Blog

Winter Beauty

“Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1-2

Hi Friends,

Yes, we have snow again this morning and frigid temps.  Bob is out of town and I had to play in this snow a little but it is very cold.  Since my cardinals are not coming around, I placed two on the table so you could get an idea of the snow.

IMG_4435.JPG

IMG_4437.jpg

IMG_4438.JPG

IMG_4440.JPG

This church was Mother’s birdhouse.

IMG_0313-1907995924-1516051568942.jpg

This is a picture of my Dad’s barn in the snow.  Thank Goodness I took pictures.

IMG_0308.jpg

Dad always made sure his cattle were well fed and taken care of.  These are precious memories.

IMG_0012-83377115-1516051418754.jpg

The cold weather and ice has made for amazing beauty.  I got these pictures from the car on Sunday.

IMG_0002.JPG

IMG_0001.JPG

IMG_0011 (2).JPG

IMG_0011.jpg

IMG_0013.JPG

From my front porch!

IMG_0007 (1).JPG

Cane Creek is so beautiful with all the freezing ice.

IMG_0010 (1).JPG

IMG_0008.JPG

IMG_0018.JPG

IMG_0014 (1).JPG

IMG_0012 (1).JPG

IMG_0006 (1).JPG

IMG_0022.JPG

This is scene coming into my neighborhood.  Icicles everywhere.

IMG_3851IMG_0313.jpg

IMG_4432.jpg

This is a Christmas card I received from a friend.  Beautiful! Stay warm friends and be safe. Thank you for stopping by.

Dianne

 

Hospitality

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”   Romans 12:10,13

Hi Friends,

When I hear the word hospitality, I think about my Mother and Dad.  Hospitality seeks to minister.  Their home was a place where others felt free to put their feet up and lay their worries down….a place to be refreshed.  I really hope to embody the qualities I saw in my Mother. Her guests were happy to have a bowl of soup and a piece of her warm cornbread and she always had some home baked dessert.

I think after the holidays most of us are somewhat exhausted and need to be refreshed.  This offers us a great opportunity to invite our friends to sit by the fire and enjoy a home cooked meal and relax.  I think homemade soup and cornbread fits the bill. I really do think January is a wonderful time to do this.

This is my favorite china…..”Edme Posy” by Wedgewood.  Welcome to my table.

IMG_4305.JPG

IMG_4304.JPG

I have used these beautiful napkins from Pier I that compliment the plates.

IMG_4308.JPG

Just a little arrangement I put together that keeps the color scheme going.

IMG_4303.JPG

Green place mats and Mikasa stemware.

IMG_4310

IMG_4283.JPG

A lot of candlelight.

IMG_4253.JPG

IMG_4250.JPG

IMG_4281

IMG_4251.JPG

IMG_4264.JPG

Thank you for your visit.

Dianne

Lavender

Hi Friends,

I hope everyone is having a good start to the new year. Today I am all about the lavender.  What’s not to love about lavender?  It attracts bees and butterflies but is deer and rabbit resistant.  It can be used in cosmetics, medicine, and cuisine. This beloved fragrance is refreshing, clean and very soothing.The color lavender creates a calming effect.  Lavender has a long literary past. Have you ever seen a field of lavender in the summertime?  I love the color and smell of lavender and I am always drawn to it this time of year.

IMG_4245.JPG

IMG_0402IMG_0326.JPG

IMG_1639

The color lavender….. Not only did I have lavender growing in my garden this summer, I had lots of roses from my garden in this lavender color!

IMG_0176.JPG

IMG_4208.jpg

My Mother’s lavender towels.  She always paired them with this shade of green.  I agree.

IMG_4206.JPG

The look in my bathroom is lavender…soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion!

IMG_4207.JPG

I transform my bathroom this time of year…it is always lavender!

IMG_4211.jpg

IMG_4213.JPG

IMG_1172.JPG

IMG_1176.JPG

IMG_1197.JPG

I made this  lavender wreath and I have enjoyed it in so many places in my home.

