shades of Purple

  There is an area in southern Zambia where pretty amethyst stones can be found glittering along the roadside, thrown from the mining trucks that rumble along the rutted dirt road that travels by Kabanga Mission. I have gathered theses stones on my visits there, … Read More


Colorful Memories of Black Friday

With Thanksgiving behind us the Christmas season is officially upon us, but I’m not quite ready to leave those fall colors behind. Instead of searching for bargains at the mall I spent a little time on Black Friday discovering some color in my backyard. After … Read More


My Mom

Her son died  in June.  Her mother passed away right before Thanksgiving. On the day of her mom’s funeral her daughter told her she had cancer.  She had already had her share of trouble.  She had been bitten by a rattlesnake one evening early in June.  Though the … Read More


How Many Ways Can I Use a Quilt?

Anyone that knows me well knows that I don’t have much tolerance for being cold.  One negative aspect of traveling to Zambia each summer is that I trade a month of summer warmth for a month of winter instead.  Winters in Zambia are mild compared to … Read More



In my last post I showed you my alley trash jewelry organizer, and mentioned that I might have encountered a small problem.  I had it in my mind all along that those drawer fronts would fit perfectly on each side of my triple-mirror dressing area.  I intended to … Read More


Vintage Valentines

Here are a few of my favorite Valentines just for you. I miss being at school today. Valentine’s Day is BIG in fifth grade.  My substitute  is probably enjoying chocolate and valentine cards from my students.  I’m certain those cards will be a bit different than … Read More

I Prefer to Talk About Flowers

 I don’t know what brought you here today, but I’m glad you stopped by. Maybe we find ouselves together because we share an interest.  Junk perhaps, or gardening. I know some of you check in here to read a bit from the chapter of my life … Read More

It’s Not the Same Around Here

  It was hard to see them go.  My daughter’s latest artistic project, painting a floral pattern on four drapery panels, has been completed and delivered to the customer.  She began the project in late December.  While she attended to my post-surgical needs she also spent … Read More

Lemon Balm

Garden Glimpses

The chiltepins are turning red, the garlic chives are going to seed, and  the sage is unphased by the cool autumn temperatures. I watched a mockingbird feast on these ripening peppers a couple of days ago.  Guess the nickname “bird pepper” is well deserved.  That … Read More

African Chitenge Fabric

Tree of Mercy Dinner

In southern Zambia a small hospital sits in the shade of a sycamore fig tree. A few years ago this hospital was just a dream.  Today the dream is a reality, partly due to funds raised at a dinner held each fall.  Every dollar raised at the … Read More