Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Visit a New Blogger's Beautiful Home

Good Afternoon Friends!

Today I'm so excited to introduce you to a new blogger/Instagram friend.
I found Wendy's Instagram feed a few weeks ago and was instantly smitten.
It will only take a second for you to see why.

Wendy's home is beautiful yet family and pet friendly.

She splashes around color with ease and her accessories span decades of time.
I could sit and look at these all day long.

Wendy just started her blog Life On the Shady Grove last week. 
In talking back and forth with her she shared, 

"my desire is to encourage and help women to be ok with themselves, exactly how 
God made them and to help them make their house a home they love." 

The About Me page on her blog is one of the best I've ever read.
Y'all know that I think of my blog as girlfriend space and Wendy seems like she
could come right in, have a Diet Coke, and be a girlfriend for years to come.
Let me just say that anyone with those red drapes can be my friend.

There are so many pictures I'd love to share with you from her blog but don't want to steal her show.
Please go over and welcome Wendy to the blogging world.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

At the Dallas Arboretum

Today at the Dallas Arboretum we stopped to smell the roses.

Soaked up the colors.

Looked at distances.

Found more and more reasons to love Texas.

And said, "Cheese". 


Hope you had a wonderful day too.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Sing in the Car Kind of Day

Yesterday I went out to run errands. 
My to-do list was long and did not include anything exciting like pillows or bedding. 
However, our master bedroom has stumped me ever since we bought the gorgeous linen shams at Laurie Anna's a few months ago and that was nagging at me.

So I turned in to Stein Mart to see what they might have.
I walked back to the bedding section and immediately spotted this set.
I might have swooned when the gray and robin's egg blue combo popped out.
The flowers on the accent pillow are stunning!

I ran to my car with the new set before the guilty feelings could settle in.
Turned on my car radio and sang out loud,
"I write the songs that make the whole world sing. I write the songs of love and special things."
Me and Barry Manilow singing loud and proud in the car driving home with new bedding.

It was glorious y'all!

Do you need a little Barry Manilow in your day?

Have a great day!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

I Didn't Mean to Disappear

Hi y'all!!  Happy Spring to You.

I know I'm so late saying that but I have a good excuse.
Life...that's my excuse.

Back on March 22nd my husband and I spent the day out on "the land".
It was a perfectly beautiful day for just walking, talking, and taking pictures.

I hope you don't mind that I'm sharing a bunch here.
These are unedited and I'm just happy with the way they captured the day. 

We saw lots and lots of deer tracks but this raccoon track stole the show for me. :)

We made the trip on this particular day to see if the dogwoods and redbuds were blooming. 
We weren't disappointed. 

Nature is just amazing. 
Don't you think?

Do you like to trek around outside?
You know I love gardening but will confess that I don't spend enough time out here with him.

Thank you to those of you who sent messages checking on me. 
You remind me that this blog isn't just a website but is part of a community.

Lots to share in the upcoming weeks and I'm so inspired by all that you all are up to!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Are You a Creature of Habit?

 Some time back I proclaimed on this blog that I would try to be more creative.
Did that happen?

Mmmm, maybe not.
We did change the color scheme in our master bedroom and that was epic for us!

Yesterday on our snowy day I cleaned the kitchen and tried to change the counters.
I added a plate.
A really pretty and colorful plate.

I really like the plate.
My son noticed it immediately and complimented it.
The colors are pretty next to the Janet Hill print.

Will the plate stay there?
Nope. Bye bye plate.
Well, it can stay until my coffee is finished when I clean the counters again.

I need space to cook.
Acres of it would be nice but this little stretch next to the stove works well.

Some things just need to stay the same.
Are you a creature of habit too?

I did change up the cup towels.
There....creativity in the kitchen.
I'm good. :)

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend.
We are off on a little trip to New Orleans.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's a Pretty Big Deal!

When my kids were little in Oklahoma we loved snow days so much! 
We'd make snowmen and sled down the hills in our neighborhood.

We'd laugh at cars that were trying to go up the street in front of our house...
they never made it and we collected cars at the end of our street for a few days.

We'd put clothes on and take them off all day long with 
lots of hot chocolate in between.

The best part was no school, of course.

Then the day came that they didn't want to play out there much any more.
They preferred to sneak off in their cars and do doughnuts in a parking lot. :)
Yeah, Spencer just told me that the other day.

 I still love a good snow day.
It's a little more rare here in the Dallas area and everyone gets so excited.
The eggs and milk are gone from the grocery store.
Everything is closed. 

Belle isn't too sure about it but she knows there could be a bone out there somewhere.
I'll be enjoying the snow glow from inside the house today.
Might even work on adding a little Spring to a shelf or counter top.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Super Delicious Vegetable Soup and Yes It Has Cabbage

I really hesitated to say cabbage in the soup title because 
I know there are many cabbage-phobic people out there.

But here's the thing....this is so yummy!
I'm not a dietitian but this soup is bound to be good for you! 

How To:

* In a little olive oil, I sauteed a chopped onion, two chopped stalks of celery, 
and a some minced garlic until tender.
*Added two of the small boxes of vegetable broth and 
simmered awhile so the good flavors would go together like Joanie and Chachi did a long time ago. Remember that? I miss Happy Days. :)

Then I added a can of diced tomatoes drained, a can of cannellini beans drained, 
two chopped carrots, and most of a head of chopped cabbage. 

There is also salt, pepper, and red pepper sprinkled in for good measure.

I remember eating cabbage soup years ago when on Weight Watchers
 so I'm sure we will get skinny if we eat this.

Now y'all know that I've been to the doctor a few times here lately and she talks a lot about calcium and bone density. 

We definitely want to have strong bones so after you have your cabbage soup, 
I recommend a scoop of Rocky Road. A reasonable portion.

That's my plan!!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This Room at the Top of the Stairs

This room at the top of the stairs is where my sweet friend stayed last week.

I made sure the pillows were poofed and fresh flowers were ready for her.

She didn't care that there's not a chair in the room. 

We sat on the floor and talked like good friends do.

We talked about our kids when they were little and our kids now in their 20s.

We talked about husbands and dogs and parents and cooking.

We reminisced about our old neighborhood and how blessed we were to all land in the same place.

I told her she could easily make her own upholstered headboard.

She told me about all the cute clothes she's selling at her part time job after she teaches school all day.

We talked about wood floors and cabbage soup and college expenses and Hilton Head.

We talked about babies and menopause and how we're trying our best to maintain our weight.

It was like we were never ever apart. 

Real friendships are like that.

I love my friends.

"There is nothing on this earth more to be  prized than friendship."
-Thomas Aquinas

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