more gungor please.

please be my strength.
it's Your .love that's Keeping me.
i  pray Your glory shine.

and all would know that You.. . 
that You are my Strength 

that You and You ALONE 
that You keep bringing me back home

so Bright.
through All the ages 
into the sky.
You're Amazing.  
creation cries
You have Never changed.


one year

.the back of my mom's memorial card reads one of her favorite verses.
these words being some of the hardest to truly understand this past year.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8.28


Upon. Jesus

my mom loved this song.
it came to mean a lot to me in the past few years.
the lyrics so simple.
so .powerful.

more .. . and more

a list i .love

1. i used to know how to knit.
    My mom always started my projects off.
She attempted to teach me to "cast" on .. . off {?}
     but it never sunk in.
    i never thought there would be a day when i would really need to know myself .. . .
i need to start knitting again.
      i need to start knitting again.
         i need to start knitting again.

2.  ladylee in process  --- -  search label  "Living Pinterest"
. ... such an out of the box concept. 
i Love it!  
I've spent a .Bit of time at this site recently
and definitely will be sharing in her "Living Pinterest" idea. 

3.   this blog turning pages .. .  
for some reason.. . this series of August posts seem to be my favorites
I've had this window open for some time now. and gone back to it several times.  click HERE.

4. One of my Pinterest .boards is filling up quickly. 
Like i've mentioned in a recent post, i've become addicted to pinning. 
I have found so many pins on Laura Helm's  'this is happening'  Board.

5.  This recipe for kale salad.. . can't recall where i found it. But i've been dying to try it. 
Share in the Love! 

Raw Tuscan Kale Salad Recipe

     .affordable. Anthro clothing and accessories

Someone was thinking. 
LOVE. love ... . loVe this idea! 

"found is a event decor and prop resource supplying brides, event planners, designers and photographers with unique vintage items to give their weddings, photo shoots and events style and originality. We rent one of a kind pieces of furniture and accessories for whatever your needs may be. .."
You Must visit. .. One of a kind. 

8. this one is self.explanatory: oh Yum! 

click HERE to devour goodness
.loving this recipe for strawberry milk macarons with cookie dough buttercream 
Fantasically creative!


Steve Martin's Flowers

Steven Martin is a talented man. 
Not only a successful and admired actor. 
but writer, comedian
..  . add to the list, musician. 

I fell in love with one of his novella's Shopgirl
Read it in just a day or so. and the movie is delightful as ever. 

Don't think I've ever seen him in a movie where i havent? enjoyed him. 
The Jerk. .. goodness Gracious! 
RENT it NOW... .if it has not graced your screen. 
You will laugh til the end credits roll. 

This is a song I found on one of my friend's facebook pages and felt compelled to share. 
Won't admit to you how many times I've listened to since. 
It may be a wee bit embarrassing.

Open Windows. .. . and Freezing weather.. .

It's been a crazy .couple of days.
I've been without power. ..
i'm currently at my parent's house: thieving heat, hot water, electricity and all other amenities.

I've had so many websites open, in "save" .. .bookmark mode..
the rainbow wheel started to make a daily appearance.
It's late, so i'll only share a few.

this all seems a bit frivolous after what i "survived" .. . but even more reason to spend a few moments resting upon it momentarily.

this song

.. . clearly not originally from Love Actually .. . 
you know that scene
but that's where it got to me

so much good stuff
Love this post back from September 

.head on over. 


it's my new obssession. 
and YES. it is a problem 

this is one of .my favorites to stalk.

click to LINK 


i turn the music up

i've gone missing.
i've been living.
i've been falling.

these notes encompass my heart... . the emotion:: the love.
my love.


more open windows

my computer is running SLOooooooooow.
it's these open windows that i've been saving to share.

so here they are:
things i'm loving right now.. .
well... not ALL of them.
just a lil taste.

etsy shopping

Take me there. Click HERE

my favorite

Swarovski Crystal Encrusted Friendship Bracelet 

get me there quick. click HERE

more etsy LOVE 

this music

old song rediscovered  .AWESOME.ness

this hymn. these WORDS.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Martin Luther. Tr. Frederick Henry Hedge (1483–1546)

A MIGHTY fortress is our God,
  A bulwark never failing;
Our helper he, amid the flood
  Of mortal ills prevailing.
    For still our ancient foe        5
    Doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and power are great;
    And, armed with cruel hate,
  On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide,        10
  Our striving would be losing,—
Were not the right man on our side,
  The man of God’s own choosing.
    Dost ask who that may be?
    Christ Jesus, it is he,        15
    Lord Sabaoth his name,
    From age to age the same,
  And he must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled,
  Should threaten to undo us;        20
We will not fear, for God hath willed
  His truth to triumph through us.
    The prince of darkness grim,—
    We tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure,        25
    For lo! his doom is sure,—
  One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers—
  No thanks to them—abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours        30
  Through him who with us sideth.
    Let goods and kindred go,
    This mortal life also;
    The body they may kill:
    God’s truth abideth still,        35
  His kingdom is forever.

this video... 
I subscribe to his wife, Samantha's makeup YouTube channel.
She's hysterical, adorable and together well, they are just cute. So goofy and entertaining.

this poem 

William Wordsworth. 1770–1850

536. Ode
Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
    The earth, and every common sight,
            To me did seem
    Apparell'd in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.         5
It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
        Turn wheresoe'er I may,
            By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

. .. ..

