Making a home in West Virginia

The Jefferson County Fair Next to people, the animals are my favorite. I enjoy getting up close and personal. But not personal, or I may feel the need to become a vegetarian. continue reading.

WV Sweet Corn - the 2nd Most Wonderful Time of the Year What do you think of when you hear the words, "the most wonderful time of the year"? If it's cold, I think Christmas. If it's hot, I think sweet corn! We have the best sweet corn in West Virginia. And although there are numerous sources, my favorite is Dunn's. We wait anxiously each July for the sign to go up that the corn is ready. continue reading.

Rainy Days & Mondays A good rain on a hot summer day is so refreshing! Cleans the car, waters the tomatoes, and rejuvenates the soul. And it smells so good! continue reading.

Summer Arrives in the Panhandle You don't need a calendar to know when summer arrives in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Just look at what's blooming! continue reading.

House & Garden Tour One of the best things about living in this area is there is such a great sense of community. There are so many clubs and orgnaizations that not only address varied interests, but bring people together in friendship and shared mission. This past weekend the lovely ladies of the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council sponsored their 60th Annual House & Garden Tour. I wasn't able to get to all the featured homes on the tour this year, but here's a glimpse of one I visited Saturday. Great job ladies! Thanks to the families who opened their homes to us!... continue reading.

Easter Decorating For me, Easter carries a faith-filled meaning far beyond colored eggs and bunnies. But I still enjoy the decor for its symbolism of the new birth of life and spring. Here's a peak into how I welcome the hope of the season. continue reading.

Ode to Miss P You may not know, but beagles are the cutest dogs in the world - it's what saves them when they get in trouble. Besides being cute they are super smart, inquisitive, and very good at overcoming obstacles that stand between them and food. In honor of the Best in Show from Wesminster this year - Miss P - I thought I'd share a few (of the thousand or so) pics I have of our little cutie, Sissy. continue reading.

Marking Change My favorite season is always the next one. I love having four distinct seasons here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia - just when I grow tired of one season,a new one arrives! Winter always seems to stick around just a little too long though. Before the changes outside become visible, I like to make some on the inside. We have two lovely prints of Annapolis Harbor; one with snow, one without. continue reading.

Before & After It took an entire week, but my fridge is returning to normal – where there’s actually room to put the milk away without having to re-orchestrate turkey carcasses and a myriad of leftover containers. I know it will fill up again soon with preparations for Christmas meals and parties, but I’m enjoying the wide open real estate for a few days. The same is true for the rest of my house. Normally, as I take down my fall décor post-Thanksgiving, and return it to storage in the basement, I use the return trip up... continue reading.

Fall Finale Winter technically doesn’t begin for another few weeks – I know this because it was almost 70 degree today?! Despite the formality of a solstice, fall officially ends for me when the leaves have mostly fallen from the trees. The bright colors have faded. Previously hidden vistas are now revealed. It’s cold, at least in the mornings. So while we’re all bracing for possibly the first snow of the season later this week (did the meteorologists  notice it was 70 degrees today?!), here’s a group of my photos that I'm labeling... continue reading.

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