Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Some holidays are busy with activities, and some are not.  This past weekend provided some
rare free time for my husband and I.  When I find myself with free time, I always discover
ways to fill it.  With such crystal clear weather, and lots of sunshine, I spent some
time learning new aspects of my camera.  You see, I am not one to read instruction books
right away.  No, I only do that if I run into snags and have to figure out how to do
what I want to do, in taking pictures. 

A few years ago, a good friend gave me three small peony plants.   Each year, these
plants produce more and more flowers.  Right now, there are so many gorgeous
flowers on those bushes, that I just had to share them with you.

One of my rose bushes is producing in abundance, and each delicate, fragrant flower
adds beauty to my home, too.

My mother's flower beds are filled with petunias.

It provided me with comfort and a peaceful feeling, as I took pictures of each exquisite,
colorful flower.

The pine tree contributed it's own source of color.

I like the lamp on my porch, and think that it's tiny lights add the right
touch to the old table.
Simple enjoyment on a holiday weekend.  I spent time thinking about
those living in Texas and Oklahoma over the weekend.  I cannot imagine what they
are going through with so much rain and wind.  Made me appreciate our sunshine
all the more.
Today, a good friend that I mentioned on the last post, went to heaven.
Another good bye in my world.
This is what I am resting in tonight;
"There is no place beyond His strength,
no boundaries to His love,
no limit to His mercies,
no problem outside His solution,
no need beyond His care."
~Roy Lessin
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Last evening, we took a drive through the countryside, offering us a beautiful, yet simple
way to start out our holiday weekend.  After a long, cold winter, the sights before us
presented way too many photo ops for me.  It was a picture perfect evening!  For many,
sunny skies just extended the work day, as you can see by this picture.

Farmland always presents a calming, peaceful and orderly feeling to those passing by.

As you know from previous years, I cannot pass by roadside stands, offering fresh goodness
from the farms.  We came upon the attractive, clean, and good smelling farm store, about
45 minutes into our ride.

There were a plethora of signs on the lawn out front, adding enticement to a "must see" experience.

 Colorful, healthy looking flowers were everywhere!

Custom planted pots and hanging baskets, filled the front of the stand.  I found myself
wondering how they could keep everything looking so alive, and growing.

Fresh, homegrown rhubarb was the first of the vegetables that I came upon.  Now, I must
admit, I am not a rhubarb type of person, but what I immediately remembered when I
looked at the rhubarb, was the rhubarb quick bread that my friend Arlene brought along as
a treat to our Bible Study years ago.  Recently, I discovered her handwritten recipe in
my file, and knew I had to make it again.  I clearly remember how delicious it
had tasted, as she brought it warm from the oven, to our Thursday morning get-together.
I will share the recipe, and my attempt at making the bread, with you in another post.

Homegrown asparagus filled the blue tub.

Brilliantly red, ripe tomatoes were a picture waiting to be taken!

The sign above the cash register clearly said it all, and I found it to a great way to advertise
their success story, and the reason the small store was filled with people.  And...can I tell you,
the sweet aroma of the cider donuts frying, filled the air.

The first fresh, homegrown strawberries of the season, presented another photo opportunity,
as the filled pint boxes covered the entire counter.  I was told they had picked them that
morning.  I could not decide which one offered the most temptation for me...the cider donuts
or the boxes of strawberries:).

The sign out front advertised a very special treat.  Every Friday and Saturday, the magic

And, here is where it happened.  The spotless fryer and the girl operating it, produced these
best smelling morsels.  I bought a half dozen. 

My husband had two when we arrived home, with a cold glass of milk.  Celebrating the
holiday in simple fashion ...... works for him.  He raved about the taste, through every bite he
took.  We are both trying to forget now, that they make these delectable masterpieces,
every Friday and Saturday through the entire summer:)

The baked good shelves were filled with other goodies from their kitchen, and I found it
difficult to not purchase one of each.

Quiet, peaceful, serenity existed at this thriving produce stand in the middle of the farmland...

...providing scenes of relaxation...

...and hard work at the same time.  Nature was alive in every direction that we looked.

