If it could happen to us...

If it could happen to us...

Dear Friends and family, 

We have a remarkable story to share with you.  If it could happen to us...

To set this up, a reminder that our son lives in Georgia. He called me at 3:05PM to say hello, to tell me he was going to a carnival with friends.

Saturday

At 5:15PM my phone rang, I looked down and saw a number with the same area code and last four digits of Andrew's number... odd, but I pick up.

Hello?

I hear crying followed by "I'm in trouble." What happens over the next hour is simply... terrible.

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I Adore French Films

I Adore French Films

Hello friends,

I can't believe it's July. July fourth is just days away. 

Are you familiar with the concept 'leading through disruption?' A change maker for business, it's playing havoc on our quiet existence on Pioneers Lane.  Since my last post, we have decided to move to Northern Virginia, planned and hosted a weekend bash in Minnesota, and traveled to Switzerland. (photo above: Charlie Chaplin by the lake)

Learning a second language has been a challenge for me.  While in Switzerland, I was talking with a gal who is also struggling to learn French.  French, not German, is the language spoken around Lake Geneva.

Confession: I can't speak a word of French even though I have taken classes, watched movies, and spent hours with Rosetta Stone. With Rosetta Stone, I can't pass the second exam, which requires saying "oeuf."

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A night with Paula McLain

A night with Paula McLain

Hello friends,

It's no secret that I'm an avid reader and enthusiast of the industry. Sadly, I hardly take advantage of living so close to NYC and all of the social events available to me. So....

A few months ago, while watching a movie with my iPad in my lap (catching up on all things social media), I read a post from a friend mentioning that Paula McLain was coming to NYC.  She was publishing a new novel, and I had not been in the city in a few months, so I bought a ticket that night.

I have read Circling the Sun and The Paris Wife, giving both four stars on goodreads. Paula McLain is a historical fiction novelist who fills her stories with facts!  

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Crafting a Patterned Home: a book review

Crafting a Patterned Home: a book review

Hello Friends!

Art and design are my first true loves.  I was practically raised in museums, going to art auctions, and spending hours upon hours in a local design studio that sold fine furniture.  Gabberts was my home away from home, at age ten.  Take a walk through my home and you will find an eclectic mix of high end, local, handmade, and DIY with a sprinkle of IKEA/Target accessories.

Roost Books publish lifestyle books that aim to inspire. Spend a few minutes on their website and you will see that I fit into their target audience. I recently learned that their headquarters is in Boulder, a city I visit annually.  Hopefully I will be able to stop in and visit next summer.

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Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night

Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night

We traveled to Nepal via Istanbul in October, our first time back since 2013. Oh, how this place has changed.

The photo above is the location of one of our top five travel stories, which happened on Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Street). An unplanned moment that most can't believe we experienced.  

I will never forget Bill telling me that he couldn't wait for me to experience Istanbul. The contrasts of Istanbul are disruptive but strikingly intriguing. Palaces and mosques in random neighborhoods, stray cats wander the alleys of the most beautiful sights, and the voices of the morning prayers chant through empty pathways trimmed with the trash of the food merchant's shops of a busy yesterday.

Welcome to the Orient!

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And the winner is...

And the winner is...

Crisp evenings turn to snowy days, inspiring warm, homemade meals. That's what I think of when I hear the word Chili. 

I remember the day I was introduced to Chili like it was yesterday.  I was a senior in high school - at a friends house.  The father was making a batch on the stove, filled with hamburger I had to wait another decade before trying this dish for the first time.

Much like the avocado, which I didn't try until 2006, I have been enjoying Chili on occasion ever since. 

I am a consumer of other creatives originals.  From knitting patterns to recipes.  Sometime over the last few months I stumbled on  Under a Tin Roof when they were moving from one place to another, and happened to be giving a live property tour on Instagram.  I adore everything about this mother/daughter duo.  The honesty and openness of sharing their daily life: learning new land, creating a CSA, decorating a home, crafting and creating meals from produce they grew, harvested and stored.

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