A Star is Reborn

Or at least the Star Barn anyway. This particular barn really is quite something. Built in 1877 in the Gothic Revival style, it was first used as the main barn for a horse-breeding farm. Over a century later it stood empty and decaying, despite its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, with the … More A Star is Reborn

Busy Hands

I’ve often wished I could knit or crochet. There’s something beautiful about the rhythmic movements of the hands and knitting needles or crochet hooks busily creating something new, something pretty or warm or useful…a sweater, a blanket, a pair of mittens perhaps. Or an intricate crochet coverlet, a tablecloth, or a runner. Though I’ve dabbled … More Busy Hands

Life in Between

A line from Jesus Calling daily reading for September 5th – Living in My Presence means living in two realms simultaneously: the visible world and unseen, eternal reality. I was given this book of daily spiritual thoughts and reflections last Christmas and have endeavored to keep up with it. Most days, the readings are encouraging … More Life in Between

Filigree

One of my favorite jewelry styles is filigree. Perhaps it’s in my genes. According to Wikipedia – The oldest filigree pieces discovered in the Iberian Peninsula date back to 2000 – 2500 BC, but its origin is not clear. These pieces possibly belonged to merchants and navigators originally from the Middle East and are not … More Filigree

First Time Cruiser

Wasn’t sure what to expect from my first cruise, but had a great time! I was joined last week on the seven night Royal Caribbean cruise aboard Oasis of the Seas by 20+ other members of the family. The cruise was a treat from my father-in-law and step mother-in-law, who invited all of their kids … More First Time Cruiser

Land of My Life

That would be the good old USA. The third of my “special lands”. Angola, Portugal and America – each is special to me for different reasons (see Land of My Birth and Land of My Heart). America is where I grew up, where I was educated, where I married and raised my family. It is … More Land of My Life

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Known as “The prettiest town in Canada”, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL for short) is about a 20 minute drive from the world-famous Niagara Falls. Its beauty and charm did not disappoint. With its location on the shores of Lake Ontario, and the Historic Old Town lined with trees, an abundance of flowers, and quaint buildings it has … More Niagara-on-the-Lake

Easy Spanish Rice

This is a nice variation on plain white rice. My go-to method for cooking rice has always been to bring chicken broth to a boil, add my rice, cover and simmer 15 minutes. My new variation is to lightly saute a crushed garlic clove in a bit of olive oil. Add some fresh salsa. Saute … More Easy Spanish Rice

A Life’s Impact

I’m getting on toward my later 40s and I’m having a mini mid-life crisis of sorts. I married young, at age 23, and had my first child at age 26. My full-time professional work experience lasted all of three and a half years. I chose to make raising my two boys and focusing on my … More A Life’s Impact