Rhondi's Porch and Patio Party

Time for Rhondi's Porch Party!

I've really been looking forward to this event. Some of you have been giving
peeks of your porches and I can't wait to see them.

Welcome to our house. This is our front porch...Oklahoma style.



This little cart of mine has undergone a metamorphosis since I showed it to you a few weeks ago. We've always just placed pots of geraniums in the cart. Recently I discovered that you can buy the coco liners by the roll. That's exactly what was needed to transform this cart and use every inch of the space. A little Miracle Grow potting soil and lots of plants equals BEAUTIFUL.



You saw this little pretty for the Flaunt Your Reds party. She hangs on the front door each summer. Have to confess that by the end of summer the caladiums will be attacking people. It's so pretty I don't mind.

Thanks for stopping by our front porch today.


And The Winner Is

Thank you so much to all of you who participated in
Flaunt Your Reds this month.
I think we all enjoyed touring around to look at the different ways that
beautiful red is incorporated into our homes.
My son was so disappointed in the non-technological way that I entered all of your names into the drawing. After his fussing, he drew the name for me. The winner is
Becky wins this sweet little vintage transferware plate and some candles that have been making my house smell wonderful!

Congratulations Becky :)

Flaunt Your Reds

Happy Friday!
Welcome to Flaunt Your Red!
First I just have to say thanks for your patience with my Mr. Linky problems.

As you can see I will post everyone manually. You can click on the names

below and go straight to the lovely red posts.
I will add to the list as I see them posted.
This is my contribution:
Majestic rooster tassel made by Nancy the Southern Lady.
Originally it was a gift from my mother in law. I love it!
Nancy is the true hostess of this party and she has Mr. Linky skills. :)
This lamp is in our living room. It was a Christmas gift from my Dad.
Red throw on my leopard ottoman.
You girls are all so sweet! I appreciate the chance to have this little party with y'all.
Come back on Sunday for the drawing.
We have a cute little prize that one of the participants will like.
This little red metal wall pocket hangs on my front door every summer.

Almost Time to Flaunt

NOTE ADDED ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON:
Do you see all of this?
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This is just part of the instructions that must be followed on Mr. Linky. I'm immediately lost and do not want to risk goofing up my blog. SO I will be manually linking everybody's post. Just go ahead and post Thursday night or Friday morning and send me a comment.
I will link you up!! Sorry I wish I had the computer skills to understand all of that gibberish!!



The time is coming near to Flaunt Your Reds!
Mr. Linky will be here tomorrow night for you to sign up.
Now let me just tell you, I'm very nervous about Mr. Linky.
Do me a favor and leave a comment if you are planning to join.
That way I will be able to link you manually if necessary.
I am really excited to host this event while Nancy is at the beach.
Let's make her proud!!
There will be a drawing from the list of participants for a prize!
I would love to entice you with it right now but I'm not sure yet what it will be.
Just being truthful!
See you tomorrow....I can't wait!

Boys & A Dog

Do you remember me telling you about bathing Katie by myself - in my bathroom?
Today on this warm beautiful day, I had help from the boys.

Katie did not like it at all.


Dare ya buddy!

Much better!
Now she smells like watermelon. :)

Foodie Friday

For this Foodie Friday we are ushering in summer's goodness with one of our favorite meals.

Grilled hotdogs, a few chips, and watermelon.

At the heart of every Texan - Blue Bell Cookies 'n Cream for dessert.

Not a terribly sophisticated dinner but so delicious!

Thank you to Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday.



Just Walking

Now just to be honest here I have no indoor projects. I hate to say that out loud because bloggers are always looking for decorating inspiration.
I'm just playing outside these days. We are finally getting the most beautiful sunny days and I don't want to miss a minute. Yesterday I took a walk through the backyard around 5:30 pm. Here are some of the sights.






I'm in love with this combination of pink hydrangea and Little Blackie Sweet Potato Vine.



On the patio.


Another shot of hydrangea. It's the Everblooming variety.



Little petunias.
I'll even be honest and tell ya that I skipped making the beds yesterday!
That's unheard of for me!!
I do hope you are having a wonderful spring time where you are!

Some Real Life

Back when I started blogging, I shared that my husband has a vision problem that has caused him to lose the central portion of his vision. The degenerative disease that he has is very similar to Macular Degeneration. You can read the first post and more about this disease
and the issues here.

He actually had these progressive difficulties for 10 years before he was referred to an occupational therapist. She suggested some tools for him to use. Below you will see his newest toy! This is a Closed Circuit TV Reader or CCTV. He is able to place any reading item on the tray (don't know technical term) and it is significantly enlarged on the screen. Paul can actually make the image as big as he needs it. The arm that holds the screen will move forward and sideways as needed.



Isn't it cool?!


In the picture above you can see him reading a little bitty luggage tag. His luggage didn't arrive back home last week and he was tracking it down.



In this picture he is showing you how the words can get so much bigger. I did not enlarge this with my camera. He is now able to read his books and magazines again. For most of the 10 years before the OT visit, he was unable to do this task.
I share this info with you because Macular Degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people. It is normally age related and will effect many of us! The specialist that Paul had before never informed us that this type of equipment is available. It's important to know!

It's a technological blessing!

Let's Go House Stalking!

I just had to call this House Stalking!

I can say that among my blog friends, right? I know y'all understand.

This is an area of Oklahoma City called Nichols Hills.

