1440 {95} :: Home

where thou art, that is home
~emily dickenson

i spent the better part of last summer in shorts and a tank and flip flops, helping masons lay tile on our back patio. it started as a simple project to refinish the space that had previously been occupied by a trampoline that my children {and husband} must have bounced a million times on. it finally broke irreparably, and left a muddy, dead space over-looking the lake… a perfect space for a firepit.

the firepit soon turned into a concrete slab which then turned into a tile patio that encompassed the existing patio, which couldn’t be complete without a stone firepit then turned fireplace that definitely needed a stone wall. for, you know, more sitting space.

it wasn’t completed until late last fall, so we had little time to enjoy lakeside fires.

and this spring, well, this spring has been a little crazy busy with all things both reasonable and not. and it’s been hot, too. so when it was pouring rain and wind was throwing branches and potted plants, and lexi said, too bad it’s raining… i feel like roasting marshmallows, her dad replied, what’s a little rain?

he started the fire, pulled up the patio umbrella and some chairs, and we huddled up and enjoyed roasting marshmallows in the rain.

we find the fire mesmerizing. 

and i become completely grateful for home, sitting there, outside in the rain. grateful for the whole idea of home. the comfort, the nurturing, the peace, the trust, the support, the safety. 

the love. 


whether it’s the structure or the space, to have a place that is homehow lucky are we?

and my home inside my home? my children’s hugs and my husbands arms, wrapped around me every night.


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Dina Lettre - June 13, 2014 - 1:44 pm

So, so lovely!

Sarah - June 13, 2014 - 2:49 pm

It looks like a wonderful space to be enjoyed greatly this summer and into the fall.

Rese - June 13, 2014 - 4:27 pm

what a beautiful post. Gorgeous new deck and oven! (love the proper fire your hubbie made!!)

Suzanne - June 13, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Funny, we just had a
contractor here this
morning to write up a
bid for replacing our
rotting deck…..I lamented
the fact that we have a
concrete slab off to the
side where previous owners
kept a dog pen, because
it is not feasible to connect
that area to the deck.
However, maybe it would
be perfect for a lovely
area like the one that you
built (!!!) here. And sitting
out there in the rain, roasting
marshmallows? PERFECTION!

Thanks for the beautiful
pics and the inspiration….

xo Suzanne

Erica Baker - June 13, 2014 - 7:05 pm

That Fireplace. Wow. What a great way to use that space. I bet you will sit out there for countless hours on the future. Way to make the best of a situation and roast marshmallows anyways! So fun.

Molly - June 13, 2014 - 10:10 pm

What a GREAT outdoor firepit… I would love one of those


Diane - June 14, 2014 - 6:39 am

The work you put into it will be well worth it this summer. I can picture you out there morning, noon, and night. Now I’m hungry for a toasted marshmallow!

Tamar - June 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

What a space! Gorgeous!

Lenore - June 16, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Gorgeous masonry work!…and I’d love to see the view you have from your new space. The little peek of the lake in one of the photos looked lovely! Best wishes for many wonderful hours spent with loved ones keeping warm by your fire.

Ross - June 19, 2014 - 4:18 pm

What a great space! Such fantastic work by the mason and yourselves. Looks like it’s getting a lot of great use even if it’s in the rain! Hope your doing well.

Jessica Washburn - June 25, 2014 - 6:11 am

That’s the type of thing we build…or used to. Kinda makes me sad, Kimball was so good at designing and building beautiful backyards. Your fireplace turned out fab. My favorite style actually. Beautiful post too. Big hugs for your whole family.

1440 {94} :: The Spider and His Web

even with all the craziness that is may, june surely ushers in sweet summer joy and peace


my camera used to ride shotgun with me

ever ready to capture nature in all her beauty

but busyness and chaos have their way of seeping in
stealing our ability to see beauty
even when it surrounds us

so on this particular morning,
my husband left early for work
and when i walked with him out into the day

i saw how lovely the morning light was 

and rather than thinking,
gotta go
lots to do

i grabbed my camera-baby

and slipped out into the warm morning sun

the spiders’ sails
draped in dew and billowing in the breeze

glistened and sparkled

tiny little beaded jewels

and occasionally i would find the spider, too
it’s perspective limited to it’s own universe right there between two blades of grass
it’s work for it’s own survival and no other
toiling away as if no other spider or woman with a camera even existed

i thought
such a lonely existance
and wondered if a spider ever falls into it’s own web

leaving a hole in the beautiful skeleton of it’s own work 

and i remembered why i love creeping out into these morning fields
my only company a hundred lonely spiders

it slows the craziness and disolves the chaos and gives my mind room to wonder

Jessica Washburn - June 6, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Wow. Incredible pictures my friend. XO

Donna Milburn - June 6, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful story. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend :o )

Lorena - June 6, 2014 - 4:57 pm

nature is an endless source of inspiration! :)

Dotti - June 6, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Gorgeous light in all of these!

BiTi - June 6, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Those are mesmerizing, no wonders little creatures get caught in them :) . Your photos are beautiful.

Bernadyn @ B is For... - June 6, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Lovely photos and how beautiful that web looks in the sun light!

Dina Lettre - June 6, 2014 - 8:49 pm

These are gorgeous, Patty!

Lenore - June 6, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Awesome photos! Makes me want to get up early and go shooting and leave my to-do lists undone too. Very nice!

Sharon - June 7, 2014 - 2:04 am

Stunning. My favorite is the second, of the green and the path and the light streaming in from one side. Oh, my.

