Thank you, wonderful shelter bloggers and readers, for the tremendous encouragement you have shown me. Each one of you is a lovely light now shining in my life. 

A belated thank you to
 I am so honored.
The lovely Vintage Wren honored me with this Beautiful Blogger Award;
  little blue deer was kind enough to recognize me with this Happy Honor; 

The gift of self is the best gift we can give. Thank you all for the gifts you give us daily. And, as customary, here are just a few little bits about me:

I have been in love with antiques/vintage since college and still love anything with a worn and loved surface. I was an antique dealer for several years and now just collect for myself. Nothing terribly fine, just interesting and the quirkier, the better. In the past few years, I have been trying for a more new/old mix which I love. 

I think David Letterman is totally sexy.

I am an avid cyclist and a member of a local cycling club. I have ridden as many as 75 miles in one day; but much prefer 30 - 40 mile rides.

I will fight you for Lindor truffles.

One of my passions is hospice care (care for the terminally ill). I used to be a patient care volunteer, but have moved into volunteer fundraising for my local hospice. I help organize an annual fundraising cycling event in my community; we have raised around $75,000 from our events.

I would marry the Barefoot Contessa, I don't care if she is a woman. That adorable Jeffrey could come along, too... 

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I pass the Beautiful Blogger award along to these wonderful bloggers. Babies, pass along the award only if you choose; you are not obligated. Just wanted to say 'I adore you.'

Please visit these blogs, if you haven't already. I have linked to one particularly wonderful post on Petunia Face. 

Fact is, I adore all the blogs I visit daily and regret that I am unable to list them all. You all light my days and YOU are the reason I get absolutely nothing done anymore.... 


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you on all your awards - you deserve them as you have a very special blog and give you so much inspiration everyday. I am so glad I found you!
Interesting facts about you - I also love Barefoot Contessa. :)

Have a lovely Easter weekend ~

Holly said...

just beautiful!

Unknown said...

You have THE BEST posts! You always find the most gorgeous photos, I love, love, love your blog. Thanks for the mention, and I am off to check out your list!

TSL said...

We are kindred spirits. I think I would find so much solace with a friend such as The Barefoot Contessa.

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

I'm just became a follower and looking forward to coming back when I have a little time to read all the information on the right sidebar about gray! Beautiful blog.

Anne said...

Congrats on all your awards. You certainly deserve them! You post such gorgeous images! Your grays inspired me to have a gray day also. Thanks for all the beauty!

Christina @ greige said...

Thank you so much for including me! Love your blog... love your color...


Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Awe I loved the little bits about you! Have a great weekend


Splendid Willow said...

I was just going to wish you a Happy, Hopping Easter - and I am in for such a treat!

Thank you for the mention wonderful Donna. You are a fantastic blog friend. A gem.

And yes, Letterman + antiques + truffles. I love how you roll, girl!

Cyber hug, Mon

Matt said...

i love the lighting in those photos. I'm always turning off lights and lighting candles or strands of lights to illuminate (ever so lightly) whatever room i'm in. "mood lighting" is so peaceful.

btw, nice blog. found it after you commented on my wife's blog...

Unknown said...

I adore your blog too! And laughed out loud at the last thing you wrote...OK, good, its not just me who gets nothing done anymore! Have a great weekend!

MFAMB said...

i adore you too.
and it totally rocks that you work with the terminally ill. you are an angel. that is hard work. in so many ways.


Kathy said...

I want that last oversized glass container.
Another wonderful post...K listed you today

Windlost said...

Oh, I love this post - great photos and really loved your self-revealing comments. Too funny. I will fight you for Ina too. I love her. I could live a long and happy sexless life with her, adoring her and eating her amazing food. hahaha. I would be so good to her. I hope Jeffrey is - she's a gem. I always hope these amazing women are loved enough.

So amazing that you do/did hospice care. I am looking to get involved in one here for cancer patients. I feel totally called to it. My father was ill for 15 years with a neurological disease and gradually lost everything, then he was in a nursing home and finally palliative care. I get it all and felt very comfortable in those places and would like to give back now!

I love chocolate too, but that is amazing about your cycling. I avoid exercise.

Adding you to my blogroll as I keep forgetting. xo Terri

bluehydrangea said...

You have made my day!! Thank you!! I'll join you on that bike ride and love for David Letterman. God bless you for your volunteer work!! Love back to you! Sissy

Charlotta Ward said...

The candles! Weak at the knees by the look of them.. you know how I LOVE candles! :)

Darling I am so grateful for the award - THANK YOU!
I love your blog - you know this too, and I am with you on the truffles, antiques mixed with new and anyone (man or woman) who cooks like a God/Godess!

David Letterman.. hmm, maybe.. if he brought truffles.. :)

I absolutely adore Susannah over at Petunia Face - she rocks!

Thank you again Donna for this - all of it! You're the best!

xx Charlotta

Unknown said...

Love it! You deserve every award.. you are so lovely! xoxo

Unknown said...

I love lindor truffles too! You should try the milk chocolate with white chocolate inside! Yum.

M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell said...

Congratulations on your awards - fantastic! My husband is a mad keen cyclist and he did the follow the Tour de France in '08... I stayed at Versailles!!! It is very special that you work with terminally ill people.. is a very sad and demanding thing to do. I used to be a nurse so you must be a very empathetic and kind person. Have a wonderful Easter.

Mandy said...

Wonderful post, so enjoyed it.... really love the birdcage photo, I have a real thing for them at the moment.

Petunia Face said...

I'll meet your David Letterman and raise you one Steve Martin. I truly believe we get better with age.

Love your list of things you adore and am honestly honored to be on it. I adore you, too :) I just added you to my blog roll because I keep forgetting/am waaay too lazy.

Happy weekend!

Charlotta Ward said...

Ello.. me again..
Just to let you know that I have posted a tag for you over at mine.


Acanthus and Acorn said...

My first time here! So very nice to meet you and read this post!

Kathysue said...

I loved every single image, but the third one and the bird cages look so peaceful to me. I love candlelight and soft ambient light in a home. Thank you for writing such a beautiful and inspiring blog! It is fun to get to know a little more about you!! Happy Easter Sunday to you and yours, Kathysue

Haven and Home said...

Thank you so much!!!! You deserve all those awards!

Sarah Greenman said...

Thank you so much, my sweet. Right back atchya. This is one of my favorite spots on the web. xo - Sarah

trouvais said...

Thank you! Boy...I've been WAY too busy the last week! Thank you for the appreciation...and you know I love your blog! But DL? Isn't he like 100 years old ?(hmm...what does that make me?!)Merci! Trish

La Dolfina said...

I'm so sorry for my belated appreciation for you and your friendship!! I adore you and am so happy to have found you here in blogland. You are one of my favorite treasures :)
Love you,