Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Roses are red, my love ....

Royal Patrician teacup - Staffordshire (England)

Niagara Parks Bone China teacup (England)

Redoute Rose China by Roy Kirkham (Made in England)

I love to sit out on our patio and listen to the water flowing over the fountain.

Sugar and Creamer - Forget Me Not Roses - Royal Albert (England)

I found the Teapot at Home Goods several years ago. David Michael China for Staffordshire (Made in England)

May your day be as lovely as the beauty of the Rose.

Friday, August 26, 2022


                                                           Skywatch Friday 

Thursday, August 18, 2022



                                                           Skywatch Friday 

Monday, August 15, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Summer storms

 We have been having some monsoon rains every afternoon lately. Thunder and lightening sounds like canons going off. 

You see a cloud starting to hang, and before you know it, it is dark, dark, dark. And it starts to pour. The rain comes in sideways.


                                                             Skywatch Friday 

Monday, August 8, 2022

A Quilt for Christmas


A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson is such a heartwarming story. Centered around Vera, a lonely widow who has just relocated to be near her daughter. However, son-in-law is soon transferred and they move out of the area. Moving into a new neighborhood, Vera knows no one. But a four year old little girl knocks one Vera's door, asking for her help. Soon Fiona finds Vera's beautiful Nordic Star quilt and wants to make one for her sick mother. 

This story had so much heart. From Vera needing help to make the quilt, to the friendships that develop with three other women. Eleanor, who is cold and apparently heartless, joins the quilting group nonetheless.  What happens after the ladies start to work on the quilt is quite a lovely story.

This story is perfect for someone who loves to read about family, relationships and friendships. Melody Carlson is an expert on writing believable characters.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Taking a drive

 Taking a drive to Clearwater Beach to visit friends always finds beautiful scenes to photograph. 


And we always enjoy stopping for lunch.


                                            Skywatch Friday 

                                            Saturday Sparks

Monday, August 1, 2022

The Back Porch

I wanted to have a little place to escape to read, enjoy tea or lunch or just watch the birds as they come and go from the feeder.

My original thought was to find some pretty white wicker furniture. But when I found this set at Home Depot, I knew it would be perfect for our little nook.

A little note about these luncheon napkins. My step-mother gave these to me, along with a matching tablecloth. The tablecloth was used until it became thread bare and badly stained, but I never used the napkins. They were a wedding gift, so they are probably considered vintage by now ;-)

I've been picking up these Boopie glasses at Goodwill for $1.00

Thanks so much for stopping by. You will often find me out here with my book and a glass of iced tea.