Monthly Archives: January 2012

to see

crisp cold air and chilly cheeks the smell of earth and gritty elbows and knees with focus narrowed i see the beauty in this old thing veins and wrinkles and age spots and frosted edges rich with color and texture and boldness and life what beautiful things will you see today? * Monday Moments Kodachrome […]

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Susan - January 31, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Wow…how neat!! Enjoyed those.

Hope you have a great day!

Clarissa - January 31, 2012 - 1:14 pm


tinajo - January 31, 2012 - 2:39 pm

I love the freshness in these pics. :-)

Susan - January 31, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Beautiful! There’s something about the second shot that just called to me. Nicely done!

jackie - January 31, 2012 - 5:48 pm

such great pics!

Mrs. Zoom - January 31, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Beautiful! What lens are you using? These are gorgeous!

Lisa - January 31, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Oh. My. Gosh. Very pretty pictures. That second shot is like something you would see in print. Very very pretty.

Laura - February 1, 2012 - 5:24 am

I love how the frost makes everything glitter and sparkle–lovely photos!

Suzanne - February 3, 2012 - 1:33 am

It’s all there, isn’t it,
when we take the time
to truly see it?

I am starting a photography
class called Picture Winter,
and your images have me
VERY inspired ~ thank you!

Also, thank you for linking
up to my Monday Moments
series. Loved having you
at the virtual water cooler : )

xx Suzanne

Pieces of Sunshine - February 5, 2012 - 9:30 am

I love the last two. The closer we look the more beauty there is in life.

True Confessions:: A Mouse in The Sink

Yes. I know. I have a 4″ thick python in my house. That eats rats. That I have to buy. And there’s a funny looking little gecko that lives here, too. And he has sticky pads on his paws. And eats crickets. Live. But this baby? When I saw him scamper around the corner and […]

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rachel - January 27, 2012 - 5:23 am

OMG, we had a rodent problem this week too…yours looks slightly cuter but still. YUCK! thank you for showing off your shot!

Jeanie - January 27, 2012 - 12:11 pm

HAHAHA that was so totally funny!!! I could just picture all of this happening! Like Ron said, you do hav a way with words and pictures too! But sadly, Mr.Mouse has an entire family out there. He was sent by the family to “scout” out the new digs! lol

Becky - January 27, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Not a mouse lover, but that one is pretty darn cute. How often do you get a chance to take a close up pic like that?

SarahinSC - January 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Great story and such a happy ending…until his brothers and sisters come in!

Sandra - January 27, 2012 - 2:26 pm

That is so funny! My girls would have wanted to keep it also. Cutest mouse I have ever seen.

emily - January 27, 2012 - 4:43 pm

ISH! Let’s hope there are no brothers or sisters!!

Leovi - January 27, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Beautiful photos, delicious and tender mouse. Greetings.

Molly - January 27, 2012 - 8:36 pm

What a lovely story and what a really cute little chap…. I wonder if he will find his way back or if he has got the message about the need to relocate.


Susan - January 27, 2012 - 11:08 pm

He’s so cute!!! Glad he was relocated to “greener pastures”, hope he likes his new home.

Gretchen - January 28, 2012 - 2:04 pm

She’s right though. He is really cute;)

Cate - January 29, 2012 - 3:11 am

We have two cats, and we still get mice – well, we get the half eaten remains of mice left as gifts for us!

Kaye - January 30, 2012 - 4:46 am

Your blog is beautiful! Love the design and your photography is enviable! I am learning!

Kelly Sauer - January 30, 2012 - 3:22 pm

DYING. I absolutely love this whole post, and I’m totally with Lexi. Just so you know. But I hope he’s happy anyway. 😉


bones aching, spirit weary i drop exhausted into this space, a cotton and silk caccoon of comfort and warmth and softness, where dreams dance and my body is restored, my spirit, refreshed. This and That Imperfect Prose

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Becky - January 26, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Hope you’re not sick. Makes me want to tuck in. Cozy shots.

Susan - January 26, 2012 - 6:56 pm

What a beautiful place to re-boot! Love the lighting and the textures!

Life with Kaishon - January 27, 2012 - 1:39 am

You have a very beautiful bed : ) Love the sheets. So pretty!

Lynn R - January 27, 2012 - 2:49 am

Ahhhhhh. Lovely! Beautiful bed. Makes me want to go crawl in my cocoon of comfort and peace!

deb duty - January 27, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Such lovely and comfy images with beautiful light!

Gretchen - January 28, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Looks heavenly!

