Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Musing

Another Time

The yellow stone wall glistens brightly in the sun.
The blank black windows stare out emptily.
The massive oak doors swing open on their rusty hinges.

As you step into the coach yard,
You can almost hear the clop, clopping of horses hooves,
 the rattling of carriage wheels and the brilliant laughter of a young girl.

There is silence.

Peering into the windows you try to see the flickering
 glimmer of a candle lighting the pages of a much loved book, 
or to see the glowing warmth of a fall fire as children gather around for cocoa.

There is nothing.

For the lovely house is no longer a home.
It no longer hears the joyous laughter, or soft cry. 
It possesses a hollow emptiness that only a living presence can fill.

No one is there.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

Welcome to the day that is all about romance! 

       I can hear some of you saying, but..........

                  I don't have a significant other.
Why should I want the day to be all about romance if there is no one there to share it with.

Well......... Who better deserves a little romance than you?
         I mean don't you deserve romance in your life? 

YES You Do!
Does it have to come from someone else?

     You can make your life more romantic.  It doesn't have to be about a love affair. Romance is about the way you live, adding a little bit more to the every day moments.


        Light a candle.

       Put on your favorite relaxing music.   

       Take a nice warm bath, add your favorite products.
I like to mix essential oils with a bit of olive oil to add to the bath. You get the added benefit of the aromatherapy with the skin softening of the olive oil.  
         My go to blend is
              3 tablespoon olive oil
             5 drops lavender
             4 drops chamomile
             3 drops frankincense
         Slip on some comfy pjs.

 I don't mean your oldest most sloppy ones. Comfy and cute! We are looking for romance here. If you like a nice night gown go for it.

        Cook up a favorite dish. 

You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen. In fact it would be better to have something simple but savory to enjoy after your bath without any prep, so you don't spoil all the calm you just got from your bath. You could even order takeout if that is your favorite. The point is have a lovely meal to go with your evening.

       Pour a glass of wine.

And enjoy this moment of quiet relaxation. 

Finish off the evening with that book you have been meaning to read. Or watch a go to movie.

For adventure and romance I like Romancing the Stone.
For a bit more fanciful romance I like Kate and Leopold.

Wishing you all a little romance in your day!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Kansas City Road Trip

We made a road trip to Kansas City this past weekend.

 Tiff has a blog called Historic House Huntress and loves taking road trips to see historic houses. lol. 

The trip started at 7:30 am to make the most of our day.
We stopped in Independence MO on the way to KC.  

The first stop was at the visitor information center. I picked up one of the National Parks passports and stamped it. Tiff stamped a piece of paper that they provide so she could add it to her's when she got home. We bought our tickets for the Harry S. Truman home tour. 

Since it was noonish and the tour didn't start until 3:30 we went and got some lunch. 

After lunch we headed to the Truman house for our tour.

They don't let you take pictures of the inside of the house.

After touring the house we stopped by the Truman Library.

We then headed to our airbnb to unload our suitcases and relax a bit before heading our to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The neighbor hood of our airbnb

The house owners house. 
We were in the carriage house above the garage.

Monday Musing ~ Finding Inspiration

I shared several of my go to blogs, but not all of them as that would have made for an extremely long post.

Today I want to talk a bit more about scrap-booking and Ali Edwards. Like I said I have followed her blog for years, I first discovered her through googling project life and love the way she put together her albums.

One of the first posts of hers that I read is

She is inspiring in that she documents the everyday. 
No moment is to small. 

I have always tried to get just the right picture so that everything looks perfect, or as perfect as I can make it. 

Which with my life isn't very.
      So often I don't document at all.
              Only the big moments. Or photos from the past.

But the here and now kind of slips away.
      I think that happens too often.
              We are so busy living our life that we loose track of all of the little moments and just how important they are . 

Those moments often at the time seem insignificant, the little day to day moments. But in the end it is these little things that we think back on and realize just how how much they mean.

