Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In Bloom

My favorite clematis.
I've been waiting patiently for this one. :)
She welcomes friends to the front porch.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Little Fashion Talk

Girls - grab a Diet Coke and let's talk about clothes!



Going back to work this fall has had me thinking or obsessing alot about clothes. I love clothes and I always have! I do like to shop although I don't often find things I have to have.


The other day I discovered Merona Mondays on the Target website. Those smart people show you how to put together three different outfits with a few pieces from Target. Let me confess that I see things at Target all the time that I think are cute but then I think, "Well, everyone in Edmond will be wearing that and we will all know which rack it came from." Silly, I know. Look at how they are changing up these outfits, though. I just love looking at this kind of stuff.


(All pictures from Target website. Please don't sue me.)

Where do you like to shop? Do you know of any fashion (term used very loosely) sites or blogs that are fun and for real people? Please share!

Oh, as a teacher I do dress professionally but suits are not required. Thank goodness!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Book Talk

Just imagine it...

a good book, summer sun, and iced tea.
What's on your reading list?

I'm planning to join the Summer Reading Challenge hosted by

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer Reads.


The following books are on my list for now.

I'll be adding more as time goes by.


Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore

Ms. Gilmore's writing was compared to Fannie Flagg's in one review I read.


That's all I need to know!




Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

I haven't read Ms. Hoffman's books before but I read the reviews on Amazon and this sounds like my kind of book.
The story takes place in Savannah. Woo hoo!


Can't wait to read


The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews.
Mary Kay Andrews writes about women, friendships, and the south.
The best combination!
I've really enjoyed her other books.



I want to be the very best teacher that I can be so I'm revisiting


Practice with Purpose by Debbie Diller.

This is a fantastic book for upper elementary teachers of reading.


Also, Lisa hosts The Hospitable Book Club that I'm going to join.

She usually names a book that we read and discuss.

You can see my thoughts on



What else do I need to add to my list?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We'll Remember Always - Graduation Day

For Woo Hoo Wednesday this week I just couldn't pass up the chance to share a little of Tanner's graduation with you. At my request, we took a picture of the four of us before leaving.

Do you kow how hard it is to get three men to take a picture?

The graduating class of Edmond North High School.
There were about 530 graduates!

These brothers love each other.

Great friends since 3rd grade.

Loving his graduation presents.

We had a big family gathering for most of the weekend.
The food was great and the company was even better.

For all of you who advised me to take Kleenex, you were so right! Graduation wasn't as bad as the Senior Recital on Sunday. Let me just say it was embarassing.

We are so proud of our sons!


Be sure to visit the other Woo Hoo Wednesday participants hosted by Marla at Always Nesting. You don't want to miss this party.

There are cupcakes!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Table Top Tuesday


When I walked past my dining room table today, I just knew this vision had to be included in the Table Top Tuesday celebration.


This is Sophie's favorite place to nap!

My husband always said that this table throw looked like a cat bed.

She agrees. :)

Can you see how much she's growing?

New Blooms

Stepping outside this afternoon to enjoy fleeting moments of Sunshine.

Beautiful feathery spiraea

Honeysuckle

Hundreds of buds on a clematis


Poor scraggly rose that I actually cut off at the ground a couple of years ago.
It keeps trying to live even though it's very shady in this yard.

I do hope the Sun is shining on you today!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Little Blog Talk and a Song



I was reading a blog the other day and the owner spoke of her likes and dislikes on blogs. One of the main issues she addressed was music. She absolutely doesn't like music on blogs and many of the people who commented didn't either.

Hmmm....I do like music.



When I was painting my son's room a couple of weeks ago I listened to Tina's music from Cherry Hill Cottage and also Valerie's music from Glimpse of my World. Of course, I constantly go around humming "Stranger on the Shore" after visiting Kim at Dear Daisy Cottage. I can just hear that clarinet in my head!


We don't all listen to the same music but that's fun to me.

Anyway, my son had his very last vocal concert in high school tonight. Those kids are so amazing I can't even begin to describe it. One of the songs they sang was "Perhaps Love". I don't have a recording of the kids singing it but do you remember the John Denver/Placido Domingo version?



My mom and I loved it years ago and played it over and over!

I hope you like this song today. It's playing on my Playlist. Let me know your thoughts about blog music. You won't hurt my feelings.

Good Morning Sunshine

It's a beautiful morning here in tornado land.

We are safe at our house but many Oklahomans were affected yesterday.

Saying a little prayer for all of those people.

Thanks to all of you who have been checking on us. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Neato Gift

A wonderful gift idea from one of my favorite people in the whole world!
Two Paula Deen magazines and a candle. :) She knows what I love.

Isn't this a fantastic idea?

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy Mother's Day Mom!
I love you.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Sophie on the Move

She sleeps.

She wakes.

She explores tables.

And lamps.

And the fringe on pillows.

"Mom, I promise not to tear up that fringe."

She loves us!
We love her!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Seeing Red

Pure Excitement

describes how I'm feeling about this red transformation!


Above you see the before shot. Now I could tell you these are vintage chairs. However, they are only two years old! That's what the Oklahoma weather has done for our chairs. With company coming they had to be jazzed up.
This is the after! Aren't they cute?

Come sit with me and have some iced tea. We even have a quilt if we need it later.


There are already several coats of Regal Red paint on here but I can see that we need more. Tomorrow is another day. :)


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And The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday.
Thank you for coming by. I sure enjoy our visits.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Whatcha Been Up To?


There's nothing like an upcoming event to make you kick everything into high gear.

We've been working like maniacs in our yard because graduation is 11 days away!

Put some geraniums and sweet potato vine in this old basket.

I just love the rustic look it has.

A flat of impatiens still waiting for me.

We planted three flats of pennywort in between the stones on the new path.

It looks great but I wish we didn't have to wait for it to fill in.



Loving this honeysuckle.

Transforming my adirondack chairs with spray paint.

The list goes on and on. :)