Memorial Weekend, 2016

Remembering my daddy today & those families who have served, those families who have lost, and those who continue courageous service and sacrifice for our country. As I watch the Memorial Weekend celebration on KERA, I remember part of my daddy’s story– every Christmas without fail, my daddy received a beautiful fresh fruit package from a fellow navy crewman, who remained anonymous to us, but who thanked my daddy repeatedly for saving his life. We never knew the details of their story, and it doesn’t matter, really. We saw presence of deep emotion, and remembrance in Daddy’s eyes every time he received this gift. Daddy (Paul McGlothing), you will forever be my hero, and you honored the U.S. Navy with your presence and service.ūüáļūüáłūüáļūüáłūüáļūüáł

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Diamond Doves (the Peacemakers)

“diamonds on the soles of my shoes” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”

“Lucy in the sky with diamonds”

Our gentle, cooing Diamond Doves have laid one egg today. ¬†We await the arrival of a possible second. ¬†The female and male¬†take turns sitting on the egg, which lies upon a very thin nest in their basket, put together by the two of them at the last minute! ¬†We miss their daily coos, as their minds appear to be elsewhere today. ¬†However, they¬†are¬†so interesting to observe during this “miracle moment” of sorts. ¬†What wonderful pets; with the right kind of cage, they are not messy at all and provide a constant source of peaceful sounds,¬†adding tranquility to our daily environment, as well.

 

THE BUJO & Dr. THORPE

 

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One of the perks of retirement has to be watching You Tubes on a variety of topics, increasing knowledge in areas you never had time to explore, while working. ¬†I have acquired a great deal of information regarding my continued addiction to planning, and now have steered myself off in an additional direction of Ryan’s BUJO (known as bullet journaling.) ¬†I have my journal ready to begin tomorrow, June 1st. ¬†The journal pages are all drawn by hand and a ruler (may have to add a template or two in the future.)¬† I feel sure that I will modify pages a great deal in the near future, according to need.

Dr. Thorpe

Following the final season of Downton Abbey, one of my new guilty pleasures is Amazon’s new show: ¬†Dr. Thorpe. ¬†I have watched 3 3pisodes on my computer thus far. ¬†A variety of characters developed in complexity through romance/conflict/mystery, offered¬†deliciously by Masterpiece Theatre.

 

 

 

Springtime Do-over: Return of the Waterfall & Lillies

After a two-month interval of no-blogging, no waterfall (due to a pump malfunction), slow-growing water plants without the fresh water of the waterfall, unhappy koi and life struggles, in general, HOPE PREVAILED.   As a result, I am inspired to blog again, encouraged by the beautiful sight of sunshine, a lovely refreshing waterfall, happy koi, and a beautiful, blooming rose-purple lily.  Our HOPE did not come to us without EFFORT. Thanks to the masterful problem-solving efforts of friend, Jerry Kiser, the new pump was successfully installed and all aquatic problems were subsequently resolved.

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   Life is good again for ALL of us:

 

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TK’s 365 Greetings of Giving

Have you ever received a handwritten note or personally, created card in the mail?  Didn’t it give you great joy?  The payback for the sender is the personal PEOPLE CONNECTIONS you will receive in the most unexpected forms!  Send  a hand-written greeting 365 days of the year to a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, a long-ago friend, a neighbor, someone who needs a boost, someone you suddenly run into, or ANYONE with whom you want to RECONNECT.  It will fill your heart with lovely thoughts and memories.                     Inspired by:  365 Thank Yous by John Kralik

FIVE-CARD HANDMADE SENTIMENT KITS, 2016

Butterfly 5-card “Wishes” Kit

  
Materials used:  Stampin’ Up Butterfly Basics Stamp Set; Stampin’ Up card stock; Assirted background paper prints, and Stampin’ Up Butterfly Framelits.

Pirate 5-CARD “ARG” Kit


Materials Used:  Assorted black/white prints; assorted STampin’ Up colored card stock, Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, and Stampin’ Up Hey Valentine Stamp Set

LOVELY 5-card “DAMASK” SENTIMENT KIT

Materials used:  Assorted Damask paper; sequins; Stampin’ Up oval scallop punch; Stampin’ Up heart punch, and Wetlands Stamp set sentiment.

CARDS SENT WITH CARE:

Materials used:  Stampin’ Up, Stamping Bella stamps, and Penny Black stamps

   
    
    
    
    
 

Goodbye

This is too fresh and cuts too deeply at the moment for me to appropriately memorialize one of our sweetest pets that has been such a joyful part of our lives. It is the Fall of the year, my favorite season, and yet, Fall symbolizes the circle of life, including having to say goodbye to those we love so much. It seems as though this time in our lives, death comes too frequently around us. Ms. Peaches died today. She had one more romp outside and climbed back in her house.
Ms. Peaches was so sweet and so precious. The entire family loved her ways and the manner in which she interacted with all of us. There will never be another Lop like her, but we were so blessed to have her join our family and be a part of our crazy lives. Animals give us so much and request just a little love in return.

