even cowgirls get the blues

Hickory Wind

In South Carolina there are many tall pines
I remember the oak tree that we used to climb
But now when I'm lonesome, I always pretend
That I'm getting the feel of hickory wind

I started out younger at most everything
All the riches and pleasures, what else could life bring?
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin' me home, hickory wind

It's hard to find out that trouble is real
In a far away city, with a far away feel
But it makes me feel better each time it begins
Callin' me home, hickory wind

Keeps callin' me home, hickory wind


PNE August 2012. SWEET.

green powerhouse smoothie

Courtesy of my friend and nutrition guru Jennifer Sirounis.

Strawberry Apple Kale Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving


• 3 leaves of dinosaur or lacinto kale
• 6-8 frozen strawberries (it’s easier to blend if these are small, or halved before freezing)
• ½ organic crisp apple, like sweet orin, fuji, honeycrisp
• 3-inch chunk of organic English cucumber
• Small pinch of cinnamon
• 1-2 tsp raw honey (optional)
• 3 ice cubes
• Cold filtered water


1. Remove ribs from kale, and chop or tear into small pieces.
2. Remove core from apple, and chop into small pieces.
3. Chop cucumber into small pieces.
4. Using an immersion blender, or countertop blender, blend all ingredients until smooth, using enough water to thin to desired consistency.
5. Enjoy!


• Raw honey has enzymes that help with carbohydrate metabolism, but if you’re looking to lower the glycemic index, try using a pinch of stevia instead of honey.

• To bump up the fruit flavour, try steeping a fruit tea bag and chilling. Use this instead of water.


Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it...

― Wilferd Peterson


Anne Shirley: Don't you ever imagine things differently from what they are?

Marilla Cuthbert: No.
Anne Shirley: Oh Marilla, how much you miss.


There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss



“I’m a hopeless romantic. I buy things because I fall in love with them. I never buy anything just because it’s valuable. My husband used to say I look at a piece of fabric and listen to the threads. It tells me a story. It sings me a song. I have to get a physical reaction when I buy something. A coup de foudre – a bolt of lightning. It’s fun to get knocked out that way!”

Iris Apfel

quote and image via eyesing


I started the year feeling really, really scattered.

So I had a date with one of my bests to go see a psychic, followed by the most delicious chai tea latte I have ever had.

The afternoon left me with a good taste in my mouth.
And a lot of direction.