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I am so thankful that I can still cook. I am slower at prep work and make more messes when I cook. A good mixer, processor, and my French carbon steel knives are lifesavers. I have found that using high quality tools in the kitchen helps me avoid accidents and accommodates the stiffness in my hands.

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Pallet Kitchen Garden with Water Whimsies

Pallet Kitchen Garden with Water Whimsies

I love to cook. Today I made yeast rolls, cinnamon buns, oatmeal cookies, Harissa, cumin potato salad, and avocado salad dressing. Parkinson’s makes everything take longer to prepare. My Kitchen Aid mixer is worth every penny. I must have taken three naps in between cooking projects today. I did have the pleasure on gathering fresh lettuce and cilantro from my pallet garden today.

Old teapots, cups, and saucers make lovely, whimsicalimage plant stakes.

imageI went picking at two different junk shops today. I brought home a lot of promising pieces.

I noticed my neighbor weeding her lovely yard. She lives in a beautiful old craftsman era home. I am in love with it. I introduced myself and she graciously let me use her garden as a backdrop for my whimsey photos.imageimage

I am rocking on my front porch watching the rain fall.  There is a sweet scent wafting in the breeze that I am enjoying. I am at peace.              image

Offered at The Vintage Swag in Summerville, SC

Offered at The Vintage Swag in Summerville, SC

Offered at The Vintage Swag in Summerville, SC

Offered at The Vintage Swag in Summerville, SC

Earlier this week I posted two whimsies on eBay.  Today, I put semi teen whimsies on consignment at a lovely, quaint boutique.  This time last year I was devastated over my recent Parkinson’s diagnosis.  It is amazing that I have grown so much in a year’s time.  I never heard of whimsies until this past April, now I love making them.  I have made fun online friends on food.com where I have learned so much about creative cooking.  I have always been close to my husband, but now there is a new sweetness between us.  Everyday I feel blessed…I know what hope is…I feel cherished.

It was hard to part with this one!  I hope someone will give it a good home.

It was hard to part with this one! I hope someone will give it a good home.

Bird-feeder

This dainty feeder is made from blue and white glass and china.

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