Friday, January 30, 2009

Pink Saturday!

Welcome to Pink Saturday!

A beautifully painted pink rose on a silver spoon by Laurie's Charming Designs and another one of Mom's beautiful plates are my contributions to Pink Saturday this week. Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

I so admire Laurie's beautiful artwork painted on silver spoons. How fortunate for me that she sells her art on eBay! Isn't this just the sweetest little rose painted on a spoon. If you'd like more information about Laurie's Charming Designs, please pay her a visit. Just click on her name to take you to her blog.

Mom's oldest sister brought this beautiful plate to her. When Mom could no longer live alone and moved into assisted living, I arranged a collection of her treasured plates on the wall, with this one as the center focal point. It was beautiful and often commented on. The label on the back of the plate says NSP China, Made in Japan. 22 carat gold.

Please visit Beverly's blog for the list of Pink Saturday participants.



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Themed Thursday and Blue Transferware

Welcome to the first Themed Thursday, hosted by KD at Southern Whimsy. Thank you KD for hosting this new event!

Today's theme is Blue Transferware.

I love Spode's transferware and have it in blue, red and green. A few years ago, remodeling turned the house into chaos, and all the plate arrangements hanging on the walls were removed. After seeing Barb's and KD's posts, I'm going to start putting nails in the walls again! In the meantime, here's a collage of my blue transferware. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.)

Please visit KD and Barb to see their blue transferware eye candy.



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday and What's On Your Wall Wednesday!!

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

It's sunny, but a little chilly today and the blue skies are just a big tease for the warmer weather. I'm sharing pictures that always make me smile and I hope they put smiles on your faces too.

I pooch sit occasionally for Coco, my DIL's family Yorkshire Terrier. In July 2007, they adopted Chanel, another little Yorkie puppy, to their family and I got to pooch sit both little girls. I was so excited. Baby Chanel was 9 weeks old when they brought her home. A month later I was pooch sitting again and took pictures this time. (I think they each weigh about 4 lbs.)

Baby Chanel - 9 weeks old!

Baby Chanel sitting in my Wave Petunias. (She was about 13 weeks old.) The petunias didn't die last winter, they just continued to grow & bloom. I hope they last this year, but we've had some very cold nights, so I may be planting them again.

Chanel is sitting by a Limelight hydrangea. The flowers are amazing on this bush!

Big sister Coco sitting by a hydrangea. Coco was about 2 years old then.

Coco wasn't so impressed with the big flowers.

Please visit Susan's blog for the links to other Outdoor Wednesday participants.


Welcome to the first What's On Your Wall Wednesday hosted by Barb at Grits and Glamour.

I'm sharing two Thomas Kinkade paintings located in our family room with you. We have several of his paintings, I love the houses, but my husband prefers the mountain scenes and these are two of his favorites.

Lakeside Hideaway

Mountain Majesty - Beginning of a Perfect Day III

Please visit Barb's blog for the links to the other What's On Your Wall Wednesday participants.



Sunday, January 25, 2009


Some amazing ladies have honored me with awards, so thank you Ann, Susan, Melissa and Kristen! You're all the best and I do so enjoy reading your posts.

The Sisterhood Award! Thank you Ann and Susan!

Rules for the recipients:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

There are so many blogger's to share this with, and I would like to pass on this beautiful award to all of you who haven't received it yet. Please add the button to your blogs.

The Nobelpris Award! Thank you

This is an award for being a wonderful Mom.
"You do fantastic work! Be proud of your accomplishments."

Fabulousness! Thank you Kristen!

Now the rules:

1) Add the award image to your sidebar.

2) Copy and paste the rules and instructions in your post.

3) When posting on receiving the award, make sure you
include the person who gave you the award and link it back to them.

4) Post 5 of your addictions.

5) Post 5 winners and link it back to them as well.

6) Let your winners know you gave them an award by leaving them a comment on their blog.

My addictions........
1. Sweets! I have an awful sweet tooth!
2. Blogging, I'm not getting anything done anymore!
3. Puttering around with craft projects and/or gardening.
4. Shopping for items that I didn't know that I couldn't live without.
5. Playing Character Solitaire on

I'm sharing this award with anyone who hasn't received it yet. You're all so fabulous!



Friday, January 23, 2009

Pink Saturday!

Welcome to Pink Saturday! A sweet Lladro figurine is my contribution to Pink Saturday this week. Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

Isn't this young woman chatting on her pink telephone just too adorable?!?
The bottom of her dress has the sweetest pale pink band and I love the slightly prissy expression with the position of her hands and feet. Her dog is waiting patiently for her to get off the phone.

She was a service anniversary award from AT&T many years ago. I was so thrilled when I received her!

Please visit Beverly's blog for the list of the other Pink Saturday participants.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

UH OH! or My name is MUD....

While cleaning the living and dining room Sunday, I got bit by the "Gee, I bet the furniture would look better over there bug"... My hubby was in the garage working on a car, and I could move things to my heart's content without his input. So, I made myself busy vacuuming, mopping and shoving furniture around.

