Getting Back To It


I am a firm believer that just because something didn’t work once, that doesn’t mean it will never work. Of course, that sounds like Einstein’s definition of insanity: you continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Ever the optimist, I am going to try my hand at blogging one more time. And the thing that has made me really want to try to do it is a little company in Michigan called Cocoa Daisy.

After about two years of fighting planner wars and journal wars, I came across this subscription based service sometime in April, 2017. Once a month they ship their subscribers a box of peace and happiness. I am currently subscribing to their planner pages and a couple different sizes of traveler’s notebooks. Each month has a different theme, design, and color scheme. They have literally brought beauty into my everyday life. It is wonderful! I have even started using of their standard size traveler’s notebooks to do memory keeping. I have never been a scrapbooker, and we have family photos scattered everywhere. By using their supplies, I already have four full months of lovely notebooks filled with photos, gratitude and the highlights of each month. It has been fun to put them together and even more fun to look back at them. I can’t wait to do more!


Newest Best Journal

I have been keeping a journal for over 20 years. I just seem to be able to think better when I have a pen in my hands. To my mind, a good pen is one that doesn’t get in the way of writing. A great pen actually inspires it. The same can be said for good paper and good ink. I think I have tried just about every notebook out there, but the one I have been using for the past two weeks just might be the best I’ve ever encountered. It is made with Tomoe River Paper, a very thin paper that takes fountain pen ink very well. There is no bleed-through or feathering, and it has a velvety feel to it.

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This journal is available at:

The One That Started it All

Conway Stewart 58 in Amethyst
Conway Stewart 58 in Amethyst

The first fountain pen I really loved writing with is my Conway Stewart 58 in Amethyst. In June, 2004, my husband and I took a very fun trip to Washington DC with some friends. In order to commemorate such an occasion, I decided I would look for a very nice pen at Fahrney’s Pens. This one fit the bill perfectly. It was not my first fountain pen, but it was the first one where I managed to hit upon the perfect pen+ink+paper combination. Along with the pen, I also bought a bottle of Private Reserve Ink in Plum. I wish I could remember the paper I was using at the time, but I don’t. I do know that I finally understood what the fuss about fountain pens was all about. There is something about a good fountain pen gliding across a sheet of paper that is magical. Some people describe the experience as butter on glass.

Writing in butter on a glass plate - very smooth.
Writing in butter on a glass plate – very smooth.

Thankfully, fountain pens are much neater. After finding this magical formula, I started reading  every issue of Pen World magazine and joined the message boards at It opened up a whole new world. I discovered that not only are there others out there who love writing instruments, there is an entire pen community. It was a real eye-opener. Through Pentrace I started learning how to take care of fountain pens, what the best brands are, and that pen people are cool. And the rest, as they say, is history.