Monday, October 8, 2012

The Mushroom Is Getting BIGGER

The mushroom is now bigger than the ball. I took this iPhone yesterday on the last walk of the day with Webster. I have been soooooo busy with paperwork for a new real estate listing and taking photos for the MLS that I haven't even walked poor Webster at all today. It is almost 9pm and I'm going out with him now. My poor mother has been letting him out for me. I have an open house tomorrow so I'll be busy until afternoon and then things should go on auto-pilot. I always work very hard to get everything done before the listing goes live but couldn't get the interior photos until today because of work being done inside. I just uploaded them so I can relax and watch some TV after the walk.
See you tomorrow....maybe.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Goodnight Moon

I took this from my balcony several days ago when the moon was beautiful and the sky was dark. It looked much better in person. Goodnight everyone. Hope you have a nice weekend.

The hand-carved surround with acanthus leaves and beading is an absolutely beautiful architectural element for this door knob, isn't it? The patina on the door is pretty wonderful too. via

Saturday, October 6, 2012

White Clapboard Beauty

This white on white traditional home is absolutely beautiful, isn't it? via Have a great weekend!

Giant Mushroom at My Cottage

Even though it's a smaller than normal basketball, you've got to admit this is a big mushroom we have growing here at the cottage. Photographed yesterday while walking the dogs and playing kickball in the afternoon. 

Connecticut Center Chimney Colonial

Isn't this the most perfect center chimney colonial you've ever seen? The house, the setting, the plantings - just wonderful. via

Friday, October 5, 2012

Martha Stewart's Cooking School on PBS

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Martha will be teaching us to cook on Sundays on PBS. This is great for those who never had access to her daily show on the Hallmark Channel on cable TV. PBS to the rescue.

Click here if you are unable to view this preview of her upcoming show. She's teaching how to make hollandaise sauce in a segment about eggs.

Week By Week Episode Guide via Martha Moments.

Afternoon Walk w/ My Mom + Dogs

My mother holding Henry's leash while I took their picture.

Where did Webster go?

There he is hiding behind the chairs. Everybody went to bed for a nap when we got back except me. What a beautiful fall day it has been.

PBS Statement Regarding October 3, 2012 Presidential Debate

PBS Responds To Romney:
Cutting Federal Funding Would Have ‘Virtually No Impact’ On the Deficit -- The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent (0.0001%) of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt, yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.
Read full statement from PBS here.

This is a follow-up to my earlier blog post.

Meet Henry

This is our little house guest for a few days. He goes home late this afternoon. Henry is a picky eater but I finally figured out his problem. His food is tasteless! Sooooooo, I've been doctoring it up. This morning I poured hot soy milk left over from my latte over his cold wet food from the fridge and I mixed some of Webster's kibble along with the awful stuff he brought. Henry became a member of the 'Clean Plate Club' for the very first time ever this morning! See that wagging tail? I think he wants more.  

Thursday, October 4, 2012

iPad Apps: History Lessons on the iPad

What's wrong with this picture? It's pretty daunting to think about what our forefathers achieved with a quill pen and a bottle of ink, isn't it?
Edward BIDDLE (1738-1779) uncle of Richard Biddle, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1738; entered the provincial army as an ensign in 1754, promoted to lieutenant and captain, and served until 1763, when he resigned; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Reading, Pa.; member of the State assembly 1767-1775, serving as speaker in 1774; member of the provincial convention held at Philadelphia in 1775; again a member of the State assembly in 1778; Member of the Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775; died at Chatsworth, near Baltimore, Md., September 5, 1779; interment in St. Paul’s Churchyard, Baltimore, Md. via

The Muppets Fight Back

Mitt Romney's comments about cutting funding to PBS during Wednesday's presidential debate inspired a new political demonstration: The Million Muppet March. I couldn't believe my ears. I love PBS and don't know one single person who does not.

Click here if you can't see this video published by The New York Times.

See Statement from PBS following the debate here.

Don Draper Quote

Leaf Study

Pretty soon all of these leaves will be on the ground. We are going to have a little more summer today as the temperature is supposed to rise to 80 degrees and I think it will feel good. The predicted high on Sunday will be only 54 degrees. I think I'll clean out my fireplace and get ready for a good roaring fire when I watch PBS on Sunday night. See you later.
my iPhone photo

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dog Does Not Fetch the Ball

I love these telling notes with photos of the guilty dog from Dogshaming.

Upstairs Downstairs Season 2

Will you be watching Upstairs Downstairs, Season 2, Episode 1 this Sunday October 7th on PBS? There are so many good programs on Sunday nights now. I need another DVR! via

A Fine Kitchen

This kitchen has some great features that I love including the built-in open cupboard to the left of the range and the large picture window. I would love to see the rest of this fabulous country kitchen. via

Screen Door for the Dogs

Which came first, the screen door or the dogs? I prefer to think the door was designed and custom made just so the dogs could see out. It's a great one too! via

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

HaHa - Halloween Dog


Traveling in Style

Wow. This is a wonderful vintage photo, isn't it? Don't you absolutely love the style of the trailer with its wings? It's mid-century modern on wheels! The station wagon is pretty wonderful too. via

Owl, Out On A Limb

©patrick wittenby on flickr via This is a wonderful shot, isn't it?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Reading Chair

Don't you absolutely love this image!!!? What a great idea. The lady is Rowena Cade, a genuine english eccentric. Read a tiny bit more about her here, here, and much more here. I love her style!