Time will help us remember all of the “binks” and all of the happy moments with one so sweet.

Passion for America

  • I found myself listening intently tonight to KERA, and the story of a young man who had come to America from the African Congo to get an education. ¬†He talked of the hope and power of America, and of his hope that his country would one day be a nation of power, as well. ¬†This young man talked of his desire to be an electrical or civil engineer, in order to return to his country to make a difference. ¬†I was struck by such determination, purpose, meaningful drive, and admiration for the country that could make his dream a reality. ¬†I ask myself the question of how America can continue to be a nation of hope and promise, while ¬†at the same time refusing to accept immigrants of such passion and purpose? ¬†Do we, as Americans, given the opportunity for freedom and in many cases, much materialistic excess, demonstrate the same passion, commitment and love for this country, as these immigrants who sacrifice so much to come to America?

TK Creations # 3 Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards
Christmas Cards

Materials used: Stampin’ Up Small dots and large dots Embossing Folders, SU Glimmer paper, SU Whisper White paper, SU Very Vanilla paper, SU indigo blue paper, SU Wasabi Green paper, All is Calm Designer paper series, SU Classic Ink pads: indigo blue, cherry cobbler, SU Festival of Trees Stamp Set, SU Festival of Trees tree punch, SU circle punch, SU modern label punch, SU oval punch, SU seam binding ribbon: SU white satin ribbon, cherry cobbler seam binding, Doily thinlet, SU White Embossing powder, and heat gun.

Terry Grosvenor-Independent SU Demonstrator Order from website: snowshoesentiments.stampinup.net

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TK Creations # 2 So Thankful Cards

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Materials used: SU Very Vanilla paper, SU Classic Ink pads: chocolate chip, blackberry bliss, mossy meadow, calypso coral, honey, cherry cobbler, SU seam binding ribbon: blackberry bliss, always artichoke, calypso coral, crumb cake, cherry cobbler, SU Holiday Cheer stamp sets, SU Autumn Designer series paper (leaf templates used as mask), and blackberry bless paper, always artichoke paper, calypso coral paper, honey paper, cherry cobbler paper, and border punch.

Terry Grosvenor-Independent SU Demonstrator Order from website: snowshoesentiments.stampinup.net

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TK Creations Card Kit #1

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Materials used: ¬†Stampin’ Up Window Pane Embossing Folder, ¬†SU Whisper White paper, SU Very Vanilla paper, SU Classic Ink pads: ¬†blackberry bliss, mossy meadow, calypso coral, honey, cherry cobbler, ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† SU seam binding ribbon: ¬†blackberry bliss, always artichoke, calypso coral, crumb cake, cherry cobbler, ¬† ¬†SU Truly Grateful and Holiday Cheer stamp sets, SU White Embossing powder, heat gun and SU pearls.

Terry Grosvenor-Independent SU Demonstrator                                                                                             Order from website:  snowshoesentiments.stampinup.net

Nashville Destination #1: The Loveless Cafe

Leanna & I rented our Chevy Cruise and drove up into the Tennessee hills towards the Loveless Cafe, highly recommended by our trip consult,                     Trip Advisor.  When we set our eyes on the Cafe, it reminded us of some sort of compound with the Cafe in the middle and little shops and stores built around it.

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Outside the cafe, people were playing old-fashioned games, while waiting for their tables.

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Motorcyclists are obviously welcome at the Loveless Cafe.  There were quite a few of them.

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Prior to entering the cafe, Leanna and I began our frequent trip activity of photographing signs.

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(Occasionally, we included a picture of ourselves!)

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Image¬† A hidden gem–Shimai Art—beautiful pottery, wall art, sculptures, & woven loveliness! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Image¬† Just some wall art that caught my eye!ImageImage¬†The Place of Weaving?Image¬†The Smokehouse

We explored all of the shops surrounding the cafe and discovered the wonderful Shimai Art shop (pottery, gifts & wearable art); one of those place you walk into and find the most unique treasures. ¬†I would have bought one of everything, if I could have gotten it onto the plane! ¬†Leanna and I loved the gorgeous pottery. ¬† We acquired two coffee mugs and two tea mugs–such beautiful colors, molded with a unique life symbol. ¬†The artist had also created some unusual,¬†wax-etched flower tiles of vibrant colors. ¬†Some neat leaf iron trivets were calling my name, but might have prevented the plane from getting off of the ground! ¬† The artist of the Shimai is Becca Ganick. ¬† In the back room, VickieVipperman displayed her absolutely beautiful hand-dyed woven cotton, silk & bamboo blankets, scarves, etc. from the Vickie Vipperman Weaving Studio in Kingston Springs, Tennessee–so unique and once again, the variety of colors were so rich. ¬†Vickie packed up our pottery for the plane and was so cordial and helpful to us.

