Tuesday, April 26, 2016


may I introduce you please?


  • both have jobs
  • have a teen, 8 year old, 1 year old and June Carter Cash lab
  • teach Sunday School and volunteer for other local events and charities
  • own and operate Yellow Bird
  • are under full scale home remodel and have been eating out of a crock pot for months
  • build custom cool stuff for customers like the light below
  • go to auctions on the weekends to find cool stuff for customers
  • are about to launch a vintage lumber yard
  • and never and I mean never ask anything of anyone

this family is one cool family
and I am so proud of them!

I hope you like the link to their online store!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Do you Facebook? 
I only do so I can put the HPO headlines front and center...as an old person, I have to face that social media is the way the majority of the public inform themselves. 
I have taken advantage of it and have LIKED several pages that are helpful and I can learn from.

Recently there was a FACEBOOK FIGHT on a bee association page...how can you tell it was a fight?  It's so interesting how the tone of a written word makes itself loud and clear! 

The topic...keeping bees or having bees...two entirely different things and the whole rant really put me in my place.

I am not and never will be a
so I guess that makes me a

this is my life list and I wanted to raise honey bees for a very very long time...so long ago that I almost forgot about it!

I suspect this was me in some other life...I would be the one drawing, except she's right handed

maybe what I really love the most is growing flowers and therefore having bees just comes with it

and no matter what, if you keep or have...you will get a bee sting

don't be scared...it only hurts for a little while...last week I got a bee sting on my upper lip and reminded myself of Marge....as my dad used to say
"I've had worse on my lip and never stopped whistling"

HAVING bees is so easy...no daily checks of the hive, no finding the queen and putting a dot on her, no inspections for mites and worms and bugs and stuff...no...just let the bees be bees like they have been doing for thousands of years...all without the help of a human

on occasion...giving them a little intoxicating cedar smoke (it intoxicates me too!)

and taking just a little bit of God's perfect food to have and share...

I hear it's the best thing in the world for a bee sting!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


We are so lucky to live a decently short drive to the Land of Enchantment.  We often can take a weekend and get lost in the drive there, which takes about 5 hours.

Typically we go to Santa Fe because it's I-40 most of the way, but from time to time there is no better place for a hippy hipster to visit than Taos.  There are many very cool places to stay and this time we chose The Historic Taos Inn with the famous Doc Martin's Bar 

We considered the El Monte, but truthfully it is the place to stay when the leaves are turning and there is a winter chill in the air...but of course you simply must have a cocktail at

The Anaconda Bar (can you see that brass scaled snake?)
the Anaconda bar is at

We always stop in to light a candle at the

and pop into Two Graces Art Gallery where this time I could not pass up a piece of fabric...Mr. PV was a little surprised that this was my "purchase" of the trip.  Actually, I left the fabric behind and it haunted me until I contacted Robert and Holly and had them ship it to me a few days later.

What I couldn't forget, is the story that Robert told me about the fabric, how long he'd had it, that he purchased it in Boston and about the man who created it.  I loved the story and the history and the color of the print block was incredible. 

so here I am....I have had two large pillows made for my sofa with enough fabric left over to do something fantastic with.  I am thinking I will take a large square and frame it under glass...and if I have enough after that I will have Mr. PV a vest made to go with his bolo...j/k...or maybe I'm not???