Monday, March 31, 2014

Random Stories Today 4/1/14

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    My 2 children both have birthdays in April, which makes their birthstone diamonds. I usually just call and wish them a happy birthday as they both have so much there's nothing we can buy them except Momma's home cooked meals. ;-) But most of our family's birthdays are all within 3 months of each other. But we're all planning a train trip for our 55th anniversary. We are ALL excited about that. All fifteen of us on a train for at least one night and then a weekend in San Diego sounds like great fun to me.

    My great granddaughter, who will be four years old in May used to go under the kitchen table to do her "business." Once while my granddaughter and her hubby were house hunting she got under a kitchen table at an Open House. When her mother told her to come out she said, "I'm doing my business, Mom." When they were visiting here about a year ago, I gave her an area rug for her kitchen dining area as I was buying a new white one for ours. She took it home and sent me a picture of it and it made her kitchen dining area look cozier. She also told me "business" has "improved" under the table. We had to laugh. ;-).

    Most of our friends have family photos lining their walls—living room, bedrooms, etc. I've never liked decorating like that. I have the 2 pictures that my husband had painted for me while he was in Japan on a wall that I see every single day. Those are my favorites of them. I love both of my kids and have them in my "heart photo album." The pictures on my walls are all serene (not that my kids aren't!) but I prefer that. I'm a very private person when it comes to showing my kids. Now, the great granddaughters are posted on one of my kitchen cabinets. But I've never liked seeing hundreds of pictures of someone's family. (I've been in some homes where political photos are on the walls. Never happen in this house!) It just doesn't interest me and I doubt my family would interest them. I do, however, have beautiful pictures that people rave about on the walls.

    Years ago when I was attending Weight Watchers meetings and was a relative new WW I stepped on the scale and told the woman weighing me in to not tell me what my weight was. She said, "Fine" and when I got on the scale she blurted out the weight! I couldn't believe it. What about "don't tell me my weight" did this woman not understand? I just wanted to know the loss, not my actual weight. That would have depressed me even though I knew it was getting out of hand. I don't do WWs anymore, but mainly because of the whining I hear at their meetings. Good grief, what about the program do these people not get?! The speaker will cover all the things for the lesson that day and invariably some nut will say, "Well, I'm going to a party tonight and there will be lots of food. What do I do?" Idiot. She just told you and other people chimed in also. Didn't you listen to her tell you? My opinion is that those people just want to be noticed. I just couldn't stand the absurdity of some people and stopped going to the meetings.

    As you all know I love vignettes. This one is particularly cute.

    There is certainly a "lusciousness" about having an outdoor room with a place to sit even in the rain. I think this one is beautiful.

    Another chair I should love in my home. These are beautiful.

    A bit of eye candy for ya.

    I've wondered where to buy these pretty little pots. I haven't found any in my neck of the woods but I'll keep trying.

    I have this pillow and the matching ruffle quilt but recently changed back to my old Soft Surroundings all-white one with one long ruffle skirt to the floor. Hubs and I were tired of fixing the bed skirt. So I may sell the Summers at the Cottage one. If anyone is interested, just email me. It really is gorgeous!

    I'm waiting for our rose garden to bloom. Love Bunny has cleaned it up after this long winter, clipped the branches back and got our yard looking lovely once again.

    I have a keen interest in beautiful laundry rooms. Mine being pink and cheerful with signs, clothes pin bags and shelving in there. I don't mind doing my laundry at all!

    Isn't this a darling way to store your dinnerware and glasses?

    While this is a visual treat, I'm not sure I'd want my house to be this narrow between two walkways.

    Cute dining room display.

    Now tell me, would anyone actually wear a shoe like this? I'd think it would b a bit itchy.

    Do all women love feminine bedrooms like this? I sure do. Wouldn't have it any other way.

    While this is a fetching bathroom, all that lace would certainly collect dust. Just kidding. It's actually wallpaper.

    My great granddaughter would call this a Princess dress. She makes me so happy.
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    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Rambling Today 3/25/14

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    I was thinking this past week about my all-time favorite movie. You know, the one you loved the most. Of course, I like action, thriller, murder, spy movies the best.

    So in thinking about that I went out and rented the old Frank Sinatra movie, The Manchurian Candidate. I then watched on Amazon Instant Video the new one with Denzel Washington, one of my favorite actors. But I have to admit the Frank Sinatra one was the best. I liked it far more. A few months ago I watched Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It was just a bit weird watching those old movies and thinking how much movies have changed through the years. The old ones seemed amateurish with the scenery and all, but we loved those movies.

    Okay, for my all-time favorite movie: Lonesome Dove. As I'm a book reader, several years ago I was reading the book and couldn't read it fast enough as it's a very thick book. I made a pot of soup for dinner that night, asked hubby to go rent the movie and watched it for 6 hours! I didn't realize it until this week that it was a television series. Truly! Now, since we don't have a television, I have to watch on one of my computers, but that was fine with me. I may rent Lonesome Dove again from Amazon and watch it. That was an American epic movie. If you haven't seen it, rent it and watch it. It's so worth it.

