Monday, July 28, 2014

Linen and Lace

Summer wedding dressing for the mother of the best man - pale blue linen and lace top over a slim white crocheted skirt. I bought the top in a boutique at the shore when we were on vacation. It's made by August Silk. The skirt is Liz Claiborne New York. Comfortable, cool and age appropriate. As I get older, I do worry about that. I've asked my husband to tell me if I ever look like I'm trying too hard. I want to keep up with current trends but many of them are best left to the kids. I saw a woman in the mall last week with black mani and pedi and black slave sandals laced almost to her knees. She had to have been well over 60. As difficult as it is to look sometimes, everybody should have a full-length mirror and an honest friend with good taste, fashion sense and a kind heart.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sweet Summer

I got good news from my doctor yesterday. The piece of me that was removed last week was not cancerous. I'm free and clear to enjoy the rest of the summer and that's more than enough for now...
                                                                         after the rain

Friday, July 11, 2014

This Moment

 This Moment

Because this is the first time all 13 of us have been together for a photograph...and I will cherish it forever...


I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment ...

{this moment}

"A Friday ritual. A single photo...capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember."If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see."

Monday, July 7, 2014

At the Beach

Pop-pop and Grandma with all six grandkids - and nobody's crying!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Favorite Things

I was just taking spin around my favorite blogs and landed on one that was hosting a "Favorite Things" party. Aside from my family and my little dog, I'd have to say that my favorite "thing" is my kitchen. It's where I live most of the time. We celebrate all our special occasions here. We share family dinners in this space. It's spacious enough for us but not so roomy that it echoes. It's warm and inviting and I designed it to be that way. In an era that celebrates stainless steel, I chose a creamy ecru for the appliances. While others may go for a sleek, modern look, I wanted an antique copper band to form a border around matte finished tiles for the back splash and copper pulls on the cabinet doors and drawers. It was completed seven years ago and I still love this space.

I created a notebook with pictures torn out of magazines or downloaded from website that had features I liked. The island and the computer desk has a top that looks like soapstone but it's really a laminate. The other counter are also a Formica brand laminate that looks like a warm brown stone. The tiny bottom cabinet to the left of the stove is a spice rack. The kitchen designer said I didn't have room for a double sink but my contractor told her I did. I've owned the copper pots for almost 40 years and they've always lived in my kitchens. The hanging pot rack is new.

The kitchen designer was amazed when my contractor told her to order upper cabinets for the bottom of my desk and he'd put a top on them for a desk. There were no cabinets on that wall at all before the remodel. I found the chairs at Pier 1 Imports. All the wires go through a hole in the desk and the router is in the cabinet below. The little suitcases hold paperwork and scotch tape, etc. There is an electrical outlet in the closet next to the desk. I've owned the oak dining table and chairs since the 1980's.

A wall that separated the kitchen from a dining area and t.v. area came down which opened up all the living space, including the living room to the right where my Ikea bookcases hold my husband's signed book collection and other little treasures.

The laminate flooring the replaced the old linoleum is called "Gunstock" and was a compromise between the maple cabinets and the oak dining set. The decoration above the window is from Michael's craft store.

I chose one large eye-catching light fixture for the dining area because it looked like it came from the same era as the chairs. Anything else might have competed with the hanging pots and the ceiling fan in the family area. I deferred to my husband for the reclining seating in the family room. The hanging quilt against the brick wall is from Etsy. I paid about $60 for it. Before the renovation there was a large coal stove and hearth installed by the original owner. It took about 5 hours of jack-hammering to remove the hearth. The sconces are from Target. The coffee table is two leather-look storage hassocks that hold my knitting nice and close!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Old is New

My DH gave me an Etsy gift card for Mother's Day. I found a gorgeous, hand-crafted  silver necklace. It's made in the US by silversmith A.F. Barber. I dug into my jewelry box and found a pair of matching earrings that I'd received from my brother and his wife for my 30th birthday - 32 years ago next month! Silver is a wonderful summer minimalist look for the beach - and that's where these pics were taken - on Long Beach Island, New Jersey just last week. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Knitting on Pier 60

Spring has finally arrived. And with it, lots of weeds, limbs, twigs and a pond that used to be a swimming pool. Whatever happened, whatever the reason, it seems to be taking longer to get organized and make any headway this year. Thirty bags of mini-nuggets that my oldest son put down for us barely touched the back border - there's so much yet to do. The vegetable garden is mostly planted. I was very late with the first sewing of lettuce seeds so I'm going to grow some in a planter as well. I'm experimenting with potatoes this year. Cut them in quarters, throw them in a ditch and see what happens! I have a few strawberry plants left that Momma Bunny didn't eat last year when she dug her warren in the berry patch. The garlic I planted last fall is up and growing. My pole beans are poking their heads up, ready to go as long as I'm faithful about watering. I planted zinnia seeds in the vegetable garden and my butterfly weed (that I started from seed 5 years ago) finally looks like it will be a substantial plant this year. I'm going to grow my tomatoes in pots again this year. If I want anything bigger than a cherry tomato I'll have to buy it from the farm.

A sparrow family has built their nest in the Alberta spruce right next to the patio. Apparently the babies have hatched as mom and dad were busy all afternoon flying back and forth with nasty buggy-wormy tidbits in their mouths. Their flightpath was driving the dog crazy - I think she thought they were dive-bombing her.

I'm knitting up a storm on a cotton/acrylic sweater. The yarn is boring but I think the sweater would be great for the beach on a cool evening. It's called Pier 60 and the designer is Melissa Schaschwary. Say that 3 times fast.

I finally got a picture of the three youngest grandsons together Memorial Day week-end. I figured out how to photograph a moving target and their fascination with the play pool kept them in one frame for more than a minute!

Healthwise, the 60's are proving to be interesting and now I know why my parents scheduled their lives around doctor appointments. However, I have lost 8.5 pounds without dieting. No, it's good! I've discovered Gary Taubes and I'm spreading the news. I eat whatever I want as long as I keep the carbs down. No sugar, no wheat, pasta, bread, starchy vegetables. Tonight I grilled lemon rosemary chicken, mashed cauliflower with cream, butter and parmesan and finished with a caesar salad. I don't know how this will go as the weight continues to come off. I don't know if the weight loss will stop at a certain point or if it will simply slow down. Follow me on this journey if you want the whole story!