under the weather

I have to be a bit short and sweet tonight.  The munchkins are sharing the flu bug at Deer Haven right now.  Here’s what we used to cheer them up tonight.

Japanese cubee’s.  So far we’ve made Inigo Montoya and The FoxThe Little Prince has been downloaded for future construction.

One of the munchkins wanted to know where you could make your own font, so we found these sites:

Font Generator or Fontifier

This is one thing that I keep telling myself I’m going to create.  Both of these sites design a font in your very own handwriting.  (This is how to make it look like you always use your very best handwriting!)


This site allows you to download a simple editor to create any kind of font.

Word Editor:

This site explains how to access the font editor inside Microsoft Word.

If you like that kind of thing, I’d love to see the fonts you come up with…


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Beautiful on the inside


This blog is a place to escape into the beautiful, the innocent, the excellent.  Sometimes beauty is in the middle of the greatest storm, and there it stands and shines.  The following list of blogs are beautiful to me because of the storm that is surrounding them.  Being an encouragement to those whom we find beautiful inside makes their light shine even more brightly.  I want to feed the fire of their beauty.

Left above,: Host family in New Orleans for dh’s crew.  Center: DH in New Orleans, Right: member of dh’s crew with a toxic refrigerator

Below: Frequently Updated Information on Bright Spots in Haiti:








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Calendar Art

Art becomes meaningful when it touches an emotional chord, like music, a kiss, or a scent does.  In my studio hangs an Edward Hopper calendar from 1999.  It’s always open to January because the featured painting is “Room in New York” from 1932.  This particular piece leads me to a direct memory of a night in my life soon after we were married…and, as evidenced by the subject chosen by the artist, more than one couple has had this same night.

In college I always carried a weekly planner with art on the left side and the blank days on the other.  I recall choosing a Joan Walsh Anglund calendar as a way to remember home and one of my dearest childhood book authors. There was one with Renaissance angels as well, from the Met, probably a gift…

I havn’t used a physical calendar since the Expedition tangled with a semi on ice.  We’ve been operating on one vehicle, and therefore one online calendar to keep car usage tightly monitored. I’ve looked longingly at beautiful agendas, journal style calendar notebooks,

and the occasional wall hung with art prints in large format.  (I did purchase a Frank LLoyd Wright agenda simply for all the photos of his work.)

I just fell in love with a new calendar.  It is by Masha D’yans and it features a series of watercolored trees.  I love trees and the lyrical way she portrays them caught my eye as I walked past, not even thinking about getting a calendar at all this year.  Her line work is structural, an excellent compliment to the blending of the browns and greens in her trunks and leaves.  And one little touch she features is a sweet little bird, one of my other loves!


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When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad


The next munchkin and seeing my sister in the rear view mirror…


Christmas tea with friends at the Heathman Hotel


Making peppermint patty chocolate brownies; ice cream; and pomme frite with dh in downtown Portland. Finding a good book at Powells, tea and prayer with my girlfriends, (and running into her dad with 50% off coupons at Michaels!), homemade spaghetti, applesauce, apple pie, voice mails of my little niece saying “um”, goodnight kisses from the munchkins…

What cheers you?



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Fresh…are you ready?

It caught me by surprise.  The fact that my first post to you would be on the eve of the New Year.  How fitting, though, since this is where I think about my resolutions…

Here are some lovely ones that should not be too hard.  Let me know if you take the challenge.

Nine lovely things for the new year…

1. A new years resolution kept: do you have one from last year that you worked on?
2. A romantic idea for your Valentine: find a little something that fits their love language.  Dh loves to be encouraged and have things done for him. (Like planning a little get-away.)

3. A room swept clean: it always improves my attitude if I can find a place to organize.  Architectural Digest helps me every now and then with the impetus to work on a room.  Of course, the munchkins love to be in clean swept rooms, so it rarely lasts.
4. A letter mailed: is there someone you know who doesn’t need a little care package from you?
5. A project started: this one makes me feel alive!

6. A meal made: Christmas has filled my refrigerator with lovely leftovers.  I’m going to share some with a neighbor tomorrow.  Is there someone who would love a home cooked meal from you?
7. A place visited: I love to travel.  I think I actually need to travel.  I moved every two years while growing up, and I’m afraid it’s in my blood.

8. A child kissed: whether it’s a niece, nephew, grandchild, or one of your own munchkins, one kiss is never enough!
9. A new skill learned: I’m going to be taking photography lessons! I’ve never studied that before, so I’m excited! (I figure that if I take or teach one class a year, it will keep me thinking…)

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