Nov 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Jimi.....

what would have been his 71st birthday....

RIP   we miss you...

Nov 22, 2013

50 Years Ago Today.....

The world was changed.....& not for the better...

Nov 20, 2013

A Bit of Cream....


The color is a universal look.....it is earthy...it brings in light  to enlarge spaces...but over time I have found the uniqueness of the color comes with how much  range, texture & aging is  used to enhance it.... to add character...
All part of the Bohemian look....










Nov 14, 2013

The Bohemian Kitchen...

The heart of the Bohemian home....unique quirky vintage antique, artsy  
warm, cozy & functional... 









Nov 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013


Today is Veteran's Day.... 
A special day when we say thanks...but is it enough...
I know what I will say today will not be popular... not the proper public show...but that is ok  it needs to be said...

I cannot thank our Vets & soldiers enough for all they do...I have three of them that I love with all my heart .. . My Dad, Hubby & my Son..... I have family ancestors that have fought in every war  up to Korea.... I have over 200 days left to worry until my son is out of the Army.....his chance of deployment now at 80%.....I pray he will never be sent over seas...
But because I feel so strongly about plight of our Veterans, I feel  the need & have the right to say this as a wife & mother..... So here goes...
I wanted to interview the Hubby for this today but he didn't want me to tell people how he really felt, he thought he would be criticized for it......& from some he probably would.... Because it is not only the effects of war that effect a Vet but things people have said & done here stateside as well...

So here is my question.... Why do we have parades, put up plaques, fly flags then the rest of the year ignore the problems that plague our Vets on a daily basis???? Has the quality of a Veterans life improved since last year at this time???
Honoring our Vets is all well & good but for some I think it is a feel good thing for themselves to do the public performance of caring...but the proof is in the pudding... What are you doing AFTER...out of the sight of the masses...
Do you contribute to organizations that help Vets with PTSD, homelessness & suicide...Do you vote for elected officials that vote against the much needed welfare for our Veterans...such as the possibility of  cutting SNAP which will effect 900,00 Vets & their families Do you speak out against going into needless wars which causes physical & psychological damage to our soldiers as they deal with stresses & pain every single day caused by wartime... Do they vote against funding services that help Veterans??? or voting against bills to rebuild the infrastructure  of our country...(a security issue as well.) that would create thousands of jobs for Vets..or voting against raising the minimum wage???? This all effects Veterans....  If you are going to be PRO defense -Pro war...you better be ready to step up to the plate & do the right thing to those who served this country...
To see how your Representative is voting go here

34.000 Vets are waiting over a year to hear about Disability benefits  at least 50,000 are waiting over two years... This is disgraceful....I have no doubt whatsoever that many more Vets need to be on disability...but when your dealing with PTSD,  many in our society think that if you can't see anything wrong they do not need to have a "free handout" or "entitlement".......  Know any people that think that way???  I do... many of our Veterans suffer in silence so that they won't be condemn even though the have earned every penny of it......Veterans will tell other Vets to never tell anyone you get a disability.... Do you think that is right ??? Do you think that is honoring a Veteran??

1 in 4 vets are homeless...they live in poverty, unemployment is at 10% for the 20's age bracket...
if they are homeless it makes it hard to gain employment or disability because you need an address so they continue to spiral down...Places like WalMart offer employment to Vets......but at the wage they pay, workers still have to go on welfare...The homeless you see panhandling...it could be a Vet.... give them a couple of dollars... it may be the only bright spot of the day...some will say "I am not going to give them money to drink away"...well... how do you know what they will do with it....it may be for a meal... the only meal they get that day.... it is not going to hurt anything except give some comfort to some one who needs it & if anything  its good for your soul....

Suicides are still very  high...higher than most think because they do not know about all of them...some are considered "accidents" so are never recorded....&  even tho resources have gotten so much better  the numbers are just too high... Our Vets are dealing with demons we as civilians will never fully understand...HBO will be airing a documentary tonight on this issue for Vets...
Crisis Hotline Veterans Press 1
if you can't watch it tonight... please do so through other means....

