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A Touch of the Sea

It all started with the expansion of their home. They were “adding on” and wanted to know if they were going in the right direction. Sandy wanted a coastal feeling in the home but was unsure of how to achieve it...

A Whole New You

With each flip of the calendar year, our heads fill with thoughts of change and my head is no different. I want all types of change for myself. I envision life in 09 to be filled with healthy foods, frequent and productive visits to the gym, and I don’t believe I will crave sweets in the New Year. I fully expect to get back into my size ten pants and maybe a size eight if so motivated. I will train…

A Good Recipe

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and set the timer for 25 minutes. Then I stirred the dry ingredients, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups flour, and 1 tsp. salt, together in my mixing bowl. I was craving the food of the gods, chocolate cake, and nothing would stop me from having it. I filled a saucepan on the stove with 1cup water, one stick butter, ½ cup oil, and three heaping Tbsps. of Coco powder. While I waited for…

A Colorful Life

I scanned the crowd taking in what was a sight for sore eyes; a crowd of women in every rendition of the “classic” purple dress. Sitting atop their heads like crowns, were bright red hats of distinction; some had feathered masks on top, while others demurred with dainty southern bows. We shared a collective chuckle when I asked,” Who in here has white, off-white, or crème walls…”, and slowly the majority of the hands began to rise. While sharing this…

What is in a Signature?

I placed my hand on the brick and let my finger trace the name. It was simply Jane with no last name written in a scrolly cursive. This name had to be signed when the brick was wet as there would be no way to scratch a perfect signature into dry brick with a chisel. With eyes closed, I imagined hot Florida nights on this vast sprawling porch. Jane and her friends probably sat in the swing waiting for the…

Sea Creatures

The jaws of the shark crunched down on my leg and I was silent!  I felt my hands hit against his slick and rubbery flesh and then everything went black. I opened my eyes to darkness and the air around me was cold. Taking a deep breath seemed difficult and painful as if my lungs had not been expanded in ages and then I heard the snores and soft snorts of children sleeping in the next room. Breathing became more…

House Beautiful Inspiration

“Mmmmmmm…This is good!” I said with a big smile on my face as if it were the best thing since sliced bread. Regan looked at me with a big happy grin and said, “I made it myself, one for you and one for Uncle Scott.” I took another bite of the slightly soggy torn bread combined with sunflower seeds and mildly wilted minty tasting greens that looked like lettuce but tasted like mint. “Well!” I said a little exaggerated, this…
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