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I guess I should mention that I don’t write here anymore. It was time for a change.

Vintage Postcard Heaven

One of my favorite things about staying in Kentucky (besides seeing family, of course) is taking a trip to some of my favorite antique stores here. I only get to visit them every two or three years, and I look forward to going more than I can say. I’m a sucker for vintage pretty things.

One day I think it would be such a fantastic vacation to rent a uhaul and plan a trip visiting antique stores all across the country. Even better, going in the summer for the worlds largest yard sale along 127. Seriously. It would be a dream come true.

One of the things I look for at these shops are vintage postcards. I use to pick up just any old things that caught my eye, but I’m becoming more selective and figuring out exactly which ones to look for.

Some of my favorites are these old richly colored floral cards trimmed with iridescent gold (most are postmarked 1910/1911).


I found quite a few of these for just $1 each. I save some for myself and then use others as greeting cards for special people in my life. They’re cheaper than buying new cards and they have so much character.


I love everything about birthday card with swans and flowers. Color, subject, composition, everything.


I was drooling over this Christmas postcard. It reminds me of the intro to old movies (and The Family Stone).


I’ve also have a thing for ships and nautical items, which seems to be all the rage now, and fell in love with these instantly.


And I always look for illustrated city scenes of Orlando from the 30’s-50’s. These are of an aerial view of downtown, a fountain at Lake Eola, and the old Orlando Air Base.

I’ve found several other really awesome things, like a vintage print of the ocean with pink puffy clouds and a tiny airplane, a clock set in a sailing ship, and many many books, but I’ll have to post pictures of them another time.

I’m so ready for next weekend to go back and find more treasures 🙂

Still here, still busy

It’s been a tiring week with a teething baby, but I’ve survived and I have So. Many. Photos.

Until I have time for a more detailed blog, here’s just a little recap of some of the things I’ve been up to:


Windy walks with bundled-up Oliver


Buying delicious produce from local farms at the farmers market


Stumbling onto an unknown Whole Foods on a day-trip to Lexington. I was so jazzed! I was able to get my much-missed organic sunflower butter, bulk quinoa, chia kombucha, pumpkin seeds, and a chocolate goji energy snack. In KENTUCKY. My day was made.


Drinking tea at Danville’s adorable coffee shop, The Hub, with mom, Oliver, and my cousin Patricia (who I found out has made her own hair gel out of flax seed and attempted her own bubble tea!)


Visiting the art festival in Constitution Square. This was probably the coolest guy there.


Taking a few fast photos in downtown Carrollton, where just about everything is owned by a Welch


Seeing my grandmother and having Oliver meet her for the very first time

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Celebrating my niece Audrey’s 2nd birthday. She’s too cute for words.

Any there you have it. Now I’m off to try and get a few winks before the beast awakes.

Cooking up a storm

I have been preparing lunch and dinner almost daily for everyone in the house, and Wednesday evening I decided to experiment with some new recipes using our produce market finds. Since I was in charge of what everyone got to eat, I decided to cook a vegan dinner and expose my very meat-and-microwaved-vegetables eating grandmother and step-grandfather to a different type of meal.

Here are the main characters for the night:

Okra (never had it before!), butternut squash, candy onions, baby red potatoes

I was SUPER jazzed about these onions. I love when they get all caramelized and sweet from roasting.

I found out okra is evil to work with. The outside is covered in cactus-like prickly things and there is an odd sliminess when they are cut. Oven roasting is the best way to get rid of the slime.

Cooking with a tasty glass of wine is always a plus

Oliver supervised 🙂

Roasting the potatoes and candy onions. Yummmmmmm.

Roasted butternut squash with garlic, fresh sage, and pine nuts. OH MY! The best squash I’ve ever had.

The seeds of the okra popped out in your mouth like little pearls of veg-friendly caviar. Fun textures going on.

I almost forgot to take a picture of everything on my plate. There was only a little left at this point. A+ dinner.

Wonderful Glorious Vegetables

For three straight days now it has been cold, gray, and rainy. I love it.


It’s perfect weather for chatting around cups of coffee, short stroller walks with Oliver between the heavy rains, and cooking – lots and lots of cooking!

