Monday, January 20, 2020

I Know What The Walls Would Say If They Could Talk

They would say

anita pelayo rivera les dames dabord

Because from top to bottom

anita pelayo rivera les dames d'abord

left to right

anita pelayo rivera les dames d'abord

anita pelayo rivera les dames d'abord


anita pelayo rivera les dames d'abord

and out

anita pelayo rivera les dames s'abord

anita pelayo rivera les dames d'abord

my husband has

painstakingly hammered

permanently inscribed

his affection

with every timber, measured detail 

and stroke of his brush 

that reads 


Are you fluent in the language 

a friend
a parent
a partner
a spouse
a neighbor

uses to communicate their admiration?

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Twelve Years Ago

I published my first blog post


the content was based


what I knew and loved best:

My home.

In the last 12 years

I opened my garden gate and explored 

various paths other than home d├ęcor

that led me to 


Many of my readers inspired me, encouraged me

and they changed my life.

I took a year off from my teaching job

to open an Etsy shoppe.

I took writing classes that ignited a love for


I have been gifted fine photography equipment

to launch off my idea to compose

a written and visual collection of memoirs


my dreams continue to expand

I've shared my photos on


for the past five years.

But on this first day of a new decade

I return home


just a moment

to not only share a photo gallery of progress


to celebrate the child-like happiness

my husband and I share

as we build our life together. 

Kitchen 1997

Same kitchen corner transformed in 2000

Kitchen hood redone beams installed 2019

Timbering installed 2019

Hallway/kitchen pantry 1997

Hallway/kitchen pantry with timbering 2019

Front room 1997

Opening the wall off of living room 2000

Creation of my studio space off of living room circa 2003

Studio space December 2019

Living room 2019

Studio space fall 2019

As I look at the things


were able to achieve

I am in constant awe

to think that one day

It will be revealed just how much

my soul 

has been salvaged and transformed.

Happy 2020