The plan was to move the big curio cabinet from the living room to the dining room and the piano from the dining room to the living room. Oh and BTW, we're not talking a big space here... Just one little problem - the tiny little part that I had forgotten about the last time I moved the curio cabinet was the now missing piece of carpet no longer under it, and our beautiful Brazilian cherry floors. I moved the piano, it sits on casters so it's a piece of cake to move. Now I was ready to move the curio cabinet... Hmmm, it started sliding across the floor then kind of stuck, so I shoved a little harder. I'm using a new Bona floor cleaner, maybe the floors aren't as slippery, so I tried wiggling it back and forth. I was making some headway, but needed to put a little more muscle to it. I happened to glance at the floor and oh no! The cabinet is scratching the floor! What am I going to do?!? I ran for the stain stick. It's red mahogany and a little bit dark. The cabinet is still only about half way to it's new home, so I try the wiggling more and shove it home. I now have 3 big and deep GOUGED areas. The stain made it look worse. I think I'm going to be sick...

Now I don't know about your house, but when hubby is working on a car, it's not the time to be telling him that I've just ruined the floors. Nope, I was just trying to buy some time till he was in a nice relaxed mood... I put the vacuum on one scratch and a big dog bed on another one, then made sure I didn't turn on any lights in the living room. I'm not good at playing cover up... I tossed and turned all night and got up early. When hubby got up all rested and relaxed, I told him how I'd done the most horrible, stupid thing and didn't know how to fix it. Then I showed him all the scratches. He didn't say too much. Just don't put anymore stain on them, he'll look for some kind of filler, and we may have to have some planks replaced if we ever move. I feel like such an idiot for doing this one...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

This is my first Outdoor Wednesday post! Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

Our winter weather has been quite warm this year causing the plants to think it's Spring! I couldn't believe the roses were blooming like this and just had to take a picture. The yellow rose is peeping out of a scented geranium bush. It's a Henry Fonda rose. I think the English roses are Evelyn and Geoff Hamilton.

Please visit Susan's blog for the links to other Outdoor Wednesday participants.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Pink Saturday and a teapot!

Welcome to Pink Saturday! My mother's Desert Rose teapot and a pair of sweet Precious Moments figurines are my contributions to Pink Saturday this week. Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

My mom loved her Desert Rose dishes. One Christmas when I was small, Mom asked Santa for a teapot. She had a new china cabinet and was just dying for a teapot to match her cherished dishes. My dad bought the teapot, carefully wrapped it and placed it under the tree. Mom was so bad about shaking presents and guessing the contents, that he decided to play one of his practical jokes on her. He unwrapped the teapot and put old books in the box so it would have the same weight. You can imagine the look on her as she oh so smugly opened up her gift, only to discover the expected teapot wasn't in the box - it was books! Oh horrors! She ran all over the house yelling "where's my teapot, where's my teapot"! Of course my dad and I were almost rolling on the floor laughing at her....

One year he bought a beautiful black slip with accordion pleats for her and carefully folded and placed it in a matchbox. Can you imagine the look on her face?!? He was such a practical joker!

My aunt bought the little Precious Moments goose girls one year when she was visiting. I have quite a collection of Precious Moments figurines. I began collecting them when my son was small. The original figurines were made by Jonathan David and later became Precious Moments. They were figurines of adorable little boys with a Cocker Spaniel and looked so much like Chris and Crystal, our Cocker. I was hooked.

Pink Saturday is hosted by Beverly at Please see her blog for the other Pink Saturday participants.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

25 Ways To Improve Your Health

A friend knows all about my love of animals and forwarded an adorable e-mail to me. All of these little fur babies are just too cute. Since we can always use an awww moment in our busy lives that makes us smile, I'm sharing it with you!

1. Brush twice a day!

2. Dress right for the weather.
3. Visit the dentist regularly.
4. Get plenty of rest.
5. Make sure your hair is dry before going outside.
6. Eat right.
7. Get outside in the sun every once in awhile.
8. Always wear a seatbelt.
9. Control your drinking of alcoholic beverages.
10. Smile! It will make you feel better.
11. Don't over indulge yourself.
12. Bathe regularly.
13. Read to exercise the brain.
14. Surround yourself with friends.
15. Stay away from too much caffeine.
16. Use the bathroom regularly.
17. Get plenty of exercise.
18. Have your eyes checked regularly.
19. Eat plenty of vegetables.
(This one looks so much like my son's dwarf Netherland bunny. Thumper, have you been modeling and not telling us?)
20. Believe that people will like you for who you are.
21. Forgive and forget.
22. Take plenty of vacations.
23. Celebrate all special occasions.
24. Pick up a hobby.25. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Don't you feel better now?


Monday, January 12, 2009

The photo tag...

I've been tagged by Lynne at Lynnes Gifts from the Heart to play a game of Photo Tag. The rules of this tag are quick & easy:
1. Go to the the 4th folder where you keep your pictures on your computer.
2. Post the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the photo.
4. Tag 4 fellow bloggers to join in the fun!
Hmmm, this is going to be interesting!

Awww, this is a picture of Bailey's brother Amos. I adopted Bailey from Furry Friend's when he was 8 weeks old. Liette handled the adoption for his mom and the 4 puppies and is such a wonderful person. She let us go to her house every couple of weeks to hold the puppies till they were 8 weeks old and could go home with us.

Here's Baby Bailey! He grew up to have a wavy reddish gold coat and looks a little like a small golden retriever.

Sister Allie looks a lot like her mom!

Brother Alberto had the most Chihuahua "look" of the 4 pups.

Mom Annie is such an angel. I would have taken her in a heartbeat! She went to a great home and goes to work with her mom at a senior assisted living center every day. She was a 7 lb Pekinese, Pom?, Chihuahua? mix. Bailey weighs about 23 lbs, dad must have been a big guy, huh?

Bailey now...
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Yikes, I forgot to tag 4 people to play photo tag! I'm tagging:


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