Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Our youngest daughter got a diamond from this fine young man. After a four year, long distance relationship, he asked her to marry him. We congratulate both of them and look forward to their June 2011 wedding.
I really like the soft pink rose that sits by my computer and shares it lovely fragrance. It is my favorite flower, and it makes me smile just having it on my desk.
I couldn't believe these two little ones were actually holding hands as they sat on my kitchen table on Saturday morning. How cute is that???
Outside my bathroom window, is this gorgeous tree. I took this picture on Saturday afternoon. Do any of you expert gardening friends of mine, know what this tree is? The blue skies and the fragrant blossoms created joy for me this weekend. I know life is not all clear blue skies and sunshine. I know we need the rain to have everything grow. I know time keeps moving and years keep adding up. I know...I know...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I was fortunate to have a few days to spend with my little brother and his wife(my dear SIL) who were also visiting in the same place. We were thrilled to help him celebrate his 50th birthday.
How did those years pass by so quickly? One feels old when one's little brother turns 50.
I got to spend time with one of my uncles and his family, which is always a fun time.
He and his family live in the warm south, making time together, a rare event.
My mother and my cousin's daughters. What sweet and talented girls they are. It was a special time we all had together...laughing, talking and eating.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Baseball and Springtime go together, right? What fun they had...the older guys teaching the younger ones. I was impressed with the patience, care and enthusiasm that was exibited in this outdoor game. Surely these little ones have some new heros in their lives.
Their mothers trained them well. After dinner, they did the dishes...without being asked. What a gift that was for me. Thanks guys!
A special visit to the retirement home to see their Grandma. Her recent heart surgery has left her feeling weak and tired, but her warm smile and spunky attitude blessed us all.
Fresh strawberry shortcake was a big hit, even with this little guy and his huge bowl.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I say hesitantly because it is just an ordinary family event, in the middle of a March week.
They enjoyed their visit, stating the warm personalities of both Regis and Kelly, to all of their guests was a pleasant surprise in the somewhat impersonal world of showbiz.
Here is our crew in their rare one day trip together. Back home, some of the little ones were enjoying a play day with mamaw and some with their great aunt.
I will share a few more pictures and highlights with you in this coming week. For now, it is catch up time in my home.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Last night's dinner with my husband's family. I am sharing it to show how I used a dollar store twin sheet as my tablecloth. I do own some nice white tablecloths, but decided I wanted a light tan one to coodinate with my napkins.
I always use white dinner plates. It allows me to set my table with different color combinations.
Of course, candlelight is always present at my dinners, no matter how casual the event. This was a special evening that we all had together. My brother-in-law was in from Colorado for a brief visit. My mother-in-law is having surgery this morning, so our time to sit and visit was a rare privilege.
I am a stickler for items that I find on clearance. A few years ago, a store near my home was closing. Everything was 75% off. I found a box of two glass lanterns. I didn't need them but knew I really liked them. I put water in each one and added a faux soft pink carnation, then added the tea light and the glass shade. I thought they went so well with the soft pink carnation on the napkins. I was glad I had purchased them when I did. I added the delicate looking butterfly sticker to each shade. Fun and simple methods to dress up my kitchen table. I share these ONLY because I enjoy seeing each of your tablescapes on the blogs and thought you might like seeing mine. I am continually amazed at the level of creativity and beauty that I find there.
This tiny arrangement sits on the table by the window, beside my desk. Truly, like it says, we do "welcome Spring."
These adorable flower salt and pepper shakers, sitting on my kitchen island...
...arrived unexpectantly, in the middle of an ordinary day last week, with the flower bud vase and the blue flower candle with lid. What a fun surprise it was to receive this gift. A dear friend, who just happens to be a wonderful Southern lady, sent it to me. I smile everytime I see them with their bright colored little faces sitting on my island.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
My faithful standby potatoes...whether the mashed, the shredded, sliced or the homefries. When time is at a premium these work for me.
The recipe calls for coarsly crushed cornflakes and they add so much to the taste. I don't have them on hand, and I am never left down by the Panko bread crumbs that I use as a topping, so that is what I will use this time. They are a real crunch to this casserole.
The chuck roasts that I purchased are already in the crockpot for the day. I am cooking them a day ahead. When they are fork tender and come out of the crockpot, I remove all fat, cut into serving size pieces, cover with the liquid from the crockpot and place in a large baking dish. I will place the casserole dish of meat in a warm oven for an hour before serving.
Right before this chuck roast is ready to serve, I will add the oven baked onion rings to the top of the roast:) at my husband's request.
...oh dear, look who borrowed them from me. She looks much cuter in them anyway.
Monday, March 8, 2010
I grew up with a mother who to this day, knows what CLEAN is, and that is due to her mother who also knew what the word CLEAN meant. And me...well, after years of helping my mother, and summers spent helping my grandma clean her home, I quess I know that clean concept too, although I must admit Spring housecleaning is now only a part of my past.
This beautiful African violet does not have anything to do with Spring housecleaning, but I thought I 'd share this photo with you to let you in on another small nugget of info about me. I cannot grow these plants!!!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
~I like bouquets of flowers. From the garden, from the grocery store or from the florist. I have seen my friends create some of the most beautiful bouquets from their gardens. I should post the tours I've had of my friend's flower gardens.
~Violets. I remember as a little girl collecting them each Summer and putting them in vases. Now whenever I see these tiny purple flowers I think of a good friend whose favorite flowers are violets. Don't you love it when something reminds you of a good friend?
~I cherish moments of quiet, relaxation, and just being together with my husband.
~hearing news from my wonderful daughter and son-in-law that I am going to be grandma again...their first child. How exciting!!!
~pink roses are a very favorite flower of mine, especially if they are the old fashion roses. They remind me of my grandmas and that is a special memory.
~games of Scrabble with my mother, and at times with my mother-in-law. This picture reminded me of the many games of Scrabble that my Mother and I played together over the years. And, often she would serve us her favorite English muffins while we played. Both ladies are very accomplished Scrabble players. I've learned so much from them. One of the games I enjoy the most.
~when I am given an armful of flowers or when I can give them to someone I love, brings me great joy. If I could I would give this bouquet to my dear friend and her family who unexpectantly lost their father and grandfather last evening. My heart goes out to them at this painful time when life suddenly changes with one phone call. I remember...
~taking containers of any and every sort and using them creatively. This photo reminds me of the jelly jars that I wrapped with wire around last summmer, and put in votive candles to hang on my screened in porch.
I collect containers and am always looking for new uses for them.
~and a precious little girl who now stands beside me and helps me cook dinner. Last evening she was whipping the eggs for me. Notice she has my bracelet on...that brings me a smile every time.