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May 29, 2016

Tales from the Chest

Well I just know you were all just chomping at the bit to know what I have done with all the drawers in the new chest!  Right??  LOL…
I made a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond and purchased these silverware organizing trays.  I bought some open ones to store the napkin rings.  I'm just thrilled with how organized this is.  The one holding the napkin rings in here is 18" long so it has a good amount of room.

Now before anyone gets any ideas of stealing from me- there is no "real silverware" in my horde collection of flatware.  

I have to admit that my most recent tablescape was so much easier to do than in the past.  
You may get a good laugh out of this (or at least know why I am known as Dizzie Lizzie)…. I had the table set up with the dishes and glassware and toddled back to my office/storage area to pick out my flatware and napkin rings.  I literally stood there for a few moments wondering why I couldn't find my flatware or napkin rings.  Duh… I laughed at myself as I went back to the chest of drawers that is conveniently near the table and of course there they all were!  I was tickled at how easy it was to select what I wanted this time.  Admittedly the trays cost a small chunk but I felt it was worth it to have the organization and not to cause any damage to the wood.

In my other chest of drawers in the living room I have a horde bunch of placemats.  I took out the round and square shaped ones and loaded the bottom drawer since they fit the small round table the best.  Slap me if I buy any more!  Good thing is that I organized them so the more summery stuff is on top.

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May 27, 2016

Gardening and Memorial Day

Swing on over to my garden blog for my most recent gardening post


May 26, 2016

Some Gave All- Memorial Day 2016


I placed a flameless tea light inside representing a symbolic eternal flame.

I dressed the table with this oversized flag scarf- I found it last summer at Younker's.  Since it will just be the two of us I kept the table simple.  

 On a visit to T.J. Maxx a few weeks back I found a package of placemats with a red, white, and blue paisley design that I couldn't resist.  

 I chose these dishes for a patriotic color combination.

I found these Ralph Lauren cups back in January at T.J. Maxx and I've also collected these crystal tumblers through T.J's also by Ralph Lauren.  

I'll probably make the usual potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans and we'll grill dogs, and burgers. Of course we can't forget some pie either!



Some Gave All
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Blue dishes - 
Devon Cottage by Johnson Brothers
Red Dishes-
Home Cupboard by 222 Fifth
Crystal Tumblers 
Ralph Lauren- Aston
Coffee Mugs
Ralph Lauren- Hampton's Flag (discontinued 2015) Amazon and Ebay have some
Napkins by Park Designs - Casual Classics Newport Blue

May 24, 2016

Patriotic Color for the Kitchen Dining Area

Adding the red, white and blue in a subtle amount seems to work nicely and I'll keep it going through July 4th.

The melamine anchor dishes were found at Sur La Table last year.  The blue stripe dishes I've used many times.

See the pig!  She cracks me up- found it at Cracker Barrel.  She'll be a part of a seascape table before long.  I'll show her off better then!  I dug through my faux flowers and put together an arrangement for the top.  This metal bucket fits in here so well I decided to keep using it.

A re-arrangement of things that were here before.  A napkin with anchors serves as a doily for the table.


It's that time of year- here's to the red, white and blue!
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May 23, 2016

Garden Party #2

Come on over to my garden blog "Sit With Me In my Garden" and the blog party
 A Garden Party #2!

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May 19, 2016

Thinking about Memorial Day

Memorial Day is coming up quickly.  My mind has been on the outdoors and not inside so I pulled out a couple of tablescape posts from the past for Memorial Day.  

2014
In 2014 I chose these restaurant style dishes for a patriotic and picnic like look.
This is the link to the original post "here"
I assembled the floral arrangement from things in my garden.

2015
In 2015 I used the same dishes and created a buffet styled tablescape.
This is the original link to this post "here"
I noticed a common vein as I went through my posts since 2010 around Memorial Day.  I am always busier outside than in!

Next week I will have a new Memorial Day tablescaped pulled together.
Memorial Day is Monday May 30th this year.

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May 15, 2016

Some Buffalo but no Mulch!

The weekend didn't go as I had thought- but we made the best of it.

There are two buffalo farms near us with and this group is located close to the highway known as US31/M37 which is a pretty busy well traveled road into Traverse City.



We were headed home after doing errands and the buffalo were really close to the fence today.  We see them out in the pasture a lot but rarely this close to the fence line.  Dan drove up the road and turned around so I could capture a few pictures.

I stood outside of the car on a sandy ridge with a pretty powerful wind pushing me.  Nothing will stop this woman when she's on a mission!  LOL.... I told Dan I could just see me falling down the little hill and all the cars passing by taking pictures and I'd make the 6:00 news- but I didn't!

I zoomed in a bit and as you can see they are shedding their winter coat.



I did a panoramic shot which came out pretty good.

We had planned to get mulch out this weekend but the weather was all over the charts.  Saturday we had threatening clouds and as the day went on the wind picked up and the temps dropped.

In the morning I woke to this.  It was 32 degrees and we had a coating of snow.  I can' believe I'm saying that in mid May but I am.  This was pretty rare even for us.

I was ticked about the snow and decide to tear into my cupboards again.  I've had a mish-mash  of stuff in the glass door cupboards but when I get done it will be only be creamy white dishes that will show.  I don't know where the other things are going but that's half the fun- right?

Eventually the temps climbed into the low 50's so that was great but it was windy and made it seem very chilly. Just the same- it turned into a pretty day and that was a nice reward after last nights crap weather!  This doesn't look like much but once the trees are fully leafed out and the plants are filled in it becomes  quite a different look.  Visit my 2nd blog "Sit With Me In My Garden" which I mainly focus on my gardens and things around the outside of the house.  

The turkeys are still visiting quite regularly.  They're used to me now coming around to taking pictures and let me get closer now.  We've had 4 toms visiting trying to get the attention of the hens.  This shot is actually 3 of the toms.  Though it's fun to see them they are hard on the landscape.  They drink from the bird baths and pick leftover seeds from the bird feeders.  They forage for food and the ground gets really torn up.  

Buh-bye for now!

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May 13, 2016

Lingering Mother's Day Memories

After I broke down the table and put away the dishes I put some things on the dining table from Mother's Day.  
This put a smile on my face- the inside is a pop up so as you open it the guy is hiding in the cart but then moves up to offer a kiss!

 A sweet card from son and daughter in-law.  They live 2400 miles away so our visits are too far and few.  We have a love for cats in common and they know how I love flowers so this card is a perfect sentiment!  We'll catch up in June when we see them again!

 Sweet daughter came in with this giant card which I adore.  Love the big bird cage and of course the sentiment.

She also gifted me with these lovely carnations and a gift card from a favorite garden store!
You know how long that gift card will last!

I've kept this up all week- still enjoying the memories.

This morning I read a post from Just Jan blog as seen "here"
She included several quotes about mothers that touched my heart.  I selected one to include in my post.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. 
A mother is something absolutely new. - Rajneesh

I'm watching this little mom out my living room window.  She's staying tight on the nest so we should see some little ones soon. 

We are planning on spreading landscape mulch this weekend.  Not much fun but rewarding in the end. It's going to be very cool this weekend but that's okay since we have to work it won't be hot or sticky!

Thanks for visiting and sharing my lingering Mother's Day memories. 
Have a great weekend!

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