Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring has sprung!

All through the long winter, I dream of my garden.

On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth.

I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.

                                                             ~ Helen Hayes

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A wee bit of green...

...for your St. Patrick's Day!

I am the recipient of a Kreative Blogger award from the secret notebooks... wild pages blog.  Please go visit; you will find a thoughtful writer with an eye for design and photography who shares her journey through life. 

I'm to list 7 interesting things about myself and pass the award along to 7 others.

What you may not know about me:
  • my first "real" job in high school was as a gift wrapper in a store.  It was the year of the large, bulky fleece bathrobe and it seemed as if every man in town was giving that as a gift.  Plus matching slippers.  Even the largest coat box could barely fit those fluffy robes!  My wrapping skills became better as I wrestled those robes into boxes and tried to create neat, pretty gifts.
  • I should have been an undertaker.  When I took the test in high school that would guide me to the best career choices, funeral director was right there as number one.  Even though I have an uncle that is an undertaker, I never could picture that as a career path.  As I look back I wonder if it would be rewarding to help people cope with their grief and to create a memorable funeral to honor their relative.
  • The career path that I did choose was fashion.  Growing up, I was always tall and as I hit my teens it got harder to find clothes that were long enough.  So I started sewing.  I loved creating outfits - choosing the pattern & fabric and then creatively making it mine. 
  • The first time that I donated blood I felt faint but instead of recovering right away it took me all day!  The staff suggested that even though it was very nice of me to try to donate blood please don't do it again - it was too much trouble for them!
  • I don't like amusement parks.  Merry-go-rounds are okay though. 
  • My maiden name is Gates.  There was a time when I was asked if I was related to Bill Gates.  Though I have a geeky side, it hasn't been proven that we are related.  My dad knew him though through the Boston Computer Society.
  • My hubby and I have been together for 31 years.  We met in college and dated for 9 years before we were engaged (my ring has 9 diamonds to symbolize that).  Then it was another 5 years before we were married.  He is my best friend.
I'm passing the Kreative Blogger award along to:


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


As in St. Baldrick's!  Volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and gather donations to go towards childhood cancer research.  My son has been thinking about doing this since last year, so when the time came - he was ready!

The stylists from the Total Look Salons did the shaving.

There were lots of folks there - this is a big event!  "Shavees", as well as people there to support them, all enjoy the entertainment and party atmosphere. 

My son waits in line...

Then it was his turn...

Look at that smile!  That smile stayed with him all weekend. 

This was a really fun event for our whole family, but the thought of so many kids who live with bald heads because they are dealing with cancer reminded us why we were there.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Blog Star... Twice Remembered

Kim at Twice Remembered has so much style.  I first found her when she was working on her kitchen.  She painted her cabinets red, a beautiful cherry red.  I was swooning.  It seemed like such a bold choice and yet it came across as clean, country and classic.  She uses white dishes and vintage accessories and the whole effect is stunning.


Then one day she showed this:

And these...

Oh my gosh, look at that decorating!  It looks yummy, so delicious.  Don't try to eat them though.  Kim specializes in 'faux sweet treats'.  They will look that good for a long time.  What attention to detail!  She is so talented. 

Kim and her husband continue to work on their house: setting up a studio, laying down new floors and tackling other big projects.

Then Kim wrote a piece that tugged at my heart.  It was so sweet and such a beautiful piece that I had to write to her to see about posting it here.  She agreed and this is it:

Isn't that such a sweet message?!

Stop by and visit Twice Remembered... you'll feel right at home.

Kim is a Blog Star!