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? dove·cote ˈdəvˌkōt/ noun a shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons. Yep, those beautiful round nostalgic […]

Picnics In The Park…Or In Your Own Back Yard!

I have always loved picnics!  A warm, sunny Spring day or weekend is a perfect time for me to pack up a picnic basket and enjoy the wonderful sunshine or the cool evening breezes in the park or in your […]

Getting A Head Start on Cinco de Mayo!

I am Getting A Head Start on Cinco de Mayo, my dear readers! Perhaps it is because the Captain and I absolutely love Mexican food any day of the week … Or perhaps it is because of the years I […]

MY Flower Petal Dishes For An Easter Tablescape Is Always Fun!

I thought I would share one last Easter Tablescape using my Flower Petal dishes., This Flower Petal dish  tablescape was a last minute, impromptu affair with our friends.    

Easter Sunday Scripture….Luke 24:34

Today is Easter Sunday….and what a beautiful day it is here in Florida! Happy Easter dear readers! May God bless you and show Himself to you today! “It is true! The Lord has risen indeed!”   Luke 24:34 “He is not here: for […]


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Menu & Tablescape!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Menu & Tablescape!

My dear readers, I promised my Menu for today, St. Patrick’s Day and I am here to deliver.

This is actually the second St. Patrick’s Day dinner this week…The Captain and I host a monthly dinner for our “Over 50” group at our church and we always have a great time!

The Menu was of course, Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I made 6 corned beef briskets in a large electric roaster and I used 8 very large heads of cabbage


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Shamrocks, St. Patrick’s Day & A Pot O’ Gold

Shamrocks, St. Patrick’s Day & A Pot O’ Gold!

Shamrocks! Four Leaf Clovers! Leprechauns! …. and a pot of Gold!

Sometimes, we get a bit confused regarding shamrocks and four leaf clovers!

I believe it has to do with thinking of luck and the four leaf clover, which are synonymous.


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The Time Has Come To Dance…..

The Time Has Come To Dance…..

Yes, my dear readers, it is March Madness and my Kansas Jayhawks are a number 1 seed, ….yet another year!

Allow me please a few bragging rights because it has been 9 years since Kansas won the whole Enchilada, in spite of being ranked Number 1! It is definitely time to do it again.

Just in case you are curious, let me give you a bit information regarding this great college basketball phenomenon known as “March Madness”.


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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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Time And Tide Wait For No Man ….Or Woman!

Time And Tide Wait For No Man ….Or Woman!

The first part of that sentence, “Time and Tide Wait For No Man” was written by poet Geoffrey Chaucer….and is so true.

And along that same line is a Bible verse that pretty much says the same thing.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring”.  Proverbs 27:1

Race car great Mario Andretti once said, “If everything’s under control, you’re going too slow.”

What does that really mean in this day when most things in our world are in such upheaval and racing faster and faster with each passing day?


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Everybody Is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

I can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day is next week!

Yikes! Where has this year run off to? It seems we were celebrating New Years just a few weeks ago.

Oh,….. I guess we were. 🙂

I have been seeing so much green around town these days, the Sno-Birds are really getting into it. 

Green T-shirts, Green plaid golf pants….and yesterday after church, I saw 2 couples at Bob Evans restaurant all decked out in green clover-shaped sunglasses, hats and green beads.

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. 


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Luncheons, Tea Sandwiches and BINGO!

Luncheons, Tea Sandwiches and BINGO!

My dear readers, I have another story to tell.

When I look back on my girlhood, I am not remembering Boyfriends or Proms…. I think about my grandmother and porcupine meatballs and chicken salad.

I guess one could say I have always been obsessed with food….and staying at my grandmother’s house meant lots of food.

And lots of “stuff”.

You see, my grandmother never threw anything away.

Nope, she kept drawers full of pieces of old tin foil and plastic bags that she had washed out before storing.  She could stretch a dollar and an aluminum pie plate pan farther than anyone in the family.

And….. she could stretch food.  

Nothing was wasted.


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March, Coming In Like A Lion For Sure!

March, is coming in like a lion for sure in most parts of the country…and let’s hope he goes out like a lamb.

March is definitely a “he” don’t ya think?  Even his name is associated with marching or walking in a military manner with a regular measured tread. 


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Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday!

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday! Or as the French say…

Laissez les bons temps rouler, (Let the good times roll)!

In other words, there is one big party going on down in Louisiana and they are eating like there is no tomorrow.

Because for them….their good eating is being replaced.


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Falling For Fairies And Leprechauns!

Falling For Fairies And Leprechauns!

Some believe in Fairies or more realistically, some of you simply like the mystique of  the idea of fairies.

We have all talked about Tooth Fairies, Pixies and Tinker Bell as well as any other little legends of book and tale. 

I know I have.


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