30 March 2011

Starship Green Thumbs...

The Place:  Southern Minnesota

The Time:  Spring 2010

My Tour Guides...

The Wonder Boys 


The Wonder Boys & The Lightning Struck Trunk



My dear cousin Sonjia's boys ~ umpteenth generation green thumbs on both sides of their family tree, sporting quite the different duds than our farming forefathers.



: )

Julie M.

I'm participating in A Southern Daydreamer's 116th Outdoor Wednesday.

23 March 2011

Kickin' Butte...

Montana ~ Spring 2010



Picture Show

: )

Julie M.

Outdoor Wednesday

22 March 2011

Victorian Charm ~ Up the Avenues

Have you seen the Pixar movie "Up?"

Just the other day, after watching it for the first time, I went on a little treasure hunt through my Midwestern road trip pictures to see if I could find any wonderful old homes that brought to mind "Mr. Fredericksen's" little Victorian beauty.  I didn't really find any...but this one sort of had the right color scheme.

And I thought these ladies were pretty sweet.

The first three charmers reside in my aunt & uncle's Minnesotan town.

This last one, which looks to be waiting for a little love...is not far from The Wonder Twins' Nebraskan childhood home.

Wouldn't you like to adopt it?

Have you ever dreamed of restoring a lovely old house?

I sure have.


 I hope you are having a beautiful week!

: )

Julie M.

20 March 2011

A Pretty Vintage Spring Ensemble...

Did you enjoy the grounds of the historic home I visited with The Wonder Twins last Spring?

I thought you might like to see a view from inside the mansion...

circa 1960

My mama (r) with her friend Ginger, all gussied up to sing with their ensemble during a high school choir concert at Arbor Lodge.

Aren't they sweet?


Happy Spring!

: )

Julie M.

18 March 2011

A Seabold Kind of Day...


Saturday, March 19th

Bainbridge Island, Washington

2:00pm ~ 6:00pm

with Special Guest Vendors...

Oh, what fun!  

Are you going???

: )

Julie M.

All images are from the stunning Seabold Vintage Market booth at last summer's Barn House show...taken by moi.

17 March 2011

From Ireland to the Whispering Bench...

My mom's 3rd paternal great grandfather, Benjamin, was born in Ireland in 1788 and came to America with his wife Mary & their oldest children in the early 1800's.  Their son Wrighston, my grandpa's great grandpa, was born in Ohio in 1826.

By 1879, when my grandpa's daddy was born, his family was living in Nebraska, where they live to this day.  Last Spring, in honor of my mama's 50th high school reunion...we headed back to Nebraska, picking up my Auntie Georgia in Minnesota along the way.

While my mom attended her parties, my auntie and I set about on a family history hunting tour.

One afternoon during our stay, there was time for a little walk with not one, but two of The Wonder Twins.

So, we chose to take a stroll around the grounds of J. Sterling Morton's Arbor Lodge

Yes, Arbor Lodge, as in..."Arbor Day."

Just down the lane from the 52 room mansion...

....past the little blurb of a Cardinal...



President Cleveland


The Whispering Bench!

If you listen very carefully, whilst sitting on one end...as someone whispers into the back of the bench from the other, you can hear them quite clearly.



Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

: )

Julie M.

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15 March 2011

Little Charms...

This month marks my daddy's 70th Birthday.

Growing up, he always had a way with the ladies.   

"If all the girls were across the ocean, what a famous swimmer you would be," wrote his 6th grade classmate, Marian, in his little red autograph book.

Karin & David

"God made mountains.

God made cheese.

God made Karin Jean fer David to squeeze."

George, page 10

Marilyn & David

"Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

Some trees are saps...and so are you."

Joyce F., page 7

Even as an itty bitty boy...

...he was quite the charmer.

Chickie Bird

Little did he know, that growing up just two States away was the li'l gal who, 21 years later, would win his heart.

my mama

He'd just have to convince her boyfriend that, while he was out of town, it would be a great idea for her to have a few tennis lessons, courtesy of my instructor daddy, of course.  

And the rest is history.

The End
{Grandpa with my daddy & his li'l cheeky girlfriend}


Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Little David, Rockford, Illinois ~ 1942

We love you & miss you!


My heart & my prayers go out to the people of Japan and elsewhere in the world who are experiencing indescribable loss, for those who are waiting to be rescued...whether it be from this, other natural disasters or violence, neglect, accidents, etc...  

I am praying for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones...praying for comfort for you, and for hope. 


Are you following Joanne Heim's story?  Joanne, a young wife & mother of 2, suffered a major stroke 2 months ago and her husband, Toben, has been keeping her blog posted with updates about their journey to recovery.

Today is Joanne's Birthday and Toben is putting together a linky party to help celebrate.  Please stop by Joanne's blog, "The Simple Wife," to wish her well!  And if you'd like to participate in the party, Toben is asking for folks to send in close-up pictures of their charm bracelets or special necklace charms in honor of Joanne's trademark accessory.  


Happy Birthday, Joanne!

God Bless you!

: )

Julie M.

09 March 2011

The Little Red Nest ~ Spring is Calling!



"Is it Spring yet??"

Are you ready?

: >

Julie M.


Just click here to see the wee birdies' papa...last Spring & Summer's official greeter for The Little Red Shop.  


07 March 2011

Rottman & Selleck...

The Time:
 One Spring afternoon in 2010

The Place:
 Somewhere in the middle of Nebraska during The Midwestern Junkin' & Family History Huntin' Tour with Li'l Red & The Wonder Twins

The Backstory:
  My mom's family has lived in the area for around 150 years.

The Mission:
 Finding the resting ground of our forefathers...and my auntie's cell phone, which she lost somewhere between two cemeteries.

The Subject:
  The stone of F.W. Rottman ~ 1834-1886
{No relation, as far as I know}

Can you hear me now?

: )

Julie M.

ps  My auntie did find her phone.  It was on the edge of the lane just a few paces from her dad's maternal grandparents, John W. & Mary (née Gardner) Allmon.  My great great grandpa John W. looked just like Tom Selleck.

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