Friday Favorites – Rockwell’s Gift


Norman Rockwell was always the first one to call himself an “illustrator” and not a fine artist. All I know is he had an amazing talent for capturing the ordinary little scenes and events of everyday life in such a realistic way that they almost seem to jump off the canvas!

After touring the Rockwell Museum this week, I just knew I’d have to choose some of his art for this week’s Friday Favorites.

It was difficult to decide, but here are a few charmers. 🙂

The Soda Fountain


The Runaway


Pride of Parenthood


butterflyblueEnjoy all the ordinary moments in your world this weekend! See you Monday with the new questions!


A Little R and R

This past Sunday, there was a wedding shower for my nephew’s bride-to-be. Because we’d have to travel some distance to attend, I suggested to my husband that we make a 3-day weekend of it. It’s been ages since we’ve had any real time off, so we decided that a stay at an old New England inn might be fun and refreshing . . . It was!

The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts has been operating continuously since the 18th century, and it’s just brimming with the charm of a simpler time.

The lobby is particularly inviting. (Click photos to enlarge)


There are fresh flowers everywhere and an enchanting collection of teapots is on permanent display throughout the Inn. The antique furniture in the guest rooms and hallways, the old-fashioned lamps, and the vintage books and prints will have you convinced that you’ve suddenly traveled back to an earlier era.


A cool glass of lemonade on the lovely front porch was just the break we needed after our morning stroll through the village.


One of Stockbridge’s most famous residents was artist, Norman Rockwell. We visited the local museum, which houses a fantastic collection of his work.

As with all vacations, our time at the Inn was over much too soon. We checked-out, headed to the car, and then glanced back wistfully – one last time.


Our next stop was the wedding shower . . .

~to be continued~