And O ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills, and Groves,
Forebode not any severing of our loves!
Yet in my heart of hearts I feel your might;
I only have relinquish'd one delight 195
To live beneath your more habitual sway.
I love the brooks which down their channels fret,
Even more than when I tripp'd lightly as they;
The innocent brightness of a new-born Day
            Is lovely yet; 200
The clouds that gather round the setting sun
Do take a sober colouring from an eye
That hath kept watch o'er man's mortality;
Another race hath been, and other palms are won.
Thanks to the human heart by which we live, 205
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

full text HERE

this site

Hairpins HERE

... lingerings of tattoo two.


the box is Boring.

in the last couple of years, i've come to many many realizations.
had several epiphanies..
i've been busy.

something that may seem somewhat superficial
.. but, in a way is "bigger picture" is my appreciation for things that lie outside of mainstream culture.
beyond what the typical, average person likes or to which he or she is accustomed.

a somewhat silly example when i open my closet each morning:
purposely mismatching clothing
making ugly things appear pretty, desirable in the right outfit

on a daily basis, it seems this applies to everything:: :
even who my friends are.
..  who i thought they would be. who they ended up being.
and I LOVE This about my life. 

everything out of the ordinary. becomes my ordinary
I find pleasure looking beyond.
in fact, it's an activity i've asked my students to do each year.
encourage them to stretch their boundaries_
those 'DO NOT CROSS' lines start to form even as young as nine and ten.

i stumbled upon this video today
and in all of its oddities.. .
absolutely loved it.
it is a creative .vision

when something can spin my mind around and set it back upside down,
i'm grateful to have encountered it as part of my day



i was born a few decades late. 

Jane Russell. and Robert Mitchum

Dean Martin. and Marilyn Monroe


see those stars shining in your eyes

i seriously hit replay at least 20 times last night. 
What is it about this song? 
I'm in love. 


you've caught my attention.

I will admit, I've become quite addicted to the Cooking Channel. 
I really don't watch much television at all other than that. 
These two recipes today, made me swoon. 

Jamie _  I could watch him cook all day long.
and Giada. this recipe was such a vibrant combination. 
Click on the Recipe name for any other details. 


  • 5 big leeks, outer leaves trimmed back, washed
  • Olive oil
  • 3 good knobs butter, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • A small wineglass white wine
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint good-quality vegetable or chicken stock
  • 12 slices ham, preferably Parma
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages fresh lasagne sheets
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 handfuls freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving

For the Pangrattato:

  • 1 small handful dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1/2 ciabatta bread, preferably stale, cut into chunks
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


Halve the leeks lengthways and cut at an angle into 1/2-inch slices. Heat a wide saucepan, add a splash of oil and a knob of butter, and when you hear a gentle sizzling add the sliced garlic, thyme leaves and leeks. Move the leeks around so every piece gets coated. Pour in the wine, season with pepper and stir in the stock. Cover the leeks with the slices of Parma ham, place a lid on the pan and cook gently for 25 to 30 minutes.[OH mmmmm.mmy!] Once the leeks are tender, take the pan off the heat.

To make the pangrattato:

Whiz the mushrooms and bread with a pinch of salt and pepper in a food processor until the mixture looks like bread crumbs. Heat a generous glug of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic cloves and the rosemary and cook for a minute, then fry the bread crumbs in the oil until golden and crisp. Keep shaking the pan - don't let the bread crumbs catch on the bottom. Drain on paper towels, discard therosemary and garlic and allow the bread crumbs to cool.

Bring a big pan of salted water to the boil. Lay the lasagne sheets on a clean working surface and sprinkle with a little flour. Place the sheets on top of each other and slice into 1/2-inch strips. Toss through your fingers to shake out the pappardelle, then cook in the boiling water 2 minutes or until al dente.
Remove the Parma ham from the saucepan, slice up and stir back into the leeks. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in the Parmesan and the rest of the butter. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, and add the pasta to the leeks. Add a little of the cooking water if need be, to give you a silky, smooth sauce. Serve quickly, sprinkled with some pangrattato, extra Parmesan and any leftover thyme tips. Serve the rest of the pangrattato in a bowl on the side.


  • 2 grapefruits, trimmed of skin and cut into large slices
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pitted chopped black olives
  • 1 bunch basil, leaves thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place the grapefruit slices in a slightly overlapping pattern on a serving platter. Sprinkle the onion slices over the grapefruit. Then sprinkle the olives. Top with the basil and chives. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.