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    10 good things about coming home from a vacation.

    …she’s back! and I can only imagine that today’s topic means she might need a little convincing about being home again. I know the feeling, having come home twice this month from short little trips away. the first few days back are alway too hectic…but no matter what, I’m always glad to be home. see #1 below – marc’s welcome home from my most recent trip 1. 99% of my trips are without marc so coming home means seeing him. 2. sleeping in my own bed. 3. drinking good coffee from my coffee pot. sure, other places have good coffee and sometimes it’s even great coffee. but even so, it’s…

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    my new view.

    click the photo to see notes in flickr …I’ve been a fan of shanna murray‘s decals for ages, so I was thrilled to get one on my stocking last christmas. I’d planned to put it on this wall behind my desk to frame an inspiration board. but when I got serious about putting it up (say april?) marc started talking about installing something above the granite countertops … and I got worried about committing my precious decal to a wall that might not be a commitment. so I thought about less permanent solutions. a blackboard came first, but I couldn’t find a frame to match the decor (I even tried…

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    summer love.

    …the heat has been brutal this summer, but it’s definitely paying off in our yard – the crepe myrtles are putting on a real show! my love affair with crepe myrtles began the summer my family visited williamsburg – I’m not sure the year, but I was probably about 14 – I remember that smooth trunk and the colors (that’s also the trip where I first had virginia ham on beaten biscuits…another love…and another story) and something about it being a tree – or a shrub – for warmer, more southern climates than new jersey where we lived at the time. summertime hot and lovely crepe myrtles have been linked in…