What do you do in the summer time? Well, nothing is quite as lovely on a hot sunny summer afternoon than attending a good ol’ fashion picnic in the park wedding. My dear friend Deborah put on a beautiful and charming gathering as friends came together to celebrate the wedding of her son David and new daughter-in-law Amber. One of the things I loved about it was that the ambiance was so inviting and charming that people lingered and visited in the park much longer than usual.Continue reading
Don’t we all have a place where our heart longs to be? Even if just once a year, one of my favorite places to visit in this big, wide, beautiful world is Suttle Lake in Central Oregon. Kayaking along its grass- and driftwood-lined shore is a peaceful and tranquil experience as you glide along enjoying the quiet beauty of nature. This past week I decided to risk it and bring my non-waterproof Canon Rebel T5i along with me so I could capture its charm.Continue reading
There really is no one perfect bench. I have never met a bench I didn’t like. Isn’t it a matter of the right bench for the right spot? This summer I have been looking for a bench to put in one of my flower beds and so far have come up empty. Last year, I came across an amazing bench in an antique store; except I didn’t buy it. Does that ever happen to you? You find the perfect item, don’t buy it, and then spend copious amounts of time looking for that “ideal item” that has now disappeared? When will I ever learn? The search continues….
At any rate, I was looking through my sabbatical photos of last fall’s trip to Europe and was inspired once again by the charming array of benches we found there. Of course, I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to share them with you just in case you are looking for some bench inspiration too!Continue reading
With the Fourth of July holiday this week, I have been thinking about our country and what it means to me. When thinking of what makes this country great, I cannot help but take time to think on all those soldiers throughout our country’s history who fought to create and maintain our rights, liberty, and freedom. Although, I have never been in the armed forces, my dear sweet parents raised me to love my God and country with fervor.
My appreciation of our military grew recently as I witnessed first-hand a military salute at my father’s graveside. With such dignity and reverence as I couldn’t have imagined without experiencing it myself, Manti American Legion Post 31 performed the graveside military salute for a veteran with pride, precision and honor. And what could be more patriotic than a military salute?Continue reading
We each have a special place in the world that in our hearts feels like home. A place that reminds us of precious moments in time where we feel that we always belong. Somewhere that regardless of what else is happening to us in the world, just being there makes everything seem like it will be alright. For me, that place is my dad’s shop. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the old workshop where my Dad would build a sheep camp trailer, or design and weld wrought iron patio furniture, among other projects.Continue reading
The beautiful summer days are upon us. The time when we begin to have lovely gatherings with our friends and families as we come together to share friendships and a good meal.
While visiting my sister Ruth’s house in Arizona this past spring, I fell in love with her amazing selection of eclectic dishes. So we decided to put this Moroccan Tablescape together just for you to inspire yours and my summer parties! By myself, I couldn’t have put a table like this together, as I decorate a bit more monotone! One of the things I love about Ruthie is that her decorating clearly expresses her vibrant personality. I love every element in this tablescape and wish I could have just taken it all home with me. So I guess I will join you in recreating it this summer!Continue reading
I can’t think of anything better to liven up a yard quite like an arbor, with a beautiful climbing plant winding its vines, greenery, and flowers around its structure. Have you noticed how many gardens you admire have these magnificent, green clad arches?
So you are ready to build an arbor! What materials should you use; what shape should it be? Should your arbor have a gate or a bench? And once the arbor is in place, what climbing plants should you use? Here are a few pictures to view as you contemplate and answer these questions.
When I think of May, I always think of two things: mothers and flowers. One of my all-time favorite flower gardens that I’ve ever visited is Claude Monet’s lovely garden in Giverny, France, an hour train ride north of Paris in Normandy.
Today, I will take you on a tour of these gardens. And the bonus is that all these pictures in today’s post were taken during this month 3 years ago, so are very representative of a “May garden!”Continue reading