So what can you really do to honor our the men & woman who currently serve as well as our Vets?
Many things & it doesn't have to be big things... It's the small things can make a HUGE impact...

Write to your elected officials... better yet email your elected official when bills that benefit Vets come up...encourage then to vote in favor of helping Vets... 

In my opinion, the best way  to honor & respect our Vets is to speak out against any more war...
Become ANTI-War....It's preventive medicine &  very cost effective especially in the  quality of human lives... Because the real cost of war is way too high.... 
The President has promised to help our Heroes , Our Vets ..
 especially the 9/11 Vets, who have served multiple deployments, who desperately need our help right now...
Home, jobs, health care, quality of life for Vets will in turn help the country...
I  for one am going to hold him to it....
Thank you for hearing me out today...


Nov 9, 2013

12 Years Ago...

I married the love of my life..... I have been SO blessed to have this man in my life as well as my children's & now our granddaughter......we are definitely two of a kind.. He understands me in ways no one else can....He is an amazing man.....a Wounded Warrior....has a generous giving heart...a jack of all trades.....a Storyteller...a Beatles fan..... my Hubby.... & I love him so much.......

So we had decided to do something big when the Hobbit comes out on December 13th...dinner & a movie  but we thought today would be fun to do something that was sentimental for us.....  But  first we went  to the local Farmer's Market...



 The old mill on the Saco River in Biddeford Maine is now being used for Farmer's Markets, shops, the University  of Maine , businesses...It really is good to see it used productively...  .. the atmosphere is great...all that gorgeous  brick...the market was great...so many crafts & fresh foods...homemade goods..  A couple of places really caught my eye...

Kitty Witch Perfumery... she has the most amazing natural scents...She also makes up perfumes according to the astrological signs.... so you know I had to test out the one for Scorpio....As I sit here I have my wrist to my nose...it is heavenly!!!  & this is 5 hours later...it is light & not over powering...it makes me feel really good... such is essential oils when the right combination is found & this lady has definitely found it...I am headed back next Saturday to get some...I wish I could have gotten some this week but I was on a mission so I will make a return trip......she has a web site & is on Facebook ..so check her out there...
I also picked up some honey from this couple who own Naturally Jammin who can also be found on Facebook...They make all kind of  jams & butters made with natural honey as well as selling the honey too  ...I got some of  the honey to make my Honey/Onion tonic...But I got home & had some on a homemade biscuit...Yeah....I am keeping it for that...it is SO delicious!! ... Be sure & check out their Facebook page.... it is sweet... 
( I couldn't resist..)
It was so much fun walking around there..& it was nice to hear the strains of some folk music too...
If your thinking of gifts this year...Go to your local markets...buy from the local artisans....they make much nicer gifts to give out this Christmas.....
Support the local small businesses....it is good for our state economy....
OK  now for the sentimental part of our trip today...
We went to our sea wall...It is a sacred place.. but we are seeing changes that are not good & which made us sad to see... ..this is where we had our first date many many years ago....it is also where the Hubby proposed to me....but it was much warmer when that happened too....it was FREEZING  there today...& that wind. WOW!!!! try using a jeep as a tripod for your camera when the wind is whipping it around...not easy.....LOL...  but it was still fun to go to our special place today......nothing better than  breathing in that salty sea air & looking at the beautiful water...very calming....even with that ocean wind...


So thank you to my Hubby for these first 12 years... (14 actually)...we have had our highs....wonderful times....& our lows....mostly from external things...but it has just made us stronger, our love deeper & our contentment greater...

... I am looking forward to many more years with this wonderful guy...
XXOO

Nov 7, 2013

The Conservatory....

I love rooms that  bring Nature into your living space.... 
this would be great for the winter...


someday maybe a smaller version of these... :)

Nov 6, 2013

Nesting...

 It is that time of the year......
seeking warmth & comfort ...Hibernating... 








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Time to rest & restore....
But not everyone can do this...
As the Holidays get closer, the focus on materialism gets more intense.....
 Please remember those that are not as fortunate...

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