Saturday, January 23, 2010

In the Kitchen - Canisters

I was in the kitchen tonight and I was filling up my canisters, when I thought about how important it is to surround yourself with beauty and the things you love.  I love the colors and the shape and how they look on my kitchen counter.  Every time I walk in my kitchen, I see those canisters and smile. They also have special meaning to me because they were the first birthday gift I ever gave to myself  from me! Yes, I was over fifty years old before it occurred to me to give myself something for my birthday that I really wanted.

So,  I don't keep flour and sugar and meal in these...I have Swiss Miss chocolate packs in one, tea bags in another, individual Spenda packs in the smallest one, and "cookies" or healthy snack bars in the big one. Maybe because the canisters are so pretty, none of my sons or my husband ever open the lids to see what I have in there!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Pink Sea Shells Lamp

Today is Pink Saturday over at Beverly's
How Sweet the Sound.

I love this little pink lamp with sea shells. My husband
and two little sons, age 8 and 10, went on a fishing
vacation during spring break in Sebastian, FL. about
fifteen years ago.  We stopped in a K-Mart store to
buy some fishing stuff for the boys when I turned
down the wrong aisle and came upon this cute little
pink lamp with sea shells.  I just had to have it!  My sons, on the other hand, were really mad at me for buying it! Those memories from that trip are why this lamp is so precious to me now! Thank you for visiting!   Lottie

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Big Cats

When I was a little girl, my family would visit the Dallas Zoo often.  My favorite exhibit was the big cat building.  I thought the striped tigers and spotted leopards were the most beautiful!

A few years ago, my heart ached for a cat.  My grown family went with me to the animal shelter and we looked at all the cats.  There I was, a little girl again, looking at cats.  One striped kitten was looking back at me through the cage.  I fell in love.  I took her home and named her Elizabeth.  She chased every shadow!  She grew up and loved the outdoors.  Here are some pictures of my little/ big cat.

I keep telling Elizabeth she shouldn't wear her pajamas outside!
Do you have a favorite cat?


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Adding New Celebrations

The holidays were wonderful celebrations.  This year I added two new celebrations to my calendar.

One was the Winter Solstice.  It had always been just the first day of winter on the calendar, nothing more.  Then this year I started following blogs and found pictures of Winter Solstice dinners! What a romantic celebration with lots of candlelight! I'm already looking forward to this celebration for next year.  The second new celebration was New Year's Day!  We invited family over for a traditional lunch and had the most fun this year!

A friend told me last week that she was feeling a little down since the holidays were over and she missed all the fun.  I started thinking about how we have "little" celebrations all the time.  So here are a few "little" celebrations throughout the years:
  • Wednesday Family Spaghetti - A neighbor over twenty years ago started this one.  EVERY Wed. night, she invited ALL her family over for spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert.  She had tables and chairs set up on her screened-in side porch and our street was full of parked cars from her children and grandchildren.   I really envied her Wednesday Family Spaghetti, because I lived far from my extended family. 
  • Thursday Shopping Nights - This sounds strange, but I used to treasure the time I took to be alone and go shopping.  I could get around to the stores faster if I'm by myself.  I used to always leave right after work and eat dinner out by myself at Chick-Fil-La.
  • Friday Family Night - When my children were small, we lived close to a high school football stadium and could hear the band playing at half-time. We always ate something fun, like home-made pizza or hamburgers that night and sat in the porch swing in the back yard listening to the band.
  • Summer Saturdays - One summer I was in school when my children were small and I had "no" time to play with them or have fun.  So on Saturdays, I stopped everything and we went to the lake to swim, cook out, or ride in the boat.  The kids loved that summer! (Me, too!).
When you think about it, every day should be a celebration of life.  Do you have any special celebrations you observe?

      Saturday, January 9, 2010

      A Little Pink Here and There

      Today is Pink Saturday over at Beverly's How Sweet the Sound.  

      This is my first Saturday and I'm looking forward to posting all my favorite pretty
      pink objects. I'm looking forward to seeing your pink favorites, too.

      This is my shower curtain.  It really only has a little pink here and there, but that is what I like about it!
      Thank you for visiting!

      Sunday, January 3, 2010

      New Year's Day ! 2010

      I think this was the happiest New Year's Day my DH and I have ever spent!  We were able to share a meal with our extended family, including some precious nieces and nephews!

      But first, we took a week to work on the roof and paint the dining room.

      We ran out of time and there was still trim to paint, but we had to stop to decorate and cook before family arrived.


      The food will go on the table in the center hall.

      It was time to prepare the black-eye-peas and the hoppin-john.
      My DH is a true Renaissance man!  He can paint and cook and do EVERYTHING well! 

      Then the family came and brought the most wonderful food!  Thank you to everyone!  Everything was so good!  Here is a picture of the table.

      I wish I had a picture of the dessert table and punch bowl!  It was AWESOME!

      I also wish I had a picture of everyone who was there.  Some pics were too dark to include.  The music and singing was wonderful in the afternoon.  We could still hear it after everyone had gone. It seemed our old 1907 homeplace came ALIVE with everyone there!

      Thank you to everyone who came for New Year's Day and we miss and love the one's who couldn't make it. 

       Haste ye back, we loue you dearly,
      Call again you're welcome here.
      May your days be free from sorrow,
      And your friends be ever near.
      May the paths o'er which you wander,
      Be to you a joy each day.
      Haste ye back, we loue you dearly,
      Haste ye back on friendship's way