April 17, 2014

hippity hoppity

easter's on its way
the countdown has begun. our daughter comes home from australia may 1st. she's been working in ballina {south of brisbane} since this past august and to say that we are excited to see her is the understatement of the year. so in fourteen days, which is 20,160 minutes, she'll be home. squeal. we plan on celebrating her birthday, which was in february and then we'll just sit around and stare at her and occasionally touch her just to make sure she's real. we're fun like that.

i'm feeling the need for a change. a blog change. i know that right there with those 3 words, i just lost some of you and that's okay. i understand. i feel the same way when i read someone's blog and they are all "whoa is me. things don't feel right or the same anymore."

but hey…people change.

my first blog began on december 27th, 2005. then moredoors {be yourself} began a life on january 11th, 2008 and WOW...i have had an amazing run of over 9 years {stressing "nine years" people} in the blogging world. and now the itch. the itch of wanting a new place, a new space, new surroundings and a new feel, all while wrestling with the fact that this feeling doesn't come from someone who grabs "change"excitedly by the hand and skips across the street with a big smile on her face.

so, no whoa is me, where am i going with my life, what am i going to do now scenario….nope, i'm just talking out loud, getting things out of my head, sorting through thoughts and trying to figure out what sounds like the most fun. 

life's too short not to do what's the most fun…or the most exciting. right?

i hope you all have a wonderful bunny day. may the chocolate fairy be kind to you.

April 13, 2014

in time

my older sister, her hubby and their daughter were here visiting this past week. they live in maine and we were all thrilled to have them home. they made me eat try this. it made my eyes water and my throat burn and even with water, it hurt me. my sister went back for seconds. i trespass into old, abandoned buildings and once had to answer to a sheriff who caught me and i think that's daring. she ate more than one piece of that bar. i think she wins.

the green that spring brings is not here yet.

oh sure, if you look closely under all things still packed tightly to the ground from the weight of winter, you might find it, but generally speaking…ahhh not really. this is an old photo. obviously i was feeling a bit orangey tonight.

as i type this, i'm sitting in my office/art studio surrounded by things that feel like home. granted, a really messy {shit is all over the floor and i can't see the top of my work table} home, but still, it's comforting to me. let's just call it spring cleaning…since technically i was cleaning all day and according to the calendar,  it is spring.

question...how many pens/markers does a girl need? come on, it's not a trick question. how many? well, because i was actually able to part with like over one hundred some today, the answer is 46.

i should be sleeping, or at least in bed thinking about sleep, but the rain has other plans for me. i'm not complaining. i love the sound of rain and all things rain related {except the constant humming of the sump pump} and i haven't typed or written in forever, so this is where i'm supposed to be. unfortunately though, my brain feels about as useful as a wadded up kleenex, so i'm going to read a bit. hopefully the words i skim will find a place to land and lull me to sleep.

April 7, 2014

to dream in

we're all busy. in fact too many people seem to glorify "busy-ness" and that's sad. "any who" {and my apologies if i stepped on any toes...the truth hurts sometimes} i love this post. it made me stop and think and well frankly, it made me use both of my hands and my morning was so much more enjoyable. my computer and phone didn't even miss me.

i'm still on my iPhone 4s. should i get the 5? i'm due for a upgrade. unfortunately i don't love change.

whose using LR 5? i'm still on LR 3. tell me how wonderful LR5 is and make me switch. i dare you.

oh, and i want this. to write in. to play in. to dream in. to create in and to sleep in after all my senses have been awakened and i'm too exhausted to move.

{photo found on tumblr}

April 1, 2014

just like this

i just looked out my window and saw these blossoms. the sun is so warm today i'm sweating and my skin is no longer pasty white. i slept 10 hours last night and didn't wake up once and our chef served us beignets and mimosas for breakfast. the maid really out did herself yesterday and our floors are clean enough to eat off of. in fact, that where's we ate our {perfectly toasted and completely covered in powered sugar} beignets. our bird feeder this morning was filled with cardinals and finches and when the feeder was full, they all stood patiently in line and took turns. it's almost time for lunch. i think our chef said it would be something light, like a seared ahi tuna salad with a fresh warm baguette and oil for dipping, followed by amaretto gelato served in waffle bowls. yup. that's what my day looks like so far.

april fools.

