Tuesday, December 11, 2018


 I found these little plastic reindeer at the thrift shop years ago.  Then I found the little sleigh which was made from an egg carton section and pipe cleaners.  Santa Claus is a tiny little Bellsnickle with a tiny candy cane.  Altogether it's about 10" long.
 This little peanut man was made by  my granddaughter in Girl Scouts when she was little, she's now 30 years old,
My first daughter, Cathy, made these bells in kindergarten.  They have graced my Christmas tree  since she was in kindergarten which was 1966.

When it boils down to it, at least for me, things from my girls and  family and friends are the most precious Christmas ornaments.      There will be more to share with you as Christmas draws nearer.                                                                                                                    Hugs,    Diane

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Highlight..............

And the very best part..........

      Amanda signing in to take me for my very first flight with her.  Her first passenger besides Gregg (her husband).  We've dreamed about this ever since grade school and today it was REAL 

 I always wanted to fly and never did.  It takes a lot of learning about weather and flight patterns and landing planes in difficult situations  while you're fostering kittens and feeding and medicining pets and trying to have a life.. She can now fly 5 different planes.  It's amazing the things she had to learn.  But she did.  I'm so proud of you, Bean.  Thank you for saving the best part for me.  Happy flying.               Love you,   Mom

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Land of the Midnight Sun.........................

Alaska is beautiful.   I wish I could tell you where we were when most of these photos were

 Salamatov beach where we found beautiful rocks.  I could have stayed there forever but we were freezing.

Their home from the air.  That's the Kenai River running through it.

Thank you Gregg and Amanda for making it such a wonderful trip.  Mom

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Animals, animals, animals............

In my glory.  I didn't see much wildlife,  a herd of reindeer, which I didn't get a shot of and 4 moose.       

 Hard to see but this is a Spruce Goose that landed in their front trees.
 And then there's the tame life.........each of their animals has a history and each one is loved and cared for dearly.

 I'm missing a couple of cats, Murray for one who is a big ginger cat.  
 A sweet soul of a dog.  He was a rescue, as they all are and he is older.  He reminded me of Puck.
 The jokester of the bunch.  11 years old and still full of it.
A little love bug.

Amanda was fostering these little feral kittens which I fell in love with.

I did miss a couple animals but being in their home with their creatures and seeing their love for them and getting to share that love is an absolute joy.          Diane

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Seward, Alaska..........

As we drove through the breathtaking scenery on the way to Seward my old lesson
from grade school was rattling around in my brain.  The transaction where Alaska was purchased by the Secretary of State, William Henry Seward from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million.   Most were in agreement but some opponents called it Seward's Icebox or Folly.  I think he made a pretty good deal.    

It was beautiful.  Water, mountains, beautiful boats and wonderful food.  The water was unbelievable in Alaska.  Everywhere, beautiful blue water.   

While we were there Amanda took me to the Alaska Sealife Center.  I can't remember all
the different creatures we saw.  There was a sea lion, beautiful, ethereal jellyfish, 
and a couple octopus including this beauty.  We were able to feed her and  handle her
a bit.  Amanda was much more adventurous than me but it was
still a great adventure.  

It was a spectacular day.              Diane

Saturday, November 17, 2018

First off....Veronicas

If you're stuffy you better not go to Veronica's.  I'm not stuffy and neither are Amanda's friends.  So after we ran into her best friend at a lovely consignment clothing shop (a setup, it was planned all along) we headed there for breakfast.  Every time I'm in Alaska Amanda takes me to Veronica's.  Lovely breakfast, witches fishing balls hanging from the ceiling, yellow brick road leading to the magical kitchen.  So great to see Ellen.

My beautiful daughter Amanda, or Bean.  

Sign on the outdoor restroom 

Across the street is an old Russian Orthodox church and buildings.  It's beautiful.
Veronica's is almost on the water  and it's really in a beautiful spot.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


It's hard to describe an intermission in my life that is so different from my everyday that includes, water, rocks, airplanes, northern lights, lots of animals, good food, precious people, once in a lifetime experiences, moose, and breathtaking scenery.  Of course, shopping, too. 

There's so much more.  Thank you Amanda and Gregg for the incredible trip.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018


My house is so quiet now, it seems like a good time to go.  It might be a little chillier than it usually is but there's always clothes.  Hold down the fort while I'm gone.  Blessings, Dianne

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Days Fly By........

Past the middle of September already.  The time flys so fast.  It's been a beautiful autumn here.  A few leaves have fallen but they're only beginning to change color.

If you followed Deena Warner's Nestled in the Singing Woods or Can I Be Pretty in Pink I checked her blog always hoping that she's posted.  I found out that she died August 19th.  She fought a long and valiant fight with cancer since before I knew her in 1987.  God bless you, Deena,  may you have peace now.

About this time of the year I start thinking about Halloween decorations.  I think I like the thought and fun of Halloween more than Halloween night itself.  It's usually a fizzle as far as trick or treaters and along about dark I start getting the creeps.  My Puck will take care of that.

I love the sparkly lights and the pumpkins and some of the fun things - not the gorey.

How are you?  Did you have a good summer?  I really hope so.

Till next time.                   Diane

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Three years gone.........

The best guy ever.  I love this picture.  We're in the mountains, our favorite place, and we're so happy.  I love you, Leonard.                                               Diane

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Bad Start............

This is a picture of my buddy Noah and I this May.  This wasn't a bad start, he graduated from high school and he's off to the working world and junior college here in the fall.  He's a smart, nice, guy and he will go far.

The bad start was the first day of August.   -  I had a heart attack.  The heart surgeon did an angioplasty on me and I have more medicine added.  But I'm feeling good and trying to become my "old" self.

I didn't talk about it before because I didn't want to whine and need sympathy.  And besides, God spared me and I'm thankful to have my life back.

Hope you're doing well and just perking along like normal.    God bless you.                                              Diane

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Every day I journal.  I want to be in my studio more but things take over.  But I journal.  I found when Leonard was sick that it was my sanctuary and my "place" to be when chaos sometimes seemed to be all around me.  
 I love it.  Sometimes I draw little things that have to do with the day, sometimes I glue in images that do.
 It started out as a legacy to my children but somewhere along the line that changed to my place to be.  If, when I'm gone, they get some joy from them, all the better.
Hope you have something you're as passionate about.  God bless you.  Diane

Friday, June 8, 2018

Finally..........! ! !

It was a celebration for me yesterday  (it doesn't take much).  My pink iris opened for the first time. 
I showed it to my lawn guy who has been avoiding it with the weed eater.  And my dear neighbor was also a guest at the celebration.  I've been trying to get one for 5 or 6 years.  When it opened I dedicated the first bloom to my little great granddaughter, Emerson.  Just seemed like a great idea. 
Hope you're having a beautiful day,         

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June........such a lovely month.....

Maybe it's because it's my birth month and also one of my daughters.  Maybe it's because everything is green and it rains a lot and each time seems to make the earth new.  Or maybe it's because the flowers and trees have been waiting all winter to burst open in all their glory.  Whatever it is, it's a wonderful month.  Hope you have a magical June.