    I recently had a bout of acute bronchitis. Never have had it before but it got me down so badly I'm still recuperating from it. All I wanted to eat was ice cream and french fries. Bless my hubby's heart, he made so many trips to WM for ice cream and Jack In The Box for fries. My idea of a balanced diet for 2 weeks was Tillamook's Mud Slide ice cream or Blue Bunny's Bunny Tracks. With a little french fries thrown in for...well, just because I love them. I wanted comfort food and I truly got it!

    And one other thing. My pinterest boards have over 14,100 photos with over 25,500 followers. Just so you know, there are nothing but beautiful, "eye candy" images on there. Go visit it. I promise you won't regret it. Just beautiful images.

    Could you ask for a cuter kitchen than this tiny, efficient one? I find it vastly appealing.

    I think this little flower shop is adorable. You can find many flower shops but this one has an old world appeal to it.

    One of my favorite breakfasts is pancakes with maple syrup. Or pie. Or muffins. I'm not keen on cereal or eggs but I love sausage and bacon.

    A vase of fragrant flowers in lavender.

    Squeeeeal!! Be still my heart. A train car with a piano. I can't wait for our train trip in 2016.

    A darling vintage medicine cabinet if you're lucky enough to find one like it.

    Yes, I love this sofa, but I'd probably not buy it. I'd have the chairs patterned with a plain sofa in this style though.

    And I really like this little area for a sun room.

    Love the chair and these lovely pillows.

    This looks like a candy shop to me, all pink and black.

    Lovely setting for an outdoor party. The chair covers are what drew me in here.

    I'm not averse to blue rooms; I just like pink ones better. This one is beautiful though.

    Pink and yellow roses with beautiful china ware.

    Another darling setting perhaps for tea with a friend.

    I love everything about this room: sofa, chairs, tables, big windows and beautiful fireplace.
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    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Just Pretty Eye Candy Today Cuz I'm Tired.

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    A ten second video of what happens when our 16 month old great granddaughter wants the camera her mummy is holding but gets a hair clip instead. Laughable!! Poor little munchkin. Can you see that change of face from joy to disappointment in 5 seconds? Great grand kids are a joy beyond heaven!


    A very sweet area to relax and read.

    I love aprons.

    This is another house I could live in with the kitchen, dining room and living room one long room.

    A sweet vignette with a chair I adore.

    Lavish tablecloths adorning a huge table in a lovely dining room.

    Sweet lamp in a pretty room.

    I sure am seeing a lot of pretty rooms lately. This is one. Darling and unique with that dress and jacket hanging in the window.

    A quaint antique shop.

    Bougainvillea gracing a lovely entry way to a home.

    Lovin' the red on this home.

    Beautiful dinnerware with flair.

    Another vignette worthy of note!

    A cute shabby chic living room.

    More romantic tulips in red, pink and white with a cute polka dot vase.

    Just call this a "cozy corner."
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    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    The Story of One Heroic Woman

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    I'm finally getting over the cough, which turned out to be acute bronchitis, which I don't think I've ever had. It was rough. I stayed in the house for a month and rarely ventured out. But today I had hubby take me to the beauty shop for a hair cut since I haven't done a thing to it for about 3 weeks. Just too weak to do anything but sleep and read.
    This says it all so just read and pay tribute to this most magnificent of human beings. I only hope I'd have had the courage this woman had to save lives. Just another thing I must improve on I suppose. The humanity in this woman isn't even present in the tip of my finger. She's one of my heroes, along with the men and woman of the armed forces who want to fight and die for my country. Thank you to all you veterans. My heart is touched every day by your courage. If you are the relative or friend of a warrior, give them a kiss from this old lady. Please!

    And now for some eye candy.

    This is one of my favorite rooms. Oh, I have many! This is just one I love, arranged for conversation and not especially television watching.

    And as I've said, I love a bit of the French look since that is part of my heritage, but I'm a pure-bred American and proudest most for that. Vive l'america!!

    I found this flower arrangement most stunning. Few flowers and just candle holders, but truly stunning.

    Look at how the furniture is adapted to the curvature of the windows. Lovely.

    Simply a bit of eye candy in a cute little cup made into a pin cushion.

    And another one most charming.

    The kind of wrapping I'd like to receive on a gift.

    Another pretty vignette for a dinner party.

    I love this chair, even the gray stripe fabric. If I need a neutral color I'd never ever use beige; I'd use gray and have in a room we redecorated in California. Love it much more than "neutral beige", which to me looks dirty.

    Without those windows this room would be just another living room, but that wall of window—along with the chandelier—makes it magnificent.

    Cookies too pretty to eat!

    A simple, yet stunning, room done just right.

    A place to rest and dream.

    A beautiful kitchen.
    Linking up with Pink Saturday.