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julie brooks
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Seasonal musings
Last year I was all about pale minty green and I'm really happy with our kitchen. However, I am ready to Go Blue! (and I am not making any college football references here) either. We had a bumper crop of grapes this fall (they look more blue than purple he...

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Porch Sitting 101
Kate rests on fabric originally $198/yard Kate and I recently passed a Porch 101 course (see directions below) and it took lots of practice throughout the summer to get it done correctly. It started with Kate testing the durability of the linen fabric I pur...

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Summer Solstice
Summer in Sandusky is filled with changeable weather. It was in the 60's on my birthday a few days ago. Today it is in the 90's!  I am more inclined to embrace the temperature in the 60's and Ron is delighted when it turns hot and humid. Today is a favorite...

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Lulu's Antiques
You just haven't lived until you hear the sound of a telephone from the 1930s! We have one that hangs on the wall of our kitchen and one upstairs in our library. I love to answer these phones, but, I don't often take the time to use the rotary dial for outg...

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Sparking Joy, Part Two
I know just how Mrs. Bird feels about her overcrowded house! Maybe some of that straw is left over from years ago, and, like me, she just keeps adding more stuff without first cleaning her house. Or maybe she feels nostalgic about the first straw nest, when...

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Happy Home
This makes great blogpost title, and it is also the title of a decorating book byCharoltte Hedman Gueniau, founder of RICE, a homewares company in Denmark. Every  photo is brimming with color pillows and artifacts within all white rooms.  My BFF, Paulette, ...

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Do your calves get along?
This was what I heard my personal trainer, Barb, ask me a few days ago while I struggled with the TRX set.  Well, actually, both calves were burning, so, I answered, "I'm not sure. Yes, I think so." Turns out she was asking me if my CATS get along (the earl...

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Caution! Christmas Letter from the Brooks Household-Proceed at Your Own Risk!
The image above is of a Christmas Card Holder that Paulette made in needlepoint for me. Isn't it beautiful? Ron and I are looking for actual, not virtual, Christmas cards, to put in it this December, of course, but, here we are, sending a virtual Christmas ...

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Thanksgiving ponderings
I've had a  difficult time writing a blogpost after Marilyn passed away several days ago. Yesterday, while at the vet's with our other Sandard poodle, Jack, another client started telling us all about this fantastic white Standard poodle that sat in the chu...

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All's well that end's well.
I was lucky to be back by our garage a few days ago to see two eagles! The one on the left caught and  then  finished a snack of a small bird (gulp) and stuck around for awhile before heading north toward the Lake. The eagle on the right stayed on a bit lon...
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