Barbara’s House of Color, Art and Love

Barb and I have been good friends since we were kids. A big hearted, generous, fun person, she and her husband have an open door home where anyone who wants or needs a place to land, animals included, are all welcomed. The coffee is always on. Gentle dogs welcome you like a long lost friend. The home is lively with the sound of  laughter, music and youngsters. Barb has a beautiful singing voice, can cook and bake like the best and is also an artist .

Welcome to Barbara’s.

happy home

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Christmas at Kim’s

My friend, Kim, lives in the country in a cozy, and I mean really cozy, cabin-home. The day I went to snap pictures of her Christmas decorations, it was snowing big flakes. It was a real life Christmas card.

Kim & Mike's

Happy Holidays

             When I visit here, I never want to leave.  You’ll see why..

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A Very Missy Christmas

Our family enjoyed a Christmas party at my niece, Missy’s. We gathered in her urban cottage which she has decorated with everything vintage. Missy likes to shop any place where the inventory is second hand. She has a keen eye for spotting treasures that others overlook. Not only were the decorations all vintage, but the dishes, gifts, wrapping paper, and trimmings were too. Even the record albums playing on the stereo were from days gone by. And there’s more. Missy had second-hand favorites outside in the lovely snowy yard.Missy's

 

urban cottage xmas

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My Spring Break on the Italian Riviera (With a Busload of Teens)

Ligurian SeaRecently many of my Facebook friends have been posting from far away, warm locations. I see them wearing swimsuits and sunglasses while drinking fancy beverages. They post amazing sunsets at the beaches and palm trees waving in tropic winds. I hit ‘like’ because I like the pictures and I like that my friends have the chance to travel.

I have no plans to go anywhere warm, anytime soon, but don’t feel bad for me. I still pinch myself when I think back to the warm spring my family and I spent under the sunshine on the Italian Riviera.

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Stillwater, Minnesota

 

Earlier this December, my husband and I enjoyed a quiet get away to Stillwater, Minnesota on the banks of the St. Croix River.  The town is a busy place in the summer with it’s beautiful riverbank and many shops and restaurants.

Stillwater

Boats are tucked in for the winter. There was no snow at the time of our visit, but the town was dressed in holiday style. We strolled in and out of shops on the old streets near the river. Many older buildings have been restored. I’m sure with snow it must look like a scene out of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Stillwater

This is the place for antique lovers with the many antique stores, and even those were ready for Christmas.

Christmas past

old toys

Christmas singers

Christmas house

 vintage Christmas

 

We stayed at The Outing Lodge located a few miles out of Stillwater. Once a ‘poor house’ then a home for the elderly, now it’s a B&B.

The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge

                             We stayed in the Eva Peron room.

The Outing Lodge

Eva Peron room

The Outing Lodge

The staff is welcoming. A friendly chocolate Lab greets the guests. A nice breakfast got us off to a good start in the morning.

Many years ago I was in Stillwater in the summer for a river cruise, and not too long ago I was there during the colorful fall. Now this trip I enjoyed the town in the winter, so I guess my next visit will have to be in the spring….

Stillwater  MN