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Here are the last two of my favorite quotes from my 2013 desk calendar. I have now cleared out my desk drawer of all the sheets that were torn off and stuffed into the drawer for future reference!

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” ~Richard Byrd, U.S. Navy admiral and explorer


“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.” ~Abraham Lincoln.


Hope you enjoyed this little series. Are there any quotes that you’ve found inspiring or helpful through the past year? Share them!

  • August 8 – “Hope is not a feeling of certainty, that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning.” Vaclav Havel, Czech president and writer
  • February 18 – “Half-heartedness never won a battle.” William McKinley, U.S. President
  • May 14 – “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.” William F. Buckley Jr., American editor and journalist
  • June 28 – “It is the same with men as with horses: those which do the most prancing are generally the ones which make the least progress.” Baron de Stassart, 19th-century Deuth-Belgian politician
  • August 17

“Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.” ~Edward Albee, American playwright

  • December 31 – “The best thing about the future is that is comes only one day at a time.” Abraham Lincoln
  • August 19 – “There are no happy endings. . . there are only happy people.” Dorothy Gilman, American novelist
  • January 8 – “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.” Catherine Aird, pseudonymous English writer
  • July 23 – “Sometimes you eat the bear, but sometimes the bear eats you.” James Crumley, American novelist
  • June 21

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus

Five more favorites from the 2013 desk calendar:

  • November 2 – “Many things cause pain which would cause pleasure if you regarded their advantages.” Baltasar Gracian, 17th century Spanish writer
  • August 20 – “No great thing is created suddenly.” Epictetus, ancient Greek philosopher
  • May 16 – “He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” Edmund Burke, 18th-century English statesman
  • December 24 – “Never get to fascinated by the extraordinary that you miss the ordinary.” Magdalen Nabb, English novelist
  • January 21 – “Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotable Year Image

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my dad has gotten me a calendar for Christmas. Wall calendars, desk calendars—every year it’s something different based on current interests or hobbies. I love the tradition. For 2013, dad got me a quote of the day desk calendar, and I’ve enjoyed pulling off each page and reading the little blurb of wisdom before I buckle down and get some work done. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll share some of my favorites.

Starting off:

  • December 14 – “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” C.S. Lewis
  • August 12 – “Sometimes you work for wages, sometimes not, but what does anybody make but a living?” Henry Ford
  • January 10 – “Lick ’em tomorrow” Ulysses S. Grant

Italy - Dorata

On the subject of well-intentioned posts from YEARS ago. In July of 2010 – yes, three years ago – I intended to post about a few places we visited on a trip out to Illinois. I figured I should clear the post out of the drafts and release it to the world. Only two places had been written about. One was a gift shop that is now closed. Sorry Anecdotes. I’m sure my blog post would not have saved you.

The other place is Baja Burrito in Nashville, TN. We swung through Nashville to see a concert on our drive home from the Great Plains. It’s still worth telling you to go there. Eat a burrito for me. Enjoy it. Savor the flavor. Then go see a concert. It makes for a memorable day if you ask me!

You may ask, “Why the photo of the luxurious Italian villa?” This photo isn’t of a place that I’ll go. Probably ever. It’s just on my Pinterest board of “possible” (translation, “impossible”) vacation spots, which I thought tied in with the travel theme. For a cool $3.5K a night, you could stay there. However, you may want to stick with Nashville burritos instead 🙂

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I started this post back in 2011. Um. . . Crazy. Originally it was about three books I had bought in September of that year. I’ve bought WAY more than three books since I wrote this post. S also gave me a kindle since then, which has revolutionized reading for me. These books are still worth sharing, and you should still add them to your shelf —so here goes!

The Hidden People is a sketchbook by illustrator  Cory Godbey. Whimsical and fantastic creatures bring a smile at every turn of the page. My husband and I were super happy to be able to snag a signed copy from Cory at the Indie Craft Parade in 2011, and you can get still get your very own copy on Etsy! Since getting The Hidden People, we have also added Cory’s newest sketchbook, Menagerie, to our library as well. Again, it’s awesome, and you need a copy.


