First Snow

First Snow

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.”
― Candace Bushnell

There did not seem to be the usual hype for the first snow of the year in our area of the country.  It seemed to sneak in silently.  I’ll bet there was even some bread and milk left on the shelves as it arrived.

This morning, my husband and I loaded up the car and headed to the snow.  We decided that 

Autumn in Oz

Autumn in Oz

“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

In September, my husband, Randy, and I traveled to Beech Mountain, North Carolina, to visit the Land of Oz.  We were there for an annual event, called 

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
― Charles M. Schulz

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to spend time with wonderful,  adorable, warm puppies.  I have been following their story since before they were born.

A friend and former coworker, Jenna, is

Fall is Coming!

Fall is Coming!

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Although it is not yet autumn, there were signs of the coming season everywhere this past weekend in the North Carolina mountains.  The temperatures were shifting from one season to another.  Sweaters and jackets that had been packed away and forgotten were suddenly a necessity.

My husband, Randy, and I were on our way to an event in 

Driving Home Past Flowers

Driving Home Past Flowers

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”
― Osho

This weekend was a weekend of transition.  The temperature became cooler and I could feel the world starting to make its transition from one season to the next.  I, personally, was working to make my

Chasing Light at Carowinds

Chasing Light at Carowinds

“And when you see light like this, trust me, it’s like a strawberry sundae with sprinkles.”
― Joe McNally, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters

The theme park, Carowinds, has been a special place for me since childhood.  While a young child, I couldn’t wait for my parents to take me to Carowinds for a day of adventure.  As an older child (sixteen), I began my first job there.  It was an amazing place to work as a teenager.  I worked for several seasons and made friendships that last to this day.  Now, 

Getting a Closer Look

Getting a Closer Look

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

One of my goals for my summer break is to begin using gear that I have purchased over the years but not taken the time to truly learn how to use.  The first items I have started exploring their full potential are my 

Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain

Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather.  Apparently, the Carolinas