Nolichucky West

A Few Thanksgiving Thoughts

This book, a paperback book from 1935, A Book of Living Poems has been sitting on the shelf as long as I can remember. Inside the front cover is a handwritten inscription to my father, “ December 15, 1944, Merry Christmas Frank, from your friend Violet.” I do not know who Violet was, this was […]

What I Learned – October

I’ve decorated my house with leaves, pumpkins, gourds, and other reminders of autumn. But it has just begun to cool off outside. Today the high is predicted to be eighty-nine, and the low is fifty-two, which makes the morning delightful.   The plants, animals, and I are rejoicing in the cooler weather. A few weeks […]

My Home, My Hobby-Halloween

Someone came knocking at my wee, small door; Someone came knocking; I’m sure-sure-sure; I listened, I opened, I looked to left and right, But nought there was a stirring in the still dark night; Only the busy beetle tap-tapping in the wall, Only from the forest the screech-owl’s call, Only the cricket whistling while the […]

Snail Mail Project – Halloween

I have rows of old scrapbooks on my shelves, but have only been able to find one snapshot of a vintage Halloween. Maybe it’s because my father, the family photographer, was busy dressing up and enjoying every moment of trick-or treating along with us. But here we are a spaceman, pirate, and me, the bunny. […]

What I Learned – Summertime

July has exciting monsoon storms here, August becomes muggy, September wears me out as the heat continues. But I look to the north where wildfires rage, to the east where floods are receding leaving devastation, and to the south where the ground has shaken the lives of so many and have to berate myself for […]

Vintage Button Flowers

I have mentioned before that I was the lucky one to inherit Grandma’s button box. It’s very full now, some are sorted by color and in mason jars on the craft room shelf, and others are still in this big old wooden box. I can spend hours sorting through and picking buttons for special projects. […]

Snail Mail Project-Vintage Postcards

I’m going to take a break from the world and think about grandchildren, snail mail, and vintage postcards. I have mentioned many times the trunk of Mother’s that was filled with correspondence and how I have been sorting, organizing, and making some tough decisions about it’s contents. I have been setting aside the postcards she […]

My Home, My Hobby-Vintage School Photographs

Autumn is my favorite season, but it’s not here quite yet. Today the outside temperature is ninety-six. I spent part of the morning in the garden trimming back sunburned roses and tomato leaves hoping for some more growth before winter. There are lots of little critters outside, a very large spider catching flies, a giant […]

Repurposing Vintage Books-Paper Flowers

It is 105 degrees outside and sunny, but everywhere I look folks are getting ready for Autumn. I just can’t, not yet, not until the highs are around eighty something. But I do feel like a change, summer is waning so I’m packing up all of my seashell collections and making room for something new […]