inhale...exhale...relax your shoulders...repeat as often as needed

Thursday, June 21, 2012

our reunion

me, batman.
stewart and our daughter-in-law, dawn.
lindsey, gretta and hannah.
(photo by aunt lis)

how lucky, how lucky, how lucky we are...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

solstice beauty

we are gathered near the shore of lake michigan,
where the sun will set at 9:33 tonight.

lots of time to play outdoors.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


i will be away for a bit.
this little blog will take a rest.

as our four children grew up and out into the world,
they scattered to many corners of the country.

next week we will all be gathered together
for the first time in ages.
we will frolic in places that we remember fondly.


P.S. Happy birthday #28 Lindsey...we'll bake you a cake...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


ahhh...the spaciousness of a summer evening.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

exquisitely humble spud

Take a lovely French butter keeper,
(this one purchased during the Open Studio weekend, 
from Deborah at Flint Hill Pottery).

Fill it with the most special treat of local, organic butter.
Chop some homegrown chives.
Add some sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Heap on top of an organic baked potato, 
and you've got yourself a very fine bit of food.

Remembering where all these ingredients came from
while we held hands around the table made it all
taste even better.
Posted from our "bit of earth",
where I did not, in fact, 
miss the blooming of the lupine after all.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


happy 33rd anniversary, batman.
i love you.

Friday, June 8, 2012

basting gretta's first quilt

during her internship at Ink and Spindle?
We finally made time to baste it. 

She'll be hand quilting it this summer,
 in between singing, playing and farming with her young campers.
Maybe she'll even let me put a few stitches into it
when she visits us on weekends at 
"a bit of earth".

Thursday, June 7, 2012

simple bathroom window treatment

We painted the bathroom walls Benjamin Moore's lacey pearl (2108-70), which turned out to be more mauve-y in the artificial light than we expected. We also had to account for the peachy tile on the tub enclosure.
After I asked you all for window treatments ideas, Jane's butcher paper suggestion got me thinking about a flat treatment...kind of like a roller blind, but not.
So I used a tension rod, some white Kona cotton, an appliqued rectangle of a Kaffe Fassett pansy print, and stitched a very simple bit of privacy. 

I have three 5x7 frames, waiting for some sort of fabric accent, to add a bit more color to the room.

Sorry about the quality of these pics...the room is small and on the north side of the house...I had to resort to turning on the lights. 

Have you been working on any projects lately?  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

a reed family jigsaw puzzle of comings and goings

  • Friday and Saturday were filled with productive board meetings.
  • Breakfast with dear, long-time friends, then on to Meeting for Worship and a walk back campus (a chance to stretch my weary legs!) on Sunday morning.
  • On Sunday afternoon, I fetched Gretta (my navigator) at the Columbus airport as I headed East (she flew in from Knox College, via Peoria, IL). We met up with Hannah in Cambridge, OH for Mexican supper and hanging out at the hotel. Giggling and gossiping ensued.
  • First thing Monday morning we had a quick visit with my grand-kitty, Javier, and we loaded up the Batmobile with some of Hannah's stuff and we drove all the way back to CT. Hannah will head back East with the rest of her stuff in a few weeks.
Tomorrow there will be some long overdue basting here, and finally a bit of SEWING. It seems like a long time since I "sew and sowed" here...

Hope you are all well. I look forward to catching up with your blogs and comments soon. xo