Thursday, August 27, 2015


Yesterday was National Dog Day!  
Not sure why we are celebrating it since it's National Dog Day everyday for Augie!!
But I gave him two slices of ham 
instead of one to celebrate.  
He's 13 and he's now deaf.
Like anyone elderly, 
he has his good days and 
he has his sleep-all-day days. 
He has never missed a day of greeting me at the door with a wagging tail and a toy in his mouth!! 
Augie has always been a good, loving, loyal pooch!!
I love my Augie!! 

Friday, July 24, 2015


Summer Vacation has come to an end with my morning coffee on the patio becoming a faded memory.  
The summer "to do" list is shorter than it was in June and instead of blogging & visiting with my blogging friends;
 I've worked in the yard and played with Sadie.
The summer gave us time to visit
my Illinois Cuzzes, 

for Danny's Sister and BIL to visit from Ohio,
and to get lots of Sadie-hugs all summer long.
We celebrated Ashley's July Birthday and
  introduced MeMaw to her new Great Grandson, 

while Sadie learned to play the piano! 

This is what summer vacation is all about - 
This was the last on my "to do" list!!
Put up on Saturday - go back to school on Monday :-}}
spoiling the Grandkids and
making memories that will last forever!

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Advice from a Tree! 
-Stand Tall and Proud
-Go out on a Limb
-Remember Your Roots
-Share your Shade with Friends
-Drink Plenty of Water
-Be Content with Your Natural Beauty
-Enjoy the View 
 by Joanne Raphs

A Perfect Summer Day
is when the Sun is Shining,
The Breeze is Blowing,
The Birds are singing and
the Lawn Mower is Broken!
Have a Most Awesome Day!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Wishing each of you a wonderful and safe 4th of July with Family & Friends - 
click on the song

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


This is my OLD Wax Plant -
the botanical name is Hoya Carnosa.
I bought this amazing plant and several others,
to make my place "homey" in 1974
when I started working

My husband was military, so the three years that we lived out of country, my parents took care of him. 
Other than that,
he's been with me 
through thick and thin!
It's fascinating how all the flowers are different shades of pink to white.
He's a slow grower and goes dormant in the winter.  When the night time temps dip down to 45 degrees, I bring him inside from fall to mid spring.
When inside, he sits on a plant stand in the middle of our bath tub in front of the large picture window.
The next time we update our wills, 
I may have to include my Old Wax Plant!! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015


This year's Mother's Day weekend was
action packed for our family, 
With the arrival of Peter!
Weighing in at 8 pds. 11 oz. 
Congratulations Kids on the arrival of your
perfect bundle of love! 
The New Mom and 
the Proud New Dad. 

Sister Sadie couldn't wait to get her hands
onto her Baby Brother. 
Peter's Auntie! 

Our second Grandchild :-}}

Home - one week later.
The wonderment of Life! 
A healthy Baby Boy is nothing less than
a blessing from God above.
Know Peter - that you are loved. 
How time flies - he's now 3 and a half wks.
 Sadie, hang onto Peter before he rolls off! 
(there are two sets of hands out of view :-}}

Thursday, June 4, 2015


photo taken by Vintage Street Designs
I FINALLY found a mug rack-
Mugs or glasses Rack
 for our one souvenir
from each journey we take.

I sprayed the rack with black mat rustoleum
since it had been rubbed in spots to look depressed.
Rust was already showing on the edges
of the rubbed areas and
I didn't want rust to eventually get
onto the wall or mugs. 

There's still some room for a couple more trips :-}} 

I found the rack on --
A local boutique and online store by
Joanna S. Gaines of The Fixer Upper
on HGTV. 
It's called, "Cups for Days" Rack - PH HC100.
Love having our mugs out of the cabinet and in full view!! 

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Spring Break this year was an adventure 
to the Florida Keys & Key West!
FUN FACT - The island of Key West was first purchased by John W. Simonton in 1822 from Juan Pablo Salas who had acquired it as a Spanish Land Grant in 1815.  Key West became a US Territory in 1828. 
Latitudes is located on the private island of Sunset Key.  You must go on line to make a reservation and your reservation is actually your launch time, a 10-minute ride to the island on Latitudes' personal boat. You meet your boat at the Westin Marina next to Mallory Square.

This was our last night in Key West.
The sunset (7:30) reservation time slot was booked,
but making an earlier reservation turned out to be perfect.
After our meal, we strolled out onto the dock
and had the dock and glorious sunset to ourselves. 
The restaurant was Beautiful.
Sitting on a private island, arriving by boat and being greeted warmly was memorable.  The views were tremendous, the food was fantastic (no conch fritters here), and the service was impeccable. 
The Lobster Bisque -- OOO La La!
Considering the whole experience,
it was quite reasonably priced. 
Gorgeous setting on a true tropical paradise! 

The fish were jumping everywhere -
notice the splash that I caught!! 

Day is Done, Gone the Sun . . . . 
Our ride back to Key West.
A memorable last evening made perfect by fabulous food and a breathtaking sunset.
(Thank you Sister for this recommendation!!)


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