Saturday, April 5, 2008

An Oversight!

Another of my favorite bloggers was overlooked yesterday: Manuela @ The Feathered Nest. And, just for that oversight, I am presenting Manuela with both awards. Manuela is one of those prolific bloggers who consistently shares her home, her ideas, her recipes, etc. I love visiting her!

Here's that old Saturday snowbank from a slightly different angle, but with the discarded Christmas tree prominently featured. These shots are taken from my viewpoint leaving my humble abode completely out of it. ;> We had some snow yesterday that turned to rain. I think I'll go out later today and attempt to rake some of the dirt off the banking and closer to the street.

Friday, April 4, 2008

And the Award Goes to...

* Suzanne @ The Farmer's Wife writes every day and I am constantly amazed by the variety in her posts. She writes poignantly, wittily, intelligently. Currently, she is doing facelifts. Check it out!

* Kari & Kijsa These sisters provide a joyous look at home decorating and all the possibilites with the ever present Diet Coke in hand. Lots of wonderful ideas here!

* Brenda @Coffee Tea Books and Me is doing a series on thrift where she shares many wonderful ideas on saving money and stocking up in the pantry. Check out how she organized her freezer!

* La Tea Dah @ Gracious
has been hosting a Tea Blogathon extraordinaire and it's been so much fun. She's so organized and has everything so carefully planned...hope that you'll join the fun, if you haven't already.

* Sandi @ Holding Patterns What can I say about Sandi other than that she is laugh-out-loud witty and always thought-provoking. Her recent post on harassment in the work place was fantastic, but then she's always writing fantastic things.

* Pat @ Milli Fiori Favoriti is a recent treasure find for me. She is currently providing a tour of Manhattan that you shouldn't miss. What a wonderful teacher she is!

* Judy @ My Front Porch is a constant and steady influence on me. I am learning so much about how to be a grandmother by watching her interact with her grands. She also lives in one of the most beautiful spots on earth and takes great photos.

* Miss Sandy @ Quill Cottage never ceases to impress me with her turn of a phrase. She writes incredible posts on everything from faith to decorating. I am enchanted whenever she takes a walk down memory lane.

* Barbara @ Ramblings From an English Garden has been such a blessing to me. She has been doing an ongoing series of autobiographical stories sharing her life in the most transparent of ways. Just incredible. Not only that, she takes beautiful photos of her very English world.

* Linds @ Rocking Chair Reflections is such a good read. We have lived somewhat parallel lives and I am always intrigued by her story. Currently, she is stuck at home recuperating from an injury and could use some cheerful company. She'd put the kettle on if she were able!

* Mary @ Little Red House shares her joy for dishes and birds and treasures that she's finding in the backs of her magical closets.

* Linda @ Restyled Home does an incredible job of keeping her finger on the pulse of what's going on in the decorating world with color and design all the while "keeping it real."

* Alice @ Tea in My Cup has the most fantastic recipes. I baked her orange scones yesterday and my goodness were they ever fantastic.

* Melissa @ The Inspired Room provides some of the most incredible decorating advice. Her suggestions are thoughtful and well written. You can't go wrong to heed such "inspired" recommendations.

* Lovella @ What Matters Most is responsible for getting so many bloggers up off the sofa and out the door. Soon I'll have no excuse and must join them! Also in British Columbia, she shares the most delightful photos, but check out the recent vacation to Hawaii, too.

That's fifteen! Ten for Charli and Me and five for Happyone who didn't even give me a requirement in the first place.

The following amazing bloggers are receiving the YOU MAKE MY DAY award:

* Abbie @ Abbie's Place has a quirky, fun sense. I find myself grinning a lot when I visit.

* Robin @ Bittersweet Punkin is a dear soul and I love visiting. She and I also share a similar taste in music. (At least, I've finally learned how to launch the playlist so that I'm not bugging her by sitting under her window.)

* Happyone @ Captain's Log shares her life in a happy way. She does! But you should check out her recent MEME for a surprise...who does she want to boot into next week? LOL! Her three moments of gratitude are a delight as well.

* Mary Isabella @ Daisy Bouquet just makes me smile. She has a loving and cheerful spirit that comes through in her posts and stories. I always leave her blog smiling.

