Archive for the ‘Gardening/Decorating’ Category

Romance In The Secret Garden…..A Nostalgic Dovecote!

No, not that kind of romance in the Secret Garden….the bird kind of romance.

You see, I have always loved Dovecotes!

Dovecote, you say?

  1. a shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons.

Yep, those beautiful round nostalgic bird houses.


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So Much To Do…And A New Office Project!

Is it just me or are you also finding you have so much to do and Less and Less Time to get it done?

I remember back to when my office work day consisted of at least 8 hours, more like 9 or even 10 hours and yet I managed to work full time, come home do laundry, clean house and still have time for family and friends.

Now that I have retired…there does not seem to be enough hours in a day to get everything I would like to do ….done or finished.


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Opening Day, Hall of Fame,… And A Master Bedroom Make-over!

Opening Day, Hall of Fame, And A Master Bedroom Make-over!

Have you ever went to bed so excited about an upcoming event(s) that you couldn’t sleep?

I did that last night….and for sooo many reasons. 

I feel like a little kid as I have waited in anticipation for April 3rd.

You see it is Baseball OPENING DAY!


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April 1st…And No Prank Is A Good Thing, Nautical is a Good Thing!

 April 1st….Yes, I have played pranks on my friends in the past….but it has been awhile so either I am losing my touch or I have grown up.

Well, maybe …maybe not.

But on this April Fool’s Day…I have been busy slapping paint on anything in my way in the Master Bedroom.


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Are You A Romantic? Master Bedroom Makeover!

Ok, if you have followed me for a while….you know that I am a Romantic.

I confess!

Tis True!

A Hopeless Romantic.

I know…you are probably thinking I have been reading too many romantic novels or watched too many chick flicks and you would be right.

I can’t help it.


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Decorating For Beautiful And Colorful Spring!

Spring! Who isn’t ready for Spring, although the weather this year has really not been the “Norm”…whatever the “norm” is in your part of the country! 

I spoke with my children in the Midwest and there were snow flurries surrounding their blooming daffodils and crocus. They have had temps in the 70’s as well as bitter cold winds, with the weather being anything but consistent.

Here in Florida, our temps vary but not that much, which is just fine with me. We have had a few chillier mornings…bringing out the wind breakers to go along with the walking shorts and sneakers.

However, the weather has not stopped the birds from visiting my Secret Garden and the joy they bring me as I watch them fluff in the bird bath or flutter from branch to vine atop the Pergola. I am not sure if their thoughts are turning to nesting…but my thoughts are definitely thinking of little bird nests to use in my Spring decorating. 

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Fruity Displays Using Apple Cone And Cherry Pie Filling!

Fruity Displays? Apple Cones? Cherry Pie Filling?

You might be asking …what is she talking about?

There were so many things going on around the Holidays at Villa de la Luna…in other words our home, and if you would like to see the meaning behind naming our home click here.…you know I name EVERYTHING!

I wanted to share a few of the ideas along with a recipe that can be used any time of the year.

But this is National Pie Day and Valentines Day is coming and George Washington’s birthday is in February, And….

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Easy To Do Christmas Vignettes

It is not sunny today in sunny Florida…:(

Nope! It is a dreary, cloudy day, a perfect day to put a pot of spicy chili on the stovetop and a day to show you a few bits of Christmas decorating I have done by using Christmas vignettes.

You know, the little vignettes that are not always visible in the main rooms, but the little nooks and crannies, closets and bathrooms, etc!  

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And The Secret Garden Bloomed And Bloomed….


And The Secret Garden Bloomed And Bloomed….

Yes, it certainly did bloom with about 50 friends according to the Captain’s count.

You see this past week-end, the Captain and I entertained with our annual Christmas Open House….and I must tell you that my Secret Garden never looked better, as it was graced with all the happy faces of our cherished friends. 

And the Secret Garden bloomed and bloomed….

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On The First Day Of Christmas….


On the first day of Christmas…..yes, it is hard to believe that this is the first of December.

You see, the elves have been busily working overtime to get our home ready for Christmas and I have yet another vignette to show you. 

This vignette involves a sled and ice skates, muff, and muffler…and of course there is a story to tell.

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