• Essay — In the details

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      We’re mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That’s not all bad–beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.

       

      Source: HL Carpenter

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

       

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      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

      Fiction by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
      Essay — Blue birthday Image source: HL Carpenter   Last week, the youngest member of Carpenter Country had a birthday. He loves being photographed...sometimes. Sometimes he's kind of shy. Whenever the photographer asked for a smile, the birthday boy ducked his head, covered his face or ran away. After the seventh try, the photog...
  • Essay — Spidery

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the “frequency illusion.”

      Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bush. Suddenly we began seeing spidery shapes in the palm tree …

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      in the air plant on the ligustrum …

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      in the wood mushrooms…

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      What about you? What frequency illusions have you experienced this week?

       

      *****

      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

      Fiction by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception. PRE-ORDER from Smashwords now through July 24, 2017!

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
      Essay — Blue birthday Image source: HL Carpenter   Last week, the youngest member of Carpenter Country had a birthday. He loves being photographed...sometimes. Sometimes he's kind of shy. Whenever the photographer asked for a smile, the birthday boy ducked his head, covered his face or ran away. After the seventh try, the photog...
  • Essay — Musing by the fountain

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth.

      But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent.

      Daylight revealed three tiers were now two, and amid the broken pottery the tracks of a large, and apparently thirsty, raccoon.

      What to do? Replace? Repair? Revise?

      Since we’re writers, revision seemed the right choice.

      But who knew revising a fountain would be more labor intensive than revising a story?

      Yet, tonight as the sun sets, our fount sports two tiers instead of three and cool water splashes again. However, the gurgling harmony sounds slightly off key —

      — Which means it may take a few more hours for us to reconnect with our Muse.

      *****

      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

      Fiction by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
      Essay — Blue birthday Image source: HL Carpenter   Last week, the youngest member of Carpenter Country had a birthday. He loves being photographed...sometimes. Sometimes he's kind of shy. Whenever the photographer asked for a smile, the birthday boy ducked his head, covered his face or ran away. After the seventh try, the photog...
  • Essay — More blues

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping.

      And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming — and WHITE! 🙂

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

       

      *****

      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

      Fiction by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — Blue birthday Image source: HL Carpenter   Last week, the youngest member of Carpenter Country had a birthday. He loves being photographed...sometimes. Sometimes he's kind of shy. Whenever the photographer asked for a smile, the birthday boy ducked his head, covered his face or ran away. After the seventh try, the photog...
  • Essay — Blue birthday

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

       

      Last week, the youngest member of Carpenter Country had a birthday. He loves being photographed…sometimes. Sometimes he’s kind of shy.

      Whenever the photographer asked for a smile, the birthday boy ducked his head, covered his face or ran away.

      After the seventh try, the photographer snapped off a quick shot and said, “Gotcha!”

      But the birthday boy was faster than the camera.

      The only “gotcha” was a picture of the bottom half of him and his wonderful blue birthday boots.

       

      *****

      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

      Fiction by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
  • Essay — Cooking with instructions

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      Image source: Dreamstime Stock Photos, ©John Johnson

       

      On Monday, the pair of us donned our Chef and Table Setter hats to sear two steaks on the table grill. Without much fanfare, the grill was set up on a bench on the front porch and plugged into the outlet. As it was heating, the Chef asked, “Where are the papers and notes with temps and times for cooking steaks?”

      The Table Setter said, “I’m not sure. Probably in the box where everything else that goes with the grill is stored. I’ll go look.”

      “I’ll help you while the grill is heating.”

      “Okay.” The Table Setter headed inside.

      After a thorough search of the box, the pantry, and all the other cook books in the house, no pamphlet with notes attached was found.

      By now the grill was hot and since the Chef remembered cook times were about eight minutes and temps should be 400 degrees, she decided to put the steaks on the grill.

      The Table Setter went back inside to do her chores. Eight minutes later, when she returned to the porch, the grill was smoking and the steaks were done.

      Lunch was delicious…though both Chef and Table Setter still wondered where the recipe booklet might be.

      An hour later, the Chef went out to the porch to bring in the cooled grill for cleaning. As the grilling plates were removed, small scraps of paper flew into the air, showering the countertop like black confetti.

      In one voice, we said, “The pamphlet!”

      Yep…the pamphlet was under the top grill plate. We’d grilled the instructions and the notes along with the steaks.

      Luckily, we didn’t burn down the porch.

       

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      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

      Also by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
  • Essay — Crepey, Crepey Images

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      After days of rain, crepey beauty exploded in Carpenter Country this week.

