Home Again, Home Again

But where is home?

When people ask where I am from, my answer is: Rhode Island. But I live 3/4 of the year in Virginia and have for more than 45 years.

It’s complicated. I have a love of all things New England, and I find the peace and solitude of my grandmother’s house to be just what I need. People have asked why we don’t move there full time. But our kids are all in the VA area (or close enough to visit), and we have friends and a history here, too.

So we “wobble” back and forth.

I do wonder how long we will be able to keep this up. Packing and unpacking, a horrible 9-hour drive, forgetting things and having to rely on friends in both places to keep us going, and simply the stress of living in two different places will eventually get to me.

Until then…..

Summer learning:

I am writing poetry inspired by my friend Donna’s photography. We have much in common, and we are finding those links in our work and conversations. What a joy it has been…

Learning to sleep again is a challenge. I seem to get a system that works for a while, but then I need to shake things up. For the time being, one of these and two of these help.

My favorite podcast lately is Pulling the Thread with Elise Loehnen. Her most recent with Estelle Frankel has me searching for Estelle’s book.

Now it’s nap time– the effects from the booster vaccination must be kicking in!

How Sweet It Is


Being away for a few days helped me refocus and rest. But, I have to say, I am so happy to be back in the shop. I’m working on a series of cards– one word each. So far I have Boom, Sweet, and Savage.

I even did an FR card for a friend (For Real?) Ha ha….

Now if I could just get the baby birds out of my chimney. They are worrying me AND they are soooo loud. How does this happen when you have a chimney closed off?

Why This Color?

We spent last week in the Caribbean, and once again, I was drawn into the turquoise, teal, and pale blue colors of the sea. Sitting in my chair, hours upon hours, was actually relaxing. Oh, we walked. And ate. And drank. But mostly we stared at the water.

I am not surprised how many of my cards and prints are done in shades of teal.