Thursday, January 29, 2009

The sectional passes the Riley test.

Riley testing out the new sectional

I think she looks pretty comfortable.

Ok, she's comfortable and in the zone

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Hello Old Friend"

There is a friend I have that I look forward to seeing once a year.
I drove into my driveway yesterday and there he was smiling up at me.
Just seeing him made me smile back. I know his friends will be arriving shortly,
so in great anticipation of things to come, I share him with you.

See how he looks up at me?

A Bit bashful....

and waiting on a few of his friends to follow..............

Thank you Susan at ... a Southern Daydreamers for hosting and

inviting us to share. Now scoot back over to a Southern Dreamer for more fun.

Monday, January 26, 2009

3rd Tablescape Tuesday - "Sweethearts"

Thank you Susan at http://www.betweennapsontheporch/ for another fun Tuesday. Please check her blog for many beautiful tablescapes as well
as talented tablescapers.

This is my second Valentine's Day table and again maybe the last.
Squint hard and pretend I have a lovely cupid in the the center of my table,
since this is the closest thing to a cupid I have.
Do you see his little bow and arrow?
My clear pink dishes are a bargain find of about
15 years ago.
I chose pink as the theme for this table because I found some pretty pink roses in my garden.

However I soon realized that I need some pink dishes to go along with them. Oh well, I guess that will be my next shopping trip. Meanwhile, check out the other tablescapes and enjoy.

Full table view of last weeks table

This was last weeks table and I think this is a better view.
Thanks for asking for it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Are we having fun yet?

Riley and Madison having a little sisterly love?
Riley is introducing Madison to Backyardigans. Yes she still likes them as long as they aren't "LIVE"

Mommy and Madi

Do I look fat in this outfit?

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Why exactly am I sitting on Riley's lap?

Ok, now I'm having fun.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Future Accountant .......... Not

Riley came to work today and was very intent
on a new book. Knowing how I get when I start a
new book I didn't want to disturb her.

Obviously, this was a real page turner. She just
couldn't put it down.

I was curious, maybe I wanted to read this book too.
So I took a closer look.
I know when I'm done with a good book
I like to keep it in a safe place so I can loan it out. I guess Riley has
a different philosophy.

Madison meets Stephanie

Stephanie has worked for us over the years and we consider her family.
Today Madison met Stephanie and I think it was
mutual love at first sight.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Practically Perfect for Everyday!

I wanted to share this Practically Perfect idea that can be used for everyday. I recently received a wonderful gift from a dear friend and she was so clever in her presentation. The gift was a giftcard. Giftcards are sometimes hard to present because you want to do more than hand it over. (even though we all love receiving them) This gift card was tucked into a darling glass jar stuffed with shiny shredded paper, and wrapped in cute paper, not to mention the cute box she put it in. Please remember it was a gift to me and in my eagerness to see what was inside I did crumple the paper a bit.

I hope you can get a good look at this because it was so cute and I for one plan on using this idea with my next gift of a gift card. Just think of the possibilities.
I love the idea of sharing ideas like this so if anyone has something they would
like to share on anything I would be interested on starting this post. More about
this practically perfect ideas later......

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What are you smiling about?


Miguel's Tuesdays.

Never before seen photos

The day Kristi decided to sleep at the new house
I snapped these pictures of Riley and Madison.
Riley was armed and ready with Lion, Turtle and Paci to
move into the new house

The look on Madison's face says "Is she still
behind me, because I don't want to bounce any more".

Ok, where's my room (I hope it's the big one)

Monday, January 19, 2009

2nd Tablescape Tuesday

Since Valentine's Day is approaching I
decided to do a Valentine Supper for 4.
I thought it would be fun to see how many different
romantic settings I could create. This is the first and
possibly the last, we shall see.

I used red as my theme, with red toile dishes and roses
Usually I can pick roses from the garden but I must admit my garden is bare. Maybe tulips for next week.
I used some crystal for sparkle.

I have a miniature rose in my antique pedestal bowl.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Oklahoma Girl

Stacy, James and Bella were here last month and we
had a great breakfast at Delores and Jim's. I spoke
to Stacy last night and she says Bella is walking
all over the place now, no more crawling. Hopefully
I can plan a trip to Oklahoma soon so I can see them.

Stacy, Bella, and James.

Mama and Baby.

Diane I miss you.

This is my sister in law Diane. I was just going through some pictures
and this picture caught my eye. I realized it was time for
my sister in law to come and visit, and of course shop and of course drink
wine with me. Diane if you see this plan something for next month.
Maybe a quick weekend. Cheers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The New Year's Eve part of the Celebration

We gathered at Katina and Mike's home for dinner, games and the new year. Our meal consisted of Wood Ranch which I think we all thoroughly enjoyed. Katina had us play the newlywed game which totally stressed me out. Turns out Kevin and I know each other pretty well in that we got most of our answers right. Who knew?

Kevin and me with my lovely cake.

We had a great time, thank you Katina and Mike for opening
your home to us.The newlywed women - Me, Peggy and Katina

Our hosts - Mike and Katina

The newlywed men - Mike, Ron and Kevin

Monday, January 12, 2009

My Happy Belated Birthday

On my birthday this year I was invited to a gathering with 2 other couples. We had a delicious dinner and played some games. The evening was such a success I hope to have another in February. Maybe a Valentines evening out. Since my birthday is New Years Eve, we did double duty in celebrating.
Me with the baker extraordinaire
cream cheese frosting, my absolute favorite of course.

And yes I ate the whole thing (well we all did)
Thank you Peggy.

Peggy made me the most delicious cake ever. It was carrot cake with

First Tablescape Post

My friend Kris introduced me to Between Naps on the Porch because I love tablescapes and home decor. I look for excuses to do tablescapes, okay it borders on sickness. Thank you for featuring these lovely tablescapes. I peeked for the first time last week and enjoyed each and every one.

For my first contribution I was going to feature a table I did for my granddaughters 1st birthday. We are about to celebrate her 2nd and I need some inspiration. However that picture was not available so I chose my Fall table of this year.

I used gold chargers and a plate from a Target Waverly collection from several years ago. I love runners and this one I found at one of my favorite stores, HomeGoods. On it I have an assortment of pumpkins, mercury glass acorns, fall leaves and of course candles. The glasses are both from the Bombay company from 5-6 years ago (different finds from different years) My tables usually have items of every price range (usually lower than higher). I love the hunt and I never know what I will find or what I will end up doing with it. I will have more time next week and do a more current table.
Actually I can't wait, Thank you for letting me participate.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sean moves out

Sean moved into his new apartment recently. The last piece went in over New Years weekend. Sean needed a TV cabinet, and in my opinion found one that suited him to a T. They hadn't bargained on getting it upstairs to the apartment though. That thing was so heavy I'm surprised it survived, let alone Kevin and Sean.

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