Friday, July 12, 2013

The Mulberries are Ripe!

One thing I look forward to all year is mulberry season.  It's not really that I'm looking forward to the mulberries themselves, rather I'm looking forward to having mulberry pie.  I know.  You can't get mulberries from the grocery store.  I can't either.  However, we are fortunate enough to have an old weeping mulberry tree.

Now when we first moved in over 6 years ago, we had no idea whether those things hanging from every branch on the tree were even edible. Thankfully to Google we soon identified the little berry beasties.

Let me tell you, there's a good reason mulberries aren't found in the supermarket.  They are delicate little things and you can quickly identify anyone who has been hanging around the tree nibbling on the sweet berries.  Just look for the lovely shade of purple on their fingers!  I can't tell you how MANY times I washed my hands and you can still see the tell-tale purple marks on my fingers in the photo above.  Oh, well--it was worth it!

Take good care of yourself!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


As promised, I'm going to show you some of the photos that my husband, Matt, took of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends while we were at the New York Public Library.
The original Edward Bear.  Isn't he just a sweetheart?!
And look at little Piglet!  What a surprise!  I never would have imagined that he looked like that!  Piglet was always one of my favorites in the books (if not THE favorite!) and now after seeing this funny little guy I know that I just LOVE little piglet.
And, last, but not least, Eeyore.
I think I actually squealed out loud when I saw that Eeyore's tail is REALLY held on with a nail!!  I made the photo bigger and put a red circle around it so hopefully you can see the teeny, tiny, little nail there.
Can't forget a sweet photo of A. A. Milne with his son, Christopher Robin Milne.
And, of course, a photo of me and our youngest daughter next to the stuffed lovelies!  Our PROOF that we were actually there!
Take good care of yourself!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New York Public Library

Well, I haven't gotten much done creativity-wise, but we did send our youngest daughter off to New York City for 6 weeks which felt like quite a feat.  While there we visited the New York Public Library so I could see the original Winnie-the-Pooh.  Wow!  I never really thought of a library as a tourist destination, but holy-tamoly! It is QUITE the building.

Everywhere you looked there was something interesting to see!


And the ceilings!!!  Oh, my goodness, every ceiling was just a work of art in itself!


And to top it off, there were some amazing works of art on the walls too!  The one below is just one of 4 huge gorgeous canvases. (I don't know who the girls are, though.)
Claire especially liked the old phone booth.  Something she really hasn't seen many of in her days!

Okay, now--so if the building itself wasn't enough, the library also has several interesting pieces in its collections that really give it museum-worthy status.
A copy of the original Gutenberg bible.  Wow!
The umbrella that P. L. Travers owned and "used" in her books about "Mary Poppins."  I don't know if you can see it well enough in this photo, but there is actually a parrot on top!

The original manuscript of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Secret Garden."  One of my favorites!

And then, of course, the New York Library also has the original stuffed animals on which A. A. Milne based his "Winnie-the-Pooh" stories. I suppose that deserves its own post!
Take good care of yourself!