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We have two new family members, bringing our cat family total to four. Friends think I may become a crazy cat lady, I’ll try not to!

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This is sweet Tilley. 

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And this is Einstein, Mr. playful, who has long grey hair growing in his ears.

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Gorgeous Chinese Lanterns.

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Lanterns drying.

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Awaiting mini lights, should look beautiful.

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Sunflowers from the garden.

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Hanging basket on the deck.

My friend, Ruth Krening, came over for a slumber party. She comes to the cottage to decompress, listen to the pond and enjoy a little bit of quiet. We always look forward to seeing her. Ruth is a fabric collage artist who has been featured in Cloth, Paper scissors, Sew Somerset, Apronology and other craft publications. She loves vintage photos, too. Whenever Ruth visits, we take the  opportunity to catch up, review new and old books and  other publications. This time we reviewed Tracie Huskamp’s new book, “Nature Inspired: Mixed Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling and Assemblage.” 

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Ruth perusing “Nature Inspired.”

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Admiring Quilting Arts.

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Tilley taking it all in.

Abigail has been riding horses for just about a year now and is a natural. We started with a horse and pony, and now have 5 horses. She is practicing 4-5 days a week in preparation for the state fair. It’s coming up. She’s shown real dedication to our horses, taking on the necessary mucking and giving them lots of care. 

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Abby and Maestro, he’ll be pulling a cart at the state fair.

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Abby /Styles, Meghan/Snort, Kim/Cocoa, Trainer Kathy and assistant trainer, Cookie.


I was so thrilled to to be able to host Stephanie Lee at the Cottage this summer. Ten of us spent two days, under her expert instruction, altering and enhancing old photographs. It was fabulous and the results were amazing.


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A younger, cuter version of Glenny.

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Connie McDowell and her father.

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Diane Taylor, Maria!, Katie Kendrick, Judy Wise, Jan Harris and Suki Near.