It's been such a blessing to enjoy a long winter weekend when the weather is nice. Winter in our part of the country has been mild this year, for the most part. While I appreciate the warmth, I wish for a good freeze to help with the mosquito problem we have each summer. Warm winters make for miserable summer … Continue reading An Early Taste of Spring
Today was one of those gorgeous "early spring in mid February" days here in the South. I woke up this morning with the intention of spending the entire day outside on the deck. I did just that. Dean and I shared a pot of coffee in the kitchen, chatting and catching up on Facebook messages … Continue reading Painting and the Beauty of a Day Spent Outside
...and I want you to be the first to know. Not quite two years ago, I laid down the framework for a novel. The story is to be set on a beach somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Florida. The idea for a book came to me in a dream I had shortly after the passing of Chris … Continue reading I am writing a novel…
Last October I was sitting on the deck, chatting briefly with a new acquaintance of mine. He is the lead guitarist of a band I have adored for 30+ years. Such a nice, down-to-earth person. We were talking on Messenger about stargazing and whatnot when I looked up and saw these clouds before me. They … Continue reading The things you sometimes see…
Most of you who follow this blog may be wondering where the heck I've been. I haven't posted in a year. I must have been super busy on important projects...right? Wrong. Embarrassingly, I spent the past year completely absorbed in Facebook pseudoworld. Yes, I'm the chick who likes to post uplifting, inspiring memes. I'm the chick … Continue reading Moving on from my Facebook feed
It's been a long time coming but we have finally reopened our Etsy store. The Lapis Garden is alive again. As an artist and crafter, I have sold my jewelry online and at art shows. It feels good again to have my virtual home for the goods I make. There are many things we will be … Continue reading The Lapis Garden is LIVE
For years now I've been working toward living a life of simplicity. Cutting back is a type of hobby for me. Where I used to spend frivolously and recklessly, emptying my bank account for the sake of acquiring things, I now plan purchases and set aside wants for the things I need. In so many … Continue reading Walden, or, why have I not read this before?
Once a year, we pack up a rental car and head northwest to the beautiful state of Wisconsin. Most of Dean's family lives there, and we go to visit with his mother for a week or so. This year was no exception. In fact, we just got back from our annual trip and, as usual, … Continue reading A Music Lover’s Heaven…Outside Milwaukee
There is nothing so liberating as packing a bag, hopping into a car and hitting the open road. Those endless ribbons of asphalt beg to be explored...roads going in all different directions...each road leading to a new adventure. Some trips are to new destinations...places yet to be discovered and roads yet to be driven upon. … Continue reading Road Tripping
Hello Hermine. Nice to meet you. We need the rain but not the wind. Please be kind as you're passing through our fair city. Hurricanes and tropical storms. I've lived through a few, even though I have never lived on the coastline. Today's excitement reminds me of the time I was in the middle of … Continue reading Hello Hermine.