Sunday, September 25, 2016

Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf
is a flower.
~Albert Camus

Sunday, September 11, 2016

One sees clearly only with the HEART.
What is essential is invisible to the eye.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Boy Oh Boy

Little Boys should never be sent to bed.
They always wake up 
~Peter Pan

Last Saturday we celebrated Pierson's 7th. Birthday!!!  He is Hubby's niece's oldest son.
Ten of his friends were there to celebrate his birthday...ALL BOYS!!!
Pierson had a blast and it was so much fun watching him and his friends have a great old time!

Hubby and I were invited to celebrate his birthday, but also to help out in supervising a total of 13 very rumbunctious energetic and full of life kids (Pierson's sister and little brother were in attendance too).  It took 6 adults to keep track of all of them!!!

Boy OH Boy do they have energy!!!

They did the bumper cars several times, play area, a round of miniature golf, and finally the arcade games!  It was 3 hours of counting heads to make sure we hadn't lost one, escorting them to the bathroom and making sure they washed their hands, drinks of water, and serving them pizza and cake, clean up afterwards, ...
I don't know about the others, but I was exhausted by the time the party was over, 

but I sure enjoyed watching them play, laugh and enjoy themselves!
I am thankful I had the opportunity to be there and be reminded what being a child is all about!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thrifty Finds

Two weekends before Labor Day, while I was out and about running errands like a mad woman for two days, I surely made time to quickly stop at a few garage sales (about 3-4).
Boy did I find good prices and treasures!!!
It was surprising to find that on most of these sales just about everything was$1-$3...and it was on the first day of their sales!!!  I think it was a way for the homeowners to quickly get rid of their stuff before summer is over.

So...let me show you my treasures which I have already found great places to be used in our home, and some for later use:
In the last year, I have been finding this type of miniature watercolor framed pictures.  I simply find them fascinating and so pretty!  ~ $1.00

 Two small White Glass Hobnail vases...$1.00 each!  I just couldn't believe it!!!  

"YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE..." framed quote at a garage sale = $1.00.  Excellent condition from Michaels.  

A beautiful embroidered linen bread basket liner...not one stain!!! 

Two very pretty heavy frames = $1.00 each.

A very well used and loved enameled coffee pot = $2.00! 

Adorable old metal red gingham tray! 

I finally found a wooden picture frame for this picture from last year. 

I had been looking for this type of woven basket for the longest time.  I did pay $3.00 for it, because I  just had to have it!   I thought it would be great to use it as my "cocktail bar tray"; but it was too wide for the counter where I wanted to place it.

A tissue box cover for the guest bedroom night stand = $1.00

Two trays of Christmas glass ornaments.  I plan on decorating and donating them to our annual Christmas Church Bazaar. 

For our Christmas tree. 

Sheet music books for 25 cents each.  I plan on using them for my altered art. 

I couldn't pass this Beatrix Potter book for 25 cents.  I plan on using it for an Easter vignette. 

A "star" tablecloth for a table of 6 = $1.00.  Oh so many uses!!!

A 3-tiered plate stand for $3.00.  It came in very handy on Sunday's brunch get-together.

Brand new bag for a short weekend trip = $3.00, ...

 and last but not least, this very pretty linen table runner in excellent condition = $1.00.  Perfect for Easter season.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Girlz Day Out

Last Friday I had a wonderful time with the "Girlz"!
Jan, my sister-in-law,  and I had a wonderful time with her two granddaughters!!!
 We had a scheduled pedicure; which the Girlz absolutely loved!  They got to pick their very own nail polish color, plus they had a tiny little flower with a rhinestone drawn on their big toes!!!

After pedicures, we had a lunch reservation at American Girls, Mall of America.
Lunch was delicious!!!
Mac & Cheese for the girls, All American Grilled Cheese Sandwich for me and Tic Tac Toe for can me go wrong!

After lunch, they got a chance to play in the American Girls play area.  They gravitated to the baby dolls.
Christmas present idea???
I on the other hand, would love to have MaryEllen!  Jan is interested in the Wellie Wishers.

