Month: June 2015

Light Switch

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Home Elements/Decorating

It had been too long since I had tackled a home decorating project. So when I learned my friend, Steve, would be coming to visit us at The Maples, I knew it was the perfect time to line something up. Steve has provided the expertise and the labor for most of my projects. To name a few, he installed my bamboo floors, put up continuous curtain rods and drapery panels in my sun room, changed […]

Father’s Day 2015

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Holidays / Mostly Musings

Happy Father’s Day! I hope you are celebrating with your dad today. But if you can’t, I hope you are enjoying a flood of happy memories of him, as I am. Here are two old photos of Dad, whom we lost in 1996. Both were taken on the farm where I grew up near Davenport, Iowa. Dad was proud of my brother and me, and also proud of his great corn crop that year. Yes, […]

Nighttime at the Maples

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Mostly Musings / Nature

Sunset is one of our loveliest times at Maples at the Sonatas. There is so much to savor in this time of transition. And then comes nighttime, which is downright magical. Darkness settles gently, gradually over the neighborhood, bringing with it an altered perspective. Our homes, our lawns, our streets — everything so familiar that we may not even see it any more — all becomes subtly new, demanding a second look. ••• It’s a […]