* Cindy @ In a Garden is a new empty-nester just this week. She shares about faith and family in a wonderful way.

* Kari @ Just Livin' Large always makes me laugh. She's irreverent without being mean; witty without being caustic; and, besides, she agrees with me on most political issues. ;D

* Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio has a cheerful, beautiful blog and she shares her work and her decorating projects with such generosity. I can't wait to see what her most recent decorating home project has been, but it'll be a while. She's soooo busy these days!

* Brin @ My Messy, Thrilling Life is a delight. Pure and simple. Recipes, devotionals, travelogues, you name it; she's got it!

* Teresa @ Plumwater Cottage shares movies and books, decorating and gardening, and takes great photos of her home. Not to mention another great playlist!

* Margo @ Robolady creates beauty from junk. It's always fascinating to see what this talented lady has been doing.

* Kathy @ Shocking Pink Thread is a recent find for me and I'm so glad that I found another New England blogger who shares that sense of like-mindedness. I love to see photos of her home and to hear what she thinks.

* C.C. @ Six Months of Settled is a witty wonder of a writer. Better than that bunch of alliteration! She is on her way back to the great continent of Africa and there had better be a good internet connection at the library where she'll serve as the librarian.

* BumbleVee @ The "Bearister" Bookcase and I do not always share like-mindedness because she's way cooler than I am. She rides a motorcyle! At her age! (And she likes to take potshots at me just like that! ;D)

* Dawn @ The Feathered Nest always shares the most beautiful creations. I admire her talent and always feel that the world is a little more beautiful because of her blog.

* Jan @ The Life and Times of Li'l Ol' Me makes me laugh, is genuine, and supportive. How can you go wrong with those combinations? You can't!

* Terri @ Wind Lost is one of the most thoughtful and articulate of persons sharing mostly her journey in decorating her lovely home. When she shares on an even more personal level, her writing is poignant and piercing. What is this with the alliteration today?!

Sixteen and so many more! I can't think of a blogger who does NOT make my day. Bloggers are some of the most creative, intelligent, thoughtful, and articulate people I've ever encountered. I read so many more than are even on my blogroll.

Speaking of my blogroll, I carefully select those with whom I share a certain like-mindedness and who write a few times a week and also make it easy for me to comment. Is that how the rest of you are handling it, too?

Edited to Add: I've just received an email asking for clarification about "the rules." It's true! There are no strings attached to either of these awards. If you would like there to be, create your own. I just wanted you to enjoy them. I've been much too selfish holding on to awards when they should be scattered freely all over.

Oh, don't forget, I still want you to comment on your blogroll...please!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Little Adventure and An Award

Yesterday, everything came together perfectly at about three in the afternoon. I had finished gathering the items for Judy's box and had wrapped it securely with tons of packing tape. Good luck with that, Judy! So all that remained was to get myself out of the house and to the post office.

Checking my wallet first, I realized that a stop by the bank's ATM machine was in order because a few groceries were needed as well.

I don't know how it is with you, but I am such a homebody that I forget how to "be" out there in the great, big, scary world. As I was pulling up to the ATM machine slowly...I know how easy it is to rip off a mirror...don't ask...another driver roared up behind me and sat there revving her motor.

I went on about my banking business and tried to ignore the fact that she was sitting right on my ar$e and revving the danged motor. (Sandi, I really need to take some lessons!) Anyway, apparently, it was bugging me a lot more than even I thought because I started to drive off before I had responded to the "Is your transaction complete?" query. Yikes! You know where this is going, right? But, no, there were no fender benders nor did I get hurt. I just grinned at her in my most apologetic way while she grimaced back at me. I pressed the "yes" and scurried back to my car, hopped in, and slammed the door...on my seat belt buckle with a c-r-u-n-c-h.

Okay, one errand down, two to go. Off to the post office where all went amazingly well except for the fact that I had to write down everything that was in the box and when I asked if that little customs tag would remain on the package the post office guy said that it would. Ackkkkk! Don't peek, Judy!

Phew! Two errands down, one to to the hometown grocery because, even though the prices there are sky high, the cost of gas is keeping me closer than ever to home.

