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Blairsden Mansion in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

Last year, I had the rare pleasure of visiting Blairsden Mansion which was the featured home during the Mansion in May fundraiser for The Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. Blairsden Mansion, constructed between 1898 and 1903 and located in Peapack-Gladstone, was the home of C. Ledyard Blair, a New York City financier. Blairsden was a…


Thankful Thursday: Autumn

Here in New Jersey, the autumn days are delightful. The brilliant colors of the leaves on the trees glow with radiant light. Every sunny day as I drive through town, I want to just stop the car, jump out, and marvel at the magnificent beauty that surrounds me. A couple days ago, I went looking…


Thankful Thursday: Change

My life, like most everyone else’s, is in a constant state of flux.  Things are always changing. At this moment, there are ten of us that live in our house (one is my very busy mom).  On any given day, any combination of that number get up in the morning, shower, eat breakfast, and leave…


Walking through a forest in Maine, I was captivated by the beautiful and fragrant evergreen trees. Spotting these delicate branches against a fallen log, the combination of fresh green and silver grey caught my eye with its extraordinary beauty.


Thankful Thursday: My Happy Place

There are many places I like to go to take a breather, to relax and recharge, but my most frequent “happy place” is my garden. October and cooler weather has caused my dahlias to grow with renewed fervor. Because there are less bugs, they are growing with near perfect happy faces. What are you thankful…


Thankful Thursday: Changing Seasons August

I am continuing my Changing Seasons Photo Challenge series hosted by Cardinal Guzman (Click here for my May post, June post, and July post). At the end of July, we welcomed our second grandson so August was filled with loads of special grandma (and grandpa/aunt/uncle) time. It was (and is) so wonderful to live within…