I picked up Make & Do from Mollie Greene back in yesteryear as well—via Etsy, where else? Sweet paper crafts fill the pages – which is probably why she has a new book coming out in June actually called Sweet Paper Crafts! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon. I made a mobile of dog cut outs from an idea in the book. It may not be practical, but a mobile of patterned paper puppies is super cute to have hanging around.

And of course, one and a half years later, I can’t remember what the third book was. It’s photo wasn’t saved in the draft. We will have to wonder together what the third book that I pondered writing about was. If you figure it out, let me know! In lieu of not having a third book to share, here’s a review of what I have been reading this year:

  • Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Amazing, convicting, though provoking. Been going through with a good friend over coffee in the morning. 
  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, Noel Piper – Five stories about five awesome women. Lilias Trotter was probably my favorite in the book, but all the women were inspiring.
  • Feminine Appeal, Carolyn Mahaney – Not very far through yet. I think I’m in the first chapter
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – Wanted to refresh my memory since the movie is coming out. The story made me sad for all the characters in it.
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (did I even need to type it?!) – the 200th anniversary of the publication was this spring. To quote Kathleen Kelly, “Ah! Read it. I know you’ll love it!”
  • Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy – Very cool illustrations. Great sequel to the first book, Wildwood. SPOILER ALERT: It’s a cliff hanger.
  • Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis – Classic. Adventurous. Reading for the millionth time.
  • The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller – I would recommend this book to anyone—regardless of your marriage status. It’s about relationships pointing to Christ. Very insightful.

AND finally – I just can’t wait for the fourth book in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson to come out! Dear Andrew, please hurry writing. I know your computer crashed and everything was lost. But I have to know what happens next!

Bella Bella Florence Design

I was sad to hear that Annette Funicello passed away this past Monday. I loved watching the original Mickey Mouse club when I was little, and I’ll never forget the time that my mom, sister and I watched Escapade in Florence, starring Annette. “Dream Boy”? That scooter chase? Priceless. But now it’s time to say goodbye, and a little design tribute seemed in order. MIC – See you real soon, KEY – why? Because we like you, Annette.

I doubt that many people have ever heard the “Dream Boy” song from Escapade in Florence. Thankfully, there’s a you tube video for that! Check it out, it will brighten your day.

The tree outside my office window has produced about seven red leaves, and I am getting so anxious for fall—cooler weather, warm and savory foods, the company of good friends, and amazing apple concoctions of all kinds!

In preparation for all of the above, I’m reposting a delicious recipe that has become one of my all time favorite fall treats. You can read my original post about the delectable Cinnamon-Apple Crostata (with my tips for making this even EASIER to make) or you can skip on over to for the recipe.

Happy Fall Anticipation Day!


I’ve been watching a lot of I Love Lucy lately ever since my husband got me the 9 season, 2 bonus disc, collector’s edition box set for our anniversary. Happy two years, Honey!

I have loved that show ever since I was a kid—recording three hours off Nick At Nite each week in the summer, finding Lucy mugs and postcards, and even having a Lucy themed party for my 11th birthday. My mom made it special by creating a retro theme and bought everything she could find that was Lucy. She even had cupcakes made with the little dolls you can put in the top to make the cake look like the skirt. The cake maker dyed their hair red at my mom’s request, just like Lucy’s! It was pretty special—thanks Mom!!

I realized last night as I watched “The Audition” (which I discovered is the same exact plot—AND script!—as the unreleased pilot, discovered in 1990 or something like that) that this is the 60th anniversary of the first season of the show! I just love the simplistic, slap-stick, hilarity that is I Love Lucy, and I think that is why so many people like me have fallen in love with the show over the years. So happy anniversary, Lucy! I’m enjoying watching the show even a lifetime later!

I Love Lucy Watercolor Painting by Soo210 on