Category: Home Life

#TBT Kentucky

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I have been redoing my studio/home, and finding all these old photos.  #TBT this is where we grew up.   One of my first surgeries for polio, and the cast on my leg, that drove me crazy. I still remember walking on crutches for so long-and since it was summer not being able to ride a bike.

Healthy Women

My entry in the Bra Ha Ha event to raise money for womens’ breast health.  You can see it and more creative and fun bras made by others from the Smithfield area at the Art Center @ 319.  This creation was inspired by the persistant mother bird in my earlier post. Like in mother nature, we have to adapt, adjust, nurture and persist in helping all women have access to what they need for their health.brahaha

Happy Holidays

20141224_184744Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

One of my traditions is to make a batch of Irish Cream-this is a recipe I have had for a long time, not sure where it came from and I know there are probably many versions out there on line.  Anyway, several friends have asked for a copy so I am posting it here.  For a last minute gift or treat here is my recipe.  I have added alternate ideas for making it all from scratch.


Irish Cream
1 2/3 cups whiskey
1 cup heavy cream
1 can (14 oz) sweet condensed milk or
   (1 can (14 oz) evaporated milk with 1/2 cup sugar dissolved)
2 TB chocolate syrup or
   (1 TB cocoa powder, 1 TB sugar dissolved in 2 TB milk)
1 tsp instant coffee disspolved in 2 TB warm water
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a blender or large bowl and mix well.
Store in glass jars in refrigerator up to 2 months.
Serve over ice or in coffee or any way you like.

Our Environments



I used to work in coal mining, creating environmental designs for coal removal and reclaimation.   With all the spills and containing pond failures in recent news, it has me thinking about all that has been done to the area where I used to live.  I left long ago when all the rules changed and you could see that the environment was not going to be an important part of the region.

My life has been through many changes both location and my work, since those years working in Van Lear, KY.    Whenever I go back, now it is sad to see how much damage has been done, and all the people have been hurt physically and economically.  I don’t know how it all went so wrong, and when money became more important then human life and the natural resources.  I think it has not been good for us, and hope we can change our way of thinking, so we can help everyone, including mother nature.  We are all in this together after all


Winter Garden Color

Even though it is winter I still love the soft, muted colors of the yard and garden.  We have been talking and planning for some changes in the outdoor space for next year, slways on the look out for ways to make it more sustainable and add more food to the household.  Looking forward to a the new year with many ideas.  Hope you all have a fun New Years Eve!  See you next year.

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