Remember that half the joy of achievement is in the anticipation.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's a give a way...

Cynthia @ Cynthia's Cottage Design is celebrating her one year bloggaversary and celebrating by having a wonderful give a way. Just look at all the excellent treasures that could be yours (or mine, lol) !
Be sure to visit her blog and enter!

*Please pick me. Please pick me. Please pick me

Saturday, May 30, 2009

~~Happy Birthday Pink Saturday~~

Happy Pink Saturday!
Be sure to visit Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound
to see who else is celebrating PINK.

In celebrating such a wonderful and happy event, may I present Beverly, our hostess with the mostest,
some lovely pink lillies...
Okay Pink Ladies, gather 'round. Here comes the cake...
With a special candle holder
just for that
special birthday...
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday
Pink Saturdayyyyy...
Happy Birthday
to youuuuuuuu !!!

Okay Pink Ladies...
Let's pop the cork on the
Pink Champagne...
grab a glass,
and make a toast... Here's to many more
filled with friendship,
happiness and
all those fabulous
PINK treasures...

Some of my Pinks from the past

My baby bonnet
Princess House China
Windsor Rose

Sweet pink crocheted dress set... sigh*
Our babies sure do grow fast.
Bunny is looking sharp
sporting a pink ribbon...

Cookie sporting her winter sweater...
For those that don't want Pink Champagne...
I've got watermelon coolers!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your day is great!

The Pink Ladies Pledge...THINK PINK !!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Flaunt your Red Friday 5/29

It's time for Flaunt your Red Friday! Wahoo. Red is my favorite color and this is one "event" I really look forward to. This FYRF is being hosted by Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else does it in RED.
(even the music is RED)

Welcome Friends...

Pretty red dish towels
with my favorite
red apple scented candle...

Vintage tablecloths and look!
Some with red...
A rosey red hatbox and
other touches of red...

1950s Coke Cooler
Nobody does RED better...
It's the real thing...

Thanks so much for stopping by
and spending some time.
I hope the rest of your day
is a happy one.

P.S. If you'd like to see my first
showing of red, go here...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday~ A Rose Sachet Pitcher

Happy Thursday and welcome to Vintage Thingies Thursday! VTT is hosted by Suzanne @ The Colorado Lady. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else does it "vintage".

Rose Sachet Pitcher

All that's left of an entire dinner set. When the Whittier Narrows quake hit in the 80s, the pitcher took a major tumble and was the only piece damaged. When the Northridge quake hit in the early 90s, the entire set came down and all that survived was this pitcher. Since then it's been through quake after quake and yet it remains. I'd like to think it's s strong testament to what once "was".

Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi!". I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Does anyone know what kind of flowers these are?

My sweet hubby brought home a container full of pretty flowers but unfortunately there was no tag to tell me how to care for these beauties. I don't know if they need sun, shade, a mix of both. There are these lovely purple blooms and then there is a small lavender flower with a yellow middle.It looks to be two different flowers. It almost looks like a mini daisy.
This morning I placed them "here" and I love the welcoming look it provides...
If you know what these are, please share as I'd love to have them through this season and then transplant if possible.
Could these be petunias? What are those little tiny flowers? Can I transplant flowers like this? I need help! :0)

Click on any picture to enlarge...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's the Simple Things that make me Smile...

Like a stack of
vintage tablecloths...
and kitchen towels
sporting my
favorite color...
red !

What makes you smile?
Wishing you a
GREAT day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Three or More Tuesday 5/19

It's been a while since I've participated in Tam's "Three or More" and I've missed it, so here I am!
I'm sharing "Three or more" of my favorite places/things...and each picture shows "3 or more" of something. For more 3orMore, visit Tam @ The Gypsy's Corner.

Three or more
pink wine glasses...
My "EAT" letters
three or more
yummy, red apples!

Three or more trees
in the secret garden...
Three or more stairs
to get to my favorite beach...

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me. I hope the rest of your Tuesday is TERRIFIC !!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blue Monday 5/18

Happy blue Monday! Sally @ Smiling Sally is our ever gracious hostess with the mostest. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is bee bopping in blue today.

I'm sharing some old favorites...

