Join me with a glass of something cool and stay a while. My hope is that you will find something happy, funny or comforting. Please stay as long as you like and come back often. I'm so glad you came.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beautiful things............

Beauty, I think, should not be caged or captured.

This said, these tiny little treasures would be gone if I hadn't carried them home and placed them in little $ store place card frames.  The butterfly had perished and I gently carried it home in the palm of my hand to keep it from blowing away.  The feather is so tiny that it was equally fragile.

Have a beautiful day.                                               Diane

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's clear now............

My husband was admitted to the hospital on Sunday, the 13th, with confusion, incoherence, and weakness.  For the last 5 days they've fiddled around, poked, prodded and have gotten nowhere.  Last night when I was unable to settle down it came to me in perfect clarity what is wrong with his brain.

He  has struggled with systemic lupus for a least 15 years.  It's already attacked several organs nearly all.
The reason that the doctors couldn't find anything is because you can't find it.  It's a condition.

I've always known it might possibly affect his brain but I guess I didn't think it would be that way.

Looking it up on the net I found that all the signs were there that he's had for the past several months.

I brought him home today and just being home helps so much.    I don't know what tomorrow will bring.          Diane

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lovely spirit................

Does anyone ever get tired of looking at these gorgeous creatures?  They just seem magical to me and to get a shot of one is a thrill, even though this one wouldn't turn and show off it's wings for me.  Blessings, Diane

Saturday, July 12, 2014


After the devastating water damage that ruined the floor work begins on the cottage.  This nice guy painted it for us.  Rascal, of course, helped him.
 Cathy and Perry came down from Billings.  Cathy was the gopher,
 and Perry helped Leonard put a new floor down.
 New paint job, new floor.  Actually, it never was completely painted inside.  When we were building it I was in too much of a hurry to get my stuff in and didn't take time to paint much.
 And my stuff is back in.
 I did some painting on the floor.

 This was a birthday gift from my sweet daughter in law, Jess.  It's supposed to hold bird seed but she always sees that I have plenty of lavender so it was only natural to use that instead.

All done again.  I'm tickled to pieces.
A far cry from when Leonard built it in August 2006.  Rascal, of course, helped then, too.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Visiting again.........in my heart...................

Maybe it's the hot weather, maybe just reminiscing, I'm not sure.  But I've had 
Alaska and my dear family there on my mind all morning.  
I can't think of Amanda and Gregg without thinking of their housefull of creatures.  Cats and dogs
galore and I love them all.  Above, a few of us are waiting for her to come
downstairs.  I think it's because they know they're adored, she says
they're only waiting for breakfast.  
The driver

Her and I the day I got there
last summer.  Turnagin Arm is in the background.   
On my first trip to Alaska
Gregg flew over Halibut Cove and 
pointed it out to me.  The second trip they planned
a surprise boat trip from Homer to the cove.
What a blast!  I don't know when I was on
a boat last.  This is an absolutely charming little 
village at the end of the cove with houses built up the
mountainside and the ones near the
water are built on a boardwalk.  Art galleries, little shops,
every different color - a feast for the eyes.  On debarking 
we were met by the dog Pekoe who is the official greeter. 
We had the most delicious and gorgeous lunch at the Saltry. 

I was so glad I could fly with them in their new plane.  
I even love the smell of planes. 

Ahh..........one of my favorite places
on this earth - the beach at
Homer Spit. 

Lunch with 4 wonderful people, Heidi
Amanda, Ellen and Jan - in the foreground. 
Oh......to relive that day.  

The beach again

Starfish at Halibut Cove - they were beautiful. 

On the boat.  You would have thought
I would have worn my dark glasses.  Amanda got
Thanks for letting me wander down memory
lane.  Hope you enjoyed it, too.
And thanks again, Bean and Gregg.  I love you.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Roses, Roses, Roses......................

Who doesn't love roses?   This is French Perfume.  When it's warm like this she opens one day and is gone the next.  The fragrance is wonderful and has little apple notes in it.  
 This rose struggles where I have it planted.  I'm afraid if I move it I'll lose it and it's special to me.  There was one planted near the front door of our home when I was growing up.    
 I don't know the name of these but they grow profusely in my yard and their fragrance is heavenly.  These are my very favorite.  I call them my old floozy roses.
 This one was a transplant from a friend.  He gave so many people transplants that his generosity shows all over town.

These delicate pink ones are so pretty - I'm trying to get some of them going around my cottage.
                                                       Blessings, Diane

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Turning inward..............

Roses and books.  Two of life's beautiful things.  Too hot outside to get good shots so I'm inside looking for material (sounds like winter, doesn't it?)                        Diane