Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

No One’s Watching is a year old and forever young! Enjoy the story of ballerina turned Irish dancer in this teen read!

Happy St. Patrick's day from No One's Watching!

Happy St. Patrick’s day from No One’s Watching!

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Take Heart Valentine Quilt and Tea Cozy

Heart Quilt 1989

Heart Quilt 1989

In 1989, I made this heart inspired quilt for my dad when he was having a pace-maker implanted. Twenty-five years later, I revisited the fabric scraps and mixed them with other scraps to make this tea cozy!

Combine the strip quilt method here with the tea cozy instructions here to make one of your own!

Strip Quilt Tea Cozy

Strip Quilt Tea Cozy

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Purple Car of the Weekend – Returns with a Soppy Picture of a PT Cruiser

From the parking lot of a local grocery store and in the rain, I parked and saw this purple beauty! 

PT Cruiser Purple Car

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

I had this for supper tonight and thought it was too delicious not to share again!

The Sandy Side of Life

The first time I had Butternut Squash soup was in England’s Lake District. It was so delicious, I had to find a recipe to try at home. I usually cook the squash in the microwave and assemble the rest of the ingredients in a Dutch oven. Here’s a recipe I adapted from Family Circle magazine using roasted vegetables.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel, seed, and cut 1 butternut squash into 1-inch pieces and add to roasting pan with 1/2 lb. carrots1 onion cut into chunks, and 3 cloves garlic. Sprinkle and stir to coat with 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. ground pepper, and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Mix well and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot SoupPuree vegetables in half batches in blender with a total of 4 cups chicken stock. Gently heat in Dutch oven along…

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Twofer Tuesday – Quotes of Boats


Galway Bay, Ireland

The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat. – Jacques Yves Cousteau


“For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind – and the boat made three.” – Hilaire Belloc

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Twofer Tuesday – New Beginnings 2015

CNU track Olivia Green

“Making the beginning is one-third of the work.” — Irish Proverb


“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.”– Olga Korbut

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It’s Cold Outside! So Keep Dancing! (Or, At Least Read About It!)

IMGRecently, a dance magazine and an Irish culture magazine featured No One’s Watching in their current issues!

Dance Informa called and interviewed me about how my dance experience in both the ballet and Irish dance worlds inspired me to write about what happens to the main character when these forms of dance collide (or even better, when they mesh)!

In Celtic Guide magazine (page 24), I wrote that while waiting for my daughter to compete at an Irish dance competition (feis), I broadened the story idea from being ballet focused to include Irish dance. Then I turned the tables and interviewed editor Jim McQuiston about his experience in the publishing industry.

Thanks to daughter Olivia! And thanks to all the wonderful magazines who featured my story in their pages… Dance InformaCeltic GuideIrish Dancing and Culture MagazineCeltic Life International, and Dance Spirit magazine!

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