Home of Bucky & Jeannie Hess!

Coming to the 2019 Christmas Issue, the WV home of Bucky & Jeannie Hess! James Cramer And I had the privilege of spending two wonderful days with Jeannie this past week, in her wonderful saltbox home surrounded by the greatest early collection of antiques. I am officially inspired for the New Year!!

Jeannie and her husband got a new puppy for Christmas and James immediately became “Uncle Jimmie!”

Back at Seven Gates Farm Jimmie has a rogue chicken that lives on the back porch. As much as I’m afraid of feathered friends, I risked getting this cute pic! Ha!

This trip was the BEST start to a New Year – thank you Jeannie, and I love you Jimmie!!

Happy New Year 2019

Another year passed, and just like my mama promised- the older you get the faster they go. I was awake at 3:00 am ( but not at midnight!) reflecting on the passing of time. It seems I am guilty of always looking to the next ” thing,” and saying, when that is over, or when I finish that…. then I will slow down. Or then I will get my house in order …” and in doing that, I never enjoy the “thing.” At the start of November I had 7 weeks in a row of places I had to be. Suddenly it’s the end of December and all that is done and the holidays are over and I don’t think I even blinked, and now it’s gone.

A few years back I wrote a letter in the magazine about living in the moment. At the time, I thought I understood that. But I’m not sure I did. I feel it now more than ever and hope that this new year will be the one that I truly make that happen. I hope I enjoy my next photo shoot (this week by the way) instead of thinking, “when that’s over I need to….” I hope I enjoy my next antique show before I start planning what to take to the one after that.

I also hope to spend more time with you here on the blog in the coming months. I’ve surely neglected it. I want to use the excuse that my blog software isn’t working on my computer so I have to do all this typing on my phone and I’m a one finger phone typer at best! Ha! ( So the first thing I’m going to do tomorrow is call tech support and get that fixed!)

I wish I could wax poetic about all the things I wish for you in the New Year, but this quote by Neil Gaiman sums it all up so perfectly that I’m going to just share it:

The only thing missing is that I wish you Music- lot’s and lots of good Music!

I enjoyed a wonderful quiet two days in front of a roaring fire over Christmas. I enjoyed stringing beads, which gives me great joy and I usually don’t have time to just create for a whole day.

We didn’t have snow for Christmas, but boy did we get a doozy earlier in December! I was stuck in KY after a wonderful Christmas photo shoot and couldn’t come home because we had 17″ of the beautiful white stuff. No way my red rocket was making it up Walker’s Knob after that!

But boy did Folsom love his first snow!!

I had some incredible Christmas photo shoots this year (and one more on Thursday) that I’m excited to share with you in this year’s special Christmas issue. I was blessed to have snow for some of them!

Well my friends, a warm fire awaits me downstairs and so do some Iowa Twin Bings that a dear friend sent yesterday. So I’m going to enjoy this holiday, and live in the moment! That is also my wish for you. ❤️