Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fairies In The Garden

This time of year the dragonflies are plentiful around the pond.
They are so small I call them fairy-flies.
It's easy to believe that they are fairies flying around the garden.
I've never been successful in catching a good shot of them until this year.


Fairies in the garden! 


I had to shoot through the glass patio doors.


Tiny little things guaranteed to make one smile!

Dragon Fly

I made my weekly trek to the grocery
and this is the first thing I saw.


Guess I'm not the only one anxious for fall! 

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Another Row, Another Row

It's much too hot to do anything but stay at home.
So, I've been working on holiday gifts.
I finished knitting this scarf.


I used a free pattern called Honeycomb that I found at
Mama In A Stitch.

Honeycomb Scarf

The yarn is Scarfie, the Charcoal/Aqua color way
by Lion Brand.
It's so soft, I may not be able to give it away!


I've been singing this all day!
I hope it will make me feel cool.


Monday, August 6, 2018

This and That

A little This And That from last week --


One of my sisters by choice and I celebrated National Margarita Day 
with a Margarita at one of our favorite local spots 
 along with some chips and dip.


Are you following the Great American Read at PBS?
There is a list of 100 favorite books there and THE MARTIAN
is one of them. 
I hadn't read any Sci-Fi in awhile and since it was on the PBS list,
I decided to try it and I'm very glad I did.
There was just enough science to not overwhelm
and humor to break the tension.
Take your vitamins before reading -- it's a ride! 
No, I haven't seen the movie.

The peaches are very good at the local grocery store.
I was surprised they've been this good for this long.
I normally buy peaches at the farmer's market.
This year, I've bought more at the grocery 
and that meant more peach smoothies!

My beautiful Summer Mug designed by Susan Branch.
They are expensive, but so pretty and a great size.

Blue Jays

The blue jay on the bird bath had just completed his bath.
The jay on the left was begging to be fed.
A parent's work is never done!
(Wonder where I put the tiny towels?)

Blue Jay

A butterfly visit to Musashi's Garden and the lantana.



Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Sunday, August 5, 2018


For several years,
Susannah Conway has had what she calls August Break.
It's a break from the usual blogging routine.
My buddy, Meri at Meri's Musings is participating this year
and reminded me that this IS a fun way to have a break.
You can get as carried away with the prompts as you want ...
or not.

The prompt for today is CRUSH.

That led me immediately to the Houston Astros
and Orange Crush (also an drink).

I found all the images on line except for this one.

Trophy Time

Yep, that's me in my Astros Orange Crush World Series T-shirt
with the World Series Trophy and 
the College World Series Trophy from 2003 won by the Rice Owls.

That's my August Break for the day! 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Who Gets The Credit?

A few things that made me smile this week.


Lunch across the street at Eclair Paris.
This is their club sandwich with chicken ... wonderful herb sliced chicken.
The book (Bearly Departed) is the first book in new cozy series,
 A Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series by Meg Macy.
I love teddy bears and really enjoyed the book.
Like all good cozy books, it is set in a small, idyllic town
and has wonderful places to shop, quirky characters, dogs and cats!

Dragon Hatchling

This dragon-lady will never have enough dragons.
This one was made by a favorite artist of mine who I also consider friend,
Kate Tracton.

Succulent Blooming

It was much easier to grow succulents in New Mexico.
But look, my first successful succulent bloom in the tropics!


Speaking of blooms,
a volunteer that came up in the garden.
Not sure which bird or squirrel gets the credit for bringing in the seeds.

Lost Socks

I found this sign on Birch Lane
and really did laugh out loud.


Dragon Hatchling

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a big smile.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It's All About Trader Joes!

It's been a This and That week.

First, the plumber made a visit.

Then the AC guy made a two day visit.
Hopefully, I'll be cool in the 100+ weather.

My yard/pond guy (the wonderful Cody) tried to fix my
irrigation system and has to get a part.
He has hooked things up so I can water. 
Good thing.
It's going to be a scorcher this week.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Early this morning I headed out to Trader Joes.

Their flowers are always so pretty.
"My" TJs gets their flower shipment in on Sunday.
Too many pretty flowers to pick from.

I picked up two orchids and some zinnias.

