October 21

Under The Sink – Before


What with getting back in the swing of things after vacation, I was thinking maybe an easy little organizing project would get me excited about being at home.  I thought, “What is something that’s bugging me, but would be relatively easy to do and would make me very happy?”  Easy…under the kitchen sink.  Here’s the “Before” photo:


Who even knows what’s in there.  Not me!  Tune in next Sunday for the “After” photo.

Daily Inspiration


The home should be the treasure chest of living.

Le Corbusier

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October 20

Books That Made A Difference


I have long been a fan of a feature in O Magazine called Books That Made A Difference, where a celebrity lists several books that made a difference in their life.  Recently, I saw a post on Staying Awake where Jan listed her top titles.  She was inspired by a post on The Solitary Walker.  I’ve always wanted to compose my list and here it is (in no particular order)…books that made a difference to me.

1.  The Bible.  Any translation for informing how I live, the King James Version for the majesty of the language.

2.  Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  The book that made me a life-long reader.

3.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.  My perfect heroine.

4.  Atonement by Ian McEwan.  A beautiful novel that captures the messiness of life and the consequences of our sometimes horrible choices.

5.  Little Golden Book – The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids.  My mom would do the different voices when she read this to me.  My favorite fairy tale.  I wish I still had my copy.

6.  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  A fascinating story that illustrates how people, place and time help form who we are.

7.  Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  The first Shakespeare play I read and still my favorite.  Who can resist star-crossed lovers and a blood feud.

8.  Anything by Agatha Christie.  I love mysteries.  Agatha Christie introduced me to adult mysteries and is the Grande Dame to me.

9.  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  A frightening look at the thin veneer of civilization.

10.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  My favorite tale of redemption.

What are books that made a difference to you?

Daily Inspiration

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.

Edward P. Morgan

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October 19

Getting Back In The Groove



Vacation and writing about vacation is over (sigh).  Back to it. 

I’m signed up for a new online class…Capturing the Essence Online Workshop by Katherine Dunn.  Katherine is an artist, writer, novice farmer and angel shepherd to old and neglected animals.  Her blog is Apifera Farm where you can meet her and the residents of the farm…who are her muses.

So far, all I’ve done is pick up a sketch pad and sketching crayons.  Am I moving to fast? (ha).

Let’s hope that I can quit dreaming of vacation and get back to work.

Daily Inspiration


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

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October 18

Dewey Beach 2012 – Lewes


Today is the last day I’ll talk about my vacation to Dewey Beach, Delaware, for Greyhounds Reach the Beach.  To finish up, I’ll tell you about one of my favorite outings…to Lewes, Delaware.

I first heard about Lewes in a 2011  Tales and Tails post.  I love history, and this town, which calls itself “the first city in the first state,” was a delight.

Lewes had its beginning in 1631 when the Dutch selected it as an ideal site to establish a whaling station, but as a result of a dispute over a Dutch coat of arms the settlers had mounted on their settlement, all 32 settlers were massacred by a local tribe of the Lenni Lanape Indians.

Lewes is named in honor of a town in Sussex County, England.

I parked at the Lewes Presbyterian Church. 

I LOVE this style of church building.

I walked to the Zwaanendael Museum that was just down the street.  This building was constructed in 1931 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the town’s settlement.

Then, I wandered through the town, stopping in some of the cool shops and the antique mall.

(photo source)

My next stop was St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, which calls itself “the first church in the first city in the first state.”  It was fascianting to me how the graveyard surrounds the church, right up to the front door.

My final stop was the Lewes Historical Society.  This historic complex holds 9 historic buildings dating from the mid 1600’s to the late 1800’s. 

With the exception of the Hiram Rodney Burton House, all the buildings have been moved from other locations in Lewes or surrounding communities.

There is so much more to see in Lewes.  I hope to make it back there one day.

Daily Inspiration


One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.

Thomas Jefferson

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October 17

Dewey Beach 2012 – The Beach


All this week I’ve been posting about our vacation to Greyhounds Reach the Beach in Dewey Beach, Delaware.  A big part of this vacation was…the beach.  Here are a few photos of the beautiful beach:

There was an entrance to the beach at the end of our road.

Beach grass forms a barrier behind the fence.

Miles of beautiful beach…

for lovely houndie walking…

and discovering interesting creatures. 

This was the sunrise on the last morning of our vacation.  So beautiful.

Our sweet friends

 (Photo by Balance Photography)

Thank you to our friends Tyler and Amy for the last two photos.  We had a great vacation with you.

Daily Inspiration

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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October 16

Dewey Beach 2012 – The Purchases


One of the fun things about Greyhounds Reach the Beach are the all the wonderful vendors.  Here’s what I picked up:


Tag Collars – I like this idea and wanted to give it a try.  A tag collar is slipped over the head and holds an identification tag.  They’re designed to be break-away.  I want to try them because sometimes I like to let the hounds go “naked” around the house, but I still want them to wear an identification tag.  These are from LongDog Leather Works.

Hedgehog Toys – Freedom’s hedgehog is lookin’ mighty rough, so I picked up these so she’ll have plenty of her favorite size hedgehog.

Union Jack Poop Bag Holder – Couldn’t resist this for Casper.

Greyhound Notecards – So pretty.  These are from Gryffin Designs.