IMG_2964

IMG_20170807_155118910IMG_20160121_125552393.jpg

IMG_1813.JPG

Oh, No, every once in a while it is all about pink!

IMG_4249.JPG

IMG_1639.JPG

IMG_4241.JPG

Thank you friends for taking my lavender tour.  

Dianne

 

 

 

A Look Back

Hi friends,

I started my blog in March of  2017.  My daughter spent about an hour with me one afternoon and got me started. Since that time I have pretty much been winging it… trying to work on content and not so much on the technical side.  I need lots of help.  I want to get my watermark for my pics and there is so much I need to learn.  My blog is a tribute to my Mother who I lost two years ago.  My goal is that the love of God will shine through everything I do.

There are a few bloggers who I had been following for a long time and they have enriched my life.   Everyday Living by Pam Richardson was a huge influence on me.  Thank you Pam.  My friend Connie encouraged me and my wonderful husband, Bob, keeps encouraging me also.

I have looked back at some of the pictures I like most from this first year and decided to share them again.

EASTER

IMG_0722.JPG

IMG_0720.JPG

IMG_0335.JPG

IMG_0354.JPG

IMG_0553.JPG

The Run for the Roses

IMG_0844.JPG

IMG_0872.JPG

Springtime

IMG_0008.JPG

IMG_0006.JPG

IMG_1642.JPG

Mother’s Victorian Vase with fresh flowers from my garden.

IMG_1121.JPG

Antique Hydrangeas from Connie and sweet potato vine in Mother’s galvanized watering can.

IMG_0010.JPG

My favorite vase stays full of fresh flowers.

IMG_1396.JPG

IMG_0052.JPG

IMG_0055.JPG

Oh, how I love my garden!

IMG_0003.JPG

I love what can be done with fresh fruit in an arrangement.

IMG_2085.JPG

IMG_2081.JPG

IMG_0005.JPG

And, Oh, the splendor of Autumn!

IMG_2318.JPG

IMG_2349.JPG

IMG_2360.JPG

IMG_2451.JPG

IMG_2499.JPG

IMG_2669.JPG

IMG_2789.JPG

We went to several rowing competitions.  Davis brought home the gold most every time.  Maddie is wearing my hat.

IMG_0003.JPGIMG_0015.JPG

IMG_3278.JPG

Thanksgiving !!! I have a lot to be grateful and thankful for!

IMG_3329.JPG

Christmas…the birthday of a King.  I call Him my Savior and Lord.

IMG_4052.jpg

IMG_3347.JPG

 

IMG_3348.JPG

IMG_3355.JPG

IMG_3423.JPG

IMG_3663.JPG

IMG_3652.JPG

IMG_3668.JPG

IMG_3728.JPG

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog last year.  I love doing it so I will continue. May God abundantly bless you.   Dianne

Day Four of 2018

“God makes all things new again.”

Hi friends,

I am trying to transition from Christmas to Winter.  The weather and temperatures here are certainly cooperating.   It is going to be  5 below in Asheville tonight.  The wind is fierce here this morning and blowing a bit of snow.  I love the changing seasons but I am already ready for something new, especially warmer temps.  

IMG_4117.JPG

The cardinals in the snow remind me of the birds in my backyard.  Bob filled up the feeders yesterday.

IMG_4141.JPG

Everything looks so bare so I have held on to the trees a few more days. The Santas and ornaments and large trees have been put away.

IMG_4116.JPG

Green polka dot plates are Kate Spade.  The tiny plates are from Mast General.  Glasses are Pioneer Woman.

IMG_4115.JPG

IMG_4162.JPG

IMG_4130.JPG

IMG_4137.JPG

IMG_4117

IMG_4158.JPG

A new look for the mantle for a few days.

IMG_4114.JPG

Lots of hot chocolate on these cold days. Love these cups.

IMG_4145.JPG

IMG_4059.JPG

Maddie is at Oma’s for a little downtime.  Rabbit is always close by.

 

“God makes all things new.”  Acts 3:21

Blessings,

Dianne