The lovely Daryl at vermont cottage recently bestowed this sweet award to me. I am truly honored that anyone would do such a thing! I'm surprised that anyone would even take the time to read what I have to say. Please visit her blog and see the beautiful things she has done renovating her cottage. Thank you Daryl for the kind gesture.

The rules are: I must brag about the award. Link back to those who gave it to me. Share 10 honest things about me, and give the award to 7 more bloggers. So here it goes.

1. Black and white have always been my favorite colors.

2. I cannot live with clutter.

3. Being a vegan is hard.

4. I wish I had less, not more.

5. I believe that raising 3 sons is my biggest and best accomplishment.

6. I have the best friends in the whole world.

7. I often fantasize about becoming a hermit.

8. I don't have a cell phone.

9. Living in this small house is a dream come true.

10. I've spent too much of my life concerned with what others think.

Now for the fun part. I get to nominate 7 other blogs that I love and/or that inspire me. The hard part will be narrowing it down to 7. If you are on this list, I love reading what you have to say and viewing the beautiful pictures that you post. So congratulations ladies and please everyone, go check out their blogs, they are amazing.

1. A Country Farmhouse

2. For the Love of a House

3.Casa Dulce Hogar

4.Comfort and Luxury

5.Jans gems

6.The cottage loft

7.Room service decorating 101


more white

I adore these images...

my idea of fall decorating


Where you blog

Last week I posted a picture of where I blog from in my home. I was curious as to where other people blogged from also. Well a few people sent me pictures and here are the results...

Vicki , a self described decorating and gardening fool (I love that), at room service ~ decorating 101 blogs from her youngest daughters room. Complete with a home gym. She says this space is a work-in-progress. Vicki has a beautiful blog that is so full of information and advice I make sure to read it daily. Be sure to check out her new concrete countertops that her son-in-law installed in her kitchen, they are beautiful. Thanks for sharing Vicki.

Another one of my newest and favorite blogs to read is mockingbird hill cottage. Claudia has a beautiful cottage that she graciously shares with her readers. Claudia's chair looks so cozy and comfy and her vintage wicker footstool is beautiful. Look at her adorable doggie. Please check out her blog and say hello, she is so sweet.

My next blogger photo comes courtesy of Sling's domain. Sling told me he found my blog by hitting the "next blog" button at the top of the blogger page. Until he told me that I never even knew what that button was! He says he does that about once a month and when he finds something interesting he'll make a comment. What a great idea. Anyways, he has a great blog full of great photos and his hilarious take on life. I thought it was funny that he says he positions his tv and computer for maximum audio/visual laziness. Also, that's my homepage on his computer! How sweet is that.

Thank you all for taking the time to send me a picture and leave a comment. I feel like I know you all a little better now.


normandie court

There is a charming little street in Redlands, actually there are many, many charming streets here. But this one in particular has 18 petite cottages that were built in 1926. While they are all French "Chateaux" in style each one has it's own personality. They rarely come up for sale and when they do they get snatched up quickly. They are soooo cute. Here are a few of my favorites...


haunting images

As most of you know, Los Angeles has been on fire. Today the fire is 91% contained. My son, Chip sent me these images this morning. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered losses and to the firefighters who risked their lives for us. I can't help but feel so grateful for all I have here in the safety of my home. Click on pictures for details. The images speak for themselves...


the last tomato

Today I ate the last tomato from my summer garden. Oh how I have loved this sandwich. Fresh tomato, avocado, shredded carrot, sunflower seeds and vegannaise. What was your favorite summer sandwich recipe?


I need a bookcase. I've heard that stacking heavy books is bad for the binding. Does anyone know if this is true or not? I like the way books look all stacked up but not if it is destroying them.

dog days of summer

Yes, that's what I've decided I'm suffering from. If you live in Southern California you know what I'm talking about. This heat better let up soon because I'm getting NOTHING done.
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