Going Home

My son asked me today, Do you think of this {our house} as ‘home’, or grandma’s house? Truth is, home is wherever they are. But going home, to the place where I was raised, is always so comforting. Layers and layers and layers of history, memories on every wall and dresser top and hanging from […]

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kim - January 24, 2012 - 11:43 am

So timely. I called my mom yesterday to ask what she and my dad have been doing and she told me a story of the “log rollers” my dad has collected this week. It’s a long story, so I’ll add it to my blog topics for “someday.” Maybe this week, who knows? Great photos. Inspired again.

ginger - January 24, 2012 - 12:07 pm

love the moments you captured! makes me want a fire place =0)

Mrs. Zoom - January 24, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Great shots! So inspiring-loving all that wood. I am going to get myself outside today and shoot some nature! Thank you for sharing.

tinajo - January 24, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Great post and lovely photos! :-)

Sandra - January 24, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Now I am homesick for that NY mountain air and a warm cozy fire!! That was beautiful Patty..

deb - January 24, 2012 - 3:25 pm

okay. favourite post of yours ever.
Absolutely wonderfully everything.

Molly - January 24, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Beautiful photography and I can completely see why that would be the perfect Christmas afternoon. I wish I could say the same about mine, which was rather tense but you made me realise I can make sure my children always have what your parents gave you.


Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - January 24, 2012 - 9:20 pm

beautiful true definition of home. loved your words. pics were gorgeous as always:)

Suzanne - January 25, 2012 - 12:02 am

That is so beautiful
AND so very true.

I moved all over as
a kid and my parents
continued to do so
until my dad retired.
They moved back to
the Pac NW where
we had lived for a time
when I was growing up.
So, even though I never
lived in that particular
town or house, it does
feel like coming home.
We always said, home
was where we were all
together. I feel that way
about my own little
family, now.

Happy Tuesday. Thank
you for linking these
precious moments at P&H.

xx Suzanne

The Hill Hangout - January 25, 2012 - 12:57 am

Yes, this! This is exactly what I am striving to create for my girls (and their parents). Maybe not the log splitting, so much, but the HOME. Those layers upon layers of wonderful memories that include hours spent reading aloud, cooking alongside me in my kitchen, best friends and sisters playing make believe for hours. This is what I want them to have. You spoke it so eloquently, and the photos of the wood are perfect in every way. (Visiting from Sweet Shot Tuesday)

joann - January 25, 2012 - 1:35 am

those photos of the wood are just amazing, and the story of building your parent’s home? What a fun memory to have.

Felicity - January 25, 2012 - 2:55 am

This is one of the genuinely most beautiful and heart-warming posts I’ve read – ever!
Thank you for sharing the gift of your wisdom through your writing and photos and for creating a space that is so uplifting to visit. I’m going to spend some time exploring now and consider this an investment in my spirit.

Happy day!
Felicity x

Cheryl - January 25, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Gorgeous photos to go along with a wonderful story….
Found you on the Happiness Project.

Ruth - January 25, 2012 - 7:16 pm

Beautiful and stirring post. An amazing remembrance of growing up and how your home helps to mold you into the person you become.
We split and stack wood here every year for our wood stove. I will have a new way of looking at each piece of wood after this post.
I have missed you and your blog. Things have been so busy with the new school year, a sick dog and a new puppy. Time goes by too fast. So glad I stopped by. This is a post to reread many times.

Susan - January 25, 2012 - 10:38 pm

What a lovely post. I (vaguely) remember helping my parents build our home when I was little. And when we are home for the holidays cutting wood is often on the agenda. :-)

cathy - January 26, 2012 - 12:27 pm

patty, the color in those wood photos are incredible. love your words, too :)

Friday Morning Coffee:: For the Love of Blogging

So, how are you? Busy holiday season, I know. Seems I can’t catch up with my feet. Still have some trees to undecorate {travelling hindered that}, some thank-you’s to write-for sure, some household business to take care of… And then there are all the new projects for the new year. *sigh* I’ve had another project […]

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Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less - January 20, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Aw Patty, that is one of my favorite pictures too! Jess didn’t tell me she cancelled! :-( Boo! In any case, I am SUPER excited to see you too! If you are still looking for a roommate, let me know–you could stay with me if you don’t mind sharing with 3 people. :-) xoxo P.S. Only a month to go!

Southern Gal - January 20, 2012 - 12:55 pm

I think you’re pretty joyful, too!

Oh, how I’d love to go to Blissdom and meet you and all those other awesome bloggers out there. It happens on a birthday week around here, so not this year. I know you’ll have a great roommate.

Nancy - January 20, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Patty —

first, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog — I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Secondly, love your blog! Good luck with your linky party. If you decide to make it a permanent fixture on your blog, let me know. I’m always interested in new linkups!

Have a wonderful weekend — :)

Cate - January 21, 2012 - 8:34 am

Thank you for mentioning my link up girlfriend. And I would LOVE to be your roomy at Blissdom – if only airfares from NZ didn’t require me to go and rob a bank…. :-(

*Sigh* – another year of enjoying the conference vicariously through your posts and gorgeous pics :-)


t - January 22, 2012 - 3:36 am

Enjoyed my visit look forward to visiting again soon! Thanks for visiting June Makes Six.


brian miller - January 23, 2012 - 6:42 pm

nice pic of you..and thanks for popping in today…i wish we had guy blog conferences…or ones that appealed to guys…would be great to meet more of my blogfriends…

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