September 8, 2020


There's something tranquil about water, maybe it's actually the wind making ripples over it, or that it cleanses.  We have quite a few lakes near us.  The state parks in Ohio are FREE (unlike some other states) and open to everyone.  
Above, Cowan Lake state park where we went Friday, and below is Stonelick Lake, where we went yesterday.
Muddy and enjoying every minute.
Laying in the shallow water, where it is warmer, finding pretty pebbles.
Little boss baby.  See that pointing finger?
So good to spend time together.
A scrumptious cherry cheese crown for our daughter.
And this little fellow sure enjoyed his sweet:
Hope the rest of summer is good for you.  We are still having days reaching 90 this week.  
I'm looking forward to the cooler fall days!

P.S. I might be a little extra sentimental over donuts, as tomorrow would have been my dad's 70th birthday.  And he loved Dunkin Donuts.  

August 14, 2020

Peach season

Little helper.  He's always ready to climb!
Rob attached a baseball hat to a long stick to reach the peaches on top that are ripe.  They are so sweet!
Yesterday, we got a package!  I've ordered several items, as gifts for others and myself from Barberry + Lace.  Leigh is a mom of four kids and does a great job with her jewelry business!  The rectangular sterling silver bar necklace (in the photo where I'm holding our sleeping baby), I ordered about 5 years ago and wear it almost everyday.  You can get it inscribed with whatever you like, a name or word.  I chose "mama bear" for mine, but got one for my daughter with "sweet sixteen" on it.

If you click HERE, you'll get $10 off and so will I.  Hope you have a great weekend!

I'm thinking a peach pie would be a good idea!

July 31, 2020

SO many flowers

I really love flowers.  These beautiful coral gladiolas were from Hannah!
my birthday was a few days ago and I ordered a Thai salad (served in a bowl made from giant chip made with black sesame seeds) and pho just east of Findlay Market.  These planters are at the entrance to the market:
we went just before Olivia had to go to work, that's why she's wearing her lifeguard swimsuit.  We went to the library for the first time in 4 months.  And my husband gave me these hibiscus, salvia and celosia below!
he took the next day off, as Hannah wasn't feeling well. She ran a fever of 104.  She had a Covid-19 test and it came up negative, thankfully.  They gave her IV fluids and monitored her heart rate, for a few hours, as it was high.  She's a little better now.  Fever down to 100.
this is the celosia, this kind is called Dragon's Breath.  Isn't it lovely?
tese boys prefer the vegan ice creams...
 Hope you have a nice weekend!

July 24, 2020

Souvenirs from Alaska

We got quite a few souvenirs on our trip.  These 3 oz. espresso mugs are beautiful. I got these silver + jade earrings for $20, for myself.  Did you know jade is the Alaskan state gem?  There is a jade mountain in Seward.
 This souvenir below didn't last long... Moose's Tooth pizza!
Lots of stickers!  There's an oval one in the middle from Flying Squirrel, we stopped there twice.  Their olive oil baguettes are scrumptious and the hot drinks are also great!  We bought a reindeer carpet.
Ulus. You can place it in this bone holder.  I watched several videos to learn how to use it.
I've used it several times, to chop onions, et cetera, and really like it.  Which one do you like best?
We bought an ulu for our friend and one for us, from the Magic Carpet, a gift shop in Healy, AK, just a 1/4 north of the entrance to Denali National Park, the maker is Dancing Man.  At the same shop, I bought a burl bowl and gave it to my mom, so I don't have a photo of it, but will take one...
What is a burl? It's a bump, a knotty growth on a tree.  We saw quite a few in the woods.
Next, I plan to make a photo book and enlarge some photos.

Have a great weekend!

July 15, 2020

Alaskan airlines

George liked looking out AND opening and closing the windows on the plane.  Flying with a 1 year old and a 4 year old, plus my husband and two teenagers meant there was always someone to help entertain them!
Take off!  Farewell mountains of Anchorage and we see the Pacific Ocean, specifically Cook Inlet.  Alaska Airlines was great.  First of all, the price was $212 per person, round trip, out of Chicago.
Buckling and unbuckling himself is a good skill.  This is one way to keep entertained!
We also packed things to eat:  a few of the donuts we had bought the day before, beef + reindeer jerky, Lara bars, refilled our water bottles.  
P.S. George loves the black sheepskin we got at the Magic Carpet gift shop in Healy, AK, just a walk north from the entrance to Denali National Park.  
He just wants to snuggle here!

July 14, 2020

St. Tikhon's

It's Tuesday.  Monday we spent 24 hours getting home, our original flight was cancelled.  We didn't know until we got to the airport, so slept on benches for 5 hours until the next flight.  We survived.
Sunday was a better day.  We went to Liturgy at St. Tikhon's in the morning.  Candles, icons and books for sale here in the foyer.
Such beautiful iconography and woodworking!  There were chickens running around from the neighbor's yard...and you can hear Paul complaining in the video clip above about wearing a cloth over his face!
Past the parking lot, there's a pretty gazebo with bells and a beautiful cross on top.
We need a sign like this for our church!
Fr. Andrei was welcoming and so kind to us.  He and his wife have 5 beautiful children, the youngest just 2 months old.  Paul picked me dandelions from the church yard.
After, we went and got Golden Donuts!  There was a store with crystals, rocks and gems on the other end of the plaza.  We got this eagle pendant, which I think we'll hang on the wall below a collage of photos from our trip.
Too much sugar!  We drove to another church, St. Innocent's next.  

We got Moore's Tooth pizza for dinner.  They had beautiful flowers outside the restaurant.
The top photo os their "Call of the Wild" pizza, made with reindeer sausage, Portobello + Crimini mushrooms, green onions, peppers, etc. And bottom is "Aloha" made with ham + pineapple.
It was scrumptious!
An evening stroll...this photo is Mt. Baldy, which we hiked up a week before, at 9:40 pm GMT, the sun set about 11:30 pm, and rose about 4:30 am.