The Loveless Cafe was originally known as the Harpeth Valley Tea Room, serving famous fried chicken and biscuits in 1951, owned by Lon & Annie Loveless.  They served travelers from the front door on Highway 100.  Later, they changed their home into a restaurant, adding country hams cured, smoked and carved on site.  They added 14 hotel rooms to serve guests.  Different owners acquired the diner and it continued the Tennessee tradition of serving southern food with homemade biscuits.  In 1982, they started the Hams & Jams mail order business began and in 1985, the hotel rooms were changed to retail space.  The diner was closed for remodeling and restoration in 2003, opening as the Loveless Cafe with the huge following of today.  When Leanna & I  were called to our table, we ordered a huge brunch breakfast of all of the advertised favorites of the Lovelace:  fried chicken, fried okra, flaky biscuits with the most wonderful peach preserves, salad, etc.  This was definitely comfort food!  What a charming place out in the Tennessee hills.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Having heard from my sister-in-law, Janice Northerns, that “The Goldfinch” ¬†by¬† Donna Tartt was an excellent novel, I proceeded to borrow it from the Abilene Public Library on my Kindle.¬† Since beginning the journey, I find I cannot put this book down.¬† The writing is so genuine amidst an all-too-common tragedy in our world today, that the characters so horribly moved by the events truly grasp your heart and your mind.¬† One might say that the pace in the beginning is almost in slow motion, but isn’t that the way it is reported by people experiencing a sudden, moment of destruction and loss of human life? ¬†

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On the Subject of DREAMS

I rarely discuss my dreams. ¬†However, I found last night’s dreams to be quite interesting. ¬†To set the scene for one of my dreams, my mother is an amazing lady in her 90’s, who lives quite independently outside of Austin on beautiful Lake LBJ. ¬†Her faithful companion, since the death of my father, has been a delightful Pomeranian, named Riley. ¬†One could say that Riley has definitely acquired ¬†“the life of Riley” from living with my mother. They adore one another. ¬†Riley is 14 years old and has numerous anomalies which make his life more difficult at this point, such as poor hearing, poor eyesight, allergies, violent coughing, and occasional listless behavior. However, with all of Riley’s old age problems, he still takes wonderful care of my mother. ¬†Recently, my mother’s three children, including me, have been discussing how to best care for her if needed in the future, since all of us live quite a distance. ¬†Of course, my mother has no desire to leave her home or her sweet Riley. ¬†So, last night, I dreamed about my mother and I searching for a new puppy for my mother on a huge beach. ¬†There were numerous people on the beach selling very odd-looking puppies of all ages and sizes. ¬†Of course, no matter how many possible puppies I found for her, none of them could ever begin to replace her Riley. ¬†A very appropriate dream, I think.

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DSC_0804_edited-1My second dream was quite interesting to me and one that I continue to reflect upon in my “spare time”. ¬†If you have ever had a seemingly positive friend relationship explode on you, you might be able to relate to this dream. ¬†The friend, in question, appeared at our door. ¬†The conversation was quite cordial. ¬†Apparently, we were standing on a second-story balcony, looking our over a huge forest and large grassy area. ¬†Our family members and pets were down in the grassy area. ¬†Suddenly, there was an explosive sound and a female lion came bounding out of the woods. ¬†I was trying to warn my boys about the lion, and was very concerned about them. ¬†Somehow, Brandon and Brett ended up donning hammers to defend themselves from the lion. ¬†I was so worried about the boys, but also found myself eventually feeling sorry for the lion being “hammered” on the head. ¬†I found myself feeling as though the lion had escaped from a zoo unexpectedly and had no intention of hurting anyone. ¬†I remember being in quite the conundrum about the entire situation. ¬†Similar feelings to those I have been feeling about the situation with “our friend”-precisely!

Hemingway’s Women

Our discussion tonight reviewed The Paris Wife, a fictional account referring to one of Hemingway’s great loves, wife-Hadley.
Many of the events in the book are factual, though most of the assumed dialogue is fictional. Following our discussion of this book, I noticed a book entitled Hemingway’s Women, a factual account of the four women in Hemingway’s life, whom we heard about during our tour of Hemingway’s Key West home. Our librarian let me take home an article she found written by Hemingway called A Canary for One. Revisiting Hemingway inspired me to do some more research into his life, as it connects with the photographs I took in key West, as well as the books and letters available through the library.