Frosted

Yesterday, my husband insisted I rush out mid-afternoon and take some photos because he thought my favorite hosta had something more to offer this season. He was right.
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It’s what’s inside that counts

How often have you heard that statement? I know I have, from food to computers. I suggest it’s a story often told but rarely acted upon. I don’t know about you, but I look at something and, if I like the look of it, I go straight to the price tag.
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Healthy Comfort Food- Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great food to eat in the late summer-early fall.  Substitute this unique vegetable for pasta and save calories if you’re watching your carbohydrates- while filling up on fiber and nutrients. Simply cut the squash in half (See photo center)
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Hello Dahlias

This summer I discovered dahlias in all their glory –at a family farm in Cornwall CT. Their size, varieties and colors are obscenely extravagant. If you haven’t been there, you can learn more here- http://www.somethingtocrowaboutdahlias.com and, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to buy some tubers of your own. I plant VERY few summer bulbs because they have to be pretty special for me to dig them up in fall, then store, plant and stake them again come spring. For these babies, I will make an exception.
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Paola Pillows and Starbucks

What do Paola Pillows and Starbucks have in common? They both raise the bar on a product once thought to be a commodity. Not every flower finds itself reproduced on a luxurious 18” pillow. I have a passion for making beautiful things an important part of everyday life. 
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Seasonal Optimism – Azalea Bloom in Autumn

I was surprised to find this bloom on one of the azalea bushes yesterday as I was weeding in preparation for their autumn holly tone application. I’m pretty sure the bush bloomed in early spring.  I was glad to see there weren’t any other buds this close to snowfall in Litchfield, Connecticut… Must be a left over.
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Pillow Comfort

Sometimes life feels like a race against time. Rush here, do that, finish up, start another project, can I do three things at once? My husband and I escaped to Maine for a couple days and were sitting at dinner doing some people watching. Almost everyone around us was older. After a few minutes I inadvertently caught someone’s eye. She smiled at me. The race in my head stopped. I squeaked out a half smile…and continued on with dinner. Then I thought. This feels good. Comfortable to just be in one place and not stretching for the next. Comfort is
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