Yesterday we went out into the blustery afternoon to visit the Danville Farmer’s Market. I was in produce heaven. There were only three booths braving the gusty winds, but I was still thrilled to have the opportunity to purchase some produce that had been grown locally.


Our first stop was at Joyce’s produce booth. After a few minutes she had to tell us how excited it made her to see us so excited about the vegetables. (I was literally hopping around the table ooh-ing and ahh-ing over every basket.)

I really wish I had an SLR that shot HD video because I would have loved to film her talking about farming and selling in the market. One day, one day….


That beautiful butternut squash in the middle became part of our dinner


I was freaking out over these cute baby candy onions. Ten of them went into my bag.


Honey Crisp apples! I wait all year for these to be in season. The. Best.


I have yet to try the cucumber we bought, but I’m sure it’s great.


Sitting right there on the table is the best jam I have ever had. If you’re ever in Danville Kentucky or near Knobview Farm in Periville, get yourself some of the razzleberry jam and a piece of toast and enjoy.


Monaria had the second/middle booth at the market and sold homemade breads. Since I eat gluten-free, I didn’t get any, but they looked oh-so-soft and delicious.


The third and last produce booth was run by Jody and her dog, Molly.


Molly was a little shy at first but warmed up after a few minutes.


I loved how Jody displayed her produce. It all looked so neat and pretty.

She was offering most of the same produce that I had already bought at Joyce’s first booth, but I did find some lovely baby red potatoes and bought a basket for $2.

I went home a very very happy camper and proceeded to make a vegan dinner for everyone…but that will be in my next post 🙂

I bet you’ll google Archaeopteryx

I’ve made it to Kentucky! This is my first trip out of Florida in over three years, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s been so nice being with family, having a change of scenery, and I am loving the cool stormy weather (in the 50’s and constant rain).

I love waking up to a house full of people, spending the day cooking, shopping, and just being together. The morning started out with Oliver, myself, my parents, my grandmother and my step-grandfather, then in the evening my brother Brett, sister-in-law Meghan, and their two (totally adorable) kids Duncan and Audrey stopped by, followed by my uncle Kenny and his son Gavin! I tried to get as many pictures as I could.

Oliver meeting my brother for the first time 🙂

Duncan and his killer smile

Audrey (Those eyes! That hair! She’s like a glamorous baby doll)


Brett and Meghan (Funny note: We are both Megan/Meghan Welch and only 6 months apart in age)

Meghan’s totally fantastic Archaeopteryx tattoo (she’s a geologist)

We feasted on guacamole, bean dip, and chili.

Kenny stopped by and we had dueling photo-taking going on for awhile

Gavin and Duncan are the same age and did what boys do best – run, laugh, and make a lot of noise

Gram and Dick (this was right after one of Gram’s great one-liners…I’ll have to start writing them down to remember. Tonight’s dinner table chuckle came after she told me “You know, your Mom has always liked putting things in her mouth”…..)

I already have so many more pictures taken and lots to write about, but I just have to get to bed now before I fall over.

Next post: Pictures from the farmer’s market and my gluten-free vegan dinner for hard-core meat eaters! (who had to eat meatloaf on the side, but whatever, they loved my vegetables 🙂

Getting back to being me

For the past five years while I was with Matthew, I slowly lost bits and pieces of myself every day. My circumstances caused me to become someone I didn’t really recognize. Now that I’m making a fresh start, I am getting back to being ME.

Over the past month or so, I’ve started piecing together the me that I remember, and that includes the fun of buying myself some pretty happy items that just scream “Megan!”.


My new wallet. I have been wanting a tri-fold wallet to hold everything for quite awhile, and lately I’ve been incredibly drawn to deep mustard yellow, so this was a perfect find. It seriously makes me smile every time I pull it out of my purse.


And speaking of purses, here is my new bag! It’s faux leather, has lots of pockets and buckles, and is perfect to sling over my shoulder while carrying Oliver 🙂


Brand-spanking new shoes that I just found yesterday. I have been on the hunt for a pair of simple black flats for years. It’s a challenge because my feet are a narrow size 10, but these fit like a glove…for my feet.


A fedora! With feathers! It had to be mine.


Oliver loves it as well.

And her are photos of Oliver coming to “investigate” (aka hold onto my legs while standing) while I was taking pictures of my pretty things. They’re a bit excessive, but I’m a mom now. It’s what I do.