Category Archives: Happy things

The Little Things


Today I went to IKEA for some picture frames. While in the checkout line, the young man behind me had one little thing to buy so I offered to trade places with him. He thanked me, but said he was waiting for his wife and they might have a basketful when she arrived . We talked while waiting, and talked more..the line was long. Our conversation was different because he asked me generalized questions about my life, very curious and interested, not creepy. He asked what my days are made of, and squeezed out of me that I love and care for my people, art and nature. After our conversation, I was amazed at the poignancy of his remarks. This man had wisdom and kindness in his heart. He reminded me, in an indirect way, of all there is to be thankful for in this life and that often the most important things are the little things we take for granted. He had lived half his life in Hong Kong and knew adversity. I will not soon forget our serendipitous, moving conversation.

This evening, I share the little things in my life that I am thankful for (and have taken a photo of…lol). Signs of spring, my grandchildren and their activities, my growing house plant collection, dear friends, new glasses, some sweet pets. Usually I would dismiss most of these photos, but not today….this is what my precious days are made of. I need to take more photos, because there is so much more to be thankful for.

February !!!!2019!!!!


“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” -Nelson Mandela

Goodness, much has changed since the last time I posted. Over the past 11 months we have had many big life changes. First we moved my mother out of her condo into an apartment. We then moved into that empty condo. That was no easy feat, after living in our home for 38 years. But this new living space is perfect for us. It is lovely and spacious without being too much. I have a sunny studio, and a basement for the messier projects and the inevitable storage we need. And Jeff is happy because his shop is a mile away, the snow is shoveled, and the grass is cut.

I do miss my garden, but I will find a way to enjoy flora and fauna, and utilize my green thumb. I am surrounded by trees and wildlife here, and find myself walking much more than I ever did at our house.

The other big change is that I have officially retired! I am just getting used to this decision and it doesn’t feel real quite yet.

This blob has long been a favorite place, and it feels right to return!

Au Revoir August


August’s story starts with enjoying the dog days of summer…

And a trip to the U.P. with this wonderful family of mine that enjoys the crazy chaos of being together for over a week at the beach in a 800 square foot cabin…19 people and 6 dogs.

The cabin actually slept just 4 of us.  We had campers, tents, the boathouse and the garret for the others.  

So many great memories:

After my new wheels, no more bike walks.  Now, I ride along with my littles….

My new bike is an Electra Townie.  Its a low rider and the pedals are more forward than a traditional bike.   When I got my pretty Townie, in sparkle cream and touquoise,  I felt at least as happy as I did when I got my first bike in 2nd grade.  I’ve put about 50 miles on it so far, and look forward to lots of miles this fall.

Other fun summer things….

Watching the hornets nest outside the porch

The Hines Park Cruise in the same Jeep we dated in, on our 41st wedding anniversary.

And then…I got the call from mom,  “Debbie, I’ve fallen and I think I’ve broken something.”  And she surely did, her hip required a screw to hold it together. 

Less than 48 hours after surgery she was discharged to rehab.   September will be a month of healing for my 85 year old mom.

I’d like to share some of my August art next post.

Remember that summer is not over yet!

By all these lovely tokens,

September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather

And autumn’s best of cheer.

-Helen Hunt Jackson

Goodbye July 


I’m taking a cue from a fav blog I read, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, and listing a few things that  I’ve learned this month.

Botanical watercolor. I took a three week Saturday class on the subject this month.. .totalling 9 hours of instruction and painting. I learned a great appreciation for this art form! I also learned how important drawing skills are, and how important it is to practice, practice, practice daily. I know these 9 hours really helped my understanding of mixing colors and washes. Here is a page that I painted during class…

Salad for dinner. Just about every night. We seem to  make a salad out of any protien and grain with a base of leafy veggies. So refreshing this time of year. Maybe its just a different way of arranging food on a plate, but I know we are enjoying many more veggies as a result. Thinking of dinner this way really opens the doors to creative alternatives.  

Blog posting.  I have posted almost daily for a couple months, and glad I did as I’m continuing this journal/ legacy project.  But its a bit much for me and maybe for you too! I seem to be running out of things to talk about too! Its been fun, but I could use that time in the evening to focus on projects, my peoples, or perhaps nothing at all.  I’m just being called to disconnnect.  I’ve decided to post once a month, a look back and reflection. Of course, I reserve the right to break this habit if needed! I also hope to connect and converse with more of you as a result of fewer postings….this is the most fun part of blogging for me.

Here are a few pics to finish up July.  We had the twins for 4 days over the weekend, and kept them busy!

Tailgating with all our Littles

We visited Matthei Botanical Gardens with them over the weekend

It was a hot and humid day, we all felt a little prickly.

Bad pic, but that prickly face just had to be posted…

Also boated on the Detroit River…fun was had by all

Looking forward to August adventures.