 Kinley ...


Afterwards, the Girlz had a chance to go on some fun Nickelodeon Universe rides!!!
But wait, we also stopped at this candy store where "we" picked our own candy...and ate it all!!!

Was it naughty of us to drop them right off after at their parents home?!?!

I had a wonderful blessed time.  I got a chance to feel young again!

Now their Moms want a Girlz Day Out...oh boy!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Enjoying Last Days of Summer

It sure has been fun the last couple of weeks and busy!!!  I had to resort to schedule REST DAYS to recoup and even took a week off from blogging.  I feel young, but my body tells me to take it easy.

Besides the everyday to do and keep up with the daily routine, we managed to squeeze in some very Good Times!
 Lord Fletcher's annual Lobster Boil.  It was delicious, but what a messy eating feast it is!

Minnesota State Fair!  It was an all day affair, and I enjoyed a very creamy and delicious milk shake!

 My first pedi of the summer!  Boy did I needed a professional pedi done.

My sister-in-law and I had a Girlz Day Out with her two adorable and well behaved granddaughters at the Mall of America!  

 Hubby and I helped his niece chaperone her son's 7th. Birthday Party.  The fun party included eleven super energetic boys...phew!!!  It was so much fun and exhausting.

We hosted a brunch for six in honor of Hubby's friend and his wife.  We took the opportunity of getting to see them and catching up with them.  Even though it was an easy impromptu visit, I just couldn't believe the many things to get done pre get-together (grocery shopping, cooking, "really" clean house, ...) for this very fun and simple gathering.  It was really nice to see John and Cindy again.
Until we see each other again in Arizona.

Besides everything going on, I made time to quickly stop at a few garage sales and find treasures! 

Last but not least...
I had cake and ate it too!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

And people should eat and drink and 
enjoy the fruits of their labor, for 
these are gifts from GOD.

~Ecclesiastes 3:13

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Summer Garden Deck

Today I'm sharing my sister-in-law's very pretty summer deck.  Jan has a really good eye for decor and gardening.  I love visiting her lovely home.

The red chairs and pillows are new this year.  Jan's taste is clean, bold and uncluttered.

 I can't believe how huge and lush this gorgeous basket is.

I can easily sit here and spend the day away doing absolutely nothing, but enjoying the lush green beauty of Jan's backyard.

This flower box used to be a favorite nest for a Mama Duck  and her ducklings for many years.  She didn't show up this year though.  :-(

Zinnias in full bloom!
I just love zinnias.  They're so hardy and colorful!  
This is a reminder to myself to fly back to MN the first of May.  This year I got here way too late for gardening; and my garden shows it.

"The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let dead things go."

Friday, September 2, 2016

September CD Calendar Page

This is my September 2016 CD Calendar page for my swap partner Mary.
I used a very pretty fallish looking designer paper, autumn leave stickers, and these metal tile stickers that I had been hoarding for the longest time!!!

"Don't you love New York in the fall?
It makes me wanna buy school supplies.
I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils
if I knew your name & address."

~Kathleen Kelly from the movie "You've Got Mail"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Bounty

It's really not much of a harvest, but to me is a bounty!
Every summer Hubby plants several Heirloom Tomato plants.  This summer though he only planted two, and one turned out to be a cherry tomato.

These are our first huge tomatoes of the season!!!  We used them to make a Caprese Salad with fresh basil.
For some reason this year our tomatoes are turning out a bit different.  They have bigger stems inside of the tomato and some kind of weird webbing/shape; but they're still delicious though!!!
I'm waiting for the next round of tomatoes to make my yearly tomato & mayo sandwich...I'll probably throw a bologna slice as well. 

Hubby made a quick stop at the farmer's market and brought home some corn and beets.
The sweet corn was super delicious, and I can't have enough beets in my salad.  It's just recently that I have fallen in love with beets!

Of course the lemons are absolutely not in season here in MN, but I just love how pretty they look in our hanging basket.  After all, lemonade is a refreshing summer drink!