Friends, Community & Musings

  • Orchid Rescue! (Mini Phalaenopsis)

    I am starting the morning with some hot water in the kettle for my tea, a bit of breakfast and the enjoyment of a blooming mini Phalaenopsis orchid...
  • Vintage-Style Greenhouses and Terra Cotta Pots

    As most know, when spring hits here in Wisconsin, my attention turns from the art studio to the garden. The garden becomes my palette, my paint, an...
  • A New Life for a Discarded, Found Chair

    Y'all might remember my recent posts about upcycling the chair I found in the dumpster. Well here’s the upcycled result. With the warmer weather th...
  • Love the “Work in Progress” Called You

    Appreciate and savor the work in progress you are.
  • Learning the Difference between Lost and Wander

    Have you explored the difference between lost and wander?
  • Show Yourself the Compassion You Show Others

    Self-Care Reminder: Show yourself the compassion you show others. In the pace of the day-to-day, we are often focused outside of ourselves and miss the necessary inward connection.
  • I’m in the right place at the right time doing the right things.

    Recently I’ve come to understand the importance of knowing this phrase. It seems so simple yet also so full of wisdom. It’s an affirmation that Louise Hay put forth. In our modern life, we question all parts of the phrase. Am I doing the right thing? Doing enough? Am I in the place? And time? Time is a constant craziness in the modern world.
  • Summer Mornings, Simple Pleasures

    Another simple summer pleasure is what I have termed “Basil Toast” or “Dill Toast.” Along with a cup of tea, it is a perfect way to start my day. What is Basil Toast or Dill Toast you ask? Well, let me tell you.
  • Ode to the Tulip

    Nothing shouts spring like a beautiful tulip! So many colors, so many shapes and sizes. I have been painting a canvas inspired by the spring garden, full of tulips. So I thought I would share some tips I have found with my tulips.
  • Infrastructures to Support Your Choice to Feel Good about Yourself

    "I choose to feel good about myself each day. Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good. This is a new habit for me to cultivate." Another delicious piece of wisdom by Ms. Hay. With choice comes the necessity for us to put in place the infrastructures in our lives to keep the cultivation going.
  • The Art of Easy Cheesemaking: Curds and Whey

    The start of cheesemaking for the New Year. With history of cheesemaking in our household for both families, it seems to be the only thing to do on a cold January day! ⁠

    I received a lot of questions and IMs about the cheesemaking process I shared recently. . .so I wanted to give a quick overview of "how" for those interesting in trying this at home.⁠

    Ingredients: Whole milk or half & half (approximately a quart) + apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)⁠

    Tools: Pan, wooden spoon, cheese cloth, thermometer and cheese cloth
  • When do you pack up Christmas decorations?

    Another sign that we are in the heart of January. . .time to organize and put away the holiday decorations. And a Sunday morning in January is the perfect time to put Christmas away and get your it ready for next year.⁠