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You've heard the expression Home is Where the Heart Is — I couldn't agree more. There is nowhere I would rather be than home. Whether I am puttering in the garden, cooking, or brainstorming my next big project, it is my home that wraps it's big arms around me and gives me lovin'. Sharing my home with my family and friends just makes it that much more special. So come on in and find a comfy place to sit, I have lots to share with you!

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Sometimes life gets so busy I can become preoccupied and blind to the subtle beauty around me. But, not today. Today nature grabbed my pant leg and nudged me to pause. To look. To really look and take notice. 

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It's a beautiful 4th of July morning here at the Roost!  I can hear Matisse, Mondo and Norton crowing outside as I catch up on some very neglected blog posts. 

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I must share my obsession for mannequins. For the past few years I have been fixated on them—just ask my Pinterest followers: "Hey, what's with all the mannequin pins?" My obsession (as if it has some kind of power over me) seduced me into purchasing two male forms, two women torsos, and two pair of cobbler shoes (not necessarily mannequin-like but relates to this obsessive storyline). You can bet I have huge plans for my manne-finds. 

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I couldn't help myself. How often does a gal get a chance to name her own grape jelly with a sassy title? This is a pictorial journal behind my Ménage à Trois Jelly—a blend of three different grape varieties from our modest grape vineyard here at the Roost. 

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Back to school. I always have mixed emotions about this time of the year. I have been teaching middle school art for almost 30 years and as much as I love it—with all my heart—I drag my feet a little bit more each year as summer comes to an end. Where in the heck did the last three months go? It was an emotional summer for me and my family with Jack's surgery and my daughter's wedding. Next week I will be greeting my new students, approximately 180 of them! I sigh a huge relief knowing all is well and I can now turn my focus toward an optimistic school year. 

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