Welcome, Friends!

A garden is a friend you can visit anytime, declares a large stone in a well tended  garden.  And that’s my hope for this blog, that Autumn’s Garden will be like a friend you can visit anytime in these uncertain times that are today.  



Gardening & Housekeeping

I love gardening – especially in an autumn garden – my enthusiasm is not matched by ability. Both are excellent tutors . . . and here are the lessons I am learning.


painting & writing

I may not yet be a Grandma Moses, or a Eudora Welty, but while there’s life, there’s HOPE. And every day I can paint or write is a good day!

age and stage

understanding the times

The men of Issachar understood the times — understanding ours is no less crucial. (1 Chronicles 12:32)


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pandemic paintings

Paintings From the Porch

In March of 2020, our sun porch became my favorite room in our home as Doug and I began a new season in our marriage — the  COVID pandemic season.  The season continues and so do the challenges. And, the porch is a place where we both “do” art. 

 Painting on the porch is my sanity saver! There, painting helps me find designs and colors that say how I feel: hopeful and nervous, and old. (Cute, though) I have a spirit that says, YES!  Alas, the old body says . . . maybe not.

 In the words of  Vincent van Gogh: “In painting I want to say something comforting in the way that music is comforting.”

 Communication matters in these uncertain times.  And I hope the messages I have painted brighten your day!

 Often in styles inspired by other artists, here are some of my creations I am offering.  In order to keep painting, I need to clear some room and keep my supplies full. So I’m offering some paintings for sale.


From the Blog

What Am I Wired For?

What Am I Wired For?

These are times that make me wonder what I am wired for. It certainly is NOT the twenty-four hour news cycle! We just...

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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans

The best laid plans of mice and men  often go awry. * A plan in this first quarter of a new year was to get an...

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What is Serenity?

What is Serenity?

I know it when I have it: serenity — and I know when I am losing it. And everybody around me knows when I have lost...

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A Stumble

A Stumble

I was so nervous that Doug might stumble, I surprised myself when I missed the curb . . . again.   Sigh.  I wacked my...

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“O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.” William Shakespeare

Who am I? I am a wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, aunt, sister and cousin, and friend. And I am a recovering English major. I enjoy writing, painting, and reading – which when combined with all the wonderful people God has permitted in my life, I have much for which I am thankful. And I am grateful for the freedom to express my thanks.