Friday, April 30, 2010

Mosquito free at last

We have a big problem with mosquitoes here in the South. Hubby and I love to sit out in the warm weather to eat and read. I finally found an umbrella screen that fits over standard umbrellas. I found this at
Above you see the bottom which has a tube insert that you fill with water. This holds it down.
Now we can sit out any time with no pests. However, I will be curious to see how it holds up....especially the zipper you need to use to get in and out. Also it would have been much better if it was in a dark green or black. ....I feel like I am inside of a bridal vale or veil or however you spell it!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another Table Top Tuesday?

Table Top Tuesday at Marty's so as usual I am late!!! I am calling this a tabletop! Don't ya just love to cheat (it is NOT a table is it)?? This rooster and canister set is on top of my kitchen window. It makes me smile with its cheerfulness.
He is an old antique. Makes me think of the movie that I think was called Rock a doodle or something like that?????
This is not the view out of that window--but out of my downstairs window--so much flowering going on. In the very back you can see my wild flowers just starting to bloom!! Such a nice time of the year , but nooooooooooot for alergies!! Can't win, can I??

Monday, April 19, 2010

Marty's Table Top Tuesday

It is or will be Marty's table top Tuesday and you can to her site here to view more. The above table top is of my hubby's feet! He said, "You're not putting this on your blog?!" of course I said I would......I keep telling him there are better places to put your feet! This post is good for rednesday here too.
But since he brought me the above flowers, how can I care about feet on tables?
You just have to be cheerful with these flowers.
They are so smashingly bright that they make me smile!
I love old gray shells--love their textures.
I love broken ones too, with their shiny insides!
I also love old worn broken ones.

So these are my rather weird table tops for today. Have a blessed week ya'll.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Another Thankful Thursday and I am LATE ;-)

It was Thankful Thursday yesterday at Rhondi's here and I am late posting this. BUT here goes. Better late than never. Things I am thankful for:

Talking with gramps in the warm courtyard listening to his stories of the past
Sesame rice crackers
postage stamps (all different kinds)
Looking forward to my birthday
My daughter's blog
Quiet evenings
Small old towns
Gluten free toast
Finding violets by the ditch
Dogwoods in bloom
Fragrance of wisteria (and their color!)
Early morning walks
Old sweatshirts
Earl Grey Latte
Raspberry, blueberry, strawberry fruit shakes in my blue glasses
Vegan pasta dishes
Japanese calendar
olive soap
My sock monkey PJ's
Rubber bands
Items with dragonflies on them
My exuberant grand kids
Jumping for joy
Toast topped with hummus, cucumbers and parsley
Pink tops
Oatmeal with cinnamon and strawberries
Junior books
Old enamel tables

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Playing around/moving/ pictures I won

It is Table top Tuesday at Marty's so I thought I would link this post to her event since Marty said the hutch section could be used for this) . Go here to see others.

I won these three pictures (above)from Michelle Morelan at her blog here ( is an interior designer and an artist. She sells large paintings on etsy. You can see them on the side of her blog.)They are three little sea scapes. I only live about 20 minutes from the beach so I was excited to win them.

I am not sure if I will frame them since I like a bare look.
I am still playing around with them, but I think I prefer the 3 paintings together with the wreath on the door.....
I have tried one on my bookcase (above) and I wish I could leave it there, but I do think I like the 3 together .
I also decided to move some blue and white plates into my corner shelving. The problem with this corner hutch is that the size between the shelves varies. So you can not place the same sized plates on all of the shelves. Also the back part is narrow and will only fit small plates in the slots. So I sometimes get a top heavy look, sigh, but it is the only way to fit these plates which I love.

These plates make me happy.
And for a first time I moved my piano to a new location! WOW!! REally moving things here!! Ps. I am still playing with the dining room. My hubby says he never has to worry if he doesn't like something because soon it will change!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another Thankful Thursday

It is another Thankful Thursday--or it will be......

It will be Thankful Thursday at Rhondi's here. Actually she may be on a blogging break!!! Here are some things I have been thankful for the last 2 weeks:

handmade pottery mugs
spiced chai
soft Spanish guitar music
lace curtains
pink with green
old photos
black olives
comfy PJ's
the feel of pottery
feeling better after taking a decongestant
devotional books
study Bibles
the soft patina of worn rugs
cinnamon in my coffee
the smell of women's perfume as they walk by
old mystery books
hanging pots of flowers
ironing done
flip/flop weather
old greeting cards from the 50's
Beth Moore Bible Studies
hand drawn pictures by my granddaughter
having a lazy morning/going slowly
eating out for a birthday celebration
seeing God working in other lives
mending of relationships
God's grace for brokenness
kids joyously riding bikes and skateboards on our street
stirring the pudding while listening to David Nevue
Easter celebrations at church
pipe organ played loudly
using hand crocheted blankets
cat meowing in the morning or attention
home made soup and fresh herbs
the wonder of new Spring growth
white shells
BBC movies
cold cucumbers