March 27, 2014


can you make a "new month's" resolution? if so, april is going to be my bitch month to make "be yourself" feel all pretty and alive again. it's got a bit of the bloggy blahs.

or maybe it will be may.

anyone else watching parenthood? the blacklist? the voice? resurrection?

anyone else feel like they're spending too much time on facebook? or pinterest?

anyone else want to burn all of their winter clothes?

i stopped in DSW the other day and summer sandals practically threw themselves at me when i opened the door and guess what? i hated everything i saw. everything.

target on the other hand. what is it about that place that makes me feel all lightheaded and fuzzy when i'm in there? in a good kind of way.

i've been searching for a new iphone case and did you know that society 6 can literally pull in through your computer screen and hold you hostage for like 4 hours? seriously, they can.

oh, and this is my favorite song…this week.

March 20, 2014

you said i could

thank you to everyone who said that sharing more of my photos from our winter in florida was okay. what a warm and fuzzy feeling.

on our last day in seaside, we took a long and thoughtful walk through the woods and town soaking in everything around us, knowing it would be a year before we'd do it all again. the photo above, while i don't condone carving your initials or anything else into someone else's property, made me smile. i found it on a small public portico at the end of a pier over a lake and what i want to believe is that while all of "his"friends were busy carving their initials into the wood, a child who wanted nothing more than to fit in and who was raised to know better, decided that carving a cross probably wouldn't get him into trouble.

in case you're wondering, yes…vsco editing is still what i'm doing with most of my photos because holy cow, i love the feeling they provoke in me. i'm a vintage girl through and through, who loves the lines of mid century modern anything mixed in and somehow, that's what vsco feels like to me.

there was a photo shoot going on when we were walking through town and i couldn't get over the gorgeousness of these three children. i took a few photos from the front, but obviously without permission i wouldn't share those here and to be honest with you, this photo that i quickly shot from behind, was the best one of the bunch. look at the handholding between the two littlest ones. wow…is that adorable or what??

on our very last night, we ran down to the beach for one last sunset. the temperature dropped dramatically and way too quickly, so there i sat in my hubby's lap trying to stay warm. i still had my flip flops on, so my toes were freezing and even with my hood up over my head, it was cold...but the sunset was blindingly brilliant.

to be safe, i didn't look through the view finder on my camera, as i'm always worried about burning my cornea or some other horrific "eye to the sun magnified by a camera lens related" issue when the sun is that bright and just clicked away.

i guess if i compared all of my sunset photos to each other, they'd look similar to each other, but this one i'll remember the most. the cold wind whipping against me, my hubby's warm arms around me and a sky that said, "this is for you, so you don't ever forget me."

March 13, 2014

i wasn't completely finished

i still have so many photos {that were taken over the past two months} that i've yet to share and honestly, i'm not quite sure what to do with them. tucking them away for a bit is what my gut is telling me to do and since i really try to listen to her…well, hello external hard drive while i make room for yet another "new file" filled with florida photos.

believe me, i know it gets exhausting and boring looking at someone else's vacation photos. been there, done that.

anyhow, the photo above is just one of the many rock balancing piles we made on a sunny afternoon after watching this guy do the same thing. granted, we weren't in a river with amazing videography showcasing our building process and there wasn't any music playing in the background, but we still had a blast. 

don't judge. it's the little things that truly make us happy. like today for instance. we had fried egg sandwiches at the daisy cafe for lunch. 

color us happy.

do you see it? do you see the heart?

and then there's this photo. the one that pretty much takes my breath away. the one that quietly says everything about me, everything about us and that "we were here."