April

April

April 28, 2017

HAPPINESS


This is Bo's 'zen space...'
It makes him happy and content.

Wishing you a lovely weekend....
Remember to be kind....
be thankful....
be humble....
be grateful.....

This will help you find your happiness 
and
your peace.

April 27, 2017

ALL ABOUT MAE




I decided to do a post today providing an update on our
MAE MOBLEY.
One of Estelle's lovely and dear readers asked about her today
and 
I am so thankful and appreciative that she asked about her health
and well being.....
THANK YOU BLANCHE.....

Mae turned SEVEN on April 1st, 2017!!

My posts about Mae also help me keep a journal of sorts
on her progress over time.

MAE IS DOING GREAT,
we are happy to report.



Miss Mae continues to be seizure free.
When her dosage of Zonisamide was reduced
from 75 mg. back to 50 mg. on April 1st, 2017.
we noticed how much more energy she had...
back to playing with her toys and her babies.
We do still struggle sometimes in giving her
'the pill' every morning, and she is not a happy
camper with that, but most mornings it 
goes without a hitch. 

On May 1st, we are changing her 
from the capsule form of her medication
to a compound chewie form.
And, yes, we are a bit nervous about that. 
The cost goes from $12 for a one month supply of
her capsules, to $65 for a 50 day supply of compound chewies.
However, if this alleviates her anxiety in addition to ours,
it is money well spent. 


We have also noticed her appetite has improved and pretty much
back to normal....she had lost two pounds so I believe she may
have gained it back by now....

"Well, isn't THAT the cat's meow....that you
are talking about my weight.....in addition
to taking a photo of me at this unflattering angle!!!"
~Mae Mobley


That's our girl.....
in all her beautiful glory!

It is important to note, that we do not know
what caused the horrible week of seizures
back in late November and December.
The neurologist continues to stress
they do not know what causes eplieptic seizures in dogs and cats.
However, I no longer use any scents or sprays,
nor do I burn candles, based on a comment
I had received from a lovely reader of mine.

We continue to thank you SO MUCH
for your concern and continued prayers
for her well being! 

April 26, 2017

VICTORIAN FARMHOUSE ICED TEA


It's time!
Warm spring afternoons have arrived and summer is sure to follow.
The girls are going to love sitting on the porch rockers,
with dappled sunlight peeking through the trees
and
simply relax with good conversations. 
This Farmhouse Iced Tea is going to become one of your favorites!


VICTORIAN FARMHOUSE ICED TEA
4 individual tea bags
4 cups boiling water
1 (12 ounce) can of frozen
Raspberry-Cranberry frozen juice concentrate
4 cups cold water

Place tea bags in large measuring cup, pour boiling water over tea bags,
steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
Chill for one hour.
When ready to serve,
Combine thawed juice concentrate and cold water in
a serving pitcher, pour in tea. Stir.
Serve over ice with lemon wedge!

April 24, 2017

DRESSING UP YOUR SUMMER PORCH

Who doesn't enjoy spending
an afternoon of porch sitting?
Just taking time for solitude and
taking in all that nature has to offer.
I thought it may be fun to begin
the week by gathering some inspiration
from various styles of outdoor spaces
found on Pinterest!


I adore this space...
reminds me of Maine in summer.
Don't you just love the pop of red!


Love the colors....
and the details!


A beautiful updated style for an older home!


Beautiful...a color well chosen for wicker.
The porch ceiling is also a lovely accent.


Green against green....peaceful and happy.


A Texas style porch always gives a warm welcome.


Sky blues...my mother would have chosen this.


LOVE!
This reminded me a beautiful home in Kennebunkport!


I want to live here.......


This one must be in the Mississippi Delta....

I love porches....don't y'all?


April 23, 2017

WINDOW SHOPPING FOR SUMMER

Our tradition on Sunday afternoon
was to go window shopping with Mother....
just the three of us....Mother, my sister and me.
So, today I decided to "window shop" the new way
and select some new favorite fashion items for summer.
My favorite new color combinations are
''corals and yellows.'


Lots of fun and flirty fashion bracelets.


One can never have too many statement necklaces.......


and....turquoise......love pairing turquoise with coral.


I adore these cute little ballet flats.....
I may look for one in every color!


Yep....coral nail polish and lip color too!



And....for date night with the darling....

See! Isn't it fun to window shop?
What are your favorite colors for summer?

April 21, 2017

THE READING CORNER......CREATING YOUR SUMMER MUST HAVES

I love to laugh!
I love to laugh when I read....
A good friend of mine in Maine recommended
Jen Lancaster books to me when I needed to laugh!
So...this began my collection of her New York Times Best Sellers!
THIS is my summer reading list....
among the biographies!


Sure Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting…but didn’t lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart, while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter…everywhere.)
Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another.
After a girls’ weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is—yikes!—middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at one hundred times the cost of putting it on.
From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a mid-life crisis into a mid-life opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy—but always hilarious—attempts to better her life…again.



Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.
She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.
Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.


 


"To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. 

Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?"


She’s no Martha Stewart. And that’s why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade. By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen embarks on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level—from closet organization to party planning.

Maybe Jen can avoid food poisoning if she follows Martha’s dictates on proper storage. Maybe she can rid her workout clothes of meatball stains by using Martha’s laundry tips. Maybe she can create a more meaningful anniversary celebration than getting drunk in the pool with her husband. Again. And maybe she’ll discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Martha’s perfectly arranged cupboards and charcuterie platters.


Before she was bitter, before she was lazy, Jen Lancaster was a badge- hungry Junior Girl Scout with a knack for extortion, an aspiring sorority girl who didn't know her Coach from her Louis Vuitton, and a budding executive who found herself bewildered by her first encounter with a fax machine. In this hilarious and touching memoir, Jen Lancaster looks back on her life-and wardrobe-and reveals a young woman not so different from the rest of us.

Prepare to take a long walk in her (drool-worthy) shoes in this hilarious and heartwarming trip down memory lane.

April 20, 2017

TOMATO-ONION JAM



Hello Loves.....
this little recipe is going to add SO much flavor to
your burgers this spring and summer.
If you are like our family,
we love having family gatherings and enjoy
a big cookout for the warmer months.
Even if you are among those who
do not like onions, I believe this recipe
may make you a fan.
This recipe if enough for 2-4 people
so if you are serving more, simply double the recipe.

TOMATO-ONION JAM
1 roma tomato
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 t. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
drizzle of olive oil
1 t. sugar


Core, seed and dice the tomato. 
Peel, halve and thinly slice the onion.
Wrap the garlic cloves in foil, 
sealing to make a little pouch.
Roast the garlic in oven until soft, about 20 minutes.

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in skillet 
over medium heat.
Add onion and cook, tossing until softened
about 4-5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir in tomato, sugar and vinegar.
cook 4-5 minutes until all are softened
and well combined.
Stir in mashed roasted garlic.
Remove from skillet
and you are ready to serve over your burgers.