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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday


Susan over at A Southern Daydreamer is hosting Outdoor Wednesday. Hop on over and check her blog at http//.asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/. Doubleclick to enlarge the pictures.


My poor patio has been neglected lately. I've just been so busy with other stuff that until yesterday I hadn't bought a single bedding plant. That's not like me. I'm usually working in the yard before the danger of the last frost has passed. Here is my first humble attempt at bringing some color to my patio. I still have a trunk full of mulch for my beds. Planting flowers is lots more fun than weeding and mulching, don't you think?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Zoo Bound or Bust

Angela and I took the girls to the zoo today while Casey and his dad worked on clearing out limbs in the yard. The girls had a great time even though they kept asking to "go in there" with the animals. They liked the monkeys the best, especially the ones that were feeding on bananas and sweet potatoes. After that, they kept saying that the animals were "hungy." That's an elephant tooth in the first photo. Can you imagine what a root canal would feel like on that one? Ouch!





Saturday, April 25, 2009

Signs of Spring



Have you ever noticed how unexpected surprises are the absolutely best ones? I planted this calla lily not long after moving into our new house. In the early years, it bloomed and bloomed but as the crepe myrtle that is planted nearby grew larger and more dense, it stopped blooming, presumably from lack of sun. I've been meaning to dig it up and move it for several years now, but just haven't taken the time. Hubbie cut the crepe myrtle WAY BACK in early March, way back to the point that I wondered what in the world he was thinking. That poor tree reminded me of Bart Simpson's hair...... and I laughed out loud at it more than once when I pulled into my driveway. Well, low and behold, the calla lily has bloomed for the first time in years. Sometimes things happen that we can't comprehend or understand at the time, but there's a pay-off at the end that we never expected....

Shopping in St. Francisville







Had a chance to drive up to St. Francisville over my spring break from work and go with my grandbabies and D-I-L to eat at the Magnolia Cafe and to shop a bit. We found a really neat place called Grandmother's Buttons. I've bought from them at craft fairs before, but had never visited their store. The handmade jewelry is beautiful and I'll visit again when Uncle Sam hasn't wiped out my pocketbook like he did this month....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Painting is Finished....




So it's finally done. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. The color is called Cliff Rock and I like the way it came out. It's a warm, soothing color.........


Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Break in Destin




Just got back home today from a trip to Destin, Florida. My daughter went with a friend to Destin last year at this time and I wanted to reciprocate. They hung out with friends from school and left me to relax on the beach and soak up the sun........... I love the beach!
Now it's time to get back to painting. Stay tuned for details.



Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bryan's 23rd Birthday











What a beautiful day it was for a crawfish boil and a birthday celebration! Click on the pics to enlarge them. It's hard to believe that boy is that old. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. He was very sick with fluid in his lungs and was rushed off to the NICU and ended up with pneumonia. I didn't hold him until he was seven days old. That was a really hard week. Now look at him! He's working full time and going to school four nights a week. It's a grueling schedule but he's managing to maintain a high GPA. Love you, Bryan.