Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Even the road to this wonderful state is filled with a certain beauty

it truly is 
The Land of Enchantment
and I feel so fortunate that I can drive not much more than 5 hours and be in another world

The full moon setting outside our back porch

This time our  family (missing a few but they were still there in spirit)
stayed in a home

accommodations in Santa Fe can be quite pricey so really 
when you have a large group and divide the cost it's not much more expensive
to rent a house

and fall in love with the things there!

and have all the space in the world to chop and slice and eat and drink and be merry

I love the architecture of New Mexico 
both inside
and out
always a visit to the square and the Governor's Mansion
where the Native Americans lay out their wares
(this is done by lottery)
my mother has been lucky enough to "win" that lottery 3 times and be able to show her jewelry
it's quite a fantastic thing

we also got to go to the movie set where they are currently filming
A Million Ways to Die in the West
(lots of pretend weddings going on in the little chapel...I love that Mr. PV wore his mustard shirt to our wedding)

when someone is unable to make the trip
well...we just photo shop them in

green chile something is always on order at the 
Tesuque Market

never enough time while there
and home again home again
jiggity jig

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


(all images are via google as my photos are still in boxes)

I love to bring back "sussies" to my friends and loved ones when I go on a neat trip

The first time Mr. PV and I traveled to Paris the 
Pashmina Shawl was all the rage!  And I was majorly seduced by them!

they made the most perfect and elegant gift to bring home
easy to pack

no longer are Pashminas
hard to come fact I can buy something very similar at
my local Alco store (not a REAL one of course)
They are inexpensive enough to wear as a swim suit cover or to a little league game where you might drip chili dogs and sno cones on them...
...and to have one in every color for every occasion!

Pashmina refers to a type of fine cashmere wool and the textiles made from it and was first invented in India. The name comes from Pashmineh (پشمینه), made from Indian pashm ("wool"). The wool comes from changthangi or Pashmina sheep, which is a special breed of sheep indigenous to high altitudes of the Himalayas in Nepal, Pakistan and Northern India. Pashmina shawls are hand spun, woven and embroidered in Nepal and Kashmir, and made from fine cashmere fibre.

So?  How did they end up all the rage in Paris?
I'm not sure, but they were and still are!
and I still want one in every the paisley!

Monday, May 20, 2013


I have been far removed from my upstairs office these past weeks
enjoying(finally) warmer weather...
we went from 28-99 in two days
a very strange spring so far and what my sister M refers to as the
blow torch
we will have to hurry and use this mint in our mojitos before it burns up!  
Have you ever smelled burning spearmint? 
 It is very fragrant, we used to have a  mint farm outside of town

Nothing and I mean nothing better than a small town parade
where we don't shy away from God and country

Sibling Day 2013 just happened to fall on Heritage Days
which was great as it gave us all fun activities to do
"the sisters"

"the brothers"

"the children"
waiting on the parade

boy scout hamburgers on the courthouse lawn

a perfect day that just sort of lends itself to 
relaxing against a big old oak tree
waiting for the dance on the old brick streets of main street
after the sun goes down

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


May 18 is


but this anticipation also brought on a slight

when we removed this window to connect the house to the other house (view right)
it created what one of my artist friends called a 
"pass through bedroom"

future plans are to install french doors that slide open
and then this room will probably become the
nursery as we anticipate lots more babies at 822

I don't need another sitting room or office or even another bedroom
my precious Mr. PV bought me this antique sleigh bed 
before we got married and there's just no way I will ever give it up
 it's very old and not the roomiest thing in the world
so it will make a great bed for the little ones

but I have no time for building in doors so what's a girl to do?
find some inspiration of course!
oh my goodness!
whispy fun white and fresh!
and did I mention 
curtain rods from the ceiling
sheers to puddle on the floor
close for privacy

peek out for fun

looks kind of dreamy

and sweet

the kind of room I don't mind putting a loved one in

I have three brothers and one sister
so that makes three sisters and one brother too....if you know what I mean!
so the question is...who gets the pass through bedroom with the antique sleigh bed?

we shall see!