Foto Friday

Local Produce

Local Produce



One of the activities I do that I would consider an interest or hobby is to take photographs- primarily of flowers or my small ones. I love, love, love looking at them and you will find a number of them printed and framed all over The House of Two Gables if you come and visit us! This one is from August 2005. Since moving to our little nest south of the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains; we have tried to become good Southern Gardeners. Our yard has rebelled with force. The general rule of green thumb here is- if it was planted by Ms. Lillian before we lived here- it stays and blooms with abandon, if we tried to plant and cultivate it after we moved here; it will return to the Earth.  Sigh….many, many lovely plants from  local nurseries as well as the Jockey Lot have met their Maker under our care. But the lovely pomegranate tree that Ms. Lillian planted many moons ago still produces it’s super fruit. Now if we could just figure out how to get them down.

The Quail- Pure Joy





I feel such a sense of peace, calm, joy & completeness since The Quail has come into our lives.  I can’t imagine if I hadn’t gotten to have Zuzu & her in my life what could possibly bring me that feeling. It’s like my life has always been working it’s way up to this place in time and I was just impatient to get there. When I think back on my childhood, my education, my work history, my life with Lovey pre-children- I now can see my life as a whole- as a path or journey that I have been on since it began. I’m meant to be where I am, I’m meant to have the life I do. I am so very blessed. I can feel that there are more positive changes to come in our future and I’m finally able to relax and wait for them rather then feeling like something was missing and wondering what it was. 


When Lovey and I were first dating, well over a decade ago,  we used to take a lot of long car trips. And just about every trip I would try to engage Lovey into the same conversation- “What if we have a child who has a disability?” Well Lovey has never been one for hypothetical’s. He always responded that we would deal with it then. It is a strange conversation to start up repeatedly with someone you are only dating- I see that now. But it seemed to be subconsciously important- since I would return to it again and again. Here we are 13 years later- happily entwined in our remarkable lives- and ever so thankful for them and the people in them. Love, joy, contentment and presence- what more can we ask for out of our lives.


Ps- and in case that sounds too lofty, pretentious, sappy or the like- yes- we still get mad when the milk spills all over the floor, the baby throws up and poops on my just washed pants, I’m running late yet again, I’ve lost my car keys for the 13th time today, there is no milk in the house, the mouse evaded the trap but managed to eat the cheese, the laundry hasn’t folded itself, I have a blinding migraine and my toddler reminds me for the 4th time today- “Mommy you have to be nice to people who are trying to take their shoes off.”. We are after all only human.

Anniversary Song

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Have you ever seen a sight as beautiful
as that of the rain-soaked purple
of the white birch in spring?

Have you ever felt more fresh or wonderful
than on a warm fall night
under a Mackerel sky,
the smell of grapes on the wind?

Well I have known all these things
and the joys that they can bring
And I’ll share them all for a cup of coffee
and to wear your ring

Have you ever had the pleasure of watching
a quiet winter’s snow slowly gathering
like simple moments adding up?

Have you ever satisfied a gut feeling
to follow a dry dirt road that’s beckoning you
to the heart of a shimmering summer’s day?

Well I have known all these things
and the joys that they can bring
And I’ll share them all for a cup of coffee
and to wear your ring

And I don’t know how I survived those days
before I held your hand
Well I never thought that I would be the one
to admit that the moon and the sun
shine so much more brighter when
seen through two pairs of eyes than
when seen through just one

Have you ever seen a sight as beautiful
as a face in a crowd of people
that lights up just for you?

Have you ever felt more fresh or wonderful
as when you wake
by the side of that boy or girl
who has pledged their love to you?

Well I have known all these things
and the joys that they can bring
And now every morning there’s a cup of coffee
and I wear your ring

-The Cowboy Junkies


Thank you for 9 delicious years of love, laughter and adventure-

Forever yours- Cole

Zuzu- A girl and her tutu


Zuzu has been an aspiring ballerina for many months of her small life now. She is very near the glorious age that allows her to participate in the real deal- Dance Class- she is as excited as I have seen her to date. Every morning she wakes and says, “Momma- Miss Fain called and we have to go to Dance Class now!”  Soon, dear heart, soon…

Momma Monday


I’m giving myself a set routine- I seem to work best in that format. Please excuse all the newbie bad habits I may have as I learn how manage my bloglife. Mondays will be dedicated to me- the Momma- maybe rants, thoughts, pictures- whatever comes to mind. Tuesdays will be Zuzu’s day. Wednesday I will either try to do Cornerview when that starts back up or Wordless Wednesday- I like to take lots of pictures of flowers and a few other things so this will be my home for them. Thursdays will be dedicated to The Quail; Fridays are Favor-lit Fridays a home for my favorite poems, essays, writings, words, etc…  Saturdays are Letters to my Loves- this thought is inspired by Mallika Chopra’s book “100 Promises to my Baby”.  I’m hoping this format will help me to be thoughtful in my review of it rather then just tearing up as I try to read it. And Sundays will be my Gratitude Journal day.

If you are new here, like we are-  hop over to my “Meet the Family” page (link hidden amongst the tulips up top) and check out who we are and how we got here to date.

Carpe’ Diem

Well I’m going to get started even if it hasn’t been perfected yet. If I wait till I have all my links up and all of my history and profile complete I may waste months. So I’ll jump in for now and go back later. The Quail has a different EI- an ear infection, right on the heels of her EI visit. She spiked a fever yesterday but seems to be faring well today. Her sister, Zuzu was a generous soul in helping her get better- sharing her toys and trying to not terrorize her too very much. We are off to visit Nana & Bapa and a house full of loving relatives today. This will be the Quails first trip in the air- and with an EI to boot- here’s hoping we don’t get kicked off of the plane.