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Amaze Me Monday #112

Monday, May 25, 2015


Welcome to AMAZE ME MONDAY!

This Memorial Day weekend we remember and celebrate those who gave their all for our freedom.

To those who courageously gave their lives and those who bravely fight today...

T H A N K   Y O U!



 I am so glad you are here for the party!  Enjoy the features...

Everyday Living gives tips on how to make overnight guests feel right at home ~ Be Our Guest.



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Saturday, May 23, 2015


The girls in our family pack up and head to the beach for a week every Mother's Day.
My mother,
my two sisters and me,
my daughter and niece,
my aunt and cousin too.

All us girls at the beach, it's such a special tradition.
We play games, watch movies, tell stories, dance, eat and eat, laugh and laugh, go for runs, walk on the beach, lay out by the pool, hop on tubes to mosey down the lazy river pool...it is SO much fun!

This year Tropical Storm Ana came in for the first couple of days of our stay and thankfully when she left the skies were clear and the temperatures perfect for the rest of our week.
After the storm passed, my daughter and I went for a walk on the beach hoping to find some sharks teeth and pretty shells.  We didn't find any sharks teeth, but did find some of the tiniest seashells I have ever seen, so I brought them home.

These shells are tiny...




Through the Kitchen Window ~ A Special Place

Thursday, May 21, 2015


It's often the littlest of things that bring us joy.
That special something that brightens our day, adds excitement, lifts the soul and makes us happy.

The word joy means:
A feeling of great happiness.
A source or cause of great happiness: something or someone that gives joy to someone.
Success in doing, finding, or getting something.

My old kitchen was tiny.
There were no windows and I stared at a wall while washing the dishes.
Since remodeling, it is pure joy taking in the views and having the sun stream in through the new kitchen window.

Even on a cloudy day it's bright in the kitchen.

Casement Bay Window

Amaze Me Monday #111

Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome to Amaze Me Monday!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and are ready to party!
Enjoy these features from last week...

Charm of Home takes time to enjoy the beauty all around us in Nature Lover.

Spring Inspiration at AMAZE ME MONDAY!


Peonies ~ Benefits of Light Colors in the Garden

Friday, May 15, 2015


I love this time of year.
Being outdoors and working in the garden is like therapy to me...good for the soul!

Two of my favorite garden shows are P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and Erica Glassner, the host of A Gardner's Diary which used to be on HGTV.  (Why do they always cancel the good ones?)

From early on I've held fast to the advice of experienced gardeners when planting my garden.  These shows, packed full of great information from good garden soil to pest control, led to me writing note after note in my own gardening journal which I refer to often.

One of the elements mentioned, time and time again, was to incorporate white and other light colored flowers in the garden.  Not only are light colors beautiful with backdrops of green foliage, they become the star of the show in the evening.

pink peonies

Sometimes You Need a Little "Me" Time

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Just after placing the Boston fern on a hook and giving it a spray of water, I headed back in the house.

Once in the kitchen I looked out the window and noticed a house finch landing on the fern.  She began bathing in the droplets of water; it was the sweetest thing to watch!

After her bath, she nestled herself into the fern as if to take a nap, so I headed for my camera.

A little bath.  Settling in for a nap.  So sweet.

Once back with my camera I took a few pictures of the sleeping finch, which seemed to be all alone.

house finch