My mailbox
Blue, blue and more blue...
Momma's old blue Fireking bowl
A serving bowl from my dinner ware set...
Afternoon sun shining on the Pacific...
Thanks for stopping by and paying a visit. Be sure to let me know you were here! I hope the rest of your day is GREAT!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cooling off

We're still busy cleaning and trying to get ready for the big party next week. In case you forgot or don't know, we're throwing an "80th" surprise birthday party here at my hone, for my Papa ;0) This past fall/winter we really let the yard "go" and the patio was more of a storage place. We've been spending lots of time on both. Cleaning, landscaping, refreshing and getting it as prepared as we can for next Saturday. Yesterday, after lots of cleaning, weeding and watering we decided to take a little break and cool off. While my hubby and I sat and enjoyed some cool drinks, my youngest fellow enjoyed running in the sprinkler. It was over 90 degrees yesterday! He had a great time as you can tell by his laughing as he got sprayed with the sprinkler. Sorry for the quality. I took this with my iPhone.

P.S. He is standing in front of the area we had leveled and patched in. Can you believe how fast the grass has grown in and how green it's getting? Just for the record. Normally I don't water this often and we conserve, however when you do landscaping and lawnscaping, you have to water so it will "grab" and survive. After the party we will go back to our regular schedule of watering two days a week, 15 mins on each side. I also want to say I know I've been MIA but after the party, things should get back to normal. I miss you all!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday-Still working in the yard,..We're progressing!

This is my very first "Outdoor Wednesday".
Since this started out to be an update on my yard progress, I thought it would fit right in with "Outdoor Wednesday" which is hosted by Susan @ The Southern Daydreamer. Be sure to pay her a visit and see who else is sharing the great outdoors.

Yard work is hard work! Pfew!
As you can see the trees are doing very well and adding the geraniums/flowers at the base really seem to dress the trees up. A few reasons why I chose geraniums...1. They are hardy 2. They bush up and the blooms are colorful and 3. Most importantly...I don't kill them :0)

(click on any picture to enlarge)

From left to right,
trees 1,2,3,4
There's a tree wayyy in the corner
behind the swing set.
Tree #5 located in the northwest
corner of our yard.
I'm still thinking about
what I want to put
in the very corner...

Don't they look so pretty
standing so straight
and tall?

I want in on the action!
Take my picture too!
Right here next to this Gardenia...

Remember how we had the yard leveled out? Well we had them use our existing
grass. They had to cut it out and pick it up. After they leveled out the ground, they
patched in the grass. This was done last week. Can you see how much
new growth we're getting now? It's really coming along! Yahoo!

Woof! Woof!
Let's run, play
fetch our toys!

Cookie-I got my ball!!!
Daisy- I got my squeaky barbell!

Now it's time to move into the patio...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!

Wahoo, it's my birthday!!!
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday dear
Happy Birthday to me!No big plans
except to enjoy my special day :0)
Hope you all
enjoy your day too!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Working in our backyard...

Hey everybody! I've been a bit busy so I haven't posted much and I haven't been able to get to blogs like I'd like. We have been working in our backyard and patio area. It's been a long time since we gave it a good cleaning and the only landscaping we had back there was wall to wall grass. Literally. We have block walls that surround our property and with dogs and little kids I never thought it was a good idea to do any kind of landscaping until they got older (both the kids and dogs). Well, about two weeks ago we decided we were going to throw an 80th surprise bday party for my father and have it here. Well, since then we've been working, working, working and we've still got a long way to go. We planted some queen palms, filled in holes and topped with grass. We've got gardeners coming out tomorrow to level out the right half of our yard. According to the previous owners there used to be an above ground pool that stood there and it compacted the ground and made it very uneven. See where the slide is, you can just make out the "dip".
Here are some "before" shots...
north & west walls

north wall
West wall...
South & west walls
The first palm dear hubby planted...

Here's what we've done so far. You can see we moved the swing set to the south side of the yard. That swing set really keeps my youngest guys busy! I know it's not an "in your face" transformation, but keep in mind we've have TONS more to do. I'm going to be planting some geraniums at the base of each tree for some added color. Being that we are closely monitored when it comes to our water consumption, and can only water our lawns two days out of the week, our grass isn't nearly as nice/green as we used to have it.

Don't they seem to be asking
"What's going on?
What are you doing to our yard?"

We also had to wait for this little family to "fly" before we could begin work on our patio. This weekend we'll be power washing the patio cover & patio. Yay! Yes, that is a retro/vintage patio cover you see. My house was built in the early 50s and this patio cover "fits" with the age of my home. I go back and forth on whether or not I'd like to replace it, but the old aluminum just seems to belong here...Am I weird?