Greyhound Jewelry – The “Love Greyhounds” piece is from Anne & Jane.  This was the first time I had seen their work.  The round pendant is cast from an antique button and is the lovely work of Shannon O’Reilly.

Fleece Top – This was an impulse buy, but I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it, especially during the cold months ahead.

Butterfly Gourd – I love decorative gourds.  I saw this little beauty in a shop in Rehobeth and added it to my collection.

Our most special purchase…an urn for our beloved Paloma.  Paloma was our first greyhound and we lost her much too early.  Last year, we saw these beautiful urns from The Barking Tree.  My husband loved the beautiful wood and admired the skill and artistry of Pete Wade, their creator.  This year, we selected one for Paloma.

Daily Inspiration


All God’s angels come to us disguised.

James Russell Lowell

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October 15

Greyhounds Reach The Beach 2012


Greyhounds Reach the Beach started in 1994 when 3 couples wanted to “find a fun place to go with [their] dogs” and got together for a weekend get-away.  From that simple start, the event continued to grow year after year.  Last year was our first year attending the event and I am told that currently, it is much smaller and more loosely organized than in the past.  So what is at Dewey Beach…

All manner of greyhound merchandise is available. 

Vendors sell out of their hotels or condos, a few in rented storefronts and some at the fire station.

There are a few organized get-togethers.

For instance, an ice cream social.

The last day was a little rainy, but don’t worry…greyhounds have wardrobes.  

Daily Inspiration


Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

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October 14

Dewey Beach 2012 – Vacation Home


We just finished up a wonderful vacation in Dewey Beach, Delaware with our friends.

We rented a vacation home that would accommodate 4 two-leggers and 6 four-leggers.

This is the same house we rented last year.

This year, we added four days to our vacation so we could enjoy the area and get in a little more rest and relaxation.

There was plenty of room for us.

And it was “pet-friendly.”

We especially appreciated a fenced backyard for the pups’ bathroom breaks.

Being there made me think about how nice it is to live with less.

It was a lovely place.

Daily Inspiration


Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.

Tad Williams

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October 13

Dewey Beach 2012 – The Trip


Following our friends

Last Thursday, we returned from our vacation in Dewey Beach with our friends, Tyler and Amy, and their 3 greyhounds.  Dewey Beach, Delaware is a little over 700 miles from our home in Indiana, traveling through Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

“Are we there yet?”

Last year, we rented a 15-passenger van and drove together.  This year, our friends took their vehicle with their 3 houndies and we took our vehicle with our 3 houndies.

Sometimes we switch positions

Fortunately, the hounds travel very well.  They settle in and spend most of the time sleeping.

Following our friends through the tunnel

During the trip, we traverse two engineering marvels.  We get to travel through the Allegheny Mountain Tunnel which was constructed in 1939.  The Alleghenies comprise the rugged western-central portion of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Aerial photo of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, from a post card from the 1970s (source)

And travel over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

What a bridge!

Opened in 1952, the bridge is 4.3 miles, shore-to-shore.

Following our friends over the bridge.


Daily Inspiration

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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October 12

Dewey Beach 2012 – The Players


We just returned from eight glorious days in Dewey Beach, Delaware.  We went on vacation with our friends, Tyler and Amy, and their houndies.  Our main objective was Greyhounds Reach the Beach, a greyhound get-together October 3-6, and we stayed for a few extra days of rest and relaxation.

Casper:  Uhm, mom?

Mom:  Yes, Casper?

Casper:  Can I tell everyone about my friends?

Mom:  Well, okay.  Everyone, here is Casper to tell you who was with us on vacation.

The Lohmeyer Pack – Nikki, Casper & Freedom

Casper:  Hello everyone.  Casper here to tell you about my friends who I took a vacation with.  You’ll notice that there are a lot of parallels between the Lohmeyer pack and the Cross pack.

Miura – Head of the Cross pack

Casper:  This is Miura.  Miura, like Freedom, is the head dog in the Cross pack.  I think Miura is a lot and I mean A LOT nicer than Freedom, but she gets lumped into the category “dark brindle girl” which is usually our parents’ code for “headstrong,” “bossy” and “dominant.”  One thing I don’t like about Miura…she puts down “marking” pees.  This makes it hard for me because I already have to mark over all the girls’ pee and then Miura marks and then I have to go back and mark over Miura’s pee all over again.  Stop it, Miura!  I’ve got it covered.

Zonda – The “Casper” of the Cross pack

Casper:  This is Zonda.  Zonda is a merry prankster, like ME!  She acts sweet, but she can give Miura headaches just like I give Freedom headaches.  It’s our job.

Eva – My future girlfriend

Casper:  This is Eva.  Eva is just like Nikki…sweet, blah, blah, blah, perfect, blah, blah, blah, never-does-anything-wrong blah, blah, blah.  Shhhh…I have a secret.  I love Eva.  I want her to be my girlfriend.  I think we’d be a perfect pair.

Mom:  Thank you, Casper.  I think you introduced everyone nicely.  I’m suspending my regular blogging schedule for the next week in order to tell you about our GREYT vacation.

Special Note:  With the exception of the “Daily Inspiration” picture, all pictures in this post were taken by Balance Photography.

Daily Inspiration


A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.
Earl Wilson

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