Surround Yourself with What You Love – The Real McCoys

I am lucky enough to have a big office filled with natural light from my north-facing wall of windows. It’s perfect for houseplants and for showcasing my collection of McCoy planters. I only collect the turquoise/aqua ones and have 4 different patterns in two sizes. I have two more small basket weave ones that are not shown in the photo. The exception to my rule is a figural planter on the far end featuring a white terrier going after a cat. I couldn’t resist that one!

Most people at the bank see customers and are required to keep their desks clear and in the branches personal items are discouraged. The nature of my job, though involves incoming and outgoing boxes of promotional items, a work table, large cabinet, and hanging storage right in my office with me. I frequently have huge projects that create stacks of paper on my desk. My indoor garden offers a little distraction from all the daily chaos! Plus plants clean the air and enrich it with more oxygen to feed my brain!

Back to My McCoys

Founded in 1910, the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company was located in Roseville, Ohio where they mined clay and sold it to other potteries. Planters were a perennial product, seen in nearly every line McCoy produced throughout the history of the company which ceased operation in 1990.

My planters are attractive to me because I remember them from my early childhood. Grandmas and aunties as well as my mother grew African violets and philodendrons in them. Most of those were probably obtained in the 1930s – 50s. I have one pot that belonged to my mother. Unfortunately it is pink – another favorite color of the era.

Goodreads Leads to Goodwrites

Being well-read is a big part of being a good writer and communicator.  I’ve always loved to read, but life gets busy and sometimes you get into a rut of falling asleep before you have had time to read something other than what came across your desk at work.  Or you choose the same genre because it meets your most immediate need – relaxation, education, escape, keeping ahead in your field…

In the last few years, I have gotten into a reading rut.  I pretty much stick to what I have in my Kindle library which I share with my husband.  We like a lot of the same reads, but some of his choices are not for me. Amazon bases recommendations on what you have bought before.  I find it sends me in circles and often leads me astray because of my husbands purchases.

What has expanded my horizons?  I signed up for Goodreads and am getting recommendations from my friends and people I follow.

At first, I had connected mainly with family and close friends and it seemed like mostly they were listing every book they had ever read.  That’s interesting because I’ve found out we have read a lot of the same books.  We must be related!

Then I began to connect with other people I know – people from other parts of the world, people I have connected with because of one common interest.  Now I am seeing what they are currently reading and finding a lot of material that I never would have discovered or sought.  I feel like my mind is expanding again.

I still haven’t found the time to write book reviews that are more than an thumbs up or thumbs down, but maybe I’ll get there someday.

Goodreads ( is the world’s largest social network site for readers and book recommendations.  I’m sure there are others around, but I definitely recommend you check it out.