Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Hi everyone!  I am finally feeling like myself again after surviving the 95 degree heat over Memorial Day.  It's back to the 60's and I am loving it.   I plan to plant some flowers tomorrow and it's going to be the perfect weather!  As you know, The Husband went up to the lake without me Sunday to Monday night.  He spent a lot of time in the garden re potting the hibiscus trees and our new rose tree.  My climbing rose is blooming like mad and he took pictures of it with his phone.  Sadly, I can't get them to post so I'll take my own pictures this coming weekend to share.  These are some blooms he cut off that were losing petals.  Do you recognize the ugly brown wicker tray now that I have painted it with my Driftwood Gray?  Paint is so addicting!  And growing roses.  Tracie, I hope I qualify for your garden party this week at Fishtail Cottage!
I love this pattern and wish the dishes at Pier 1 weren't so bold this spring.  I love old fashion flowers.  I am joining Katleen's party, Let's Dish, at Cuisine Kathleen.  Visit and see some beautiful tablescapes and make some new friends! 

I am enjoying this short week.  I thought we had a wedding to go to this weekend, but it's the next so I am anxious to be back at the lake.  Hear it calling me?!  Not much else is new, I am back to the routine now that I am home from vacation.  A lot of reading and working on my herb garden.  Emily is off tomorrow and we have some serious planting to do.  Hopefully The Husband will bring out our umbrella, table and chairs and I can start whiling away my afternoons outdoors!  Heaven! :)  See you soon!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Friday we spent the day exploring Black Mountain, which boasts more of that small town vibe that I love.  Coffee and a sweet roll at a cute little cafe, some shopping for locally made jewelry for the girls and then lunch at a little pub.  The drive was so scenic but because the roads curve so much, it's hard to get a shot of the mountains.  They are breathtaking!

All of these pictures were taken at an outdoor fair/flower and plant sale in downtown Hendersonville.  We checked out of the inn in the morning and explored this cute little town on our way to the airport. 

Now it is Sunday morning and I took a pass on going to the lakehouse with The Husband.  If you could SEE my house!  Well, I'd never let you at this moment.  With both girls working (Abby just started waitressing at a little pub called Cork And Kerry), they didn't have much time for cleaning up after themselves!  But it's good to be home and I have tons of energy I will use to get things back in order.  June is just around the corner and I am looking forward to many peaceful weekends at the lake.  And, we have a weekend coming up in Galena, Illinois, where we will be meeting up with Cindy from Applestone Cottage, along with her husband, Dan.  This will be our fourth get together!  I'm so looking forward to it!

So, I'm off to do what I do best and I will see you later in the week.  Enjoy your holiday weekend! :-)

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Every day has been interesting and fun.  Yesterday we visited Maggie Valley and we saw the most incredible sights while driving through the mountains and valleys.  We stopped in Cherokee and browsed through all of the shops with handmade items.  We also visited the Cherokee Indian Museum

After lunch the clouds opened and we had a tremendous amount of rain.  Thankfully it cleared up by evening and we went downtown for dinner at The Lobster Trap.  We ate there last year and I was so looking forward to it!  And I had the Lobster Newburg again!

I'm not sure what we will be doing tomorrow, each day gets better and better!  We fly home on Saturday.  So far my adult children have been good.  Emily is a little lost lamb with her fiance away on business in Indianapolis and me here.  Abigail texts me constantly to tell me Emily is moping around and not cleaning up after herself (she includes graphic pictures of a filled kitchen sink!!).  So as you can see, I am really enjoying my time away!!  See you in a few days! :-)

Monday, May 21, 2012


So that ended our first full day.  I probably gained about 10 pounds but we did do a lot of walking and my calf muscles hurt!  The Husband was sweet enough to give me a foot massage last night...with lotion!  He's definitely a keeper.  Today was another full day but it would be picture overload so I will post again soon.  I just wanted to touch base and I will be back in a few days.  :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I feel our trip fast approaching.  I did five loads of laundry already today and I have 2 more to go.  I have a dental appointment tomorrow and a hair appointment Thursday.  I need to decide what to pack, do some grocery shopping for the girls and have all the loose ends tied up.  I'm bringing my laptop with so I will post from the road!  I hope all of you are having a wonderful week! :-)