Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Fall Vibes

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I'm glad you joined me today for the Welcome Fall Tablescape Blog hop.
 This blog hop is sponsored by Rita @Panoply We appreciate all of Rita's work and organization in keeping this group together.



It is hard to believe that fall is on the way soon. It is slower to feel like fall in the deep south because it is still very warm here.
 This vintage Provencal tablecloth was bought in Provence, in 1997, by my mother-in-law.



I deliberately chose to keep the table simple without chargers or placemats to be able to view the design of the 
tablecloth. 


The mixed floral arrangement continues to evolve as the lilies have not all opened. Sunflowers, limelight, lilies, Gerber daises, green ball dianthus, and petite roses make up the floral centerpiece.
 

The yellow plates and bowls were my grandmother's and are Riveria by Homer Laughlin made in the '30s and '40s. Blue goblets and napkins go with the yellow plates for a blue and yellow fall vibe. I love the small plates and bowls. Perfect for a fall alfresco lunch.


Pitchers are fun to use as vases. This one was just the right size and color. On the bottom of the vase, it says handpainted in Italy. Looking closely, you can see small leaves, apples, and pears that give a nod to fall.

What food would you serve for a fall alfresco lunch?

I am starting to dream of fall and thinking of pumpkin recipes. By the way, last year, it was hard to find canned pumpkin, so I bought some yesterday.
 Dreaming of fall, I looked up some fall quotes to share.πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, glittering from the autumn tree." Emily Bronte

" The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider." Jane Hirshfield

"I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkins and crisp sunburnt leaves."
Ann Drake

Do you call the season autumn or fall?


  Thank you for your visit. I am glad you were here. There have been some glitches in commenting on blogs recently. Leave your name in the comment, please, because some are coming in anonymously.  I do want to know you were here. 

Twenty table stylists are participating in this hop. Be sure to click on the links below to visit each tablescape. 


Me and My Captain - Shine On Harvest Moon
Home is Where the Boat Is - Cusp of Fall with Woodland Friends
Hyacinths for the Soul - Whoooo is Ready for Autumn?
The Painted Apron - Early Fall Pumpkin Patch
From My Carolina Home - Autumn Apples Tablescape
Celebrate and Decorate - A Fall Tablescape in Shades of Blue
Living With Thanksgiving - Fall Vibes
Dinner at Eight - Mums Lead the Way to Fall
Thrifting Wonderland - It's Time for a Fall Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante - Back to (Art) School
Life and Linda - Welcome Fall
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Fall Tablescape - Autumn Gnome
Red Cottage Chronicles - Cozy Up Around an Autumn Dinner Table


Living thankfully and Happy Fall!🍁

Monday, September 5, 2022

A Touch of Provence

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Monday Morning Blooms

I am honored to be invited to be a 'guest bloomer' for Monday Morning Blooms today. Mary, Pam, and Lidy are very talented floral designers that showcase their talent on the first Monday of every month.  Click on the links below to view their beautiful posts.  I am so happy to join them today!















The theme today is sunflowers.
 Join me for a touch of Provence.  I'm using a sunflower tablecloth that was bought in1997, in Avignon, by my mother-in-law.



The yellow plates were my grandmother's. I remember fondly using those at her farmhouse when I was a child. The plates are Rivera by Homer Laughlin made in the '30s and '40s. They bring back pleasant memories, and I am happy to have them. Gold vintage Fostoria goblets add a touch of fall to the table.



I used this same tablecloth back in 2016 in a local sunflower field. I had hoped to do that again, but it did not work out. However, my garden is much cooler than the 90-degree day when this picture was taken.



Limelights from my garden were added to store-bought sunflowers and placed in vintage olive oil jars. Sunflowers are such happy flowers, and sunflower seeds and oil are useful products made from sunflowers.  They grow here in the United States and in many countries and are the national flower of Ukraine and the state flower of Kansas.
 The memory of my in-law's trip to Provence and my mother-in-law's tablecloth makes me think of the olive groves there. The taste of fresh olives and a baguette of bread dipped in olive oil transports me back to our trip there also. 


Here are some fun facts I found on the web about sunflowers.

  • Fun Facts About Sunflowers.
  • Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
  • Each sunflower can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds. ...
  • Sunflowers are native to North America. ...
  • There are about 70 species of sunflowers. ...
  • The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall. ...
  • Sunflowers track the sun.



  • Sunflowers brighten a room and make a delightful statement in any setting.


