“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

–Psalm 84:1

When it’s time for me to prepare supper, my Coco-Ranger sits on his hungry mat waiting for his bowl to be filled with yummies while Lema waits till he shows up at the bowls.  A daily ritual I consider as a holy moment with our dogs who are so attentive and loving to my every moves.

When have you experienced such a God wink in your daily routine?  How does He speak with you and how has it affected your heart?  I’d like to know.

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  –Ecclesiastes 3:1

These two turtles seem ready to ride the wave, don’t you agree?

The perils and pleasures of a creative life are infinite, but that should not stop us from riding the wave of the unknown.  Watching these turtles on a beach would be awesome right now.  Don’t answer the phone, read emails, go online or do chores!  Rather, sit on the sand, melt into the sunset, focus on the energy of the waves making a splashing sound, and most of all, give thanks to God for this magnificent scenery where everything natural is valuable to life…I’m dreaming…!

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“I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.”


“Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?”

I will, dear Lord, because you called me to overcome.

This verse is from Psalm 24.  Amusingly, it allows me to make a quick reflection of my life…which is marvelous but with several very hard trials to overcome…like climbing this Rocky Mountain scene.

Psalm 24 continues to ask, “who will stand in His holy place?”  I quickly wave my arms upward and reply ‘yes Lord, for you call me to be your daughter of Jerusalem weeping for the children at the 8th station of the Cross.

God continues to chisel my destiny with new persons in different places, ensuing a transformation with the sword of faith.  This is my current place to own, to give my utmost.  God’s mercy is my life for as long as I shall breathe.

Are you climbing higher in your dwelling place?

I wish you much success!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

I find that this misty painting of Saint Patrick landing in Ireland in A.D. 430 compliments my ancestors.  A lad, kidnapped by English marauders sold him as slave to an Irish tribe where he tended their flock for six years until he managed to escape.  Upon his return home he prepared for the priesthood vowing to return to evangelize those pagans.  These Irish warriors were agitated at his coming, but Patrick now a wise old man is prepared to complete his mission of evangelization.

Thank you, Patrick, for protecting me so well on my life’s journey.  A corned beef dinner is simmering in my Dutch oven, as tradition calls to honor my Papa and our Irish ancestors.

I bless you with Patrick’s wisdom:

May pleasure walk with you,

May luck smile upon you,

And may joy be at home in your heart.

Painting by Frederick Cayley Robinson



When salvation beckons

It marks a trail of ashes

Loosening fear for life

Religion has a set way of doctrines that bind the mind and separate people into various denominations that causes great confusion and division.  Holy Scripture proves this.  Surely, Jesus did not intend for this to happen, but it exists to this day, as it did with the Pharisees and Sadducees.

“Don’t see yourself as stuck in sin but see yourself as one set free from bondage and walking into your original design.  Give thanks and carry on!”

–A Word of God spoken through Diana Larking at A Watchman’s Journal.

Love is “The impulse of one’s mind to enjoy God on his own account and to enjoy oneself and one’s neighbor on account of God.

–Saint Augustine

God gives us such an amazing gift of free will.  This gift lends to rise above the limitations of religion in order to nurture a lively personal relationship with the Holy Trinity.  Whether or not one chooses to receive ashes on the forehead, salvation is accessible to everyone.  It is good to stand with God to ‘breathe in heaven.”

Where do you stand with your free will?

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“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.  It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out.”

–Albert Hadley

Let’s set aside today’s outrageous news and conflicts that want to bombard our minds from peace.  Let’s focus on interior designing, one of my favorite pastimes.  With Winter at its tail end, March offers fresh new beginnings.

The upcoming design trends of 2023 combine an eclectic combination of refurbished past with new ideas for home to be bright and comfortable.  It’s a design effort of what is coming back and what is trending, as these images depict.

Fashion living room
Elegance, Home Decor, Sofa, Modern, Luxury

Any natural material, varying warm wood combinations is a comeback.


This living space is subdued with different neutral colors and objects, with a special touch of a mirrored wall.   A gallery of mirrors on any wall would be spectacular.

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Interior decor photographs of stylish luxury bohemian style home

Do you have a room that screams for attention?  A makeover for such a room would invite a cozy private space for meditating, writing, creative hobby or whatever.

Large family kitchen in period conversion house, angled view
Large family kitchen in period conversion house, angled view

Aah, the kitchen is “la piece de resistance,” where the family converges for good meals and conversation.  Here, grandma’s kitchen is far removed.

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An outdoor living space doesn’t have to be as ornate as this image as long as it’s covered from rain, to cook on the grill and enjoy warm weather.

Whatever you desire for your home interior design is ‘carte blanche.”

“Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.”  –Billy Baldwin

“A design isn’t finished until someone is using it.”  –Brenda Laurel

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”  –John Maeda

My favorite quotes:

“The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.”  —David Hicks

“Trendy comes right before tacky.”  -Karl Lagerfeld

That said, I will continue to marry my European antiques with a modern flare of who I am for my family.

I wish you some happy home interior designing to hail in Spring and Summer.

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