Monday, September 27, 2021

Dollar Brides


Amelia Astor is not from the aristocracy Astors. No, she is a lowly relation. But she has found out that her dear friend has been "bought" by a man with a title, for the wealth her family can offer.

So begins this wonderful novella. I loved the cover, and the story is so intriguing. This historical fiction takes place in 1899. Mothers "sell" their daughters to English Lords and ship them across the ocean. All for a title in the family to bring the Americans up in society. Amelia is determined to fight for the young ladies caught in this trap. 

Bracebridge Brighton III has an usual first encounter with Amelia. But he has a mission that could cut Amelia off by means a grave mistake he made.

Anne Greene always writes the most interesting stories. Always clean and wholesome. Dollar Brides is no different. I love her vivid descriptions of places the two visit. And does the romance between Amelia and Brace bloom? I think you will enjoy reading it to find out.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Pressed Flower


This shelf holds several very special teacups in my collection.  Let me tell you why.

This shelf and china holds a place in my heart because it belonged to my very BFF. She was an avid collector of anything tea related. She especially loved English bone china, and enjoyed finding some very pretty pieces. We had been best friends for 20 years. She was the type of friend who always had a smile and loved unconditionally. She was never too busy to spend a little time with you. On September 26, 2004, during one of the wildest hurricane seasons that Florida has experienced, my very dear friend rode the wave of Hurricane Jeanne into the arms of Jesus.

Pressed Flower Page
"In my book of memories there is a pressed flower that fills a page
With gentle fragrance lingering still,
Though it's faded now with age.

The way my friend smiled and laughed,
The many ways she cared,
Are a legacy that she left behind in stories I love to share.

So remember the hearts who've touched your life,
It's what we each are here for.
A pressed Flower gently reminds us
To love and treasure our friendships more."

I miss you Diana........ keep the pot warm.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Angry clouds

 Traveling last week we saw some pretty angry clouds.

We were fortunate that it only rained on us one day. 

                                                             Skywatch Friday

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air. Even though we live in the deep south I enjoy bringing the colors of Autumn indoors. As the season begins to change, I like to warm up the table with the incense of Fall.

I found these beautiful Thomas Kinkade dishes at Marshall's a few years ago.

Wedding Stemware by Gorham

Let's light the candles and enjoy a simple Fall dinner.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A touch of magic

My daughter loves to decorate for fall. When September rolls around, she is digging into the closet, looking for anything that speaks Autumn.

She brought home four pumpkins then she worked her magic.

I, of course, supply the china.

A touch of this, and a touch of that, and we have Autumn Magic.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Patriots Day


In the United States, Sept. 11 has become a day that haunts the nation of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since the attacks, the day has been called Patriot Day or National Day of Service and Remembrance, and serves as a day to remember those who lost their lives. The day was passed by Congress on Oct. 25, 2001 and was signed into law by then President George. W. Bush. 

 "Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew." -- President George W. Bush

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

A healthy snack

School has started....

My Rooster Pitcher was a $3.00 find at Goodwill :-)

He was in perfect condition too!

.... Apples, Grapes, cheese and crackers. Such a delightful healthy snack.

Thursday, September 2, 2021