Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Blanket of Blooms

Each year I look forward to this blanket of delicate white blooms that adorns much of our home's facade.  Specifically it is a perennial known as Sweet Autumn Clematis.  This is not the only late-flowering clematis variety but certainly is one of my favorites as it is hearty, and provides nesting habitat for small song birds and shade for the house.

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
                                                              --James Oppenheim

Monday, September 18, 2017

Homecoming Parades

In Iowa an annual fall tradition is a Homecoming football game along with a parade.  Of course, two mainstays in these special events are the marching band and floats.  The week is filled with all sorts of activities that involve students and the community.  In my area of the state some high schools just concluded these festivities but most are still to come.  Look for what's going on in your area.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A "Funke" Creation

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
                                                             --Dr. Seuss

Monday, September 11, 2017

Home Sweet Home

 "Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style."
                                                       --Billy Baldwin

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Bit of Whimsy

"You must not ever stop being whimsical.  And you must not, ever,
give anyone else the responsibility for your life."
                                     --Mary Oliver

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mix It Up

Stuck in a rut?  If so, use these images as inspiration.

Begin with something mundane or predictable or common.

Then give it a slightly different twist.  Maybe that means drink your cup of coffee outside on the steps instead of at your kitchen table.  Or, instead of adding salt to your food, today you add pepper or some olive oil.  Take it easy on this Labor Day holiday but have some fun as well.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


"Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."