Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Lovely Old Country Roses

Years ago I gave my mother in law a Tea service of Old Country Roses.  I inherited them when she passed away, and they have made their to my table. 

Although the Tea pot is made in Indonesia, the tea cups are Made in England.

The Old Country Roses pattern blends beautifully with the Rembrandt China that was also inherited.  

May your days be filled with Sunshine and Red Roses.

Monday, April 20, 2020

A bit of the past

Do you  enjoy things from the past?  Stories, music, collectibles??  Sometimes we acquire things that hold a special place in our heart.

Years ago my hubby and I would drive up to Cedar Key, a little fishing village on the Florida Gulf coast.  My hubby had been going there since he was a teen.  His Dad knew a family that lived there and would drive up every year to hunt in the deep wild woods.  The family lived in an old clapboard house. A typical Florida wood home with just four rooms, windows on all sides to let the breeze pass through.  By the time I came around, Mrs Dorsett and her disabled son had been moved into a trailer just a few yards from the old homestead.

We would often grab a bite to eat at one of Cedar Keys famous seafood restaurants.  We would always try to stop in and have a little visit with Mrs Dorsett and her son, Alf.  She would welcome us in and Alf would tell all his latest news.  Mrs Dorsett had grown up in Cedar Key and would update us on her two spinster sisters who still lived in the "big" house down by the water.  At that time they were well into their 90's.

There were stories about the pencil factory that gave Cedar Key its means of work for those who lived there.  There were lots of headstones at the old cemetery dating back from the 1800's.  There also used to be an annual pine sapping and we often found old clay pots that were used to catch the sap from the trees.

Once Mrs Dorsett asked my hubby to look for something out in her "barn". While he was rummaging through there, he came across this old piece of furniture.

  Now mind you, it did not look at all like this.  It was painted with a milk paint and the screens were all torn.  But we asked about it and Mrs. Dorsett said if we wanted it we could have that old thing.  She told us it had been a wedding present when she got married.  But she wanted us to know that "it had been used" when it was given to her!  She had married quite young (maybe 15) to the older Mr. Dorsett.  She was in her early 80's when I met her and that's been almost 40 years ago.

My dear hubby and a carpenter friend took this old pie safe apart, stripped down the milk paint and sanded, sanded, sanded.  The front is a beautiful oak, but the backboad is pine.  We were told that many of the older pieces of furniture used cheaper cuts of wood on the backs.

I have so loved and enjoyed this Pie Safe over the years.  It has held teacups, china dishes and even my quilts.

There is a story behind every old thing I own.  It reminds me of people and places.  It's like stepping back to a simpler time.  Sitting on the front porch, sitting in a rocking chair and sipping a cool glass of lemonade as you say "hey" to your neighbor as they pass by.

 "While friends are near us, we feel that all is well.  Our everyday life blossoms suddenly into bright possibilities."  Helen Keller

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On a clear day

Four acres on a lake sounds like a perfect getaway, right? Especially when you have owned property for a very long time, and it still takes my breath away.

Our intention was to build a home on this land. But time and finances prevented it. So now it is for sale.

About a month ago, my hubby hired some folks to mow and remove dead trees that loitered the entire acreage. 

 And then just last week the tall grass was cut back so you can now see the beautiful lake.

We invited our neighbors to cast their line out into the lake for a little bit of fishing. Being Easter weekend and with social distancing, it was a nice place to be, out of doors enjoying the pleasant sunshine.

And this little guy surely worked at casting his line.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Spring is here

Spring is here! The flowers are showing their amazing rainbow of colors everywhere I go.

I love setting up a table on our back porch.  The weather is so fine that we are enjoying it any time of day.

If you stop by, we can share a little Spring lunch.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said" (Matt. 28:6)

May the light of the Savior's love shine on you today.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

At Love's Command

 At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen Book #1)
At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer is a heartwarming romance set in the 1890's.

Josephine Burkett is a woman doctor who is strong minded, intelligent and spunky. Sparks fly when she meets Matthew Hanger, a member of the Hanger's Horsemen, a group of men who defends the innocent and brings justice to outlaws. As an ex-Calvary officer,  Matthews back story is one of pain and guilt, which drives him to be on the side of justice.

When Dr. Jo approaches Matt to find her brother, who has been kidnapped and held for ransom, the story's suspense heats up. As does their relationship.The secondary characters are well rounded and sure to be part of forthcoming stories.

Karen Witemeyer writes excellent Christian romance novels, and this one has great action, suspense and what we have come to expect from Ms. Witemeyer.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Easter is a time of celebration. Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of our living Lord and Savior.

I wanted to host a table that was giving honor to this special day.

I found the scripture china at Ross a few years ago.

My sweet son gifted me with this beautiful clear glass tea pot and warmer for Christmas.

Rejoice in the Lord, again I say REJOICE!

HE is Risen INDEED!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The swing

Isn't this where you want to be right now? I love Spring :-)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The delights of Spring

I love this time of year, when the weather warms up enough to sit outside, enjoy the burst of new growth, and listen to the birds sing their melody of love.

May the delights of Spring be blooming for you.