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Happy Birthday Lynn

Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl.  Birthdays are special and so are you!  Today you were surrounded by loved ones.  We enjoyed every moment with you and you look great!

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This is last year. I bet you didn’t think I had all these WOW photos of you!

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This is one of my favorite pictures!  May this coming year surprise you with wonderful things.  You sure deserve them a lot.

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You have a wonderful heart.  Thanks for opening it to me.

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This is your special day.  I hope you have enjoyed it to its fullest.  I wish you all the joy you can ever have and may you be blessed abundantly today, tomorrow, and the days to come. We love you.  Dianne

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy of Summer Table

Joy is the outstretched hand of a mate.

Hi Friends,

My tablescape today is a summer lunch on the back porch for Bob and me. I am using these pink plates and the beautiful salad plates given to me by Connie.  I love these with pink.  I am featuring my rabbits as a centerpiece.

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These are my favorite rabbits and they have carried many things.  This fall they will carry pumpkins. I looked at them for a long time at B B Barnes and said no because they were a little pricey but Bob went back for them  and saved them until my birthday.

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These plates from Williams Sonoma are some of the most beautiful in my collection.  Thank you, Connie.

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I love the colors in this table runner especially the fringe and navy and white polka dots.

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  Cicero

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“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”  Kellie Elmore

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After lunch a visit to this swing in my backyard.

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I am so grateful for all the pleasures the summer has brought…long days and warm nights, butterflies and fireflies, sweet corn and ripe tomatoes, carefree days and flower gardens. 

Thank you for your visit.

Dianne

 

 

Enjoying the flavor of juicy Peaches

JOY is the intoxicating beauty of a morning sunrise and the song of a bird.

Hi Friends,

As I was entering the grocery store this past week I eyed a bin of the most wonderful looking peaches. I bought enough for a peach cobbler.  My tablescape today is about this nutritious fruit and celebrating National Peach Month.

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It all starts with these beautiful blossoms.

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Just look at my tablecloth…$12 on sale.  

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I have set a table for two for Bob and me. We are having potato soup in the large purple bowls and spinach cornbread with the soup.  I am going to have some fresh corn in case we want corn chowder.  I just add the corn to the potato soup.  After years of cooking, I have learned how to simplify.

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This is a small portion of my beautiful tablecloth.

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I have had these white bowls so long that I cannot remember where I got them.  My best guess would be HomeGoods.  In these white bowls will be peach cobbler with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

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I have to tell you that Bob ate my first round of peaches before I got to the cobbler.  

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Another little shot of my tablecloth…one of those finds we girls get excited about.

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This beautiful platter and cups were gifts from my friend Connie.  They seem to be perfect with these other colors.  

 

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We will have Peach Tea in these pretty mauve tea glasses.

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I found these purple bowls at Tuesday Morning.  I got them to go with my platter and cups.

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This reminds me of how many ways we use the word peach…pretty as a peach, peaches and cream skin, sweet as a peach, everything peachy…..

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Fresh peaches are perhaps one of summer’s perfect bounties.  I think there is good reason that we recognize August as National Peach Month. I am sharing my first recipe:

Peach Cobbler:  1 cup of self rising flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk, 1 stick of butter and two large cups of sliced peaches (I prefer fresh peaches and I use 6 or 7 ripe peaches).  

Pour melted butter in oblong pan. I use glass casserole pan.  Mix flour, sugar and milk together. Pour over melted butter.

Cover with peach slices

Bake at 350 degrees until batter rises to top and forms a nice brown crust about 30 minutes.  Easy! Delicious! And simple!

Have a blessed day.  Dianne

Late Bloomers and Rock Gardens

I have taken a few pictures of my late bloomers and a few rock garden pictures and decided I should share these.  Fall is my favorite season but I find myself wanting to hold on to this summer flower splendor. As summer starts to wind down, there are a few empty spots in my garden,

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I knew I was not going to see this again this year so I took one more before it slips away.

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I live in a neighborhood named Ledgestone so we see many beautiful rock gardens.

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My grass is coming along nicely..makes a beautiful backdrop for lantana.

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This is a tiger lily I transferred from Mother’s garden.  It’s head is so heavy I had to hold it up for picture.

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Maddie knows I love this garden.  She brought this cute house covered with bird seed as a gift to me and we found a place in the garden for it.

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Mother loved dahlias and had so many colors.  Yesterday at Lake Julian I spotted a small patch.  This purple color is inspiring.

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My Hydrangeas are so beautiful.

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These are volunteers from last year…a sweet gift that brightens my patio.

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Beauty is all around us…simple, unbelievable, beauty!

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Look what the birds gifted me!  Awesome!

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock  The Use of Life

With Joy, Dianne

 

Simple Joy-Garden Accessories and Garden Rules

Garden accessories…my garden is not producing lots of blooms right now so I decided to share some of my potted plants and ways I accessorize my porches.  I am also including some of my garden rules from my beautiful kitchen towel.  I am happy to be joining Gardens Galore No. 5.   Thank you Pam.

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I love nests and this little mossy purse is so cute with different flowers. I found a wonderful bag of moss at Marshall’s last week for $2.99.  

Garden Rule No. 1: Grow in Joy

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Just a lush arrangement of fern and other plants and one of my little angels.  Angels love to hang out among the flowers.

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Bob and I can be found here on our back porch early on most mornings with coffee in hand.  I made this wreath starting with a natural wreath, adding lavender and fern, a green swag and a flower that has flower power.

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I make different arrangements and wreaths to hang in this spot.

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All these Garden Rules are found on this sweet little kitchen towel from a friend.

Garden Rule No. 2:  Share with friends…and dream

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Quilts, throws, and pillows……I use all kinds of colorful throws and pillows on this old glider.  “A blanket wraps us in warmth…a quilt wraps us in love.” Especially if it is made with Mother’s loving hands.

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Garden Rule No. 3:  Plan for Sunshine

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While I was making pictures, she was very busy in the garden.  She is definitely a beautiful accessory.

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THEY ARE LOOKING BETTER! My sweet talk is working.

Garden Rule No. 4: Hope for Rain

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I have two of these and they are finally producing.

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So many things look beautiful next to this old oak.  I love what Pam says about beauty. “If we don’t see beauty all around us, we just aren’t paying attention.”  That should be in the top 100 best quotes.

Garden Rule No. 5: Enjoy BEAUTY

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I put a little of everything in this pot and the green vine returned from last year. I have no idea what it is.  BB Barnes is very helpful in assisting me with garden questions.

Garden Rule No. 6: Plant Your Wishes

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I could not garden without these tools.  They are in their authentic condition..USED!

Heading to front Porch…..

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Two of these urns at my front door.

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I really love lanterns and we light them in late afternoons when we sit on the front porch.  I am always changing them up with seasons and holidays.

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This is where Bob and I sit in the late afternoon sipping iced tea and looking at the changing view of the mountains.  My camera is usually close by.

“The Heavens declare His Glory”

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“My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 21:2

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“The Joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

IMG_0001Garden Rule No. 7:  Produce Love   This is the most important rule I believe

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I am thrilled to be joining this garden party.  I love seeing all your gardens.  Dianne