Another highlight, was dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
The food was exceptional tasting and our server Jessica, added to our
evening memories.  Don't you just love to find restaurants where the
food and the service both receive high grades?

The glorious sunset seemed like the best way possible to end our Friday night
I wanted to share this with you.  The week is been a difficult one for us.  We
lost two good friends, and another dear friend had a stroke yesterday, at an
out of state hospital.  Our hearts were heavy as we rode, and yet at the same
time were filled with gratitude for the exquisite beauty and peacefulness that we took in
during the evening.  At times, it is good to get away and spend time in
thought and prayer.  It is comforting and soothing to our hearts.
Wishing you and your family, moments of joy as you spend time together 
this weekend.  
Also, our hearts are filled with gratitude towards everyone
who has served and is serving in our United States Military.  We are so
grateful for you, and we appreciated the many United States flags that
we saw flying during our ride...
...at churches, schools, businesses, and by the driveways of private homes.
Freedom... is a huge gift!  May we never take it for granted!

Saturday, May 16, 2015


When you find a big, nice shaped acrylic bowl on the clearance shelf at Marshalls, and you
have a glass pillar candle holder in your attic, you might want to glue the two together,
creating a pedestal bowl. It works when you use E-6000 glue and let it set overnight. 
At completion,  you have a nice centerpiece container, or ice cream bowl server, or
maybe even a salad bowl.

If you happen to have blooming Azalea and Rhododendron bushes, you cut a few blooms, fill
bowl partially full with water, add a pillar candle, then arrange blooms in the water.

So simple, so inexpensive, and yet such an attractive way to create a centerpiece.

Their pretty, delicate blooms, add beauty to any table, or buffet table.

If you don't have flowering bushes, you may have pots of pansies, or maybe some growing
in your garden.

Another way to dress up your pedestal bowl creation.  I found adding a bit of the green leaves
and stems, adds to the look.

This is now what is sitting on my kitchen island.  I like seeing the pansy flowers floating in
the water around the pillar candle.

But, if you do not have access to real flowers, it even works if you have some bright red
faux geraniums from the craft store.  You can cut up the flowers and the greens, and
arrange them around the pillar candle.  No water needed in this arrangement.

You might choose to add a flag or two, for a Memorial Day table.

Once again, just me, sharing a little something with you.
Hope your weekend is a good one, and that you find a way to add
beauty to your home or your table.

Speaking of adding beauty...my sister's family hosted a special, belated
Mother's Day meal for her last evening.

A few friends and family gathered together, at the table in their lawn.  What a lovely
place to hold this special meal.

These girls made a delicious dinner of homemade quiches, a garden salad, fruit, and
coffee drinks.  We enjoyed laughter, conversations, and just relaxing after another busy
week.  In all the years of spending time at my sister's home, this was the first time we
ever ate in her lawn.  I am sure she was honored by all the time and expertise that was
put into this gift of love for her.

When the sun went down, the lights hung on the old tree, added a glowing ambience to the
table setting.  The addition of the big umbrellas, was because of the unexpected light rain
during the dinner. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Quietly, without fanfare, and only me watching, this is what took place in my
small flower bed, during today's early morning hour.

The roses were closer to showing their color.  The tiny buds were just waiting to burst
open, and reveal their beauty to the world.

The peony buds were one day closer to doing the same.  Hidden color and design were formed,
and waiting to show it all to the world nearby.

A construction worker was busy at work, in a slow, tedious process of building a nest,
and did not seem fazed by the clicks of my camera.

In my book, this is construction at it's finest!  I am positive, there were no
blueprints, no executive meetings, and no permits needed...

No...instinct was built in.  I marveled at the order, the design, and the skills used in the
project.  It did leave me wondering as to "where" her construction would take place? 
I found myself hoping it would not be on the front door wreath, like last year.

The pansies in the pot, on the old wooden bench appeared to be observing the garden events
taking place, with their pretty, little, colorful faces.

Me...I have so much to do and must be on my way.  Just thought you might enjoy some
brief garden news today.


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