Saturday, August 10, 2013

The "Sweatshirt Club"

You've heard of the "Breakfast Club", the "First Wives Club", the "Mickey Mouse Club"... 
but have you ever heard of 
the "Sweatshirt Club"?

No I hadn't either, all I knew for sure is that I wasn't a member and to
be honest I was very SAD not to have been a member.

We were up in Mammoth recently with
a great group of couples.  
6 couples
to be exact, and we did everything from eating, laughing, hiking, fishing, and drinking to shopping.

For some it was their first time camping, 
for others it was
their first time 
(but that's a different post)

One of the days, we went our separate ways.  

A few of us (not me)
went on a hike to Rainbow Falls in Devil's Postpile  

A couple of us (not me) went on a motorcycle ride.... 
Others of us (me included) 
went to a pretty little lake called Virginia Lake.  
It was so still, calm and serene.  
Just beautiful!  
It was my first time fishing from a float tube and I couldn't have
done it on a more perfect lake.

I had a very successful afternoon
on the float tube.  Which is code for
I didn't fall in and I caught a couple of fish.

That evening however, I found
out what those 2 fish cost me....that's right!
A spot in the "Sweatshirt Club"

Well as luck would have it, these ladies went on
the hike to Devil's Postpile and did a little
light shopping.  While they
were waiting for the bus to take them back from the trailhead they picked up
these sweatshirts.... and preceded to flaunt 
them in front us.  They coyly waited until the evening got chilly
and one by one put on their sweatshirts.

It was all in good fun of course, because
I am happy to say  
the next day Sheryl and Sue
headed me down into the village and I
got my very own sweatshirt.  

Can't wait to get back up there and wear it!!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Baby it's Cold Outside.........Really?

Summer is here,
not in full swing of course,
but here just the same. 
We are swimming, barbecuing,
having outdoor movies, pool parties of all shapes and sizes
and have even made a batch of homemade ice cream or two. 
I know when I say not in full say...are you kidding? 
The 4th of July has come & gone,
and school supplies
have begun showing up in the stores. 
We are a 
away from Fall for gosh sakes. 
What I really mean is we haven't quite hit the full "Summer Heat". 
Mornings are still a bit cool
and overcast and just the perfect time to putter in the garden.  

A couple of my favorite people spent the night this past weekend. 
It was spur of the moment,
so they didn't pack for the occasion.
(which is a post in itself) 
No one could accuse them of not coming prepared...
or overly prepared. 
This time however, it was just them, the clothes on their backs and a lot of enthusiasm.
On Sunday morning, after breakfast,
Pop Pop decided to head out to clean the pool. 
Well if someone is about to start a project you must expect some HELP...
and of course the HELPERS jumped at the chance.
But before they headed out to that cool overcast morning...they needed to prepare themselves.

Tim said they looked like Hobbits
(I can see it)

Adult supervision??

Well luckily the weather wasn't much of deterrent and the pool got cleaned, the plants got watered, and snacks were had. 
By the time all
the puttering was done, the sun came out
in all her glory and we enjoyed a little summer swimming.
All in all it was another perfect day!!

"So nice to be back!!"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pixie Hollow

Yes, I do love a pixie...

Pixie Hollow is almost done, but since the houses are so fragile 
(I will re-do them as they fall apart)

I decided I better show it at it's newest,
even before the flowers and
ferns have had time to grow.

The girls and I decorated fairy houses 
a while back
for all of the fairies we know, 

I have
been told by more than one person
that Pixie Hollow is not for the 
grand girls but
for me....
and I must say there is more truth
in that statement then you know.  

I realized that I have
been decorating the play area 
as if I was going to
play there myself.  

I guess I must still be 
a little girl at heart.

Why is every little girl's favorite color Pink?

not orange....

not green...

...but pink!!

As I was taking a few pictures
of Pixie Hollow
a fairy flew by 
and offered to take this
of the new seating area for me.

A Fairies Eye View...

Some fairies don't like to have 
their houses in the
some just moved 
straight into the tree itself.

The little crocodile holding
the rose was my Grandmother Rose's.

My dad captured it from her yard after
she passed away.
He knew it would be perfect for me some day.

We have fun sparkling things hanging
from the branches...

and comfy pillowy places to sit
on butterfly shaped pillows...

 and little donkeys hiding behind trees...

This guy
was in my Grandma Mary's garden...
and now is in mine.

This little girl size bench was 
in my mom's garden 
as well as the
butterfly and dragonfly hanging on the trellis.