Now that so much time has gone by with out grabbing those precious moments I tend to look back and regret that I didn't that the time to document just a bit more of the imperfections.

How do you document your life?

Do you grab those precious imperfect but wonderful moments? 

I would love to hear from you.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Adventure Begins

The Adventure Begins...
You may have noticed that a lot of my decor, crafts and cards have a travel theme. I adore travel and the idea of exotic adventures. So lets muse about the past a bit.

My childhood memories are vague; sketchy at best. But the memories that do stick with me, are of the trips we took, my mom and me. When you are only 4 years old, a 3.5 hour trip from Peoria, IL to northeast Missouri seems a grand adventure. Mom would wake me up at 5 in the morning, as she liked to get an early start. I would crawl into the back seat of the car, pajamas still on, with a blanket and pillow. Two miles from home, I would be fast asleep. About an hour into the trip, we would stop at a gas station where breakfast would consist of donuts and the little individual size cartons of chocolate milk, both; special treats. 
After making this trip a couple of times a year for several years, I had the route plotted. Not on a map, but in my mind, marked by landmarks that my child's mind deemed significant. The "dinosaur station" (Sinclair gas) where we had breakfast; "the ugly hill" (my adult eyes can see no difference from any other hill, but I know with a certainty when I see it, that this is my "ugly hill"); the crooked bridge (the draw bridge we used to cross the Mississippi river at Keokuk, Iowa); and finally, when we crossed the green bridge (called so for its chartreuse green paint), I knew that Grandma's house was "just around the corner". 
Thus, long ago, my travel adventures began. 


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. 
I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
Travels with a Donkey 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday Musing ~ My go to Blogs


Just wanted to share with you some of the blogs that I have been reading lately.

For FUN my go to blog is Epbot, love Jen with all her Geekery. 

I also enjoy slipping through the secret key hole and visiting A Fanciful Twist. Vanessa's blog pairs the soul of a gypsy with gorgeous photography to bring her fanciful world to life. Need a whimsical getaway then this is the place to be.

When I am in the mood to play around with pictures I visit photofunia.  With all their filters you can create lots of fun effects with your photos.

For more serious business (we all have to think about business some time) I like these blogs.

Natalie's blog covers money management and blogging and how to blog for money. She has a concise writing style so her posts are short and right to the point with lots of good links.

The first post that I read on this blog was about core values, which I thought was interesting as I had just read a post about core values on Natalie's blog. I had read through several of her posts and came to the core values one and thought it struck home. 

So I was a bit surprised when I came to Elite Blog Academy and the first post title on their blog wa

This post discusses core values for their company but it still has relevance to an individual, especially if you are looking to start a business and want to establish a set of core values for the business. 

Thanks for stopping by



Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Blank Page ~ Inspiring or Terrifying

Is there anything as inspiring or equally as terrifying as a blank page? One of the many reasons that I have so many started but not completed journals is the blank page. I start the year out with all the best intentions to journal and I may get several days down; but then I freeze. When I am not home I come up with all kinds of things I want to say and remember but then when I get that blank page in front of me   it all just floats away, the words have vanished.

This year I hope to have a different experience. Pinterest introduced me to the concept of the bullet journal, pages with a theme, they are not really blank empty eyes staring at you daring you to mar their surface. 

Is it cheating if I print out or copy someone else's design? I hope not. In the world of card making we are encouraged to copy and share everything, so I hope this is the case here. 

Do you get inspiration from others and then try and duplicate it in a way that makes it your own? I would love to hear how others have inspired you.

Thanks for sharing


Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday Musing ~ A Productive Weekend

Good Morning,

I spent the afternoon yesterday working on organizing the basement. I had mentioned previously that it needed it desperately. I got 4 boxes of stuff ready to take to the Goodwill and did a great deal of organizing of craft items. 

