Friday, December 9, 2016

FINDING SOUL IN OLD THINGS......................................



I cannot believe the last time I did a post here was last June.  I have missed  blogging and visiting each of you when I am able.  



These are a few of the old items we have lying under our tree this year.



When I view some of these things I can almost hear the singing of the United Shoe Workers of 1912;  as well as the sermon that the Reverend H. Bursell must have preached during his travels in 1850.

One's life is made of memories and each year during the holidays they are especially acute.  



For several hears now...since the death of my son, Scott, the holidays have been something to simply get through...but this year seems different.  Perhaps the grief has finally been able to take a back seat to all the JOY that is in the world and in my life.  

We didn't put up a large tree this year as our home is simply too small to do so, but we did purchase a little three and a half foot tree that I have decorated with a few things that hold special MEMORIES. 


The dried roses on this tree are from many, many flowers sent to me over the years for birthdays and anniversaries.  I always dry the blooms and keep them for special things when I decorate.  The wonderful blush pink colored ornaments were recycled from a tree we had many, many years ago.  They were clear plastic and my beautiful grandson, Julian, and I used acrylic paint to transform them into something truly magical and special.  Once again making memories from something old and reused in a different way.


All of the above small trees were made by me with old, old, vintage bulbs and various Christmas items.  Since downsizing our home it was impossible to use all the bulbs on large trees around the house...so I made small trees and have used them every year.  Each time I look at them memories come flooding back from various times in my life when the bulbs were used on different trees, in different homes under different circumstances.  Filling my soul with beauty. 


Once again, vintage items picked up along my way in life.  Some in Montana, some in Washington state.  I found the old bed springs in a wonderful little house along the road on the way to Kalispell.  Not knowing what I would do with them and putting them away for future use.   Found them this year and decided to use them as holders for some more of the wonderful bulbs my grandson and I made a few years ago.  BTW.....looking at this photo, I remember the wonderful little cottage by the highway and the kind and cheerful woman who sold the bed springs to me.  Once again...old things....adding memories and soulfulness to my life.


Vintage bottles picked up during travels across the US when we were traveling in our motor home.  Each one repurposed in some way to bring out the intrinsic beauty that old things possess.



Old books displayed on a workbench that was once in my father-in-law's garage.  This also houses a record player that my husband, Brad, gifted me on our first Christmas together.  He knew how important music was in my life and my previous one was given to my ex-husband in our divorce.  This wonderful player has played hundreds and hundreds of records during my marriage to Brad.  Looking at this not only reminds me of him and our marriage but also of my previous marriage to my ex-husband Bill who passed away many years ago.  He was a musician and gave my son Scott and me the gift of appreciating all kinds of music.  



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LIVING IN A GREEN HOUSE....................................





June is always the hottest month in 
Arizona.


That is why, if you are able, one must surround your home with as much 
GREEN 
as possible.  Here, in the desert, much of what we see during summer months is brown...brown....brown.


So that is why Brad and I chose this little spot in order that we would feel as though we LIVED in a greenhouse.


These photos are from both inside and outside our home.  Every room has something live growing....

When you walk into our home you are looking directly into our backyard via huge glass windows.


I know....one might feel as though you were in a jungle...but it makes everything feel so very cool and refreshing.


These plants are in my kitchen on an elevated bar area...I have a huge skylight...so they get that much needed light.  Moisture from the faucet does not hurt as well.


By our front door....requires little light.


Good old pothos in the bathroom.  Hopefully it will trail all around the ceiling.


You really DO NOT have to have a green thumb to do this in your home.  Just have some decent light....somewhere....and pay attention.
Plants do quite well if left alone to do there thing...but you do have to be consistent in their care.

Hopefully you enjoyed my little tour of our greenhouse today.....we LOVE living here.

Stay happy.

Jo

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US.....37 YEARS AND COUNTING!




Today is our thirty seventh wedding anniversary.  My how the years have flown by.  It seems like only yesterday we were standing in front of the Justice of the Peace in his KELLY GREEN leisure suit....that's right...it was a hoot!!


I should of known
 then I was in for one heck of an adventure with my guy.  We have had a wonderful and exciting life together, and it "ain't over yet" as they say.

Happy Anniversary Brad... I will love you forever.

Jo

Sunday, May 8, 2016

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY......................................................






My mom passed when I was 31....so she has been gone a long time.  I still miss her...but I, like many of you, have been fortunate enough to have encountered many other surrogate  mother's during my lifetime.

My beautiful Aunt Ruth, my wonderful sister-in-law Sandy, my perfect friend Jan...my other terrific friend, Mary, just to name a few of the women who have so influenced me during this trip called "life".

Thanks to all of you and here is wishing all the mothers out there the very happiest of mothers day.

Stay well.

xo

Jo

Saturday, March 26, 2016

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE..................................




My beautiful friend, Mary, sent me 
this picture of lilacs for Easter.  Aren't they beautiful....you NEVER see lilacs in Arizona.

Wanted to share.

Jo



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ON WISDOM............................................

"THE ART OF WISDOM IS KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK YOUR MIND....AND WHEN TO MIND YOUR SPEECH." Don't know where I found t...