I open the door……


….the gorgeous guest from afar sweeps in. In her hands are her gifts … The gifts of hours and farseeing moments, the gifts of mornings and evenings, the gift of spring and summer, the gift of autumn and winter. She must have searched the heavens for boons so rare. By Abbie Graham


Blie Canyon


Turns gray. Rim Fire invasion.

Looking for the birth of a new idea!!


‘the tragedy of life…..


….is not so much what men suffer, but what they miss.’ Thomas Carlyle
NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER miss the opportunity to enjoy your grandchildren, children, whatever you love. Keep your eyes open, don’t miss something special. Life is fleeting.

How Simple and Frugal A Thing is Happiness:


…..a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea … All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness, is a simple, frugal heart.’. By Nikos Kazantzakis
A family of six, a Boston family for almost 18 years or so, MY family, my 4 dear grandkids, …. A long flight across the country to see them twice a year! This is the year, 2013, of changes for our family and theirs. A job shift has brought that dear family to the west, to Portland, a skip and a jump of a flight from here. But, i am driving the 8 hour drive to see them all in less than a week. Their goods will arrive and the boys will start a brand new school. And this proud grama has been asked to help with the twin girls! This thing called ‘happiness’ is visiting my frugal heart! And I am a frequent visitor!!

A thousand words could not describe the beauty of this morning!!


Making Kusudama Flowers


An every day occurance now….folding petals..gluing petals together…making kusudama flowers for wedding bouquets. Very busy!!!http://www.gracelinepaperstudio.etsy.com

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