So you see this garden doesn't 
only welcome 
it welcomes memories and holds treasures 
from all the little girls
in my life....
old and young....
but most importantly.....

forever young at heart....

and forever little girls.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Weekend Happenings and a Bunny Spotting

We had a little luck this weekend...
the rain was only a little misty 
so we were able to get 
our patio covers up.

We were getting a little worried 
about the raw wood,
so Kevin painted
the beams to make sure 
they didn't warp and twist.

This is the
so nicknamed
by Madi...
from her own little imagination.

It stuck, so now we will be referring to
this area as the 

Here's the 

and here's the

"maybe we need a 
nickname for this area too...perhaps...
"The Dragons Lair"
or not"

and this could be the dragon

Here's the 
(of the Dragon's Lair)

and the
of the 

(Do you think somehow I can
put little castle-like flags on the corners
and a small turret or two ???)

We even had lunch there after 
Sean and Kevin hooked
up the was soooo nice.

A few other happening....

Grapes have been spotted on the vines.

The garden is completely in and planted
(Doesn't look like much
is happening right now does it?)

and we have finally had a
bunny sighting.

Just in the nic of time 

A little new spring feel on the door. 

and a carrot or two or three...
just to entice a few more bunnies.

We're almost
ready for the Easter
festivities on Sunday...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Favorite Things and This and That!

We are getting close to finishing our grove area...
well closer
than we have ever been...!!

I was out shopping for a little ironwork table and chairs
to put in Pixie Hollow for the girls
on Saturday,
but the little ironwork shop
in Murietta is now out of business.
So sad!!!

But as we were turning around we
came across a fountain and
water feature store.
I want to take our fountain
up by the house and move it down
to the new "Rose Garden".
 I had a style of fountain in mind
to replace it with, and I think I found it.

The one I want actually has a different basin, and
I think I want more of a gray stone look but this is
the basic design with the 4 iron spouts,
and I can order it in whatever color I want. 

It reminds me of something
I would see in an old English garden
and it has a lovely sound.
Now all I need is money....maybe
I should plant this first.
It would definitely come in handy!!

I recently painted my downstairs
bathroom and have been looking for accessories. 
My inspiration pictures
are butterflies of all things.

Ballard was having a sale on wall art,
so I ordered this set of 3 wall plaques.

I think they will be perfect in the bathroom.
They are all 3 different.

Don't you just love ordering things online? 
It feels
like your birthday every time something
comes in the mail.

We also planted the vegetable garden this weekend,
(partly in the rain)
and started plans for an herb garden.

The herbs and herb seeds are purchased ... now
all I need is a little water to my whisky barrels.
So much to do and so little time...........
P.S. Is anyone watching DWTS????

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring is Springing....

The weather is definitely not cooperating
with my Spring yearnings...

With a few gorgeously warm and
clear days last week, I was really feeling
Spring was going to be right on schedule. 

Little did I know we
would have snow in our local hills.... yikes.

The weather hasn't gotten in the way of fun however. 

Tammie hosted our
lovely March bunco,
embracing the green of the Irish.

with lots of food...
(that was friendly to the waistline)

It was a fun night....and I even won one of the
top prizes. 
I must have been channeling the luck of the Irish.

Thanks Tammie!!!

The Irish fun continued into St Patrick's Day!

The Rush's hosted
a delicious dinner which included all
the best things you would expect from the Irish.

Everything was so festive and fun....
and did I mention Green?

Tim took the opportunity
to speak with an Irish brogue for the day.
If I didn't know any better, he
may have some leprechaun in him.
(which he did an imitation of ...oh
how I wish I had gotten a pic of that)

The girls were sporting their new St Patrick's Day dolls
(I know really?  Mermaids??)

and of course most importantly...

The green beer...

We also had:

Corned Beef Rubens
Cole Slaw
Mac & Cheese
Soooooo yummy!!
and even a low fat chocolate and pistachio filled cake.

Thanks Tim and Kristi!!!!!!!
It was so much fun!!!!!!

On Sunday I had
2 projects I wanted to finish.
I wanted to put up a frame collage in my hallway
 (including new pictures)

which I did and LOVE!

As you can see the rug
is going to stay.
I think it looks great with the dark frames.

I wanted to do my entryway arrangement. 
I am happy to
report I got them both done.

Lastly, I would like to


with my new little sign

and my new and I think happy welcome mat.

Now if I can only get those bunnies out
and hopp'in.....

Happy 1st Day of Spring...tomorrow!!!
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