I had about 15 extra minutes on the way to the airport the other day. Thinking only of my blog friends, I drove through to take a few pictures. I love to drive through there. The homes are older - probably 40-50 years old. The homes are unique in design. They do not all look alike.

Some of the homes are huge. Some are average size. Some are small.

The look in this area is completely different than what builders do now.

This one is different. Don't you agree?


Just look at this yard! The mature trees and landscaping are what really set this area apart.




Be still my heart.


I think this one look Beaver Cleaverish. I love it!


See..here's a really big one! That's too much to keep clean.



This one is pretty tucked behind the trees.


Doesn't it just make you sigh? I will definitely go do this again soon.
Hope you enjoyed the drive with me.

Sunday Favorites

Sunday Favorites is hosted by the sweet, sweet Miss Chari at Happy to Design. This repeat post takes me back to the beginning of my blogging days.

Remember when you first started your blog?

It's a scary venture into an unknown world. What if someone really weird leaves mean comments? What if someone really nice is out there and doesn't speak? We've all felt that way. This is a letter I wrote shortly after starting this blog.

Dear Lurking Reader,

I know you come to visit because you tell me in person that you do. (Plus there's a counter that tells me how many hits there have been).

For a year before I started this blog I was a lurker too. I creeped around silently on blogs that you see listed over on that side bar. Over time these bloggers, whom I have not been lucky enough to meet in person, started to seem like friends. Even though they didn't know I was there. I do realize that sounds bizarre.

Here's the thing ...I've discovered that it's so much more fun when this is interactive. My blog has no purpose except that it's talking, cooking, decorating, family life, etc. I just really enjoy it.

Do me a favor and leave comments! My ever supportive husband says that comments are just an ego boost. Pooey on him. I like to talk to people!! If you have good ideas that we should blog about let me know.

Signed a Reformed Lurker

It's Beautiful!

Good Morning Friends.

I have to say thanks to you.


I was whining about the constant rain we've had here the other day...and you all reminded me that you are having severe droughts. Truthfully we were here in Oklahoma too...up until a few weeks ago. We even had those wildfires! Now we have rain.

It is glorious, life-giving, (although dark) rain!!

Without the rain we wouldn't have this to look at:


From the front porch.

The woods behind our home.



The flower beds greening up.


The vines are covering the pergola. They shield our patio from the hot west summer sun.
For the past few days I've been enjoying the outside so much. Every time the sun pops out, I do too. It's nice and cool. The birds are singing. We have lots of tadpoles in the pond.
It's beautiful!
Thanks for reminding me that we are very lucky!

Had to take my honey to the airport early this morning.
Now yesterday I would have been whining while I posted all of these pictures. You see, as of yesterday it was raining for 16 out of 17 days! We absolutely do need the rain but I Need Sun!!
Inspite of the darkness that just seems to keep coming around, my plants are happy.

This trumpet vine grows on our pergola. It's actually kind of ugly but the hummingbirds love it!

I know, I keep showing the clematis. They are just so beautiful!


Just planted this clematis last year on my potting bench. It's very happy there.



This little plant above is a favorite annual. It's called Bacopa. It spreads across the ground and stays covered in the little white flowers.


This hosta came out huge this year. I'd say it likes the rain.

Peeking out at the backyard from the safety of the patio.
The Sun is actually shining today. Thank you very much!
Hope you all have a wonderful day.





Needs


Brenda at View from the Pines and Cozy Little House did a post a few weeks ago. She talked about her dreams of a home and how her dreams have come true. It reminded me of this sweet poem that I've had in my mind for many years.


"Needs"

Charles Hanson Towne


I want a little house
Upon a little hill,
With lilacs laughing at the door
When afternoons are still.


I want an apple tree
Laden with drifts of bloom;
I want blue china all about
In every little room.


I want a little path
Bordered with brilliant phlox,
And on each windowsill I want
A painted flower box.


And then - I want you there
In sun, and frost, and rain,
To smile when I come trudging home
Through a dim, scented lane.


For what's a little house
Upon a little hill,
Unless you light the fire for me
When nights are strangely still?


Brenda, this poem is for you and all my other friends who love to nest.
Oh I just remembered, today is our 20th anniversary of living in Oklahoma.
Wow I can't believe that!

Happy Mother's Day



To all of you mothers out there. I hope you have a very blessed day.

Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you!

The Mom's Overture

I know I could have written this...how about you? Maybe she has been a fly on my wall. :)

College Boy Loves Mexican Casserole


Our sweet son, Spencer, is home for the summer! Wow it feels good to have everybody back in the nest. He just loves this Mexican Casserole that I've been making for years. Thought I'd share it with you.

This was passed to me so many years ago that I'm not even sure who gave it to me. It's copied from a book and says Mrs. John Taylor (Sue). So Mrs. Taylor, where ever you are...Thanks!!

Mexican Casserole

1 Tbsp. oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 28 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 4 oz. can diced green chilies
1 2 1/2 oz. can chopped black olives
15-16 oz. crunched up Nacho Doritos
1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 pt. sour cream
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in large pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent. Brown the ground beef breaking it up as you go. Blend in tomatoes, taco seasoning, chilies, and olives and simmer about 10 minutes.



Grease 9x13" baking dish. Layer 1/2 of the chips over bottom of dish. Add all of meat mixture then mozzarella and sour cream. Top with remaining chips. Bake until heated through about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and continue baking until cheese melts. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.



Oops, that came out a little blurry. Take my word for it - this is delicious!



Made him smile! Not really, I had to beg him.

Thank you Gollum for hosting this most delicious event.