Make-Do Repair

I guess this hand-made grain scoop started to develop a grain split. This lovely repair adds such character to the piece, doesn't it? Now it's a work of art and many people collect items that have been lovingly and artistically repaired. via

Autumn in Nixonton NC

This house is calling out to be rescued. Please, somebody find it, buy it and restore it because it has such good bones. via AUTUMN IN NIXONTON by IAN VON TALEE on Flickr.

A Colorful Leaf on My Stone Patio Floor

The colorful leaves are one of my very favorite things about autumn. I photographed this one last week when I went outside to feed Tabitha. I liked the way it was positioned against rhe rocks in the floor. Hello October! September went quickly, didn't it? Yikes.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Autumn Leaves at My Cottage

I took this photo with my iPhone while walking the Wonder Dog after dinner in the way back. The setting sun was shining brightly on this cluster of oak leaves. 

Scarf Weather is Almost Here

This photo makes me want to dig out my knitting needles and whip up a new scarf for the cooler weather. My favorite gray cashmere knit scarf has so many moth holes I don't think I could ever mend them. Nothing else in my closet or drawers has a single one so I guess my moths are particular. I still use it though for yard chores and with my pajamas when I'm watching TV in bed on chilly evenings. image 

Meet Pyewacket the Cat

The players: Chloe the miniature long-haired dachshund, Winston the Cairn Terrier, and Pyewacket the beautiful black and white cat.

She is a barn cat that occasionally goes in the house for a little R&R. Webster is sad that his job has ended. We're getting another gig for a few days next week. He doesn't know yet and he will be happy to learn it will be in-house.

The rest of my Living Room

Here is the rest of the room where my recent panoramic view left off. Have a nice Sunday.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Painted Screen As Wall Mural

I photographed this large folk art painted screen recently at an open house. It was the focal point of the entrance hall. The house was beautiful and the furnishings were lovely. It sold right away and the new owners have already moved in. 

Be Still

Isn't this the perfect image to illustrate this beautiful quote? Are you doing anything exciting this weekend? As soon as I have another cup of coffee and finish my 'ground hog day' chores I'm off to the annual fireman's auction and sale in town. We only have trash day once a year and the firemen pick up donated 'good stuff' to sell in tents, fields, and in the firehouse. It's always a fun day terminating with all the books being really cheap after 4pm. You get to fill a big grocery bag full for a dollar or two. This is a great opportunity to get all of your winter reading lined up. There is food on the grill too. I usually come and go several times throughout the day since certain areas are like an archaeological dig. Who knows what could be hiding at the bottom of the pile? See you later. Have a great weekend. image source

Friday, September 28, 2012

Goodnight World

This photo illustrates how I feel right now perfectly purrfectly. I can't wait to jump in bed and fire up the DVR for some quality TV watching. I'm sorry I've been neglecting my blog and the comments of late but there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything. This time of year is a busy one for most of us so I know you understand. Have a great weekend. See you tomorrow. Goodnight!

Carving Nautical Pumpkins w/ Templates

You will definitely want to jump over to Completely Coastal to view these wonderful pumpkins you can carve. There is a slideshow, a tutorial, and free templates to download. I think they are fabulous!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rufus Porter Mural

I loved seeing this mural in the style of Rufus Porter earlier this week. It looks so nice! My photo [click to enlarge].
Rufus Porter was a traveling folk artist and inventor who decorated walls with stenciled images and original paintings throughout New England during the first half of the 1800s. via

Auction of Brooke Astor's Possessions

Estimate: 3,500 - 5,000 USD
LOT SOLD. 74,500 USD
(Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
including Voltaire, Casanova, Sir Walter Scott, Joseph Conrad, Washington Irving, William Makepeace Thackeray, Edward Gibbon, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare, George Meredith, James Fenimore Cooper, Honore de Balzac, Ivan Turgenev, and a set of The British Poets, mostly bound in full or half morocco or calf. Approximately 711 volumes. 
I'm so happy her things brought so much more than the pre-auction estimates, aren't you? Click here to see some prices on other things. Animal things, including dogs here. via Sotheby's

More Ivy Under Control

Now this is impressive! One can only imagine the task of keeping this ivy so beautifully and artistically maintained. WOW.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wonderful Bookcase w/ Antiquarian Books

I love it all and the studded library ladder too. via

Love the Windows

I wish you could see this room in person. You would never want to leave. My photo.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cozy Room for Autumn

I adore this room with its deep stone walls and the stove inside the fireplace looks so inviting, doesn't it? That time of year has finally arrived at my house and I'm so glad. via

All White Kitchen

Tudor Revival house by architect Donald Lococo and designer Darryl Carter. Architectural Digest. via I love the dark floors and the beamed ceiling in this restoration, don't you?

Monday, September 24, 2012

What's Behind the Green Door?

The green door works with this house, doesn't it? I love the eyebrow windows. via

Hydrangea Leaves

I love photographing these leaves in bright sun. The veining is so beautiful. 

For The Birds

A lovely littly ivy covered cottage for the birds. Did you watch the Emmys last night? I stayed up until the very end. I was very happy for Homeland but a little disappointed that Mad Men was completely shut out. Did your favorite show get an award?
my photo

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Late September Sky

The late September sky was absolutely amazing today with lots of white puffy clouds. I love always having a camera with me (iPhone photo). I took this sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 in the afternoon.

I like the sun rays in the corner of this shot.

We Want Our Biscuits

Webster has been babysitting his friends this week. Before we leave everybody goes inside for biscuits.
We go to their house for feeding and walking. Webster is such a good dog buddy. He's always happy to get work and I'm glad for the photo opps. 

Amazing Home and Courtyard Garden

There are no words. I have been clipping my boxwood so I can really appreciate the work involved here. It's wonderful and so is the house. Have a wonderful Sunday. via