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Showing posts with label whimsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label whimsy. Show all posts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Too Many

Are you eating too many Christmas cookies?


Yep, I thought so!

Have a Beautiful Sunday. I am on my way to church. All I have to do is walk across the street and down the road just a little. I am blessed!

Mary


Friday, November 21, 2014

Shell We Do It



You Lead - I'll Follow. 

No, let's Just Get Wild!

We Have Been Getting A Little RAIN For The Past Few Days. Not a Lot, But It All Helps! Let's Happy Dance!

Mary


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Who Is At The Door



Three sisters age 92, 94 and 96 live in a house together.

One night the 96 year old draws a bath, puts her foot in and pauses.
She yells down the stairs; "Was I getting in or out of the bath?"

The 94 year old yells back, "I don't know, I'll come up and see."
She starts up the stairs and pauses, then she yells; "Was I going up the stairs or coming down?"

The 92 year old was sitting at the kitchen table having tea,
listening to her sisters.

She shakes her head and says: "I sure hope I never get that forgetful."

She knocks on wood for good measure.

She then yells;  "I'll come up and help both of you as soon as I see 
who's at the door."

I need a good laugh these days and could not resist sharing this with you. Sorry, I do not know who I can give credit to for this great laugh!

Have a Great Day.

Mary  


Monday, October 27, 2014

Afternoon Outing

It was so wonderful to get out of the house last Friday after hearing about my friend passing. We headed toward The Amador Flower Farm in Shenandoah Valley in Plymouth. Shenandoah Valley is well known in California for their fine wines. There are miles of beautiful vineyards and tasting rooms. The Flower Farm sits in the middle of all the vineyards. We have been there several times. In the summer the flowers are in full bloom and gorgeous.


But, on our way we stopped in Sutter Creek at Susan's Place Wine Bar and Eatery for a delightful lunch. Now, I had been there in the past but it had been a long time ago. If you don't know about this place you probably would pass through town and miss out on this lovely experience.


It is on a side street (Eureka Street) and from the front you have no idea what a delightful and comfortable restaurant awaits you.

 Can you feel the Ambiance?


One of the Days Specials was Corned Beef Hash on Vegetables and I had to try it along with Cream of Asparagus Soup. I have never had anything like it - and  - it was delicious! The flavors were interesting, subtle and very tasty.


Much to my surprise my coffee was served on a tray with a Coffee Press (quite English - don't you think?) and it was very good.


My friend selected Shrimp Sesame Salad for lunch which he enjoyed.


Along with a couple glasses of wine and we were all set for total enjoyment. Oh, and we did succumb to having desert but we shared. Less calories - right!


With full tummies we traveled through the vineyards to the flower farm. By now the daytime was slipping away and when we arrived they were starting to close. I was not able to visit the gift shop and nursery. But, that was quite fine with me because I wanted to see their Pumpkin Patch which is quite extensive.

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 The Farm is quite Huge. The nursery specializes in Daylilies as you can see on the sign.  I think this gives you an idea of the expanse of this beautiful nursery. When the daylilies are in bloom it is almost breathtaking.






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The nursery carries a wide varieties of plants.

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The weather was wonderful, sunny with a beautiful blue sky.



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A Great  Crooked House. So fun!

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Maybe, this should be my Halloween costume! Not.

It was a great outing and was good for my soul. If you know what I mean.


Mary

Monday, October 20, 2014

Call Me Crazy + Won't Be First Time

Over the week-end we attended an interesting (to me, anyway) event about an hour and a half from home. It was  - - - - - -


For quite some time I have been intrigued with Vintage Travel Trailers and Glamping. I guess you could say I am a dreamer along with being a little crazy. If you don't know, it's been said (tongue in cheek) that Glamping with a Vintage Trailer is nothing more than having a "Big Girl Playhouse". Just take a look!

Aren't these the cutest? Perhaps, a little too tiny! But, cute, none the less.


Now, a couple photos of the inside of the Route 66 themed trailer on the right.


Not a bad little kitchen area for the available space. I am sure every 1/8 inch space counts!



Theme Decorating is very popular. It sure gives you a canvas to be very creative on a small scale basis.  The Route 66 trailer is small at about 11 to 12 feet long! It's hard to believe. And, it also has a bed!

We saw many trailers at Trailer Fest, probably more than one hundred. The festival included all types of trailer, not only trailers of Glampers.

