Category Archives: Personal Thoughts

Father’s Day

Did you remember that June 15th is Father’s Day?  I have to admit that I did not: I was expecting it to be the following Sunday!  Imagine my surprise to see it a week earlier than I had planned.

Patty and her Dad
Patty and her Dad

I love spending time with my Dad: he’s one of the champs in my life. He’s always easy to be with, and he is a great conversationalist.  He volunteers at least weekly for the local chapter of the Red Cross.  He has great stories about his life including his service in the Marines in WWII and working for the railroad.  He has traveled many places in the world as a travel agent and is amazing at solving crossword puzzles.  In his 70’s he decided to learn Algebra and Spanish: did I just hear you gasp?  It’s true, he really did.

I could brag on my Dad for a long time, as I am sure many of you could.  I am glad that there is a day designated to celebrate Dads!  I know I will be celebrating my Dad.

The other greatest champ in my life is Jeff.  He is


an amazing Dad to our two boys.  He is patient and caring, and is their biggest cheerleader in life.  I cannot imagine a better man to teach my boys how to be men in this world.  He challenges them when they need to be challenged and he allows them to make the kinds of mistakes from which they will learn so much about life.  He is helping them to see that they can push themselves to do more than they think, to be brave enough to pursue big dreams, and how to be young men of integrity and purpose.  And, above all that, he has given them one of the greatest gifts of all: he loves them unconditionally.

I hope your day celebrating your Dad, or being celebrated as a Dad is a very enjoyable day!  And my favorite men: Happy Father’s Day!

Under the Weather…

Getting pneumonia at the end of May is certainly a surprise! Jeff has been through quite a week of feeling very poorly. It would seem that he is finally on the mend, but full recovery is slow coming.

Sick with fever clip art

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In between naps, he’s been dreaming of many new items to make in the shop once he is back on his feet. He will often grab a scrap of paper or even a paper napkin and start sketching when ideas come to him.  Even under the weather, he is still being creative!

Today he is finally feeling enough energy to get in the shop and start laying out the sticks he will need for a gate order, and will likely begin assembling it Monday. This gate will need to protect some vulnerable young Aspen trees from pesky deer!


An ongoing project for Jeff is the completion of a bed for our son. The foot board is finished., and the larger framework of the headboard has been started.

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Hoping you are feeling better soon, Jeff!

Variety is the Spice of Life…

Recently, we had the opportunity to make

Custom Order Stick-a-Rondacks

a delivery of some fine Stick-a-rondacks, and to meet our customers face-to-face. We covered a large stretch of Pennsylvania, and smaller portions of New Jersey and New York. That was a lot more than a little change of scenery!

During our travels, we saw beautiful views of farmland and rolling hills, and an increasing population density as we traveled east. Although our boys have traveled through some larger cities in the West, nothing prepared them for the sights, sounds and movement of New York City. From the

photo by John O'Connell/George Washington Bridge/Wikimedia Commons
photo by John O’Connell/George Washington Bridge/Wikimedia Commons

George Washington Bridge to the Throgs Neck Bridge, the drive was very different from anything our children have seen. Our boys knew NYC was big, but they were genuinely impressed with the enormity of the skyline – even in the foggy rain!

Manhattan Skyline/
Manhattan Skyline/

Then came a very pleasant and welcome change (for us country people) – Long Island. How amazing that the pace of traffic could change so quickly in just a few miles. It is no wonder to me how so many people have chosen to vacation there!

Enjoying a break in Southampton
Enjoying a break in Southampton

Bucolic countryside, mountains, cities and beaches – an amazing variety. Each one has its place and people who love it.  And each place gives us a taste of something different, and hopefully a better appreciation for the places we love.

It is always beneficial to travel to new places and see how life is different there for people.  We consider it a good rounding out of our perspective.  The same holds true in art of all kinds, from fine arts to furniture.  Over the past year we have been seeing a lot of modern style furniture with more rustic elements such as metal framework with slabs of rustic, live-edge wood.  It would seem that there are more and more people enjoying a little rustic touch in their homes and gardens!

Are you finding that you are adding more rustic touches to your home and garden decor?