To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
April 3, 2016
SUMMER PATIO..TIME TO ESCAPE AND CHILL OUT!
Good Sunday Morning!
THIS, my darlings, has been a weekend to spend outdoors!
Morning coffee is being enjoyed on the patio as
the sun rises over the greenbelt!
It is THE most lovely time to greet the day
and just be still...
listen to the birds asking for birdseed
hear the bubbling pool water!
TODAY is a "Sun Day!"
We have been working on our outdoor living space
so today, I am showing our patio update..
still in progress!
I just LOVE our new outdoor rug!
I looked at SO many before I chose this one.
It is so beautiful, I almost wanted to keep this inside.
If I ever decide to change out the colors,
then a neutral tone will go beautifully with
another color palette!
I chose vibrant summer colors
for our Texas home.
Actually the darling selected this deep persimmon color.
He did a great job since I think it accents the
color of the brick so well.
We arranged the furniture so that wherever you are sitting,
each person has a lovely view of the greenbelt
each is open to the warmth of the chiminea.
This was so comfortable,
I had to force myself inside to
do a few household chores.
I chose different sets of accent throw pillows
am pretty happy about how they came together.
I try to always have a touch of
blue and a reminder of our beach trips.
"When you wish upon a Starfish"
I believe this is the perfect place
to relax with a cold glass of iced tea,
prop your feet up and read a good book!
I love how you can also use an
ottoman for extra seating or
a side table.
A lovely place to sit and soak up all that filtered Vitamin D!
As we were sitting here yesterday afternoon.
watching the world go by,
it brought back such sweet memories
of sitting on Grandmother's front porch....
The azaleas are blooming
which brings me back to Jackson
and Mother and Daddy's beautiful yard
chocked full of azaleas, camellias and roses.
Don't you love selecting accent pieces
that add such a refreshing touch.
I am loving these outdoor solar lanters!
We added two bronze tea light lanterns
to the redwood pergola posts.
These are from the Ellen DeGeneres line.
After working in the yard all day,
it sure feels good to relax during the cocktail hour.....
Time to fire up the grill
for steak and corn on the cob!
I could not capture his picture very well,
but Mr. Cardinal was a vibrant pop of red overhead!
My lawd, he is a beautiful little creature!
We never take for granted the time we can
spend together and are able to have
sunshine on our shoulders.
Now, it's onto planting the pots!
That is a chore for another weekend,
but one we love!