Wednesday, May 11, 2016


"Butterflies of the Caribbean" is the current show at Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory.  The garden room is alight with fluttering butterflies!  delightful!  Some even land on people.

Krohn Conservatory  several photos at beginning of post
July  first photo

Butterflies and Moths of North America
Krohn Conservatory

Wordless Wednesday/Wordy Wednesday--where I linked up:

Create With Joy (Magellan's Cat Cave)

A Southern Daydreamer (beautiful azaleas)

The Art and Tree Chatter of Aquariann  (Shenandoah Caverns)

photos by me ©2016    all rights reserved

Friday, May 6, 2016

beautiful orchids

Cincinnati has a wonderful plant conservatory.  Recently, I enjoyed the butterfly exhibit.  While there, of course, I had to visit all the amazing plants!  These lovely orchids covered in water droplets caught my eye.  If anyone knows the variety, please share.

Krohn Conservatory
orchids Sierra Flower Finder  

Where I linked up:

Floral Friday Fotos 



Photo Friday

photo by me © 2016 all rights reserved

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

garden serenity

Ambling around the grounds at the Cincinnati Civic Center a couple days ago, I came across this lovely pond.  The explosion of lush greeness and blooms in this city oasis was so soul refreshing. 

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

Wordless Wednesday/Wordy Wednesday--where I linked up:


Create With Joy (Celebrate Our Pets)

  A Southern Daydreamer (beautiful wisteria photos)  

a few more words!  note the beehive.  There are wall (or Lazarus) lizards sunning on the rock in the foreground.  These non natives were brought to Cincinnati in 1951 and released into a backyard.

photo by me © 2016  all rights reserved

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It's Spring!

Spring is here!  Spring is here!

Spring is that delicious time of year when the Earth renews its loveliness and reveals secrets once hidden in the frozen ground.  Let's celebrate!
I love the contrast of the riotous pink against the stark bare tree branches.

Magnolias are so glorious!

A robin delights in the day.

Flowers are medicine for the soul.

species tulip


Daffodils dance in the breeze! (12 second video)
Click to activate.

Spring audaciously revels in its glorious renewal!

My Blogging Business Artisans team on etsy hosts a new Challenge every month. The purpose is to encourage us to explore our creativity, to stretch our imaginations.  
Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers set forth the following Challenge for the month of March:

"Early Spring.  Since our friend Punxsutawney Phil said we'd have an early start to spring...let's celebrate!  and hope he is right (fingers crossed)."

(He WAS right!  at least where I live.)

QUESTION:  What inspires you to create?

© photos by me  all rights reserved 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


beautiful daffodil growing in my yard!

Wordless Wednesday/Wordy Wednesday--where I linked up:

Create With Joy (+ a giveaway!)

 Mama to 5 Blessings

 A Southern Daydreamer

© photo by me     all rights reserved

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

(not necessarily romantic)  LINKS:
NPR  The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day
The Atlantic  America's Valentine Day spending 

art by E. Sablosky © 2016  all rights reserved  (We received this beautiful hand painted card from our talented neice!)

Friday, December 4, 2015

random cool things

Whooo doesn't like owls?!  (farmers, perhaps)
These super cute owl cookies made an appearance on the etsy blog in a story by Heather Baird.

Click this LINK to get the recipe and directions.  While you're there, discover a very cool Thanksgiving tradition in Heather's family.
(Did you know my hubby and I helped re-nest 3 baby barred owls a few years ago?  Re-nesting & Baby Owl #2 )  

Want to know how popular your name (or kids' or friends' or...) was in the years from the 1880s to 2014?  Of course you do!   WARNING:  This is addicting!  Go directly to Baby Name Wizard Voyager and begin typing away!

NameVoyager: Explore baby names and name trends letter by letter

Current rank:
Names starting with 'MARGARET' per million babies
per million births

(unfortunately, the graph is not showing up when the blog is posted)

Moose Roots (names) is another cool name search site that even includes last names. This site has links to the meaning and origins of names as well as lots of other data.  Go explore!  Moose Roots .com itself is a genealogy research site.    

draw like Picasso
picasso head --click on the CREATE button and "draw" a face.   Save it to the gallery.
Picasso Head

just for fun!
Snowboarding Bird video

What cool random things have crossed your path recently?

other name links:
google search Moose Roots trendy names
trendiest baby names
15 trendy baby names
Do you know any small children with these trendy names?  I do!

all images © by the individual websites