buttered white toast

Tuesday, September 2, 2014








scarlet runner beans reaching into the sky / the bluest lobelia / gorgeous hydrangeas / coneflower / lavender / lantana - a member of the verbena family and a perennial - hooray / I LOVE september, hot pink & my brand new extra jumbo Paper-Source 16 month desk blotter calendar

I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love

comfort comes in many forms but buttered good white toast, made with great heavy bread - a chewy baguette or this rustic easy Tuscan Peasant loaf is one for me but sadly one this no/low carb girl rarely treats herself to ... but never, ever, say never

ps - hop over to my studio/portfolio blog to check out all the Midwest/CBK Beautiful Soul catalogue pages

I will be glad

Sunday, August 31, 2014












dingy beach, near the big wharf / those gorgeous red Eaton Park Peace Garden red roses / currently I'm having a love affair with paths / coneflower or rudbeckia ? / you can buy this beautiful brick house next spring / more Queen Anne's lace gorgeousness / I rarely cut flowers mainly because we have a vase-tipper cat Virgil - this is the end of the orange-ish bouquet / Monty's Emporium of Goodness window / another favourite annual here in Nova Scotia - morning glories, especially the blue variety / our front garden very old hydrangea tree bush / not sure what this is - found on one of my early morning explorations

I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun. I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one. I will look at cliffs and clouds With quiet eyes, Watch the wind bow down the grass, And the grass rise. Edna St. Vincent Millay


* found this beautiful poem quote on creative hero Kelly Rae Roberts instagram feed



hello greys

Saturday, August 30, 2014












calm, still & grey early morning on the crescent beach / oh my red roses / devil's paintbrush wildflower / my poplars, my canopy / lavender / the crescent beach & me / meadow love / from the boat ramp near dingy beach / hey you bright lights cosmos / seagull platform / more of those oh my roses 

Black and white thinking limits understanding and feedback, two necessary ingredients for successful resolution in creative conflict and successful understanding. David W. Earle 

I've always been too much of a black or white, an all or nothing thinker. I chocked it up to "that's just how I am" very neutral about that rather severe take on things, not really pondering too much whether it was a good thing to be or not - it just was. It's so funny in life how these soft bonks on the head happen, a whisper from out of nowhere in your ear, or something points you in a direction you've not looked before or maybe you have looked but didn't see. Suddenly I'm inviting grey into my life, grey and all her friends (all 50 shades +), it's going to take sometime to get used to them all, I know that - but I feel I'm not only up for the challenge I welcome it.

Happy Weekend !!

When I learned about the grey existing between the black and white of absolute terms, I began to experience more peace. The more I expanded my grey areas, the more peace I experienced in my life. David W. Earle