Next on my agenda is to create some ephemera packs to have ready when I set up my Etsy shop. I also have a large number of books just waiting to be turned into journals. I sold a lot of them last season and am ready to start crafting again. For these journals I plan on including a lot of the ephemera I have lying around. This will make them  more like an art journal full of plenty of blank pages to journal on but also with card stock, printed paper, book pages, maps and more it will be perfect for adding photos and other bits of memorabilia.

As I get them started I will post to give you all a chance to see what I am talking about. 

I will let you go for now. 


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Random Thoughts on Archaeological Adventure Books, Movies and TV

History is the ultimate subject, for a historian can study anything man has ever thought or done.

I have always had this affinity for the past. My degree is in history with minors in geography and archaeology. I love to dig in the past both figuratively and literally. This shows in my love of adventure stories, movies and main characters who are historians and archaeologists.

So I would like to share a few of my favorites here.

Book Series

  • Amelia Peabody (Historically based, starting in the late 1800's. The author Elizabeth Peters studied Egyptology and you can tell by all of the historically accurate facts in her books. Amelia is a typical Victorian lady, very proper with an unladylike love of archaeology and a perchance for getting into trouble.)
  • Sam and Remi Fargo (Modern treasure hunters, Sam and Remi are a husband and wife team that have unlimited resources so no adventure is too remote. Their hunt for treasure is purely for the love of the hunt and the discovery of the past, but there is always someone trying to get to the treasure before them. The series is written by best selling author Clive Cussler.)
  • Sean Wyatt (this is a new to me series by Ernest Dempsey, I have just finished the first book. Sean works for an archaeological institute that again has unlimited resources. Being a former spy he has the skill to fend off multiple bad guys and in this book there were many who had no qualms about killing anyone who got in their way. Faced pace the author incorporates many archaeological facts with his archaeological fiction)

Movie examples

  • Indiana Jones (eye candy and adventure, no brainer)
  • The Librarian (movies, magical artifacts and exotic travel)
  • Lara Croft (strong, modern woman)
  • The Mummy (I am proud of what I am. I am a librarian)
  • National Treasure (both movies, love the American history tie ins)
  • Sahara (another nod to American history, with the surprise twist of having a civil war ship in the African desert)
  • Fool's Gold (tropical paradise and sunken treasure)
  • Into the Blue (because you can never have too much tropical paradise and sunken treasure)
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec  (this fanciful adventure is a French film.  I first watched it with my sister who speaks French so we watched it in French with English subtitles. I enjoyed it even with reading subtitles. I re-watched it in English but found that I really liked the quirkiness of having it in French and subtitled.  The main character, travel writer Adèle, gets tangled up in adventures with both mummies and a pterodactyl.) 


  • The Librarians (TV series expands the movie base with new librarian role models)
  • Warehouse 13 (again loving the magical artifacts and how it ties in with history and literary references. And the fact that the warehouse is just so darn steampunk is awesome)
  • Hooten and the Lady (traditional archaeologist teams up with a treasure hunter) 

Thanks for stopping by



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Sad Farewell ~ Ursula

On Monday we lost one of my first favorite authors, 
Ursula K Le Guin. 
It is a sad farewell but she will forever be with us in her books. 

Ursula K. Le Guin
21 October 1929 - 22 January 2018

I am going to remember her by getting reacquainted with some favorites. 

Because who doesn't love cats?
 And cats with wings!!!!

I was first introduced to Ursual K. Le Guin in high school English. 
My teacher Mrs. Evans went to college with her and talked fondly about her and made sure that we were introduced not only to her work but to other classic fantasy.
In sophomore English we read Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, as well as the Hobbit and Fahrenheit 451. 
Thank you Mrs. Evans it is from this beginning that I developed a love of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  

"To hear, one must be silent"

- Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea, 1968

"All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't our lives get made up for us by other people."

-Ursula K. Le Guine, The Wave in the Mind, 2004.

And one that I haven't read yet. 
A nonfiction that just came out last year, 2017.

"From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, a collection of thoughts--always adroit, often acerbic--on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation"--Provided by publisher.