a NEW (but sad) phase of life


So, over a month ago, I mentioned I was “back to blogging (hopefully much more regularly)”, — I’m really not sure where the month went!

But on February 22nd I started a NEW (but sad) phase of life – a life without my mother. Mom passed away after a very brief illness.  We visited her on President’s Day weekend and she seemed just as strong, and healthy as always. We played a game, visited, ran to the store for a few groceries for her, stayed the night, then went on and traveled to our son’s home for a couple of days.  Less than a week later, she left us.  It was such a blessing that she didn’t have to suffer long! She lived a long, full life and left a legacy of love with her many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The day of mom’s funeral, what made me tear up more than anything was the kindness and generosity toward our family from friends, extended family, and neighbors.  What a support system we have and how blessed we are! I know mom is having a grand reunion with my Dad and others.  I know we will all be together again someday, so this is just a temporary separation.

So, I’ll say it again…I hope to blog much more regularly! Here’s hoping life cooperates! 😊

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share

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Happy Monday!

I’m back to blogging (hopefully much more regularly)!  I’ve had a very time consuming work-related project that has monopolized my time, but now that I’m done with that, I plan to get back to what I enjoy doing…Exploring Newness (and blogging about it)! 👍😊

While I was busy with my project, my awesome hubby was busy too…with our laundry room project! You know, I’m convinced that the law of attraction pays attention to blog posts!

“Huh, what?” you say?

Well, in February of 2018, I shared a photograph of some laundry hanging in an alleyway in Italy (in this post HERE), and I mentioned a few things from my laundry room wish list – and the law of attraction has granted my wishes (well, my hubby actually granted my wishes, but you get my point eh?) But blog about something and it usually does come to pass!

I wished for doors that would hide my washer and dryer:


and I wished for pull-out shelves:


I’m THRILLED with my NEW laundry center!


I’m still trying to decide what I should store on the shelves above.  I can put ugly laundry supplies in the baskets, but should I go buy three more matching baskets for the top three shelves?  I can’t decide. Please chime in with any advice!

In other miscellany, I’m lovin’ the thought of using a digital planner, so I’ve been watching videos like THIS one, so I can make myself a NEW one! Yeah, I know I’m kinda late to that game!


And lastly, I’m excited to use my NEW glass ball in my photography (that my good friend gave me for my b-day).  So cool!!!


And that’s it for this Monday!  Have a great week and go do or learn something NEW!





a NEW photo challenge {twisted}


Happy Friday!

Ya know, sometimes you just need a little nudge to get around to gettin’ things done! We visited Twisted Forest two weeks ago and my photos were still sitting on my camera.  So, when I saw Nancy’s photo challenge of “Twisted”, that was just the nudge I needed to download these photos, so I could join in the challenge!

This short hike (but somewhat steep in some areas) was amazing! You get to walk through a forest of bristlecone pines, which are the oldest known species of pine trees! Some of these trees are thousands of years old (yeah, I know they look it, too!) The terrain at the bottom of the trail looks like a scene from a movie:twisted2.jpg

Then you hike up…and up…and up…and this is your view over the ledge!


A great view of Cedar Breaks National Monument!  I’m happy to have hiked a NEW trail. Now on to other Newness. Have a great weekend!



Miscellaneous Monday and NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

Boy, has life been busy! Unfortunately, this little blog is one of the first things to get neglected when that happens.

So, here’s an update and a bit of miscellany:

I’ve crossed off a couple of waterfalls on my “100 Waterfalls Bucket-list“.  We took a trip to New York and while we were there, we visited Talcott Falls and Pixley Falls. We also visited Niagara Falls again (I assume it wouldn’t be fair to count those falls again)! And this last weekend we hiked to Stewart Falls, here in Utah.

We also visited a few lighthouses.  Here’s a favorite B/W photo of one of them:


I hosted my book club last month and wanted to try a grazing table.  It was so, so, SO easy! But it made an impression!  Here’s what we had:


The ladies in our group don’t eat a whole lot, but with this idea, all I had to do with the left-overs was load all of the snacks back in containers and my family had snacks for the rest of the week month!


The book we discussed was Educated by Tara Westover.  It’s a GOOD discussion book!  Other books I’ve read (or listened to lately) are:


That seems like a lot of reading to get done, especially since I mentioned I’ve been so busy, but it’s been a few months since I’ve done a Miscellaneous Monday! AND, I think most have been listened to in the car on my commutes! Gotta love multi-tasking!

OK! That’s about it for this week. I’ve gotta go do some gardening.  Yes, my flower gardens have also been neglected, and the vegetable garden is currently a weed patch!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





a NEW photo challenge {urban}


Happy Sunday! I came across a photo challenge with the theme “urban” over at “A Day in the Life” blog, but I’m not sure who started the challenge (???). But I thought I had a good one to play along with….this photo was taken in downtown Toronto last month.  Toronto is such a huge city! But, these planters were a bright spot amongst the concrete, noise, and hustle and bustle! Note to self: make a trellis of pussy willows next spring! So pretty!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!