Rob - June 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Oh my goodness…what incredible spiderweb pictures…loved, loved, loved them all. It is one of the photos I would like to capture one day. I just do not seem to have spiders that will cooperate. Thank you for sharing.

Becky - June 8, 2014 - 8:03 pm

So beautiful Patty

1440 {93} :: Empty Nest

we are empty nesters this week.

and truthfully, we were sort-of looking forward to it… 

less cooking, less laundry, fewer messes, less running, more time…

but really all i’m noticing is the quiet.


{wishing you a loud, busy, activity-filled weekend!}


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Kathy - May 30, 2014 - 11:27 am

Ahhhh…I love those moments of quiet! But only because I know the noise will soon return :) Enjoy!

Karen - May 30, 2014 - 11:53 am

That was the hardest for me and still is. That quiet. But soon it will be filled again with the sound of a grandson!! So I know how you feel. It is interesting how we reconnect with our husbands too.

Southern Gal - May 30, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Ah, yes, the silence is the hard part. Hope you enjoy your time.

Tamar - May 30, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Enjoy the quiet! Gorgeous shots, too!!

Rese - May 30, 2014 - 1:59 pm

such pretty images – I think I would enjoy an empty nest for a week!! The loads of laundry we do a week??

Sarah - May 30, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Our little bird just left today for the summer for an internship. She has only been home a month from college. I love having her home, but I am so ready for some quiet, creative time.

Molly - May 30, 2014 - 4:38 pm

We have had a lovely kids free week. I have to say I have enjoyed the quiet.


Denise Powers Fabian - May 30, 2014 - 10:23 pm

What lovely pinks!

Sharon - May 31, 2014 - 2:49 am

Lovely pinks! I dreaded the empty nest stage for years. Then when it came, I was fine with it. I LOVE when my kids and grandkids visit, but I’m content with lots of quiet time with just me and my hubby. I hope you find contentment in this season of your life :)

Kristy Lifenreflection - May 31, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Awe, I know that feeling of having guest stay for a days and then when they are gone it is so quiet.

1440 {92} :: Class of 2014

i hope that you will have a wonderful {life},

 that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously,
and that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, 

that you will be loved and that you will be liked,
and that you will have people to love and to like in return. 

and, most importantly
{because i think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now},
that you will, when you need to be,
be wise,
and that you will always be kind.

~neil gaiman

 To my beautiful son, and to the Class of 2014,


We are so proud of you.


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Southern Gal - May 23, 2014 - 11:00 am

Congratulations to your son! And to you, too!

Dina Lettre - May 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

Wishing him all the best!

Kathy - May 23, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Beautiful series of photos. Love the unfolding of life and beauty. The lighting in the last capture is exquisite. Congratulations to your son and his classmates!

Rese - May 23, 2014 - 2:24 pm

such beautiful images! Congrats to your little man

Ross - May 30, 2014 - 3:11 am

Amazing post all around! Really great photos and even better words! Hope your doing well.

By The Handful

it’s beautiful… and happy,
isn’t it?

i trek out to the middle, carefully, along the edge at first, because i don’t want to crush any… and then i venture out into the open. i step cautiously, intentionally. they are just weeds. beautiful, happy weeds. but i want them there for as long as the season will allow.

i snap away, and remember.

i remember them by the handfuls.

little boys and a little girl, with proud grins and chubby fists, presenting them as if they were roses… watching me, watching my expression, waiting for the surprise and pleasure, and then satisfied, skip away to another adventure. sometimes, they’d watch eagerly as i hunted down the perfect glass or vase or can… as i arranged them, as if they were roses, and proudly displayed them on the countertop, or the mantle or table or windowsill.

i’m waxing and waning between pride and terror as this season comes to it’s end far too soon for my calendar. it can’t be already, the days that i’ve wished away in fatigue and stress, chaos and schedules, that i would gladly trade future days to have back, to relish in. to unfurl fat fists of broken-stemmed flowers.

i turn my back to the sun and face the daisies head on. bright and beautiful, the very symbol of joy and childhood and simple things, their bright sunny faces encourage me. i know this is how it should be… that just the very fact that they are moving forward, eager and happy, means that it’s time… time for a new season of new adventures and new memories, new challenges and new opportunities. i’ve been blessed by these children more than i can fathom…

by the handsful.

so i slip my camera up over my shoulder and before i head home, bend forward, and pick a handful for my countertop,
and for my mama’s heart.


mother’s day, 2014


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Southern Gal - May 20, 2014 - 3:56 am

Time surely does fly by. Thank you for sharing those sweet memories. The seasons change, but our hearts don’t shrink. They seem to grow bigger to accommodate more love in the form of in-laws and grandchildren. (One of my favorite photos of my middle child is one I snapped when he came in the house with a handful of flowering weeks for me.)

Kathy - May 20, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Happy belated Mother’s Day. Looks like a beauty of a day!

Claudia @ Living on Borrowed Days - May 20, 2014 - 2:17 pm

What beautiful pictures! So serene and fantasy-ish; thanks for sharing! Hopping over from Sweet Shot Tuesday :)

Christian - May 20, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Great photos.

Englepappa - May 20, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Very beautiful flower captures! You’re lucky living nearby a flower field like that. I like the angles from which you show their beauty1

Gunsside - May 20, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Absolute beautiful
Very Nice shots

Jesh SrG - May 20, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Yes, it is hard to see children grow up, but there will be a new period when you can pick daisies with your grand children – an even sweeter experience, because grandparents take more time to enjoy:)

Lady Fi - May 21, 2014 - 3:42 am

What utterly magical shots.

Shirley LeMay - May 22, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Thank you for your words and beautiful images.
With every new season, life brings joy and challenge.

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