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About Me

This blog is a happy, fun place of photos, projects, thoughts, favorite things and more! 

I am a mom, a former paper/mixed media artist, a photographer, a wife, a manic tweeter, a friend and more.
Just like you I'm trying to live the best life I can each and every day awarded to me!

I have 2 children in college (daughter will be 21, son will 19)...been married almost 22 years to my best friend...and have a dog & 6 cats.

Last Spring my husband bought me a house on the water in Charleston, SC. Well not really just me (ha), but in May we closed on a new house on James Island and sold our house in Virginia.  It is my jewel box and it makes me so happy to sit on the porch and look out on the creek. I'm 2.5 miles from the beach and you will find that I frequent it very often.  Getting here was a 20 year plan and it's truly changed my life in so many enriching ways.


I AM......
Loud...and Quiet...I know how to be both in the right places, situations and occasions.
I have a brain & a mouth...I like to use both..or try..I won't be shut up to make someone more comfortable with themselves or the situation if something needs to be said.
I have opinions..I expect others to have them too...I don't expect you to like mine or for me to like yours 100% of the time...and I'm ok with that. I respect everyone, their opinions and their rights whether I disagree or not. I speak my mind. God gave us them to use not to waste.
I am not negative. I am a glass half-full, glass overflowing at times kinda gal. Life is hard enough I prefer the power of positivity. I try to see the best in most people & things.
I am kind.  I am compassionate. I care.  I love.  I hurt.  I feel.
I am not mean, vengeful, vindictive or careless. I may forgive but I never forget. I will stand up for myself, my family and my friends.  Dare me not. I protect.
I do not anger easily or often. But don't push me, I am slow to boil but I boil real HOT when pushed.
I am trustworthy. I respect people, vows & commitments.  I cannot stand a liar or a cheat.
I am not afraid...of most things..snakes are not included in that. To live in fear is to not live fully. I prefer to attempt everything fearlessly.
I am a good friend. I am very loyal & I care deeply about the people close to me. Some of my closest friends I met on the computer...sounds creepy..but I assure you its not.
I do not suffer fools. Phony, Fake, Catty, Mean folks need not apply.
I like to laugh. Laughter has seen me through many trying times. I prefer laughter over chocolate. If you don't laugh & smile everyday I shall prescribe them for you.
I have a great sense of humor. I can see humor in a lot of things. I appreciate crude, adolescent humor...I was an adolescent & I have teens...why not? I'm never too old to think myself above it.
My 40s have been a rough ride so far, but grateful for the chance to live them.
I liked my 30's...a lot...I grew in many ways...all positive in my opinion. My 20's not so much.
I get that the next day could be my last day and appreciate that for what it really is. I appreciate my health as it is...I can walk, talk, breathe and think...everything else doesn't seem as big a deal when you consider the alternative.
I do not choose any one religion. I choose to believe what I believe. As is my choice. But I believe that having morals, love, being non-judgemental and being kind are a priority...period.
I am real.  I am human.  I am not perfect.  I am not the best of anything. 
 I prefer to say "I'm a work in progress"....and will still be saying that at age 90.
I am a klutz...I fall, trip, drop & spill..I've been known to trip over "air"...I'm ok with just gotta accept who you are warts and all at the end of the day.  Humor is the best remedy...see above :)
I am not above looking or acting crazy...I try my best to make my kids husband would say I live to make him crazy....its all good!
I am a good wife. I love my husband. My hubby is #1 in my book. He loves me for who I am and that's all I could ever ask for.  He's also a great father, friend & he makes me laugh...BONUS *but shhh don't tell him I said so*!
 My family is #1...priority..above all else nothing else matters...don't make me choose because you would lose.
My kids are my greatest none. I am a proud mama.
I have 7 animals...6 cats & 2 dogs...I am not an animal hoarder I promise.  My animals are my family & like children to me too.  I have a thing for can't be helped. I've been told that 8 is enough...wasn't that a show...hmmmmm
Having kids helped make me self-less, more patient and mellow, made me learn to love harder & stronger. Made me crazier :)
I hate to love to exercise if I don't know I'm doing it...understand that? But things start to go south & my body feels its best when its the struggle continues.
I am slightly OCD about some things. I hate pillows on the floor. I must have lights on wherever I am. No one can read my magazines before me or I recycle them and get new. I hate clutter...been known to have slight melt-downs (hubby shakin his head yes) when there is clutter on my tables and counter tops. I hate unmade beds. Dirty bathrooms make me squirm.
I am a tech geek. If it is technical then I'm sure to love it.
My fave inventions are donuts, Google & Kindles.
I love cowboy boots and high much as I love being barefoot in the summer.
I grew up country.  I lived in the city. I now live in the lowcountry.
I prefer to say I'm a citified southern country girl.
I'm a gypsy. Part of me is never rooted. Traveling makes me happy.
I prefer to be busy than still. I prefer nights to mornings. I prefer soda to coffee. I prefer warmth to cold. I prefer kindness to rudeness.
I'm passionate about most things. I should have been born Italian I guess.
I am crazy about football, hockey & baseball...I am half-dude at times. I am as comfortable in a room full of guys as girls...granted the girls are not catty, phony or fake...see above.
I can never just do one thing. I've been likened to the Tasmanian Devil at times. I can sleep when I'm dead I like to say. Life is for living and doing...not for being idle.
I like cold pillowcases...warm sheets. I sleep with one foot outside the covers at all times. Weird..maybe..but yeah that's me.
I am addicted to a few things...none of them bad for my health...just bad for my wallet.
I love to read, books are my crack...  I love music, all kinds unless its incomprehensible.
I am an artist..a photographer...a writer...a painter...a wanna-be of many other things.
I love to cook.  I hate to bake. 
I like people. I like stories. I like to talk. I like to listen. I crave peace and quiet. 
I like the sound of the wind in the trees and the waves of the ocean. 
I love the smell of fresh baked bread and lilacs. Tulips always make me smile.
My favorite color is blue, the color of the sky and the ocean.

I was born to live in the South. Feels like home. 
I was born to be a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend...but most of all an individual.
Love me. Hate me. Friend me. Despise me. See me. Hide me. Laugh at me. Laugh with me.
But in the end.....
I am....ME
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