I am bound to praise the simple life, because I have lived it and found it good. I love a small house, plain clothes, simple living—direct and immediate contact with things, life with the false wrappings torn away. To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wild flower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
— John Burroughs
(from The Writings of John Burroughs, Vol. XV, Leaf and Tendril)
About the Author
My name is Kelli Ann Wilson (née Copeland) and this is my blog. I’m mama to Lillia (13) and Zane (5), and wife to Damian. I’m also the reluctant caregiver of an adorable, yet vicious, British Shorthair cat named Oliver Bear. I have a degree in European History and work as a writer. My interests span a wide range of subjects which include: Photography, genealogy, gardening, and cultivating a faith-filled home (you can read more about that at my website Around the Year — a journey through the seasons & the Christian year).
About the Blog
My blog takes its name from a quote by Henry David Thoreau, in which he praises the quest to find “unexpected success in common hours” (see sidebar). I am borrowing Mr. Thoreau’s phrasing and using it in a way that I hope describes what I’ve created here—a scrapbook of our everyday lives, together—our common hours.
Fonts used on this blog are Raleway and Dawning of a New Day. Seasonal graphics and borders were created by me using clip art from MyColorCreations and Tany Nogueira. I drew the pictures of us in the header.
About the Photos
Since 2013 I’ve been shooting with a Nikon D5100 16.2MP DSLR camera body, most often with a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens or a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens. For macro shots I use a Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D lens (manual focus only with my camera body). I sometimes use a Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens for far away subjects (or stealth candids).
I always shoot RAW files, usually in aperture (A) mode, and edit my photos with Adobe Photoshop CC. I use VSCO Film presets to make my photos black & white or to simulate the look of color film. You can click on (almost) any photo on this site and you’ll be taken to its flickr page, where you can view the camera settings I used to create the image.