Zinnias From Trader Joes

I love zinnias. 
They remind me of my Granny.
She always had a flower bed full of zinnias.

I planted zinnias last year and hoped they would reseed.
They didn't.
I won't make that mistake next year!


Flowers from Trader Joes

I also picked up banana bread from TJs.
When I got to the checkout I said,
"I didn't know you carried banana bread."
Checker told me it is a new item.
It's good, too.
Beats heating up the kitchen in the hot summer.

Banana Bread

I didn't set out to write a post all about Trader Joes
but sure looks like I did!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

I Had A Plan

This is what the 4th of July looked like at my house.
After hurricane Harvey last year,
I think it's safe to say the whole city has/had PTSD.
The last I heard, no homes were flooded,
just a lot of high blood pressure!


It has continued to rain off and on.
Today the sun is shining and I had a plan.

After feeding the kitties and the fish, 
getting my morning walk done,
and all the morning ablutions (love that word).

I walked over to Eclair Paris to have breakfast.
I had Eggs Benedict as usual.
I took my Mindful Magazine with me to read
and laughed out loud several times while reading an article on meditation.
(Been there and done that!) 

I came home with two sinfully delicious desserts.

Mindful Enjoyment

I saved them both.


I decided to try this one.
This is the owners new favorite.
Orange with a surprise!
I ate the top -- could taste the orange...
then the cream layer ... more orange
and got to...



I reached the strawberry custard layer.


I can see and taste why it is her new favorite.


But, I guess I'm old fashioned.
I still like the lemon tart the best.


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Independence Day

July 4

The Fourth of July
 – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – 
has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, 
but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to 
the 18th century and the American Revolution. 

On July 2nd, 1776, 
the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, 
and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted 
the Declaration of Independence, 
a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. 

From 1776 to the present day, 
July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, 
with festivities ranging from fireworks, 
parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.


Wishing YOU well and much joy on this Independence Day.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Crickets Are Singing

It is not summer until the crickets sing.
~ Proverb

Summer Solstice is today.

It is the day when the light shines the longest.
The Crickets are singing so it must be summer!

It's also time for iced tea.

Mango Tea

This was in the June Texas Market subscription box.
Mango Black is from a company I wasn't familiar with.
A little research and I found out that Hello!
 is from a subscription tea box company
called My Story Tea.
(Just what I need -- another subscription box!)
I'm really enjoying the Mango Black tea iced.
There are four 1 quart pouches in the pack.
It arrived just in time for June - the official iced tea month.


It's raining and will probably rain for several days.
While it isn't a tropical storm, after Hurricane Harvey last year,
everyone is a bit nervous to have it rain and rain and rain.

Mina is keeping me company.
She is making biscuits and chewing on her favorite blanket. 

I think she is completely bored with the rain!



Wishing YOU well and much joy.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

It's Not UGHust yet!

Boy, it is HOT.
It's not UGHust yet!
Yes, I hibernate because of the heat.
I get up very early, feed the kitties, take my walk.
Errands must be done early in the morning.

Avalon Diner

Fun breakfast with one my soul sisters at the Avalon Diner.
Now in a strip shopping area, but once a stand alone.

Avalon Diner

Mina in one of her favorite places.

In Her Tunnel

Birthday Bouquet

Birthday Bouquet

The perfect tea cosy for an Owl lover!

Tea Cosy for Owl Lovers

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Avalon Diner


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

This and That

I hope you had a lovely Holiday weekend.
I always think about my Daddy.
He is buried in the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
When I lived in New Mexico, I would visit around Memorial Day.

Memorial Day

I have my patriotic decorations out.
They'll stay up until after the 4th of July.

Memorial Day

I do love Quirky!
The cat and owl vases are from the West Elm Fairy Tale collection.
Perfect for a cat and owl lover!

Quirky Vases

I finished knitting a shawl.
It is light weight from Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball.


And, I'm all set for my summer hibernation.
(I hibernate because of the heat.)
I have plenty of yarn! 
I found the pattern for the shawl in Knit Simple Holiday 2017 magazine.

Knit Simple

Wishing YOU well and much joy! 


Star collage

Yarn collage