So I picked up my oranges ($2.99), Smart milk ($2.99), whole wheat bread ($3.00), a pound of hamburger ($3.10), and a small package of shredded cabbage ($1.00) and headed for the checkout where two young ladies were manning the registers. There were long lines at both lanes, but finally I was next.

The young man ahead of me was cashing his paycheck and purchasing a carton of cigarettes for $11.75 or something like that. After his change had been counted back, my order was rung up and paid for. But the man ahead of me was still standing there counting his change.

He says, "Something's wrong here! This isn't right!"

The oranges, milk, bread, hamburger, cabbage, and I all sat there waiting patiently as the cashier turned her attention to the problem. Poor thing was so shook that she was having troubles counting back the change. She took the money out of his hand. Counted it. Set it on top of her register. Removed the check. Handed it back to him. Counted out the additional funds and handed it all over.

In the meantime, I decide that perhaps I can handle bagging my own groceries. Person behind comes up and takes my place in line as I switch to the end of the counter and fiddle with the plastic bags. Man ahead is still counting the money. Finally, he is satisfied and leaves. I am packing when I become aware of a piece of paper fluttering down — the check! The check is not in the drawer! I tap the cashier gently on the shoulder and hand her the check. Gee, I sure hope that her count was good at the end of her shift.

At this point, I can't wait to get home. Nothing nervewracking like that ever happens here!

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Another beautiful award was given to me by Pat @ Milli Fiori Favoriti. Thank you so much, Pat, it's a beauty and I will honor it and pass it along soon!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Four Tag

Sandi tagged me yesterday. Again. She doesn't think that she'd ever tagged me before, but look here and here. It's all good. I think this Four Tag MEME is a fun one and don't forget to go read Sandi's...they're a hoot!

Jobs I have had in my life:

1. first picking

2. second job...seed weighing at the local hardware

3. third job...cashiering

4. fourth job...teaching

Movies I have/would watch over and over again:

1. Gone with the Wind

2. The Notebook

3. The Sound of Music

4. A Christmas Story

Places I have lived:

1. Virginia

2. My home state

3. Oklahoma

4. Arizona

People I want to slap right into the middle of next week:

1. Any driver who pulls out in front of me at the last possible second and doesn't step on the gas.

2. Any member of the media who betrays his/her bias, also any member of the media who says "Mr" instead of "President." Oh, and any weather reporter who tells me to "button up."

3. Any person who chews gum in my ear while talking on the phone.

4. Anyone who uses a cell phone inappropriately. I have a long list of what and where is inappropriate. I used to treat these folks as if they were speaking
in a telephone booth by lowering my voice and tiptoeing around them. Not any more. Expect me to grab whatever I need from the grocery shelves whether you're chatting away in front of the olives or not.

People who email me regularly:

1. my mother
2. my daughter
3. my daughter-in-law
4. my friends

TV shows I watch— Fictional:
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Desperate Housewives
4. ??? brain spasm...can't think of any others

TV shows I watch— Nonfictional:

1. Ellen
2. Dr. Phil
3. Lawrence Welk (still after all these years...thank you MPBN!)
4. Sometimes the news shows... 20-20 types

Places I have visited:

1. Niagara Falls
2. The Grand Canyon
3. Grand Manan Island
4. Washington, D.C.

Favorite Foods:

1. lasagna
2. Paska (gee, thanks, Judy and Lovella!)
3. prime rib with baked potatoes topped with melting butter and sour cream and a big leafy green salad with Olive Garden dressing
4. any kind of dessert...I love them all...never met a candy bar that I didn't like either

Where I want to be right now:

1. I'm perfectly content at home, but...
2. at the lake or the ocean
3. in the theater
4. at a concert

Things I'm looking forward to this year:

1. watching the grandsons grow
2. blogging
3. finding my purpose in life (it's about time, say what?!)
4. Thanksgiving and Christmas

Now, in a definite shift from rebellion, I am actually naming four people to do this MEME in no particular order:




4. and last, but not least, Happyone is so happy that I am eager to see how she'll respond to people slapping. LOL!

