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Butterflies in Our Garden

Male and Female Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Eastern Black Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Emperor Hackberry, and Painted Ladies … these are just some of the beautiful butterflies visiting our summer garden!


Ste. Genevieve, Missouri


The front doors of the Inn St. Gemme-Beauvais on Main Street


Beautiful details in the Inn — Marie Louise Room


The gravel road to the Mississippi River and Tower Rock


Vineyards at Weingarten, Missouri in the evening sun


She Flew

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The sun began to set.

And then she flew.

Tiny dancer!

A Walk along the Woods on a Winter Day

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Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.



The dove — a symbol of peace — her first tree ornament in 2014. Because her Spanish name means “dove.” She is so loved, so peace-filled. A little child shall lead them …

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The Chicken Whisperer

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Chickens make wonderful pets.

Chickens help teach responsibility with daily feeding and watering chores.

Chickens provide bonus surprises — eggs! Healthy eating!

Here’s my favorite chicken whisperer with her sweet “Cocoa.” I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t have doll clothes on Cocoa sometime soon. Maybe she’ll even push her in a doll stroller. Cocoa would love that!

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A Favorite Place

2014 July Upper Penn 068The Thumbnail rock formation in Michigan’s Thumb area–Lake Huron–a great place to spend a day on the bike trail, picnicking and watching freighters go by!