Peace, Love and Understanding – One Blog at a Time

My first indication that people outside of my circle of friends and family were interested in my blog was a letter I received from UNESCO some time ago.


Who knew?


Art Day; Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy; 2011

I was curious to know if people from other countries were visiting my site, and through the magic of a web analysis tool…


… I discovered a wealth of friends from all over the world (daily map from August 24, 2014).

Many of my visitors are from countries that are experiencing war, sickness and a myriad of other traumas.

And yet….


… in Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation, on the border of the Ukraine), someone is interested in making origami flowers.

In spite of the tumult…

Woodpecker Breakfast

… in Zhitomir (Ukraine), someone likes my picture of the pilliated woodpecker.

Other surprises emerge on a daily basis as countries, many with historical and current conflicts, appear to have surprisingly similar tastes.


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In fact, throughout the few years of my blog, people from more than 90 countries have expressed an interest in Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy, crafts, recipes and even some of my more esoteric ramblings.

I don’t need to enumerate the problems and issues that people in the world are dealing with these days.  Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, log on to Facebook or read the paper.   Plenty to worry about.

But, in spite of all the worry, I am struck by how similar we are.   Most people want to be loved, want to provide for their families, want to be understood, want to be happy.

And more than a few ….


… want to make something with buttons.


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U-Small – your moving and storage solution for fairies….

It’s been a crazy summer…


Our daughter and son in law blessed us all with our ELEVENTH grand-child (welcome, Mary Claire).

We had some crazy packing, moving, staging schedules to deal with and ….

…after 20+ years of living on the lake, Mr. H. and I decided it was time to sell our home (anyone want a beautiful lake home?), scale down and move closer to family.

A logical move, but I must admit the decision has led to a fair amount of anxiety …


Where will I put my hoard stuff?



What will I do with my bed rotation charts?


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It is even possible to become a Bears fan again?


The grand-kids were very specific about their concerns ….


Don’t forget to bring the cereal rack (the source of relatively healthy cereal)!!



Don’t leave the star rug from the upstairs hall (unbeknownst to us, the rug is part of a rather complicated password system developed by, and administered by the kids)


and the biggest concern of all ….

Easter 2012 Fairy Door

Are the fairies moving with us?

Of course, we weren’t entirely sure what the fairies had in mind, but the kids took a peek during Camp.


I wonder if they have some boxes we can borrow?


In case you happen to have some fairies who need some moving boxes….

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