    And since I have a large open area, I thought three arrangements would fill the space nicely, and I had three similar containers.

    I thoroughly enjoyed eating the props after taking the photos!

    I read this online: Did you know that in 1987, an anonymous buyer paid 39.85 million dollars for Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" painting? The artist originally hoped to sell the painting for $125.00. 



    I wish we all could sit down together in my garden and have a lovely chat.



     " Light enchanted sunflower, thou who gazest ever true and tender on the sun's revolving splendour." 
    Vincent Van Gogh


    I look forward to seeing Mary, Pam, and Lidy's sunflower arrangements. Thank you, ladies, for inviting me to join you today! 
    Click below to view their lovely posts.


    Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is



    Lidy at French Garden House



    Pam at Everyday Living 

    I had a great time, friends.

    Living Thankfully,🌻🌻🌻







    Sunday, August 21, 2022

    Grands Summer Visit

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    Our Colorado grandchildren flew by themselves to Alabama for a visit recently. Usually, we have a tea party, and after church the last Sunday they were here, we did just that. 


    They are big enough now to help and give input. 

    The kids were here six days before their parents joined us. Their mother, Sarah, is in this picture all tan from a getaway in the Dominican Republic. 


    Lemon bars, cheese straws, pound cake squares, strawberries, macaroons, cheesecake, and raspberries were a welcome treat, along with cups of tea. Due to the early afternoon heat, we served our plates and went inside to eat! 







    Earlier in the week, we drove south to Panama City for a two-day visit. My husband took his boat, and we enjoyed showing them around places we took their Dad and older cousins years ago.



    I was very pleased with the weather conditions for their first boat outing. The water was calm, with little boat traffic, and it was a picture-perfect day. We went to Shell Island and had a fun day. That night we drove the boat across the bay to the restaurant, Uncle Ernies, for those familiar with the area. 


    Sugar white sands on Shell Island and no crowds were wonderful.



    The water was beautiful. This pic is of the ocean side of the island. The only thing missing was seeing dolphins. I guess it was the wrong time of day. We have fond memories of the dolphins coming alongside our boat, and there was a time the kids got out and swam in the water with them. 

    We enjoyed several sunrises on the bay. Will took these photos.



    The kids enjoyed exploring my garden. They both picked a few flowers and wanted to arrange them. This time of year, most of my flowers are spent.  I thought they did well.

    The boys golfed for two days. The girls plundered the attic one day, finding all kinds of interesting things. We found some of my dolls I thought had been lost years ago.  Looking in the attic reinforced my goal to go through and sort out things.  
    My DIL helped with several projects that I appreciated very much. The other day we shopped downtown and had a special brunch at a restaurant. It was a great eleven days that passed very quickly.
    It was also nice to show off our family at our church for two Sundays.
     I have one regret, which was that I failed to get a group picture, but we were so busy enjoying one another that I forgot.

    July and August passed so quickly, getting ready for company and then after they arrived. I have missed visiting all of your blogs, and I hope you understand why I have not been able to comment. 
    I also have not been on IG or FB hardly at all for three or four weeks.


    The roses we used for the tea party lasted well over a week. I was grocery shopping without a plan for flowers, and they had a special buy one get one free. I felt so fortunate to get such fresh flowers, which worked beautifully for our tea party.

    Wishing all of you a beautiful week ahead. I hope to catch up soon.



    Friday, June 24, 2022

    Happy Birthday, America!

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    The Fourth of July is Monday, July 4th. 
    Independence Day commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
     Celebrations include fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbeques, picnics, parades, and baseball games. 
    Do you have a specific tradition in your family to celebrate the Fourth of July?πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    I've set a  Patriotic table outside today. 




    Join me for a yummy fruit dessert. The blueberries and strawberries were so sweet and any fruit is good with whipped cream. 

    Gardenias were blooming in my garden and their fragrance was heavenly.


    A reticulated white tray held blue and white chinoiserie vases with red roses, gardenias, and American flags for a patriotic centerpiece. 
    Fringed red, white, and blue stripe napkins added additional texture. For some reason, I always prefer my matelasse tablecloth.






    The plate stack consisted of a white Ikea charger, solid red plate, Royal Stafford blue floral salad plate, and a vintage blue and white floral bread and butter plate.  


    Whatever your menu or activity, red, white, and blue celebrates July 4th! 
    Happy Birthday, America!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    Here are several links to older Patriotic Posts.


                                   God Bless America


    My Country Tis of Thee

    Grateful for our country. May God Bless America!