      Crepe Myrtle – Image Source: HL Carpenter

       

      Mushrooms – Image source: HL Carpenter

       

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      ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

      HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

      Fiction by HL Carpenter:

      Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

      The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

      Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

      Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

      A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

      *****

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      Essay — In the details We're mired in the details here in Carpenter Country this week. That's not all bad--beauty, simplicity, and delight hide in the smallest elements.   Source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL Carpenter     ***** ***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR ***** HL ...
      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
  • Essay — Lighting New Fires

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      Fireplace

      Image source: Robbie Sproule from Montreal, Canada via Wikimedia Commons

      The other evening when temperatures in Carpenter Country dropped to chilly thirty-nine degrees, we looked at our old fireplace and wondered if we should keep it or replace it.

      The old wood burner had been providing heat on long winter nights for years. It also provided smoke, fumes, dust, dirt, and ashes, all of which caused sneezing. Then there was the work of felling trees, splitting logs, storing wood, and hauling the finished product into the house.

      While looking at the flames was relaxing and the heat certainly pushed back the chill in the room, we wondered if there was a way to have the good without the bad.

      A shopping trip was in order.

      After visiting several big box stores, we chose an electric model that would heat a 400 square foot room. The unit came with sidelights in various colors, flames in several heights, a timer, and a thermostat, and it all worked with the heater on or off.

      The carpenter in the family grabbed hammer and saw and soon the new fireplace covered the front of the old fireplace. Last night, we gave it a tryout. Though it wasn’t quite like the real thing—no snap, crackle or the flinging of sparks up the chimney—flames danced in the firebox and the heater warmed the room.

      So is the new fireplace an improvement? Well, no one is sneezing or jumping up every few minutes to haul in firewood…

      …on the other hand, we haven’t received an electric bill yet.

      ***

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      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
  • Essay — The Week in Pictures

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      Here’s what fall looks like in Carpenter Country.

      Image source: HL Carpenter

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

      Image source: HL Carpenter

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

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      Image source: HL Carpenter

      Image source: HL Carpenter

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      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...
  • Essay — Going Places

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      Here in Carpenter Country we’ve discovered adventure awaits if we leave the GPS, smart phone, ipad, and other electronic devices at home and travel the “old fashioned” way—using a map and our ingenuity.

      Before venturing forth, we stash a few emergency bottles of water in the cooler along with a several packs of snack crackers. We check our vehicle’s tires and oil, and of course, the window washer, since most byways are buggy places. Lastly, we grab our atlas or an up-to-date map, and–

      Ready, set, go!

      As soon as we’re out of our comfort zone, we choose the path less traveled. That means avoiding interstates and toll highways. We find the name of a town or a state or county road (preferably one we’ve never heard of before) on the map and head for it.

      Once on our way, we enjoy the scenery, check out farm stands, small mom-and-pop restaurants, and the local attractions. We stop for lunch or gas and mosey around the town square. We’ve come across craft shows, health fairs, and carnivals with merry-go-rounds. Chowing down on hot dogs, cotton candy, and ice cream—whatever suits our fancy–is part of the fun.

      Locating a place to stay overnight can turn into an adventure of its own. Hotels and motels are great, but if we pass a bed and breakfast that looks inviting we stop in to ask if beautifully decorated rooms with those wonderful high beds and goose down quilts are available.

      We’ve thought about what to do if we find ourselves in a scary situation too.

      Our rule: Should that unlikely event occur, don’t panic! Reach into the glove compartment for the phone (yes, you knew we hid it there 🙂 ), and call for help.

      But we try to remember we’re traveling the old fashioned way—

      So getting lost is not an emergency.

      ***

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      Essay — Spidery Image source: HL Carpenter   Have you ever noticed that once something captures your attention you see it everywhere? The phenomenon is known as the "frequency illusion." Here in Carpenter Country, we experienced a frequency illusion after we discovered the beautiful eight-legged friend above in the holly bus...
      Essay — Musing by the fountain Image source: HL Carpenter   For more than a decade the burbling fountain served as our Muse. The soft, gentle murmur of falling water inspired our stories The SkyHorse, Dream Stealer, and Jack and The Fountain of Youth. But last night the gurgle-guggle fell silent. Daylight revealed three tiers were now t...
      Essay — More blues Image source: HL Carpenter   Shhhh. The bluebird babies are sleeping. And just to show you not everything in Carpenter Country is blue this week, here are pix of the pear tree and the crepe myrtle, both happily blooming -- and WHITE! 🙂   Image source: HL Carpenter   Image source: HL C...

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