taking a risk…..

notforgotten farm “home” click here for her blog


i miss hooking.  really, really miss it.  so, today i stepped way outside my comfort zone and spent money i don’t have to invest in a future i really want to pursue.

bee line townsend 14″ rug hooking frame

i purchased this rug hooking frame….

bee line townsend #10 long cutter kit

… and this cutter from The Merry Hooker ~ click here for her shop.


this is an investment, a big one, and i’m somewhat terrified.  why?  well, for three reasons:

ellis, otis and lilly on the track of “something” (i don’t even want to know what).


my 3 best friends are also my worst enemies when it comes to hooking.  they want to lounge, languish and lie on my rugs… not just the finished ones, which they love to pull apart, but more importantly the ones that i’m working on… while i’m working on them.  i’m hoping, hoping, hoping, that now that they’re a little older they’ll allow me to hook without playing with my wool strips, napping on my lap, biting my hook, and generally making themselves PRESENT….


wish me luck!



words and joy…

i love words.  don’t you?  stringing them together to form Lilliputian constellations of meaning is, for me, like balancing on the head of a tiny pin; seemingly impossible, but oh! what happiness when one gets it right!

would you be willing to share some of your favorite quotes or sayings?  you would? hooray!  just leave one or more quotes in a comment and we’ll all enjoy the wealth of words!  in the meantime, here are a few of my own little favorites, and some photos that may or may not “go” with their respective quotes.  these remind me to celebrate the joy of life and language…

mom’s new kitten “kitty” aka “skippy” aka “tinkerbell” sits next to a photo of my step-father, the frame of which is about 2″ tall.

“Be obscure clearly.” ~E.B. White                                                                                               (i think i’ve got the “obscure” part down… now to work on the “clearly”.)

apothecary jars of lavender and chamomile for stuffing little pillows ~ heaven!

apothecary jars of lavender and chamomile for stuffing little pillows ~ heaven!

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” ~Jane Austen           (how true!  how many of us undermine our own happiness because we believe we are unworthy?)

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” ~Louisa May Alcott


otis in my cupboard of recycled packaging

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


lilly and ellis

“real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination.” ~E.B. White    (i’m so glad e.b. said this; it validates my own opinion of life!)


welcome home

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” ~Leo Tolstoy                                             (i couldn’t agree more ~ hurray for leo!)

wishing you your own slice of  joy today and everyday!