Here are a few photos of Vintage Trailers from Google that I am admiring. The above photos were taken by me as I had to document my experience in that tiny trailer.

It seems that the 50's and 60's Shasta 13 to 14 foot long trailer is a very popular model among Glampers. I like them too.

What a Pretty Tidy looking set-up.


Very Crisp and Colorful painted interior.



And, a Cozy Bed area.



Fun for the Holidays.


A little Shabby Chic decor.


This is a Beautiful Trailer and Decor. Click on the link and check out her most recent Acquisition. It is Fantastic. You've got to see it. Now, that is definitely Glamping!


And, how about a little Retro? Do you like flamingos?


This Little Chic is Simple and Sweet.


And, a Very Relaxing and Pleasant setting!


Now, this is taking Mini a little to far. Don't you think? I suspect there is a little photo-shopping here.



But, LOOK. I even found something for my Great-Grandson! How cute is that? Do you see his dog?


I hope you had some fun with me as I spent some time "Being Crazy".

I have always had GOALS. Who knows! If you don't think (dream) it, It certainly is NOT going to happen.

What are some of your dreams

Never Stop Dreaming.

Mary 


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fish Out Of Water Tablescape

How nice of Ms. Fish and her babies to come out to play with me. I really adore her attitude and the whimsy that she brings to our table. As the weather is quickly changing to a new season she thought she better pop in before is gets to cold.


Tablescaping stirs many thoughts for me. The creativity that one can put into this activity is endless. The presentation can be "High End" put together with luxury items that may be readily available from ones own china cabinets and cupboards or in some cases - "hiding places". Thrift shopping can be a part of it or not.


For me the little journey of creating a one of a kind little showpiece was grounded in putting together a tablescape that was pretty to look at and one that draws your eye to all the little hidden nuances of the presentation. The focal point of this table quickly became the Blue and White Fish (Art by Diane) that I saw on Ebay for $4.99 (with low shipping). What a find! And, then one thing led to another and I was "on the hunt".

I do not live close to any of the stores that are common place for home items that you find in the cities, so my shopping options are limited. However, I do have several thrift stores and a Dollar Store nearby. Actually, the thrift stores are turning out to be a thrill of the hunt. They are quite good. A half hour drive will take me to a TJ Max, Ross, JoAnn Craft Store and another Dollar Store. Many great items can be found on Ebay but I really resist paying shipping charges. That's just my thing. Least I forget, there are many treasures to be found in my little (over-stuffed, did I really say that) house!

Now, let's look a little closer at our Blue and White tablescape. These sweet little fish (salt and pepper shakers) complete the family of Ms. Fish!




This is so much fun for me. I have always loved dishes. As a very little girl, I can remember having an old cardboard box that housed my dishes that were old and chipped and maybe crackled. My box of dishes was kept in a special spot in the back yard where nobody could disturb it. I would set a table and play house. I was always excited when I could add a new piece (chips and all) to my collection.


The fish shaped Studio Nova clear glass bowls are what I am using for our soup, perhaps Gin Tomato Soup with Pepperidge Farm gold fish on top as garnish.


Dinner and Salad plates are Ralph Lauren, pattern Mandarin Blue recently purchased from TJ Max. I love the simplicity of the dinner plate and the excitement of the salad plate.


Perhaps, the menu will include a Ranch BLT Wedge Salad and Asian Marinated Grilled Shrimp over Coconut Rice.


These Napking Rings from Ebay are quite interesting. I have never seen any like them, specifically the size which is larger than any I have seen. They measure 2-5/8 wide, 1-3/4 high and 1 inch deep. And look at the lovely inside design. They are made in Czechoslovakia with the familiar Blue Onion design. Pretty!





What should we have for dessert?


Please join me for a little Liquid Refreshment!

Since I first noticed Tablescaping on the Blogs, I have been amazed at the popularity of this creative endeavor. It seems to me that there are hundreds of beautiful table settings. Just think about all the vintage, lovely, beautiful and spectacular dishes that are being purchased by all these ladies across the world! Amazing!

Occasionally, I would like to put together a Tablescape for the pure joy of the creative process and not for extreme retail therapy. You know, I love a bargin.

When I create my next Tablescape, maybe next month, it will be in recognition of my friend who makes my life a happier place! I have ideas!

Take Care of your Friends.

Mary

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014