Time to Update the Gravatar!

Me and cameras don’t get on that well, no matter which side I am on.

YD always says I become Downs when a camera looks at me – but we decided to give it a shot …

My old Gravatar pic was almost three years old – a rather blurry shot cropped from a group photo taken at a Winery – time for an upgrade – so here we go – here’s me taken a week after my 64th birthday looking just a little stunned and slightly quizzical  …..



And this is what happens when someone tells me a really good joke …..




Dear god – I should stay serious!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with my latest journal page.

Recycled Packaging Box No.2

I was so cheered by all the lovely and supportive comments yesterday – and even all the unknown traffic that stopped in, however briefly ………. but to get us all back on subject, thought I’d just show how the second one turned out:

Packing Box7


Put this one together really quickly – now hunting for more boxes of just the right size …..

Thanks for dropping by, have a really great day 🙂


Little Free Library: Books Beneath the Willow

This is such a great idea – I just love it and would like to set one up if winter ever ends ….

Gardening Nirvana

Several times in the past few months, I’ve passed what looked like a tiny, curbside library.  I’d heard about these little libraries somewhere, but it was just a vague idea, tucked away in my brain.  I had never actually seen one and assumed they were ‘somewhere else.’  Do you know that place too?

Well guess what?  We have one right here in our neighborhood.  I’m hooked!  I finally took the time to stop the car to show my sister, then went back later with my husband, a couple of books and my camera.  It was so much fun!

Here is what I’ve since learned about the movement:

It started as a simple tribute to his mother, a teacher and bibliophile. Todd Bol put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home in this western Wisconsin city, filled it with books and invited his neighbors…

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Chaos In The Creative Space!

Especially for Casey [Junquemail Contessa – please do take a look at her blog] who showed her neat and tidy creative space and who keeps on creating despite living through an extremely anxious time………. a quick peek at my playroom – in comparison, a complete disaster area:

View From The Doorway

The tower of boxes to the right hold an assortment of books, CD’s, DVD’s and assorted kitchen paraphernalia and other unrequired items waiting to go somewhere else ……..All been sitting here since the big kitchen clean up about three months ago …..

[A quick aside: I like the light coming through the window – winter on a cloudy day]

The Desk - it's here somewhere .....

The Desk – it’s here somewhere …..

….ah, yes, you see –  there’s about 10 square centimetres of working space left…..

Craft Rm 3 May 13

See those empty file folders on the chair [Orlando’s Chair!] they have been there for about three weeks, waiting to be utilised as stamp and die storage – see the files on the shelf to the left – bulging and overstuffed [folders and shelves] and there’s no room for more folders ……. and the boxes on the floor with all the art supplies higgledy-piggedly.  It all needs a good sort out!  No room for Orlando either – no wonder he’s cross with me!

Cross Orlando 1

Craft Rm 4 May 13

And lastly, the storage area, probably the least messy part of the room, but that’s because I had a bit of a clean-up here a few days ago on account of not being able to access the papers in the lower cubby……

So the rest of today will  may be spent cleaning this up – I really need to make more working space – but there’s a big pile of ironing and the whole house needs a vacuum …..

I’ve been spending way too much time reading blog posts and not nearly enough time on my own life!

Hope that made your day Casey – feel proud!  Be well!