Wednesday, July 8, 2015



Shakespeare wrote, "Our happiness is greater when we contribute to the happiness of
others."  She must know this quote.  It was a visit in the midst of a hot, sunny day.  I
was greeted with a pretty glass of iced coffee.  She did not have creamer on hand, but
that did not stop her.  No, she served the iced coffee with a small dollop of vanilla ice
cream.  It tasted so good and refreshing! 

She is one of my friends, who is a gifted gardener and decorator!  I like my visits here,
because I enjoy seeing how she takes nature and old pieces and puts them together.

She likes vignettes and excels at creating them, in such simple and yet beautiful ways!

Summer always finds seashells and flowers in her kitchen.  Most of the shells she found
on beach visits.  The hydrangeas she picks from her garden.

Her two window boxes are healthy, vibrant and gorgeous, from the outside...

...and from the inside powder room, looking out.  She told me that begonias are quite easy
to grow, and after seeing them at her home, I am almost convinced that is true.

I admire those in my life who have a "green thumb", and this friend certainly does. 

Whether the flowers are growing up a lattice, in a window box, or in the garden,
her growing skills were visible.

On her patio, she placed an old wooden bench from years ago, and gave it new life with
a few pots of greenery.

Each year, her Becca daisies and Black-eyed Susans, appear in abundance.

Small bouquets of colorful flowers were placed on tables and windowsills.  What a lovely
summer decorating touch!

No matter who it is, where they live, or what you are served when you walk through
the doors of a home, it is a very special privilege.  A gracious welcome makes anyone
feel special.  In today's world, in the midst of many trying situations and troubling
world events, moments spent in anyone's home, present an oasis and a time of
refreshment and relaxation.  A few moments of time, to sit, to share, and to listen,
is so important.

"Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life."   ~Whispering Waters Inn

And, to leave with a tiny bit of the beauty you just shared in, is even better.
A bouquet of black-eyed Susan flowers, from her lush gardens, to my
kitchen counter, serving as reminder of the fun moments we had together.
Reminds me of a quote I read recently;
"Do unto others  as you would have them do unto you."  Treat guests
as you would like to be treated, then embellish it!"
~The Inn at Merridun
ps.  If you don't have coffee cream for the iced coffee, try a spoonful of
ice cream.  Your friends will love it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Stacey said...

I just love your blog and your sweet heart. :)

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I agree with Stacy's comment! Always a joy visiting with you. And what a gifted and sweet friend you have. Her decorating and gardening is lovely!

debi said...

I love your heart, it comes out in your blog :-)


Kelli said...

Love my visits. Such a beautiful home and yard...

Judy said...

Just lovely. How nice for you to be on the receiving end of 'hospitality' I know you are the most giving and generous hostess! Again I am reminded of the joy that comes from opening our hearts and homes to others.

Anneliese said...

What a nice visit you surely had! Love that window box of begonias, from the inside and from the outside!
I have begonias in mine as well, but they have not gotten as full as I'd hoped.
Then one day last week, a screw let go and the box crashed to the ground. I put everything back as well as I could, but it suffered. I think I'll go see what the plant store has to offer still.


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