Master Gardening Series: The Basics Part One

Plant Parts and Functions

Mastering Gardening Series: The Basics, a Three Part Series (MG Series) To me, to become the best gardener you can, you need to have an understanding of the basics of  flowers. This was my motivation for this Three Part Series on the Basics. Part One: Basic Terminology, Plant Life Cycle and Parts of a plant […]

Winter Cozy Cabins

Mount Crested

In late January I shared the many reasons why I like winter.  Even when it's frigid outside, like it is now, I still love winter.  Frigid weather provides me time to do "winter crafts", i.e. knitting, organizer, cooking comfort foods, winter cozy cabins, planning spring/summer projects and just plain

Snow Blizzard and Heart Giveaway Winner

Knitted Heart

Yesterday we where clobbered with 16" of snow.  It was a snow blizzard because of the high winds.  I hope if any of you were caught in the snows path are safe and warm!

Its All About The Hearts

Knitted Heart

To be honest once the holidays are over I  feel drained.  So many activities, emotions and hosting/partying has left me mentally and physically fatigued.   I usually just lag through until Valentine's day.  This year the Charmer is about easy and no stress's all about the hearts, knitted hearts. I think I mentioned when fall […]

Blogging Friend And A Winter Walk

french sugar and creamer set

Last week was one of those kind of weeks where nothing ran smoothly.  Wednesday morning my car's passenger tire blew out.  Not able to get a hold of Mr. C, I left my car, walked in the freezing cold (no gloves or hat) to find shelter until I could reach him. Later on we bought […]

Tiny Homes On The Market

Small Home, Westmont VA

Remember when smoking was cool (if your old enough)?  McMansion's use to be cool too but that trend is rapidly changing. Small space living is back in vogue for many reasons. The Charmer isn't a tiny home, but she is small, 1,182 square feet. When I purchased her, as a single woman in 1987, I […]

One Pot Wonders

Classic Beef Stew

One of my favorite ways to cook is using One Pot Wonders recipes.  One Pot Wonder are dishes that you kind of throw everything in the pot, let it cook, and then it's done! I thought I would share with you one of my favorite “one pot wonders” that is just perfect for this time […]

The Innocence of Winter

Children with a Sled

The Innocence of Winter Winter came down to our home last night Quietly whirling in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And I was a child once again.

Merry Christmas


Hello friends, just wanted to wish you all a great holiday! Hoping your time with family and friends are merry ones! I'll be taking a short break to enjoy the holiday with our family and friends.  See you after the first of the year! Enjoy!

Women’s Christmas Retreat

Palos Center House

Saturday I attended a Women's Christmas retreat at the Center.  The Center is one of my favorite places to spend time for spiritual renewal.   It is a place for celebration, enrichment and healing.  Over 30 years I attended retreats, yoga, painting, weaving, teas, lunches and special holiday events. This was the first year the retreat […]