WeekendCoffeeShare: Christmas Is Over Bring On the New Year!

Come in, come in! We are having a heatwave, it’s up to 48 degrees today, so let’s celebrate with some fruitcake! Remember before Thanksgiving I made two fruitcakes, which were slathered in rum, wrapped up tight, and put in my bedroom closet to ferment? I had set a reminder on my phone because I was…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: Days 9, 10, 11

Well, I got a little behind this weekend!  I was shopping and watching football, basketball and Season 2 of The Crown, oh my! Got all my runs in too! But, let’s get on to the writing! Oh gee, I would be embarrassed to write a letter to Santa!  It would have to be a more…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 8

Gosh, I don’t think there is just one part to like, Christmas is the entire package! I like the busy-ness of the season, the preparing of the food, the decorating of the house, tree and outdoors, the buying of presents and wrapping. It is getting ready for the Christ Child to renew your heart…… prepare…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 7

I have always wanted to go to Quebec City, Canada at Christmas or for the Winter Carnival at the end of January. I love everything about the city! It is easy to get to from the US. The decorations at any time of year are fabulous. I can practice speaking French. We have been there…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 6

My Christmas decorating starts right after Thanksgiving! This year we even got the tree the day before Thanksgiving because my daughter was here with her big SUV, to lug the tree home, and she was here to decorate it as well! We collect Christmas ornaments from our travels during the year and put them in…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 5

Yes, my husband and I both send out our own Christmas cards. When we got married my husband was in the military and  had a Christmas list of hundreds! This list was built from a twenty-four year career, so I didn’t know many of these people. So we established lists of yours, mine and ours,…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 4

It begins to feel like Christmas to me as soon as I see a Christmas commercial on TV. That starts right after Halloween! However, as it gets into Thanksgiving and we watch Macy’s Christmas parade and there is football, football and more football and more commercials, it seems I steadily get more Christmasy! Then the…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: One, Two and Three

I just found this in my email and it looked very interesting, so I think I shall participate! Every day of December we will get a Christmas writing prompt so here goes! I will be doing three today to catch up! How did I spend last Christmas? It must have been a quiet day because…

Jo’s Monday Walk: A Visit to Sissinghurst

A summer in the UK would not be complete for me without a visit to Sissinghurst Garden, one of my favorites! This is the garden that Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold, made home. Vita was also a friend of Virginia Wolfe, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, which I have written about in previous…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Garden of Ellen Terry

This week for my bit for #MyGlorious Gardens we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenderden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road, near Tenterden in Kent. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we…

The Dirt on the Domestics: Life with the Bloomsburys

In 1904, the Stephen’s children, Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian, left their comfortable surroundings  in Kensington, after their parent’s death, to move to the bohemian neighborhood of Bloomsbury. Since they could no longer afford the grand house and the ten servants for four people, they chose to escape many of the rituals of the Victorian…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Charleston Farmhouse

Today we are visiting one of my favorite gardens! Won’t you join me? This challenge is brought to us by Old House In the Shires! Charleston Farmhouse, the home of Vanessa Stephen Bell, (Virginia Woolf’s sister) is about six miles from Monk’s House, (Virginia Woolf’s home) as the the crow flies. The farmhouse sits in…

Now There’s a Cornette!

I am a Registered Nurse by profession. After I graduated with a BSN from Indiana University’s, School of Nursing, the first hospital I worked at was St Vincents in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a 1000 bed teaching hospital. There were so many good things about working at this hospital that it is ranked as the…

Color Your World: Margaret Brown

Today’s color for the challenge is Brown. Margaret “Maggie” Tobin Brown was known as the socialite on Lifeboat #6 when the  RMS Titanic sunk in 1912. Hollywood called her “Molly” Brown, but that was a made-up name that went well with her other name, unsinkable. Maggie Brown was born in a two room cabin along…

Welcome and Happy Hogmanay!

Welcome to my new blog! As you can see I have changed things up a bit! Out with the old and in with the new! I will continue to write about my travels and other passions; reading, gardening and photography, so nothing is changed in that way. Please look around to see all the new…