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What a difference a day makes—yesterday gray and foggy...

Today—sunny and bright (also danged cold and windy).

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Last Sunday, two dear bloggers gave me this award. Happyone and Me of Charli and Me. There's a huge difference between the two sets of rules:

Happyone's: This is not meant as a tag but just to say your blogs are great and if you want to pass it along please do. I enjoy all the blogs that I read and here are just 5 of them.

Me's: The recipient must agree to award it to at least ten people whose blogs are found to be worthy of an Excellent Blog Award. The award may be given to more than ten blogs, to a blog that has already received one or to the person or blog from whence it came. The blogger who gave the award must be notified that it is accepted with the conditions imposed. Then the names of the blogs must be listed and those bloggers must be notified that an award has been received.

This is an honor that I do not take lightly. I will be passing on this award and that's going to require some thought. I have no time for thought this morning so I shall return to this at some future date. Thank you to both Happyone and Charli and Me for enjoying spending time here. I am grateful.

A wonderful Wednesday to you all!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


March 30 - April 5 Decor-a-Tea
Share ideas and pictures that incorporate tea and/or tea themes into home decor. Displays, art, prints, fabrics, and collection all count in this category. Do you use teapots and teacups as a part of your home decor? If so, describe how.

If you're arriving from La Tea Dah's Decor-a-tea, welcome! If you're one of the faithful, thank you for being here! If you just fell through a portal and have no idea how you arrived, April Fool's!

This little tour is going to begin with the sublime and head right down the tubes to the ridiculous with a photo of my medicine cabinet. You'll want to hang in there for that!

My favorite decoration of late with teacups has already been featured earlier (several times :P), but never one to shun the chance to post yet another picture, here it is after Easter. I'm really missing the blooms on the cactus!

All I did was to play off of another blogger's idea by using an empty antique picture frame and tying teacups from the top edge with ribbons.

Before I was displaying the little nest in the apothecary jar, as you see in my header, I often displayed it this way:

Just find your favorite teacup and turn it on its side resting the nest inside. This works very well for taller shelves. If displaying on a tabletop, the teacup could be rightside up for a visual surprise.

Last week, so many of you mentioned Sandy Lynam Clough an artist who collects teacups and teapots herself to create wonderful vignettes to paint. I love her work! Her calendars for 2005 and 2006 are among my favorite things...see, I've even saved the covers.

The calendars themselves are used for crafts and cover-ups. This is a closet door where I hang my necklaces.

And, as promised, the medicine chest where I use tea mugs to store my toothbrush and razors, etc. Whatever fits in!

Thank you for visiting today, feel free to wander about in my blog, I'm sure you'll discover more Decor-a-tea. Don't forget to continue the tour at La Tea Dah's!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Busy Monday

library card source

Today's post will be so busy, I hardly know where to begin, which is why I'm using a cheat sheet.

First things first perhaps. As you may have heard, I won one of Miss Sandy's prizes over at the Quill for the marvelous Easter much fun! It was fun before I won, too. Here are some pics and a reveal of the new spot for my S P R I N G decoration. (Only Miss Sandy herself knows what I'm talking about with this one.)

Thank you so much, Sandy!


Next on the list are some lovely items purchased from some of my favorite bloggers via Etsy or, in Robin's case, from her online store at The Punkin Peddler.

This is a tabletopper purchased from Robin. It's a gift for my mother's table...shhhhh!

This terrific heavy duty apron with loops to hold tools (!) is a gift for my Boston niece who, as an artist working with all sorts of mediums, may have occasion to wear it. (It would certainly work in the kitchen or garden, too.) I bought it from Brin's Etsy store called Freeman House.

Then in a splurge just for me, I purchased these charming tags from Lynda's Etsy store called Among the Hedgerows.


Another little picture story to announce the winner of Friday's Giveaway!

Congratulations, Judy! Email me with your information and I will send you your mystery gift by week's end.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Through the process of metamorphosis, caterpillars are transformed into butterflies. Likewise, when you are born again, you become a new creation. You become holy and acceptable in His sight. You stand in Christ's life and in His righteousness. ~Bob George

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" ~ II Corinthians 5:17

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