How’s that for a combo? Absolutely loving every minute living full time in northern Michigan. So very different. The air. The pace. The natural beauty that presents itself EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. A gift and a blessing for sure. Still not taking my camera with me every minute, but that won’t last for long. Almost immediately, I didn’t feel the need to have my cell phone tethered to my body. Weird, surprising, and oh so wonderful. I’m allowing myself time to soak up my new/old permanent surroundings and lifestyle, which thus far is pretty spectacular. Just wait until you see what my zen eyes will be sharing from my new perch.

Excited to announce, “Artfully Ours”, my blog with Gail, is up and running! Would be so tickled to have you follow as we explore our artsy fartsy selves and share our journey. 




P1060338Marley & Lana

HELLO!!! I have surfaced for a second as I await the movers. All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go. Hey, sounds like lines from a song I know. It has been a wild and crazy 3 1/2 months. I head north the moment they finish loading the trucks to begin a new chapter in my life. I have to pinch myself to think I will wake up every morning and be able to walk a block to the water. Ahhh. The house itself will not be ready until the end of August, first of September, so we will be staying in the apartment above the garage, which is finished and so dang cool. The moving company will store our “stuff” until I give them the all clear. It is a blessing in disguise, as Michael and I need a chance to regroup, settle and enjoy what is left of our fleeting summer. We will be refreshed, ready to see the boxes again, and dive in. So, I probably won’t be back on my perch with any regularity for a bit, but you never know.

I have a fun announcement to make! My art class buddy and dear friend, Gail, and I, have decided, in an effort to stay connected and continue making art, to start a blog. Artfully Ours…A Journey Between Friends”. Each week we will choose a theme, paint, draw, use whatever medium we wish, and post our efforts. No words, just our art. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I hope you will join us on our journey. Once we start, I will pop back in here and give you a link so you can check it out.

I hope you all are well. I miss being on my perch, but I have not had a spare moment. See you soon!





As some of you may recall, I wrote this haiku the morning after Christmas, 2013:

Do we ever stop
Developing as beings?
I surely hope not

As growth signals life
Ever changing evermore
I relish the thought

Creative morphing
Spiritual development
Unfolding chapters

A new year calls me
Fresh as a new born baby

I love the newness
A fresh start with a clean slate
Waiting to be filled

What will this year hold?
Only the universe knows
I shall be patient

It knows what I need
Perhaps better than I do
I’d like to think so

I shall be present
As 2014 starts
Focused and ready


And this was my January acrostic:

Just take it day by day
Answer your heart’s questions
Never stop growing
Understand life evolves
As we do!
Relinquish control
Yield to the changes

Little did I know then, the very BIG changes that would be coming my way. We have been talking about downsizing for a couple of years. In April, we decided to put our beautiful home, which we have loved and enjoyed for 14 years, on the market May 1st.  A tad over 2 weeks later, it is sold. Northern Michigan, here we come! We have been going north for 30 years, spent many summers with our now grown children in its glorious grip. We will see how we do full time. Relinquish control, yield to the changes… The universe surely did know something I didn’t. A new adventure awaits!

Needless to say, my attentions are needed elsewhere. Still much to be done. I wish you all peace, and a happy, healthy, joyful summer or winter season, depending on where you hang your hat. I will return to my perch in the fall with tales to tell, and a whole new zen eyes view to share. You will be missed.

HUGE hugs to last until then,