Monday Meanderings

I know it’s Tuesday…I forgot to “schedule” the post to go live yesterday! When I hit my blog this morning I noticed it was unpublished. Last week we had more beautiful sunny weather.  Perfect Fall weather…till yesterday, rain, rain and more rain.  After all the rain  must fall :-} I’m working my way through canning more tomatoes, whole, diced, sauce,… Read More

The Squirrel Brothers….

Yes, It’s brrrr, brrrr, brrrr, cold here!  So much for global warming :-{ Besides keeping ourselves warm Mr. Charmer and I worry so much about our outdoor neighbors!!  Last year we made a heated water drinking bath for our friends spending time out in the cold… and at the end of last year it fell apart, mainly due to the… Read More

Hello…and the silence

Good morning everyone, a quick post to let you all know surgery did go well and thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. Those of you who have been visiting me alongside here on the blog throughout the last two years, sharing recipes, diy and decorating projects and sharing comments, we thank  you. Last year we have been transforming… Read More

Thoughtful Neighbors and Adjusting….

It’s been a week of transitioning…to the loss and silence felt throughout our home with Bo’s passing. We are all adjusting to this loss, each in our own way. But our sweet Sugar is having a very hard time, Sugar and Bo were inseparable. She slept with him, would only drink from his water bowl, cleaned him and would rarely… Read More

In Memory: Laid Back Bo!

We knew it was coming, it was relentless, no matter how hard we fought it back, it would not give up its hold! Our beloved Laid Back Bo left us yesterday, this is my most favorite picture of Bo, we tried out a new hair do, and it suited him so well. Bo was a gentle, kind spirited dog, who… Read More

The Difficult Decision…

This morning I was going to share my Christmas mantel.  But it doesn’t seem important at the moment… Decisions are not difficult for me to make, but there is one decision I finding hard to make. I’ve heard people say you will know when it’s the right time. I remember my Mom saying something very similar to me when I… Read More

Bo – The Dog With Nine Lives?

  Smiles to you friends, Our dog Bo, is old, and really hasn’t been healthy with many peaks and valleys over the last year, we thought we were at the the point of making the dreaded decision – Is it time! Since hubs and I practice Homeopathy we took Bo to a very well respected Homeopathic Vet. Our initial visit… Read More

The Dreaded Question – How Will We Know It’s Time?

Smiles to you my friends, Our beloved dog, Bo, has been struggling with numerous medical problems over the last year. Bo has survived even when we didn’t think he could.  We thought, as least for now, that he was doing better. That we didn’t need to face the inevitable “question”. But as the a last few months passed, we’ve hidden… Read More

Haven and Happy Birthday To Me!

  Smiles Everyone, I’m out here in GA at Haven, my room is fab.u.lous, Last night there was a great welcome reception.. A very fun night and met so many new bloggers, today classes begin and am so excited to be attending Oh, one other thing, I tried taking photos of myself, it’s not as easy as it  looks! I’ll… Read More

Laid Back Bo – Update!

Smiles, Bo has become sick once again, here! In the last few days we’ve gone through lab test, x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI and a spinal fluid analysis. Poor Bo is tuckered and so are we. Bo spent the night at the hospital preparing for the brain MRI and the spinal tap. Good news – a stroke and tumor were ruled out!… Read More

Laid Back Bo – Fighting for his life once again..

Smiles,   I just drove home from the long drive from the University of Illinois Veterinary Animal Hospital, heartbreaking for me to  leave our Bo once again. We almost lost Bo back in August, here, here, here from complications of a constricted spleen. and for several months Bo was making a really good recovery. but in the last few months… Read More


I’m going out of town this weekend to the Kickapoo Creek Wine feast downstate with some of my sis.ters.  Were would I be without them… Time passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up. Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes. Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Hearts break. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors. Careers end. BUT………… Read More