Musings Newsletter

Playground Day

“The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. ” ~ Gilbert Chesterton Today Gracie and I made Buttermilk Scone Cake with Blackberries while we sipped Earl Grey Tea. It was still morning, and the windows and doors were open letting in the cool morning breeze,…

Celebrating Father’s Day

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.”  ~Bill Cosby The day started out quiet. I caught up on a little reading and writing while husband and daughter slept in. Husband got up first and I wished him a happy Father’s Day.  We sipped China Rosepetal tea while we made breakfast together. Fried…

A Little Brown Betty

“For the custom of afternoon tea, we have a peckish English duchess to thank. In the early nineteenth century, Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ at about four, several hours before dinnertime. Not wishing to bestir her staff, she requested just a cup of tea with a slice of cake. Soon friends…

Sir William Baffin & Rose Miel

“I’ll never forget the first time we saw our Victorian cottage. We knew we were home the minute we walked through the front door. When we stepped out the back door and saw the rose bushes we just knew the house was blessed.” ~Melissa Placzek Welcome Home 2004 The first time we saw our house…

Simple Pleasures & Sun Tea

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” ~Oscar Wilde This time of year I usually head to the kitchen to make my coffee first thing in the morning, and while I wait for the water to boil I make a new batch of sun tea. We go through about a…

Victoria Magazine Dreams

“Behind every successful woman is a tale of self reliance, persistence, and the joy of following one’s heart.” from the Victoria publication The Business of Bliss I have been in love with Victoria Magazine since I was 16.  I picked up the premier copy back in 1987. The breathtaking photography of Toshi Otsuki was the…

Here Comes the Sun

photograph by Melissa Placzek My brain is overflowing with ideas today and wouldn’t let my body sleep in. The idea of a French press got me to my feet at about 5:00 AM. Is there any better motivator than coffee? It’s suppose to get up to 70 degrees here in Minnesota today. I’m figuring if…

Such Things To Be

photograph by Melissa Placzek “So many worlds, So much to do, So little done, Such things to be.” ~Alfred Lord Tennyson My daughter Andrea will be starting her college classes soon! I can’t believe I’m old enough to be the mom of a college student! Where does the time go? She’s going to be a…

Geocaching: High-Tech Treasure Hunting

photograph by Melissa Placzek “A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education.” ~Smiley Blanton Have you ever wanted to search for hidden treasure? We heard about a sort of ‘high-tech’ treasure hunting sport some years back, called geocaching. We’re hooked. It’s really not hard at all once you get the hang of it,…

Rainy Day Rituals

Yesterday I woke up to the sound of thunder, and from the looks of it we’re in for another rainy day here in Minnesota. This sudden influx of blustery weather got me thinking about rainy day rituals. I love rainy days every once in awhile. I get up and make a big pot of French…