Wednesday, September 06, 2017

We've recently moved from our long time home in New England to our new home in Florida. It makes me happy and is what I've wanted for a long time, yet I felt some unexpected sadness that gave me reason to pause. It took me by surprise and affected me in ways that I wasn't prepared for.
I am grateful and energized by this chapter in my life, by new opportunities and daily chores, a hotter climate, sunshine, humidity, activities, and lots more people.
When I look back on my "previous life" I feel both pangs of awe - How can all that have happened already? Where did the time go? My daughters were born, raised, went off to college, graduated, and started their independent lives.  And pangs of uncertainty. Did we make the right decision to leave?
We were so happy in New Hampshire for so many years. We were close to family and we have so many memories.
These things weighed on my mind and caused me sleepless nights. I knew I was working through my thoughts and finally I was able to see my blessings. I have wonderful, truly blessed memories from our first home. I am grateful that we can make this move, that we enjoy our "new life", and I am embracing the challenges that our unfamiliar environment offers.
I am blessed. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Things I Am Curious About

Life has been super busy and challenging. Before I get back to posting, I thought I'd touch base with some things that I am interested in:

Wheatgrass- I've been drinking this at least three times a week.

Roasted Corn -Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh corn from the farm. Rather than steaming it, or boiling it, I've been oven roasting it. Try cutting it from the cob and adding toppings - vinegar, shallots, parmesan, salt and pepper.

Farro Recipes - I've been enjoying chilled farro, mainly from leftover farro recipes that I eat straight from the fridge. Here are a some form Bon Appetite.

Homemade Red Onion Pickles - these are great on everything from salads, to burgers, to fish, to steak


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Blessings

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow". Melody Beattie

I am so grateful for today.
These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of decisions, effort, sweat, and tears. Jon and I moved from our home in New Hampshire. It was a long and hard decision, as we have lived in that house for  25 years. We have so many memories from our home and I am grateful for each one. 
I am blessed to have had such a lovely home and hope the next owner feels as fortunate. 
We moved our stuff with the help of some wonderful people - my father, our daughters, my sister, my niece, even my brother, his wife and kids joined in.
Jon and I took our things in a rental truck and drove from one end of the country to the next. We made it safely and had time to process all that we had done. Emotions flooded through me. I was saddened, but realized how fortunate I am. I am blessed, truly blessed to have a loving and generous family who took their precious time and helped us. Thank you!
Thank you for making our home so memorable through the years. Thank you for making me feel that I had help to accomplish my goals. Thank you for your patience and your laughter. Thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts. Thank you for loving me in good times and bad.
 Thank you for being there.
I am grateful for you.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blessings

"I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I'm going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice." 
Mike Ericksen

Friday, May 26, 2017

Glass Fusing: Blue Square Dish

 This square dish is similar to another one I made, except this one is much smaller, with sharper edges. I continued with the daisy design, because I really liked the outcome.
This dish measures 8 inches square.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Glass Fusing: Cheese Plate

 I created this simple design for a cheese plate on a whim. The studio had a small piece of glass for sale in the light blue and I loved how it looked streaky. While it wasn't large enough to use on it's own, I used some beautiful teal glass and clear glass alongside it and was very pleased how it came out.
The simple colors and shapes are easy on the eyes. The various squares can be used as "compartments" for a cheese plate (a place for olives, almonds, small jar of honey, etc). The glass colors are so bold and beautiful.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glass Fusing: Palm Trees Nightlight

I made this fun, Floridian nightlight using mostly transparent glass.
 I cut out the palm fronds shapes out of green, the trunks out of brown and the water using blues. The interesting thing is that when clear glass frit (ground up glass) is placed on the opaque glass, fun things happen. The opaque glass develops highlights from the layers of broken edged clear frit. This produced a fun texture on the trunk of the tree.
I'm pleased with the end result. Lots of light shines through and during the daytime, the palm trees are noticeable.