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April 23, 2014


This is Lola.  She was a birthday gift for my nephew, celebrating his hard-earned driver’s license.  He discovered that overly tight packaging had broken her ankles (which put a crimp on her style).  Luckily, a quick repair was made, and now she happily dances atop the dashboard of M’s new wheels.




Butterfly Babies

April 21, 2014





One of my favorite areas of the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona is what I call the nursery.  It’s so amazing to behold nature’s transformations.


Easter Shenanigans

April 18, 2014

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This photo was taken one Easter Sunday many years ago.  We each seemed to be in our own little worlds… much as we are today.




Baking for Easter (Part II)

April 15, 2014

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My sister S’s birthday falls close to Easter.  Several decades ago, Mom celebrated the event by designing, baking, cutting and assembling this cool little rabbit cake.  S loved it, but refused to eat any of the ears for fear that they contained “ear wax.”




Baked for Easter (Part I)

April 14, 2014



My husband is known for his crazy sweet tooth.  As a Christmas gift last year, I called upon a dear friend of ours — an amazing pastry chef — to make H a special dessert each month.  For April she surprised him with this Easter-themed white layer cake with lemon curd and Italian buttercream.   He was in heaven!




Fashionable Family Friday: You Talkin’ to Me?

April 11, 2014

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It appears that I was not totally in agreement with my mom that day.




Blowin’ in the Wind

April 9, 2014




My favorite nature center supports a unity garden.  Fencing surrounds the perimeter to keep the critters out.  Surprisingly, hefty sunflower heads dangle from ribbons attached to the posts.  I’m sure that the waving decor is meant to deter curious wildlife, but I’ll bet the birds love the available seeds.



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