27 January 2010

Snow Day...No Make Up Day...and Some Flakes...

My dear friend and neighbor, Alice, was mighty pleased that I stopped by on my way home from the grocery store...camera in hand...whilst she was outside a' oh so busily shovelin' away....

~sans cosmetique~

(From your lovely comments, I see that I neglected to mention that Alice isn't working with that shovel in this picture...she  simply hid behind it as quick as a flash as soon as she saw my camera! : )

I hope that ya'll are having a beautiful week!

and...no worries...Alice doesn't really mind...she's  a great sport!  

: )

Julie M.

ps  To see more lovely snaps please visit A Southern Daydreamer's 55th Outdoor Wednesday!

20 January 2010

Hope and Blessings

"Hello, my name is Johnny Cash..."

My wee barn cat, Johnny, out for a walk on the footing forms for my new shop.

Johnny showed up, out of the blue, a couple of years ago....he was just a tiny little thing....

with a raspy voice.

He decided to stick around...as a hired hand.

Little Johnny Rocket's favorite activities...

greeting me each and every morning (from outside the back door) with a, "Where is my breakfast?" hello

nudging and head butting and purring and lovin' so much that it was impossible to feed him without getting feeling nudged and loved

snoozing in the sun under his favorite poppy

coming first thing when I call out to him...leaping and bounding over the neighbor's fence

criss-crossing in front of my feet and following me around...everywhere...

waiting at the end of the drive-way for me to come home from an errand

jumping up in the SUV as I try to unload an entire Costco and Target load of goodies

making a mad dash into the house and heading straight for the indoor kitty food as I try to unload an entire SUV full of goodies

waiting for me in a planter...on a table...on the split-rail fence...as I work around the garden

curling up outside on the welcome mat as I work in the shop

greeting visitors


creating his very own art experiences


last St. Patrick's Day, Johnny hopped up off of his perch to follow me out to the nursery...but he made a little stop along the way....

That's right.

He stopped and made a little snow angel.

: )

And then one day last Spring... 3 days before my birthday, to be exact...

Johnny didn't greet me in the morning.

He didn't come when I called him or leap and bound over the fence.

He didn't nudge and love on me as I put out the barn kitty food.

No, he didn't.

But I kept looking, and looking, and calling...

I thought I'd looked everywhere...and then I looked again.

I found him....

curled up under his favorite poppy.

 : (

He was gone.  Now, I choose to believe that animals go to heaven...why wouldn't they?  So, I take comfort in thinking that little Johnny is keeping my precious daddy company in heaven....following him around...giving him little nudges as he sings praises to the Lord.

My friend Olivia's husband came right over and helped me with Johnny....we placed him in his favorite spot...right next to the poppy....well, Glen did.  It was difficult getting used to not having Johnny underfoot...jumping into everything.  And then one day, as my mom was going up the front steps, she said...

"Julie, look!"

Some new little flowers were growing at the base of the steps.

Little Johnny Jump-Ups!!!

Isn't God funny?  He is so creative in the way He shows us little bits of hope and beauty in times of sorrow.  Losing Johnny is a sad thing, but I know the devastation of losing my precious daddy.  I live with it every day.  {I originally posted this in 2010,  last summer, we lost my big brother, Bryan, too.}  I will not, however, even begin to assume that I can comprehend the pain of those who have lost so much...so suddenly...over the past week.  May God bless them as they deal with the physical and emotional pain with which they are dealing.  May He send others to comfort them in their time of numbness and uncertainty.  May they see that there is hope.

Have you encouraged anyone today?

My dear friend Marcia is an "ambassador" for the Hands and Feet Project

To learn more about the Hands and Feet Project and their blessed work with orphaned children (including many newly orphaned little ones) in Jacmel, Haiti, and their outpouring of aid to their neighbors in need after the earthquake, please visit:

Gate to the Children's Village

Thank you!

All Haiti photos via Marcia

God bless you!

: )

Julie M.

ps  Samaritan's Purse is another wonderful humanitarian organization doing blessed work in Haiti ~ http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

12 January 2010

Night Lights...

...just outside The Little Red Shop...

 I will actually turn around and show you my wee shop...soon.

In the meantime, please visit

And thoroughly enjoy the rest of your week!

: )

Julie M.

10 January 2010

One Word...

6' 4" of geeky goodness!

Mmm..he's so yummy!

Oh, yeah....and he loves Jesus!

: )

Julie M.

photo credit: eonline

When I first posted this blog, the Zachary Levi article I wanted to attach wasn't available.  My friend Sara came across a brand new one...

Thank you, Sara!

08 January 2010


in the parlor

George and Tallulah ~ December 2009

Dotted Curtains ~ Simply Shabby Chic

Sheer Plaid Curtains ~ Waverly

Vintage Brass Lamp Painted Pink ~ Not by me

Pretty Floral Lamp Shade ~ Haven't a clue

Clean and organize the rest of the parlor which you can't see and I can barely walk through (tomorrow..which is today!) ~  I certainly hope so!!!

Restore said parlor ~ Someday...someday soon!

: )

Julie M.

02 January 2010

Dormez Vous?

As you set forth making all of your plans and listing all of your aspirations for the new year....

...don't forget to take the time out to dream...

My big brothers...catching some Z's


Give your creative brains some real...



drool on your chin...


: )

Julie M.

A New Year Walk...

In honor of this fresh new year...I'm going to do something kind of wild and crazy.

I'm posting pictures from my walk today...completely unedited.

And off we go...

This is my mountain

I guess some feathered friends were in the mood for a walk today too.

The tree on the corner...

oreo snow

This sweet fella ran out to greet me as I walked past the park...and then stayed by my side as we passed some snarling Huskies who were chained up in a neighbor's yard.

I thanked him and told him he should run on home...but he put his foot down and insisted on staying.  He watched over me until I had safely turned the corner.

A nice place to walk.

A nice place to stay.

My bungalow used to live here...

...and this is where my retired barn cat, Bud, went to stay when he ran away from home.  Isn't this a cute little yellow garage?  I've always liked it.  Buddy came back, in fact, he's all curled up in his chair now.  The neighbors still ask about him...because he's such a doll baby.

I hadn't anticipated going for a walk today...so that felt pretty good.  Walking more often is definitely high on my priority list for the new year.  So, do you know what's next on my list?

Do you?

Yeah, I'd like to get the neighbors' Dollar Store bag out of my Hawthorne tree!

I hope your first day of the New Year was lovely.  What did you do?

: )

Julie M.

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