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  • Kellie Day Studio ©Sue Schlabach

    Tapping the Soul

    Do the things you can’t. That is how they get done. -Picasso Last week I had a great conversation with an artist I work with. Her name is Kellie Day, and she is a collage artist from Colorado. She has this Picasso quote hanging on her refrigerator. And she is daily figuring out how to do…

  • Grape Picking in a Vermont Vineyard

    I can already feel the indoor days creeping upon us. So a weekend outdoors among the vines was a welcome invitation. My brother began planting a vineyard for Red Horse winery six years ago, and this year was a bumper crop for the two white and one red variety of grapes planted on a sloping hillside looking…

  • October Fog

      October mornings—when not frosty—are usually adrift with fog in pocket valleys. This weekend marked the peak of color for autumn foliage and the mist and sun only amplified the treetops. I had a long drive from here to the Red Horse Winery to help pick La Crescent grapes on Friday morning. The fog was…

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    Good Morning Weekend

    Here’s a little weekend watercolor applied over an ink drawing I did awhile ago. It’s part of this collection if you’d like to see more. Wishing you a happy weekend and some creativity or exploring on your horizon. I am painting and sewing this morning, and then will be off to the village down the hill to help…

  • © Sue Schlabach

    Late Summer Foraging

      Are you a forager? In spring I dig up ramps and cut fiddleheads. I love to find raspberries, blackberries and untended apple trees. But other than morels, which I can identify well, I’m a little timid to collect and eat mushrooms. The surprise of this week is the blooms of mushrooms we’ve found in…

  • Autumn Pairing © Sue Schlabach

    An Autumn Pairing

    Two autumn moments. Last week I drove the back way from Strafford, Vermont, through Tunbridge toward Royalton. Late afternoon sun on country roads. I made the last pot of fresh mint tea before heavy frost. These are a few recent images from my instagram feed.

  • Paris Puces © Sue Schlabach

    Paris Puces

    Summer ended in a flurry of planning and packing for a sojourn to Paris and London in September. I returned to autumn weather, and writing has taken a backseat to the last frenzy of outdoor work and living. But now, with photos sorted—at last—I’m remembering Paris flea markets. I love a Paris flea market like…

  • Foggy Morning Paris Awaits © Sue Schlabach

    Foggy Mornings, Paris Awaits

    August left and so did the feeling of summer. Greg Brown sings, “One day fall appears with a chilly dawn,” and we know how that feels. I like the shift, to be honest. And each year when this shift happens I try to get some garden time in while I pack my bags to head…

  • Grateful on the Prairies

    Happy Thanksgiving from the American prairie. Here we are in Kansas. An eclectic feast is simmering in the kitchen- tamales side-by-side with turkey gravy. Two pumpkin pies bake, scenting the air with allspice and cinnamon. We’ve come here from Vermont, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, to gather and cook, laugh, catch up and relax at the home…

  • Garlic Cloves © Sue Schlabach

    Planting Garlic Before the Sun Goes Down

      My husband came through the door about 30 minutes earlier than usual this evening. “Quick!” he said, “Let’s plant the garlic before the sun goes down.” I was fiddling with an image in Photoshop and the glow of my computer screen temporarily blinded me. Hadn’t the sun already gone down? But there was still…