Showing posts from May, 2017


18 random birthday candles, left over from many other celebrations.  When we first lit them Kamryn blew half of them out!  She wanted to help Auntie Rachel! 

We relit, sang, and enjoyed surprising our sweet girl.

Happy 18th birthday, Rachel!

Birthday Week

The last of our May birthdays is tomorrow.  Rachel will be 18! 

We've decided that it would be fun to have lots of celebrations during the week.  She decided to host her co-workers for a bonfire on Sunday evening. (not technically for her birthday, as I don't think any of them knew her birthday was upcoming) but she knew and it was part of the fun.

It rained so the only photos I got were of the food table.

She said, "Mom we don't need to have 'decorations' "but I like to have things nice and bringing this out on platters and in baskets and bowls is easier, too.

During the heavy rain most of the party moved inside to play card games at our big table.  Some stayed outside under our popup canopy and our big deck umbrella.  The rain tapered off to a mist and they all went back outside.  Hot dogs, chips, s'mores were enjoyed.  She works with a great group of people.  We enjoyed having them at our home.

She had to work yesterday, but wanted to do lunch with Tim …

Memorial Day

source Remembering all those who gave their lives in the service of our country.  Thank you.


The week the peonies started to bloom we had three days of 90 degree heat.  That made all the blooms on my first blooming bush to 'bloom' out!  Boo.  I like them to ease their way open so that I can enjoy them longer.

The light pink peonies and a different pink that are in the back of the house (they get morning light verses the front ones that get afternoon light) took a bit longer to bloom, but then the rains started again.

So I picked nearly all of them!

I have some professional flower fresh and I'm still enjoying them!

The girls and I had a great visit with my friends and her daughters.  Later we met up with all the family to celebrate our May birthday people.  

Thursday, I took it easy and read nearly all day.  Then I babysat Klaire (Kamryn was at my mom's house) while her parents went to see a movie.  She was such a good girl and I enjoyed one on one time with her.

Yesterday, was grocery and errands.  Kyle and Sarah helped my dad place flags on Veterans graves, for Mem…

Happy Birthday!

to our firstborn!

Nate, as the firstborn, was our experimental child. Poor kid!  They get all the new parents parenting theories tried out on them.  

Nate has grown to be a diligent man.  He works hard to provide for his family, he's proud of them.  Nate is a loyal man.  His friends and family are blessed to know he's got their back.

Happy Birthday, son!  We are so proud of you and we love you!

This and That

So, I've found I'm not a good forced rest-er. I've been binge watching old seasons of NCIS that I've never seen.  I've also been reading a lot, and really enjoying 'The Scent of Water,' by Elizabeth Goudge.  Problem is I keep thinking of things I should be doing but I'm tired and don't feel like it.  I may actually go out to the bank today.

Lindsay gave me a gift card to Barnes and Noble for Mother's Day, and I'm interesting in book/author recommendations.  If you had a gift card, what book would you buy? Go!

We are in a rain cycle again.  Wondering if its going to continue into the summer?  Cool and rainy.  Not typical for Pennsylvania this late into May.  What's it like where you are?

My irises are in bloom!  The peonies are prettier but the iris look really good.

These are planted along the creek bank.  I also have them in front of my goldmound spirea which is planted by the lamppost, and by the mailbox.

I'm committed to sharing beauty…


Remember how I said I was resting and trying to fight off a cold?  I thought I had conquered it but on Saturday, I realized it had me in its grip.

Its not horrible over all, no fever, just a cough and ear stuffiness.  The cough isn't even too bad.   Its really just enough that I feel tired and in need of rest.

Sunday I stayed home from church - a rare occurrence - and relax.  Today will be more of the same.  I'm sleeping well at night which is helpful.

I must be much better by Wednesday, when I have dear friends coming for a visit.  They've recently moved back to our area after living out of state for several years.  We haven't seen them in just over a year, and since its just the ladies in the family coming, we're pretty excited for the day.

We have two family birthdays coming up - Nate and Rachel.  He'll be 28 on Wednesday, and then Rachel will be 18 on the 31st.  There is airsoft and a bonfire planned for this weekend.

I'm leaving you with some beauty to look…

Happy Weekend

We have no big plans.  Just small things around that house that have been waiting - like changing the oil on the van, and putting up the new umbrella for the deck.

Speaking of the deck.  We had a small, quick thunderstorm yesterday afternoon, and in its wake was cooler weather!  I sat out on the deck for a while in the evening reading, and doing FaceTime with Lindsay. 

She was rearranging some furniture due to their receiving a baby grand piano this week! (someone gifted it to Joseph)  Their little Cape Cod house can barely house it but they have made it work, and Joseph is enjoying playing it. He's a gifted pianist.

I helped her with ideas of furniture placement.  That was fun, and I'm glad she calls and asks.  I have lots of rearranging experience, as you all know! lol!

I hope you have a good weekend.

Home Keeping: Furniture Rearranging

Sometimes inspiration strikes at the most unlikely times.  Like yesterday when it was hot and we did not have the air conditioning on yet!  Once we got moving furniture, we closed up the house and turned the air on. The last two days have been 90 degrees!

These two photos are of the living room before the rearrangement.

I'd changed things out on the walls already but the basic furniture arrangement had been the same for quite some time.

My idea began with an idea of moving a few things in my bedroom (which I'll show in a few days), and involved me moving somethings around in the living room.

One thing is that I never liked this bookcase here, as I felt like it was alone on a big wall, so to speak.  Even with art and plates on the wall above it, it seemed 'out of place.'

Now, with the red cabinet (you can read about it here) moved out from my bedroom - it used to be next to my side of the bed - and my great-grandmother's china hutch moved from beside the front door to th…

Peonies In Bloom

Two days ago the peonies began to bloom, so I did what I always do - I snipped a few.

The next day I snipped three more and made this arrangement.

This is how the peony in the front garden looks this morning.

They are so beautiful and the scent is heavenly!

Cottage Style Dishes

Rachel bought me these darling cottage style dishes from Ree Drummond's collection.

Aren't they the cutest?

I already had the solid aqua and red plates at the back of the rack.  I'll have to keep adding to this collection.  I really like the mis-matched dishes, and anyway, I couldn't decide on just one pattern!

There are also mugs, a teapot, bowls.  Really cute stuff.

Works just right in my cottage.

Life With A Boy

We have a lot of Lego talk and Minecraft talk.  He loves to tease and pester his sisters.  He is a kind boy, easy going, tenderhearted. 

Oh, and did I mention goofy?

We kinda like him!

He is 11, will be 12 in August.

Do you have boys?  Aren't they fun?